After a night of past champions and team dances, “Dancing with the Stars” continued its 200th episode extravaganza with live performances by Rod Steward and Taylor Swift and memorable moments. Monday’s close scores (less than seven points separate first and last place) set the stage for a nail-biting elimination on Tuesday, November 2. Week 6’s elimination of Audrina Patridge, though she finished in second place, proved that no one is safe from the chopping block.
The Surprise Results
Jennifer Grey and Brandy blew everyone away on Monday’s show; however, their high scores don’t guarantee their safety. The behind-the-scenes footage showed Bristol Palin’s exhaustion and her desire to go home. Again, “Dancing with the Stars” viewers saved her to dance another week and a top scorer went home. Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke went home even though they received their highest scores, which put them in third place.
This was the worst decision since last week’s elimination of Audrina Patridge and Cloris Leachman remaining on the show during Season 7 while Toni Braxton got the ax. I actually hoped Bristol would succeed after a pretty decent performance the first week. But, she’s been in last place too many times to stay on the show, and her performances have been boring and emotionless. If she had more personality, I could understand her presence. At least, Cloris Leachman made us laugh.
At the beginning of “Dancing with the Stars: The Results,” Len Goodman wanted to see Team Apolo’s group dance again. It was even better the second time around. I still can’t get over Jennifer Grey’s flexibility. I haven’t attempted a split since my late 20’s.
Later in the show, the cast of the Broadway adaptation of “Mary Poppins” performed “Step in Time.” Anyone’s whose ever watched the classic movie will recognize it as the scene when Mary and the kids danced with all the chimney sweeps. I can’t wait for this show to go on its North American tour.
Taylor Swift sang “Speak Now” for her new album. She also sang her hit song “White Horse” as clips of past seasons play on the big screen. Taylor also announced the CMA Awards, which airs Wednesday, November 10 on ABC. Rod Stewart also sang the classic standard “I Get a Kick (Out of You).”
“Dancing with the Stars” gave out special awards for memorable moments:
Most Dramatic Moment – Marie Osmond’s Season 5 Faint
Best Worst Dancer – Kenny Mayne for Season 2 (I almost forgot Master P was on the show. Kate Gosslin, Billy Ray Cyrus and Steve Wozniak were also nominated.)
Biggest Dancer Transformation – Louis Van Amstel (forgot he had a ponytail)
Best Judges Moments (I didn’t realize how many dances make Carrie Ann cry or how many times she said something touched her heart. Bruno talks a lot about contestants hip movements and called several female contestants vixens.)
“Dancing with the Stars” announced the premiere of “Skating with the Stars.” (Not a new concept. A few years ago, Fox had a show entitled “Skating with Celebrities.”) Celebrities include Bethenny Frankel of the “The Real Housewives” series, Olympic Gold Medalist Jonny Moseley, soap actress Rebecca Budig, Disney Channel’s Brandon Mychal Smith, actress Shawn Young and Vince Neil of Motley Crue. It premieres November 22 after “Dancing with the Stars.”
The next episode of “Dancing with the Stars” airs on Monday, November 8 on ABC. Remaining contestants will participate in the show’s first ever instant dance. They won’t know what song they will dance to until a few moments before hitting the dance floor. That will definitely test their musicality and ability to follow the lead. I’ve been wrong the past few weeks, but I think the instant dance could be the end of Mark and Bristol. Of course, this season is full of surprise eliminations.