“Dancing with the Star” is nearing the finish line. Three frontrunners and one longshot danced their way to the semifinals. From the beginning, viewers assumed Jennifer Grey and Brandy would make it to the semifinals, and they’ve rarely disappointed the judges or the audience. Kyle Massey was one of about three couples thought to have the potential to round out the semis. Bristol Palin, the longshot, knocked out better dancers, with the help of the viewer votes. On Monday, the dancers had to perform two dances, one with a solo.
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough earned the first perfect score of the season for their cha cha cha and waltz. This was the first week of the season in which Jennifer didn’t cry. She looked more relaxed in rehearsals and on the dance floor. Her performance brought the audience to their feet. It was a fun dance to watch. Her waltz was another great show-stopping performance. Her background information showed her neck pain resulted from a car accident she survived in the late 80’s.
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned a 57 for their paso doble and Argentine tango. I didn’t like the first few seconds of the paso, but the middle and the end was pretty good. Brandy looked a little angry, but her flexibility greatly improved from the beginning of the season. I thoroughly enjoyed the Argentine tango. It was intense and had complicated lifts. The tango earned Brandy’s first perfect 10s.
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer really brought out their energy for the samba and Argentine tango. The judges gave them 58 out of 60, including four 10s. The samba was perfect for Kyle. It was fun to watch and fit his personality. Len Goodman said he had a “bionic bum.” Kyle’s lifts during the Argentine tango surprised me; it was his hardest of the season. Carrie Ann compared his performance to Season 3 winner Emmitt Smith.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas’ performances demonstrated the highs and lows of Bristol’s performances. Her paso doble was her best dance of the season. She looked like she was finally emerging out of her shell and not giving a performance filled with mixed emotions. She received the highest scores of the season. In opposition, her waltz was boring and a letdown after a respectable paso. I wanted to go to sleep because it was uninteresting and lacked chemistry. Even the audience was less than enthused. Two judges, however, gave her 9’s, which I thought was way too generous.
Overall, the couples brought out their best stuff for the semifinals. Even Bristol improved this week, trying to convince her naysayers that she deserved to be there. Although it’s nice to see Bristol give two weeks in a row of her best performance, my dream is for the top three of the night to reach the finals. Jennifer, Brandy and Kyle will likely give the best freestyle dances, one of my favorite parts of “Dancing with the Stars.” They have personalities to pull it off. The result show to determine the three finalists airs Tuesday, November 16 on ABC.
Combined Scores and Rankings:
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough = 60 out of 60
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy = 57 out of 60
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer = 58 out of 60
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas = 53 out of 60