There was a big shakeup on the dance floor in week four of “Dancing With the Stars.” The first-ever Classical Week delivered a different stage set up, an orchestra, and dances to classical music as opposed to the more familiar pop hits.
So, who rose to the occasion?
Who went a shocking 5 points backwards?
Did Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin or Hines Ward and Kym Johnson hang onto their No. 1 position?
Whose Paso Doble has swagger?
Who got chewed out by Len?
And, OMG, whose shoe came off mid-dance?
Let’s find out…
Romeo and Chelsie Hightower: Paso Doble
Ooh la la, the first of many shirtless competitors of the evening, Romeo, nailed the character. But, then again, Romeo did tell us in a previous interview that his strategy is to treat each dance like an acting gig. That, he did. He was serious…and shirtless. Len Goodman joked about him flaunting himself, but then said, the dance was “full of passion, it was full of attack and intensity.” He said he’s like a young cult who needs to get the whip out. “Focused, powerful, action packed and six-packed as well,” said Bruno Tonioli. Carrie Ann Inaba said it was the “first time I ever saw a Paso with swagger.”
Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel: Viennese Waltz
The tomboy is still fighting this idea of ladylike dancing that many ballroom numbers call for, like tonight’s Viennese Waltz, which she described as a Mafia waltz. Fight as she may, the lady came out tonight and the lady was not a tramp. What was up with her hand on her head at the end? We’ll ask her after the show. Bruno said there were a lot of technical issues and wanted hee to be more “Black Swan”-like. Carrie Ann said, “I see that you’re trying really hard. That is no easy choreography.” She added that, “elegance is not so different than sexiness… You stopped it from coming out tonight.” Len said it had flow and good movement and criticized Bruno for forgetting the dancers are beginners: “Don’t be cruel,” Len said to Bruno.
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Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya: Viennese Waltz
Yay! Sugar Ray. We had such high hopes for this amazing athlete and week after week, it’s been hard to watch it just not happening for him on the dance floor. But this week, it happened. And it just took a little ballet class to get him moving. “I don’t think I’ve ever smiled that much watching someone,” said Carrie Ann, who liked his sparkle. Len gushed, “Sugar Ray Leonard turns into the Sugar Plumb Fairy.” Bruno said he played it like “Mickey Rooney in the Ballerina.” The pair scored their highest score to date.
Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin: Paso Doble
Fire! Passion! Aggression! Oh my. Petra, who is arguably one of the sweetest contestants on the show in several seasons (the supermodel greets every reporter on the press line with three kisses on the cheek and smiles even through low scores), brought out her fierce side tonight. Len thought she could’ve been crisper but “overall I’m more impressed than depressed about it…it was just here and there.” Bruno purred some love her way, though, standing and slithering in an oddly sexual way. “Is it over?” joked Carrie Ann about his antics. “It was absolutely gorgeous,” she added. “Powerful, passionate. It’s a brand new Petra!”
Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: Waltz
Ralph and Karina’s romantic Watlz was so moving it actually made one reporter in the press room cry. The judges were equally moved. Bruno sad it was “totally heartfelt, brilliant storytelling.” Carrie Ann said she was “swept in” and that there was nothing tragic about that dance. And, Len gushed, “You’ve been in the wilderness for two weeks. You’re back!”
Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: Paso Doble
Hines had a tough time getting the steps right because he’s used to timing it out to lyrics. No lyrics in Classical Week, but not worries, because he nailed it. (And, backstage, Tony Dovolani, who went home last week as Wendy Williams’ partner, told the press room it was his favorite performance.) “You were in the zone!” said Carrie Ann. “You are the most determined of all of our celebrities,” said Len. “You’re really doing great.” Bruno said he had the “killer instinct.” The audience booed for the two 8s and one 9, obviously hoping for more 9s.
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: Viennese Waltz
Mark did say his routine would be magical, but we didn’t expect a “Harry Potter” showdown or for Mark to be wearing the sorting hat! I smell a “Twilight”-themed freestyle on the horizon! But, uh, was this choreography not more about Mark than Chelsea? I’m just saying. Len called him a marvelous teacher and great choreographer and Chelsea’s a great dancer. But, he added, there’s always something he doesn’t like and complained that it wasn’t Viennese Waltzy-enough. He then yelled at Mark, to a booing audience. Bruno called it magical. “It’s one of the best dance of the night,” he added. Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno.
Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: Paso Doble
Chris pulled out one of the coolest moves of the Paso Doble – the walking across the floor on his knees with fire in his eyes move. Nicely done. “Magestic!” screamed Bruno. “That was a really hard dance… you were so connected to the music. I love your form. Watch out for this guy,” said Carrie Ann. Len said “the dance wasn’t bad,” but he didn’t grow with the power of the music. Boos, boos, and more boos from the emotive crowd tonight.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Waltz
Oh no – not again! Last week a fall. This week, a shoe malfunction. Midway through her dance, when she was so gracefully placed on the floor by Maks, her shoe came off and she had to quickly get it back on her foot. Nice save. Adding to the worry is Kirstie’s hip issues: “It was incredibly painful, like lightning bolts. It just took me by surprise,” she said in the rehearsal package (which Kendra so adorably called the “reality” package earlier in the evening). That aside, it was an elegant and graceful Waltz. “You’re the queen of the unexpected mishap,” said Carrie Ann. Len said she needed to flow more. “I thought you did amazingly well,” said Bruno.
Week 4 Leaderboard Totals:
Chelsea and Mark: 26
Ralph and Karina: 25
Hines and Kym: 25
Romeo and Chelsie: 23
Petra and Dmitry: 23
Chris and Cheryl: 23
Kirstie and Maks: 22
Sugar Ray and Anna: 21
Kendra and Louis: 18