With the introduction of a new phase to the competition, Dancing with the Stars has brought back an excitement to the show that it has sorely lacked for quite some time. The “instant dance round”, which is more akin to true Ballroom competition, is where the contestants know the style of dance they are to perform, but will not know the music until minutes before their performance. This new form of competition separates the Dancing with the Stars contenders from the Dancing with the Stars want-to-be’s.
Tonight’s Dancing with the Stars competition consisted of two rounds, the individual dance and the instant dance rounds. The two scores for each round would be added together, giving each contestant a chance of earning a maximum of 60 points from the Dancing with the Stars judges. This score will be added with the votes from viewers. The contestant with the lowest overall score will be booted from the Dancing with the Stars competition. How did the final five fare?
Dancing with the Stars contestants are listed from the highest combined score to the lowest.
Tied at the number one spot on the Dancing with the Stars leader board are Brandy and Jennifer Grey with a combined score of 57 out of a possible 60 points.
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy performed a Waltz that the Dancing with the Stars judges found emotional. The dance was described as overwhelming, more than a dance. It was an exquisite interpretation of the song, earning the two a score of 29 for round one.
The instant dance round found Brandy and Maks performing a Cha Cha Cha to the tune, “Teenage Dream”. The judges had mixed reactions to the performance. Carrie Ann Inaba was disappointed, while Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli loved the dance. The two earned a 28 for their efforts in round two.
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough danced an energetic and entertaining Quick Step, despite Grey’s injury of a torn ligament in her leg. Their performance was critiqued as being similar to watching Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers dancing a classic Quick Step. The two earned a score of 27 from the Dancing with the Stars judges.
Grey and Hough’s instant dance was a Rumba, performed to the song “A Girl Like You”. This flawless performance which was described as dancing at it’s best, earned the two the first perfect score of season 11 on Dancing with the Stars, a 30.
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer landed in second place on the Dancing with the Stars leader board with a combined score of 56 points, just one point shy of first place.
In the individual dance round Massey and Schwimmer performed an elegant Viennese Waltz that was amazing. It was as if the two were dancing upon a cloud. Each week the judges criticize Massey and each week he comes back a little stronger. Massey’s score was 27 out of a possible 30 points.
“Good Golly Miss Molly” was the tune Kyle Massey and Lacey Swimmer must dance a Jive to in the instant dance round. What a dance it was. Fun, energetic and top of the league for entertaining creativity. The judges loved every minute. The two earned a 29 for the second round of the Dancing with the Stars competition.
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya landed in the next to the lowest rung on the Dancing with the Stars leader board with a total score of 48.
Warner and Trebunskaya performed a Waltz for the individual dance round. Warner’s determination to succeed on Dancing with the Stars was noted, but it was also noted by the judges that there were people better at dancing than he. Warner was praised for improvement but is it too little, too late? The two earned a score of 24 for their Waltz.
The instant dance round found Warner and Trebunskaya performing a Cha Cha Cha to the song, “Hella Good”. Kurt just had fun during this Dancing with the Stars performance, earning praise all around from the judges. He was disappointed however, when he only earned a score of 24 once again. Warner seems to be stuck on eights. He felt he deserved a higher score for his efforts.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas are at the bottom of the Dancing with the Stars leader board, again. Palin is trying very hard to succeed in this endeavor but she is failing miserably. If not for votes from Dancing with the Stars fans Palin would have been booted from the competition weeks ago. Palin has potential. Fear of what people will think is holding her back. Palin’s total score was a 47 out of a possible 60 points.
In round one Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas danced an Argentine Tango that the judges found clean, crisp and well rehearsed, but lacking in energy and intensity. Memorization is her downfall, when in doubt of the steps, Palin looks at Ballas to jog her memory. Palin earned a score of 24 from the judges.
For round two of Dancing with the Stars, the instant dance, Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas performed a Samba to the tune, “Mas Que Nada”. While the judges felt she coped well with the situation, Palin did not connect with the music. Palin had rhythm in her shoulders but the judges would like to see more hip action. She has both, just not at the same time. Total score was a 23.
Dancing with the Stars the results will air November 9, 2010 at 9/8c on ABC. The latest contestant to get the boot will be revealed.
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