Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

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

Season 10, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: The eighth week of performances. Included: dances based on specific eras in time.
Original Air Date: May 10, 2010

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, May 10, 2010 Season 10, Episode 14

It's double the work on Dancing with the Stars! The remaining five couples must perform two individual dances: a ballroom routine and a Latin routine with an era theme. Did anyone ace them both? Find out below!

The eras are back! After showcasing their ballroom routines, everyone will hit the floor with a themed era Latin dance, from the '50s all the way to the future — bypassing the '70s. "The '70s get no respect," Tom says.

First up, the ballroom round. But before we get into it, we must fill up the extra 30 minutes tacked on the show with critiques from the pros about the remaining celebs. It's meant to be constructive, but it comes off like a thinly veiled way of letting everyone diss each other. Or maybe it's the cynic in me. The best was Louis saying Nicole looks like a pro and it's almost unfair to the other celebs. Ha! Anna later follows up with this gem: "The pressure Nicole puts on herself can lead to a collapse."

Ballroom Round
Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke: Tango
Cheryl finds it exhausting not knowing what mood Chad is going to be in during rehearsal, but Chad says he can't be fun-loving anymore with the finals so close. Does this mean he's ceased flirting with her too? Chad looks like he's about to tip over any second, which makes it uneasy for me to watch the rest of this routine. He's starting to dance down to Cheryl again and is stiff and jilted in certain parts. He's still got the attack and character down, but is losing it in the footwork and movement. This is a big disappointment after last week's improvement. Len says learning two dances shows his imperfection. Bruno thinks he went for the emotional involvement, but wants it to be slicker. Carrie Ann, ditto.
Score: 21

Niecy Nash and Louis van Amstel: Viennese Waltz
We get a "day in the life of Niecy." She starts at 4:30 to make it to The Insider before finally making to rehearsal, where she's yawning like crazy. But when she's tired, she doesn't complain, Louis says. Niecy continues to surprise. She's positively floating here — very light on her feet with gorgeous, free-flowing movement. She still needs some refinement in her posture, but overall, it's a very charming number. At this rate, she may edge Chad for a spot in the semis. Bruno loves the prettiness, but wants her to watch the arm-swinging. Carrie Ann thinks there was too much push-and-pull and wants her to work on the transitions. Len is pleasantly surprised, but agrees about the arms. "Don't you think I lifted up my carriage?" she asks, pushing her jiggly parts up. "Your carriage was gorgeous," Len says. "In fact it was so high, I was surprised you could hear the music."
Score: 23

Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Argentine Tango

Landing in the bottom two was the "grossest feeling," Erin says. Maks wants her to stay confident, but Erin is unsure of some of the moves. She doesn't want to look like she's humping a fire hydrant. Honey, no one confuses Maks' leg with a fire hydrant. He wants her to jump off the stage and into his arms for a lift, but she's scared to jump 3 feet in the air. So does she do it? Yup! She takes a leap of faith right into his face — yes, legs wrapped around his head and crotch in his face. It was a pretty hot move, only rivaled by Evan and Anna's leg-over-shoulder spin last week. That was easily the highlight of the routine, which was sultry, but not executed that cleanly. The lifts and poses were gorgeous — especially Erin's legs — but she can still use work on her extensions and posture. Carrie Ann kisses Len. "That was just so hot. I can't even describe it," she says. Len, lipstick on his face and all, calls Erin a dirty, dirty girl. Bruno calls Maks a lucky fire hydrant and never knew Erin could be so bendy. Buzz likes it too!
Score: 28

Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya: Waltz
Team Evanna celebrated their perfect 30 by skating, but they quickly return to work. Evan is pumped that the waltz has no hip action, but he has something else to work on: his characterization. Anna tells him he can come across cold and wants him to show warmth on the floor. They start lying down on the floor, perhaps to coincide with the opening lyrics to "Open Arms." Oh, you kids! So literal! The dance is right in Evan's wheelhouse: balletic, lyrical movements. His lines are top-notch and so pretty to watch on the ice and off. For a tall dude, his footwork and frame are solid, too, unlike Chad's. He's not exuding much romance, but there is a lovely sweetness to the the routine. Vera Wang likes it! Len is not sure if he likes it or not because of the "roly-poly stuff on the floor," but likes the posture. Bruno loves the narrative of them awakening and his lines. Carrie Ann is mesmerized by his lines, but wants him to lose himself in the moment. Like Eminem?
Score: 27

Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough: Foxtrot
Nicole thinks they have a great working relationship because she offers her ideas for the choreography. That includes blowing kisses at him and knocking him back. So creative! Nicole stresses out yet again about the pressure and expectations of doing well because everyone thinks she's a trained dancer. Are the editors just messing with her now? Did she not just say she was giving choreography tips to Derek? "She comes across strong and bold, but when you scratch away the surface, she's really insecure," Derek says. Because she's an artist, Derek! They start on a bench, reading papers before hitting the floor. They're dancing to "Haven't Met You Yet" and are basically acting out the song, which could be totally cheesy, but is totally enchanting, thanks mostly to Derek's stellar choreography. Nicole is on-point as usual, but the bigger news is that she's not all flash and no shade anymore, striking a nice, sweet tone. Bruno calls it one-and-a-half minutes of pure dancing joy. Carrie Ann says she's defying her imagination and loves that she's not phoning it in. Len loves the story, but says the break of hold ruined it a little for him.
Score: 29

More time-filler! To get us in the mood for the eras (or more specifically, the future), Gary and Rita Gekham perform their silver-robot routine, which got them disqualified at the 2006 World Championships. Oh, how far we've come in four years! It's a hoot to watch, if only to know that we'll still need hairspray in the future.

Latin Round

Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke: '60s Jive
In their dance, "Chad is all about the ladies and throwing his cash around. Like what he does normally," Cheryl says. Chad doesn't know anything about the '60s, but he's enjoying rehearsals — and wants Cheryl to work on her pimp hands. Chad's fur-lined velour costume looks more '70s pimp than '60s, but whatev. He's moving better than he did in the tango, but his steps aren't as sharp and quick as they need to be, and his kicks are abysmal. Cheryl errs on the side of caution and is light on the kicks and flicks. It's a fun, lively dance, but could be so much better with a little polish here and there. Len finds it entertaining, but thinks his flicks were terrible. Bruno says he pimped the jive. "What are you doing after 10?" he asks. Carrie Ann loves the grooviness.
Score: 24
Total: 45

Niecy Nash and Louis van Amstel: '90s Paso Doble

The '90s was the era of the divas, Louis says, so Niecy fits right in. Cue footage of her telling him not to touch her hair. "Black women don't like their hair touched!" Niecy is struggling with the dramatic attitude because she's "easy-breezy." Her idea of dramatic is being expressionless. But that's not the worst part of the routine. Her movements — from footwork to frame to extensions — are too loose for a controlled and aggressive dance like the paso. She's wobbly and has absolutely no attack in any of her steps. Bruno calls her a scary mama, but thinks she's throwing herself into it like an avalanche (read: it's a disaster). Carrie Ann gives her credit for doing an ambitious routine, but says the power was out of whack. Len says the paso is the one dance that doesn't suit her.
Score: 20
Total: 43

Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: '80s Rumba

Erin is going the Flashdance route (did she borrow those legwarmers from Edyta?), while Maks is going Miami Vice-style. The only '80s element in their routine will be the costumes. "Wow, who invented the '80s?" Maks asks. Erin, trying to rival Nicole in video-package insecurity, stresses out about showing off her gangly arms. Maks tells her to get over it. She starts off with a respectable little solo at the beginning, but seems to have trouble finding fluidity in the movement. There's nothing really smooth and clean about her movements, though she does them well — her arms aren't flimsy — but it's coming off more as a cha-cha. The best part, naturally, was their chemistry. Carrie Ann says she doubts herself too much and wants to see more confidence. Len likes it overall, but thinks there were too many jerky movements. Bruno thinks they make great music together and that they should be in the final. Brooke again eggs them on about their showmance, but they're having none of it. Give it up, Brooke. You're embarrassing yourself.
Score: 25
Total: 53

Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya: Futuristic Cha-cha
Evan does a Wall-E voice. Adorable! Like the waltz, this is right up Evan's alley in a different way: He can be emotionless (or have a "system malfunction") One issue: Hip action must return. "Maybe my hips will be better in the future," he says. Whoa, smoke machine! Hope no one's asthmatic. Anna looks like a reject fembot from Austin Powers, while Evan looks like David Schwimmer's twin. The best part of Evan's look is his flap of shellacked hair sticking straight up. There is not a lot of hip action, but with a theme like the future, we can let it slide, right? Luckily, the routine is not chock-full of robotic movements; there's a nice mix of pure cha-cha moves that blend in. Len says he loves the futuristic take, but laments the lack of fluidity, so he's again flummoxed by Evan. Bruno calls it "Mr. Spock-meets-Barbarella in the future." Carrie Ann loves the commitment to character and thinks it was perfectly lucky he got the cha-cha and that the stiff movement worked well.
Score: 26
Total: 53

Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough: '50s Paso Doble
They're totally thrown by the theme since it's, as Derek says, im-paso-ble to incorporate the "funky '50s" with a furious paso. They start off fast and furious and don't let up. Take notes, Niecy. Derek looks like he stepped out of a diner, while Nicole looks like Anna Magnani (watch her in her Oscar-winning role in The Rose Tattoo if you haven't yet). There's just the right amount of '50s spunk with feisty paso, and Nicole is, of course, hitting all the marks. Why does she look like she wants to kill herself though? Not the proper mood, girl. Bruno calls them the beauty and the rebel. Carrie Ann is stunned that they pulled off a '50s paso. Len says it's not in his nature to be nice about two dances in one night, so he's disappointed that there's nothing for him to criticize.
Score: 30
Total: 59


That leaves Nicole and Derek one point shy of perfection and Niecy and Louis bringing up the rear.

What did you think? Did anyone excel at both dances? Whose themed dance was the best? Can you punish Evan for robotic movements in a futuristic dance? How long do you think Erin's arms are? Will Nicole ever get over her insecurities? Would you like to leap into Maks' face? Who do you think will get the boot Tuesday?

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It's double the work on Dancing with the Stars! The remaining five couples must perform two individual dances: a ballroom routine and a Latin routine with an era theme. Did anyone ace them both? Find out below!
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