Despite much improvement, Bristol Palin found herself at the bottom of the leaderboard after last night's performances on "Dancing With the Stars." Can she "hold" on for another week?
Bristol and Mark Ballas performed a redneck-themed quickstep that earned an underwhelming score of 18. The three judges criticized Bristol and Mark for breaking hold throughout the dance. Yet I'd blame Mark more than Bristol for the choreography. In past seasons, the judges have called him out for breaking the rules and not maintaining hold.
Also At the Bottom
Joining Bristol near the bottom of the leaderboard were Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Kristie tried to channel her inner call girl by working that pole (lamp post). Bruno Tonioli commented that she worked hard for her money, but suggested that she "get the cash first" next time. Kirstie also attempted to kiss Len Goodman, but was denied! Kirstie (or Kiss-tie) and Maks earned a score of 21.
Walk a Mile In My Shoes/Bra
Kelly Monaco wanted her partner Val(entin) "My Water Broke" Chmerkovskiy to walk a mile in her shoes (or rather, in her bra). She pointed out how difficult it was to keep her boobs from flapping around while she was dancing. He finally understood her predicament after she made him wear a pink bra filled with pink balloons. Kelly and Val earned a score of 22.
Similarly, Helio Castroneves wanted his partner, Chelsie Hightower, to understand how difficult the training has been for him. By letting her try her luck at the racetrack, she was able to ride a mile in his shoes. Helio and Chelsie earned a score of 23.5 for their jive.
Middle of the Pack
Joining Helio in the middle of the pack were Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson. I wasn't sure what to make of Joey and Kym's silent movie-themed quickstep, especially since it was disconcertingly set to Radiohead's "Creep." The judges appreciated the entertainment value, but docked points for technical faults including bad footwork, poor posture, and poor frame. Joey and Kym earned a score of 22.
"Bottom Two" Drew Lachey probably did enough to save himself this week. Bruno loved the ruggedness and strength of the attack, but pointed out places where he went flat-footed. Still, Len promised that Drew would not be in the bottom two this week. Drew and Anna Trebunskaya earned a score of 22.5.
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke turned in a respectable quickstep. However, Carrie Ann Inaba wanted more. She felt that he maintained his level from last week, but didn't improve. She also felt that Apolo and Helio performed "a little bit better than you this week." Emmitt and Cheryl earned a score of 22.5.
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough performed a hairspray themed-jive that left Derek gasping for air. Despite Len calling it a "just enough jive," they earned a score of 25. While I did enjoy the performance, I don't see why Shawn received higher scores than Melissa. The judges really seem to favor Derek.
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff performed a quickstep that earned the praise of the judges. Len called it a gold medal performance, while Bruno praised his determination, focus, and hard work. So I was a bit surprised at their silver medal score of 24.5.
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani finally performed their jive. (She had been injured during jive week of season 8.) Their performance divided the panel. Bruno pointed out slight mistakes in the feet, but Len accused him of looking at a doughnut and seeing nothing but the hole. Melissa and Tony earned a score of 24. I'm thinking they would have earned a higher score had they not performed first.
Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel earned the first 9s of the season with a "Black Betty"-themed quickstep. The judges praised her ability to keep her upper body under control while keeping the energy in the legs. Bruno described her as "Ginger Rogers at her best." Sabrina and Louis topped the leaderboard with a score of 26.
Gilles Marini overcame a hamstring injury to turn in a cleavage-bearing jive that earned a score of 25.5. Carrie Ann praised his kicks and flicks as being the "best of the night." Len talked about how consistency was the key to winning. Of course, wearing a plunging low-cut gray jacket and showing off his perfectly waxed chest certainly won't hurt Gilles in this competition!
Are Gilles and Sabrina the front-runners in this competition? Was Apolo underscored? Can Bristol "hold" on for another week?
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