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Dancing With The Stars Recap: Broadway Brings Carson Kressley Back, And Sparks A Heated Argument Between A Judge And A Pro

October 24, 2011 07:13 PM by Lisa Princ

ABC‘s Dancing With The Stars was back tonight for Broadway week! Not only did we see each couple perform to a Broadway hit, but we also watched as Carson Kressley came back, and Kristin Chenoweth took the stage! But, there was also drama on tonight’s episode as one judge and one pro dancer exchanged some heated words – this is one recap you don’t want to miss! Read on for all the highlights!

Dancing With The Stars kicked off tonight with a performance from “Sister Act” to start off Broadway week, and Tom announced that Carson Kressley was back as he helped with the group routine tonight.

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
Rob Kardashian is performing the cha cha this week to “Walk Like a Man” from Jersey Boys. During his rehearsals, Rob got a visit from his mom, Kris Jenner, who shared how proud she was of him, and then told him to “kick some butt.” Rob Kardashian really had the hip shaking down tonight, and his footwork was great as well. We saw sisters Kim and Khloe Kardashian in the audience, along with Kris Humphries and Lamar Odom cheering him on. Len called it clean, precise, but he didn’t see the Rhythm. Bruno agreed, and Carrie Ann said it was not as good as last week, she loved the charisma. Rob and Cheryl earned one 8 from Carrie Ann and two 7′s from Len and Bruno, giving them a 22 total this week.

Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus performed a Foxtrot tonight to “Always Look On the Bright Side Of Life,” from Monty Python Spamalot. The routine was definitely fun, but Nancy still looked a bit stiff. Bruno started off by telling Nancy how great she was, while Carrie Ann said that Nancy upped the ante and nailed it, calling it a “showstopper.” Len said it was much more personable than normal, but that her posture and footwork wasn’t there, and we definitely agree with Len. Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus earned a 9 from Carrie Ann, a 7 from Len, and an 8 from Bruno, giving them a total of 24 this week – their highest yet!

David Arquette and Kym Johnson
David Arquette and Kym Johnson took on the Quickstep tonight to “We Go Together” from Grease. David had fun learning the Quickstep, even comparing the dance to his own personality. The performance was fun and extremely high energy, and definitely entertaining. Carrie Ann said that David lived up to every expectation of the fun of the performance, but the pair needed to stay in sync. Len called it a “bit rough around the edges,” but he loved how fun it was. Bruno called David “charged up” and gushed that he loved the energy. Carrie and Bruno gave them two 8′s, while Len gave them a 7, for a total of 23 for the night.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
Ricki Lake came in tonight hoping to redeem herself after last week’s not-so-great performance. Ricki and Derek took on the Quickstep tonight to “Luck be a Lady,” from Guys and Dolls and Ricki looked gorgeous while donning an orange gown. Ricki was incredible as she and Derek blew this one out of the park, or dance floor in this case. Len said Ricki didn’t need luck because she had talent, and he gushed that he loved it. Bruno called it impeccable style, amazing choreography, and told Ricki her interpretation of the music was beyond belief. Carrie Ann loved it and called it “Tony Award” worthy. Before she got her scores, Ricki revealed that she has lost about 20 lbs so far on the show. Ricki and Derek earned two 10′s tonight by Carrie Ann and Bruno, while Len gave them a 9, bringing them pretty close to perfection with a 29!

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer were up next with the Tango, which they performed to “Phantom Of The Opera.” This routine brought out a different, more aggressive side of Chaz that we have not seen. It was a good performance and very entertaining. The judges did not seem to enjoy it though, as Bruno compared Chaz to a penguin, instead of a strong bird going after his prey, claiming the character did not fit him. Carrie Ann agreed, but told Chaz this was most aggressive she had seen him, but he needed to up the choreography ante. Len commended Chaz for his hard work and effort, and told him “well done.” Carrie Ann gave them a 7, while Len and Bruno each gave the pair a 6, bringing them up to a pathetic 19 for the week, and at week 6, a 19 is definitely bad, so be sure to vote if you are a fan of this pair.

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Hope Solo and Maks were tackling the Rumba tonight, and Hope was still struggling with being sexy. In an attempt to help her get her sexy on, Maks brought in some girls from The Troupe to give Hope some pointers. Maks and Hope performed to “Seasons of Love” from Rent. It was good, but definitely not as good as Hope’s best performances, although we could see her effort to be sexy. The judges were not crazy about it as Carrie Ann kicked off by saying that she sees Hope’s effort in her movement, but she still needs to work on. Len told Hope that he never lost faith in her, but it was worst dance of the whole season in his opinion – and that sparked a heated argument between Len and Maks.

Maks was furious over Len’s comments, and when Len tried to explain that “he has been doing this for 50 years,” Maks replied saying “maybe it’s time to quit.” Carrie Ann intervened and asked Maks to be respectful, but Maks was pissed. Bruno said it was a very difficult song, and Hope got it at times, but the Rumba never stops moving and she did. Before they got their scores, Maks went on to say that it was his show, and he is tired of some of the antics. Carrie Ann gave them a 7, while Len gave them a 6, bringing their total to 20 for the evening. Again, if you are a fan of this couple, you need to start voting as they may be in danger.

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
Last, but not least tonight were last week’s leaders, J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff. J.R. and Karina took on the Quickstep tonight, to a tune from Chicago and J.R. was looking to keep his lead. J.R. was magnificent again, with his footwork being flawless. It was a very fun routine to watch, and J.R. looked like he enjoyed it and he definitely upped the ante. Len kicked off by saying J.R. was relentless, and he came up a notch again. Bruno said J.R. created a hit, while Carrie Ann said “Tony Award” once again. Bruno and Carrie Ann both gave J.R. and Karina a 10, while Len gave them a 9, giving them a 29 for the night and tying for first place with Ricki and Derek.

Before the show ended, we watched a performance by Kristin Chenoweth, and then the stars took on a group dance performance! Remember to cast your votes! Ricki Lake and J.R. Martinez were at the top tonight, with Chaz Bono and Hope Solo in the bottom two spots. Tune in tomorrow to find out which couple will be eliminated!

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3 Responses to “Dancing With The Stars Recap: Broadway Brings Carson Kressley Back, And Sparks A Heated Argument Between A Judge And A Pro”

  1. Corinne Says:
    October 24th, 2011 at 9:48 pm

    How does Maks’ think it’s his show – that guy should be kick off the show

  2. Irene Says:
    October 25th, 2011 at 8:14 am

    Way to go Maks!!!! I’m so proud of you sticking up for Hope. Len needs to learn how to critique without squashing their desire to come back next week and try again. I wouldn’t blame her if she quit, but knowing she’s an athlete, probably won’t. Maybe if they all walk off when the judges are so unnecessarily rude like Len, they’d learn to watch their comments. They’re there to say how they danced, not demean them, and Carrie Ann was wrong to chime in and go against Maks.

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