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Dancing with the Stars, Sept. 30 – Glitz and Glamour of Hollywood

It’s Hollywood week on Dancing with the Stars Sure, you might be reminding me that these stars are from Hollywood to begin with. You’re right, but this is older Hollywood, with the Quickstep and Charleston, aside from a creative robot dance and one involving a pimp. Not surprisingly, neither of those dances hits the way they should.

Partners: Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani. Tony is very proud of Leah’s samba last week. In her mind she was hitting it really hard and didn’t feel her sexy face was very sexy. This week he thinks will be a perfect opportunity to work on that sexy face. He thinks she’s doing really good as a Bond girl.

Dance Style: Rumba
Song: Skyfall

Me: She’s an actress, so of course she nails the sexy face. The dancing isn’t so bad either.
Len: He loved the chemistry and felt the interplay was terrific, but he’d like a tad more fluidity in her arms.
Bruno: The “devilish seductress” definitely got the part. It’s making him go straight.
Carrie: She disagrees about the arms, as she thought they were creating very cool passion. She saw a few other problems but still feels Leah turned up the steam.

Last week’s Score: 8, 8, 8 = 24 This Week’s Score: 8, 8, 8 = 24

Partners: Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff. In their quickstep this week, they are telling the story of a young Hollywood starlet who cons a director into putting her in his film. Karina wants to make sure their quickstep stands out, and she guarantees it’s the fastest ever attempted on the show. His mind is blown early on, and she let’s him know it’s just a small part of the routine he has learned and that it’s not even the hardest part.

Dance Style: Quickstep
Song: Diga Diga Do

Me: It’s definitely fast, and he seems to keep up with it just fine.
Bruno: He got dizzy just watching the dance. Maintaining the synchronicity at that speed is almost impossible, and they did it.
Carrie: The footwork was so sharp and bright, and it’s the hardest part of the quickstep.
Leno: For him it was a bit hectic at times, and speed came in while style went out.

Last Week’s Score: 9, 8, 9 = 26 This Week’s Score: 9, 8, 9 = 26

Partners: Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy. She is grateful to still be there to keep learning and taking it up another level. This dance has a real elegance and old Hollywood feel to it, which she loves. He wants her to let go a bit and trust his lead. She gets blindfolded in practice where she has no choice but to trust him.

Dance Style: Fox trot
Song: Come Fly with Me

Me: She’s right about the old Hollywood feel. It’s a little hard to believe this is the same girl from Showgirls.
Carrie: Watching her dance is such a thrill, as she took her performance to knew heights with elegance and by acting demure. There was only one small mistake in the middle,
Len: That was chicken soup to the eyes – delicious and satisfying.
Bruno: He guarantees she is flying first class all the way. She shows love for dancing, which is wonderful.

Last Week’s Score: 8, 9, 8 = 25 This Week’s Score: 8, 9, 8 = 25

Partners: Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd. After last week’s show he hurt his foot somehow, lost his phone, then was robbed at gunpoint. One thing that was stolen was his Latin dance shoes, making him quite happy. It’s quite hard for him to learn the quickstep with a bum foot.

Dance Style: Quickstep
Song: Crazy in Love

Me: You’d never guess watching him dance this week that he was dealing with a major injury throughout most of the week.
Len: They were the no-stress express with speed and control, although he did drop his right shoulder on occasion.
Bruno:Brant was the perfect matinee idol and played the part perfectly.
Carrie: She thinks Neil Patrick Harris should watch his back.

Score: 8, 7, 8 = 23 This Week’s Score: 9, 9, 9 = 27

Partners: Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus. Valerie’s knees are paying the price, but she knows this week they’ll have a lot of fun. The concept for the dance is Grace Kelly and Freddie Mercury dancing together. She thinks he’s closer to Freddie than she is to Grace. Her biggest challenge is remembering the steps.

Dance Style: Cha cha cha
Song: Grace Kelly

Me: She does great but just doesn’t seem to measure up quite as well as the younger galls in the competition.
Bruno: She has the look absolutely right, but he believes the dance looks like Grace and Freddie never met before with too many wrong turns.
Carrie: She agrees Valerie lost her way throughout the dance, but when she loses her way, she just shines and keeps on going, despite not knowing what she’s doing.
Len: He sees it as going coach on a cheap airline – a little bit uncomfortable and bumpy, but they landed safely and got through it.

Last Week’s Score: 6, 6, 7 = 19 This Week’s Score: 6, 5, 5 = 16

Partners: Bill Engvall and Emma Slater. He’s just happy they were not the first eliminated and that they also moved up with their scores. He thinks the paso doble sounds like a Mexican food dish. As she spits on the floor, he says he turned a British girl into a redneck. They travel together to both Mississippi and Kentucky for his tour so that they can work on their dance in his offtime.

Dance Style: Paso doble
Song: Lone Ranger Theme

Me: This is a really odd song to dance to. Bill does better than I would have expected him to though.
Carrie: Hi Ho Silver Away! He nailed the paso and had all his movements in sync.
Len: If he had come out on Silver, he would have gotten a 10. He was leading the spins and not letting her do all the work. It was his best dance.
Bruno: There was so much attack; it was like being in the opera house.

Last Week’s Score: 7, 7, 7 = 21 This Week’s Score: 8, 8, 8 = 24

Partners: Amber Riley and Derek Hough. He explains the dance is a lot like a cartoon – very over the top. Her butt is hurting, as she says she has another rehearsal after that one to record songs for an album. Also this week she’s shooting and episode of Glee. She resolves to not let it get in her way.

Dance Style: Charleston
Song: Bang Bang

Me: It’s definitely a lot of fun and the most we’ve had all night with a dance.
Len: It was very razzle dazzle with glitz and glamour, although he would have liked a little more swivel in the feet.
Bruno: She has the ability to create a rip roaring excitement in the room. She went off once with her scissor action.
Carrie: It’s another great performance. Her upper body can bang like no one else, but her lower body wasn’t banging as well.

Last Week’s Score: 8, 8, 8 = 24 This Week’s Score: 8, 8, 8 = 24

Partners: Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke. He’s playing a pimp, and she’s her bitch. He remarks he feels like they’re making a porno at one point. He’s glad he showered the morning of rehearsal after his ass ended up hitting her nose. He has a hard time feeling confident with the dance.

Dance Style: Cha cha cha
Song: Hollywood Swinging

Me: This isn’t as good as his past two dances. He appears a bit more stiff.
Bruno: It was cheeky, and he loved the rock star opening. It was very ambitious, but he has to watch his hip action.
Carrie: It was good, but not his best. She feels the hip problem is because he is taking steps that are too big.
Len: He loves the commitment, as there is no messing about. He agrees about the hip action.

Last Week’s Score: 8, 8, 8 = 24 This Week’s Score: 7, 7, 8 = 22

Partners: Christina Milian and Mark Ballas. They’re doing a whole new style and different vibe. He wants to show her versatility this week. The choreography gets a bit difficult for her, and she just needs to take a break to let it sync in. She brings her daughter in to lighten up the mood.

Dance Style: Charleston
Song: Let Me Drown

Me: She seems to be nailing the dance a little better than Amber, surprisingly enough.
Carrie: She started a little timid, but she has a range of emotion when she dances, and it all matched.
Len: He liked that the dance mirrored the music and the 20s moments they put in. He wanted more swivel, however.
Bruno: The clown and the show girl are hitting the big time. Visually it was inventive, and she performed better than she ever has.

Last Week’s Score: 9, 8, 8 = 25 This Week’s Score: 9, 8, 9 = 26

Partners: Nicole Polizzi and Sasha Farber. She doesn’t want any more scores of 6, saying it made her feel like a loser and was embarrassing. Yet he thinks there’s nowhere to but skyrocket up. This leads to her talking about going up to space and heaven or something. I’m not sure. She has to do a one-handed cartwheel while holding hands with Sasha. She’s definitely intimidated.

Dance Style: Quickstep
Song: Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Me: She seems to be avoiding the 6s. She could even be getting 8s.
Len: It was her first ballroom dance, but she came out and surprised him.
Bruno: She was on fire, and he admires her commitment to hard work.
Carrie: Hollywood is cool, but it can also be the land of broken dreams yet not for her. She deserves a star on the walk of fame

Last Week’s Score: 6, 7, 7 = 20 This Week’s Score 9, 8, 8 = 25

Partners: Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein. He tore his quadricep in his dance last week and has been nursing it since. Short of a wheelchair, the doctor didn’t recommend any type of dancing, but Bill is doing it anyway. Tyne comes up with a robot dance to exploit that he has to dance with a peg leg.

Dance Style: Jazz
Song: Get Lucky

Me: Bill danced stiffly anyway, so this dance exploiting that even more is just too obvious, as he doesn’t really do much dancing around Tyne.
Bruno: He doesn’t know what Bob Fossett would say about the jazz, as he didn’t see any, but it was very entertaining.
Carrie: They’ve seen some incredible dancing tonight as well as incredible spirit. He obviously fits in the spirit category.
Len: He thinks Tyne did a terrific job creating the routine. To perform with that type of injury takes guts, determination, and bravery. It shows a lot about the man.

Last Week’s Score: 6, 5, 6 = 17 This Week’s Score: 6, 5, 5 = 16

With a combined score of last week and this week, Christina and Mark, Brant and Peta, and Bill and Tyne are all in jeopardy. All other couples are safe. Being pulled out and sent back to safety right away are Brant and Peta, which is good, as they were the highest scoring couple this week, meaning they aren’t getting many votes from people at home.

The couple going home tonight after three weeks are Bill and Tyne. There are people working really hard who are improving every week, and he knows he’d never be able to keep up. But what makes it hard for him is Tyne won’t be able to stay in the competition either. Tom Bergeron notes she has made a big impression on everyone in her rookie season. She will miss the humor, and maybe the science facts, the most.

Bill was popular online, so I’m wondering if Dancing with the Stars exercised its right to change the voting outcome. Shows always publish that they have the right to do that, but never say when and if they are doing it. Because of his bum leg, it wouldn’t have been an entertaining show to watch him do peg leg dances each week, so it’s a possibility the producers thought it would be in their best interests to eliminate him this week. Either way, he goes out on a good note, and that’s probably better in the long run for everyone.

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