DWTS: The Bicentenniel
Dancing With the Stars has had 200 episodes! Well, 201 after last night. And granted it airs twice a week (or even the bloated three times in a week) and each season is actually taken quite literally – there is one season in the fall and one in the spring, versus most shows whose “season” last anywhere between 6 weeks and 9 months – but still, it’s 201 nights of live ballroom dancing on broadcast television.
DWTS sometimes doesn’t always nail theme weeks so well, but the producers did alright with the anniversary week. (I wonder if every editor dreams of the day when their boss assigns them to do nothing but montages.)
Monday night saw the return of past cast members, many of whom just awkwardly stood up in the audience when their season was announced (except for season six, because no one was available. No one. I mean, Kristi Yamaguchi was there coaching the team dance so she was busy, but really, no one else was available? Steve Guttenberg and Priscilla Presley were swamped? Monica Seles is out dominating the senior tennis circuit ?). I was not surprised, but still vaguely put off at Bachelor Jake Pavelka hamming it up when the camera cut to him. That dude will never turn down an invite to be on TV, and I guess they sort of had to invite him, but not really – you’re ABC! Wield your power!
So then there was a team dance-off, where Team Kristy, made up of Rick & Cheryl, Bristol & Mark, and Kyle & Lacey had to do a number inspired by one of her numbers. The rest of the couples were with Team Apolo – damn, people really love that dude. A lot. I don’t get it. I mean, I know Olympic champ at all, but ok, let’s be real: it’s the weirdo facial hair. Anyway, his team recreated his bust a move cha cha cha. No, really, the dance was to Young MC’s Bust a Move.
I can’t stop thinking of Kurt as the drunk uncle at the wedding, after Carrie Ann mentioned that in judging a few weeks ago.
After the team dances, each couple had to dance an interpolation of a past season’s dance, with the star serving as a guest judge on the panel. So, for example, Bristol & Palin had Kelly Osbourne judging them as they danced a viennese waltz to the same song she did, using some of the same moves, but not the exact same dance. Rick & Cheryl did Helio’s quickstep and Kyle & Lacey did Mel B’s paso doble, both of which were in last week’s top 10. Kurt & Anna were given the softball of one of Emmett Smith’s worst dances, and still just did ok. Jennifer & Derek did Drew Lachey’s perfect 10 tango, and as Carrie Ann said, “blew the doors down.” I still have major doubts her ability to go the distance and win the trophy, but I could still see an amazing performance in what she did. She’ll most likely get to the finals if her body holds up, and she’ll hopefully be there with Brandy & Maks, who did Gilles Marini’s foxtrot, and I think they bested him, save the stumble she made on step.
I like that grumpy Len gave the 10 anyway, after chiding the “pedantic” fussing about of the other judges. (I got a little turned on when he said pedantic, I can’t lie.) I don’t believe Brandy’s chaste act for a moment, but she is winning me over as a dancer more each week.
After mediocre results for the TV Show theme week and Rock Week, I’m pleased that they got the anniversary week right. Tuesday’s results show didn’t really need to be 90 minutes, but you stopped in the middle for election results and it’s your birthday, DWTS, so I let you indulge yourself. And while I’m not surprised, I am a little disappointed that Cheryl and Rick were sent packing. But at least I will never, ever think of the Hill Street Blues song the same again.
Jennifer and Brandy in the finals, but who will be the third spot? Kyle? Bristol?!?!