Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

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

Season 12, Episode 14
Episode Synopsis: In the eighth week of performances, the remaining celebrities perform two dances each, including an instant dance.
Original Air Date: May 9, 2011

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, May 9, 2011 Season 12, Episode 14

Dancing with the Stars' final five couples double up with two individual dances — one of which is the Instant Dance. Did anyone go 2-for-2? Plus: Did Ralph dance through the pain?

I have to say, I thought the Instant Dance was going to be a hot mess last season, but lo and behold, it turned out to be one of their better half-baked ideas. So once again, everyone will find out their Latin music only 20 minutes before hitting the floor. But first: Round one is the individual ballroom dances.

Ballroom Round
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: waltz
Mark is still bitter about last week's scores. Chelsea has a heart-to-heart with him about how his behavior reflects on her too. This is wonderfully scripted! Girl's a great actress! I kid, I kid. But seriously, you're doing her a disservice, Mark, with your massive ego. Mark decides it's finally (!) time for the routine to focus on Chelsea. He, indeed, does rein in his showboating tendencies here. The routine is quiet, fluid and elegant, and Chelsea's lines are beyond gorgeous. Nick Jonas likes it! Len says Mark puts too much emphasis on the story and the routine becomes too theatrical, but he loves her posture and her hold. Bruno says Mark has found the perfect fitting for Chelsea to shine. Carrie Ann says she earned perfection tonight. They draw their Instant Dance song, Sean Paul's "Get Busy," and head out to rehearse.
Score: 29

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: foxtrot
Kym tells Hines he has to propose to her in the foxtrot. He laughs and proposes sans rock, but gets serious when he watches Ralph's foxtrot for pointers and because he wants to kick his booty out of the top spot. Luckily, Hines does have the rock for the actual dance. The routine is corny and cutesy, but Hines, of course, totally sells it. Technique-wise, he's decent. It's very lyrical in parts and robotic in others, particularly when he's out of hold, but all in all, there's something so positively delightful about it that you can't help but smile. Probably because Hines' smile is so blinding. Bruno says it was beaming with a blissful sense of happiness. Carrie Ann likens Hines to Gene Kelly. Len says his dancing has great appeal, but points out some issues with his feet. They pick Jerry Lee Lewis' "Chantilly Lace" as their Instant Dance song.
Score: 28

Romeo and Chelsie Hightower: tango
Chelsie wants to get serious after their blunder last week and wants to treat it as the Ballroom Olympics. I'm for anything Olympics! She's stressing over the choreography, but you know that means everything will be fine. Not fine: The red pleather dress Chelsie's wearing that looks like it was recycled from Britney Spears' red catsuit. Fittingly, they're dancing to "Hold It Against Me." Anyhow, this is a vast improvement from last week. The routine is dramatic and intense. Romeo's is totally in control and his footwork is sharp. Carrie Ann calls it amazing and declares it one of his best routines ever. Len says he's upped his game. Bruno says he danced like a real man out there. They pick Xavier Cugat's "Tequila" for their Instant Dance. "Later tonight, I'm going for the real thing," Tom quips.
Score: 27

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: Viennese waltz
Karina raved to me about their never-before-seen dark Viennese waltz, but Ralph's hamstring has been giving him trouble in rehearsals. He gets an MRI Saturday. He ruptured a cyst, but there's no significant damage. He continues with rehearsals until his knee gives out. Because of his injury, they've only done 9 hours of rehearsals instead of their usual 40, but here goes nothing! Looks like Karina's raided Edyta's closet for a skimpy see-through outfit. The routine is definitely different — edgy with a vampire vibe — but it works. Ralph's knee holds up, but he's clearly in pain and can't convincingly attack his steps. On the bright side, he sure can rock mascara. Len says he did a great job with limited rehearsal. Bruno calls them fascinating creatures of the night. Carrie Ann says the spirit of Daniel-san lives on! They pick Stealers Wheels' "Stuck in the Middle" for their Instant Dance. I want to watch Reservoir Dogs now.
Score: 25

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Argentine tango
Maks tells Kirstie to "move your ass, and by 'ass,' I mean feet." She's having trouble with the choreography and falls all over the place. Maks assures her he will make them look good. How? By wearing a velvet tux, duh! They come out hot and swingin'. This is a very sexy and sultry routine with the love-hate, push-pull of it all. Kirstie's footwork is clean and the hooks are sharp, but she seems to lose conviction here and there. Still, she's selling the whole thing on sensuality. Bruno says her footwork was brilliant. "Your body's shrinking, but your talent is huge!" he bellows. Carrie Ann says she just topped her cha-cha. Len says she captured the mood. "It was hot. I'm surprised Maks only took his hat off," he says. They pick Teddybears' "Cobrastyle" for their Instant Dance.
Score: 28

Instant Dances
Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: salsa

Chelsea usually memorizes her steps to the lyrics and the beats, but obviously can't do that here. Mark brings in Kyle Massey, Instant Dance king, to help her out. He tells her to sell the dance with belief. The song starts before Disembodied Voiceover Guy can officially announce them. Not sure if this is going to throw them off or not, but they seem to be fine. There's a helluva lot choreography jam-packed in this and Chelsea nails it all with aplomb. She's also shaking it like crazy, while Mark's busting out his tool-ish facial expressions again. The reprieve was fun while it lasted, right? Len says it was hot. Bruno says she's setting the bar very high. Carrie Ann likes the execution, but thinks they weren't connected to the music. Uh, maybe because the music started ahead of cue?
Score: 26
Total: 55

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: jive
Hines and Kym are both Instant Dance virgins, so they're both nervous about this. As they should be since the jive is hard dance as is, but to have it as your Instant Dance? No thanks. Of course, they don't have any issues with it. Hines is light on his feet, and his kicks and flicks are solid. He does get out of sync during the side-by-sides, but it's not egregiously noticeable. The energy and spunk are off the charts, so that should win over the crowd. Bruno says it was like watching Mr. Happy Feet. Carrie Ann says he was right on the beat. Len says he did a fantastic job.
Score: 26
Total: 54

Romeo and Chelsie Hightower: salsa

Romeo is treating the Instant Dance like dancing to any song in a club. Chelsie takes him to a salsa club and orders him to ask a chick to dance. Ever the player, he pulls it off.  The routine does have a very club feel to it. It's very suave and flirty with lots of hip action, but there's a spark missing here. The whole thing never seems to go anywhere. Carrie Ann says they got out of sync at the end. Len clearly took his happy pills this morning. How many platitudes has he dished out tonight? He loves the whole thing. Bruno says he lost fluidity of movement.
Score: 25
Total: 52

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: cha-cha

Ralph has literally not rehearsed any cha-cha choreography at all due to his knee. Luckily, since they just did the cha-cha in the team dance, they're going to tap into that well. Ralph once again powers through it, but is very economical with the movement and is very sloppy every other step. There's almost zero hip action and Karina spends most of it dancing around the poor guy. Len admires Ralph's perseverance, but says something has to give in light of his injury and this was it. Bruno concurs and says there was no hip action. Carrie Ann, ditto. Ralph is just glad he made it through the show.
Score: 21
Total: 46

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: salsa

Maks tells Kirstie she has the "biggest ass and the biggest hips" on the show, so she needs to work it. And that she does. It's a snazzy, fun and smooth routine, albeit a little on the slow side, but Kirstie makes it work. She throws in enough shimmying, hip action and booty-shaking to compensate for the speed. Her footwork is mostly clean, but she does lose her footing a few times. She finishes off beat, unfortunately. Bruno calls her a flirtatious vixen and gets bleeped out. Carrie Ann says they were totally in sync and loves their chemistry. Len says it was slower and she showed rhythm. Oh, and it was oily. Yes, oily. I really want whatever Len's smoking today.
Score: 25
Total: 53

Chelsea and Mark top the leader board with 55, while Ralph and Karina trail with 46.

But the best news of all: DanceCenter returns tomorrow!

What do you think? How did these Instant Dances stack up to last season's? Will Ralph get the sympathy vote? Can he stick it out for the rest of the season? Has Mark finally gotten over himself? Will Len's good mood be short-lived? Do you hope Michael Bolton performs this tomorrow? Are you pumped for DanceCenter? Who do you think will get the boot?

 

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Dancing with the Stars' final five couples double up with two individual dances — one of which is the Instant Dance. Did anyone go 2-for-2? Plus: Did Ralph dance through the pain?
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