Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

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

Season 10, Episode 8
Episode Synopsis: In the fifth week of performances, the celebrities dance to songs from movies.
Original Air Date: Apr 19, 2010

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, April 19, 2010 Season 10, Episode 8

It's movie night at Dancing with the Stars! The remaining eight couples perform to iconic tunes from the cinema. Who put on an award-winning performance? Who was just a complete bomb? Find out below!

Do you have your popcorn ready? I don't, but I have a pack of Swedish Fish from Costco. I love the movies, so I have high expectations for this round. Let's get right to it!

Niecy Nash and Louis van Amstel: Jive ("La Bamba," La Bamba)
Niecy is looking forward to shaking things she didn't know she had. Louis wants her to stop wasting her energy goofing off because she needs all of it in the jive. I think she's exerting most of her energy shaking, as she calls them, her jiggly parts. And oh yes, they're moving. We're, like, thisclose to a wardrobe malfunction. Shimmying aside, this jive is subpar. Niecy's footwork is still pedestrian, which is disappointing after, like, two months now. There is simply no improvement. Her steps are way too flimsy, not sharp and accurate. Because of that, the pace is slower than your average jive and they get off-step when they're side by side. She ends with a huge kiss on Len's forehead... and it leaves the biggest lip-print ever. Len loves the personality and wants more bounce in her feet and less in the "bazookas." When Bruno points out some errors, Louis admits it was he who screwed up. "What about my jiggly parts?" Niecy asks. "Fabulous, darling!" he says. Carrie Ann calls her the shimmy queen, but agrees with Len and Bruno.
Score: 18

Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke: Quickstep ("The Bare Necessities," The Jungle Book)
Chad thinks there's something bothering Cheryl this week. She insists there's nothing wrong before finally telling him there's a lot of pressure now, so she wants them to improve. "I'm glad Cheryl and I had a chat today," he says. "I don't think it accomplished anything, but I think it was good." Oh, faux drama! Decked out in Cincinnati Bengals colors, Chad gives a shout-out to fallen teammate Chris Henry before they take the stage. Chad's frame is much improved and he's no longer dancing down to Cheryl like he did in their foxtrot. However, he falls out of his hold every now and then, and the footwork isn't as polished as it needs to be. The worst part, though, is that the whole thing is lacking energy for some unknown reason. Bruno finds it too wild and says his frame is "terrible." Carrie Ann calls it uneven. Len thinks his posture has improved and thinks overall it was a job well done. Len's the nice one for a change? Brooke tries to dig up the drama, which Cheryl brushes aside, so she asks Chad. And by "asks," I mean, she pulls the microphone away from her mouth before she finishes asking the question. Le sigh. They get a rather disappointing 18. "You should've given me the 15 for Chris Henry," Chad says.
Score: 18

Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovksiy: Jive ("You Never Can Tell," Pulp Fiction)
Maks wants the entire week to be "according to Maks" — like The World According to Garp? Cue inane arguments about following directions and Latin heels. They really need to show more M&E fights because they are hilariously entertaining. Future celeb contestants, take note: This is how you clash with your pro in a good way. They start off with some martinis (hopefully real ones) before hitting the floor. Maks dances the first part reading the menu, which looks painfully laborious, but he tosses it aside and the beat picks up tenfold. Erin is hitting all the marks, and her flicks are sharp. The kicks? Gorgeous with her long legs, accentuated by the tight leggings. It's fast, upbeat and she ends it with a split. Carrie Ann loves the story (you mean Pulp Fiction?), but thinks she was ahead of Maks. Len thinks it got too hectic, but thinks they did a really good job overall. Bruno says she's got that "Uma magic" right and thinks this is her best timing ever. Brooke corners them about their showmance. "Is love in the air or is there not love in the air?" she asks. "Not until he gets me a ring like Chad got Cheryl. Are you joking?" Erin says.
Score: 22

Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower: Cha-cha ("Old Time Rock and Roll," Risky Business)
Jake, apparently, has been told he looks like Tom Cruise. Erm, OK. Chelsie wants him to start feeling what he's doing and to stop thinking. He comes in shirtless, with a volleyball, and showing off the top of his, um, briefs? Boxer briefs? "Wrong movie," she tells him. So briefs it is, obviously. He does the classic pantless entrance before Chelsie gives him a pair of pants to put on. I'm not sure if this is a bad call or not. If he did the entire routine only in his underwear, he would've gotten every chick's vote... or creeped the kiddies out. Jake is nowhere near a great dancer, but you have to appreciate his dedication. He's not afraid to totally go for it and make a fool out of himself. The footwork is better, but he slips up yet again, unfortunately. The hip action, however, is all there. This is just a huge block of Velveeta... but I love cheese. Len loves Jake's commitment and thinks it's a pity there was an "incident." Bruno calls him a "cheeky bugger" and tosses him a dollar. "Why did you put on your pants on?" He can see some very good lines and thinks there has to be a day where nothing goes wrong. Carrie Ann loves it — "the whole package." That's what she said. Brooke quizzes Jake about dancing in his undies, which is no biggie to him: "I've gotten into a couple of hot tubs, but you just don't want a wardrobe malfunction here," he says.
Score: 23

Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood: Quickstep ("9 to 5," Nine to Five)
Pam's a huge Dolly Parton fan, so she wants to do her proud. Damian has been pushing Pam harder this week with the upgrade in cardio in the quickstep. They waste, like, 30 seconds strolling and sitting around. Len is not going to like this. Sidenote: I covet Pam's dress. (The electric-blue eyeshadow is totally clashing with the plaid though.) Anyhow, she's totally selling Dolly, which is nothing new with this character actress! They're moving fast, but it seems at times that Damian's just spinning her along. Her hold is good, but her feet need to be more sharp. They dance over the desk and chairs, which was kind of cool. Overall, though, there was some oomph missing. Bruno loves her characterization and likes her posture. Carrie Ann wants to see her on Broadway, but thinks her hold was loosey-goosey. Len thinks they got the movies mixed up and hates the lengthy opening bit. "And that was Len from How the Grinch Stole Christmas," Tom quips.
Score: 21

Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani: Foxtrot ("Don't You [Forget About Me]," The Breakfast Club)
Kate apparently has never seen The Breakfast Club before and doesn't get the movie-inspired swim moves Tony tries to throw in. "Kate has no motivation and I have to push her each week," he says. "And it gets exhausting." Free Tony! She yawns... and yawns... and yawns through rehearsal before finally committing to a move. "Isn't it fun when you tell me to do something and I actually do it?" she says. Has Jon ever experienced that? They start with one prop: a blackboard that reads "Detention Tony hearts Carrie Ann" — not Kate! After last week's mini-breakthrough, Kate is back to her usual abysmal, wooden ways. The only difference is that she does look like she's enjoying it, but she may be the only one. The entire thing is just soporific. She's just moving from one place to another, not dancing. And Tony, unfortunately, is along for the ride. Seriously, free Tony. Carrie Ann says there's some sort of grace that's developing, but says the whole dance was like an incomprehensible Charlie Brown's-teacher sentence. Len says it was neat and precise, but doesn't think it was a dance, rather a stroll. "Did you like the lack of props?" Tom asks. "I did like the lack of props," he says. Bruno thinks she was catatonic and he's disappointed because she regressed after last week. Kate tells Brooke she had "eight little friends" visit her this week, so she was distracted. Way to blame your kids for your suckage.
Score: 15

Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough: Tango ("Oh, Pretty Woman," Pretty Woman)

Nicole is trying to remember to have fun with it and to kick a little boo-tay. They hit Beverly Hills to get into character. She can relate because she used to scope out upscale stores when she had no money, but now she's got Derek. Except he doesn't drop $27K for her. Why does Derek always get the location skits? Between last year's beach dream and this? This tango is super-duper fast, and it's easily the best dance so far. She's precise and the lines are beautiful. The push-and-pull of the hold is dramatic and the whole thing is just entertaining. I still cannot, however, picture a tango to "Pretty Woman," no matter how good this is. They end with a leg lift. Is it because she's supposed to be a hooker? Len calls it her best dance and the best dance of the season. Bruno calls it two players at the top of their game and gropes Len. Carrie Ann calls them "super-stahs" to quote one of her favorite movies. That's not something you share with the public, Carrie Ann.
Score: 29

Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunkskaya: Rumba ("I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," Armageddon)
Evan should dance to something from Willy Wonka because, good grief, he's like a Ross Geller 8 in the spray-tan world (any and all Friends fans here will get that). Anna's concerned because he's simultaneously doing Stars on Ice, so they don't get a lot of rehearsal time in. Evan's No. 1 problem is moving his hips because he's got to keep them firm in skating for stability. Nothing to worry about here because he's got them unlocked and working. For how frequently he looks "athletic" on the ice, Evan is surprisingly lyrical and graceful on the parquet. There's a lovely fluidity to this, his arm extensions are great, and the spins are on-point, as usual. The only downside is that there's not enough heat between them. But that may be because Anna is again looking hot on her own. She's picking up the "less clothes is more" slack now that Edyta's gone. Does that even count as a dress? She kind of looks like Ariel, and he is looking very Prince Eric-y with the black pants and white button-down — and un-shellacked hair! They should've totally done The Little Mermaid! "Part of Your World"! Yes? No? Maybe? Bruno loves the top lines and pulls and thinks his hips are getting better. Carrie Ann thinks the movement was generating the tender emotion, but she sees a break between the top and bottom half. Len loves the musicality and says he got the hips going.
Score: 27

So Nicole reclaims the top spot with a near-perfect score, while Kate remains in the bottom.

What did you think? Was movie night epic or more like a disaster flick? Was Nicole's tango nearly perfect? Did Pam go overboard with the props? Do Erin and Maks have the best fights ever? How exhausting do you think it is to teach Kate? Do you often confuse Jake with Tom Cruise? Who do you think will get the boot?

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It's movie night at Dancing with the Stars! The remaining eight couples perform to iconic tunes from the cinema. Who put on an award-winning performance? Who was just a complete bomb? Find out below!
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