Last night on ‘Dancing With The Stars’ the remaining six couples not only had their own dance routines to remember, they also had to tackle a trio dance where the couple chose an extra professional to join them from those who have been eliminated or the dance troupe. And to make things even more difficult, each of the dances was in a style which the particular celebrities had never performed before. It promised to be a tough yet exciting night, even more so because two couples will be eliminated tonight.
Will Melissa Gibert survive a double elimination? What about Roshon? Who else put themselves in the danger zone? But the really exciting this is: who got a perfect score? Let’s take a look.
Round one kicked off with Donald Driver and his professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd dancing the Tango to “Higher Ground”. Len loved I, telling then they set the standard, and as Bruno mentioned, they really went for the passion and energy, which seemed strange as Carrie Ann’s advice was to add a little more drama. But then I often think Carrie watches another dance to the rest of us. She did say they were in the zone, though and that their shapes were more dynamic.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9 Len: 9 Bruno: 9 = Total 27/30 + Trio Score 28 = 58 Total
Maria Menounos and professional dancer Derek Hough danced the Viennese Waltz to “A Thousand Years” next. Len was a bit disappointed as “this girl in hold is the best and I think you missed a great chance here. I would have liked a little more dancing in hold.” Bruno, les of a purist, didn’t mind that so little of the routine was in hold. He loved the heavenly fluidity, seamless transition and total emotional involvement; “this is amazing,” he said and the dance also sung to Carrie Ann: “something magical is happening between the two of you, it is so special and unique.” With those comments I was ready for some discrepancy in the scores and there was!
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 8 Bruno: 10 = Total 28/30 + Trio Score 25 = 53 Total
Melissa Gilbert was up next with her professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy, dancing the Fox Trot to “Maggie May.” Len called it her best dance so far and Bruno agreed she should be proud of this “much smoother ride.” Carrie Ann noticed that Melissa’s shoulders were finally down, and even though “there were a few mess ups” it was her best dance yet.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 8 Bruno: 8 = Total 24/30 + Trio Score 27 = 51 Total
Katherine Jenkins and professional dancer Mark Ballas danced the Viennese Waltz next and purist Len was leased with the amount of content. There was just one small part he didn’t like, but Bruno complimented Katherine on her “superb” technique. He liked the lift, although “coming up you lost it.” That’s the not so good part that Len meant, too. Carrie Ann seemed deeply unimpressed, telling her, that although she had outstanding technique she had to be careful as she lost her balance.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 9 Bruno: 9 = Total 26/30 + Trio Score + 29 = 55 Total
Next, Roshon Fegan and his professional dancer Chelsie Hightower danced the Foxtrot to “Sweat Pea”. Len seemed to think it was “sweet” too, likening them to “two little dancing munchkins.” “Good job Dawg!” he praised. Bruno thought what they did was “incredible, it was like a young Mickey Rooney.” “You made your grannies proud and you made us proud,” said Carrie.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 9 Bruno: 10 = Total 29/30 (Wow!) + Trio Score + 27 = 56 Total
There was a bigger wow coming in the form of William Levy and his professional dancer Cheryl Burke, though. They also danced the Foxtrot, this time to “Stray Cat Strut”. They really excited the judges. “There was care and flair, I liked it,” said Len. Bruno enthused, “You heart breaker, you couldn’t be more debonair if you tried.” But my favorite comment of the night came from Carrie Ann: “Meow, meow, meow, that was like a super hot sexy pink panther. Your movements were exquisite, its so much fun to watch.” Yes, it really was!
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 10 Bruno: 10 = Total 30 /30 + Trio Score +27 = 57 Total
What a way to end the round!
Now, you already know the scores for the trio dances but let’s have a look in more detail at how they went.
Donald Driver and professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd featuring Karina Smirnoff danced the Jive to “Rip It Up”. “Fun, fun, fun, I liked it,” said Len and I loved it. Fun is everything in the jive. They were “firecrackers,” Bruno said and Carrie Ann loved it, as they maintained the energy throughout the routine. (Score 28/30)
Maria Menounos and professional dancer Derek Hough, featuring Henry Byalikovat danced the Samba to “Mama Do The Hump”. Len didn’t like it, thinking it was pretending to be something it wasn’t. DBruno liked the creativity but said the timing was off. Carrie Ann called it “beautiful,” despite “a few missed step ups, but it was a feast for my Asian conscience.” (Score 25/30)
Melissa Gilbert and professional dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy featuring Val Chmerkovskiy danced the Samba to “Hard to Handle”. Len thought the trio worked well together and so did Bruno, who remarked that, “it obviously takes two to get the best out of you.” Carrie Ann loved it; “you were the cream in the middle, the best so far from you.” Just look at those scores! Melissa can have only dreamed of such great scores previously. (Score 27/30: a 9 from each judge!)
Katherine Jenkins and professional dancer Mark Ballas featuring Travis MacManus danced the Cha Cha to “She’s a Lady”. Len congratulated her on “a clean dance,” which seems quite muted praise. “I felt you were lacking a little fire last time, but this time you owned it even with the wardrobe malfunction,” said Carrie Ann. To be fair, it was quite a minor wardrobe malfunction. A piece of her dress stuck n her foot, but she soon kicked it away. Bruno said the routine was “sexy and cool,” with “a modern feel to it, that was absolutely wonderful.” (29/30)
Roshon Fegan and professional dancer Chelsie Hightower featuring Sasha Farber danced the Paso Doble to “Turn Me On”. Len called it “beautiful.” “You had strength, you had power, there were moments I didn’t know who was who,” said Bruno, but “ unfortunately you lost it a few times.” Carrie Ann also loved the routine, but admitted they went off a few times. (27/30)
William Levy and professional dancer Cheryl Burke featuring Tony Dovolani dancedthe Paso Doble. Len thought they did “a fabulous job, really really well, congratulations.” Bruno said the guys were like “two raging bulls, I couldn’t ask for more as a performance value,” although he admitted that William lost the synchronicity at times. Carrie Ann raved about the incredible lines and could only see one mess up (27/30)
Well, what a night! It was fast and furious. Katherine was knocked off her customary top spot and Melissa Gilbert got her best scores to date. What could possibly happen on the results show Tuesday night?