Monday night’s episode of “Dancing with the Stars” demonstrated all the remaining contestants were in it to win it. Although Bristol Palin was not the best dancer of the night, she managed to string together a good paso doble. Her waltz, though, failed to impress the audience and Carrie Ann. The meat of her performances, however, has not matters, as she seemed to have garnered a devoted fan base who’ve save hers week after week. As the glittering of the mirror ball seems to be in view, will she again dismiss one of the three celebs at the top or has her Cinderella story ended?
Len Goodman wanted to see Maksim and Brandy’s Argentine tango again, which received a perfect score. Watching it again, I still couldn’t get over how much Brandy’s flexibility has improved in nine weeks.
Academy Award winning singer/songwriter Annie Lenox performed “Universal Child” from her new album. She returned half way between the show to perform “Little Bird.” The dancers looked like a rock version of “Swan Lake.” I actually hoped she sang one of her songs from the 80s with The Eurhythmics. “Sweet Dreams” is still one of my favorite songs of the era, and I think the dancers could have done something really imaginative. Her voice is still powerful. Enrique Iglesias later performed “I Like It” from his latest album “Euphoria.”
The celebrities looked back on their weeks on “Dancing with the Stars.” For the most part, all of them agreed that it was hard work and had to push through their limitations. Kyle mentioned how, in addition to the physical journey, the show was mentally challenging. Bristol said it helped her come out of her shell. I only took dance in college, and I agree with a lot of their comments. After I challenged my body, I realized I could do things I never thought I’d do.
Macy’s Design a Dance featured Derek Hough and Cheryl Burke performing a 50s-style dance to Billy Joel’s “It’s Still Rock ‘n’ Roll to Me.” The viewers picked the dance, the setting and the professionals. The fact that Derek and Cheryl performed the dance shows that these former “Dancing with the Stars” champs are fan favorites.
By the end of the show, Jennifer & Derek and Kyle & Lacey knew they were in the finals. Brandy & Maksim and Bristol & Mark were the last two standing. You could see the fear on Brandy’s face, knowing that high scorers have left the show when faced with Bristol. She had a right to fear because Bristol made it to the final of “Dancing with the Stars.” I was really disappointed with this elimination. Not only is Brandy a better dancer, but I was looking forward to her freestyle.
I’m floored with this week’s results. I didn’t expect Bristol to beat any of the dancers remaining this week. I understand rooting for the underdog and rewarding improvement, but there is no way Bristol should be in the final. As the old saying goes, “You can’t cry over spilled milk.” Who knows? Maybe she’ll do a surprisingly good freestyle, as if that matters. Anyway, with Brandy and Maksim gone, I look forward to Kyle and Lacey’s freestyle. This is Lacey’s first appearance in the semifinals, and now she can add hip-hop elements to her routine. In the past, she’s raised Len’s ire for not being traditional enough although she comes from ballroom/Latin dance pedigree. Now, she can do it without reprimand. I think Derek and Jennifer will likely do variations on traditional ballroom dances to protect Jennifer from injuries. The finale of “Dancing with the Stars” airs on Monday, November 22, on ABC.