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'Dancing With The Stars' Week Six Performances Go To Broadway

Jennifer Decker Jennifer Decker
October 25th, 2011 9:50am EDT

DWTS go to Broadway

It’s Broadway Week at ‘Dancing With The Stars’, so of course the show was packed with drama.  Not that it isn’t always, but this week we got more, including an extra group dance with all the stars together, a hysterical John Travolta impression from David, Monty Python music, a comeback for Ricki, and Maks opening his big fat mouth to say the wrong thing at the wrong time.  Eh, such is Maks.

Here’s how it went:

Rob Kardashian (reality star) & Cheryl Burke
Dance: Cha-cha-cha
Scores: 8, 7, 7
Len said it was clean and precise, but it was stiff and lacked rhythm.  Bruno said it was adequate, but it lacked impact.  Carrie Ann said she saw more charisma, but the dance wasn’t as good as last week.

Based on the rehearsal footage, I was looking forward to this.  I haven’t always been a big fan of Rob’s, but he’s growing on me.  This dance didn’t seem to have much content, though.  Some of the hip action with him behind Cheryl was kind of sexy, and the dance was cute, but the rest didn’t really feel like a cha-cha.

Nancy Grace (TV host and journalist) & Tristan McManus

Dance: Foxtrot
Scores: 9, 7, 8
Bruno said she captured the feel of the dance.  Carrie Ann said it was a show stopper.  Len said more personality came out this week, but the posture and footwork wasn’t there.

Um, what dance were the judges watching?  To me, Nancy is starting to look more and more out of her element.  Tristan’s playful and youthful little jumps were adorable, but his energy made it look a little like she was just walking through the dance.  Even more annoying is the way she asked for more difficult choreography, got it, then blamed Tristan like he was going to try to make her look bad.  I’m ready for Granny Dancer to go home.

David Arquette (actor and producer) & Kym Johnson
Dance: Quickstep
Scores: 8, 7, 8
Carrie Ann said he lived up to expectations that the song they had gave them (“We Go Together” from Grease), but that he and Kym were out of sync.  Len said it was rough around the edges, but it was high energy and fun.  Bruno said he was like a live wire, but got off on the wrong foot.

This dance was definitely a reflection of David.  Energetic, and a little crazy.  It was interesting to watch him try to stay composed in such an energetic dance, and for the most part I think it worked.  You could sort of see the wheels turning sometimes, like he kept having to remind himself to calm down, though.  I enjoyed it, even if it wasn’t great.

Ricki Lake (actress and talk show host) & Derek Hough

Dance: Quickstep
Scores: 10, 9, 10
Len said Ricki proved her talent, and that her legs were so fast that her body had to catch up.  He loved it.  Bruno called it impeccable style and dazzling showmanship.Carrie Ann said it was it was beautiful to see, like poetry in motion.

Ricki is back!  Last week was such a let down, but she nailed it this time.  Derek is a great teacher, and she’s a great student.

Chaz Bono (author, activist, and son of Cher and Sonny Bono) & Lacey Schwimmer
Dance: Tango
Scores: 7, 6, 6
Bruno said it was like watching a cute penguin trying to be a bird of prey.  The character of the dance (The Phantom of the Opera) didn’t fit Chaz.  Carrie Ann agreed, and said Chaz really needed to up the ante, but she thought it was the most aggressive he’d been.  Len said he got through the routine, and didn’t say much else.

This was disappointing after last week.  Contrary to what you would expect, given his size, Chaz seems much better at fast dances.  Though I’m pretty sure I know why; it’s much easier to hide your flaws when you’re moving fast, it’s harder to scrutinize every move.  This wasn’t bad, but it was weird.  Those kicks looked like he was just flinging his legs and landing flat-footed.

Hope Solo (goalie for U.S. women’s national soccer team) & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Rumba
Scores: 7, 6, 7
Carrie Ann said she could see the work Hope was putting in, but that the vulnerability of the dance went against her nature, and when she was out of hold it looked like she was forcing it.  Len said he was at a loss, and that it was her worst dance of the season.  Bruno said it didn’t quite gel.

I felt a little embarrassed watching this.  When Maks brought the troop dancers in during the rehearsals, and Hope picked up the sexy femininity immediately, I was shocked.  I thought she’d finally got it!  But then she lost it almost instantly, and felt stiff during the dance.  When she had to do something sensual, she looked like she was just posing in what she thought was a sexy pose.

I would be remiss here if I didn’t say anything about the little hissy fit Maks had during judging, telling Len that maybe it was time to get out of the business.  He didn’t like their judgmental comments?  Maks, sweetie, they’re judges.  The point of them being on the show is to be judgmental.  

I adore Maks--he’s the main reason I started and continued to watch the show--but he needs to shut his mouth sometimes.  He did this with Carrie Ann in season eleven, and he looked like a jerk.  And last night he looked like even more of a jerk.  I do totally understand what he’s upset about; sometimes the judging makes no sense, and they judge differently for each star.  There is no way Nancy should have scored a full four points higher than Hope.  

Still.  It’s live tv, and isn’t a life or death competition.  Shut up, Maks.  Just shut up.  You’re right that people are losing faith in Hope, but don’t make me and everyone else lose faith in you.  I really hope your mouth doesn’t hurt Hope and you in the votes.

J.R. Martinez (actor and U.S. Army veteran) & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Quickstep
Scores: 10, 9, 10
Len called J.R. truly relentless, and compared this dance to Helio Castroneves’ Quickstep with Julianne Hough in season five (Helio won that season), which is widely considered one of the best dances in the history of the show.  Bruno said he created a rip-roaring, audience rising hit.  Carrie Ann said Bob Fosse would have been proud.  Wow.

I have to say, I rewound this to rewatch it again just because I was so distracted by Maks’ comments, so it’s unfortunate that they had to follow that.  That said, it was pretty incredible.  It’s a tight race between Ricki and J.R., but J.R. is breaking through after weeks of being just behind.  It was fast, fun, and clean, and I loved it.  It should have gotten three tens.  Maybe Len was still grumpy about Maks.

If he was still grumpy, the group dance should have cheered him up.  It was a non-scoring round, so it allowed (by appearances) the stars to relax a bit more.  I really wish Hope had an opportunity to dance with other girls more often, because again she was more than capable of looking naturally sexy when surrounded by other women doing the same.  Nancy gets huge props for the flip she did, and Rob got to show off his strength lifting Cheryl.  Even Chaz looked good when he had the group to insulate him.

Oh, and Carson was back this week to “help” in rehearsals for the group dance.  It was awesome to have him back for a few minutes, bringing some levity after the harsh words.

So who is going home?  I have no clue.  I think Maks put Hope in danger, but Chaz slipped back down the ladder again, and he’s consistently been worse than Hope.  And honestly, I can’t be the only one that thinks Nancy is getting too much credit for doing too little!

It’s Broadway Week at ‘Dancing With The Stars’, so of course the show was packed with drama.  Not that it isn’t always, but this week we got more, including an extra group dance with all the stars together, a hysterical John Travolta impression from David, Monty Python music, a comeback for Ricki, and Maks opening his big fat mouth to say the wrong thing at the wrong time.  Eh, such is Maks.

Here’s how it went:

Rob Kardashian (reality star) & Cheryl Burke
Dance: Cha-cha-cha
Scores: 8, 7, 7
Len said it was clean and precise, but it was stiff and lacked rhythm.  Bruno said it was adequate, but it lacked impact.  Carrie Ann said she saw more charisma, but the dance wasn’t as good as last week.

Based on the rehearsal footage, I was looking forward to this.  I haven’t always been a big fan of Rob’s, but he’s growing on me.  This dance didn’t seem to have much content, though.  Some of the hip action with him behind Cheryl was kind of sexy, and the dance was cute, but the rest didn’t really feel like a cha-cha.

Nancy Grace (TV host and journalist) & Tristan McManus
Dance: Foxtrot
Scores: 9, 7, 8
Bruno said she captured the feel of the dance.  Carrie Ann said it was a show stopper.  Len said more personality came out this week, but the posture and footwork wasn’t there.

 

Um, what dance were the judges watching?  To me, Nancy is starting to look more and more out of her element.  Tristan’s playful and youthful little jumps were adorable, but his energy made it look a little like she was just walking through the dance.  Even more annoying is the way she asked for more difficult choreography, got it, then blamed Tristan like he was going to try to make her look bad.  I’m ready for Granny Dancer to go home.

David Arquette (actor and producer) & Kym Johnson
Dance: Quickstep
Scores: 8, 7, 8
Carrie Ann said he lived up to expectations that the song they had gave them (“We Go Together” from Grease), but that he and Kym were out of sync.  Len said it was rough around the edges, but it was high energy and fun.  Bruno said he was like a live wire, but got off on the wrong foot.

This dance was definitely a reflection of David.  Energetic, and a little crazy.  It was interesting to watch him try to stay composed in such an energetic dance, and for the most part I think it worked.  You could sort of see the wheels turning sometimes, like he kept having to remind himself to calm down, though.  I enjoyed it, even if it wasn’t great.

Ricki Lake (actress and talk show host) & Derek Hough

Dance: Quickstep
Scores: 10, 9, 10
Len said Ricki proved her talent, and that her legs were so fast that her body had to catch up.  He loved it.  Bruno called it impeccable style and dazzling showmanship.Carrie Ann said it was it was beautiful to see, like poetry in motion.

Ricki is back!  Last week was such a let down, but she nailed it this time.  Derek is a great teacher, and she’s a great student.

Chaz Bono (author, activist, and son of Cher and Sonny Bono) & Lacey Schwimmer
Dance: Tango
Scores: 7, 6, 6
Bruno said it was like watching a cute penguin trying to be a bird of prey.  The character of the dance (The Phantom of the Opera) didn’t fit Chaz.  Carrie Ann agreed, and said Chaz really needed to up the ante, but she thought it was the most aggressive he’d been.  Len said he got through the routine, and didn’t say much else.

This was disappointing after last week.  Contrary to what you would expect, given his size, Chaz seems much better at fast dances.  Though I’m pretty sure I know why; it’s much easier to hide your flaws when you’re moving fast, it’s harder to scrutinize every move.  This wasn’t bad, but it was weird.  Those kicks looked like he was just flinging his legs and landing flat-footed.

Hope Solo (goalie for U.S. women’s national soccer team) & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Dance: Rumba
Scores: 7, 6, 7
Carrie Ann said she could see the work Hope was putting in, but that the vulnerability of the dance went against her nature, and when she was out of hold it looked like she was forcing it.  Len said he was at a loss, and that it was her worst dance of the season.  Bruno said it didn’t quite gel.

I felt a little embarrassed watching this.  When Maks brought the troop dancers in during the rehearsals, and Hope picked up the sexy femininity immediately, I was shocked.  I thought she’d finally got it!  But then she lost it almost instantly, and felt stiff during the dance.  When she had to do something sensual, she looked like she was just posing in what she thought was a sexy pose.

I would be remiss here if I didn’t say anything about the little hissy fit Maks had during judging, telling Len that maybe it was time to get out of the business.  He didn’t like their judgmental comments?  Maks, sweetie, they’re judges.  The point of them being on the show is to be judgmental.  

I adore Maks--he’s the main reason I started and continued to watch the show--but he needs to shut his mouth sometimes.  He did this with Carrie Ann in season eleven, and he looked like a jerk.  And last night he looked like even more of a jerk.  I do totally understand what he’s upset about; sometimes the judging makes no sense, and they judge differently for each star.  There is no way Nancy should have scored a full four points higher than Hope.  

Still.  It’s live tv, and isn’t a life or death competition.  Shut up, Maks.  Just shut up.  You’re right that people are losing faith in Hope, but don’t make me and everyone else lose faith in you.  I really hope your mouth doesn’t hurt Hope and you in the votes.

J.R. Martinez (actor and U.S. Army veteran) & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Quickstep
Scores: 10, 9, 10
Len called J.R. truly relentless, and compared this dance to Helio Castroneves’ Quickstep with Julianne Hough in season five (Helio won that season), which is widely considered one of the best dances in the history of the show.  Bruno said he created a rip-roaring, audience rising hit.  Carrie Ann said Bob Fosse would have been proud.  Wow.

I have to say, I rewound this to rewatch it again just because I was so distracted by Maks’ comments, so it’s unfortunate that they had to follow that.  That said, it was pretty incredible.  It’s a tight race between Ricki and J.R., but J.R. is breaking through after weeks of being just behind.  It was fast, fun, and clean, and I loved it.  It should have gotten three tens.  Maybe Len was still grumpy about Maks.

If he was still grumpy, the group dance should have cheered him up.  It was a non-scoring round, so it allowed (by appearances) the stars to relax a bit more.  I really wish Hope had an opportunity to dance with other girls more often, because again she was more than capable of looking naturally sexy when surrounded by other women doing the same.  Nancy gets huge props for the flip she did, and Rob got to show off his strength lifting Cheryl.  Even Chaz looked good when he had the group to insulate him.

Oh, and Carson was back this week to “help” in rehearsals for the group dance.  It was awesome to have him back for a few minutes, bringing some levity after the harsh words.

So who is going home?  I have no clue.  I think Maks put Hope in danger, but Chaz slipped back down the ladder again, and he’s consistently been worse that Hope.  And honestly, I can’t be the only one that thinks Nancy is getting too much credit for doing too little!

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