“Dancing with the Stars” dived into the world of Broadway, and we have to say that the performances were definitely a mixed bag — there were some Tony-winners, but also a few flops.
Since the group dance was not scored, let’s look at the individual routines.
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke – On a superficial level, Rob’s cha-cha with Cheryl was fun — but its biggest issue was that it could have been more fun. There was constantly a feeling that Rob didn’t want to be embarrassed, and was still holding back a little bit. Speaking of being embarrassed, why does Khloe always have to shout during the judges’ critiques? Score: 22
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus – Was this perfect? No, but it was easily Nancy’s best dance. She really looked to be having a blast in this “Monty Python”-themed routine, which included some unique moves and plenty of smiles. We, thankfully, were smiling as much as anyone. Score: 24 (a personal best)
David Arquette and Kym Johnson – David had another fast dance this week, which meant that he continued his recurring theme of going a bit too out of control. Since we are constantly petrified of the guy getting eliminated after he was in the bottom two, we are hoping he strick around. Score: 23
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough – After we saw Ricki stumble last week, we really knew that the show wouldn’t be able to keep her down for long. This was a fantastic quickstep that thoroughly entertained through and through — and the judges certainly agreed. Score: 29
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer – “The Phantom of the Opera” is one of the most popular musicals of all time — unfortunately, this dance just couldn’t live up to the hype. Unfortunately for Chaz, it’s just becoming more and more apparent that he’s the weakest dancer in the competition — and without Carson Kressley around, there’s no hiding it. Score: 19
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – If you want to read about just how angry Maks was about the judges this week, check out the article here. As for the actual dance, we were in some ways pretty moved by the routine. It was one of the better dances of the season from our perspective — but the scores don’t agree. Score: 20
J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff – For the second week, J.R. had another winning ring — and this time, it allowed him to show off a bit more of his quickstep skills. It was one of the better ones we have seen, and as Len said, it was close to Helio Castroneves’ famous routine.
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