Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8 aired Monday, May 10th at 8 Eastern/Pacific on ABC. The evening’s action featured the five remaining celebs and their pro partners taking on not just one but two different individual dances for the first time during season 10. Here’s how it all played out, from Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s unlikely transformation into a lucky fire hydrant to pro Cheryl Burke’s personal DWTS philosophy.
Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8’s first round featured a collection of ballroom dances. Up first was NFL star Chad Ochocinco and partner slash object of desire Cheryl Burke’s Tango. During rehearsals, Cheryl called working with the mercurial Chad “exhausting”. I bet it is, girlfriend. I also bet it’s exhausting to fend off his endless advances. (If she actually does fend them off, that is.)
Well, if nothing else, Chad looked great in his dark pants, tie and vest paired with a bright red shirt. The dance, however, looked a bit… off. His knees were perpetually bent as if Cheryl was too short for him, which made the whole thing just strange. Head judge Len Goodman noted that learning two dances allows mistakes to show, and said that Chad needed “more polish”. Bruno Tonioli said “it has to be slicker” but praised his attack and intensity. Carrie Ann Inaba agreed about the passion, but called his hold awkward at times. Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8 round one scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21.
The night’s ballroom round continued with a Viennese Waltz by jiggly parts-loving comedienne Niecy Nash and partner Louie van Amstel. During rehearsals, Louie praised Niecy for her ability to focus and not complain despite being tired during their time together.
The duo delivered some nice moments in their “I Got You Babe” offering, which featured Niecy decked out in a flowing peach gown. My 5-year old daughter was particularly impressed with their ending sequence, a spin around the floor. Bruno called it “very, very pretty in the beginning”, but cautioned her against being careless with her arms so she wouldn’t look like she’s being “chased by a swarm of wasps”. Carrie Ann said “there was a little too much push and pull” and noted that their transitions needed work. Len said he was “pleasantly surprised”; he also said her carriage “went so high I was surprised you could her the music”. Oh my, Lennie. Niecy Nash and Louie van Amstel’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8 round one scores: 7, 8, 8 = 23.
Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8 rolled on with ESPN’s Erin Andrews and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s Argentine Tango. The pair survived last week’s bottom two, which saw the elimination of love-her-or-hate-her actress Pamela Anderson. During rehearsals, Erin struggled with trusting Maksim, a consistent season 10 theme for the pretty blonde.
The routine started off hot and heavy, and Erin nailed the performance aspect from the get-go. She had her mile-long legs working like nobody’s business and absolutely nailed it from start to finish. It earned a standing O from the audience. Carrie Ann started off the critique by kissing Len, and then declared “that was just so hot!” Len called Erin a “dirty, dirty girl” and said “I absolutely loved it!”. Bruno called Maks “a lucky fire hydrant” and told Erin “I never knew you could be so bendy. You were on fire”. Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8 round one scores: 9, 10, 9 = 28.
Olympic gold medalist Evan Lysacek and partner Anna Trebunskaya, who last week earned the first perfect 30 of DWTS season 10, were up next with their ballroom round offering: A hip action-less Waltz. During rehearsals, Anna cautioned Evan against seeming cold during what needs to be a romantic dance.
I’d never seen a dance begin on the floor before, but it was appropriate, and they got to the dancing-part in good time. Evan had his gorgeous extensions on display and the ending in particular was sweet, but I’m not sold on the emotion. Len said he was unsure about whether he liked it or not; he disliked “the roly poly stuff on the floor” (go figure, Crankypants). Bruno called the beginning “Romeo and Juliet reawakened’ and praised his lyrical lines. Carrie Ann also praised his lines, but told him to “lose [himself] in the moment”. Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8 round one scores: 9, 9, 9 = 27.
Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8’s ballroom round came to a close with a Foxtrot from oft-leaderboard topper pop star Nicole Scherzinger and partner Derek Hough. As usual, Nicole complained and moaned during rehearsals. Take a lesson from Niecy, girl. Besides, you know Bruno will love you no matter what.
Nicole and Derek engaged in “bandying about” at the beginning; wonder if Crankypants will say anything? It was a super fun dance and great to watch, but honestly, where was most of the Foxtrotting? They were constantly out of hold. Bruno called it “one and a half minutes of pure dancing joy” and “a jewel”. Carrie Ann praised Nicole for smiling, and said she was “defying [her] imagination”. Len called it “an enchanting love story”. Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8 round one scores: 10, 9, 10 = 29.
Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8 continued on with the night’s second round: Latin. But it wasn’t just an ordinary Latin dance round. Each dance was assigned a time period, and the dancers were challenged to deliver a piece that accurately reflected the era.
Up first to tackle the challenge were Chad and Cheryl with a 1960s Jive. Chad had his usual ‘I’m the man’ swagger and Cheryl rocked those crazy thigh high boots, but I didn’t really feel the essence of the 60s, which I thought was part of the assignment here. Len called it “high energy… fun… entertaining”. Bruno said “you definitely pimped that Jive” and appreciated Chad’s smile. Carrie Ann called it “groovy” and said it was “one of your better dances”. Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8 round two scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24.
Cheryl made an interesting remark shortly before the pair’s scores were revealed: The point of DWTS is for someone with “no dance experience [to come] here and [improve]”. A thinly veiled dig, even if it was intentional. You go girl.
Round two pressed onward with Niecy and Louie’s 90s style Paso Doble. Although I think she’s adorable, I don’t think this was a great dance. Niecy seemed to lose her place a few times, and it just felt weak, as if she was tired and didn’t have the energy to put her whole self into it. Bruno noted that it’s a difficult dance, but criticized her for being out of control most of the time. Carrie Ann praised her for her “most ambitious routine yet”, but noted that the balance of power was “out of wack”. Len said that the Paso Doble “just didn’t suit” Niecy. Niecy Nash and Louie van Amstel’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8 round two scores: 7, 6, 7 = 20.
An 80s Rumba from Erin and Maks was up next. Major props to Erin for starting off yet another routine with a solo. That takes courage. That said, she could’ve used more defined hip action. (But dude, they were still hot.) Carrie Ann told her to stop doubting herself. Len called it “jerky” throughout (to the boos of the audience) but said he liked it. Bruno said “I think you two make great music together”, prompting Maks to give him his white Don Johnson jacket. Bruno also said that he thinks they should be in the finals. Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8 round two scores: 8, 8, 9 = 25.
Evan and Anna took us to the future with the Cha Cha Cha as the Latin round continued on Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8. The pair really got into the spaceage theme and delivered a fun dance that well-represented the assignment. Len called it fortuitous that Evan got a robotic theme and called it confusing. Bruno called it “Mr. Spock with Barbarella” in something or other. It was an odd comment. Carrie Ann thought that the stiff movement worked well for Evan. Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya’s Dancing with the Stars week 8 round two scores: 9, 8, 9 = 26. I don’t get it, Len. The idea was to perform a FUTURISTIC dance. Evan did it. Why penalize them for actually adhering to YOUR rules? Ugh.
Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8 came to a close with a 50s Paso Doble by Nicole and Derek. I’ll say what I always say: Nicole is a great, great dancer. I don’t agree with Carrie Ann that she’s the best celeb ever to appear on the show, but she’s up there. Aside from the costuming, there wasn’t much 50s in it. But whatever. The judges will eat it up no matter what. Bruno shouted “the beauty and the rebel!” and loved it. Carrie Ann was clearly rapt, and called it “brilliant”. Len said “there was nothing I could see to criticize”. Gag. Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough’s Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8 round two scores: 10, 10, 10 = 30.
So that’s that. My hope for tomorrow is that either Chad Ochocinco or Niecy Nash will get the boot. They are the weakest dancers left this season, and it would be the just outcome.
I should take a moment to touch on my obvious dislike of Nicole Scherzinger before I sign off. She is, as I always concede, an excellent dancer. But she’s a professional dancer, and no matter what her genre, a pro is a pro. It’s going to be easier for her than it is for the average bear, even if she whines that it isn’t. In a related note, she whines way, way too often. Kate Gosselin took a tremendous amount of heat for her crying and whining earlier this season; why is it okay for Nicole to whine and moan and complain? It’s not. It’s lame.
Tune in tomorrow night for the Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8 results show. Or you can just check in with me. You know I’ll be watching.
Dancing with the Stars 2010 week 8, May 10, 2010, ABC