The Dancing with the Stars powers-that-be did what we hope for all season and kept the first part of the finals competition to just one hour.
William Levy & Cheryl Burke are up first with an energetic ChaCha to “Raise Your Glass”. The colors on Cheryl’s dress were fun, but something about the cut/style just didn’t suit her for some reason and I was distracted by it. In my unprofessional opinion, there didn’t seem to be much content for what should be the “knock their socks off final dance”. Len disagrees with me, saying it was the best he’s seen in 14 years. What do I know?
The surprise of the night however came when it was revealed that Ricki, 43, had threatened to quit the show during the week, despite being the one to beat. “I feel a tremendous amount of pressure,” said Ricki while struggling with the new routine. “Has anyone ever quit the show?”
“I am going to have a breakdown. I just can’t do it,” Ricki complained. “It’s just very confusing for me. I am not getting it. I want to quit. Like I totally want to quit — and I am not a quitter.”
Fortunately for Ricki she hung in there, and even more impressive, she and her partner Derek Hough (who is rumored to be dating Lauren Conrad) nabbed the season’s first scores of 10! Following her performance of a tango that judge Carrie Ann Inaba called “brilliance in the ballroom,” Ricki earned two perfect 10s, scoring a total of 29 points out of 30.
Coming in second place for the third week in a row is war veteran J.R. Martinezand his partner Karina Smirnoff. J.R. received a good score of 26 points for his smooth fox-trot.
At the bottom of the scoreboard was Carson Kressley, who earned a low score of 20 points for his underwhelming pirate-themed Viennese waltz. Judge Len Goodman said the dance was “like childbirth: terrible while it’s happening and enjoyable when it’s over.” Ouch! Carrie Ann also criticized Carson before going on to call the dance his “most butch” performance yet.
The full scores from last night are below –
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 29 J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 26 Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 24 Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 24 David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 23 Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21 Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 21 Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 21 Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 20
On tonight’s results show, another celebrity will be sent packing!
TELL US – DO YOU THINK RICKI WILL WIN THIS SEASON? IS IT CARSON’S TIME TO GO?
Ricki won over both the judges and fans with her spectacular rumba which represented the hardship she has experienced in the last year including a divorce and her house burning down. Her dance was far from disastrous giving her and partner Derek Hough the night’s top score of 27.
Tied for second place were both Chynna Phillips and J.R. Martinez, each scoring 26. War veteran J.R. had the ballroom in tears when he opened up about his war vehicle hitting a land mine when he was just 19 years old, disfiguring his face and more than 40 percent of his body. He dedicated his dance to the men and women serving our country. J.R. went on to receive a standing ovation for his rumba dance with partner Karina Smirnoff!
Coming in last place was Chaz Bono who struggled yet again. Quite frankly, Chaz failed to impress with his rumba receiving a low score of 18. Despite the score, judge Len Goodman called the rumba Chaz’s best dance yet while Carrie Ann Inaba added, “Just showing up here takes incredible amounts of courage.” It will be interesting to see if Chaz will be sent packing tomorrow night or if the fans will continue to save him!
Below are the full scores from last night –
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough: 27 J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 26 Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 26 Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas: 24 David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 24 Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 24 Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 23 Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21 Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 18
Tonight, another contestant will be dismissed from the show. The judges’ scores will be combined with viewer votes to determine who goes home.
TELL US – IS IT CHAZ’S TIME TO GO? WHO SHOULD BE SENT PACKING?
It’s a definite possibility with his celeb partnerRicki Lake! Just two weeks into the new season, Ricki, who has lost over 12 inches from her waist since rehearsals started, led the leader-board with the high score of 23! Ricki received praises from the judges for her energetic jive. Carrie Ann Inaba called it the best dance of the night while Len Goodman called it “an improvement from last week.”
Tying for second place were J.R. Martinez and Kristin Cavallari, each with a score of 22! JR’s score for his high energy jive ties his score from last week. The Hills’ alum Kristin shined with her quickstep despite receiving some criticism from Len. “It was not as good as you look,” he told Kristin.
Also showing improvement this week was Rob Kardashian! Following his jive performance, Carrie Ann called him the best dancer!… in the Kardashian family. “It’s official: Rob Kardashian is a better dancer than Kim Kardashian,” said Carrie Ann. “No offense to Kim, [but] you have the dancing gene, honey.”
Despite suffering a nip slip/wardrobe malfunction, Nancy Grace showed vast improvement in her dancing! After landing in the bottom two last week, the 51-year-old news anchor came back strong, earning a score of 21 for her quickstep.
Chaz Bonodidn’t fare so well as he ended up in the bottom of the pack after receiving praises from the judges last week. With a score of 17 points for a quickstep routine that judges deemed too slow, Chaz finds himself in last place. “I’ve moved faster through the car wash,” said Len.
Below are the full scores from last night –
Ricky Lake & Derek Hough: 23 J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff: 22 Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas: 22 Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani: 21 Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy: 21 Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus: 21 Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke: 21 Hope Solo & Maks Chmerkovskiy: 19 Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya: 18 David Arquette & Kym Johnson: 18 Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer: 17
A second celebrity will be eliminated from the results show tonight.
TELL US – IS IT CHAZ’S TIME TO GO? WHO SHOULD BE SENT PACKING?
Coming out on top for the second week in a row was Brandy and her partner Maksim. The duo received a high score of 26 and praises from the judges for their hot tango dance. Carrie Ann called the dance”very impressive,” with Len Goodman calling their routine “the dance of the night.” Maksim’s former dance partner Erin Andrews was also present to cheer him on in the audience, and no, the two are not dating.
The surprise of the night was Bristol Palin, who showed major improvement from a week before while also earning her highest score of the season. Bristol and partner Mark Ballas danced their tango to Orianthi’s “According to You,” with Carrie Ann stating the routine was “ridiculously amazing.” Bruno Tonioli called it her “best performance” of the season. Bristol and Mark received a score of 23.
The lowest score of the night went to former NFL player Kurt Warner and his partner Anna Trebunskaya. Kurt seemed to fumble on his paso doble dance, earning him a low score of 18, all 6s from the judges. Following the competition, Kurt, 39, told UsWeekly he felt the judges were a bit harsh on him. “We come out and we perform what we thought was a good dance and then get scores that aren’t so good,” said Kurt.
The dance scores from last night below, in addition to the scores from the dance marathon –
Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 36 (26, 10) Audrina Patridge & Tony Dovolani: 32 (24, 8 ) Rick Fox & Cheryl Burke: 30 (24, 6) Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer: 30 (23, 7) Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough: 29 (20, 9) Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 28 (23, 5) Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya: 22 (18, 4)
The eight remaining couples of Dancing With The Stars hit the stage Monday night during a special ‘Moving Night’ edition of the hit show.
Coming in first place was Nicole Scherzingerand Derek Hough’s Pretty Woman-inspired tango. The duo received a standing ovation from the crowd to go along with their almost perfect score of 29. Judge Len called it “the best dance of the season so far.” Carrie Ann Inaba added, “Every moment, you could have taken a snapshot and it would have just been art.”
Olympic ice skater Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya found themselves in second place this week, ending their two consecutive weeks at the top. They received a high score of 27 for their rumba dance to “I Don’t Wanna Miss a Thing,” from Armageddon.
Jake Pavelka found himself in 3rd place for the first time this season with the 23 score he received for donning his tighty whiteys while dancing the cha-cha to “Old Time Rock & Roll” from Risky Business. In fourth place was Erin Andrews and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. The duo received a score of 22 for their Pulp Fiction dance. Perhaps it’s just me, but I thought they performed better than a 22.
In last place for the second straight week was reality mom Kate Gosselin, who seemed to take a few step backwards after receiving the Judges’ praises for her performance last week. Kate was shown once again in rehearsals bitching at questioning her partner Tony Dovolani every step of the way. She looked to be taking a stroll rather than dancing as she attempted to fox trot to the Breakfast Club movie. Kate deservedly received harsh criticism for the judges. Bruno called the performance “catatonic.” He added, “Tony could have gotten more life out of a frock on a coat hanger.” Ouch.
Week 2 of Dancing With The Stars brought us some phenomenal dance moves but the topic on every one’s minds seems to be the drama involved with some of the dancing couples.
The most intense fight came from Kate Gosselin and her partner Tony Dovolani, who even threatened to quit during one of their rehearsals. It all started when Kate complained that she was “stressed,” Tony then said, “Nothing in dancing is natural to Kate.”
“He feels like I undermine him as a teacher,” Kate, 34, snapped to the camera before telling Jon Tony, “You’re not taking into consideration how I learn!” Kate walked away saying, “I’m done, I’m done today.” Tony then removed his mic pack and said, “I quit!” causing Kate to break down saying, “I don’t get it!”
Shortly after, Tony came back saying he overreacted, and the two made up. Kate then said, “A lot of people quit on me in my life.” Tony has also said he regrets telling Kate he quit.
In other DWTS news, the highest score of the night went to Pussycat dollNicole Scherzinger, who did a very impressive jive dance with partner Derek Hough, earning them the first 10s of the season. The couple received an outstanding 28 points out of 30.
Coming in second was Olympic ice skater Evan Lysacek, who received a 24 score for his high energy jive with partner Anna Trebunskaya.
In third place wasrumored couple Erin Andrewsand partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Their fluid foxtrot earned them a 23 point score and a compliment from judge Bruno, who said the ESPN reporter has “natural elegance.”
At the bottom this week was once again Kate Gosselin and Buzz Aldrin. Kate earned a score of 15 as she looked extremely mortified and robotic while attempting to do the jive. Buzz earned a score of 12 as his foxtrot failed to sizzle.