It’s amazing that even after the departure of Rick Fox last week from “Dancing with the Stars,” this may have still been the strongest week yet in the competition. We also may have seen for the first time a final two that does not feature Jennifer Grey facing off against Brandy.
Here’s a look at the performances.
Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer:
- First dance: This was a waltz that was smooth, lyrical, and really showed that these two have developed great technique to go along with the performance quality. Score: 27
- “Instant dance:” Introducing my favorite jive in eleven seasons watching this show! This was entertaining, goofy, well-designed, and it just made you want to think that these two could actually win this. Score: 29
Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough:
- First dance: Jennifer’s dances are vulnerable in the sense that she is not the favorite anymore (Brandy is), and she also is not the most entertaining. Therefore, her performances are great but she could still be in trouble. Score: 27
- “Instant dance:” This was a dance that was phenomenal in every sense of the word. No, the rumba was not as much fun as Kyle’s cha-chat — but it was worthy of a perfect score. Score: 30
Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya:
- First dance: We all know that Kurt isn’t the best person on the show. His ballroom dance was all right — charming and innocent, but also a reminder that he’s really lucky to be here. Score: 24
- “Instant dance:” Meanwhile, this was actually one of the more stellar performances that Kurt has given! He may have been deserving of about a 22 or so on the first dance, but fun cha-cha was almost “9” worthy. Score: 24
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas:
- First dance: If you want to watch the daughter of a former Governor do a sultry tango, this is the place! Was this awkward? A little, but it actually may have been Bristol’s best dance yet. Score: 24
- “Instant dance:” Unfortunately, this samba was more of a unholy mess. She’s lucky to get two 8s from the judges for a dance that looked like she was constantly lost. Will the voters save her again? Score: 23
Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovsky:
- First dance: In addition to Kyle’s jive, this was the highlight of the night. It was moving, and it was the first time all season that I can genuinely say there was a strong emotional connection there. Score: 29 (though it should have been a 30)
- “Instant dance:” Somehow, this “Teenage Dream” became a nightmare. The dance itself was great, but Maks suddenly found himself in an argument over how he designed the first four pars of his routine. Really, it was done for emotional quality, and he’s right — however, he was docked two points for it. Score 29
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