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Dancing With The Stars Recap: The 80′s Bring Us Fun And A New Leading Couple

October 17, 2011 07:04 PM by Lisa Princ

ABC‘s Dancing With The Stars is back tonight minus Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani, after last week’s shocking elimination. This week the remaining couples took on an 80′s tune, and we even got to see performances by The Bangles! Read on for all the highlights…

Dancing With The Stars kicked off 80′s week tonight with a performance of “Eternal Flame” and “Walk Like An Egyptian” by The Bangles. This week, since it is the halfway point of the season, the judges will give their insight before each performance as to what the couple needs to do to make it to the end.

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Carrie Ann thinks that Maks and Hope need to come together as one, which in her opinion, would make them “hot.” Hope Solo and Maks took on the Tango tonight to Bon Jovi’s “Living On A Prayer,” and it was rocking! This was definitely one of their better performances. Len kicked off by saying that Hope did not have enough strength in her, and that she was too “willowy,” but he loved the aggression. Bruno told Hope he thought she had the 80′s bitch down to a “T,” while Carrie Ann agreed with both of their opinions. This pair scored three 8′s for the performance, giving them a 24 total.

Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya
Bruno said that if Carson wants to move on, he cannot look sloppy. He needs to combine technique and personality. Anna and Carson took on the Jive tonight to Wham’s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” and it was so much fun to watch, as Carson usually is. Bruno started by saying it was “loonier than a Looney Tune,” while Carrie Ann thought it was fun, but she was expecting more out of week five in terms of technique. Len ended saying he was not sure it was good enough, but if he was judging with his heart, Carson would be back next week. Carson and Anna got a 6 from Carrie Ann and Len, and a 7 from Bruno, giving them a 19 for the night.

Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus
Len revealed how much he loves that Nancy wears her heart on her sleeve, but he doesn’t want to see “an old lady trying to look like some young floozy, because it just doesn’t work.” Nancy and Tristan took the stage for their Rumba to Spandau Ballet’s “True,” and while it was nice, it was also slightly boring. Carrie Ann said it was nice, but she wanted to see real passion out of Nancy, while Len said it was simple, but effective. Bruno gave them praise and said it was one of their better performances. Carrie Ann and Len gave them a 7 each, while Bruno gave them an 8, bringing their total to 22 for the night.

Before we saw anymore performances, The Bangles were back on stage with their hit “Manic Monday.”

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
Bruno had nothing but praise for J.R., and stated that since men usually mess up the Samba, if J.R. could nail it, it would be the week he would get back on top. J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff rocked the house with their Samba to “Conga,” and J.R. proved that a man could do the Samba – by far the best of the evening thus far. Len started by saying he did not think J.R. Martinez would come out and perform that good, but he did. Bruno called him a “sex machine,” and said his fire down below was like a volcano. Carrie Ann said it was amazing and she wanted more of that, adding that was exactly how a man should dance the Samba. Carrie Ann and Len both gave them a 9, while Bruno gave the pair a 10, bringing them to 28 points total – could they possibly be back on top?

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
Len says that he wants Rob to take control of the dance, and added how much he loved that Rob just kept going up on the scoreboard each week. Rob struggled with being a leading man, so Cheryl brought in Romeo to help give him lessons. Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke performed the Rumba to Lionel Richie’s “Hello,” and it was beautiful, and Rob definitely took some control. Bruno kicked off by saying that we finally saw “Rob the heartthrob,” and called it a great performance. Carrie Ann called it strong, sexy, and said Rob was totally in control. Len said this dance was very hard and he managed to take control. Carrie Ann gave them a 9, while Bruno and Len gave them a 8, bringing Rob and Cheryl up to 25 on the leader board this week.

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer
Carrie Ann said Chaz needs to go for it tonight, and push the limit. She thought he needed more movement and less walking. This week, we watched as Lacey Schwimmer’s dad paid Chaz a visit to help him learn how to “shake it” a bit more. Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer performed the Samba to Kool and The Gang’s “Get Down On It,” and Chaz definitely shook it this week, as it was definitely one of his better performances. Carrie Ann said that was the most dancing she had seen him do in any of his dances. Len said it was a good effort, and he loved that Chaz came out and gave it a go. Bruno said that Chaz was good, although he was not as good as J.R. Martinez. Chaz and Lacey scored 7′s across the board, giving them a total of 21.

David Arquette and Kym Johnson
Carrie Ann said that David’s biggest problem is that he doesn’t know how sexy he really is. She adds that he needs to get into the character tonight. David and Kym tackled the Tango tonight to “Tainted Love,” by Soft Cell and it was definitely a fun routine, and David proved he was sexy! Len kicked off saying that it had a great 80′s feel, and it was fantastic. Bruno was up next calling it a Tango with a rebel yell, and that he loved it. Carrie Ann said that it was fun, and although David was good on his feet, she wanted to see him work on his musicality more. Carrie Ann ended by telling David that he was “now a contender.” Carrie Ann and Bruno gave the pair two 8′s, while Len gave them a 9, giving them a total of 25 this week.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
Last, but not least were Ricki Lake and Derek Hough, and the judges gave no advice to the couple who has rocked the leader board for the past few weeks. Derek and Ricki took on the Foxtrot to “Easy Lover,” and I have to say, you can just see the pounds melting off Ricki – she looks awesome! Their routine was cute and fun, but it was not as good as their past routines. Bruno picked out some off timing, while Carrie Ann gushed that she loved how they worked so well as a team, although she agreed with Bruno. Len finished by saying the “Roger Rabbit” move was not one he liked to see in the Foxtrot, adding while it was not their best dance, it was not their worst either. Ricki Lake and Derek Hough, managed to get three 8′s for their performance, giving them a 24 this week.

That meant that J.R Martinez and Karina Smirnoff have taken over the top spot, with Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya at the bottom. Be sure to vote for your favorites and then tune in tomorrow to find out which couple will be eliminated!

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2 Responses to “Dancing With The Stars Recap: The 80′s Bring Us Fun And A New Leading Couple”

  1. Siddie Says:
    October 18th, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    is Chaz getting votes because of his sex change or because Cher is his mother?????

  2. Lisa Princ Says:
    October 18th, 2011 at 7:17 pm

    well it’s definitely not because of his dancing….he should have been voted off weeks ago, in my opinion.

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