It’s only one week before the semi-finals on “Dancing with the Stars” and the six remaining couples will face two dances before a results night of a double elimination. This week along with their solo performance, the couples will become a trio for their second dance as they pair up with an eliminated professional dancer or a DWTS Troupe member.
The first couple on the dance floor was Donald and Peta with a Tango to the Stevie Wonder hit “Higher Ground”. Len said Donald scored a first round knockout and set a high standard for the night. Bruno said that he thought he was going to have to send for a marriage counselor; adding Donald went at it like there was no tomorrow. Carrie Ann said the couple was so focused and in the zone; but Carrie Ann wanted to see more passion – at which point Donald ran over and planted a kiss on Carrie Ann while Donald’s wife and children looked on. Donald and Peta scored 27 points for their Tango.
Maria and Derek performed a Viennes Waltz that got intimate in the end and left Maria in tears. Bruno said the performance had heavenly fluidity, seamless transitions, and was amazing. Carrie Ann said that she felt the dance; adding that something magical was happening to the two of them. Len noted that Maria was the best in hold but Derek missed a chance by not putting more moves in hold. Maria and Derek scored 28 points for their Viennese Waltz including an eight from Len.
Melissa and Maks performed a Foxtrot to the Rod Stewart hit “Maggie Mae”. Carrie Ann noted that Melissa finally kept her shoulders down; adding that it was her best dance ever. Len said that it potentially was Melissa’s best dance but she had a few mistakes. Bruno noted that the performance was a much smoother ride with finished lines and the best presentation to date. Melissa and Maks scored 24 points for their Foxtrot.
Katherine and Mark perform a Viennese Waltz that left the judges having an aggressive discussion as the show went into a commercial break. Len noted that the dance had plenty of content and lots of moves in hold; adding the performance was terrific. Bruno said Katherine’s technique is superb but she lost a moment. Carrie Ann said that Katherine’s technique is astounding but noted that she lost it a bit in the dance. Katherine and Mark scores 26 points for their Viennese Waltz.
This week Roshon got a special treat, his grandmas made a visit to the rehearsal hall and then sat in the audience while he performed. Bruno noted that the dance had not jerkiness, his hold was superb, he had claen lines, and it was like watching a young Mickey Rooney. Carrie Anne said Roshon made his grandmas proud and them as well. Len said they were like two little dancing munchkins; adding a “good job dog” for Roshon. After barely surviving the bottom two and the final dance duel of the season, Roshon and Chelsie scored their highest points this season with 29 points for their Foxtrot.
The last dance in round one was Walter and Cheryl with a Foxtrot to the rockabilly hit “Stray Cat Strut” by the Stray Cats. Walter began the week by bringing Cheryl some flowers and wishing her a happy birthday. Carrie Ann kept saying meow; adding that William was like a super pop sexy Pink Panther and his moves were exquisite. Len said the dance was a mixture of care and flair – care in the technique and flair in the movement. Bruno said that William couldn’t be more debonair and suave if he tried. William and Cheryl earned the second perfect score of the season with 30 points for their Foxtrot.
Round One scores…
Melissa and Maks – 24
Katherine and Mark - 26
Donald and Peta – 27
Maria and Derek – 28
Roshon and Chelsie – 29
William and Cheryl – 30
In round two, the couples become trios as they choose either an eliminated professional dancer or a member from the “Dancing with the Stars” Troupe for a performance that makes the celebrity shine.
First up in round two was Donald, Peta, and Karina with a Jive. Donald ended the routine by jumping over both girls as they stood on the dance floor in high heels. Len said the the routine was fin, fun, fun and he liked it; adding the trio did a good job. Bruno said Donald handled it beautifully and kept up all the way through the damce/ Carrie Ann noted that Donald never missed a step and said the performance was great. Donald, Peta, and Karina scored 28 points including a 10 from Carrie Ann for their Jive but the audience still booed. Donald and Peta scored a total of 55 points for the night.
Maria, Derek, and DWTS Troupe member Henry performed a Samba with a Bollywood theme. In the video package Derek said that he wanted to do something that had never been done on the show before. After the dance host Tom Bergeron called it such fun. Bruno said the Maria goes to Bollywood was creatively brilliant but noted that Maria lost timing during the dance. Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno; adding that the guys were perfectly in sync with each other. Len liked the performance as a dance but said there were no elements of the Samba – which is what he was supposed to be judging. Maria, Kerek, and Henry scored 25 points for their Samba. Maria and Derek earned a total of 53 points for the night.
Maks enlists the aid of brother Val for his Samba with Melissa. Carrie Ann said it was Melissa’s best performance by miles; calling Melissa the cream filling for the Chmerkovskiy sandwich. Len said it was Melissa’s best dance and Bruno asked if it was Melissa or Miss Rita Hayworth. Melissa, Maks, and Val scored 27 points – her highest score ever – for their Samba. Melissa and Maks scored a total of 51 points for the night.
When Katherine and Mark solicited the help of Tristan MacManus for their Cha Cah, Tristan noted that they were going to have, “some good craic” (fun). The trio danced their crime inspired routine to “She’s a Lady” by fellow Welshman Sir Tom Jones. During the dance Katherine got a piece of her costume, which was torn off, stuck on her foot but never lost a beat. Tom Bergeron said it was very smooth. Len said the performance was well done, clean, and clear. Bruno said he loved it and the routine was wonderful, sexy, and cool; adding that it was like watching Chalize Theron on the dance floor. Carrie Ann called the routine amazing; saying Katherine was in the zone and Katherine came out like she owned it. At the end of the dance the guys were handcuffed together. While waiting for their scores, co-host Brooke Burke revealed that they had lost the key for the handcuffs. Katherine, Mark, and Tristan scored 29 points for their Cha Cha. Katherine and Mark scored a total of 55 points for the night.
Roshon, Chelsie, and DWTS Troupe member Sasha performed a Paso Doble that had Tom Bergeron calling Roshon the come back kid. Bruno said the dance had strength, power, artistry, beautiful Spanish lines, and moments that he couldn’t tell the men apart; but noted that Roshon lost it in a few places. Carrie Ann was conflicted; she loved the strategy but noted that Roshon went off on the timing. Len said, “it was like two skinny fries chasing after the ketchup;” adding that they did a great job and he liked it. Roshon, Chelsie, and Sasha scored 27 points for their Paso Doble. Roshon and Chelsie scored a total of 56 points for the night.
Playing the role of Zorro, he Cheryl, and Tony Dovolani performed a Paso Doble that had the audience cheering and on their feet at the end. Carrie Ann began by saying that it was a fun night with the trios. She said William’s lines were incredible and fun to watch but noted he was out of sync. Len saluted William saying he did a fabulous job and liked how it all came together. Bruno said that he couldn’t ask for more in performance value and he loved how they used Cheryl as the cape beautifully; but also noted that William lost sync with Tony once. While waiting for his scores William said that playing the role of Zorro was a dream come true. William, Cheryl, and Tony scored 27 points for their Paso Doble. William and Cheryl earned the highest total score of the night with 57 points.
Round two scores…
Maria, Derek, and Henry – 25
Melissa, Maks and Val – 27
Roshon, Chelsie, and Sasha – 27
William, Cheryl, and Tony - 27
Donald, Peta, and Karina – 28
Katherine, Mark, and Tristan - 29
Melissa and Maks - 51
Maria and Derek - 53
Donald and Peta – 55
Katherine and Mark – 55
Roshon and Chelsie – 56
William and Cheryl - 57
On the Tuesday results night Chris Brown returns to the ballroom, the Macy’s Stars of Dance pays tribute to Dick Clark and “American Bandstand”, and two couples will be eliminated one week shy of the semifinals.