The drama was upped Monday night on “Dancing With the Stars.” Of course, comedy, music and action were in the mix too, given that the theme was “movie night,” and the celebs were shimmying and doing the splits to tunes heard in popular films.
Comedian Niecy Nash and Louis van Amstel, who wanted to come back strong after flatlining on the rumba last week, were up first. The duo performed the jive from “La Bamba,” and at a practice before the dance, Nash joked, “I’m looking forward to shaking things I didn’t even realize I had.” She ended her performance with a big kiss on judge Len Goodman’s forehead, but that did nothing to help boost her score. The judges thought the performance lacked the necessary sharpness that should be present at this stage of the game. “You got your personality into that dance, which is great,” Goodman said. “There should have been more bounce in your feet. There was plenty of bounce in your bazookas, but we wanted it more in your feet.” Still, he thought the approach to her dance was great and an improvement. “On behalf of thick girls everywhere, y’all need to vote for me. I’m tired and I’m hungry. That was a lot,” Nash joked. Score: 18 out of 30.
Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke hoped to build on the momentum of last week’s touchdown performance, dancing a quickstep to the “Jungle Book” track “Bear Necessities.” The judges thought the football player lost the refinement and control that he pulled off the week earlier, saying that the hold and frame were terrible. “It’s very unnerving,” Carrie Ann Inaba said. “What was lacking most was the body contact.” Score: 18.
ESPN reporter Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy took a page from “Pulp Fiction” and channeled their inner John Travolta and Uma Thurman. Goodman said it was a tough routine, though they coped with it really well. “This is your best timing, ever,” Bruno Tonioli observed. Score: 22.
Jake Pavelka started his dance with partner Chelsie Hightower with his pants on the ground as an homage to Tom Cruise in “Risky Business.” The couple did what the judges thought was an animated and fun cha-cha to Bob Seger’s big hit “Old Time Rock and Roll.” “You got the guts, so you better enjoy the glory. I loved that dance; the whole package,” Inaba said. Score: 23.
Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood picked Dolly Parton’s “9 to 5″ flick and tune for their quickstep and impressed the judges. “Every week you’re in character right through the dance. You never lose it,” Tonioli said. Inaba suggested that Anderson was so entertaining that she should consider performing on Broadway. “There’s something about you that is fascinating to watch,” Inaba told her. Score: 21.
Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani did the foxtrot to “Don’t You Forget About Me” from “The Breakfast Club.” Gosselin’s partner was frustrated with her leading up to Monday night’s show. “Kate has no motivation, and I have to push her every week,” Dovolani said. The judges also weren’t thrilled. “There is some sort of grace that is developing,” Inaba said. “I give you a lot of credit for that. But when I watch you dance, it’s kind of like the Charlie Brown teacher. It never becomes a formed sentence or a formed move.” Goodman agreed, saying, “It wasn’t really a dance, it was a stroll. It had an elegance about it, but you’ve got to dance out more.” They were this week’s low scorers, with a 15.
Pussycat Doll Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough danced a tango to “Pretty Woman,” and collected the night’s highest marks from the judges. “Well, Nicole, that for me was your best dance and the best dance of the season so far,” Goodman said. Tonioli called them the two players at the top of the game. “The lines were incredible,” Inaba said. “You could have taken a snapshot and it would have been art; beautiful.” Score: 29.
Olympian Evan Lysacek and his partner Anna Trebunskaya took on the rumba to music from “Armageddon.” The judges found their moves sophisticated and Lysacek’s hip action fluid. “This had artistry. It had musicality. You got the hip action going. I thought you did a great job, Evan,” Goodman said. Score: 27.
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