Strength, courage, resilience, and charisma – along with lots of sequins and possibly permanent by now fake tans – are the qualities that the final group of dancers will need to be in the finals on Dancing With the Stars. The remaining stars in this week’s competition are Brandy and Maks, Jennifer Grey and Derek, Bristol Palin and Mark, and Kyle Massey and Lacey. It’s down to the final four and this proved to be an exciting show with two dances performed, as well as some personal history on each star prior to being on Dancing With the Stars.
Brandy and Maks
It was hard to take Maks seriously in his tennis shoes doing a dramatic dance, but Brandy (who looked stunning) stepped out on her own at the end of the performance with a confident solo. Brandy has become a new woman during the run of Dancing With the Stars. They dedicated their first performance to anyone who has ever been bullied, which could be added encouragement for viewers to vote for them. Brandy and Maks’ second dance was gorgeous and powerful. So powerful in fact they received a perfect score.
Brandy was 15 when she released her first album. Whitney Houston spoke for her and how dedicated she is to hard work. Two following albums did not do as well, and her confidence fell. A fatal car accident really brought her down to a low emotional level for three months. After it was proven not her fault, people still called her a “murderer” which affected her greatly. Kelly Rowland is also a friend, speaking how faith helped her through the tragedy. Brandy said the show is like a “rebirth” for her, and hopefully she will continue to carry herself upwards.
Jennifer Grey and Derek
These two were still on their high after getting a perfect score last week. Jennifer came out with a sexy solo and simply had fun during the rest of their amazing first performance. She and Derek have great chemistry, and they were in the dance 110%. It paid off and got them another perfect score of 30, which was quite deserved. I could sense the other contestants just wincing when the last scoring paddle came up as a “10.” The second dance was sensual, sexy and graceful. It also received a perfect score and emotional responses from the judges.
Jennifer Grey’s father, Joel Grey, was a performer on Broadway. He was her inspiration for getting into performing. She also spoke about the car accident which gave her a fragile neck. Clark Gregg, her husband, said she had bad headaches and even sneezes would be painful, prior to surgery to correct her spine. Jamie Lee Curtis is a huge fan and friend, and got quite emotional this week for Jennifer. It has been wonderful to see her in the audience weekly.
Bristol Palin and Mark
Bristol and Mark had commentary about Bristol making it this far in the competition just because of Sarah Palin and politics. Bristol said she isn’t “fake and typical Hollywood” which has been a benefit for her getting the votes to keep her in the competition. She came out dressed showing a lot of leg in an aggressive black dress, which got her in character to perform an aggressive dance. She looked as if she broke out of the remainder of her shell and was confident dancing portions of the performance on her own. She got her best remarks and scores from the judges. Sarah Palin was in the audience this week, and Tom Bergeron wisely did not interview mom this time around. It was a little disappointing to see her come out in another very similar black dress for the second dance. She did have more feeling in her eyes at times, and did dance beautifully.
Bristol Palin, according to her parents, was very independent during childhood. Bristol said she didn’t have challenges or problems growing up until she started dating Levi Johnston. Her pregnancy was difficult to handle in the public eye. Upon accepting the position in the cast for Dancing With the Stars, she drove her truck down (for five days) from Alaska by herself.
Kyle Massey and Lacey
The jokesters of the group, they still remain in the running after hitting the number two spot on the leader board last week. This week Kyle came out with a hip shaking solo, leading to Kyle shakin’ it all! He does not have the most athletic body among the cast, but he sure does shake what he’s got. He probably works the hardest and it got him soooo close to a perfect score this week. Go Kyle! His second performance was full of charisma and intensity, with judge Carrie Ann comparing him to Emmitt Smith, which is a huge compliment.
Kyle is originally from Atlanta, Georgia and is very close to his mother and brother, Christopher. When he was 8 years old he had his first job. His mother then moved the family to Los Angeles. He was “Corey” on ‘That’s so Raven’ and then got his own show. Louis Gossett, Jr. admires Kyle for his good attitude and work ethic.
This week’s episode of Dancing With the Stars proved to be dramatic and emotional, which can only be intensified when the results of the voting are known. Tomorrow night’s show shouldn’t be missed!
Dancing With the Stars on ABC, November 15, 2010