Last night our stars were expected to do a solo part during their dance, and all four stars did just that, and more. These are the semi-finals, and you can tell by the caliber of dancing, for the most part, that these people are the cream of the crop.
Up first was my beloved and his partner, Maksim Chmerkovsky and Brandy. They did a strange Paso Doble. I say strange because one moment Brandy looked scared to death of Maks, then the next moment she looked like she was ready to punch him in the face. I knew they were acting something out, but it was a little over the top and I found it all very distracting. Brandy tried to explain it later when talking with Brooke Burke by saying it had something to do with them taking a stand against “bullying”. I guess so. I just didn’t get it. But Maks looked especially gorgeous last night. Something about those eyes. Just wanted to mention that.
Between dances, we were shown a little bit about each star’s background and what brought them to this point in their lives. Brandy had to overcome an involvement with a fatal car collision which left her hibernating in her home for three months. We saw her Dad comment on how he watched her become new and strong again and he felt that was heroic. Heavy stuff.
On stage next was Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough. They did the Cha Cha. But before that, Jennifer was pulling out all the stops to put all the whining and complaining behind her. There she was like a perfect little cheerleader at a pep rally saying how the best is yet to come, and how she was revved up about the next two weeks, and shouting at the camera to “just bring it on!” Okay, Jen, let’s bring it on. And they did. There was no sign whatsoever of that ripped knee tendon from last week. She must have miraculous healing powers.
Oh but during the “background” part, they did show a horrific x-ray of what her neck looked like prior to surgery and how she could have easily become paralyzed if they hadn’t put those two screws in there. It made us all shudder. They also mentioned how this whole thing was caused by a car accident she was in with Matthew Broderick back in the day. I didn’t know that.
Okay, let’s get ready. Here comes Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas. They also did a Paso Doble, but this time I understood it. I can’t believe I’m going to say this, but ….. wait for it ….. Bristol wasn’t half bad last night. She seemed to finally get some confidence after being on stage every week and it showed in her dancing. She’s still nowhere near the caliber of dancing by the other contestants, but she held her own. I especially liked that move her and Mark made when she threw her arms around his neck and he dragged her across the floor. It was emotional and that’s what dancing is suppose to bring out.
During the “background” part of the show for Bristol, I was surprised that they actually addressed the fact that people are saying she’s still in the game because of her mother. We all know she’s still here because of her mother, but Bristol can’t say that. She just said that she thinks people can relate to her. But there was Sarah Palin, sitting in the audience again, and also on camera saying something like “doggone it she might as well dance”. Oh Sarah stop. Your daughter is doing good tonight, don’t mess it up for her. If Bristol stays on the show much longer though, it will be a total embarrassment for the whole Dancing With The Stars franchise and I can’t believe they will allow that to happen. We’ll see. It’s not Bristol’s fault though. She just goes out there and does the best she can.
And then here comes Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer. Nineteen year old Kyle is living out every teen guy’s fantasy by the way he gets to grope and feel up Lacey each and every week. And it’s all because he needs to dance with her. At the end of one of their dances, Lacey had her leg up against his face, sorta yoga like, and Kyle got to rub his hands up and down her leg with a big smile on his face. My daughter tends to find that creepy, but I think it’s funny how Kyle is getting away with doing what he’s doing. Lacey said that he was like the little brother she never asked for but got anyway. And Kyle proved that point when he let out a big loud burp. I’m surprised he didn’t follow that up with a fart. I’m glad he didn’t. But Lacey has really turned him into a phenomenal dancer. He’s giving Brandy and Jennifer something to compete with.
Len said it best when during the “background” part of Kyle’s story, he mentioned how there is no backstage drama with Kyle. And that’s true. It’s refreshing actually. There are no stories of car accidents, surgeries, broken body parts, crying, none of that. Only fast and fun dancing with Lacey.
Now what should happen next is that Bristol should go home tonight. Then Kyle should go home next time. Then Jennifer should go home to rest next time. Then Brandy should win the mirror ball trophy. But if I was a betting woman, I’d have to say that Jennifer will probably win though. There’s too much Dirty Dancing memories and Patrick Swayze’s ghost to compete with. Brandy will just have to console herself with the memory of being in the arms of the likes of Maksim all these weeks. And Jennifer can take home the mirror ball trophy. She does deserve a huge reward for being such a trooper. Let’s see how it all unfolds in the coming weeks. And one more thing. Why was Maks rubbing Kyle’s chest at the end of the show? I wonder what goes on there sometimes.