Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

Dancing with the Stars Episode: "Dancing With the Stars"

Season 9, Episode 4
Episode Synopsis: The second week of performances. Baz Luhrmann is a guest judge.
Original Air Date: Sep 28, 2009

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, Sept. 28, 2009 Season 9, Episode 4

It's Week 2 on Dancing with the Stars — and it's probably the most grueling week yet. After a three-night premiere, the remaining 14 pairs only had four days to learn a new dance (the jive, tango or quickstep). How did they fare? Let's find out.

As they relentlessly reminded us last week, Baz Luhrmann is filling in for Len this week and he's so fabulous! I heart Baz. Strictly BallroomRomeo + JulietMoulin Rouge. I'll even forgive him for Australia and the two and a half hours of my life I'll never get back. 

Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough: Jive
Joanna feels the pressure being the woman on top (that's what she said) and doesn't want to be the one-time wonder (that's what — OK, I'll stop). Why does Joanna looks like a trashy '80s Barbie doll who was rejected from a gang? Yeesh. Any guesses on how many hair extensions she has in? I can barely concentrate on their jive, but it's decent. She's got the energy down, but looks completely out of control with her feet. This may be too fast for her. I also don't like that they never use enough of the floor for something as wild and upbeat as the jive. Carrie Ann thinks the feet were spastic. Bruno likes that she doesn't hold back, but she needs to be clean. Baz wants to see more of a connection between the two. She's not Shannon Elizabeth, Baz!
Score: 20

Natalie Coughlin and Alec Mazo: Quickstep
Natalie's secret weapon is holding her breath under water, which doesn't fly on the dance floor since lack of oxygen makes her look stiff. Not to mention, why would you hold your breath when you're not in the water? Nat starts off looking majorly stiff, so she's holding her breath, right? She looks like she's counting the steps again. The plus side? She's moving well and has gorgeous lines. Her footwork is looking good too, as does her breathing by the end of the routine. Next week, Nat: Breathe the whole 90 seconds. Bruno feels the buzz from... something. He wants Nat to be settled and to breathe. Baz agrees, and says he likes the second half when she was "in" the dance. Carrie Ann loves the way she moves and wants her to think of Alec as an extension of herself.
Score: 21

Chuck Liddell and Anna Trebunskaya: Tango
Chuck the (UFC) Fighter is totally attacking this tango. He's fully committed to this, which is nice to see. It probably helps that he doesn't have to smile in this like he did in the foxtrot. Chuck's footwork still needs work; he's still clompy and slightly bumbly. This makes me want to see what his Paso Doble would be like, so I hope he stays long enough to do that one. Baz thinks "Uncle Lenny" might rip him to pieces, but he loves Chuck's ability to face fear. Carrie Ann is frightened and thinks the dance has impact, which is what's missing from some dances. Bruno loves the savagery and can see the work he put into it and wants him to stay in the competition. No favorites, Bruno!
Score: 19

Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas: Jive
Melissa wants to learn tricks, but is too uncoordinated, Mark says. See Mark, this is what it feels like not to have an Olympian. Melissa definitely has more energy, but the energy needs to be restrained. It's kind of all over the place here, and her feet are a little off-beat. Mark, who's apparently rockin' his glittery "PYT" again, is goofing it up about a step-and-a-half ahead. In any case, this is better than their waltz from last week. Carrie Ann loves the energy. Bruno wants her to watch the footwork. PYT performance. Baz thinks it's a "big, big improvement," but says Melissa still needs to watch the feet.
Score: 19

Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova: Quickstep
Feeling like he failed with his abysmal cha-cha last week, Michael wants to prove himself with the quickstep. Is this going in slow motion for anyone else? Mike, put the "quick" in quickstep, please. Speed aside, this is a small improvement from last week. His footwork is a little better, but I still think this is far too slow to be a proper quickstep. Bruno likes the content and thinks he improved. Baz thinks he's a natural performer, especially with his tongue. Um, no comment. Carrie Ann calls it a touchdown. Really?!
Score: 20

Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Tango
Meltdown of the Week, guys! Debi loves a tough teacher, but not when they cross the line, which is apparently what Maks did. Cue the tears. She smacks him and now they're BFFs again. Debi thinks their love-hate relationship will be perfect for the tango — and sister is right. They're totally doing the "Roxanne" number from Moulin Rouge, and it rocks. The drama! The passion! The jealousy! And the dancing? It's pretty good. Debi's made some drastic improvements. Her posture and legs are strong and sturdy. Baz totally recites lines from the movie and loves the way they played out the story. Carrie Ann says the drama queen worked it. Bruno loves that she keeps Maks in check and wants her to connect throughout the dance.
Score: 21

Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower: Jive
(Note: Louie will not cut his hair). Chelsie wants to stand out, so she wants Louie to kiss someone in the audience. He suggests her mom in so many words. No kiss, but Louie kicks it off with yet another flip. This is a fun, lively routine and Louie is keeping pace with Chelsie well, especially since he's wearing a jacket that's, like, six sizes too big. They have a few flashy tricks in the middle, which may burn them (if Len were here, they definitely would burn them), but overall it's cute and upbeat. You kind of can't help but cheer for them. Carrie Ann loves the joy he has when he dances, but notices when he loses touch with the music. Bruno says the "cool dude in the hood" did too little and wants him to do more because he has the ability. Baz thinks the jacket's too big, but loves the joyfulness.
Score: 19

Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff: Quickstep
Karina's pushing Aaron, making things stressful in rehearsals. You know that just means they'll be fine here — especially since they're backed by the Muppets. Cross-promotion alert! Speaking of, did Karina shave Big Bird for that skirt? Muppets and feathers aside, Aaron is the highlight of the night so far. Now there's the quick in "quickstep." His footwork's on point and there's a clear sharpness in his steps that's been MIA in the earlier quicksteps. I think the only downside is his posture, which looked way off at times. Bruno calls it spectacular and Aaron a mini Fred Astaire, but notes the danger is that he must live up to it. Baz finds it clever and inventive. Carrie Ann thinks it was "truly a pleasure" and loves their hold.
Score: 27

Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel: Tango
So was last week a fluke for Kelly? Nope. Well, not totally. She flubs a step in the beginning and breaks character. That seems to have shaken her up, and she misses another one later. Barring those, this is a pretty decent tango. There's some feistiness there, and Kelly's got the 'tude down. Baz loves her "self-revelation" of a story, but notes she had some mistakes. Carrie Ann thinks she's building a good technique and wants her to stay in character when she messes up. Bruno points out the mistakes, but says she can be amazing.
Score: 19

Kathy Ireland and Tony Dovolani: Quickstep

Kathy takes the criticism from last week as a gift because it's her "glow." Say what? I think the spray-tan is your glow. I think we all know the standard dances are a better fit for Kathy. But that doesn't mean she's doing that much better. She looks beautiful and graceful, but far too perfect. We're back to slowing down the quickstep yet again. Sigh. I'm falling asleep. Kathy's technique is also flimsy, like she's afraid to get her teeth into this routine. Girl needs to just let it go and do it. Someone please tell her that. Carrie Ann loves the full presentation, but still thinks Kathy is too reserved and wants them to be closer in hold. Bruno agrees and adds that she needs to be engaging. Baz finds her elegant, but says she needs to attack it.
Score: 18

Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer: Quickstep
See, Kathy. This is how you do a quickstep, even if you don't have a dead animal hanging over your shoulder like Lacey does. This routine is fast, crisp and insanely spirited. Mark has a small slip, but it doesn't seem to faze him, and he blazes through the rest. Maybe it's the martial arts background, but Mark really explodes with all of his moves, which comes in handy in such a bold dance like this one. Bruno loves it and just wants him to work on the footwork. Baz loves his recovery and thinks he has great potential. Carrie Ann wants him to breathe more and loves how clean he looks when he dances.
Score: 21

Mya and Dmitry Chaplin: Jive
Mya gives Dmitry "I borrowed Gilles' Clark Kent glasses from last season" Chaplin a hard time about their 5 last week, so they're going for technical perfection this week — especially since they will be in front of Baz (lest we forget where "Lady Marmalade" came from.) If Aaron had the best quickstep of the night, then Mya has the best jive. Her legs are on fire, pounding the floor with killer precision. The extensions and turns are solid and she's fully committed to the character and dance like Chuck was. Baz says it's the real deal and loves the way she claims the dance without being overpowered by it. Carrie Ann loves the energy and connection. Bruno finds it original and inventive because it was Josephine Baker and Clark Kent together.
Score: 27

Tom DeLay and Cheryl Burke: Tango
Tom's having trouble snapping his head, but it's his foot that's still giving him problems. Hey, be happy you don't have the jive, dude. His head's looking alright in the routine, as are his feet. He's definitely trying to pull this out and it doesn't look half-bad. There is some refinement needed, and yet there is something refined about the routine. Say what you will about him, but Tom brings the understated gentlemanly aspect of ballroom dancing from yesteryear to the show. It all looks OK until the final seconds when he slips and nearly drops Cheryl. Carrie Ann finds something alluring about them as a couple and wants him to squeeze his gut together. Bruno says it went to pieces at the end, but appreciates the determination. Baz thinks he had great dignity and grace and likes their hold. 
Score: 18

Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson: Jive
Kym's worried about the jive since Donny's the second oldest person in the competition, but Kym, there's nothing a ham can't do — in a suede purple suit. Donny may be old(er), but he has a lot of pep in his step. He's fast, animated and is keeping up with the pace incredibly well for someone of his age (har har). His posture still needs work, but that's not as prominent in the jive. Donny also manages a booty grab on Kym. Scandalous! Bruno loves the execution and thinks he played it just right. Baz thinks it was accurate and loves that "dance knows no age." Carrie Ann loves it and Kym's outfit, and wants Donny to keep up with the young'uns.
Score: 25

So that leaves us with a tie at the top between Aaron and Karina, and Mya and Dmitry with a whopping 27. Kathy and Tony, and Tom and Cheryl are the bottom-dwellers with 18 each.

What did you think of the dances? Did the limited rehearsal time show? Did you love how everyone went all-out with the gimmicks and cheesiness since Len was gone? Was Baz a good judge? Did they break out the 9s too early for Aaron and Mya? Who do you think will get the boot Tuesday?

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It's Week 2 on Dancing with the Stars — and it's probably the most grueling week yet. After a three-night premiere, the remaining 14 pairs only had four days to learn a new dance (the jive, tango or quickstep). How did they fare? Let's find out.
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