Dancing with the Stars

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

Season 13, Episode 18
Episode Synopsis: The eighth week of performances.
Original Air Date: Nov 7, 2011

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, Nov. 7, 2011 Season 13, Episode 18

Dancing with the Stars' top five couples take on two individual routines for the first time — including the Instant Dance. Plus: Find out who got the season's first perfect 30!

Who's the sadist who picked jive as the Instant Dance? I feel bad for the people who have the quickstep on top of that. (Two of the fastest dances in one night?) Maybe that's because I'm in no shape to do either.

In case you've forgotten, they will all get their Instant Dance music 20 minutes before they perform. But first, Round 1:

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke: quickstep
Cheryl is crackin' the whip to get Rob in line and to tighten his butt. A quickstep to "Take On Me"? Um, OK. The routine starts off rough. He looks like a drunk lumbering giant, but things pick up once they get in hold. And his butt is tucked in! I'm pretty sure he is the only Kardashian who's ever done this. It's not the cleanest dance, but Rob doesn't lose pace and has a lovely frame throughout. The whole fam (sans Kim, obvs) loves it. Len calls it his best dance yet. Bruno says he was speedier than a drag race. Carrie "Bangs" Ann says he's the ideal contestant given his improvement arc this season. "And you had the best week of any Kardashian," Tom quips. They pick Hall and Oates' "Maneater" for their instant jive.
Score: 27

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: quickstep
They have a heart-to-heart about last week's rehearsal drama. Maks apologizes for being "overly rough" with her and chalks it up to them being too competitive. Hope says something about being a girl, so Maks promises to be more gentle. This includes her meeting the whole Chmerkovskiy clan for a home-cooked dinner. Can I come over some time? I love me some Russian food... and white Russians. So these guys basically get the redemption story line this week? I get it. They start off with yellow umbrellas (is one of them the Mother?), which are just an excuse to waste a few bars. This is one of Hope's better performances — she's comfortable and loose — but she's still gangly and awkward in certain spots and Maks looks like he's dragging her through the spins and turns. Don't think that's dancing, guys. Still, let's give them some brownie points for looking the happiest they've ever been. Bruno calls it her best dance. Carrie Ann hugs it out with Hope. Len loves the blend of speed and control. They pick Avril Lavigne's "The Best Damn Thing."
Score: 27

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough: waltz
Time to downplay front-runner status! This week, we're going to harp on Carrie Ann's comment about Ricki's high shoulders. Luckily, Ricki just so happened to have hosted an event last week attended by Jennifer Grey (what are the chances?!). Jennifer, of course, is kind enough to take some time out to impart some Dancing wisdom, which basically boils down to "have fun." How completely natural did that look, guys? Anyhow, Ricki's shoulders are OK and she's killing the dance, as per usual. It's graceful, elegant and delicate with gorgeous lines and shape. She does, however, flub at the end when she trips over Derek's foot. Carrie Ann says her shoulders came up a bit, but loves how she loses herself in her dances. Len says "Lake" is a misnomer because she's a river! Gag. But he tells her he won't give her a 10 unless he fixes her heel leads. Bruno calls it "deliciously dreamy." Backstage, Brooke feels the need to bring up Jennifer's advice to Ricki. "You and I had that conversation too," she says. Jeez, Brooke. It's not about you anymore. Ricki and Derek pick Wilson Pickett's "Land of 1,000 Dances."
Score: 28

Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus: tango
Tristan is certain they can capture the tango's love/hate relationship. Gee, I wonder why. Nancy, who flashes her bald spot to us, is still playing contrarian in rehearsals. Woman, just listen to the hot Irish guy! Nancy shows off her legs and some nice, angular footwork. It's a taut routine and she's got the drama queen antics down pat, but she's not as sharp as she could be and nearly blows it all at the end when she almost loses her footing during a dip. Len says "well done." Bruno calls her a brazen jezebel. Carrie Ann nitpicks her toes and asks Nancy to give Tristan a break. Yes, please! They pick Paloma Faith's "Upside Down" and Nancy vows to listen to Tristan for the next 20 minutes. Yeah, good luck with that.
Score: 24

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff: waltz
J.R. wants the first perfect 30 of the season, so Karina lays down the hammer. She doesn't appreciate J.R. goofing off, which he has to do to learn. You'd think she'd know this after eight weeks. Yeah, they're totally getting the 30. This is a gorgeous routine: fluid, ethereal with sublime lines and extensions. And how about that crazy spin J.R. does on his knees in the middle? The audience is giving them a standing O halfway through. Bruno calls it a "musical valentine card." Carrie Ann calls it magic. Len chastise him for not wearing a tie. "Last week, you retreated a little bit, but just like the soldier you are, you came back guns blazing," he says. And they get the first 30! J.R. goes all beauty queen pageant on us, thanking his mom, the fans, God and, yes, The Biebs: "Justin Bieber! I will never say never!" Amen. They pick Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti."
Score: 30

Instant Dance


Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke

Hard to believe, but this is the first time Cheryl has ever done the Instant Dance. They did the jive in the second week, when Rob was still clomping around like a horse. Rob starts off shaking his ass on the judges' table. Is it me or does his butt look humongous in these pants? Pinstripes are not your friend, Rob. This is a pretty good performance. Rob's going all out on the butt-shaking, and for all the huffing and puffing in rehearsals, he's keeping up well too. His footwork and kicks are awfully patchy though. Len says there were no glaring mistakes, but says his kicks and flicks need to be sharper. Bruno loves the pace and his arms. Carrie Ann's still recovering from the booty-shaking. So are we, Carrie Ann, so are we.
Score: 24
Total: 51

Hope Solo and Maksim Chermkovskiy
Hope is determined to redeem herself after her abysmal Week 2 jive, which she thought would be her "cup of tea" since it's so athletic. "This time, I'm gonna make it my cup of tea," she declares. Well, those fringe pants aren't doing you any favors. Fashion aside, this is way better than her first jive. First of all, she doesn't flub a kick, but instead stays in sync for one of the faster jives this show has seen. Hope's upper body is way tense and her arms are gawky, but she's going all out from the hip below. Bruno calls it fast and the furious, but wants her to stretch the back of her knees. Carrie Ann says it's a definite improvement from her last jive, but says her hands were weird. Len calls it fantastic and showers more praise on them... and raise his blood pressure by, like, 134 points. Len and Maks! Friends again!  "Thank you, Len. I love you, Len," he says backstage.
Score: 25
Total: 52

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough
Ricki's confident she can do the jive since she rocked it the second week, but she's worried about not knowing the music. So Derek throws on a series of tunes to make her comfortable performing the same routine to different songs. This routine is way too choppy and frenetic. Derek has busted out the tough choreography once again, which is probably not a good idea for the Instant Dance. Ricki hits the steps, but she looks like a lost little girl a few times waiting for Derek to pull her back in. Then she ensures she'll get docked points by Lift Police Carrie Ann when her feet rise off the floor during the final spin. Carrie Ann feels there were a few stops and starts. Len agrees, but thinks she did well. Bruno likes the variety of steps, but concurs about the lack of flow.
Score: 24
Total: 52

Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus
Tristan tries to offer common ground to bond on by telling Nancy this is his first Instant Dance too. She doesn't bite. "Are you tired?" She asks him. "You don't have twins that get up at 5 [a.m.] and you don't have a full-time job." "I'm tired of you," he says. "Good, we're both tired of each other. We should just get married." Get in line, Nancy. Nancy has the benefit of having done this last week and has not improved at all. It's almost hard to watch. Almost. It's slow, dull and lazy despite their clear efforts. New theory: Was the jive picked to ensure a low score for Nancy? Discuss. She does end on a high note, landing a cartwheel before the judges. Len calls her the Cinderella story. "But for me, it's midnight and it's time to go home," he says. Have the happy pills worn off? Bruno calls it too laidback and loose. Carrie Ann says she got lost in the choreography, but loves their chemistry.
Score: 20
Total: 44


J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
They got a 22 back in Week 2 after losing points for lifts and, according to Len, doing too much of a lindy hop, so they want to make sure it's all jive all the time this time. And it is. And it's pretty much perfection. It's electric, snappy and J.R.'s kicks and flicks are on-point. Can we just crown him right now? No one else comes close to his technique and showmanship. Bruno says he was off like a rocket. "You've got it, man!" Carrie Ann says he's in a class of his own. Len says he's got the X factor (not that one) and the feel-good factor mixed together.
Score: 30
Total: 60

So J.R. and Karina are on top with a perfect 60, while Nancy and Tristan are way back with a 44.

What did you think? Did J.R. deserve two perfect 30s? Can anyone beat him? Do you like the new and improved Hope and Maks? How do we get invited to a Chmerkovskiy family dinner? Are you still recovering from Rob's booty-shaking? Do you bow down to The Biebs too? Who do you think will get the boot? Are you excited for DanceCenter tomorrow? (Of course you are.)

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Dancing with the Stars' top five couples take on two individual routines for the first time — including the Instant Dance. Plus: Find out who got the season's first perfect 30!
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