Special and much ballyhooed audience member Sarah Palin sat in the ballroom tonight to watch her daughter compete. When host Tom Bergeron asked her how she felt about the judges, she said that just like in hockey, you don’t pick a fight with the referee, especially when your team hasn’t even performed yet. She said she admired the courage and the joy of all the performers.
Tonight’s dances were either the Jive or the Viennese Waltz, two dances that both require quick, precise movements and sharp footwork. Here’s my recap:
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke did an energetic jive that masked the fact that Rick had a career-ending injury to his foot that made doing this dance particularly challenging. Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas gave an energetic quickstep year old with a few minor missteps surprising for her 76 years. Brandy and Maks Chmerkovskiy were not energetic and crisp enough and lacked precision. Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani delivered a much improved performance that was quick, crisp and sharp. Margaret Cho and Louis van Amstel jived like crazy, bouncy and fun with a little room for improvement. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer needed a little more control for the wild energy and enthusiasm he brought to his quickstep. Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya reminded Carrie Ann of everybody’s favorite uncle who has fun at the wedding. His jive had room for improvement but kept him off the bottom of the leader board. Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff endured according to Len “a series of unfortunate events” as their quickstep was hampered by a lack of talent and a serious case of pigeon toes.
Best of the Night
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough nailed the jive with an entertaining routine that was lightening fast. The judges gushed and called it wicked. Jennifer showed that 50 is the new 40 and maybe even less. Though she laid down on the floor to catch her breath as the judges made their comments, she showed more energy than many of the dancers years her junior.
Worst of the Night
Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower presented a train wreck of a jive. The judges were harsh in their remarks. Bruno called it the worst jive in 11 seasons. Len said the routine needed a pooper scooper to finish it out. Carrie called it awkward and said his body was locked. It actually got a 3 from Bruno, something I have never seen in all the seasons up until now. As bad as Michael was on the dance floor, the brutality of Len and particularly Bruno was unnecessary and over the top.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas gave a respectable quickstep that was light, innocent and vulnerable. Len advised her to take chances in her dancing.
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani – 23
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer – 22
Margaret Cho and Louis van Amstel – 18
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – 21
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas – 22
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff – 18
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas – 19
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya – 21
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke – 21
Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower – 12
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough – 24
Voting for ABC’s Design A Dance is closed for this week. On Tuesday night, DWTS will reveal which dance viewers voted on. Beginning September 28th, viewers can log on to ABC.com and vote for the song. The winner will be revealed next week. Macy’s Stars of Dance will return tomorrow night also. Tomorrow night is the elimination round. If you miss it, check back for my update.
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