On “Dancing With the Stars” on Monday, October 11th, 2010, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino did more heavy lifting than any other male dancer, amateur or pro, hosting his partner into the air on many occasions. For his efforts, Bruno called the dance “a terrible mess. You did as best as you could in a really, really, really, really terrible situation.” Carrie Anne was kinder, saying, “I do see the improvement.” Len may have sealed his fate, however, by judging the contestant’s dance this way: “It was consistent. It was bad throughout.” The couple are the lowest scorers this week, with only 28 of 60 points on a night when there were points for Technical and points for Performance.
The scoreboard leader, by contrast, was the always-reliable Jennifer Grey and her partner Derek Hough, who scored 56 out of 60 and earned rave reviews.
Also doing well was Brandy, with 48 out of 60, and comments like Len’s “I thought that the performance was very good,” and Carrie Ann’s “I’ve been waiting for the real Brandy to appear.” Carrie Ann called October 12’s performance Brandy’s “come-back night.”
It was acoustic week on the show—whatever that means—and the combination of performance and technical scores was a change.
Cheryl Burke and contestant Rick Fox got 39 out of 60 and Fox said that the numbers had significance for him. Carrie Ann said that, when they emerged, “you resembled the cover of a romance novel,” but went on to say that the dance was “one-dimensional.”
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer earned 40 points of 60, with comments like these: (Len) “Footwork much better. Didn’t flow. A little bit staccato.” (Bruno) “Continuous flow to work. Sometimes you went off it.” (Carrie Ann): “You lost track of your upper body.” She called their performance “unbalanced.”
Florence Henderson and her partner Corky Ballas danced to “Yesterday” and, when the dance was over, Carrie Ann said, “That’s our season Get-A-Room-dance. What just happened? You’re Mrs. Brady! I kind of felt it went a little too far.” Florence has been going a bit over-the-top since Day One, including ripping over her blouse to display her 76-year-old bra-clad body on one occasion, so this wasn’t much of a shock. Len said, “It was much better than I anticipated. Well done.” Bruno said, “That funny turn gave me a turn. I’ve seen better.” The oldest couple on the dance floor scored 35 points.
Bristol Palin and her partner got 32 points, with Bruno saying, “Those moves never go anywhere. You do a move and then you go vacant.” Carrie Ann reminded her that there were 200 million people watching the dancing show and called her partner’s removing his shirt “A little bit distracting.”
Audrina Patridge and Tony, her partner did well, scoring 46 points with an Argentine Tango and her partner said of her, “This is awesome. This is a transformation in the making,” noting that she had no background in dance but was challenging for the top spot.
Last, but somewhat down in the rankings from previous weeks, was Kurt Warner, who scored 34 out of 60 with his partner. Len said that he had “nice side-to-side hip action, but not when you go forward,” Bruno mentioned his hand movements were not perfect and said, “The performance was better than the technique.” Carrie Ann said, “I really loved the performance. It was really great tonight.
Mike Sorrentino, despite his crowd-pleasing heavy lifting, has a situation on his hands for Tuesday night’s elimination night.