It was theme night on Monday’s “Dancing With the Stars,” as the celebrities moved their feet to the tune of popular TV theme songs.
Pop singer Brandy and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were the first to go and they set the bar high. Dancing to the theme of “Friends,” the pair quickstepped their way to the evening’s top score. They earned triple 9s from the judges for a total of 27 out of 30. Head judge Len Goodman was thrilled with their performance, saying, “I’m so impressed with that! I’m not joking!” He called their dance their best so far.
The next highest scorers were early-on favorites Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough, who did the foxtrot to “Love and Marriage,” the theme song from the hit sitcom “Married With Children.” Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said it was good, but wasn’t the best she’s seen from Grey; Goodman called it too theatrical. Score: 25/30.
Brady mom Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas naturally danced to “The Brady Bunch” theme song, but their tango fell short of the judges’ expectations. Inaba liked it, but Bruno Tonioli said that although they started out classically and beautifully, they killed it before finishing. 21/30.
Football legend Kurt Warner and partner Anna Trebunskaya danced to the theme song from “Bewitched” and pulled off a fairly impressive quickstep. Inaba loved it, saying that in the performance, she saw the spirit of legendary dancer Gene Kelly enter Warner’s body. 24/30.
It was a rumba routine for “The Hills” star Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani; they danced to the theme song from “The Hills.” Goodman called the dance excellent, saying that there was great footwork, even though Patridge looked a bit intimidated at times. “Don’t be plastic, be fantastic, because you can!” Tonioli said. 23/30.
Disney star Kyle Massey and his partner, Lacey Schwimmer, danced the foxtrot to the “Charlie’s Angels” theme. The judges didn’t think it was their best effort. Goodman called the routine terrible, pointing out that it started off poorly and got worse and worse. 20/30.
Retired NBA star Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke did the rumba to the “Hill Street Blues” theme song. The pair said they worked hard to get over the stigma of being called robotic by the judges last week, and they apparently were successful. Inaba joked to Fox, who was dressed as a policeman, “Officer, it should be a crime that you could look that good and rumba so well.” 24/30.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas did the jive to the theme from “The Monkees.” Their aim was to bring out more of Palin’s personality in the performance, in response to the judges’ consistent criticisms. The pair began the routine wearing ape costumes, which they then ripped off while continuing the dance. Unfortunately, it didn’t quite go as well as they’d hoped. Inaba said she was happy for Palin is transforming and becoming more comfortable, but noted that she forgot a lot of the moves. They scored the lowest of the night. 18/30.