“Guilty Pleasures” night on “Dancing with the Stars” brought out some interesting judgement calls.
Best guilty pleasure video montage of the night: footage from Elton John’s classic video for “I’m Still Standing” that featured Bruno Tonioli shaking his bootie and everything else as one of the backup dancing boys. It was priceless!
And who wouldda thunk that Hanson would become the night’s house band? It was cute to see the boys all grown up and smilin’!
Most heartbreaking moment of tonight was the paso doble by Karina Smirnof and Ralph Macchio, who suffered a huge misstep when Karina tripped over the tail of Ralph’s military coat and fell down for a moment (and thankfully was not hurt!) during their fiery dance. And despite the accident, the duo pulled it together and completed their very difficult routine! Bravo! And what a comeback from being at the bottom of the leaderboard last week.. Score 24.
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson delivered an elegant Viennese waltz that didn’t exactly thrill the judges, though his marks were almost perfect…. score 27.
Moving on to the competition:
Kendra Wilkinson delivered a fiery samba (surprise!) that as Carrie Ann said, found her right within element. It was Len Goodman’s birthday and he got the perfect present… a quasi-lap dance from Kendra that made Len quite the happy fella! Still she only earned a 25 from the trio of paddle-wavers.
Carrie Ann Inaba felt compelled to give Romeo a perfect “10” for his waltz with Chelsie Hightower. It was promptly followed by “9s” from both Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli. Which begs the question… are these judges watching or making notes and therefore missing what the rest of us are seeing? The waltz was in no way perfect (the 9s were more in line with the overall performance). But a 10? Really? Does that take into account the loss of the rhythm is a few places, and missteps in a few others? I guess on this judging panel, 10 doesn’t stand for perfect.
A few minutes earlier, Len bestowed an 8 on a tango by Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke that included among its tango steps: paso and waltz; even his co-judges couldn’t believe their eyes and handed out 7s for Jericho’s labored performance (he has been WAY better than this).
And as the night moved on, Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas and their quickstep seemed to be anything but perfect for Len and Bruno who found fault with rhythm, steps, transitions. And Carrie Ann saw nothing but “magic.” Again, awarding the perfect “10” for a less than perfect routine. (And yes, Mark’s ankle was sprained or bruised, but his dancing was not the problem).
Starting things off were Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who turned in a samba that sizzled and her score of 26 (yep, that was Len granting the coveted 9) was totally warranted.
Tuesday’s results show should be interesting?
Who’s heading home? Based on the scores tonight, Chris Jericho might have danced his last dance in the ballroom.