What happened on Dancing with the Stars season 9’s third week of competition? Who performed “the Samba from zombietown”? Who suffered an injury during the week, casting a shadow of doubt over his ability to continue on with the DWTS season 9 competition? Read on for the DWTS details!
Dancing with the Stars Fall 2009’s third week of competitive dancing, deemed “the sexiest night of the season” by co-host Tom Bergeron, opened with a quick review of last week’s action, and continued on with the usual introduction of the DWTS season 9 stars. We quickly learned that the 13 remaining celebs and their pro partners would be performing one of two dances: The Samba or the Rumba. We THEN learned that former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay’s pre-stress fracture had progressed into a full stress fracture; so would he compete? Tom and co-host Samantha Harris left it a big DWTS season 9 week three unknown for now. How annoying. It’s not as if I’d turn off the TV if Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke ended their tenure on the show.
First up to perform on Dancing with the Stars Fall 2009’s third week of competition were Iron Chef America star Mark Dacascos and partner Lacey Schwimmer. Mark had a lot of trouble slowing down during rehearsals, casting doubt on his ability to deliver an effective Rumba. Lacey Tweeted earlier today (or maybe it was yesterday; heck, I’m lucky if I can remember what I had for breakfast by 8 PM each day) that this was probably her favorite DWTS costume of all time. Hmm. It’s very… clubbish. So the dance. It was okay. I expect more of Mark Dacascos and his butt-kicking martial artist self. Head Judge Len Goodman called “the rumba for the celebrity man such a hard dance” but said it was “well done”. Bruno Tonioli called it “an anti-climax” because he “didn’t believe what was going on” between Mark and Lacey. Carrie Ann Inaba praised his “quality of movement” but told him to “find your sensuality”. Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer’s Dancing with the Stars Fall 2009 week three scores: 6, 6, 6 = 18.
Model Joanna Krupa, who Carrie Ann accused of having “spastic” feet last week, and partner Derek Hough were up next with their Samba. During rehearsals, Derek praised his partner for never giving up, even when he “throws hard moves” in her direction. There was something odd about Joanna’s dancing; I think it was the space between her legs. She seemed to plant her feet much too far apart when she was shakin’ it. But maybe I’m wrong. Bruno said “well the good times are back!” and praised their Samba for being “full of life”. Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno in noting that there were a few mistakes, but said it “was super sexy” and called Joanna “fearless”. Len said “it had quality stamped all over it”. Uh, ok. So I guess I’m off-base. But I still think her legs looked funky and awkward at times. Sure, she’s hot, but hot isn’t everything. Sorry Derek. Hmph! Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough’s Dancing with the Stars Fall 2009 week three scores: 7, 8, 8 = 23.
Dancing with the Stars season 9 continued on with singer Mya and partner Dmitry Chaplin’s Rumba. Citing Len Goodman’s return to the DWTS judges’ panel, Dmitry called their choreography this week “very close to being traditional”. Ah, there’s Dmitry’s chest again. He sure likes to share with America. And Mya looked lovely. As for the dance, it had a good feel to it. A lot of sizzly-sparkle power. Carrie Ann said “that was ridiculous, I had chills the whole time” and said that there may have been a lift, but she was “so mesmerized” that she couldn’t call it. Len said there was too much going on for his taste, but Bruno poo-poo’ed Len and told Mya that “you put all of America in the mood for love”. Oh la la! Mya and Dmitry Chaplin’s Dancing with the Stars season 9 week three scores: 10, 7, 10 = 27. I’m shocked here. It was hot and emotionally evocative and all, but two 10s? Really? During week three? I think Bruno and Carrie Ann have officially fallen from their rockers. Squeak, squeak, thunk.
Actress Melissa Joan Hart and partner Mark Ballas continued the night’s DWTS season 9 action with their Samba. Mark said during rehearsals that the time had come to “get tough on Melissa’s technique”. Oof. Good luck, fellow mama! First thing’s first: Mark’s hair is out of control. Total crazy fro going on. Moving on, the dance itself was pretty well done, I thought. It still seemed a little tentative, but I’m proud of my mama-friend. Len said “parts of that were excellent” but told her to get “a little bit more rhythm going on”. Bruno said “I knew you could switch it on” and praised her for working on her footwork. Carrie Ann said “I just don’t believe it when you dance” and she can “still sense the fear”. Ouch, Carrie Ann. Who peed in your soup? Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas’ Dancing with the Stars Fall 2009 week three scores: 6, 6, 7 = 19.
Dancing with the Stars Fall 2009 week three competition pranced on with a Rumba by snowboarder Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower. Given his utter lack of dance knowledge, Louie had a weird knowledge of the Rumba during rehearsals. My, my, my. As my husband simply said in the middle of their performance, “the chemistry is believable”. Uh, heck yeah. I almost needed a shower after that one. Louie nailed the character of the dance. And yeah, they have a bit of chemistry. Bruno called them “ready to rumble” but told him to work on his fluidity. Carrie Ann called their chemistry “unbelievable”. Len differed from the other two, saying “it was wild, there was no finesse” and criticized Chelsie for “far too much syncopation”. Ah, the return of Mr. Crankypants. Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower’s Dancing with the Stars season 9 week three scores: 8, 5, 7 = 20. Good grief, Len, what’s your problem?! It was HOT!
Last week’s surviving members of the dreaded bottom two, actress Debi Mazar and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, came up next with their Samba. Maks brought in former partner Mel B. to give Debi some inspiration and hope for her future in the DWTS season 9 competition. We shall see. All of the crazy multi-colored feathers stuck to Debi’s butt really hid the hip action (or lack thereof). And they were hecka distracting. Not a fan of the costuming. The dance? I have no idea. I was too distracted by the peacock to notice. Carrie Ann called it “really cute” but said it was “a hair safe”. Len said “what you did you did well” but “it didn’t ignite…. It had all the ingredients but it lacked the flavor”. Bruno cautioned her against losing the flow of the dance. Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s Dancing with the Stars Fall 2009 week three scores: 6, 5, 6 = 17.
Osmond Mania returned to DWTS season 9 with former teen heartthrob Donny Osmond and partner Kym Johnson’s Rumba. Donny looked awkward as heck during rehearsals. I can’t wait to see if he’s able to pull the rabbit out of his hat this week! Oh my. Well, I was expecting a train wreck, but instead, I’m marveling over the wonder who is Donny Osmond. Is there any kind of dance Donny can’t do? Len told him to try to straighten his legs but “you did a great job”. Bruno called it “like Swan Lake” and said “it was a big airy fairy at times”. What followed was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on Dancing with the Stars, when Donny jumped Bruno and threw him over the table. There was an odd but amusing exchange that ended with Donny saying “I don’t think they’ll let me back into Utah anymore”. Ha ha ha! Carrie Ann, who was distracted by the Donny/Bruno action, said he was a little off on the musicality, but she appreciated his “genuine vulnerability”. Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson’s Dancing with the Stars season 9 week three scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21.
NFL star Michael Irvin and partner Anna Demidova were next up on DWTS with their Samba. Michael’s really had a hard time with the judging panels this season. The thing I appreciate about Michael is his performer’s heart: He seems to have fun every week, even when he’s nailed by Len, Carrie Ann and Bruno. That said, it thought their Samba lacked a little. It seemed slow and just not exactly what I’m used to seeing for the style of dance. Bruno said “sometimes you danced this like a tank” and proceeded to beat him down. Ouch. Carrie Ann said “I definitely think you have rhythm but you’re dancing too small”. Len said “it’s a hard dance for a big guy” and “I’m afraid it was a bit disappointing”. Oof. Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova’s Dancing with the Stars Fall 2009 week three scores: 5, 4, 5 = 14.
Then it was back to the bedroom with another Rumba on DWTS season 9, this time from Olympic medalist Natalie Coughlin and partner Alec Mazo. Natalie had a hard time keeping her composure during rehearsals, so Alec had his wife, fellow DWTS dancer Edyta Sliwinska, come in to show her how to be sexy while dancing. They focused on developing Natalie’s eye contact. This should be fun. I noted aloud that Natalie seemed to be having trouble not laughing, and my husband noted in return that “she’s wearing a third of a sheet. Maybe”. Ha ha. But really, it was pretty darn hot. Carrie Ann called it “gorgeous to watch” and loved it. Len said “it was very expressive” with good leg action and hips. Bruno said “I knew you could fly but you’ve gone stratospheric tonight” and called her “a sexy beast”. Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo’s Dancing with the Stars season 9 week three scores: 9, 8, 9 = 26. My husband predicted that Len would break out the 8-paddle here. When I questioned him on his impressive insight, he merely responded “I understand the Len”. This is what I live with.
Dancing with the Stars week three continued with Ultimate Fighter Chuck Liddell and partner Anna Trebunskaya’s Samba. I was shocked to see that Chuck goes for pedicures with his daughter. He does have a girly side! Woot! From the get-go, it was very hard to take him seriously in his poofy sleeves, so it’s a good thing that he lost them early on. There were a few good hip thrusts in there, but as my husband deadpanned, “it’s a little like watching Frankenstein”. I can’t best that. It’s too true. Len congratulated Anna for her work with Chuck, while Bruno said “it was like the Samba from zombietown”. Carrie Ann said “it was a lot of fun”. Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya’s Dancing with the Stars Fall 2009 week three scores: 6, 5, 6 = 17.
Singer Aaron Carter and partner Karina Smirnoff were next to go on DWTS season 9’s third week of competition. They offered up a Rumba that Aaron promised would “come straight from the heart”. I loved Karina’s glittering white dress, but Aaron’s weird belted thing did nothing for me. He can definitely move, but he almost seemed to be trying too hard. Don’t get me wrong; it was good, just not stellar. Bruno said it was well done, but lacked fluidity. Carrie Ann called his lines “gorgeous” and told him to listen to Karina and “tone back” his movements. Len told him to watch his arm movements rather than just “flinging them”. Yup, I can dig those comments. Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff’s Dancing with the Stars season 9 week three scores: 8, 6, 7 = 21.
And then up next… what’s up with injured Tom DeLay and partner Cheryl Burke? During rehearsals, Cheryl noted that he looked “like a robot”. Ha. Yup, pretty true. Apparently, both the producers as well as his doctor told him to withdraw from the DWTS season 9 competition, but Tom was reluctant to give up. As of the moment, Tom has stress fractures in both feet. Tom’s response to the question of whether he’ll drop out? “What’s a little pain when you can party?” Wow, what a guy to keep going. Crazy? Probably. But the stick-to-it attitude is admirable. So yes, Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke will dance their Samba… after a break.
Dancing with the Stars Fall 2009 returned with Tom and Cheryl’s Samba. Their costumes were adorable: Tom donned a red and white outfit featuring a elephant, while Cheryl wore a dress with a donkey on it skirt. And they danced to Why Can’t We Be Friends. Not a stellar job, but an A+ for effort! Carrie Ann called him “easy on the eyes when you dance” and said “it wasn’t as exciting as it could’ve been for a Samba”. Len said “Tom, I think you’re a hero. If I had a stress fracture in both feet I would’ve be judging less dancing”. Bruno called him “a super trooper”. Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke’s Dancing with the Stars Fall 2009 week three scores: 6, 4, 5 = 15.
The night’s DWTS competition came to a close with a Samba from singer/reality star Kelly Osbourne and partner Louie van Amstel. Kelly’s confidence took a big hit after her lackluster performance last week, and Louie said she needs to just stay in the moment and concentrate. The Samba really seems in keeping with Kelly’s personality. It’s fun and energetic and a little quirky at times. And woot! to the little smoochie at the end of the dance! Hecka funny. Len noted that Kelly’s problem is with confidence but said he thinks she can dance. Bruno said “compared to last week, you’re back”, but noted a few stumbles. Carrie Ann noted “when you’re on, the technique is ridiculous” but agreed with the other two that she needs to work on her confidence. Kelly Osbourne and Louie van Amstel’s Dancing with the Stars Fall 2009 week three scores: 7, 6, 7 = 20.
So that’s what happened on Dancing with the Stars; another week of competition is in the books. I was impressed in a ‘wow, I’m surprised’ way with Louie Vito, Donny Osmond and Natalie Coughlin. I was impressed in a ‘will of steel’ way with Tom DeLay. I was pleased to see Kelly Osbourne step it back up again. So who goes home? Mercy says it should be the injured Tom DeLay, who might well not be able to dance next week anyway. But I’ll say Debi Mazar, just because she was in the bottom two last week. Now I admit that goes against my usual theory that immediate survivors of the bottom two will be the beneficiary of extra votes the week after their bottom two-ness, but I don’t care. That’s my prediction.
Tomorrow night’s Dancing with the Stars Fall 2009 results show will feature a performance by Queen Latifah, and of course, the all important elimination! Tune in for the action. Or you can just check in with me. You know I’ll be watching.