It was movie night on Monday night’s “Dancing With the Stars,” and the celebrities and their dance partners were hoping their stories would be the box-office draw with the judges.
Once again, former talk-show host Ricki Lake ended up on top of the board, earning this season’s first perfect 10 scores from two of the three judges.
Here’s how everyone fared:
Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani
The couple danced the tango to the “Mission Impossible” theme song, and the judges noted the mistakes Phillips made in her routine. But they were merciful in their comments, saying that what she did right was beautiful and that she didn’t lose her composure. “The challenge is for the professional,” said head judge Len Goodman. “They’ve got to maintain the character of the dance but still show us a little bit of the flavor of the film. I thought you got it just about right. You lost it, you went wrong, you didn’t know where you were and you panicked. I’m sure had you nailed it, it was going to be great. Unfortunately, there were a lot of mistakes.” 21/30
David Arquette and Kym Johnson
Dancing the paso doble to the “Raiders of the Lost Ark” theme song, Arquette and Johnson were hoping his background in Hollywood might give them the leg up. It did the trick: The judges thought he was in control and loved his attitude. “I love the way you crack your whip!” Bruno Tonioli said of Arquette’s Indiana Jones accessory. “Like an action hero! Ready to take us into a wild ride! Watch your turns.” 23/30
Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya
Kressley earned a standing ovation last week and impressed the judges. This week, he took on the Viennese waltz to the “Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl” theme song, and Goodman said it was like childbirth: terrible and then a joy when it is over. That said, he added that it was great fun, and if he were an at-home voter, he’d phone in for him. “I’m still recovering,” judge Carrie Ann Inaba said. “It was kind of like being on the ride. But weirder. I have to say this is your most butch performance you’ve ever done. I am addicted to your performances because I know I’m going to have a great time, but then I watch the technique … ” 20/30
Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus
The TV host took on the paso doble this week to a song from “Flash Gordon,” and the judges thought her routine lacked expression. “I can’t get excited about it. It was OK, but I can’t get excited about it,” Goodman said. 21/30
Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
The two danced the foxtrot to a tune from “Toy Story,” and the judges found the Olympian’s dance to be lovely. They thought their performance lit up the room and talked up the chemistry between the dancing couple. Goodman said he thought they could last until the end and win the whole thing. “It made me smile the whole way though,” Inaba added. “This show is about beating our expectations, and that was exactly that. It was so refreshing to see you out there having fun. Well done.” 24/30
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke
The reality star and his partner danced the paso doble to the “Superman” theme song, and they were hoping to capitalize on last week’s high note, when Goodman told Rob he put the “dash” in Kardashian). “I like the way you move,” Inaba said. “There is something about the way you move that is steady and just the way a man should be in the ballroom. You’re fluid. It all works. I love it. Today, you took it up a notch. It was spicy and had some Superman flavor going.” 24/30
Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
Last week’s top finisher tangoed to a song from “Psycho,” and the talk-show host earned a standing ovation from the audience, which included celebrity attendees like Dr. Phil and Cher, mother of Chaz Bono. Inaba said her performance was “brilliance in the ballroom.” Brilliance, indeed. They earned a pair of perfect 10′s (from Tonioli and Inaba), the first of the season. “You … always deliver,” Goodman said, despite giving Ricki her only 9. “You’ve got to get a little bit more neck going. But I tell you what, top of the leaderboard, I think so.” 29/30
Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer
Bono and Schwimmer landed in the bottom of the leaderboard last week but hoped to change all that with the paso doble to the theme from “Rocky.” His mother seemed thrilled with his performance. The judges? They loved it too. Inaba cried and said Bono was an underdog and wanted to root for him. “Chaz, in the true spirit of ‘Rocky,’ no matter how many knocks you take, you keep coming back, you keep fighting, and you keep getting stronger,” Tonioli said. 21/30
J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
The war hero did the foxtrot to the “Pink Panther” theme. It was a whimsical way to chase last week’s emotional dance that had the judges (and nearly everyone in the audience) in tears. This week, the judges were mixed. Goodman crowned him the best male dancer and liked his tweak of humor and Tonioli liked his technique, but Inaba wasn’t all that impressed. “I thought it was OK,” she said to loud boos from the audience. “I love your frame. The technique is all there. But for some reason, this fell a little flat for me. I think it’s the humor. You didn’t need the humor. I think the humor didn’t quite make it tonight for me.” 26/30
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