Our 'Dancing with the Stars' correspondents Chuck Small and Lenni G will be back on the job for us with recaps throughout Season 12. Lenni G gives us her thoughts on last night's show.
I am so confused. Never in all my life have I thought of the brothers Hanson singing their immortal "MMMBop" as representative of "guilty pleasures." Well maybe it's the MMM part as in, "MMM, I love candy, both dark chocolate and eye." Let's move on.
More in tune with the guilty pleasures theme, at least for me, Kirstie and Maks started the evening with a samba danced to "Hit Me Baby One More Time." This was really, really good! Len said Kirstie "fulfilled her potential," and Bruno praised her "wiggling bum." Judges' scores - 8 from Carrie Ann, 9's from Len and Bruno for a total of 26. Sure thought Carrie Ann could have found the "9" paddle and granted Kirstie's wish for all 9's. C'mon CA, you know that was a "9" performance.
Next up, Chris and Cheryl dancing a tango to "Don't Stop Believing." Bruno was brutal in his comments, saying Chris resembled a "lump of granite." (Now that's mean!) Carrie Ann said it was obvious that the pressure of the competition has gotten to him and he certainly was not having any fun this week. Len, unbelievably, was much kinder saying he thought Chris's holds and posture were good, though he lacked intensity. I say certainly not their best dance but not a train wreck either. Judges' scores - 7's from Carrie Ann and Bruno, 8 from Len for a total of 22.
Romeo and Chelsie went "Titanic" with a waltz danced to "My Heart Will Go On." OK, people, is it a guilty pleasure to want to have been on ship when it went down? But I digress. Carrie Ann found it magical, saying Romeo is "developing his own style", Len thought it was "touching and poignant," and Bruno thought it had "poise and finesse." Judges' scores - first 10 of the season from Carrie Ann, 9's from Len and Bruno for a total of 28.
Chelsea and Mark followed with a quick step to "Walking on Sunshine." Prior to the dance, we were advised that Mark sustained an injury in rehearsal - Oh No! But not to worry, Mark made it through just fine. Len said it had "high energy," Bruno thought it was "luminous," and Carrie Ann felt the "magic" again. I am so proud of Chelsea who seems to get the toughest choreography every week and just keeps ace-ing it every time. Judges' scores - Second 10 of the season from Carrie Ann, 9's from Len and Bruno for a total of 28.
GUILTY PLEASURE MOMENT - Kendra and Louis dancing the samba to "La Vida Loca." Bruno called it, "the attack of the killer boobs," Len said she "gyrated and palpitated," and Carrie Ann said she had a "great shimmy." Does anyone remember what Louis did? Judges' scores - 8's from Carrie Ann and Len, 9 from Bruno for a total of 25.
Danced to "End of the Road," Hines and Kym's Viennese waltz was really pretty to watch. His posture is just exquisite! Carrie Ann called it an excellent performance, though she felt Hines might be thinking too much. (Note to Carrie Ann - Hines was probably thinking about what part of "End of the Road" is a guilty pleasure.) Bruno called it pure pleasure and remarked on the incredible chemistry between Hines and Kim. Judges' scores - 9's from all three for a total of 27.
WARDROBE MISTAKE MOMENT - Ralph and Karina finished the night with a paso doble danced to - wait for it - "Gonna Make You Sweat." What on earth? But the worst part was the incredibly poor design of Ralph's jacket which featured floor length "tails" which I guess were meant to look like a cape. Not long into the dance, Karina tripped on the faux "capey" tails and fell hard to the floor. Not to worry, Ralph came to the rescue, picked her up and the dance continued. Yes, Ralph, as Carrie Ann said, Mr. Miyagi would be very proud of you. Agree with Len that it was an overall great job with a bunch of fire and passion. (Note to costume designer - did you try to dance in this thing? Are you the same designer who gave Jennifer Gray that horrendous skirt that tripped her up last year?) Judges' scores - 8's from all three for a total of 24.
Based on last night's scores, it would seem that Chris is on the mat and in danger of being being counted out. Tune in tonight for the two hour results show. Yes people, I said TWO hours!