'Dancing with the Stars' Live Recap: Week 4 Dances
'Dancing with the Stars' Live Recap: Week 4 Dances
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
It's time for the show!

We're in week 4 already? Wow -- time flies, doesn't it? Three pairs have already been eliminated, leaving only nine pairs left to dance tonight. In the next two hours we will find out which of the pairs will rise to the growing challenges and which will falter.

Last week, we saw the elimination of Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel amidst tough competition. Other dancing pairs, meanwhile, took the opportunity to shine. Audrina and Tony managed to earn the first 9s of the season, knocking Jennifer and Derek down to second place for the week. Also, we saw that time machine dance by The Situation and Karina. Pretty safe to say we won't top that spectacle this week.

Week 4 offers a bit of a twist on the standard Dancing with the Stars format. It will be an acoustic show, featuring only guitar, violin and piano music to accompany the dances. The stage is smaller this week as well -- a small, round platform with the audience clustered right up to the edges. Hope nobody falls off!

We'll also be getting two stars for each dance tonight -- one score to reflect performance and the other to rate technique. That should make things interesting for some of the dancers!

Excited yet? Hope so, since it's time to start the live recap! Follow along throughout the night for dances, opinions and commentary. I'm looking forward to reading what you have to say as well!

Here we go!

The band's still pretty loud for the walking-out bit. Oh, but they don't need to negotiate the stairs this time! Granted, they are all crowding onto the itty-bitty stage.

Looks like we're seeing a whole lot more skin this week -- Bristol's legs are in sight, and The Situation's abs have put in a long-overdue appearance. Yay skimpy costumes!

Sounds like the professionals are pretty apprehensive about this round, little stage. Want to take bets on falling off that stage? That would be kind of painful.

Before we get to the competition, we start with a professional dance. Should they really be showing us how the rumba should be done before we watch the celebrities? Kind of anti-climactic and all. Pretty dance though.

And the first dancers tonight are...

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya
Dancing the rumba to "Drops of Jupiter"

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "As for the performance, I think you pitched the romantic side of the performance just right."
Bruno: "There is still one thing about these hands. Movement has to travel through the arm from the forearm ... You look like you're catching a football."
Carrie Ann: "I really loved the performance. There's a true chemistry between you guys."

My Opinion: Good to know that Kurt's wife isn't going to divorce him over a dance. That would suck. Kurt looks sort of silly when he wiggles like that. Probably not the look the rumba is supposed to have. But he definitely has sexy down otherwise. His dancing has definitely gotten a lot smoother. And wow, did they speed up the film while they were spinning around each other? I'd say it was Kurt's best dance yet!

Technical: 5+5+5 = 15 (wonder if this means low or high?)
Performance: 7+6+6 = 19
34 in total

Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the rumba

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "Well I thought the technique was very good." 
Bruno: "I'm loving that kind of mood of soft sensuality ... It was like two lovers stealing a moment of passion in a midnight garden."
Carrie Ann: "I've been waiting for the real Brandy to show herself! A little more strength, a little bigger in your movements."

My Opinion: Brandy and Maks have the best rehearsal footage -- their banter is awesome. As long as they keep insisting they like each other! We seriously need to keep this pair around just for the show each week. Oh, time for the dance. Brandy is moving well tonight, as well as I can tell with that sheet on anyway. Cool dip there! And she's undressing Maks. 10! 10! 10!!! Kind of a cold love, but a passionate one anyway.

Technical: 7+8+7 = 22
Performance: 9+8+9 = 26
48 in total

Whoa, funky microphone there, Brooke!

Time for an Argentine tango demonstration by the pros! I love the tango...

Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the Argentine tango

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "I thought your lifts were excellent! Your legs could've been slightly crisper and sharper."
Bruno: "You came out there, it was a bit like Clark Gable... It didn't hold all the way through."
Carrie Ann: "You came out here looking like the cover of a romance novel ... But for some reason it felt one-dimensional."

My Opinion: Before they start moving, let me say: he's pretty. Like the mustache! Very good tango attitude overall. I can't really tell if he's doing much though. I know you often don't move much in the tango, so it's hard to tell if he's dancing poorly or well by barely moving. He seemed to get the lifts though. Not my favorite Rick performance so far, but still pretty good.

Technical: 6+7+6 = 19
Performance: 6+7+7 = 20
39 in total

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
Dancing the rumba

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "Your footwork was much better... It had like a staccato feel."
Bruno: "You play it well. You have moments of fluidity... Rumba has to have a continuous flow to work."
Carrie Ann: "By doing that [paying attention to footwork], you lost track of your upper body."

My Opinion: Kyle may easily win the "best personality" contest on this show. His personality is totally incredible for dancing -- making possibly silly moves seem somehow suave. I may not be an expert on it either, but my guess is that "atrocious" footwork has improved some as well. I loved that! Despite really not liking that music.

Technical: 6+6+6 = 18
Performance: 8+7+7 = 22
40 in total

Did Tom Bergeron just say "What the hell?"

Next week: The TV-theme week... Hmmm...

The Situation and Karina Smirnoff
Dancing the Argentine tango

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "It was consistent -- it was bad throughout."
Bruno: "You know that was a terrible mess. It was like watching somebody put together a puzzle, and it never makes sense."
Carrie Ann: "On behalf of all the women, I would like to welcome The Situation's abs to this show! Your hardest thing is the walking."

My Opinion: Bit of a hesitation before that first lift, but he did pull it off. This is definitely more the style for The Situation, but he's still a bit stiff. Kind of looking like a tree that Karina's winding around so far. I doubt the judges are going to like the technique here. He's a strong guy though -- cool spins with Karina at the end!

Technical: 4+4+4 = 12
Performance: 6+5+5 = 16
28 in total

Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas
Dancing the rumba

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "It was much better than I expected!"
Bruno: "A few things less would have sufficed as performance."
Carrie Ann: "What just happened?!? You're Mrs. Brady! You've definitely proved that age has no relation to just how sexy and raunchy and dirty..."

My Opinion: Naked Corky Ballas? Seriously show? Seriously??? Oh, dance now. Why are her knees trembling? What's going on??? I'm scared. Please dance now! So far, the dancing seems a little jerky, and Florence's footwork might have been a little off. I can't think that the rumba should be this stiff. And/or terrifying. I think that was technically OK, but I truly didn't like that dance. Better than The Situation, but that's all.

Technical: 6+6+5 = 17
Performance: 6+6+6 = 18
35 in total

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
Dancing the Argentine tango

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "That was a dance that combine excellent technique and performance skills."
Bruno: "As performances go, this really is prime-time delight. Technically, the intricacy of what you did is beyond belief!"
Carrie Ann: "The precision was incredible! The passion was incredible!"

My Opinion: There had just better be a lift in this dance! OK, so they basically started with one. And this is a way better tango than we've seen before. It's definitely got that sexy-pissed-off thing that the best tangos have. And pretty fast too! Nice dance! 

Technical: 9+9+9 = 27
Performance: 10+9+10 = 29
56 in total

Wow. All 9s and 10s! That's pretty amazing. Not that the dance didn't deserve it, but wow!

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
Dancing the rumba to "Umbrella"

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "I want to see more 'we' and less 'me' out of your routines."
Bruno: "You're always kind of clean. You place yourself properly, you do your moves, but those moves never go anywhere."
Carrie Ann: "There's no effort. We're week 4... I feel like you're just dancing for Mark."

My Opinion: They have gone for the sexy outfit this week, haven't they? Good start -- a lot more movement and expression from Bristol at the outset. Maybe she just needed sexier clothes? Possibly a bit slow on the footwork, but not bad. And now Mark is shirtless. How are we supposed to pay attention to Bristol with that happening??? No fair! But that's OK. I'll watch it. And drool... Hey, mom's there again.

Technical: 6+6+6 = 18
Performance: 4+5+5 = 14
32 in total

I guess the honeymoon's over for Bristol.

Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
Dancing the Argentine tango

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "I thought it was clean, it was clear... I don't know why, but I didn't get transported to a seedy club in Buenos Aires."
Bruno: "You performed a bit like the ice-queen type... Technically though, it wasn't bad at all."
Carrie Ann: "You have to work on extending your foot all the way past your toe... Your performance is growing!"

My Opinion: Were they a bit off (both of them) from the beat there? Or am I just thinking that because the movements are so precise and fast? I don't know that this tango has the same passion and Jennifer and Derek's, but it definitely works as technically impressive. A whole different level when compared to some of the other dancers in this competition. Overall, lacking in a lot of the passion, but definitely having the technique.

Technical: 8+8+8 = 24
Performance: 8+7+7 = 22
46 in total

And that's it for the week 4 dances! What do you think? Who did the best? The worst? Did you agree or disagree with the judges' scores? Let us know!

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