Dancing with the Stars Season 13 Recap: The Top Nine Perform
Oct 10 2011 10:25 pm CET
Last week we unfortunately said goodbye to Kristin Cavallari, leaving us with just nine stars to fight it out for the coveted mirror ball trophy. This week is movie week, and the contestants will dance to some of the most famous movie scores. So who’s ready for their close-up this week? Let’s find out.
First up tonight we have Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani dancing a tango set to the Mission Impossible theme. Tony descended from the ceiling via cables, and it went downhill from there. Chynna lost her place and never fully recovered, she was visibly shaken. Such a shame, because I’m sure it would have been a wonderful dance. Len said they got the characters right, but they lost their place and there were a lot of mistakes. Bruno said they lost the plot, and that they were unable to get it back. Carrie Ann said though they lost their place, she never lost her composure. She received sevens from all of the judges for a total of 21 out of 30.
Next up we have David Arquette and Kym Johnson with a paso doble set to the Raiders of the Lost Ark theme. David entered the ballroom by swinging in on a rope. It was another strong performance from David, one that had the audience going wild. He did a nice job, but I felt his frame was weak, let‘s face it David doesn‘t scream machismo. Bruno said to work on his turns, but loved the dance. Carrie Ann said he’s been catapulted onto another level. Len called it the “temple of doom,” he called him out on his feet and frame. He received eights from Carrie Ann and Bruno, and a seven from Len for a total of 23 out of 30.
Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya are next on the floor with a Viennese waltz, set to the Pirates of the Caribbean theme. The couple rode in on a ship, and then proceeded to do a very unconventional waltz. At times it seemed more like a hopping polka, it was odd, but fun. Carrie Ann called it Carson’s most butch performance, but she called him out on his technique. Len said it had no finesse or technique, but called it great fun and said if he was at home he’d be picking up the phone for Carson. Bruno called it bonkers and fun. He received sevens from Carrie Ann and Bruno, and a six from Len for a total of 20 out of 30.
Up next we have Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus with a paso doble set to the Flash Gordon theme. Well she started off somewhat strong, but I felt it fell apart by the end in my opinion. My problem with Nancy is that she’s boring, she only does the steps, never anything more to make her stand out. Len said her dancing lacks excitement. Bruno said she must become a “ball breaker” on the dance floor. Carrie Ann said that Nancy deserves more credit, she has solid technique, though she did advise her to connect more to the audience. She received sevens all around for a total of 21 out of 30.
Next on the floor we have Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy with a fox trot, set to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me,” from Toy Story. It was a cute little number that had Hope and Maks doing their best Woody and Jessie impressions. It was a vast improvement for the soccer star, good job. Bruno called it lovely. Carrie Ann said it made her smile the whole way through. Len said that Hope could go all the way, but laid into the couple about committing to practice more. She received eights all around for a 24 out of 30.
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke are next with a paso doble set to the Superman theme. Well, I’ve seen worse, but I’ve certainly seen better. It wasn’t his strongest dance, but he pushed through. Carrie Ann told him she likes the way he moves. Len said he didn’t mind it, but compared him to a waiter walking about. Bruno said he moves well and has musicality, but he needs to gain confidence. He received eights all around for a total of 24 out of 30.
Next up tonight we have Ricki Lake and Derek Hough with a tango set to the Psycho theme. The music threw the couple a curve during rehearsal, evidently the time changes in the piece are confusing. But let me tell you, all that stress was well worth it, they gave a tremendous performance! Honestly, that was amazing, if you missed it you MUST youtube it…so good! Len said that Ricki always delivers. Bruno called it a blockbusting performance. Carrie Ann said “brilliance in the ballroom.” Carrie Ann and Bruno gave her perfect tens, while stick in the mud Len gave her a nine, for a total of 29 out of 30!
Up next we have Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer with a tango set to the Rocky theme. With his momma in the audience cheering him on Chaz gave it his all, and gave his best performance to date. It seemed very fitting to have the Rocky theme backing him up. Bruno said that no matter how many knocks he takes he always gets back up. Carrie Ann said (in tears) that she routes for him. The camera panned to Cher at this time and she stood and clapped for Chaz with tears in her eyes. Len said it was his best dance. Chaz received all sevens for his highest scores to date, a 21 out of 30.
JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff are last up tonight with a fox trot set to the Pink Panther theme. What an adorable performance. JR’s acting skills served him well, he was so charismatic, and his technique was on point as well. Carrie Ann said she thought it was just okay, and that she didn’t like the humor in the performance (um BOO). Len disagreed with Carrie Ann, and called it the best male dance of the night, going on to call the performance fabulous. Bruno called him great, saying that he can do anything. He received nines from Len and Bruno and an eight from Carrie Ann (really?), for a total of 26 out of 30.
What a fun show tonight! We saw our first tens of the season, and had a few comebacks, all around a pretty good show. At the top of the leader board, for the third week in a row, we have Ricki and Derek. But this week I won’t be saying anyone else deserves the top spot, Ricki earned that position by giving the best performance of the season thus far! So who will leave the show this week? Let’s find out together, join me tomorrow night for our live coverage of the elimination show. Hope to see you all then.
Here are the standing:
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy 24/30
David Arquette and Kym Johnson 23/30
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke 24/30
Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya 20/30
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough 29/30
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer 21/30
Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani 21/30
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus 21/30
JR Martinez and Karina Smirnoff 26/30
Kellee Knowles– TVLatest.com
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