For the first time in the history of “Dancing with the Stars” the couples danced in the round. The stage was elevated and round shape, so the audience and judges could see any of their mistakes, especially the footwork. Instead of a full orchestra there were the softer instruments playing that included the acoustic guitar, which is why it was called “Acoustic Week.”
A few of the couples this was definitely not their night while others basked in the glory. There was only one dancer who stood above the rest with her performance and scores. No one else could touch it. Each couple was given two sets of scores on technical merit and performance. Later in the show we were informed there will be other theme weeks.
Not a Good Night to Tango or Rumba
Kurt Warner – My sentimental favorite couple were the first to dance Monday night, which I thought was a bad sign. Last week I remembered Jennifer Grey had danced first and she fell off the leader board into second place tying with two others. As it turned out it was Kurt’s 13th wedding anniversary, so his rumba wasn’t strong, but it certainly did not deserve the hideous low scores they got from the judges. Their technical scores were abominable with all 5s from the judges. The performance scores were only slightly better for a grand total of 34/60.
Bristol Palin – Her mother and father, along with some siblings, were once again in the audience to cheer her on. This time she seemed to obviously miss the mark with bringing a sensual quality to her rumba. It was flat and forgettable. I can’t even recall what she did except lay on the floor during the introduction, which seemed to take forever. Another thing I vividly remembered when Brooke asked what they thought of their total score she said “it sucks.” 32/60
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino – His days and nights are definitely getting numbered. When he had to do the 360 degree throw with Karina at the beginning you could see how strained he was with that move. All of the other lifts were choppy and not smooth either. The Situation truly looked uncomfortable doing the Argentine tango. I will not be at all surprised if he goes home at the results show. He had the lowest score of the night. 28/60
A Moderate Show
Rick Fox – This wasn’t his strongest overall performance, though I have to say he was brilliant with the numerous and difficult lifts he had to take on with his Argentine tango. Otherwise, he lacked passion and his kicks were not as sharp which is required in this type of tango. 39/60
Kyle Massey – Yes, I definitely agreed with the judges on its erratic pace with his rumba. At first it was smooth, then it was choppy and then smooth again. I am not and never have been a fan of his pro dance partner. Her uppity response to their first music selection in last week’s show when she said she had never heard of The Eagles made me furious. For someone who was on “So You Think You Can Dance” where they dance to all kinds of music from different eras it was extremely disrespectful of her. 40/60
Florence Henderson – When Carrie Ann Inaba responded to Florence’s rumba of “What just happened? You’re Mrs. Brady” it echoed my exact sentiments. Quite honestly, Florence didn’t have to resort to such cheap thrills. I remembered when she stated she didn’t want to be the older comic relief on “Dancing with the Stars.” That seems to have been the case Monday night. Of course I love Florence’s young at heart mentality, but she needs to also keep her dignity too. 35/60
Impressive Performances – Brandy and Audrina Patridge
Brandy – Talk about an incredible comeback. Her rumba was absolutely stellar. It was by far my favorite rumba performance of the entire evening. The costume she wore was incredibly sexy. Brandy is back in the game now. 48/60
Audrina Patridge – To close out the show Audrina’s Argentine tango was good, but no where near as captivating as another couple who had danced earlier. It was still enjoyable to watch, but not as good as her waltz last week. 46/60
“Prime-Time Delight” – Jennifer Grey
It certainly didn’t take long for Jennifer to recapture her top spot from last week’s slippery jive. I absolutely loved the cute introduction where Jennifer and Derek took turns playing on the piano to the traditional tango tune of “La Cumparsita.” She received the first 10s of the season from Carrie Ann and Bruno during the Performance scores. Bruno said this about her Argentine tango “As performances go, this is really prime-time delight!” Jennifer literally danced a near perfect Argentine tango on this acoustic night of “Dancing with the Stars”. 56/60
On the results show the Goo Goo Dolls will be one of the musical guests. Next week’s show will be TV Theme Week. I’m very excited for that one since I write about television. In the coming weeks they will have a Rock and Roll Week. I’m not sure I liked the acoustic music and stage in the round performance show. Jennifer Grey’s number was the only one that excelled in that environment. Many of the couples I felt were nervous about falling off the stage, which thankfully did not happen. I like how this show is experimenting now and again.
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