Audrina Patridge shone brightly this week on “Dancing With the Stars.”
The former “Hills” star danced the waltz on Monday (October 4) night’s episode, and she dedicated her perfrmance to fallen troops and their families. She wowed the judges with her moves, who said that she had the most touching dance of the night, and earned the first 9s of the season as she danced away with the top score of the night, 26.
Each dance this week had to tell a story, and for the first time since the competition began, “Dirty Dancing” actress Jennifer Grey didn’t lead the pack. Judges took issue with her technique (she played the role of a sexy teacher to her partner, Derek Hough), and head judge Len Goodman said that her samba had “twiddly bits.” Grey’s 24 put her in a three-way tie for second place with R&B singer Brandy and her partner, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, and former L.A. Laker Rick Fox and his partner, Cheryl Burke.
Brandy and Chmerkovskiy danced a samba that retold the story of the 1992 flick “The Bodyguard.” Head judge Len Goodman said that she showed more energy, punch and fun, even though he didn’t understand the story. 24.
Fox and Burke danced the samba, and their dance told a story about a guy who messes up his team’s chances to win and heads to a bar. Judges loved the tall athlete’s shimmy, and Goodman told Fox that he danced to a higher standard. Carrie Ann Inaba said that his movement was hot, sexy and right on the music. 24.
Bristol Palin was criticized by the judges for her lack of acting skills; they told her that her foxtrot with partner Mark Ballas was a bit confusing. The story they told was about a homeless man who tried to catch the attention of a wealthy woman. Inaba said that Palin has great quality of moment, but added that the performance didn’t help her understand the story. 19.
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino showed improvement when he danced the foxtrot with partner Karina Smirnoff; their story was about a time machine. The usually critical Bruno Tonioli told the “Jersey Shore” star that his dance was very futuristic, sometimes apocalyptic, and in a weird way, very entertaining. 20.
Florence Henderson told the story of Maria from the classic musical “The Sound of Music,” and she and partner Corky Ballas dazzled judges with their waltz. Inaba said the performance was touching and simple, but she also said that in the future, she wants Henderson to push her boundaries. Henderson played Maria on Broadway for 15 months before starring as Carol Brady on “The Brady Bunch.” 20.
Disney kid Kyle Massey performed the waltz with partner Lacey Schwimmer, but the judges weren’t too impressed. Goodman said that his footwork was atrocious and nonexistent. 23.
Football legend Kurt Warner’s foxtrot finally got the judges to say that his moves exuded more grace. 23.
Coming in dead last was comedienne Margaret Cho, who wore a rainbow flag dress to tell a story of pride. Her sense of humor — she joked, “This is the gayest thing that has ever happened, so I could not contain myself!” — didn’t do much to push up her score. She and partner Louis van Amstel danced away with an 18.