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'Dancing With the Stars': It's 'Story Night,' As a New Couple Takes the Lead (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Oct 5th 2010 4:00AM
'Dancing With the Stars': It's 'Storytime,' As a New Couple Takes the LeadIt's Story Night once again on 'Dancing With the Stars' (Mon., 8PM ET on ABC). The return of this theme meant that each couple's performance had to tell a tale ... in musical form. Last season's Story Night brought us the horrifying spectacle of Kate Gosselin dancing to 'Paparazzi' -- which was a notable train-wreck ... although it did give us this really awesome parody. But that's all in the past now. What would tonight bring for our contestants?

[Warning: Spoiler alert.]

Front-runners Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough did well, as always, getting a 24 out of 30. But the real star of the night was Audrina Patridge, who wowed the audience with her rendition of the waltz. Patridge and Tony Dovolani's dance "story" involved a tribute to fallen American soliders and their families. While the "story" section was a little mystifying -- it involved the Smoke Monster from 'Lost,' for some reason -- the dance itself was extremely moving.

Audrina's performance got high marks from the judges, and Len Goodman called it "the most touching dance of the night." Then, she and Tony received the first two "9" scores of the season -- from Len and Bruno Tonioli. This was enough to give the couple a total score of 26, making them the night's winners. It also made them the first pair to defeat Jennifer and Derek this season. Well done!

All told, this Story Night went much better for Tony Dovolani than last season's. He was Gosselin's partner in the infamous 'Paparazzi' disaster. We'll have to keep watching to see if he and Audrina can stay at the top of the rankings.

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jeanie w

Florence Henderson is truly a class act. She is a lovely woman, a great actress and her show of love for her deceased husband touched me deeply. Eidelweiss has long been a favorite of mine and they danced to it with grace and a lot of feeling.

Bristol Palin? OMG what a joke she is on there. She is wooden and stiff in her moves and hopefully she or that freaky "joisey" guy will be next to go. Palin is ONLY there to further her mothers ambitions. How is she a "star"? Anyone? How does having an illegitmate kid make you a star? So NOW she preaches abstinence? Talk about locking the barn door after the horse has escaped. It's call BIRTH CONTROL kiddo. BIRTH CONTROL!!!!!! Now go home!

Michael Bolton was absolutely fantastic last night. He IS a star. Perhaps not much of a dancer but he gave it his all. "Halleujah" is such a beautiful song and he sang it from his heart. The dancing was graceful and lovely and the children were precious!

I'm glad CHO was eliminated from competition because she sickens me with her pro-gay crap and NO, I'm not a homophobe. I have gay friends whom I love dearly. But this was NOT the venue for her to spew her beliefs. I am sorry for the 5 kids who commited suicide and their families. But CHO should have taken her comments to an outside venue. This was not the place for her outing. (Although she has never been one to hide in the closet). She is entitled to her way of life. But she's a horrible dancer and deserved to be gone. Palin or the situation guy should go next. That's allllllll folks!!

October 06 2010 at 7:58 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Richard Ott

I hope Brandy & Max will still be in the Top 3 by
the next episode's scores. Bristol Palin deserves
to be eliminated from Dancing With The Stars, and
Kyle & Massey should at least be in the final Top 5,
along with Jennifer Grey, but I really want to see
if Brandy & Max can make it 3 weeks in a row to stay.

October 05 2010 at 6:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Does anyone know if DWTS has ever claimed their results to be certified by accountants? Maybe they dont manipulate the scores only the so called bottom two or three and they do make it known that those may not necessarily have the lowest vote total.
I will add that I thought Florence and Corky's dance was pretty too even though the difficulty might not be there, Edelweiss has always been one of my all time favorite songs. I think she is the best of the older contestants that I have seen.

October 05 2010 at 3:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That would be rude waitress pal, a take on all the rude people that I have served over the years. And yes, I have served Derek and his buddies. I'm not blind nor am I stupid nor do I care that he is gay. I just don't care for his attitude, on or off the dance floor. Gay men and women in Hollywood covering up their sexual orientation is certainly nothing new. It's commonplace. Relationships are manufactured, most often by a studio or an agent/agency. And there's plenty of $$$ involved. Why? Because that's the society we live in. Human beings having to pretend they're something they're not so as not to damage their careers. This is primarily because of people like you who can't accept that not everyone in the world is as 'perfect' as you. I have dozens of gay guests (and even more friends) who I enjoy serving as much as I do any in my long list of so-called 'regulars'. They treat me with respect and I return it two-fold. Sure I get drama and attitude from the extreme end of both gays and straights. These are most often the 'flamers' or 'rednecks' or 'divas' as they are called who are stereotyped on TV and in the media as typical gay, undereducated or wealthy people. It's most often the gay population that gets a bad rap from the most flamboyant amongst them. Gay men and women who lead a more mainstream life often have a large percentage of straight friends. They want to be accepted for who they are and not for how the gay population in general is portrayed on just about every TV show. Gay people who are married are a sub-group whose numbers must be huge. I can't count how many I know or have served. Just look at the number of married preachers lately who have been busted by the media. Hollywood stars have come out more recently but the homophobia that exists in this country will no doubt keep most of them in 'convenient relationships' for years to come until they realize that the 'pride' that Ms. Cho was confident enough to express in her storyline was key to what set her free and that being treated as sub-human was now only a dark memory of her past. As for Bristo Palin, I'm sure she can do as she pleases. It's the producers of that show that have the final say regardless.

October 05 2010 at 2:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Remember "back in the day" a teacher was allowed more flexibility in disciplining--she was only using the stick to wake him up for pete's sake, she wasn't beating him! Jennifer and Derek were still the best and should have had better scores. Margaret should not be using the show for the gay agenda, and I don't see her becoming a contender. Why isn't Hollywood standing up for "straight" bullied victims who commit suicide?

October 05 2010 at 2:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If cho can save one teenager from taking their life ..it's worth it...I don't care how she dances....I guarantee you ,bristol palin is not on there to have her dancing "critiqued"......it's political,of course...she doesn't have to say anything.....

October 05 2010 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Jennifer grey is allot older than audrina...the dance is beautiful but not nearly as technically hard as jennifers....Just because jennifer played in "dirty dancing " does not make her a dancing pro....she never danced after that.....

October 05 2010 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't really care for Jennifer Gray because she is a drama queen much like Marie Osmond was when she fainted on stage because of smoke in the air? Ha! Jennifer fell to the ground last week because she said she was out of breath and exhausted, but looked fine after her dance this week. She also cusses and comes across as high maintenance. Audrina is lovely and a great dancer. She also carried herself with class unlike Jennifer Gray and Margaret Cho who are brash and unlady like.

October 05 2010 at 1:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I didn't mind the theme of Cho's dance. She should make it for one or two more rounds if she gets through tonight. If any story bothered me it was Jennifer and Derek because of the teacher student thing. Though I think it might have ended with it being a dream he had when he fell asleep...but still...I was a teacher and would never have done anything like this.

October 05 2010 at 1:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If Cho did do that for votes, the producers need to change the way voting is done. She stated her story line was for the recent bullying against gays, if that is true then she chose a good topic, in view of the recent Rutgers student who commited suicide. I think Bristol did a good job and is improving each week. I also feel that Grey has an unfair advantage over the others because of her dancing background, which is totally unfair to the ones who don't have prior experience.

October 05 2010 at 1:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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