October 11th, 2011
11:45 AM ET

Movie scores dazzle, baffle on 'DWTS'

"Dancing With the Stars" was a tribute to movie scores, and what better way to start Monday's show than by explaining to viewers what a score is through dance?

Yeah, I can probably think of four or five better ways myself. Seriously, ABC could have cut this episode by 30 minutes instead of having the pros run around with light sabers.

Now on to the actual show, and Chynna Phillips is first up. Her mission, if she chooses to accept it, is to dance a tango to the "Mission: Impossible" theme. Will Chynna self-destruct in two minutes? Unfortunately, the answer is "yes."

She looked lost throughout the dance, appearing to panic midway into the routine. She admitted to co-host Brooke Burke Charvet that she simply "blanked out" on the dance floor, and struggled to get back into rhythm.

The judges awarded her with curiously high scores. Either they're grading on a curve, or training to judge a boxing title fight.

Chynna Phillips: 21/30 (Carrie Ann Inaba 7, Len Goodman 7, Bruno Tonioli 7)

David Arquette is up next, and he's performing a paso doble to "Raiders of the Lost Ark." He literally swung on to the dance floor, but he lost points with me for taking his hat off - Indiana Jones would never do that. He also showed off his disturbing body art again.  Nevertheless, this may have been his best dance, outside of a poor slide at the end of the routine. He's definitely made great strides from his one-dimensional routines early in the season.

David received some praise for his entertaining dance, but the male judges, Len Goodman in particular, critiqued him on technique.

David Arquette: 23/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 7, Tonioli 8 )

The pro dancers return for another tribute to movie scores. Time to check the Lions-Bears game.

Back to the show, and Carson Kressley is doing a Viennese waltz to "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl." As expected, Carson came to the dance floor dressed like a pirate. Unfortunately, he looked more like Peter Pan's older brother than an actual pirate.

There was plenty of derring-do in Carson's dance with Anna Trebunskaya (can't go wrong with a mini-sword fight), and Carson's looking more confident as the weeks go by. But the fashion guru seemed to regress to his earlier routines this week - all pizzazz, no technique.

Len Goodman said the routine reminded him of "childbirth" - painful when it happened, joyful when it was over. As someone whose wife recently experienced the miracle of childbirth, I'd like to note that if I could describe the childbirth process, "a Carson Kressley waltz" is not how I would describe it.

The judges' strange scoring continued, as Carson got a lower score than Chynna. On this show, forgetting your routine is not as bad as having no rhythm.

Carson Kressley: 20/30 (Inaba 7, Goodman 6, Tonioli 7)

HLN's Nancy Grace is our next celebrity to take the stage. Did "The Verdict" or "The Firm" have quality scores? Scratch those thoughts, as she performs a paso doble to a Queen song from "Flash Gordon."  If you gave me a thousand guesses, I would have never picked that movie for Nancy.

Nancy prepares for her routine by combing Tristan MacManus' chest hair. Give her a point for supporting quality grooming habits! Unfortunately, the routine looked, shall we say, different. With fireballs shooting into the air and faux Freddie Mercurys screaming at the top of their lungs, it was like an extremely bad '80s heavy metal video. My wife called the whole dance "weird," and I'm wondering if I'll ever be able to watch "Flash Gordon" again.

The judges warned Nancy that she didn't appear to show much interest in the audience and the performance, but complimented her on her improving technique. Somehow, Nancy remembered her routine and was still tied with Chynna.

Nancy Grace: 21/30 (Inaba 7, Goodman 7, Tonioli 7)

We're now up to Hope Solo, and she's performing a foxtrot to the music of "Toy Story." Partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy enters the dance floor looking like Woody on HGH. Nevertheless, the two perform a simple dance that delights the crowd. For the first time in this competition, Hope stayed away from the overpowering body motions that likely have turned away some voters.

The judges praised Hope for having fun during her routine, but Grumpy Len warned her that if she wants to win it all, she'll need to show more commitment to practice.

Hope Solo: 24/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 8, Tonioli 8 )

Rob Kardashian is next, and he's performing a paso doble to the "Superman" theme. The dance was entertaining but, like Carson, it appeared that Rob regressed at times. He let Cheryl Burke do much of the dirty work at key moments, and his movements looked robotic in spots.

Carrie Ann Inaba praised Rob for being "fluid" throughout his routine, but Grumpy Len had none of it, saying the dance needed more drama. Bruno Tonioli urged Rob to work on his confidence.

The judges' scores, once again, seemed a bit out there. How in the world did Rob and Hope get the same score?

Rob Kardashian: 24/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 8, Tonioli 8 )

Ricki Lake takes the dance floor next, performing a tango to "Psycho."  Not sure what Alfred Hitchcock would think about one of his films being performed as a dance.

Nevertheless, Ricki and Derek Hough seemed to be at ease during their performance, again showing why Ricki is the favorite to win this season.  They didn't appear to make any noticeable mistakes throughout the routine.

The judges agreed, with two of them awarding Ricki the first 10s of the season.

Ricki Lake: 29/30 (Inaba 10, Goodman 9, Tonioli 10)

We're now up to Chaz Bono, who's ready to come back strong, performing a paso doble to Bill Conti's theme from the original "Rocky."  But does he have the eye of the tiger?

The dance is on, and it appears that someone lit a fire under Chaz's backside. He's showing a lot more energy than he has in recent weeks, and the crowd, including mama Cher, couldn't be happier. Even Grumpy Len is impressed, complimenting Chaz for his "best dance yet."

Still, the judges awarded Chaz the same score as Chynna who - all together now - forgot her routine.

Chaz Bono: 21/30 (Inaba 7, Goodman 7, Tonioli 7)

J.R. Martinez is the last dancer of the night, and he's doing a complete 180 from his emotional routine from last week. He's doing a foxtrot to Henry Mancini's iconic "Pink Panther" theme.

As Inspector Clouseau, J.R. was a much better lead than Steve Martin, Roberto Benigni or Ted Wass (sorry, J.R., but no one will top Peter Sellers).  His foxtrot was so flawless and smooth, I had the urge to go to the hardware store and buy fiberglass insulation.

But one judge didn't seem to gel with J.R. Carrie Ann Inaba said the dance was just "okay," adding that she didn't understand why there was humor in the dance. Given that "The Pink Panther," its sequels and remakes were COMEDIES, I would expect some humor in a "Pink Panther" dance.  I thought her mediocre work hosting GSN's "1 vs. 100" taught Carrie Ann that cerebral thinking wasn't her forte - guess I was incredibly wrong.

J.R. Martinez: 26/30 (Inaba 8, Goodman 9, Tonioli 9)

What did you think of last night's "Dancing With the Stars" show?  Who do you think will be eliminated tonight?

soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. IG

    Is this me, or do any of you notice that juddes have something against Karina? Especially Karry Ann. Over the years Karina had a lot of very ggod partners, starting with Mario. And judges were always very unfair, even nasty (like Bruno last season).

    October 11, 2011 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Deenie

    I'm thinking this season's Dancing With The Fatties has jumped the shark

    October 11, 2011 at 4:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. It's 2011!

    You do NOT judge people – that's God's job! You don't like it, don't read about it. Otherwise deal with it!! Chaz is a guy now – even his mother says so! Get over it already!!

    October 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Sunshine67

    I just dont understand the hate toward Chaz. How does what he (or she) did effect you? Why waste so much energy on being so upset about someone you don't even know.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  5. @ lochNESSMONSTER91761

    I'm sorry, I didn't realize this was Dancing with the Holy.

    October 11, 2011 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  6. loch91761

    Don't call "her" a "him". "Him" (Chaz) is a "her" and not a "him". She will "never" be a "him" no matter what is added or taken away. I don't care who goes. I'm not watching DWTS any more. It's not entertainment with much class to watch as it once was. It's taken a turn of Pro-Wrestling with a bunch of fake garbage that includes the judging. BOOOO !

    October 11, 2011 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. realtruth

    chaz has mail hormone pills...hand a new package..does that make HER a man or a freak? dude she really doesn't like herself...you get rid of what you have to be with a person that has what you didnt want...wow..shes still a woman!!!!! God sees what he created not what we have changed!!! sick

    October 11, 2011 at 1:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • Loch91761

      True...true! "He" is a "She" and will always be a "she" no matter how or where you cut it.
      2 Timothy 4:2-5
      2 Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage-with great patience and careful instruction. 3 For the time will come when men will not put up with sound doctrine. Instead, to suit their own desires, they will gather around them a great number of teachers to say what their itching ears want to hear. 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth and turn aside to myths. 5 But you, keep your head in all situations, endure hardship, do the work of an evangelist, discharge all the duties of your ministry.

      October 11, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Here come the Bible Thumpers

      Do you guys really have to go that far on a public blog? People don't understand "copy-and-paste" jobs... don't waste your time.

      Watch the Athiests attack you now... but let's just say you deserved as much for making this into a religious issue rather than taking it for what it is... a contestant who is dancing poorly and should not continue to be on the show because of LOW SCORES. This isn't a MORALITY contest. Get that part right.

      October 11, 2011 at 2:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. realtruth

    she will always be a woman..never accepted as a real man....you are what you are born..not what you decide to change to!!! people are sick!!!

    October 11, 2011 at 1:28 pm | Report abuse |
  9. bella

    I enjoyed most of the dances last night. Ricki was the best. I feel Chaz should go because I don't see him improving much and can't see him doing good at Latin dances. We'll see....

    October 11, 2011 at 1:23 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Donna

    I can't believe Chaz is even on this show. He wouldn't be except for "Mama". At least one of them has talent.

    He couldn't dance if his life depended on it. From the size of him, it just may.

    October 11, 2011 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  11. England Chaz and John Ford Coley

    After my Chazellent dance last night I felt wonderful. I went out for a double cheese and some fries...OH YEAH. I can afford it now cuz Im in Chazellent shape although I was a little smelly. I had to do some washing.

    "Im not talking bout the linen
    and I dont wanna change your line..."

    October 11, 2011 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • realtruth

      wow!!!!! lmbo....chasity looks a hot a.. mess and need to go back to being a woman!!! just wear men clothes!!! she looks like a wolverine

      October 11, 2011 at 1:33 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Chaz Chaz Cool J

    All those other DWTS dancers have two left feet. They Suck, they stink like dirty butt. OH YEAH!!! Chaz said it and you best be believin it or "CHAZ GONNA KNOCK YOU OUT!!!"

    October 11, 2011 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |
  13. Chaz Mercury

    Im the best thing ever to happen to DWTS. Thats right, Chaz said it OH YEAH OH YEAH. Next time I see Stallone Im gonna knock his block off.

    ROCK YOU!!!

    YEAH Daddy-O. You know it!!

    October 11, 2011 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |

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