Welcome back to week 3 of Dancing with the Stars!
This week's recap is a little different than usual, because I, your fearless recapper, am not here. I'm in LA, actually watching Dancing with the Stars live and in person!
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But you are here. This recap is here, just waiting for your input! And I'll be back later -- as soon as the show is over -- to write about dances, results and maybe a little inside gossip. Plus, later on this week, we will have interviews with your favorite dancers. So stay tuned!
For now though please feel free to post observations and results. Discuss the dances. Choose your favorites. Have fun!
What will you have to discuss this week? Well, first of all, we're down to ten couples, having lost Michael Bolton and Chelsie Hightower after last week's jive (and some controversial Bruno commentary). That means even fiercer competition as each pair sets its sights on the Mirror Ball!
In further excitement, it's story week. We can expect a lot of musical and visual stories -- hopefully at least some of them make sense!
Here's the show!
A little later than usual, I know. But there's a good reason for it. A very good reason. And that is? I'm in LA! For the show! Live!
Sort of anyway. The press watch the show from backstage. Way backstage. Way, way backstage. It's not quite as glitzy this far backstage actually. But there is a giant, glittery sign that reads "DO THE HUSTLE" right behind me. That's pretty cool.
But I suppose you, the reader, want to hear about the show. So let's do it, this time mixed with a few bits of commentary from the Dancing with the Stars studio.
We start the show this week with last week's winners...
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
Dancing the samba to "A Little Respect"
Story = Hot for teacher
Len: "What I love is when you continue it through the dance.... There was just a little twiddly bit."
Bruno: "You are the sexy mistress of the cougar town academy of samba!"
Carrie Ann: "Tonight, you're just slightly out of sync."
My Opinion: I won't deny that I really, really, really like the way Jennifer Grey dances. It always just looks nice and lyrical. Although the costumes are interesting tonight. Seriously, where's the rest of her shirt? And what's with the sea anemone-like pants? Otherwise though, another excellent dance from Jennifer and Derek.
Scores: 8+8+8 = 24
Guess it was worthy of the same scores as before. They like to give 8s.
Next up, we have...
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas
Dancing the waltz to "Edelweiss"
Story = Pretty much The Sound of Music
Len: "It was poignant. It was emotional. It was sweet.... The technique in your feet was non-existent, unfortunately."
Bruno: "Simple, effective, very very sweet.... You should have continuous movement."
Carrie Ann:"You actually had a story, and that's what pushed you throgh to another level."
My Opinion: Cool! The real Maria von Trapp saw Florence play her on the stage. I'm wondering a little how Florence thinks a "very serious" waltz requires a dirndl as a costume, but whatever. The actual dance seems a bit slow, but that might just be the slower dance. Weirdly, the slow dance makes Florence seem old in a way that the fast dances did not. OK, that music box thing is strange, and oh! a kiss!
Scores: 7+6+7 = 20
(According to Florence and Corky, that kiss was impromptu!)
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya
Dancing the foxtrot to "Bad Day"
Story: Cheering someone up on a rainy day
Len: "You're supposed to have musicality through your arms, and that was lacking."
Bruno: "Your frying pans! Last week you got it sorted out.... You've got to be cleaner!"
Carrie Ann: "It was so charming. You have this incredible charm that works well."
My Opinion: Oh no! An umbrella indoors! Don't you know that that's bad luck, Kurt? Anyway, Kurt's daughters are adorable. "Three taps!" I'm kind of liking the rain and lightning -- it reminds me of the actual weather in LA today (What's up with that? Rain in LA? This isn't Seattle!). I liked the Singin' in the Rain-style beginning, but Kurt looked a little dazed when they got to the main dance. I did like the skipping, but most of the "graceful" looks awkward. Still, the man is beyond charming.
Scores: 8+8+7 = 23
Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel
Dancing the samba to "Copacabana"
Story: "The story is about having pride while you're being criticized." - Margaret Cho
Len: "It started off with good rhythm... But as the dance progressed, it got a bit heavy in the legs."
Bruno: "I think you lost your way after the Copa!"
Carrie Ann: "I loved the story! But the truth is you were so full out that you kind of lost control."
My Opinion: Wonder Woman's tiara just exploded!!! These costumes are seriously incredible. Possibly tacky, but I'm loving it anyway. Margaret can certainly shimmy. Too bad that's not all of the dancing. It's like the dancing might be good, but I'm paying too much attention to the outfit to notice. Oh well. Oh, and we've totally lost the feet now. That's not good. But there are streamers!!!
Scores: 6+6+6 = 18
No better than last week. That may be a problem. Whatever it was all worth it when Margaret said: "This was the gayest thing that ever happened!"
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
Dancing the waltz to "Let It Be Me"
Story: Mourning a love lost to war
Len: "That was the most touching dance of the night."
Bruno: "Every move was connected to an emotional journey."
Carrie Ann: "I think the competition just got very interesting!"
My Opinion: Hi Tony! Nice picture! Does that mean he's the dead one? Or is that Audrina? She looks like a ghost in the dress, so I'm not sure. But since this is supposed to be a story about military sacrifice, I'm going with Tony. Audrina is very pretty on the dance floor. She always looks nice. But wow, that's a lot of smoke.
Scores: 8+9+9 = 26
First 9s of the season! And Tony did wax his legs!
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
Dancing the foxtrot to "Just the Way You Are"
Story: Something to do with homelessness
Len: "I didn't like it that much. It was all a bit too contemporary for my taste."
Bruno: "You do everything you have to do. But you're not Meryl Streep yet."
Carrie Ann: "That was a hard one.... This wasn't happening."
My Opinion: OK, the combination of Bristol's trenchcoat and Mark's homeless gear makes me think of flashers. That's probably not what they were going for. Wait, is Mark not homeless then? I'm confused. Even more confused now that Mark won't let go of Bristol's hand. Overall, this is seeming technically OK, but there isn't much emotion. And I really don't get the story behind this dance.
Scores: 6+6+7 = 19
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the samba to "Put It in a Love Song"
Story: Remember The Bodyguard? That's the story.
Len: "It had energy. It had punch... I didn't quite get it."
Bruno: "I'm starting to see the comeback of the diva!"
Carrie Ann: "I don't condone that kind of teaching, but it worked."
My Opinion: Hey, is Brandy singing? Oh no. She's not. Never mind. Anyway... This dance seems kind of all over the place, but in an intentional way. I like this dance -- much prettier than Brandy has danced in the past, and it works well for her. Also, I totally get the story.
Scores: 8+8+8 = 24
(His teaching methods may seem pretty extreme, but they worked. And he and Brandy seem pretty darn pleased with each other -- no real drama there!)
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
Dancing the waltz to "Falling in Love at the Coffee Shop"
Story: See song title above
Len: "Your performance level is very high. You've done nothing with your footwork at all."
Bruno: "It is brilliant what you do!"
Carrie Ann: "You just bring the fun to the floor."
My Opinion: Is Kyle a nerd this time? That's hard to sell. But I'm sure Kyle can do it. How can you not love Kyle? Although Lacey, I'm not sure that's standard attire for a coffee house waitress. What if you spilled the coffee? Kyle's a little too frou-frou at moments here, but overall, it's the same entertainment he brings every week. And a sweet ending!
Scores: 8+7+8 = 23
(Team Schmurgles wants to take the entire competition. Even if their team name means nothing. They just liked the sound of it.)
The Situation and Karina Smirnoff
Dancing the foxtrot to "Boom Boom Pow"
Story: In the future, The Situation is still not under control.
Len: "If that's the future, I'm glad I live in the past.... It was a bizarre performance."
Bruno: "Very futuristic, sometimes apocalyptic. But in a very weird way, very, very entertaining."
Carrie Ann: "Boom! Boom! Wow!"
My Opinion: There's a big time machine on the stage. OK. And creates a quick change! How'd they change that fast? Seriously, how? I'm not sure if it's a good or a bad thing, but I can't stop giggling during this dance. And it's possible that I don't really know what a foxtrot should look like, but is that it? It doesn't seem very foxtrot-like to me.
Scores: 7+6+7 = 20
(Think what you like about The Situation, but he very sweetly gave a little girl some of his bling after tonight's performance! Awwwww...)
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the samba to "Whine Up"
Story: Rick Fox let down his basketball team and drowns his sorrows in a bar.
Len: "Your standards are much higher than I've seen."
Bruno: "We want to see more of that!"
Carrie Ann: "It was hot, it was sexy!"
My Opinion: Eek Cheryl! That doesn't look too safe, dancing on the bar like that. Although it is a way to deal with the height difference. And we have a bare chest! Yay! Thank you Rick! Somehow, these two have managed to be both cheesy and sexy. Oh, also the dancing seems pretty good to me.
Scores: 8+8+8 = 24
(In case you were wondering, Cheryl gives interviews standing on a box next to Rick. She's still shorter than him. Rick is very tall.)
And that's the show! The recap may be a little late in coming, but it's here now. And there's more coming throughout the week -- check back at BuddyTV for exclusive interview footage in addition to our normal Results Show and DWTS news coverage!
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