Dancing With the Stars Season 13 Recap: The Top Ten Perform
Oct 03 2011 10:30 pm CET

DWTS the Top 10 Perform

Last week said goodbye (and good riddance in my opinion) to Elisabetta Canalis, leaving only 10 “stars” left to fight it out for the mirror ball trophy. Tonight the contestants will be telling a story about their most memorable year. So let’s see who can rise to the top this week.

Up first tonight we have Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke with a fox trot set to “Fly me to the Moon.” Rob has chosen 2003, the year his father passed away when he was 15. He chose the song because it was his father’s favorite. Although Rob is still a little stiff in parts, he has improved beyond belief! He was smooth and charming, showing natural dance ability again this week. I have to say I’m surprised and impressed with his progress. Len said “he put the dash in Kardashian.” Bruno said it reminded him of Guys and Dolls, and Rob asks, what’s Guys and Dolls? Carrie Ann said each week he makes progress. He received eights all around, for a total of 24 out of 30.

Next up tonight we have Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani with a rumba. She’s chosen the year 1990 when she wrote the song “Hold On,” (which they will dance to tonight). She struggled with abandonment issues surrounding her father, leading to a drug problem, and ultimately her redemption. I am not a fan of the rumba, and certainly not to tell an emotional story, it just doesn‘t fit. That being said she did a very nice job, lovely lines and genuine emotion. Bruno called her a smoldering siren. Carrie Ann called her stunning, and went on to compliment her lines. Len said she has taken the competition to a new level. She received an eight from Carrie Ann and Nines from Bruno and Len, for a total of 26 out of 30.

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer are up next with a rumba. Chaz has chosen this year as his most memorable, he’s selected “Laugh at Me,” written by his father Sonny Bono. The lyrics to the song couldn’t have been more appropriate for Chaz and his journey, Google the lyrics and you’ll see what I mean. He improved from last week, but it wasn’t great if I’m being honest. I admire Chaz greatly and hope he’s given another week to redeem himself. Carrie Ann said he looked really distracted, and that he didn’t dance enough. Len disagreed and called it his best dance. Bruno said he’s very endearing, but there were moments he looked lost. He received sixes all around for a total of 18 out of 30.

Up next we have Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas with a samba. Kristin chose 2005, which is the year she graduated high school and chose to move to Los Angeles instead of going to college (really that‘s her life defining moment, ah too be that young). They’ll dance to Beyonce’s “Crazy in Love.” She did a great job, it was fun and youthful, something this show sometimes lacks. I do think she’s missing a bit of energy, or perhaps it’s confidence, either way it’s a minor thing to work on. Len didn’t enjoy the Beyonce moves, but called 80% of the dance fabulous. Bruno said “keep going that way.” Carrie Ann said she’s really pushing herself, and that she likes that. She received eights all around, for a total of 24 out of 30.

Next up we have Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya with a tango. Carson chose 2003, the year Queer Eye for the Straight Guy came out. Due to the shows success, Carson, for the first time in his life didn’t feel like an outsider. They’ll dance to No Doubt’s “It’s my Life.” It was exaggerated and oh so entertaining, I love this guy, he’s so likable! Bruno called it “insanely brilliant.” Carrie Ann said “Carson I love you.” Len said “you put the boy in flamboyant,” he went on to say the dance had merit and that he enjoyed it very much. He received eights from Carrie Ann and Bruno, and a seven from Len, for a total of 23 out of 30.

JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff are next with a rumba. JR told the story of his injury and ultimate survival of his Iraq war experience. His story is beyond amazing! They’ll dance to Tim McGraw’s “If You’re Reading This,” a song about those who didn’t make it home from the war. I’m sitting here crying, mostly because of the audience’s overwhelming response. It certainly packed an emotional punch, which I didn’t think was possible with a rumba. It was lovely and extraordinarily moving! Carrie Ann (in tears) said she could feel the weight in which he danced. Len said JR performs at an unexpected level, though he loved the performance he felt it could be more musical. Bruno said the emotion was tangible. He received nines from Carrie Ann and Bruno, and an eight from Len (boo!). For a total of 26 out of 30.

Up next we have Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus with a waltz. They’ll dance to “Moon River,” a song she walked down the isle to, but also holds special significance because her twins nearly died when they were born (2007) and “Moon River” was the first song she ever sang to them. It was a nice performance, but a bit boring. Len said she needed to work on her posture. Bruno agreed with Len. Carrie Ann said she was transported, and the emotion really showed. She received sevens all around, for a total of 21 out of 30.

Next up tonight we have Ricki Lake and Derek Hough with a rumba. Ricki said 2010 was her most memorable year. Her house burned down and she met the man she would marry. They’ll dance to Sara Bareilles’ “Gravity.” That was beautiful! And this is coming from a girl who isn’t fond of the rumba. She was so fluid and believable, amazing! I have to also give credit to Derek, he is a fantastic dancer/choreographer. Bruno said she was at her best. Carrie Ann called her fabulous and fierce. Len congratulated the pair on a great routine. She received nines all around for the highest score of the night thus far, a 27 out of 30.

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are up next with a cha cha. She’s chosen this year as her most memorable. Her team made it to the finals of the World Cup, only to suffer a devastating loss. However, it taught her that it’s all about the journey. They’ll dance to “Tonight” (her team song) by Enrique Iglasias. I have to say she’s often quite awkward. She did pretty well, but she needs to work on her femininity. Carrie Ann thought it was fantastic, but wants her to work on softening her walk and her fluidity. Len called it too provocative, but said it was very good, calling it her best dance. Bruno said she was going for it like a panther (um okay). She received eights all around, for a total of 24 out of 30.

Closing the show tonight we have David Arquette and Kym Johnson with a rumba. David has chosen 2010 as his most memorable year, the year his marriage fell apart and he turned to alcohol for solace. They’ll dance to “Ooh Child” (dedicated to his daughter) by The Five Stairsteps. It was a solid performance from David, certainly his best dance so far. Len said he did a great job. Bruno said he brought sensitivity to the performance. Carrie Ann called it a very nice comeback, going on to call the dance magical. He received eights all around for the score du jour 24 out of 30.

Here are the Standings:

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy 24/30
Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas 24/30
David Arquette and Kym Johnson 24/3
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke 24/30
Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya 23/30
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough 27/30
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer 18/30
Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani 26/30
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus 21/30
JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff 26/30

So there you have it, Ricki and Derek top the leader board for a second consecutive week. She had another strong performance, but I once again feel that JR should be right up there with her, but what do I know? So who will be heading home Tuesday night? Find out with me tomorrow during our live coverage of the results show. Hope to see you all then!

Kellee Knowles– TVLatest.com

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