If you were completely unaware of “Dancing with the Stars” theme of the week, then it could not be more obvious. The usual set was vastly arranged differently to make it look and feel like a rock music club meets rock arena stadium. You almost felt like you were at a concert instead of a dance competition show. Naturally this was rock week and the dances were more suited for this genre of music.
Seven couples either danced the Tango or the Paso Doble rock-style. Some of them had the look and attitude of a rock star, but the overall scores were below average for this point in the competition. This was not my favorite theme week as opposed to the lively and entertaining TV theme songs from last week. There were a number of couples who struggled during this particular theme.
Top 10 Dances on “Dancing with the Stars”
You voted for them and here were the top ten dances of all time from all ten seasons. I was upset you couldn’t even vote for Evan and Anna from Season 10. What possessed them to put Donny Osmond at number 9? That tango practically put me to sleep. The number one dance was a Freestyle from a country song by Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke in Season 2. The little trivia notes they had at the bottom of the screen were fascinating.
Struggling during Rock Week
Jennifer Grey – Once again they struggled with the very end of their Paso Doble. It was déjà vu with their Jive they did some weeks back. However, this time it was an obvious mistake for their ending. The dance itself was too angry, harsh and tense. I was shocked to see the complete turnaround from Jennifer and Derek. Only time will tell what will happen in the future. I was disappointed to say the least. 20/30
Kurt Warner – While Jennifer and Derek may have had an angry Paso Doble I actually liked theirs in contrast. Kurt looked more in character for the Paso Doble, like a matador, than a rock star. His dancing was that of a matador instead of doing silly air guitar and rock signs with the tongue nonsense. Naturally I was appalled by all three judges slamming Kurt and Anna with horrendous criticisms and low scores. It was absolutely uncalled for. 18/30
Most Improved Rock Couples
Kyle Massey – He is all about the performance and little on technique. Finally he improved and is taking the dancing competition more seriously instead of joking around week after week. The crowd was sure glad to have the old Kyle back from earlier in the season. 23/30
Bristol Palin – Talk about the comeback kid. Anything would have been an improvement from last week’s monkey suit travesty. Bristol’s Tango took it to the next level. Not a great idea for them to break a hold for some air guitar as wannabe rock stars wearing costumes that looked exactly like band uniforms. I was expecting them to be marching on “Dancing with the Stars” instead of the tango dance. 23/30
The High Scorers
Audrina Patridge – She is definitely a good dancer, but has the deadest-looking eyes on the dance floor of any celebrity I’ve seen on the show. The judges have pleaded with her to improve her character and personality. Audrina simply isn’t getting it. 24/30
Rick Fox – I’m sorry I did not get the judge’s feedback on Rick’s ultra stiff Tango. I loved the rock song they tangoed to, which was Van Halen’s cover of “You Really Got Me.” The ending was awesome, but I simply felt it wasn’t a great performance. Naturally the judges loved it and praised Rick and Cheryl with high scores. 24/30
Brandy – It was by far the best performance of the night where everything came together. Brandy’s costume was stunning and Maks looked divine too. Obviously they saved the best couple for last. 26/30
Rock and Roll Dance Marathon
This was more like a ’50s sock hop then a ’90s/’00s rock club type marathon. This dance would last four minutes that allowed lifts, throws and other crazy moves. Points were awarded for all the couples in the order they were eliminated. Needless to say Kurt and Anna were the first to go. They were just as good as any of the couples on the floor. It was definitely not their night no matter how hard they tried. Here is the order of elimination:
Kurt and Anna – 4
Bristol and Mark – 5
Rick and Cheryl – 6
Kyle and Lacey – 7
Audrina and Tony – 8
Jennifer and Derek – 9
Brandy and Maks – 10
For the Tuesday night results show will feature the sister act of Nancy and Ann Wilson, better known as Heart. Also, Kylie Minogue is performing too. On Monday, November 1 will be the 200th episode of “Dancing with the Stars.” A lot of the past stars will drop by for a visit. I’m not going to venture who will go home during the results show. I have been wrong so many times before.
Dancing with the Stars, ABC
Allyssa Lee, “‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Rock on”, Los Angeles Times
Dancing with the Stars (U.S. season 11), Wikipedia