Instant dance turned out to be a hit at Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars,” some of the remaining contestants demonstrated their ability to create a routine in less than 45 minutes. Jennifer Grey and Derek received the first perfect 10s of the season while Kyle and Lacey impressed the judges, even getting a smile out of Len Goodman. While Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas gave a solid first performance, their instant dance pointed out Bristol’s lake of musicality. Again, they fell to the bottom of the pack. Being at the bottom, though, seems to have no impact on who goes home.
Len wanted to see Kyle and Lacey perform their instant dance jive to “Good Golly Miss Molly.” It was fun to see again, but I thought the original was better. Maybe, the stress of the instant dance added intensity to it. Nonetheless, it was still a good dance. He moved well and had a lot of energy. After their encore dance, Kyle and Lacey learned that they were safe to dance in the semifinals.
Dance Center returned with Jerry Rice, Kenny Mayne and Len Goodman. For those not familiar with this segment of “Dancing with the Stars,” it mimics ESPN’s Sports Center. The three panelists analyze the celebrities the same way they do professional athletes. They show dancers in slow motion, similar to the way Sports Center shows football and basketball games. “Dancing with the Stars” also play Sports Center-style promos.
British singer Taio Cruz sang “Dynamite,” from his album entitled “Rokstarr.” John Legend, then, sang the classic song “Wake Up” by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes. John Legend and the Roots performed his hit song “Ordinary People.”
Cute little kids stole the show. A nine-year-old piano player accompanied the band as two junior couples danced the jive to Little Richard’s “Tootie Fruity.” Emily Bear, the pianist, began playing at two years old and composed her first song before nine. Bear’s performed at the White House and “The Ellen DeGeneres Show,” to name a few.
Brandy & Max and Kurt & Anna were the last two standing. Bristol was again saved by the viewers. Kurt & Anna went home. They were second to last on the leaderboard, so their elimination was not as surprising as Audrina and Rick’s departure.
What can I say about “Dancing with the Stars”? This continues to be a strange season. I honestly didn’t think Bristol Palin would be in the semifinals. Despite who her mom is, I really expected she’d be home within the first few weeks. I understand the appeal of the underdog, but she’s not a celebrity and she rarely appears on the news. Anyway, the semifinal airs on Monday, November 15 on ABC.