Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Story Time

Tonight is story night on DWTS.  The pros and their celebrity dancers have to tell a story through their dance and are allowed to use props.  (As a general rule, props are not advised and almost always frowned upon by Len.)  Before the fun begins, we are treated to a performance by the pros to show you what the dances are supposed to look like tonight.  The dances:  The Fox Trot, The Waltz and The Samba.
 Jennifer Grey/Derek Hough 1-800-868-3411


Jennifer and Derek play out a story of a boy who is crushing on his teacher.  Derek admitted to having a crush on his third grade teacher.  I thought it was really cute and clean...until she had a stumble.  She made a face and everything.  Too bad.  Len liked how they story flowed nicely and that it was very clever.  However, there was that little stumble. Bruno told her she was the Sexy Mistress of Cougar Town--teaching at the academy of samba--there are a lot of students forming around the block.  "You should be recruiting!" He admired her for her taking on the challenging choreography and said that despite the mess up she did it!
Carrie Ann also enjoyed the fluidity of the story, but pointed out, "The BIG mess up!" 

Scores:
CarrieAnn: 8
Len: 8
Bruno:  8
Total: 24

Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas 1-800-868-3409


Corky and Florence danced the Waltz with Edelweiss.  It was fitting for her as she starred on Broadway as Maria von Trapp in 1960.  She shared a special and tearful memory of her late husband and said that she hoped he would be proud of her.  Their dance was very sweet and tender, but also she played it safe.  At the end, Corky planted an unplanned kiss right on her lips! 


Bruno said the dance was simple and effective and noted the sweet emotional connection.  He pointed out she would stop between transitions and said that she need to keep the movement continuous.  Carrie Ann praised her for a touching performance only telling her to push her boundaries.  Len positively gushed over her beautiful and emotional story.  Then he hit her with her non existent technique and footwork. Ouch...way to knock someone off their pedal-stool!

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  7
Len: 6
Bruno:7
Total: 20
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya 1-800-868-3408

 Kurt and Anna have the Fox Trot.  This dance requires light feet.  Which is something Kurt has never been accused of having.  So  who better to teach him about being delicate but his two beautiful little girls.  A tea party was in order.  "Pinkies up!" they instructed.  It was cute. 


The dance begins with a bad day that turns out all right in the end.  There is "rain" and Kurt for a moment reminds me of Gene Kelly.  Carrie Ann; without saying the same tells him he has incredible charm, beautiful holds, and has great chemistry with his partner.  Len on the other hand thought his arms were lacking in the lyrical sense.  Everything else, he said, was done well. Bruno told him that he knows he can do it, but "you nearly dropped her!" He really did...almost.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 7
Total 23
--Brooke doesn't know how to add.  I say this because she claimed that this is the highest score yet.  What?  Jen and Derek got a 24.  Either that or she meant that was THEIR highest score yet.

Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel 1-800-868-3405

Margaret Cho says her Samba will be a coming out party!  Did I make the connection?  Nope.  Did I make the connection when I saw the bright rainbow dress.  Nope.  It wasn't until after the dance when she said, "This was probably the gayest thing on Dancing With the Stars!"  OH!  Now I get it!  That being said, I wasn't impressed her coming out party.  Len said it started out good, but that her legs got heavier as it progressed and he didn't quite get the story. Bruno told her to keep waving her flag proudly...even though you lost your way. (when you lost your timing.) Carrie Ann said she loved the story but told her she sort of lost control.  "Work on your arms and your lines."

Scores:
Carrie Ann: 6
Lenb: 6
Bruno: 6
Total: 18
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani 1-800-868-3401

Audrina and Tony's  waltz is told in a dreamlike sequence when a soldier returns home from war.  It was beautifully danced and a very emotional message.  Bruno said it was beautiful and touching story. A hit!  Carrie Ann said it was in fact beautifully danced, but "point your toes." Len enjoyed how she danced with her heart.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total 26
Remember last week when Tony said he would shave his legs if they scored less than a 24?  Well he did!  OUCH!

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas 1-800-868-3407

Mark makes Bristol step outside her comfort zone, and has her start the dance without him by her side.  The most I got out of their story is that Mark is a homeless man.  Her waltz was tentative but nice.  Carrie Ann praised her for her quality of movement but that the story "wasn't happening."  Len reminded her that last week he told her to take a chance.  "You did...and I didn't like it."  Bruno told her that her execution was very neat and clean, but that she needs to feel it.  "Show it to me, baby!"

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  6
Len: 6
Bruno: 7
Total 19
Brandy and Maks Chmerkovskiy 1-800-868-3406

Brandy and Maks tell the story of The Body Guard with their Samba.  For whatever reason, Maks decided to use corporal punishment in practice.  I think he just wanted to touch her butt.  It worked though.  Her dance was much better this week.
Len said there was good energy and rhythm and a little improvement, but he didn't feel like MAKS was protective to his partner. Bruno told Brandy that he was starting to see the come back of the diva.  "Way to go girl!"  Carrie Ann told Maks that she didn't condone that kind of teaching and then attempted to spank him.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total 24
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer 1-800-868-3403

Kyle and Lacey's waltz is supposed to be set to the tune of, "Take It To The Limit." by The Eagles.  Neither of them has a clue who they are!!  Seriously!? In the end, they get a different song!  Once again, Kyle pours on the charms.  His upper half moves smoothly, now...Kyle get your feet to catch up.  Bruno said the story was the happy picture of a blossoming teenage romance.  "Work on your feet."  Carrie Ann, giggling like a school girl once again told Kyle he brings the fun to the dance floor. Len commended his acting and performance, but his that his footwork was "atrocious." 

Scores:
Carrie Ann: 8
Len: 7
Bruno: 8
Total:  23
The Situation and Karina Schmirnoff 1-800-868-3410

Do I HAVE to call him The Situation?  I mean honestly.  Who is he kidding!?  *ahem*  Their Foxtrot is a time travel story.  During rehearsals, Karina tells Sorrentino  he will dance like Frank Sinatra.  Really?  I always thought Sinatra was a SINGER!   Watching "The Situation" dance is well that's a SCARY "situation."  Carrie Ann told him that he is "baby stepping" his way to becoming a dancer.  Umm did you watch the same dance as me? Len, I love you for this, "If that is the future, I am glad I live in the past!"  He gave him chops for listening to his partner, but told him if he saw him dancing in his backyard, he would pull the drapes. Bruno said it was the Land of the Lost FoxTrot.  "Very entertaining in a very weird way."

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  7
Len: 6
Bruno: 7
Total: 20
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke 1-800-868-3404

Rick and Cheryl are dancing the Samba and their story is he lost the big game and his teammates have ditched him. Cheryl changes steps to suit his size.  He thinks she is doing it because he slow.  She assured him she wasn't.  And as it turned out, the changes worked!  Len said their standard was much higher and it was well done. Bruno told him he was pretty hot when he let it go! Carrie Ann said he was sexy and hot!  And right on with the music.

Scores:
Carrie Ann:  8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24

The couple going home:  Margaret Cho and Louis Van Amstel

*Pictures from ABC*

8 comments:

Snuggle Wasteland said...

Margaret needed to go. I didn't understand what they were going for either. I thought it was just me. :)

Christina Lee said...

hey, did I miss Jennifer Grey leaving? *looks over your post again*

Christina Lee said...

Okay, she was the first one and I didn't recognize her- duh!

Nikki said...

I liked Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya the best! Beautiful! Great write up!

Linda Medrano said...

I need to turn this on one day! I love your write ups of the action! (But I may love your write ups more than I would love the show!)

Emmy said...

Yes great escape indeed! I like Louis but sounds like his partner left something to be desired.

blueviolet said...

Now tell me, that guy who was playing the fiddle/violin or whatever it was...is he the younger brother of Maks? Seriously, he looked so much like him but I didn't catch his name to find out!

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

I love Derek & Jennifer! They are my pick to win. I like Mark & Bristol too & I think he has a thing for her. He's all over her during the scores. And Maks, well he's just sexy.