Our "Dancing with the Stars" blogger Lenni G on last night's 200th episode:
It was the 200th show in the series so we had to celebrate. Many former stars were back either sitting in the audience or taking part in the dancing and judging.
The evening started with a team competition pitting Kristi Yamaguchi's group of Rick and Cheryl, Bristol and Mark, and Kyle and Lacey against Apolo Ohno's crew of Kurt and Anna, Brandy and Maks, and Jennifer and Derek. Team Kristi did the first cha cha to "Working Day and Night." Carrie Ann said Rick was "on fire" (and so was I), Len felt this team was the underdog but they "put up a good fight" (they did), and Bruno thought Bristol looked sorta "lost" (she was). As usual, I loved Kyle's performance and really feel he was the best of the three stars on this team. Judges' scores - 8's from all 3 for a total of 24. This score will be added to the score each star receives for their individual dance.
Up next, Team Apolo doing their cha cha to "Bust A Move." Perfect music, perfect. This was soooo good! Carrie Ann said, "you all worked your best" and Len agreed that all three "upped their games." Have to believe Derek designed this fabulous routine. Perfect choreography, perfect. Judges' scores - 9's for all three for a total of 27.
Individual dances followed with a special 200th show twist - each couple was asked to dance a routine in the style of their guest star judge.
Kyle and Lacey drew a paso doble ala guest judge Mel B. Wait for it - all 4 judges loved it! Len even called it Kyle's best dance ever! I agree with Mel B - "It was amazing." Judges' scores - 10 from Mel B, 9 from Carrie Ann, 8's from Len and Bruno for a total of 35 plus 24 from the team dance for a grand total of 59 (out of 70 possible).
Self-described "slow old white guy" Kurt and his partner, Anna, did a tango, guest judge Emmitt Smith style. Bruno said Kurt went from "mission impossible last week to mission accomplished this week." Emmitt loved Kurt's suit, saying he looked quite "dapper," reminding everyone that dance is all about the suits. Judges' scores - 10 from Emmitt, 8's from the other three for a total of 34 plus 27 from the team dance for a grand total of 61.
Bristol and Mark were next with a Viennese waltz channeling guest judge Kelly Osbourne. Best part of this dance - Kelly - looking absolutely brilliant! But I digress. Carrie Ann said it all for me - "Bristol, you have the power to touch us all but you're so detached!" Sorry people, I just can't hop on the Palin bandwagon - she wasn't good on the first show and, with the exception of last week's tango, she hasn't shown a bit of improvement. Judges' scores - 9 from Kelly, 8's from the other three for a total of 33 plus 24 from the team dance for a grand total of 57.
Rick and Cheryl did the bright green version of guest judge Helio Castroneves' bright yellow quick step. Len said Rick was at "full throttle," Bruno and Carrie Ann agreed that it was his best yet. Loved to see Rick moving, really moving. Of course, I love to see Rick standing still but that's just me. Judges' scores - 10 from Helio, 9's from the other three for a total of 37 plus 24 from the team dance for a grand total of 61.
Returning star moment of the night - GILLES MARINI is in the house as a guest judge! Brandy and Maks did a Gilles inspired fox trot which really played well for the drama queen, Brandy. Judges' comments - endless eroticism, elegant, OMG, most fantastic. Judges' scores - 9's from Gilles, Carrie Ann and Bruno, 10 (OMG) from Len for a total of 37 plus 27 from the team dance for a grand total of 64.
Closing out the night, Jennifer and Derek doing the tango as guest judge, Drew Lachey, would like it done. Even though Jennifer is clearly beat up and exhausted, she so made it work. Carrie Ann was brought to tears saying, "You blew the doors off that routine." I think she popped the hood and trunk off that vehicle too. Drew spoke for me when he said it had amazing musicality and lines. Judges' scores - 10 from Drew, 9's from the other three for a total of 37 plus 27 from the team dance for a grand total of 64.
I have decided not to predict that Bristol will be gone this week even though she did get the lowest score and just generally was not as good as any of the other five stars. We'll see if my reverse psychology works tonight.