For this new season of Dancing With the Stars producers decided to get bold and make some big changes.
This week, gone is the normal studio set up and in is an intimate feeling smaller set. Looking at the stage in the round, I fully expected Eric Clapton to come out and do a set. Unfortunately no chance of that, but we will be treated to some great acoustic music nonetheless.
This week, Bristol Palin, The Situation, and Florence Henderson are going to have to kick it up a notch.
Audrina Patridge, Rick Fox, and Jennifer Grey are looking to separate themselves from the pack.
Another change tonight will be the judges awarding two scores. One for performance and one for technique.
First up tonight, Super Bowl MVP Kurt Warner and Anna. A nice Rumba for Kurt. Len found some faults in it, but the judges were positive about his performance. Kurt received a 15 for technical, and a 19 for performance.
Next up in the round, Brandy and Maks. Another Rumba, and a nice romantic effort from Maks. Brandy received some tips on how to improve her technique but Brandy put on great show. The scores for Brandy included a 22 for technical and a 26 for performance.
Up third was Rick Fox and Cheryl. Rick is improving each week. They attempted the Argentine Tango. It was a well done routine. Carrie Ann wasn’t crazy about it, Len loved the lifts, but he thought the dance tailed off at the end. The technical score was a 19, and the performance score was a 20.
Next on the floor, Kyle and Lacey. Kyle has been a pleasant surprise on the show so far. He may not be the best dancer, but he’s a hard worker and a good performer. The dance was a bit jumbled, but it was a nice performance, and good music. For technique Kyle gets an 18. For performance he receives a 22.
Next up The Situation. Last week The Situation was beamed to the future. This week he’s attempting the Argentine Tango. He may be looking for that time machine again. Karina has her hands full with this guy. He still looks too mechanical to me out there. But he did some nice lifts, but Bruno just killed him with his comments. Len said at least it was consistent, consistently bad throughout. A 12 for technical, and a 16 for performance.
Florence Henderson and Corky are next. I’m looking for more improvement out of Florence. Nice flexibility and movement from Florence. This show should be titled “Dirty Dancing with Florence Henderson.” A 17 for technical and an 18 for performance.
Jennifer Grey and Derek look to bounce back from last week’s performance. They are up with the Argentine Tango. You can tell the stage is smaller, and they used the whole stage. Great technique and a great Tango. The judges loved it. A 27 for technical, and a 29 for performance, including the first 10’s of the season.
Bristol and Mark on now. The Rumba started a little slow, but it was sexy. Bruno said she had technique, but she needs to break out of her shell. An 18 for technical, and a 14 for performance.
Up last is Audrina and Tony. Tony has Audrina getting better each week. Their dance was lively and energetic. Some nice lifts and some difficult moves. A 24 for technique and a 22 for performance.
Results show tomorrow night.