Did someone say Rock n’ Roll with ballroom dancing? That’s right. What did everyone think of Rock n’ Roll night on tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars? Did you like it? Did you hate it? Do you hate theme nights in general? What about the live band? Were they rock stars?
As always, here’s the list of rock songs used on tonight’s Dancing with the Stars.
Audrina & Tony danced a Paso Doble to the song “Another One Bites the Dust” —Queen
Kyle & Lacey danced a Tango to the song “If I Had You” —Adam Lambert
Jennifer & Derek danced a Paso Doble to the song “So What” —Pink
Rick & Cheryl danced a Tango to the song “You Really Got Me” —Ray Davies
Bristol & Mark danced a Tango to the song “According to You” —Orianthi
Kurt & Anna danced a Paso Doble to the song “The Final Countdown” —Europe
Brandy & Maksim danced a Tango to the song “Holding Out for a Hero” —Bonnie Tyler
Rock n’ Roll marathon to the song “La Grange” —ZZ Top
UGH. This is not how I wanted to spend my first week back ranking after my absence Just as I predicted (and I was truly hoping it wouldn’t pan out this way), the judges lavished praise on every single tango, and absolutely HOSED the couples doing paso. To what end? I don’t know…either Kurt & Jennifer are getting a crap ton of votes and the judges are just giving them low scores to create drama, or maybe they really and truly want them gone. But over BRISTOL? Ai ai ai…I don’t even really feel like ranking now. But alas, I must…
1.) Brandy & Maks – I gotta hand it to these two for doing pretty well on an otherwise dismal evening – best tango of the night, and some cute marathon choreography. Thought they had an advantage with the song they were given – seemed a bit more exciting than any of the other tango songs. Started off very high-energy and strong, had a few minor wobbles, but overall pretty damn good. But once again – why waste so much time running up to the stage at the end? It was a strong tango – I think it could’ve had a much strong ending with some sort of dramatic drop or dip. I liked their marathon choreography – seems like Brandy’s jive technique has improved – and they did seem to have the most stamina. With such a strong score, I don’t think they’re in any danger of going home.
2.) Jennifer & Derek – Heidi is freaking out right now about these two, but honestly, I think they’re gonna be alright – Jennifer has become a sentimental favorite this season, and I think she’s got the fanbase to carry her through. First things first: paso is just not Jennifer’s dance. Period. I had a bad feeling from the very first bar of her flinging her skirt and kicking awkwardly at the beginning – that skirt seemed to wear her, rather than the other way around. It was decent in the middle – she seemed to keep up and get some nice shaping – but it all seemed to fall apart in the last few bars. Yikes. But it did not warrant what I consider just bitchy self-importance on Carrie Ann’s part – like it was a personal insult to her that Jennifer didn’t do so hot this week. Go take a Midol, Crabby McCrabbers. However, I do give these two props for actually committing to the character of the paso – if you somehow merged Audrina & Jennifer’s pasos, you’d have a pretty good routine, a combo of technique and performance. As for the marathon – I think they may have saved themselves by sticking it out to win 2nd place, but man – Jennifer looked BEAT by the end of it. However, I think these two ought to be ok, based on the fact that they’re one of the favorites, and that certain other couples REALLY got hosed tonight…
3.) Audrina & Tony - No big surprises here for me – Audrina missed the mark in her paso. She was on-time and didn’t make any mistakes, but that’s about all she had going for her tonight – the ceiling eyes were back in full force, her movements were robotic, and overall I felt like she just wasn’t “present” in this paso. I mentioned earlier in the comments of Heidi’s post that the difference between a good paso and a bad paso is whether or not they inject some theatricality into their moves…well, I think these two TRIED, but it just kinda fell flat. And damn – Audrina looked winded after only a minute or so of the marathon dance. I think they oughta be ok based on score alone, but we are making our way into “shock elimination” territory…so who knows what next week or the week after could bring.
4.) Rick & Cheryl – Not a whole lot to say here – their tango was nice to watch, he stayed on time, he was believable, I liked his faux hawk ;-) Overall – not great, but not terrible. What worries me about these two is that I seem to have less & less to say about them every week…which tells me that they’re becoming a little forgettable. Not sure it’s due to anything they’re doing – they’ve been pretty consistent this season – but rather that everyone else seems to be having really “breakout” performances and I don’t think Rick & Cheryl have really had theirs yet. I daresay it needs to come sooner rather than later, because this week…it really could be anyone going home. I don’t think it will be these two (they still have a comparably decent score, even though Rick looked like the daggone Tin Min in the marathon), but once we finally weed out these weaker dancers…his looks ain’t gonna carry him much further.
5.) Kyle & Lacey - This was a weird one for me. Overall, this felt more like a paso than me than a tango…as if Lacey was hoping for paso instead of tango, and had already choreographed a paso, and decided to just revamp it to seem more…tango-y. It also seemed rather tame by Lacey standards, and I found myself (I can’t believe I’m saying this) actually wishing that it was a bit less “by the book” and a little more “Lacey-ish”. However, I cannot get over how atrocious Lacey’s ballroom technique is, and I feel like it’s most evident during the tango – you could drive a boat show between these two at times. But I guess the adherence to traditional tango appeased the judges, because they were back to loving Kyle this week (or maybe just loving the tango, since they seemed to adore every single one of them.) Go figure – these two are a complete wild card for me, and the judges scoring is so back-and-forth that I’m never sure whether they’re totally safe or on the brink of elimination. Again, on a night like tonight where the scores are so spread apart, I think they’ll be safe…but after that, who the hell knows. Weirder things have happened – people in monkey suits have dodged elimination! Speaking of which…
6.) Bristol & Mark - I groaned out loud when I heard the words “air guitar”. However…these two did a complete 180 from last week’s monkey suit disaster. This was a pretty good tango – she stayed on time, had a great frame, seemed to actually embody the mood of the tango, and I absolutely loved their costumes. Kinda pleasantly surprised that Mark managed to reign in his usual spasticality this week (ok, aside from the air guitar bit) and actually give us some very clean, crisp, technical choreography…maybe someone dosed he and Lacey’s drinks with Ritalin this week or something, because both of them seemed uncharacteristically calm in their choreography. No big moves for these two in the marathon, but really no surprise considering how low-energy Bristol’s jive was. Now I’m left with an interesting dilemma: she did pretty well this week, but I still feel like she deserves to go home based on her overall performance thus far on the show, because let’s face it – the majority of it has been pretty mediocre. However, my gut is telling me right now that she managed to eek out one more week on the show after her performance tonight. But I think they’ll still have her in the red lights in the final two, just for effect, along with…
7.) Kurt & Anna – Poor Kurt & Anna. Is it just me, or were they especially harsh on them tonight? I actually didn’t think his paso was terrible – I rather enjoyed it, as he did seem to get into character and managed to do some decent moves. It was what Audrina & Jennifer’s pasos should have been – a combo of technique and performance. Am I the only one that saw that??? Because my mouth was agape when the judges whipped out the 6 paddles. DAY-UM. And they continued the abuse with the marathon, tapping him out first. OUCH. I’m not quite sure how they went from adoring him last week to hating the guy so much this week, but maybe I’m blinded by my love for Anna This is gonna be one helluva score to overcome…and I was only slightly encouraged by the intermittent busy signals I was getting when phoning in my votes for them. I’m hoping Brenda Warner is organizing a prayer circle for Kurt as we speak…because it’s gonna be nothing short of miraculous if he manages to make it through to next week
So let’s hear it: did you guys think the judges were totally whack, hit or miss, or totally spot-on? Who’s gonna get the encore? And will we be in for our first “shock elimination” of the season? Holler…I’m gonna go eat my feelings now (I have both cinnamon buns and apple pie in my kitchen, and some eggnog to wash it down…YUM) and hope that a performance from my 2nd favorite redhead in the world (Nancy Wilson of Heart) on tomorrow night’s show will renew my faith in mankind
We have a couple of things to share before the show tonight to get you pumped up.
First up, Kyle and Lacey are adding an “Interesting Twist” to their Tango! Here is what TV Guide is reporting in a new interview with Kyle.
TVGuide.com: How’s the tango going?Massey: The tango is going pretty well. It’s just strenuous and continuous. It’s probably one of the hardest weeks, but it’s necessary to win. You’re in hold a lot in the tango, and there’s a lot of technical moves you must do in order to make it a tango. I think just the footwork — the backsteps, the ball-change and the turns — is the hardest. You can never move your frame when you do them. Your posture has to be up and out, and everything has got to be perfectly straight.
TVGuide.com: It’s Rock ‘n’ Roll week, so I’m assuming you have a rock song. Is it weird to do a tango to a rock song?Massey: It actually works! It works very, very well. Once you see it, you’re going to say, “That’s very cool.” It’s a very interesting twist to the tango. We always try to have a story, like a love-hate relationship sort of thing, but I think this week is probably the most unique because of the way we did it. … The usage of the stage — we use the full stage. We really have a lot of attitude in our performance with our grabs and holds and pulls. Everything’s really intense, but at the same time, it’s like a flowing dance. I can’t explain it well. It’s really rough, rugged and hard and sharp, and then it flows.
And here is what he said on the marathon dance.
TVGuide.com: What are you focused on for the marathon? Are you nervous to do two dances?Massey: Nah! It’s necessary. This is a competition. I’m totally ready for it. I think you have to really perform in the marathons. It’s not so much about dancing, but it’s more about performing. I think when we go out there, we just have to out-perform everyone. We’re going to throw some cool moves in there and we can do lifts. It’s like a whole different ballgame. I’m going to see what I can do!
Maks and Brandy attended “The Carousel of Hope Event” in Hollywood this past weekend. Maks had high praises for it at Twitter saying, “I rarely leave an event with such happy feelings. Loved EVERYTHING about tonight! @4everBrandy looked amazing , btw “. And she did! Check her out in this new video from Access Hollywood of Brandy talking about tonight’s dances.
They also talked to ET On-line. Here is a snippet. You can also see a video at the link.
During rehearsal, Brandy asks Maks how he feels about spending so much time together perfecting their routines. “Next question please,” he jokes, then adds, “Just kidding! I love our time together. It’s confusing for the most part, because we have hot-cold, extra-hot, extra-cold, cry, laugh — all within five minutes, so it’s really fun. … It’s been a pleasant and a great experience.”
“That’s sweet; I feel the same way about you,” replies the R&B star, “but I want to know this: Do you think I talk too much?”
“Yes. No,” answers Maks with a laugh.
Concerning their current status at the top of the leader board, Brandy comments, “Maks said to me yesterday, ‘If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,’ so we’re just going to keep doing what we’re doing. … Top of the leader board feels great. There’s just pressure now to stay consistent and to stay on top, so that’s what we’re working hard to do.”
But is Brandy ready to take on the Tango? “Maks thinks I’m a little too nice for the Tango ’cause it has the aggressive side of it, so I have to get in touch with that side of myself,” she explains. “Every week I’ve been trying to channel different parts of myself.”
Maks says doing the Tango requires a little bit of “method acting,” saying, “Same thing with the Tango and the Paso and the Rumbas, those emotional dances, they have to be lived.”
The couple also faces the marathon dance tonight, which Maks says is a mixture of the Jive, Swing, Lindy Hop “and all that,” and the judges are looking for “a clean, professional dance, so we’re going to stay away from gimmicky stuff.”
I hope Brandy won’t be “too nice” for their Tango.
Rick and Cheryl also talked with Access Hollywood. They know there is no room for mistakes. Be sure to read more at the link.
“There’s no clear front-runner – everything changes every single week,” Cheryl told Access, at a rehearsal with Rick on Friday. “Anyone can go home at this point. So the pressure’s definitely on for sure.
“We have to make sure we nail every step — there’s no room for mistakes now,” she added.
The dashing duo is furiously rehearsing for their upcoming Argentine Tango performance – a dance that Rick found challenging when the couple originally performed it two weeks ago.
While Rick and Cheryl’s height difference has proven to be to be a challenge for the couple (Rick is reportedly 6’ 7”, while Cheryl reportedly measures a mere 5’ 4”), it just may come in handy next week, when the dancers will be allowed to add “tricks” to their routines.
“What we have over every couple is lifts,” Cheryl told Access. “[Rick] has done lifts before with me in the Argentine tango.
“I definitely feel safe in his arms, so that’s a good sign!” she laughed.
Here is Audrina and Brandy talking to MTV on their dances tonight.
From Audrina’s new blog at People today. Be sure to read more at the link.;
This week is rock-themed on Dancing with the Stars, and my partner Tony Dovolano and I are dancing to “Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen. I love classic rock, so it’s really fun! We’re doing the paso doble, and Tony’s starting to push the limits by making our choreography super challenging. So we’ve been working really, really hard in the studio.
We’re actually doing two dances this week. I’m also learning a second dance for the marathon, where all seven couples take the dance floor at the same time to perform a minute-long routine over and over for four minutes. Whenever a couple starts to struggle or get tired, the judges tap them out of the competition. The last couple dancing gets ten points added to their score for the day.
The dance Tony and I are doing for the marathon is completely different from the paso doble. It’s a combination of the jive, the Lindy hop, and another dance. It’s really fast and there are lots of lifts and flips. Meanwhile, the paso doble is very intense and aggressive. We’re going to be stomping our feet a lot and looking kind of mad and sultry. The other dance we’re hopping around, having fun and smiling. They’re completely different!
It’s really hard learning two dances at once. Plus, it’s beyond the halfway point in the competition now, and all this hard work is finally starting to hit me. My whole body just feels sore and achy. I feel completely exhausted. It’s really starting to get hard!
At the same time, I’m really happy to make it this far! I honestly didn’t imagine that I would make it to the halfway point. I didn’t know that I could do any of this, so it’s really exciting. But there’s also a lot more pressure and nerves because I know it’s only going to get harder from here.
Don’t forget Audrina and Tony are on The Ellen Show on ABC today before the show where they will be interviewed and do a dance as well.
Lastly today, we want to remind everyone to VOTE for your favorite pro-dancers or who you’d like to see dance in the show’s “Design a Dance” Competition. Voting is open until Thursday, October 28th at 9AM PT.
Ok, that is it for now Dancettes!! More later and don’t forget to get your reviews ready of the show tonight for the new “Power Rankings” post that will be posted after the show!!
…the latest Dancing With The Stars odds found at Sportsbook.com suggest that Bristol Palin will be the next one gone based on her long odds of +3000. Yes, Bristol Palin would pay out $300 for every $10 bet should she actually go on to win Dancing With The Stars.
Jennifer Grey continued to be listed as the big -250 favorite with her closest competition being recording artist/actress Brandy at 3/1 odds. Gambling911.com believes Brandy might have some good value with a payout potential of $30 on every $10 bet should she win.
The remaining Dancing With The Stars odds for Season 11 were:
Audrina Patridge 8/1
Kurt Warner 6/1
Rick Fox +350
Kyle Massey 30/1
Notice how Rick took a dip compared to the last weeks. Also, we are finally seeing Brandy move up where she should be.