Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

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

Season 12, Episode 10
Episode Synopsis: The sixth week of performances features celebrities dancing to songs that are guilty pleasures. Also: Hanson perform their classic "MmmBop."
Original Air Date: Apr 25, 2011
Guest Cast Hanson

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, April 25, 2011 Season 12, Episode 10

Don't be ashamed you watched. It's guilty pleasures week on Dancing with the Stars as the remaining seven couples perform to some of the catchiest tunes in history. Plus: Who fell this week? (Hint: It wasn't Kirstie.)

Is ballroom dancing the biggest guilty pleasure of all, as Tom states? Before we can even ponder that, he throws another "guilty pleasure" at us — live: house band (for the night) Hanson performing "MMMBop." Let me be clear: I will defend Hanson until the end of time, so no, I do not consider "MMMBop" to be a guilty pleasure since that implies embarrassment at liking it. Is it the best song ever? No. Is it awesome? Yes. It was my jam in 1997 and it's unfortunate it has lorded over their career as a "guilty pleasure" since their follow-up material is stellar. OK, rant over. No, wait. Why is Taylor dressed like an Amish farmer? OK, rant now over.

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: samba
Kirstie's guilty pleasure song is "...Baby One More Time." Maks says her shakes aren't good and gives her a motivational speech devoid of sex-on-a-stick talk while she lays in his lap. They're dressed in brown and coupled with the aggressive spray-tan, Maks looks like a Milky Way bar. Anyhow, the chat must've worked: Kirstie's shakes are good, most notably her booty ones. Her hip action is also decent, as are the samba rolls. The whole routine is technically proficient and sassy, but I feel like it's missing the full spark of her earlier dances. Is she running out of steam? Len says Kirstie never fulfilled the potential he saw in Week 1 until tonight. "Hit me, Kirstie, one more time!" Bruno commands. "Your wiggly bum sent shockwaves through the airwaves." Carrie Ann says that just like Britney, Kirstie's back.
Score: 26

Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: tango
Chris has "Don't Stop Believin'." Is it really a guilty pleasure after Glee? (Fun fact: Chris is the lead singer of the heavy metal band Fozzy.) Now that he's proven that he's a contender, Chris feels pressured to top himself every week, but he's having trouble with the steps in rehearsals. He's got the steps down to go with his usual surefire repertoire: beautiful lines, posture and hold. But he's uncharacteristically low on the charisma and personality front. Bruno says he turned into a lump of granite and lost timing. Carrie Ann agrees on some level and thinks he's not having fun. Len says he had good posture and flexed knees, but it lacked intensity.
Score: 22

Romeo and Chelsie Hightower: waltz
They have "My Heart Will Go On." Romeo recalls watching Titanic at age 8 — the day he became Romeo, he says. He loves Leonardo DiCaprio (who doesn't?) and wants to show that love is possible with this waltz. Oh, and he wants to dethrone Hines too. And dare I say he will with this. It's a gorgeous, sophisticated and romantic routine. Romeo's lines could be better, but his footwork and technique are top-notch. More importantly, he's totally connected to the dance, unlike Chris beforehand. There is a lovely, easygoing finesse to it. They seal it with a kiss that apparently was not choreographed. So many stolen kisses this season! Carrie Ann says it was magical. Len says he danced with great maturity, but wants a stronger frame. Bruno calls him Romeo DiCaprio. "Your ship will sail on and on." Carrie Ann gives him the first 10 of the season.
Score: 28

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: quickstep
Mark injured his ankle in rehearsal, but will tough it out. They have "Walking on Sunshine." Mark's uber-competitive side comes out and awakens the "will to win" ambition within Chelsea through a water fight. Such sound teaching techniques! Mark's ankle seems to be fine. Chelsea brings it yet again. It's a dorky (is Mark channeling Carlton Banks?), fun and energetic number with rapid-fire choreography that she nails. And they remain in hold like the well-behaved dancers they are. Len says they fused high energy and control. Bruno says she has so much zest, but says she lost balance in a corner. Carrie Ann says sometimes magic happens twice. She doles out another 10.
Score: 28

Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel: samba
Louis thinks this is Kendra's dance. It is the party dance after all for the booty-shaker. "You'll shake your butt, your boobs, everything God gave you," he says. "My boobs aren't what God gave me," she quips. Fittingly, they have "Livin' La Vida Loca." And yeah, Kendra's shaking it alright, which may be the best part of the dance. She's still a little stiff when not shaking it and her legs are awkwardly bent. The hypnotic shimmying is sure to cast a spell. The judges also get an up-close tabletop dance for further inspection. "That was a guilty pleasure," Carrie Ann says. "The more you gyrated, the more I palpitated," Len says. "Happy birthday," Kendra purrs. Bruno can see the marquee lights now:  Revenge of the Stripper: Part 1 — The Attack of the Killer Boobs. Is this a trilogy?
Score: 25

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: Viennese waltz
They're dancing to "End of the Road." Prophetic? Probably not. Kym wants to show Hines' romantic side, but he doesn't consider himself as having a romantic side. But we get to see the "pillow love" as he practices — just the choreography! — with a pillow at home. Hines sells the performance well. It's romantic in a sweet, cute way unlike Romeo and Chelsie's heavier romance. He's fluid and has great form, but his footwork seems "stuck" in certain places. Is he missing his pillow? I hope that thing has a name. Like Kimiko-tan. Len says he's becoming the MVP — the most valuable partner — but says he's flat-footed. Bruno says the performances is pure pleasure and loves the chemistry. Carrie Ann says it looked like he was thinking in the beginning of the dance.
Score: 27

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: paso doble
They're determined to make a comeback, so Karina wants Ralph to be a "sexy matador." To accomplish this, they throw in some "wax on, wax off" moves. Love it! They have "Gonna Make You Sweat (Everybody Dance Now)." I'm not sure what century this is supposed to take place in. Ralph looks like he should be in the Renaissance and Karina looks like a rejected Jetsons stripper. Anyhow, looks like the mishaps have transferred to these two. Karina takes a tumble early on, but Daniel-san doesn't blink and recovers so well that you almost forget about the fall at the end until you see the guilt on Karina's face. The routine is kind of odd, given the song and costumes, but also powerful, frenetic and full of fury. Bruno says he felt the fire after their fall. Carrie Ann says Mr. Miyagi would be proud of them for getting back up. Len won't castigate him, but congratulates him for pulling Karina up and getting on with it. In the celeb-quarium, Ralph says Karina slipped on his big coattail. Karina thanks Ralph for bringing her back into the dance.
Score: 24

So Romeo did it! He dethroned Hines! He and Chelsea are tied at the top with a 28, while Chris breaks Kendra's two-week streak at the bottom with a 22.

What did you think? Did you like guilty pleasures week? What are your guilty pleasures? Did Chris succumb to the pressure? Can Hanson be the house band every night? What should Hines name his pillow? Will every couple have a fall this season? Would you watch Revenge of the Stripper: Part 1 — The Attack of the Killer Boobs? Who do you think will get the boot?

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Don't be ashamed you watched. It's guilty pleasures week on Dancing with the Stars as the remaining seven couples perform to some of the catchiest tunes in history. Plus: Who fell this week? (Hint: It wasn't Kirstie.)
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