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Dancing With The Stars: Week Eight Recap

May 09, 2011 07:15 PM by Allyson Wells

There are only five remaining couples on Dancing with the Stars.  Tonight marks the last dance before the semi-finals.  The only theme this week is stress as the stars are pushed to the limits with an individual and instant dance.  Each couple has the excellence to make it to the finals.  Which ones will rise to the occasion?

Round 1-The Individual Dances

Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas

Chelsea is frustrated with Mark’s reaction to her scores because they are a team and she doesn’t want people to think she is overly confident and cocky.  She reminds him it is supposed to be fun.  Mark wants to celebrate with an emotionally connected waltz and tell a story.  He wants her to be the art and prove she deserves to be in the final four.  Their dance begins with a kiss that is supposed to bring Chelsea to life.  Chelsea has such beautiful lines and is a very elegant dancer.  Len felt like there was too much emphasis on the story, as opposed to the dancing and was too theatrical for his taste.  Bruno thinks that Chelsea shined like a precious jewel and was timeless.  Carrie Ann believes that Chelsea brought an added dimension to her dancing and earned perfection.  Backstage with Brooke, Chelsea states that clearing the air helped their partnership, and she was mad at the situation and not Mark.  Mark wants Chelsea to shine and is proud of her.  Carrie Ann and Bruno give them 10′s, while Len gives her a 9. 

Hines Ward & Kym Johnson

Hines wants to have the leader board all to himself and not share again.  For their fox trot, they are going to sell a story and have fun.  Their story is him proposing to Kym.  He laughs that Kym forced the proposal on him just like women in America do.  He analyzes Ralph’s dance to see what he can do better.  Hines is always smiling on the dance floor, but he makes a little blunder or two in his footwork.  Still, he sells it great.  I wonder if Kym accepted his proposal at the end of the dance.  Bruno loves the performance and thinks it beamed with happiness.  Carrie Ann thinks Hines is a guy’s guy and sticks to the program and loved it.  Len finds Hines’ dancing very appealing and a joyful experience.  He points out that his feet were a bit off.  The crowd boos-but I have to agree with Len.  Backstage with Brooke, Hines says he and Kym have a fun relationship.  Carrie Ann and Len give them 9′s, while Bruno gives them a 10.

Romeo & Chelsie Hightower

Romeo wants to put in more effort after doing so terrible the previous week.  The tango has a lot of passion and Romeo thinks this dance will show the judges he has what it takes.  Chelsie is stressed because she wants the choreography to be special and memorable.  They come out dancing to Britney Spears’ latest song.  I love it!  Romeo is definitely intense and focused.  He delivers a solid performance.  Carrie Ann is amazed by how intense the dance was and she believed every move he put into it.  Len is impressed by how much better he danced this week.  Bruno believes Romeo danced like a real man this week.  Backstage with Brooke, Romeo tells her that the competition is like life and last week was a gut check to remind him how much he wants to win.  Chelsie is proud of how well he performed.  All three judges give them 9′s. 

Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff

Karina is excited for them to make the romantic waltz dramatic and feisty.  Ralph admits his hamstring has been nagging him.  Karina wants to call the doctor and be safe rather than sorry.  Ralph hates to miss rehearsal time.  The doctor tells him he is injured, but can still dance if he wants.  However, during a rehearsal, he falls over and winces in pain when the injury flares up again.  He needs Mr. Miyagi to fix it!  The pair dance having only practiced nine hours, instead of 40.  I love the dark choreography of this dance-it is very haunting.  Ralph looks like he is in pain, but trying to push through.  He limps off the stage.  Len thinks he did a good job despite the lack of polish.  Bruno loves how dangerous they looked and especially how controlled he was with the turns despite his leg pain.  Carrie Ann thinks he channeled the spirit of Daniel Laruso and did his dance with grace and elegance.  Backstage with Brooke, he reveals he is in pain but is dealing with it and thanks everyone for their support.  Carrie Ann and Len give them 8′s, and Bruno gives him a 9.  Karina is proud of him for coming out and dancing.  Ralph doesn’t want it to end this way. 

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Maks tells Kirstie the tango is very passionate and very technical.  He instructs her to move her feet quicker.  Kirstie falls over several times during their rehearsals, including one time off the stage.  Kirstie reveals she forgot to eat.  Maks doesn’t think she is getting enough calories.  He wants her to take better care of herself and he’ll worry about the rest.  The dance begins with him carrying her down the stairs.  Kirstie is much more on this week than she was last week.  It’s a very energetic dance and her footwork looks great!  Kirstie tweeted last week that she loved their tango.  I love it, too!  Great choreography by Maks.  Bruno boasts that the dance was sultry and passionate with brilliant footwork.  Carrie Ann loves that she felt like real chemistry was happening.  Len believes they created a wonderful atmosphere and a hot dance.  Backstage with Brooke, Kirstie explains she fell because she forgot to eat.  Carrie Ann and Len give them 9′s, and Bruno gives them a 10. 

Round 2-The Instant Dance

Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas

In rehearsals, Chelsea is nervous because she can’t memorize her beats to the song.  Mark brings in Kyle Massey to cheer her on.  He had the most fun in his instant dance and urges her to sell it with confidence.  Chelsea decides to channel her inner Kyle Massey for her salsa.  Their instant dance is to the song “Get Busy” by Sean Paul.  Chelsea does a good job coming out and selling the dance.  It is definitely not as polished as their rehearsed dances and a lot slower and stiff.  Len thinks that Chelsea performed a hot dance.  Len can’t believe how many steps she managed to put in to a very difficult dance.  Carrie Ann agrees with me and did not think they were connected to the music and thought they were rushing at times.  Backstage with Brooke, Chelsea boasts that the instant dance was actually fun.  Carrie Ann gives them an 8, while Len and Bruno give them 9′s.

Hines Ward & Kym Johnson

Their instant dance will be a jive.  Hines was looking forward to doing the jive, but dreads it now that it is instant.  He relies on the vocals and beats and has no idea how he will get through it.  Kym is a bit nervous because Hines is struggling and knows they have to pull it together quick.  Their song is “Chantilly Lace.”  They come out smiling with lots of energy.  I think Hines looks as great in this dance as he does his rehearsed dances.  He actually seems connected to the music.  Bruno calls Hines Mr. Happy Feet and he did an incredible job.  Carrie Ann counters that he did amazing and he was on every beat because he relaxed into the routine.  Len believes Hines worked very hard this week and it showed.  Carrie Ann and Len give them 9′s, while Bruno gives him an 8.

Romeo & Chelsie Hightower

Their instant dance is the salsa to the song “Tequila.”  In rehearsals, Romeo thinks he will be okay because he can dance to any song in a dance club.  She takes him to a salsa club to practice.  She makes him ask someone to salsa dance with him.  He has fun with it and feels ready for the instant dance.  Romeo seems like he is having a great time and connected to the dance and audience.  It looks like he has a few missteps, but he hides it well.  Carrie Ann thinks it felt off and they got a little out of sync.  Len disagrees with Carrie Ann and thinks they came out and did a great job, despite a tiny incident.  Bruno thinks he lost the fluidity of the dance.  Carrie Ann and Bruno give them 8′s, while Len gives them a 9.

Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff

Ralph and Karina are shown waiting at the doctor.  He worries how he will prepare his cha-cha for the instant dance.  Karina levels that she is freaking out, but she suggests tapping into their cha-cha choreography from the previous week.  Ralph knows he is a performer at heart and can try and sell it.  Their song is “Stuck in the Middle.”  They do a playful bit where Karina heels his knee.  It is evident that he is in pain, but he hangs in there and tries to sell it.  They do get a bit out of sync.  Len admires his perseverance, but the dance was lacking.  Bruno notes that he did well under the circumstances, but it was still off.  Carrie Ann can’t believe he pulled it off without rehearsals, but his hip action was better.  He limps backstage to get his scores, and the judges give him a standing ovation.  I keep waiting for one of the Cobra guys to come out and sweep his leg.  Ralph tells Brooke he is happy to have made it through.  All three judges give them 7′s. 

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Kirstie asks if the instant dance means she will instantly be able to do their salsa.  Maks orders her to showcase her hips.  He takes off his mic and throws it down when Kirstie can’t get the steps right.  Their dance is to “Cobrastyle.”  Kirstie gets a little bit off at times, but she really has some of the best footwork in the competition.  Bruno loves the angle they went for, but points out she lost sync.  Carrie Ann enjoyed the dance and thought they were totally in sync, despite a misstep.  She likes their chemistry.  Len likes that they showed the rhythm of the salsa and her hips worked.  Backstage with Brooke, Kirstie admits she enjoys the audience too much.  Maks is very proud of how much she gives to her dancing.  Carrie Ann and Bruno give them 8′s, while Len gives them a 9.

At the end of the night, Chelsea and Mark are at the top of the leader board.  Ralph and Karina are at the bottom.  After a challenging night, who will be eliminated one night shy of the semi-finals?  Tune into the results show tomorrow night to find out who stays and who is going home.

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One Response to “Dancing With The Stars: Week Eight Recap”

  1. The Real Says:
    May 10th, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    I am hopping Hinze Ward goes home, first off I don’t like the Pricksburg Stealer s, and I will vote against any Stealer!!

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