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'Dancing With the Stars' Season 11, Episode 9 Recap

by Michael Pascua, posted Oct 19th 2010 2:00AM
Brandy and Maks act like 'Friends'['Dancing With the Stars' - 'TV Theme Week']

TV Theme Week would have been an amazing time for 'Dancing with the Stars' to have a group dance. Not only would it have been hysterical to watch the couples dance to the 'American Bandstand' or 'Soul Train' themes, it would have been a great time waster. Instead we were given an unnecessary section of the judges talking about the evolution of each of the contestants. They basically told us everything that we already knew. I laughed when Carrie Ann mentioned that she has the energy of a 26 year old; she also has the surgically modified face of a 26 year old. Watching eight dances in two hours felt tedious because of the 30 minutes wasted in the front half.

The biggest flaw in TV Theme Week was that most of the songs didn't fit with the genre of dance each couple was given. They had to speed up both themes from 'Friends' and 'The Brady Bunch.' While Jennifer & Derek did a good job with their fox trot, their dance theme was nowhere near the idea of 'Married With Children.'

Brandy & Maks - Quickstep - While Brandy and Maks have had their ups and downs, they wanted to be 'Friends' with each other this week. I thought they wasted a bit too much time in the beginning, bickering at the chairs. Sadly, the camera spent a lot of time not showing their lower bodies, but the couple looked good and had good endurance.

Len was really impressed. Bruno broke his pen in excitement. Carrie Ann saw the growing bond between the couple. Score: 27 (9,9,9)

Florence & Corky - Tango - Florence obviously got 'The Brady Bunch' theme this week and she's gaining confidence. She invited Barry Williams to watch them practice; they had the most interesting sexual tension. I was surprised how the song was translated as a tango, but Corky did a good job with speed and technique. I've grown to hate Corky's over-exaggerated face, but I loved how Florence was all smiles as she kept up with the choreography.

Bruno thought it was good at first, but it became a rag-doll. Carrie Ann liked the performance, she appreciated the elegance; but the timing was thrown off. Len appreciated parts of the tango, but other parts were frantic. Score: 21 (7,7,7)

Kurt & Anna - Quickstep - Kurt knew about perseverance so he hoped to translate his football skills to the dance floor. Anna admitted that she's not in tune with American television, nor American football. There was something about Anna's dress that screamed 'I Dream of Jeanie," but I loved how the theme was "Anna uses magic to make Kurt better." Kurt was miles better than last week and he benefited from being in hold for the entire dance, because you couldn't see his huge hands. Kurt glided across the stage with ease.

Carrie Ann compared Kurt to Gene Kelly. Len saw a vast improvement. Bruno loved his timing and his leading skills. Score: 24 (8,8,8)

Audrina & Tony - Rumba - Audrina felt awkward with the touching of a rumba, so Tony suggested eating onion. Audrina proceeded to eat and spit out a raw onion; I thought she would have been smart enough to cook the onion. While I liked the idea of the swimming pool projection on the dance floor, I thought Audrina was still an ice queen. Her dancing was oddly robotic at first, but she loosened up during the chorus of the song. It wasn't the best rumba, but she displayed good hip-actions.

Len thought it was excellent, but Audrina was a bit timid. Bruno thought she was technically improved, but she lacked passion. Carrie Ann thought she had great movements from the hips and below, but she was disjointed. She also dropped a point because of a lift. Score: 23 (7,8,8)

Kyle & Lacey - Fox trot - Kyle was afraid of falling down the ladder, but his technique has been faltering. Lacey decide to bring Chelsie and Kym to help with technique; an interesting way of teaching by bringing new teachers to the table. The setup took too long before the dancing started, but the fox trot managed to fit really well with the music. I didn't mind the fox trot sections, but the disco portions were disconnected from the rest. It reminded me of previous seasons that had the "dancing through the decades" challenge.

Bruno loved the feel-good factor, but he didn't like the disco sections. Carrie Ann disagreed, she loved the leading. Len thought the dance got worse as it progressed. Score: 20 (8,5,7)

Rick & Cheryl - Rumba - Rick wanted to get past the Megatron motions, but he was slow on the educational intake. He decided to bring Cheryl to the Lakers' gym; Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson gave positive feedback. Rick had really good extensions and leg work this week. I thought it was creative of Cheryl to have Rick on his knees for a section to allow her to do things at her height. Their rumba had all the passion and intensity that Audrina lacked. Right at the end, Cheryl's turns could have been considered a lift because I saw her foot lift from the ground.

Carrie Ann was smitten by the sex appeal. Len loved the ease and elegance; he didn't get the passion. Bruno thought he became "Megasmooth." Score: 24 (8,8,8)

Bristol & Mark - Jive - Mark decided to bring Studio Six to teach Bristol how to portray emotion and let go. Sadly, Bristol didn't practice her technique. Bristol & Mark came out dressed as monkeys and danced in the costumes. I thought the outfits were a hindrance and Bristol had so much trouble kicking. Bristol never recovered after they removed the suits. I thought that Bristol's'movements were nowhere near as passionate as Mark and she didn't have any musicality.

Len liked the monkey suits and saw high degrees of performance. Bruno thought she tried to perform, but she lost technique. Carrie Ann saw Bristol transform into a character, but she forgot the steps. Score: 18 (6,6,6)

Jennifer & Derek - Fox trot - Jennifer has had weeks away from ballroom and had her doubts. Derek started to stress out and it upset Jennifer; he had moments of passive-aggressive while talking to Jennifer and she walked away. She came back and both apologized. They danced to an interesting 50s concept; proving that Derek is good at creating this wholesome 50s theme (See: Nicole & Derek's Paso or even Brooke & Derek's Freestyle). Their song fit better with the fox trot than the rest this week. Jennifer had a grace and ease but it was accentuated by her great acting skills. I loved how they used the set as bookends.

Bruno thought it was pristine and elegantly danced. Carrie Ann thought it was good, but not her best; she blanked at moments. Len thought the dance was lovely, but too theatrical. He criticized Jennifer, just like he did with Mya, complaining about wasting time with the feather duster. Score: 25 (8,8,9)

Final Scores

High
Brandy & Maks - 27
Jennifer & Derek - 25
Rick & Cheryl - 24
Kurt & Anna - 24

Low
Audrina & Tony - 23
Florence & Corky - 21
Kyle & Lacey - 20
Bristol & Mark - 18

Kyle continues to stumble lower and lower on the scoreboard. If I were him, I'd be nervous that I'd be eliminated in the next two weeks. I also fear for Florence and her endurance for two dances next week. Bristol seems like a lock for elimination, though seeing a "shocking" Kyle elimination wouldn't surprise me.

Who do you think will be eliminated tomorrow? Also does anyone think that Brooke needs a new stylist? Leave comments below.

'Dancing With the Stars' airs Mondays at 8PM ET and Tuesdays at 9PM ET on ABC.

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Karen

I never thought I would ever say this but I'd be glad to have Samantha Harris back. Even with her faults, I think she's way better than Brooke is. I thought I'd die of boredom the first half hour. What a way to lose viewers.

October 19 2010 at 12:01 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cheri

Could you go back and add in the TV theme each couple danced to? Telling me their dance style is only half the story.

October 19 2010 at 11:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Mark

Brandy & Maks: "Friends"
Florence & Corky: "The Brady Bunch"
Kurt & Anna: "Bewitched"
Audrina & Tony: "The Hills"
Kyle & Lacey: "Charlie's Angels"
Rick & Cheryl: "Hill Street Blues"
Bristol & Mark: "The Monkeys"
Jennifer & Derek: "Married with Children"

October 19 2010 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cyn

OMG, what a boring show! The wasted 30 minutes of the judges rambling on and on was miserable. Then, the dances and music arrived and YUCK! This show feels like nursing home selected tv. They will lose viewers if they keep this up!

October 19 2010 at 11:32 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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