Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

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

Season 11, Episode 6
Episode Synopsis: The third week of performances features contestants telling stories through their dances.
Original Air Date: Oct 4, 2010

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2010 Season 11, Episode 6

One pair's journey comes to an unhappy end on storytelling week as Dancing with the Stars pares its couples down to nine. Plus: Mark and Maks' brother face off in a String Duel.

No opening pro dance! I like them and all, but after Monday's unnecessary pro number, we were owed this quick opening. Len picks The Situation and Karina for the encore — but prefaces it by saying that though it's definitely not the best from Monday, it's something we'll likely never see again. And here I thought we'd never see a foxtrot to hip-hop again.

Time to get down to business. So did the results line-up change at the last minute or did the package producer screw up? Because the recap package before the reveal did not feature the same three couples in the results line-up.

First round of results:
Audrina and Tony are safe.
Kurt and Anna are safe.
Kyle and Lacey are in jeopardy.

After a performance by Ne-Yo and a mindless "Man on the Street" segment with Donny Osmond getting people's opinions on the cast and their best Situation impression, we get another recap package that does not match the three couples next on deck. Real smooth, guys!

Next round of results:
Jennifer and Derek are safe.
Rick and Cheryl are in jeopardy. But they think they're safe and start celebrating! Ha. I'm almost embarrassed for them, only because I'm 99 percent sure they're safe.
Brandy and Maks are safe.

Backstage, intrepid reporter Brooke talks to Kyle and then Rick — not about him thinking he was safe. Why would she go for the newest development when she could ask more hard-hitting questions about him taking his shirt off? "It was a quite a pleasant surprise to go home and have the wardrobe malfunction there also," he says. Ah, where's Eliza?! "And that's our metaphor for the night," Tom quips.

String Duel
Mark and Maks' bro, Val, have had a lifelong rivalry in competitive ballroom (marked by early domination by Val) and in music, so they're going to settle their score on the floor — with strings. Mark will play the guitar and Val will play the ... violin! They start off playing "Toxic" and then drop their instruments to dance, of course, before finishing it back on their instruments. Naturally, there's no official winner, but I'll give the edge to Val. (Side note: I took violin lessons for three weeks in third grade before quitting. If I only knew then that I would be able to play Britney Spears songs on it one day. Sigh.)

Next, Michael Bolton returns — to sing "Hallelujah," which was what Susan Boyle was scheduled to perform before pulling out because of a throat infection. Anna and Jonathan perform a lovely number to it. I love when they dance by themselves. Remember when they performed to their wedding song and stayed on the floor, swaying, afterward? Michael gets a standing O, even from Bruno, who holds an uncomfortably wide smile on his face the whole time. Michael tells Tom that he's "surprised, but very happy" to come back. Tom calls it a  "triumphant return." Bruno? Still smiling maniacally. Ah, you know Bolt hates him.

Next round of results:
The Situation and Karina are safe.
Bristol and Mark are in jeopardy.
Florence and Corky are safe.
Margaret and Louis are in jeopardy.

To pass more time, we're bored by, er, treated to a package about the emotional toll Dancing has on everyone. Guys, it's the 11th season. We get it. Learning dances in less than a week is hard and elimination night is terrifying. Do a package when it's something new, OK?

Next round of results:
Kyle and Lacey are safe.
Rick and Cheryl are safe. Subdued celebration from them. Blew their wad the first time around, eh?

That leaves Bristol and Mark, and Margaret and Louis as the last two couples.

And the pair going home is ... Margaret and Louis.

Not surprising. Margaret had potential, but she never quite got it all together, and she probably lost more fans with her odd first week performance than gained them. Margaret says the judges were hard, but she thinks it's because they could see that she was a good dancer. "I was surprised because I had the best teacher and the best partner," she says. "Our journey hasn't finished," Louis says. Cue up the goodbye package. Um, why didn't The Hoff and Bolt get farewell vids?

What do you think? Was Margaret the correct elimination? Did The Sitch and Karina deserve the encore? Did you have a good laugh at Rick and Cheryl thinking they were safe? Are you glad Michael made a "triumphant return" to the ballroom? Do you think Bruno has apologized to him? Who do you think won the String Duel?

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One pair's journey comes to an unhappy end on storytelling week as Dancing with the Stars pares its couples down to nine. Plus: Mark and Maks' brother face off in a String Duel.
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