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On the Scene: Will Florence Henderson Dance to the 'Brady Bunch' Theme on 'DWTS'?

by Michael Maloney, posted Oct 12th 2010 1:00PM
Florence Henderson on 'Dancing With the Stars'More about this week's performance show of 'Dancing With the Stars' in a bit, but here's a great reason to already get excited about next week's performances: The stars and their dancing pro partners will be performing routines to hit TV show theme songs.

A few couples revealed what song they'll be dancing to on the post-show press line, but it's up in the air if the most natural choice, Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas twirling to the theme song from 'The Brady Bunch,' is going to happen. First, the duo has to survive tonight's elimination show. Second, the song needs to go through certain legal clearances so it can be used on the show.

Henderson told TV Squad, "We're hoping [we dance to 'The Brady Bunch' theme]. I can't imagine that they would not [clear it.]" Of course, as her partner, Ballas, pointed out, "But first, we have to get saved."

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer tipped that they'll be dancing to the 'Charlie's Angels' theme next week -- if they make it through -- but don't expect any of the trademark 'Angels' pistol-holding poses in their routine. "We can't do guns," Massey said. "ABC -- you're not allowed do guns," Schwimmer confirmed. "You can't mimic guns. We can wear see-through clothing, but we can't mimic guns."

Maksim Chmerkovskiy said that his partner, Brandy Norwood, had never heard their song -- the iconic theme to 'Friends.' "I know 'Friends,'" Norwood clarified. "But I've just never seen it." The singer is a big fan of one the series' stars, however. "Jennifer Aniston and I have the same birthday. I've seen five or six of her movies. I wasn't even watching myself [on TV when 'Friends' was on]."

"I have no idea what our song is because I was born in the '80s," Cheryl Burke quipped. Her star partner, Rick Fox, is familiar with it, though. "It has a ton of seasons," he teased, but wouldn't reveal the name.

Scores went way up on 'DWTS' in week 4 (frontrunners Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough reclaimed the lead with a combined total of 56 out of 60), but that's because judges gave two sets of scores -- one for technique and another for performance. The breakdown was mostly appreciated by the dancers and their celebrity partners because it forced the judges to explain why they voted the way they did.

"I kind of like it," Burke said. "Technique is hard to judge. You really have to know what you're talking about. You never know what the judges are really judging. [Last night], they had to judge on both."

"I liked it," Fox concurred. "It tells you where you are as a dancer."

"This forced the judges to actually talk about the performance and the technique so you could take constructive criticism," said dancing pro Tony Dovolani. "The only problem is that this type of scoring creates a really big difference between the top and the bottom. It's scary for people who have low scores and it's scary if you have a higher one because [your fans] will think you're safe [and they might not vote.]"

"I think they got it somewhat right this time," said Chmerkovskiy about the judges giving two sets of scores. "[Judges have said], 'I was moved by your performance. Here's a 7 because the footwork wasn't there.' The fact that they broke down two scores separated the [contestants] who are throwing dust in your eyes and the ones who are really learning the steps."

And what did judge Len Goodman mean when he talked about Maks doing a "fan" and a "hockey stick" in his dance with Brandy? "They're terms for steps in the rumba," Maks explained.

Kurt Warner's pro partner, Anna Trebunskaya, said the football player will celebrate his 13th wedding anniversary in a special way: "He is going to do our routine over again, only he'll do it with [his wife]."

Alas, teen activist Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas have less to celebrate, since they were among the lower-scoring couples. "It sucks to get low scores," Palin said. "But I'm having fun. Mark knows I'm improving. I feel confident."

"I thought she did great," Ballas said. "She danced beautifully. Bristol's never performed [professionally] in her life."

As for the were reports last week that 'DWTS' producers were interested in Palin's father, Todd, before they extended an offer to her, "I remember when they asked him to do it," she said. "I said, 'Yeah, Dad, do it!' But he was right in the middle of a snow-machine race and couldn't take three months off from work. It opened the door for me."

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sheila

where is the reply from Bev???

October 13 2010 at 1:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
TONY

IF THE SHOW IS CALLED DANCING WITH THE STARS...I AM LOST...EXACTLY WHAT IS BRISTOL A STAR OF....GETTING PREGNANT AND HAVING A LOSER FOR A MOTHER DOES NOT MAKE YOU A STAR...SHE NEVER SHOULD HAVE BEEN ON THE SHOW...DWTS IS REALLY GETTING DESPERATE FOR VIEWERS...THE GO FOR THE ELDERLY ON OXYGEN, HASBEEN SPORTS FIGURES AND BAD ACTORS...THE ENTIRE SHOW IS LAME AND SHOULD BE PUT TO SLEEP ASAP....

October 12 2010 at 8:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jae Bowen

I enjoy seeing all the talent. I think Bristol is doing a super job! She's shy but is working real hard and I believe enjoying herself. The Situation is having just as hard a time as Bristol! I just wish Derek would quit leaning on his partners shoulder during the scoring. It looks like he's leaning against a bar top! Derek! If you have to be touching your partner while standing next to her, put your arm around her waist!!!!

October 12 2010 at 7:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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sheila

I never can retrieve the replies when they come in. The Palin thing sets a lot of people off; not only because young Palin is dancing with the stars but in truth, because that's just what happened to Sarah. She was a nobody who made too many mistakes while being Governor of our smallest pupulous state of Alaska and then came into the limelight without anyone checking out her credintials or intelligence. It's a dirty shame that the media made the Palins stars for doing nothing. People are angry with the whole situation. Next you put her unwed daughter in the public eye by putting this poor no dancing or superstar person on the tube. Enough is just enough. When are we Americans going to come to our senses? This is ridiculous. Next they will have a "witches" dance night!

October 13 2010 at 1:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
L. Klier

I am so distracted when the music is not appropriate.
Tango and Latin dances require Latin music, not rock and roll.
It hurts the program and definitely affects the judging. We are concerned that you don't listen to the public.

October 12 2010 at 5:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dino Summer

This season is boring, I stop watching it.... Hope for the next season they get a good line up stars and New Dancers too because I'm tired to see those faces already.... DWTS re-invention is a must !

October 12 2010 at 5:22 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Rosemary Hirsch

I enjoy DWTS and look forward to viewing it every week. The costumes, the lights, the good dancing, and not so great dancing. I also like to hear the evaluation of the judges and watch if the guest stars' performances improve from being critiqued. I watch for egos to explode! It's fun, not rocket science.

October 12 2010 at 4:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
yokoach

what's the scoop really? that they're going to fire the whole lot of them for being completely irrelevant, and simply desperate for attention and not even "stars' ( I thought it was Dancing with theStars not Dancing with the wannabe's, forget me nots, and the Moose killing mom's illegitimate child bearing offspring." This cast is the lamest EVER and it's embarrasing to have professionals of the DWTS team dancing with these nobodies...

October 12 2010 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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marion

I wish they would use appropriate music for the dances. When real tango music was added for Jennifer Gray's tango, it added so much more. Also why do the latin dances never look authentic....you have to guess if it is a rhumba etc. Get better music!!

October 12 2010 at 2:54 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bonbon

I'm SOOO with you on that. I think the music this year has been the absolute worst. In fact, Maks even remarked about their music not being traditional. It takes so much away from the dance when they don't play a tango for a tango. I especially hate it to hear a popular song when they do the paso roble. It just isn't the same.

October 12 2010 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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