Dancing with the Stars, February 9: Judge Not Lest Ye Be Wrongby Jill Jones -- 02/10/2006
Welcome to tonight’s show! Last week on Dancing with the Stars, our couples performed the samba and a group salsa. After the votes were tallied, Tia Carrere and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were eliminated from the competition, and a lot of women everywhere were disappointed that there would be less of Maksim on the program. Tonight, the dancers must perform an individual dance and a group Viennese waltz. My faithful companion Yoko is ready and the music is cued up, so let’s begin!
Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris welcome us to the program and introduce the stars and their partners. Because the couples will be performing a different dance, we see demonstrations from the professionals of each dance, which include the jive, tango, rumba, paso doble, and quickstep. I wondered how we were going to fill 90 minutes of airtime.
The first couple to perform this evening is Anna Trebunskaya and Jerry Rice. We’re reminded that Jerry didn’t agree with the judges’ scores from the previous week. He vows to keep dancing, though. We see Jerry at the Super Bowl with Anna. He tells her that he loves his fans. During practice, she gives him a quarter to hold between his butt cheeks. Wait a second… I think I have a 20! Jerry explains that the judges are his inspiration to go out and be angry on the dance floor.
They are dancing the paso doble to a song I don’t recognize. Chances are, someone else danced to it this season and I didn’t know it then either. The dance starts out dramatically with Anna rotating a cape around her head the same way Drew did when he performed the paso doble. During the performance, the couple makes its way to the judges’ table and dances in front of it. Jerry really expresses a lot of emotion in the dance through his facial expressions and actions. He certainly is passionate tonight. The dance ends with him tossing Anna to the floor.
Len Goodman begins with his critique. He says that Jerry got into character, but nothing made Len jump up and down. Everyone boos. Bruno Tonioli tries to speak, but he is reminded that it isn’t his turn. Shameful. Carrie Ann Inaba tells Jerry that he did an incredible job; it was fantastic. Now, back to Bruno. He says it was like Moses parting the Red Sea. Jerry had great posture and did a nice job. Carrie Ann and Bruno give the dance an eight while Len gives it a seven. Anna and Jerry have 23 points.
Up next are Cheryl Burke and Drew Lachey. Drew tells us that his short neck is why the judges think he lifts up his shoulders; Cheryl works on the issue with him. Drew’s wife and brother (yo, Nick.) stop by. Nick wants him to watch the Super Bowl. Cheryl won’t let Drew leave yet, though. Nick harasses him the entire time.
The couple is dancing the tango to “Shut Up.” Hell to the no! Cheryl and Drew’s moves are very crisp and passionate. They cover a lot of the dance floor as well. They seem to take traditional moves and steps and add something new to them. Overall, it wasn’t a spectacular performance, but it was enjoyable and unique.
Bruno says that the tango is emotional and dramatic. He feels that Drew did the dance exactly the way it should be done. Len says this was Drew’s best performance yet. Carrie Ann says she agrees with the other judges… and he kept his shoulders down. Hooray. Tom wants to know if tonight is the night Drew gets a 10. Please. Don’t get me started on the perfect scores. For the love of… all three judges give Cheryl and Drew a 10. They have 30 points out of 30.
Ugh! I can’t take this. Where’s Yoko? She’s in for a long evening. Honestly, the judges are really turning me off with the perfect scores. Nobody in this competition deserves them, so stop handing 10s out like Goobers on Halloween.
Oh, and both Cheryl and Drew love Drew’s wife.
The next duo to perform is Edyta Sliwinska and George Hamilton. George says he’s using technique to go the distance. He also feels that some of the moves he has to make are a bit feminine, so he’s working with Alec Mazo, one half of the winning couple from season one (and Edyta’s boyfriend), to do them correctly. George curses during practice. He also flirts with Edyta.
They are performing the rumba to “Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps.” Edyta and George have props, but not in excess. As they perform, it seems to me that George makes the same moves each week. He does have some great facial expressions, but most of the dance belongs to Edyta. At the end of the performance, she pays him (in character). The routine was entertaining, but not terribly technical, in my opinion.
Carrie Ann says that George is a fantastic entertainer; there could have been more dancing, though. Overall, she’s pleased with the performance. Bruno says that the dance contained drama; it was like Dynasty. Len explains that he was disappointed; there wasn’t enough contact, but there was a lot of flatulating. Pardon me. Tom has fun at Len’s expense, of course. Carrie Ann and Bruno give George an eight while Len gives him a seven. His total score is 23. Okay, I’m not holding back this evening. While Jerry is far from perfect, there is no way that he should receive the same score as George. Jerry moves more and puts more into his performances than George does. These judges are killing me.
Next up are Lisa Rinna and Louis van Amstel. We see the judges’ argument from the week before over the couple’s performance. Lisa is worried since she isn’t doing a Latin dance tonight. She also has another breakdown at practice. Because of this, Louis brings in a woman to give Lisa etiquette lessons. Lisa feels that this helped her become a better ballroom dancer. Lisa and Louis are performing the quickstep to “Nine to Five.” The song seems peppy and the dance seems slow; I’m not digging it. Lisa’s posture is much better this evening, but at times she seems too stiff. Toward the end of the performance, Lisa and Louis pick up the pace and dance all over the floor very quickly… finally.
Len says that with the quickstep, there should be speed, wonderful posture, and control. He feels that Lisa displayed all of that and more. Carrie Ann says that Lisa can do ballroom. Bruno says, “The emancipation of Lisa is complete.” Are we watching the same program? Maybe I need to have my eyes checked. All three judges give the performance a nine for a total of 27 points.
Backstage, Lisa says that the trophy is still far away, but at least she can see it now. She also says that dancing has been great for her; she owes it all to Louis.
The final couple to perform tonight before the group dance is Stacy Kiebler and Tony Dovolani. They contemplate how to improve upon their score from the previous week. Uh, you don’t; the best you can do is earn another 30. The couple goes to Camp Pendleton to dance for the troops. Stacy wants to see what kind of a reaction she will get. Gee, I wonder. Tony does some push-ups.
The couple is performing the jive to “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.” Stacy is wearing a suit, but eventually it comes off. There is a lot of foot action, but Stacy’s moves aren’t as sharp as they usually are. At the end, she does a split and then comes to rest on the judges’ table. I have to admit that the dance didn’t thrill me. The troops might have liked it, but I thought it was dull.
Bruno says that Stacy did all of the required moves of a jive. Len says the dance was spot on and that Tony did a great job as well. Carrie Ann says that the dance was “pretty much perfect.” Tom starts talking about the perfect scores again… blah, blah, blah. My dog is hiding at this point. Great… all three judges give Stacy and Tony a 10. Their score is 30 out of 30 points. Samantha is talking to Stacy and Tony backstage. George poses behind them. Now she brings Cheryl and Drew into the conversation. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: there are more than two couples in this competition.
It’s now time for the group dance, the Viennese waltz. We see the couples (sans Anna and Jerry) practicing together. Hilarity ensues. Edyta runs into Stacy, and George looses his pants. Louis is all business, though, and he reminds everyone that they need to practice. We also learn that during the dance, each couple with perform a solo and can do whatever they want.
Back at the live action, all of the couples take to the dance floor and perform to “Falling.” Cheryl and Drew dance the first solo; he picks her up and spins her while resting her on his shoulder. Stacy and Tony also do a lift and a spin. Edyta and George… well, let’s just say I’ve never seen anyone shake his or her butt during the Viennese waltz before, but there’s always a first time for everything. Lisa and Louis do an amazing spin. Next, he lifts her low and spins her before putting her down on the floor. Jerry lifts Anna, spins her, flips her, and then gently puts her down. The entire time, he has part of her gown on his head.
Len tells us that in the Viennese waltz, there should be rotations and nice holds. He thought that Stacy and Tony were great. Carrie Ann says that she enjoyed Lisa and Louis’ performance. Bruno explains that Stacy had beautiful lines in her arms.
Now that some of the stars have had their egos stroked, it’s time to take another look at tonight’s performances. We’re also told that the finals are in two weeks.
At the end of the show, Cheryl and Drew are tied for first place with Stacy and Tony, while Anna and Jerry are sharing last place with Edyta and George. Will the viewers’ votes change the standings or do we already know who is out of the competition? Tune in for the live results show to find out, and as always, turn to RealityNewsOnline for your complete Dancing with the Stars recap.
Jill is an east coast mama who loves sharks, zombie movies, and reality television. She welcomes your comments about these and other subjects, and can be reached at email@example.com.
Be sure to sign up for our e-mail update so you can stay informed about new articles on the site! And take a look at the rest of the site. You can find all of our recent articles on this show at our Dancing with the Stars page and take a look at our sections on The Biggest Loser and Project Runway. You can even buy reality show stuff at our Reality TV Store!
For more news about Dancing with the Stars, be sure to check out SirLinksALot: Dancing with the Stars!