Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 hit the airwaves Monday night, and featured more happenin’ action from the DWTS ballroom. The seven remaining celebrities and their pro partners were charged with performing two different dances: Either an individual Argentine Tango or Samba, as well as a first-ever lift-endowed group Swing dance. By the shake of the last tail feather, Jake Pavelka took another tumble into the danger zone, Chad Ochocinco sexed things up, and Pam Anderson went brunette. Here’s a peek at what happened.
Bachelor Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower got the Dancing with the Stars 2010 week six rah rah yee haw started. The pilot shot up to third place on the judges’ leaderboard after his week five Risky Business-themed Cha Cha Cha, and looked to make an impression with the Samba. Both Jake and Chelsie stressed over trying to keep pace with season 10 faves Nicole Scherzinger and Lysacek.
Jake’s performance skills have improved substantially since the debut of Dancing with the Stars season 10. He looked like he was having a blast, and he and Chelsie turned in a fun and flirty Samba, though it wasn’t without a minor stumble. Head judge Len Goodman praised Jake’s “confidence”, but called his rhythm “lacking a little bit”. Bruno Tonioli noted that Jake was comfy with his “pelvic gyrations”, but said that he “didn’t wiggle correctly.” Carrie Ann Inaba said that to be at the top of the leaderboard, he needs to feel the music and “ride it like the ocean”. Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 results: 7, 7, 7 = 21.
Up next were Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya with their Samba. During rehearsals, Evan sustained a very minor concussion when a lift practice attempt went wrong. He seemed okay afterward, though, and ready to attack his dances as always.
Man, that boy can shake his hips! Woot! I still saw some unpointed toes at times (darn skater’s boot feet!), but all in all, it was pretty awesome. Bruno said it was nice to see “the little devil inside”, but noted that his “lyrical lines” didn’t work for the Samba. Carrie Ann said “sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose… you definitely lost the battle”. Ouch. Len started off by saying that he doesn’t want to be “nasty”, but that it was his worst dance thus far. Harsh all around! I liked it. Hmph. Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 results: 7, 7, 7 = 21.
Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 forged onward with comedienne Niecy Nash and partner Louie van Amstel. The duo planned to deliver a first in DWTS history: A funny Argentine Tango. Oh. My. Niecy promised to try to control her feet in order to make Crankypants and crew happy. We shall see.
As Len would say, the little opening bit involved a bit too much “bandying about”, but then again, what’s to be expected of a ‘comical’ Argentine Tango? I surely dunno. It had its awkward moments, but I have to give the girl mad props for getting her leg all the way up onto Louie’s shoulder. Yowza. After Louie finished choking on a cookie, Carrie Ann started the critique by saying “it’s nice to see you… really dancing”, and praised them for going through with a lift, but said the comedy wasn’t necessary. Len disagreed, noting that he didn’t think “the comedy interfered with the story” but he also said that it “lacked intensity”. Bruno said “if you treat all your men like that, stay away from my lunchbox” and praised her for upgrading her footwork. Niecy Nash and Louie van Amstel’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 results: 7, 7, 7 = 21.
So with three dances down on DWTS week 6, we have 9 7s in play. Whoosh.
Following Niecy and Louie on Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 were ESPN’s Erin Andrews and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy with their Samba. The flirtatious duo had trouble during rehearsals with Erin’s “overthinker” tendencies. But really: They make me laugh out loud.
I love how Erin isn’t afraid to dance by herself: It shows a confidence that lots of contestants lack. Their dance was good, I think, though I admit that I was distracted by Maks’ gradual shirt removal process. Heck, even my 5-year old daughter say ‘ahh! He’s taking his clothes off!’. Len told her that she’d get yet another 7 from him because he didn’t care for the gimmicky stuff. He went on to chide Maks for the dance’s content. (Aw, come on, Crankers. How come it’s okay for Niecy to be goofy but not Erin? Hmmm? Hmmmmm?!) Bruno disagreed, calling her arm placement “spot on” before going on to call her the “girl that likes to be on top”. Carrie Ann told her “you nailed it!” Eat THAT, Len. Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s Dancing wtih the Stars 2010 week 6 results: 9, 7, 9 = 25.
The flirtation continued on Dancing with the Stars 2010 with NFL star Chad Ochocinco and partner Cheryl Burke. The duo were charged with performing an Argentine Tango, which Chad said he was going to like. And Cheryl seemed to like the idea, too, telling him to “manhandle” her during rehearsals. Whoa thar.
It was pretty hot, though I don’t know how good it was, per se. The duo’s ‘gimme more of that, baby’ vibe was red-hot and drove the movement from start to finish. It was all emotion. Bruno called the offering “the revenge of Ochocinco”, and went on to proclaim it “strong, powerful, demented”. Carrie Ann started off by justifying Chad’s previous low scores, but said that tonight, he did a “really nice job” by delivering an appropriately “arrogant” dance. Len said “you grew tonight”. Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 results: 8, 8, 8 = 24.
The Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 5 leaderboard topper was up next with a Samba. Pop star Nicole Scherzinger and partner Derek Hough struggled with basic movement and placement issues during rehearsals, showing the singer’s spastic side. And it wasn’t pretty. Bruno loves you, girl. Don’t worry about it.
From the get-go, I thought Nicole’s leg-placements were sort of odd – a little too wide-set. But that seemed to resolve itself over time. Wanna bet none of the judges will bring it up? It was a fine dance and I bet they get stellar scores, but it looked to me like Nicole was thinking too hard. I liked Erin and Maks’ dance more. Period. Carrie Ann called it “ridiculous” and said she had trouble finding anything to criticize other than her facial expressions. Len called Carrie Ann “misinformed”, and chided Derek for creating “a hodgepodge of sexy moves and gyrations”. Bruno called her “one singular sensation” and said “the dance was superlative”, noting that “watching you makes you drivel with desire”. (Yeah. See what I meant before? As I’ve said before, Bruno loves him a pop star.) Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 results: 9, 7, 10 = 26.
Dancing with the Stars 2010 continued with last week’s bottom two survivor actress Pamela Anderson and partner Damian Whitewood. During rehearsals, Pam expressed her desire to really get it right this week with her Argentine Tango. I hope she does it. America has treated her badly so far. Who cares if she’s trollopesque? She can dance!
A brunette Pam Anderson hit the ballroom floor and started off her routine with some kickin’ lift action. It took my husband about 14 seconds to note that sex-driven Bruno would like it. Uh, yeah. It was pretty darn hot. She brought sexy back, just like she promised to do last week. Len noted “you can do seduction very well”, but said it was a “bit scruffy” here and there. Bruno praised her for being “Angelina the salty Latina” this week and praised her for “living the part”. Caie Ann called it “unquestionably sexy” but said the technique was a bit lacking. Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 results: 7, 7, 8 = 22.
With the night’s individual dance action in the books and Nicole Scherzinger once again topping the ranks, the group took to the ballroom floor as a unit for the first-ever DWTS Swing Dance Marathon. Slam bam, shazaam, the dance started with all seven couples doing their thang. Jake and Chelsie were the first couple to be booted, earning just 4 points for their efforts. Next to be eliminated were Niecy and Louie, who earned 5 additional points, and Evan and Anna, who gained 6 additional points. Chad and Cheryl were booted next, receiving 7 more points. Pamela and Damian earned 8 points as the next couple to be booted. Erin and Maks were next to go, earning 9 points, leaving Nicole and Derek as the 10-point winners.
I have to complain: What the heck? How did Nicole and Derek win that disaster? Give me a break. They kept holding the same lifts over and over again while the others were dancing. Boo, hiss. I’m never voting for Nicole. Ever. She doesn’t need my votes when the judges overscore everything she delivers. What a joke. In a similar vein, I wish Len would stop underscoring Erin. He’s going to underscore her right off the show. Boo, hiss.
With that off my chest, it’s time to look forward to tomorrow night’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6 results show. So who SHOULD be in the bottom two? Niecy Nash, no doubt. Perhaps Jake Pavelka. But who WILL be in the bottom two? I’m guessing poor Pam Anderson for one, and maybe Jake. Niecy should be booted, looking purely at dance skills, but it probably won’t happen.
Tune in tomorrow night to see how it all plays out. Or you can just check in with me. You know I’ll be watching.
Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 6, April 26, 2010, ABC