October 4th, 2011
11:03 AM ET
Monday's edition of "Dancing With the Stars" had the celebrities perform routines inspired by an important year in their lives, and J.R. Martinez performed what may have been the most emotional dance of the competition.
The actor and Iraq war veteran paid homage to 2003, the year he was seriously injured while serving our country. The rumba, which Martinez said was a tribute to the troops "that didn't make it home," resulted in a lengthy standing ovation and plenty of tears. Judge Bruno Tonioli also complimented Martinez for doing some of the intangibles that most celebrities miss when performing the rumba.
J.R. Martinez's score: 26/30 (Carrie Ann Inaba 9, Len Goodman 8, Bruno Tonioli 9)
The first contestant on the dance floor, though, was Rob Kardashian, who did a foxtrot. The dance was in honor of 2003, the year his father, famed attorney Robert Kardashian, passed away.
Rob and Cheryl Burke, who looked color-coordinated for an Irish jig, were relatively smooth on stage. Rob appeared more confident than he's ever been, and seemed quite comfortable taking the lead. Unfortunately, he looked baffled when Tonioli complimented him for performing a dance that reminded him of the musical "Guys and Dolls." Guess the Kardashians aren't theater types.
Rob Kardashian: 24/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 8, Tonioli 8 )
Up next is Chynna Phillips, who set the time machine to 1990, the year Wilson Phillips' "Hold On" was released. It was right then when the Mrs. and I realized we felt old. Don't get us started on the commercials for the new "Footloose" movie that aired throughout the telecast.
Chynna and Tony Dovolani performed a perfectly-acceptable rumba, though I was disappointed that Chynna didn't bring back the "bob" hairstyle she had back in the day. Nevertheless, Carnie and Wendy Wilson were pleased with the performance, and Len Goodman predicted that Chynna could be dancing for "weeks and weeks."
Chynna Phillips: 26/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 9, Tonioli 8 )
Chaz Bono was next, and he commemorated this year with a rumba set to "Laugh At Me," a 1965 tune that was father Sonny Bono's only Top 40 solo hit.
Chaz's performance delighted the crowd, and the judges complimented him again for improving week after week. But he looked slow and unfocused during the routine, and he was warned that much work needed to be done.
Chaz Bono: 18/30 (Inaba 6, Goodman 6, Tonioli 6)
Kristin Cavallari paid tribute to 2005, the year she graduated from high school and moved to Los Angeles. Guess this woman's never had a crisis.
Kristin and Mark Ballas danced a sexy samba that seemed to wow Kristin's former fiance, Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler, who seemed to think that attending a TV dance show is much more important than preparing for next week's clash with the undefeated Detroit Lions.
Kristin Cavallari: 24/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 8, Tonioli 8 )
Carson Kressley was up next, and he performed a tango in honor of 2003, the year "Queer Eye for the Straight Guy" hit the airwaves.
For the first time in the competition, Carson succeeded in mixing performance and technique, with Len Goodman noting that he put the "boy" in "flamboyant." But there were times that he appeared to be over-analyzing each and every step he made.
Carson Kressley: 23/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 7, Tonioli 8 )
HLN's Nancy Grace was next, performing a waltz in honor of 2007, the year her twins were born. The waltz was set to "Moon River," which the legal eagle sang to her twins as a lullaby. Carrie Ann Inaba described the dance as a "live action lullaby" where "all the little forest animals came out" to watch her perform. I think Carrie Ann was barred from talking for 10 minutes after that. Unfortunately, the male judges warned Nancy to work on her posture and speed.
Nancy Grace: 21/30 (Inaba 7, Goodman 7, Tonioli 7)
Ricki Lake paid tribute to the last year, during which she overcame the end of a marriage and a house fire to forge a relationship with her current fiance.
Ricki's rumba with Derek Hough had the smoke machine on overdrive for a time - reminded me of a high school dance I helped organize, only my dance ended with the smoke machine setting the fire alarms off in the gym.
Ricki and Derek performed a poignant story with their dance, and the judges had praise all around for her work.
Ricki Lake: 27/30 (Inaba 9, Goodman 9, Tonioli 9)
Hope Solo also honored 2011 with a cha-cha commemorating her success in the Women's World Cup soccer tournament. Hope showed more of a sexy side this week, but problems with footwork and power remained.
Hope Solo: 24/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 8, Tonioli 8 )
Our final dancer was David Arquette, who performed a rumba in honor of his daughter, as well as putting to rest the issues that made him tabloid fodder over the last year.
David's dance looked inspired, and he finally seemed to find the perfect mix of technique and pizzazz he struggled to find the last two weeks. However, I was oddly distracted by the hideous tattoos on his chest. Keep your shirt buttoned next time, David.
David Arquette: 24/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 8, Tonioli 8 )
What did you think of last night's "Dancing With the Stars"? Who do you think will be eliminated?
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