Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

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

Season 11, Episode 15
Episode Synopsis: The seventh-round results show includes performances by Taylor Swift and Rod Stewart, and a tap-dance number from the stars of Broadway's "Mary Poppins."
Original Air Date: Nov 2, 2010
Guest Cast Rod Stewart Taylor Swift

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, Nov. 8, 2010 Season 11, Episode 15

The stakes are raised on Dancing with the Stars as the top 5 tackle the first-ever Instant Dance. Who handled the last-minute music with ease? Find out below!

Are you ready for the Instant Dance? Is anyone? Getting music 20 minutes before going on is sadistic, no? As Maks explains, getting music last-minute is usual for typical ballroom competitions, but, um, Dancing with the Stars isn't a usual ballroom competition. It's actually not a ballroom competition at all; it's a show... that's using all its participants as pawns for amusement. This has the makings of a hot mess. But first, the ballroom round, after which, each team will pick their Instant Dance song.

Ballroom Round
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: Viennese waltz
Kyle thinks it's hilarious when Lacey yells at him. She points out that Len said his feet were "atrocious" in their waltz, so she's pushing him hard. His footwork is way better — he's light and is using his heels. There are spots where his soles aren't "sticking" correctly, but they're pretty minor. Kyle's posture is also solid. It's a very sophisticated routine for a guy known for clowning around. Len says he was a "gorgeous orchard." Bruno is totally charmed. Carrie Ann says her crush on Kyle is back in full swing. Such a fickle pickle, that C.A.
Score: 27
Instant Dance song: "Good Golly Miss Molly"

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: quickstep

Jen's knee starts acting up midweek, so the doctor comes in. She has patella tendonitis (hey, I've had that... from, uh, cheering during the Olympics, not dancing. Don't ask.) Her dad, the awesome Joel Grey, visits to give her a pep talk. Her knee doesn't seem to be giving her much trouble at all here. The kicks are sharper, but she does trip up a little bit toward the end. Jen keeps up well with Derek and there's more control here than in their paso doble. Their hold, however, could be firmer. Bruno says it was like watching a vintage Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers routine. Carrie Ann points out the misstep, but says it was amazing. Len says she faced the music and danced, and it was great.
Score: 27
Instant Dance song: "Waiting for a Girl Like You"

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: waltz

Anna thinks the waltz will be a good dance for Kurt because he's a big dude, but Kurt is worried because the slowness of the waltz will highlight technique more. This is the perfect dance for Kurt He gets to show off his tremendous frame and posture, and be the charming leading man everybody already sees him as. The routine is simpler than the previous two, but he gets through all the footwork without trouble, including a difficult twirl at the end. Carrie Ann says he's a Ken doll come to life for mature people "like me." And what exactly are you going to do with that Ken doll? She loves Kurt's determination. Len loves the movement and says he needs to work on his arms. Bruno says he lights up the room and that he's come a long way.
Score: 24
Instant Dance song: "Hella Good"

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: Argentine tango

Still homesick, Bristol goes back to Alaska with Mark, and they show her parents their routine. "Is it 'lap dance' scandalous?" Sarah Palin asks. "Just dominate! Just take over!" she later says. Bristol takes some of her mama's advice. She has way more 'tude her than ever, and it comes through in the opening when she seduces him in the chair. Technique-wise, Bristol again executes very well, hitting all her marks and quick flicks. But she loses her intensity halfway through and starts wearing a weird, constipated look on her face. There's also not enough chemistry between her and Mark to embody the push-pull nature of the Argentine tango. Len loves the lifts, but says they lacked intensity. Bruno says she was mean and moody, but that she is still not consistent in staying fully in character. Carrie Ann says that was the most intensity we've seen from her, but wants more energy from her legs.
Score: 24
Instant Dance song: "Mas Que Nada"

Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: waltz

Brandy says they've found common ground in their learning/teaching process. She wants to believe they're here to stay now starting with this week. Brandy starts off with a little solo — Maks sure loves giving these to her. The routine is very elegant, not to mention dramatic, but I think that's due to the song. Brandy flows through the whole thing, and her lines and extensions are lovely. Bruno calls it an exquisite interpretation of a song. Carrie Ann says the emotional quality was riveting, but wants her to watch her neck. Len is not going to point out her neck because he was overwhelmed by the whole performance. Love how Len decides to overlook mistakes and slip-ups whenever he wants. I smell another 10 from him.
Score: 29
Instant Dance song: "Teenage Dream"

Instant Dance
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: jive

Steve-O, Lacey's old partner, visits to help out Kyle by presenting him with distractions: blowing bubbles, blowing horns, blowing a leaf blower, coming in naked. When is Steve-O not naked? Kyle starts off on the other side of the stage before jetting off to meet up with Lacey. Then they unleash the most energetic and entertaining routine yet this season. It's fun, lively and full of pep that you'd never know that they got their music less than an hour ago. Sure, Kyle could be more polished, but the kicks, flicks and side-by-side dancing were top-notch. Len says he came out like a "pocket rocket," but wanted more finesse with the toe swivels. Bruno says it was top of the heap in terms of entertainment value. Carrie Ann says that was by far the most fun she has had as a viewer all season.
Score: 29
Total: 56

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: rumba
Derek says the rumba is good because it won't be hard on Jen's knees. He teaches her with different tunes so she doesn't get used to one beat. It's a sensual and sexy routine, and Jen is working it all well — the hips especially — but the highlight is when she does a crazy pose with her right leg on Derek's left shoulder. It nearly rivals Kelly and Louis' gravity-defying side-hip extension last year. Bruno says it was breathtaking and says the leg extension was superb. Carrie Ann says she captured a moment with that stance. Len loves the variations in pace in the routine because that's what makes great dancing.
Score: 30
Total: 57

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya: cha-cha
Anna's strategy is to choreograph to counts, but Kurt cannot count music. His kids show up to help him out. "He needs some musicality," one of his daughters says. I think the best part of this routine is the side fringe on Kurt's dress pants. Seriously. I need a pair of those. For a guy who can't hear music, he's doing a pretty great job. Maybe he's just letting loose, but it's working. It's fun, flirty, and feisty. Like Kyle, Kurt's footwork could be more polished though. Carrie Ann says he nailed every single beat and says there's a new sex appeal. Yes, we know, Carrie Ann. He's a Ken doll. Len says he could've straightened his legs, but loved his focus. Bruno says the performance was great.
Score: 24
Total: 48

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: samba

Bristol is worried because she always listens to the lyrics. Her biggest fear is getting offbeat. Well, her biggest fear is realized. She starts off OK, but gets off pace here and there. She's too subdued for this party dance. Luckily, Mark the ham has enough energy to spare. I'm starting to think he just zaps it out of her. Bristol can shimmy like crazy, but it's not enough to make up for the lack of musicality. Plus, no samba rolls! Len wants more rhythm through her hips. Bruno says she can shake it, but says she lost it at some points. Mark says it was he who lost it. Carrie Ann says she wasn't that musically connected.
Score: 23
Total: 47

Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovksiy: cha-cha

Maks wants to approach it the same way they did with the marathon. Brandy says musicality will kick in because she's a singer. Maks wants to shake it, so they compare booties. "Do you know what this is?" he asks, grabbing his butt. Ah, Brandy's wearing genie pants. I want to watch Aladdin now. They start off sitting on the steps before getting into the routine. Once they're off, they're off. Brandy's just full of rhythm and flies through it. Their holds are beautiful and the booty-off is fun. It does, however, end kind of abruptly after they randomly run around the stage clapping. Bruno says it's another fabulous performance. Carrie Ann thinks they took too long getting into the dance. Maks says it doesn't matter because "Instant Dance" doesn't mean they have to instantly get into it. Len likes it but agrees with Carrie Ann.
Score: 28
Total: 57


So Brandy and Jennifer tie for the top spot again. Bristol brings up the rear with 47.

What did you think? Do you like the Instant Dance? Were you surprised at how well everyone did? Is Kurt a dancing Ken doll? Are the judges incapable of giving Kurt a 9? Whose side are you on in the Maks vs. Carrie Ann smackdown? Did Jennifer deserve the first perfect 30 of the season? Was Bristol's Argentine tango "lap dance" scandalous? Who do you think will get the boot?

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The stakes are raised on Dancing with the Stars as the top 5 tackle the first-ever Instant Dance. Who handled the last-minute music with ease? Find out below!

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