Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

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

Season 11, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: The eighth-round results show includes performances from John Legend and the Roots, Taio Cruz and 9-year-old piano prodigy Emily Bear. Also: Dance Center, with Kenny Mayne.
Original Air Date: Nov 9, 2010
Guest Cast John Legend & the Roots Taio Cruz

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, Nov. 15, 2010 Season 11, Episode 17

Dancing with the Stars' remaining four contestants face off in the semifinals for a coveted spot in the finals. Who rose to the occasion? Find out below!

We're almost there, y'all! One more week! But for now, we get two dances from everyone: the Latin Round, in which the celebrity must perform a 15-second solo, and the ballroom round.

Latin Round
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: paso doble
Maks and Brandy have a heart-to-heart about his outburst at Carrie Ann last week. She tells him she would've done the same. 'Atta girl. Their paso is dedicated to those who've been bullied. Neither mentions it in the package, but you can see the story line play out right away. Brandy is into it. Has she ever looked this pissed off? She eschews the typical cape for leggings and a corset, which is a crafty choice as you can really see her strong footwork. Her solo is aggressive and full of attack, just like the rest of the routine. She gets a little unsteady and perhaps too aggressive at points, which kind of takes you out of the dance. Len says Brandy came out 100 percent. Bruno says she danced with fury, but lost some finesse because she was so into it. Carrie Ann says she was "amazingly passionate" and loves her upper body shapes.
Score: 27

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: cha-cha
They're pumped for this cha-cha because they're dancing to "Mercy," which is what Jen danced to for kicks when she first met Derek in August. How cute. It all comes full circle. She starts off with her solo, crawling all over the judges' table. I don't really consider straddling furniture a solo, but whatever. Jen's totally in the zone. She's hitting all her marks with sharp precision. Her shimmies, twists and turns are crisp, and the whole routine itself is fun, flirty and irresistibly buoyant. Jamie Lee Curtis is, like, thisclose to crying. For reals. Bruno says it was a luminous cha-cha. Carrie Ann says she waited all season to see a cha-cha from her and she did not disappoint. Len says she pulled it off perfectly.
Score: 30

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: paso doble
Mark discusses the elephant in the room: He says a lot of people are saying Bristol is still around because of her mom or the Tea Party. But he thinks it's because she's real. Bristol nods. "I'm not fake," she says. Bristol is having trouble with the solo in rehearsals, but she comes out swinging...her dress. Again, she's technically sound, if a little stiff here and there but she's actually going after the dance for once and carries some semblance of aggression for the full 90 seconds. She still needs to up the intensity. Carrie Ann gives her hug. She's happy to see her come out of her shell and nail it. Len says Bristol the Pistol has all guns blazing tonight. Bruno says the little lamb is turning into a tigress.
Score: 27

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: samba
Kyle feels like he's peaking at the right time and wants to do the two best routines of his life. Well, what about next week? This party dance is tailor-made for the resident entertainer. Kyle starts off with an uber-suave solo before meeting up with Lacey. He turns it up about, oh, 342 notches with some insane hip action and booty bounces. Who knew? His footwork is sharp and he's finishing his lines well. On top of that, he stays completely in sync with Lacey when they're side by side. The whole routine is a perfect blend of rhythm and excitement. Len thinks he has a bionic bum. "You have more bounce to the ounce than anyone this season," he says. Rhythm. Bruno calls him a bouncing bundle of joy. "You can bounce," he swoons. Down, boy. Carrie Ann says she's never seen so much pelvic action ever.
Score: 29

Ballroom Round
Break out the Kleenex! We're treated to the requisite teary bio packages on everyone.

Brandy and Maksim Chermkovksiy: Argentine tango
Brandy's parents, her bro Ray J and Whitney Houston (looking very rough) talk about her early success. But Brandy's most difficult time was when she was involved in that fatal 2006 car accident, she says. She says she felt like the world was against her after she was called a murderer. Dancing is a rebirth for her. OK, first things first, I covet Brandy's stockings. How hot are those things? They kick things off on the stairs. The whole routine is oozing sex, passion and tension. The sharp lifts and flicks are lovely, and Brandy's contorting her body in shapes and directions I didn't know where possible. Maks plops her onto the judges' table for a hot second. Well, we can't top that sick jump off the stage last season with Erin. Len loves that she created an atmosphere. Bruno says there was great emotional depth and loves the way she extended her figure. Carrie Ann says it was gorgeous.
Score: 30
Total: 57

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough: waltz
Jen was a daddy's girl, Joel says. As if we didn't figure that out. Jen talks about her own fatal car accident: She and then-boyfriend Matthew Broderick were in Ireland in 1987 when they hit and killed a mother and daughter. Her neck has always given her trouble and she has had four surgeries on it. Her hubby, actor Clark Gregg, and BFF Jamie Lee are so proud of her for doing Dancing. Melodramatic package, but nothing about Jen's infamous nose job? Fail. Anyhow, the routine is just gorgeous in its simplicity. It's luscious, graceful and Jen's moving beautifully. Bruno says it was a gem of a waltz. Carrie Ann says it was one of the most beautiful things she's ever seen. Len loves the quietness of it. "If I'm dreaming, don't wake me up because that was fabulous," he says.
Score: 30
Total: 60

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: waltz

Sarah and Todd, of course, speak about their first daughter who was a tomboy. Their world stopped spinning, Sarah says, the day Bristol announced she was pregnant. Bristol says it was a challenge to endure people calling her a sleaze. She did Dancing to have fun because she was getting criticized anyway. "You might as well dance!" Sarah exclaims. They're going for a dark, vampiric vibe here, which is interesting to say the least. I'd be more sold on this if Bristol was into it more. She's reverted back to her constipated stare. There are a handful of intimate near-kisses with Mark and you feel zilch between them. Technique-wise, she's solid, if uninspired. Carrie Ann thinks she drifted out character at times. Len loves the haunting quality. Bruno loves the different take on the waltz and her whole journey.
Score: 26
Total: 53

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer: Argentine tango

What an adorable little kid Kyle was. He got an agent when he was 8 and got his first job on the children's program Grandpa's Garage. They moved from Atlanta to L.A., nearly to no avail. They were about to move back to Atlanta when Kyle landed That's So Raven. Thanks, Kyle for a drama-free package... and life... and run on this show. Kyle's enthusiasm is so infectious. It's great to see him finally manage enthusiasm with terrific technique and lines. He keeps it under control to avoid some fumbles. Dancing to "Jai Ho" is kind of inspired — the peppy, fast pace fit his personality like a glove. Len calls him a star. Bruno loves that he can switch in and out of fun and drama. Carrie Ann says he reminds her of Season 3 champ Emmitt Smith.
Score: 29
Total: 58

So Jen tops the leader board with a perfect 60, while Bristol brings up the rear for the seventh week in a row with 53.

What did you think? Who brought it? Did Jennifer deserve a perfect 60? Are you surprised Kyle topped Brandy? Did Bristol finally break out of her shell? Did they overdo it with the sob stories in the packages? Who do you think will get the boot?

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