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Dancing With The Stars Recap: Personal Story Week Brings Out Emotional Performances

October 03, 2011 07:17 PM by Lisa Princ

Tonight on ABC, Dancing With The Stars heads into the third week of performances with Ballroom and Latin routines. With inspirational stories and memorable years, which routines rocked the dance floor? Read on for all the highlights!

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke were up first, and Rob shared his heartbreaking tale of losing his father in 2003, and how hard it has been on him. In honor of his father, Rob chose to perform the Foxtrot to “Fly Me To The Moon” by Frank Sinatra. Cheryl and Rob looked stunning rocking emerald green and black attire, and Rob Kardashian definitely made his father proud as he rocked the dance floor with his spot on footwork. Len told him he was definitely a Kardashian, Carrie Ann told him the performance was charming and smooth, and Bruno loved it. The pair earned three 8′s, bringing them to a total score of 24.

Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani
Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani were up next, and Chynna’s inspiration came from the year 1990, when she wrote the song “Hold On,” as she was dealing with abandonment issues from her dad. Chynna was hoping that her dance would give the message that there is always another road. Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani performed the Rumba to Chynna’s own “Hold On.” Chynna definitely proved that she was back in it, as she did not hold back or play it safe this week. It was an emotional and beautiful performance. Bruno called it “smoldering, intriguing and stylish,” while Carrie Ann called Chynna “stunning” and was thrilled that she gave us more this week. Len told Chynna if she continues to dance like that she will be here for many weeks. Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani received an 8 from Carrie Ann, and a 9 from both Len and Bruno, giving them a total of 27 points.

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer
Chaz Bono shared his most memorable year as being this past year, with all he had gone through and being able to get on Dancing With The Stars. Chaz Bono decided to dance to a tune that his father wrote back in the day, about being accepted for who you are. The song, called “Laugh At Me” delivered a powerful message in Chaz’s Rumba. Chaz still looked a bit stiff during his performance, but it was much better than last week’s. The judges had mixed reviews, as Carrie Ann said while she loved his courage, she thought it was not his best performance. Len Goodman disagreed saying it was Chaz’s best performance, while Bruno commented about the need for continuous movement throughout this dance, but he liked it. All three judges gave Chaz and Lacey 6′s, leaving them with a total score of 18 for the night.

All My Children alum J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
J.R. Martinez recalled his most memorable year, which was the year he was injured in Iraq. J.R. went through all the emotions with us that he felt when he first saw himself again. J.R. shared how his mother inspired him, but while he was in the hospital, he would spend his evenings crying to himself. J.R. Martinez chose to perform his Rumba to “If You’re Reading This” by Tim McGraw. J.R.’s routine was in honor of all those who have not returned home. Martinez brought us to tears with his story, but he also brought us to tears watching him perform. J.R.’s performance was almost perfect – a beautiful, heartfelt performance. J.R. Carrie Ann kicked off by saying that Hero’s were ordinary people doing extraordinary things, adding that J.R. was a Hero. Len told J.R. Martinez that he has been dancing to standards that Len did not expect from him this season. Bruno agreed that J.R. was a Hero, and said that he could feel J.R.’s emotions. The pair earned two 9′s from Carrie Ann and Bruno, and an 8 from Len, giving them a 26 for their routine.

Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus were up next, but how could they possibly top what we just saw? Nancy Grace chose to dance to “Moon River,” because it was her wedding song, as well as the first song she had sung the twins. Nancy Grace showed us a softer side of her, and shared her tears, adding that she was told by doctors that she and her daughter were dying when she went into labor. After getting her twins out safely, both Nancy and Lucy survived, and that is when the lullaby of “Moon River” began, as she sang to her daughter. Nancy Grace and Tristan took on The Waltz tonight, and it was performed nicely, without any wardrobe malfunctions. Len kicked off telling Nancy she needed to get better posture, but it was good emotionally. Bruno agreed with Len, while Carrie Ann said it “felt like a live action lullaby.” With 7′s across the board, Nancy and Tristan earned a 21 this week.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
Ricki Lake shared how tough her year was in 2010. In 2010, Ricki went through a tough divorce, a house fire, and she was at an all time low. Then she met her fiance, who changed her life. Ricki Lake decided to perform “Gravity,” a tune about allowing youself to love again, and she added that her Rumba was a reflection of her relationship with Christian. Ricki looked beautiful donning a pink gown, and the dance was even more beautiful. It was almost flawless and Ricki fit the part perfectly. Bruno said Ricki was at her best tonight, while Carrie Ann called it breathtaking and she said Ricki Lake was on fire/ Len congratulated Derek on a great routine, and Ricki on dancing it so well. Ricki and Derek earned three 9′s tonight, giving them a 27, which was the highest score of the evening.

Hope Solo and Maks Chmerkovskiy
Hope Solo and Maks were next up on Dancing With The Stars. Hope Solo chose 2011 as her inspirational year since she went for the Wold Cup. Hope shared how it hurt her to not win, but she learned that it was more about the journey than the win. For their cha cha cha, Hope and Maks would be dancing to “Tonight” by Enrique Iglesias. Maks seemed to struggle getting Hope to perform sexy enough in rehearsals, could she pull it off the floor? The routine was definitely sexy, and Hope looked like a natural with her footwork. Carrie Ann started by telling Hope that she was a really strong dancer, but she wanted to work on her walk. Len said the routine was a little provocative for him, but it was her best dance yet. Bruno was in love with the man-eating routine Hope pulled off. Hope and Maks earned three 8′s, giving them a total of 24 for the evening.

Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya
Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya were determined to come back from last week. Carson started off by saying that he felt like a loser last week after the critique, but he could do any better this week? Carson’s memorable year was 2003, when “Queer Eye For The Straight Guy” came out and Carson was finally able to be himself, and be comfortable with himself. Carson shared his story of how he was a dorky child in school, and he was hoping his Tango would inspire other children to feel like they could do anything. Carson came back very strong this week with his Tango to “It’s My Life” by No Doubt. The performance, which Anna bragged was done around his fashion sense, was fun and very well performed. The judges loved Carson this week, as Carrie Ann told him she loved him for him and praised his technique. Bruno called it “insanely brilliant,” and Len said that Carson put the boy in flamboyant. Carson Kressley scored two 8′s from Carrie Ann and Bruno, while Len gave him a 7, bringing him to 23 on the board.

David Arquette and Kym Johnson
Last to hit the floor tonight were David Arquette and Kym Johnson. David Arquette’s most memorable year of his life was this past year, when he had some very hard times. David shared his story of his failed marriage, and how alcohol took over his life. David then revealed that his daughter is his inspiration, and because of that he was dancing to “O-o-h Child” with his Rumba. David definitely took the criticism from last week and ran with it. This performance was much better than last week, beautifully performed. Len started off by saying that David did a great job, while Bruno loved the vulnerability of it. Carrie Ann said it was a great comeback and that David brought out more of himself tonight. This week, David Arquette earned three 8′s, putting him at 24 total for the evening.

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One Response to “Dancing With The Stars Recap: Personal Story Week Brings Out Emotional Performances”

  1. susie Says:
    October 4th, 2011 at 3:18 am

    Where is Chaz??


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