For me, Week 6 of “Dancing with the Stars,” which aired on Monday, October 25, is when the competition really heats up and the best of the couples stand out. Couples have to perform two dances – one couples and a dance marathon. The first ever “Rock Wee” featured outrageous costumes and outstanding dances. Crowd favorites Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough also plummeted from the top spot.
The first 30 minutes of the show featured a countdown of the top 10 dances of all time, as voted for by fans. For the most part, I agreed with the rankings. Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke deserve the number one spot. I still remember the performance even though it happened in 2006. I loved Mel B and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s paso doble. It should have been in fourth place, ahead of Nicole Scherzingner and Derek Hough’s.
A few notable dances that could have made the list, in my opinion, were the freestyles by Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke and Karina Smirnoff and Mario Lopez. Both dances appeared in season three, which Emmitt Smith won. Another memorable dance was Laila Ali and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s mambo.
Viewer favorites were:
10. Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas — Freestyle (Season 8)
9. Donnie Osmond and Kym Johnson — Argentine Tango (Season 9)
8. Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough — Quickstep (Season 5)
7. Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough — Freestyle (Season 4)
6. Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough — Futuristic Paso Doble (Season 9)
5. Mel B and Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Paso Doble (Season 5)
4. Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough — Paso Doble (Season 10)
3. Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough — Samba (Season 4)
2. Gilles Marina and Cheryl Burke — Argentine Tango (Season 8)
1. Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke — Freestyle (Season 2)
Top Scorers for Individual Dances
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were at the top for the second week in a row, earning a 26 for their tango. Their tango to “Holding Out for a Hero” by Bonnie Tyler was intense and was the best dance of the night. They also outlasted everyone in the dance marathon, gaining an additional 10 points. It was remarkable because they had the last dance and should have been tired.
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani received a 24 for their paso doble. I wasn’t feeling their dance to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust.” Their intensity didn’t match the punctuation of a song considered one of the best rock songs of all time. I agree with Len; she has the potential to win, but she still needs to evoke a character. She earned an additional eight points in the marathon.
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke also earned a 24 for their tango to Van Halen’s “You Really Got Me.” Fox looked like he stole his outfit from David Bowie or Billy Idol’s closets. It was good but I still like his second week dance. He received an additional six points in the marathon.
The Middle Scorers
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer earned 23 for their rock tango. This was their best performance of the season. Kyle still needs to work on his footwork because made a few missteps. They got an additional seven points for the marathon.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas performed a tango to “According to You” by Orianthi, earning a 23. Bristol had the technical aspect of the dance, but her face looked like she was angry, not intense. They received five more points in the marathon.
At the Bottom
Surprisingly, Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough were second to last, receiving a 20 for their paso doble to Pink’s “So What.” I thought it was a pretty good dance though not nearly their best. I thought the judges scored them way too harshly. This was the second week in a row that the judges were not impressed with her performance. They made up for it in the marathon, coming in second and earning an additional nine points. Hopefully, they don’t fall victim to the sixth-week curse. In past seasons, good dancers have been sent home.
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya were in last place for their paso doble to Europe’s “The Final Countdown,” only getting an 18. Even the help of rocker Bret Michaels didn’t give Kurt the edge he needed to pull off a rock ‘n’ roll performance. The couple earned an 18 for their dance and was the first couple eliminated during the marathon.
I hope Jennifer and Derek don’t get eliminated during the results show, which airs on October 26. Though they’ve had a bad few weeks, they can rebound. I’m probably wrong, but Bristol and Audrina (who I actually like) should go because they just haven’t lived up to the potential they exhibited in early weeks. They seem to have plateaued. Heart and Kylie Minogue will perform on the results show. Next Monday, November 1, “Dancing with the Stars” will celebrate its 200th episode.
Scores and Rankings:
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy = 26 + 10 = 36
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani = 24 + 8 = 32
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke = 24 + 6 = 30
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer = 23 + 7 = 30
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough = 20 + 9 = 29
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas = 23 + 5 = 28
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya = 18 + 4 = 22