'Dancing with the Stars' Live Recap: Week 6 Dances
'Dancing with the Stars' Live Recap: Week 6 Dances
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
Time for week 6!

Seven couples remain to dance in this season of Dancing with the Stars, and the competition has never been fiercer. With the poorer dancers and less popular contestants already eliminated, staying on the show is harder than ever. Whose dances will meet the high standards tonight, and who will dance themselves right out of competition?

Last week saw an emotional farewell to the show's favorite mom, Florence Henderson. Despite the nostalgia value of her tango to the theme from The Brady Bunch, the combination of scores and voting left Florence and Corky at the bottom. In contrast, Brandy and Maksim managed their first win of the season with an incredible quickstep to the theme from Friends.

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We get a major alteration in the performance show format tonight, with each couple required to dance not once but twice over the course of the evening. The couples will all have their standard routine, choreographed this week to rock music, and then there will be a group dance marathon.

That's right, a dance marathon! Although not really, since the "marathon" will only last for a few minutes, and we're not likely to see collapsing from exhaustion in that time frame. What we will see is a progressive elimination by the judges when they see a couple stumble or look tired. The last couple on the dance floor will receive an extra 10 points for their overall scores tonight!

Will endurance be the key tonight? Will precision reign supreme? Or will it be all about performance?

We'll only know the answer when we watch the show, so let's get to it!

Good to know we're going with the "Rock" theme. Flames and all! Excellent attempt to make ballroom dancing cool. Almost worked... Maybe...

Sounds like we'll also be seeing the top 10 all-time dances chosen by voters. #10 seems to be Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas. Mark does like his costumes, doesn't he?

#9 - An Argentine tango by Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson. I think Kym forgot half of her dress.

#8 - A quickstep by Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough. Bananas!

#7 - Another freestyle (the public is not made up of ballroom purists, obviously) by Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough.

And that's all we get before the commercials! Hey, the current stars are still in makeup. No new dances anytime soon...

Lots of paso dobles now!

#6 - Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough, dancing the way The Situation probably wanted to a couple of weeks ago. That's, um, interesting hair?

#5 - Mel B and Maksim Chmerkovskiy dancing here. She's really tall, isn't she?

#4 - Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough dancing yet another paso doble. Is it just me, or is the paso doble a particularly violent-looking dance?

And a few more commercials...

#3 - Back for a samba with Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough (again). So this is what a perfect dance looks like? A lot like an almost-perfect dance to me... Which is why I'm not a judge.

#2 - An Argentine tango with Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke. People sure like those tangos! Um, that's sexy. Like really sexy.

#1 - Another perfect score! A freestyle for Drew Lacey and Cheryl Burke. With cowboy gear.

Sorry Brooke Burke. They don't like you that much.

Oh! Time for the grand entrances! So much for the rock music. Oh lord, what are they all wearing now??? This fashion slideshow is going to be a lot of fun this week. A lot of fun. Bruno is having fun too.

The dances will be tangos and paso dobles this week. Because what else would you dance to rock music?

First to dance this week?

Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani
Dancing the paso doble to "Another One Bites the Dust"

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "To be honest, you're getting on my nerves a bit. You've got the potential to blow us away." "You've got everything going for you, you've got to work on that character."
Bruno: "He's absolutely right, for once." "The man-eating Spanish beauty, get it all out of you!"
Carrie Ann: "The improvement that you've shown since week 1 when you came out here is ridiculous!" "What you're lacking, just a little bit, is the intention behind the movement."

My Opinion: Tony in a Bruno mask was just plain creepy. Well, I don't know if Audrina's showing any more emotion than last week, but this dance looks well with pissed-off blank stares. As always, Audrina looks nice on the dance floor. Maybe a little bit shakier with the easy stuff (walking down the stairs, pushing hair back), but the dancing looks good to me.

Scores: 8+8+8 = 24

Pretty good scores for all that criticism. They really do want her to improve, I guess.
Tom Bergeron: "I also want to apologize for the judges, because I know before the show is out, they'll do something."

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer
Dancing the tango 

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "I'm not going to sack you, I'm going to back you tonight." "You're dancing is performance-driven." "I want a bit of a balance. It was an improvement over last week."
Bruno: "You're all grown up! All macho! You've obviously put a lot of work into this!"
Carrie Ann: "Kyle, I love the way you always throw the Kyle-style in!" "The carriage was amazing this week."

My Opinion: Kyle looks way more precise this week, which can only be a good thing. Plus, he's got his typically perfect character going. He doesn't look even a little nice right now. Creepy, honestly. But in a good way. Kyle doesn't even look like a kid here. OK, I loved that dance. Who knows if the judges will agree though?

Scores: 8+7+8 = 23

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough
Dancing the paso doble

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "Trying to go for it with such gusto, you lost a bit of the control during the dance."
Bruno: "You got the rage right. It was like a woman on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Get this skirt off of me! Get it off me!" "The problem is, but then you lose the quality of movement."
Carrie Ann: "You need to calm down a little bit, you're way out of control, the dance was totally disjointed." "I don't know what's happening, you're like the chosen one and you're going downhill."

My Opinion: Not sure I like the opening, but I think it wasn't the dancing. She is a convincing actress. I thought the grimace when he lifted her by the neck was real. I like the dance pretty well, but the choreography isn't doing anything for me. Did she just stumble there, or was that on purpose?

Scores: 6+7+7 = 20

Not a good night for Jennifer... Uh-oh.
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the tango

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "Well I'm always impressed with your hold and your posture. I thought you did an excellent job."
Bruno: "It was like a Mohican on the warpath! I thought you were going to scalp her at the end!"
Carrie Ann: "I think you did amazing by mixing the intensity with the tango." "You sometimes get so stern that we lose the person behind the Rick."

My Opinion: Oh my. Must stop laughing at Rick's hair. They've really embraced "rock" here, haven't they? Not so sure that the music fits this dance. And wow, has Rick been this tall through the whole competition? He looks like a monster tonight! I honestly don't know if I like this. All I know is that I cannot look away even a little bit! I think I'm scared of Rick right now.

Scores: 8+8+8 = 24

Good. Everybody's scared of Rick too. That was terrifying. But is anybody going to go above 8 tonight?

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas
Dancing the tango

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "Last week a chimp. Almost a champ."
Bruno: "Best performance and best technique to date!"
Carrie Ann: "Victory for Bristol! That was ridiculously amazing!" "Who are you?"

My Opinion: Um, Bristol looks like she wants to cry at the beginning. Her steps mostly look good, but a bit hesitant. Again, we're doing the pissed-off blankness as an expression (and then a random air-guitar smile), which seems to go over well with the judges about half of the time. I'd put this at about the same level as Audrina's dance tonight, maybe a bit below. 

Scores: 8+7+8 = 23 

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya
Dancing the paso doble to "The Final Countdown"

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "I could see what you were trying to do, but it just didn't come off."
Bruno: "You worked very, very hard and you had that intensity..." "It looks like you were doing karate..." "It was Jackie Chan and we want Banderas!"
Carrie Ann: "You have the scruffy-scruffy, but the dance was sort of scruffy-scruffy as well."

My Opinion: Why does Kurt get Bret Michaels as a coach? That hardly seems fair. I love this music for dancing. Kurt looks awesome, as usual. The man can dress! He seems to have a bit of that awkward stiffness back, but not as much as before. Probably not so much that it'll kill him, but I don't think that was quite as good as last week. 

Scores: 6+6+6 = 18 

The audience is very not happy about that.

Tom Bergeron: "All right! An angry rock mob! Yeah!" (Tom is on fire tonight.)

Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the tango to "Hero"

Judges' Opinions:
Len: "Maks, you're my hero!" "You've come out with a dance that's full of intensity, passion!"
Bruno: "Wow! That tango really rocked! Was it Brandy, or was it Tina Turner in Mad Max?"
Carrie Ann: "I had goose bumps all over my arms." "But I did see a few tiny little missteps..."

My Opinion: Well, they've got the passion. As always. Not quite the passion I was hoping for -- kind of looks like everybody went the cold, stoic route this week. What's up with that? And did Maks just stumble? A good performance there, but not a great one. She might get hurt by the high expectations, but it was solid. Brandy looks hurt or something now...  

Scores: 8+9+9 = 26

Looks like we have another winner for the week...

All that's left is the marathon. This is going to mean a lot with such close scores this week.

Marathon time!!!

Get ready for the craziness! And they're dancing!

Kurt and Anna are off the floor! 4 points added to their score...

Bristol and Mark are off the floor! 5 points added to their score...

Rick and Cheryl are off the floor! 6 points added to their score...

Four couples left and a lot more room!

Kyle and Lacey are off the floor! 7 points added to their score...

Audrina and Tony are off the floor! 8 points added to their score...

Jennifer and Derek are off the floor! 9 points added to their score...

Leaving Brandy and Maks as the champions!!! 10 points extra! Pretty impressive, considering they just danced about 5 minutes ago.

Well done guys!

(Image courtesy of ABC)