It’s storytelling week on Dancing with the Stars and all of the celebrities have to choose a song based on a personal story. The songs must be important to their lives in some way.
Wendy Williams & Tony Dovolani- Wendy wanted to bring how she got started in media for her emotional dance. She told us how she slept in her car at rest stops, took bird baths, brush her teeth, and continue on to her next job. Her song choice was “Last Night a DJ Saved My Life.” She obviously works hard for her career and on her dances, but unfortunately, she has as much grace as a baby hippopotamus. “A dance more suited to the radio,” said Len. I have to agree. She’s going to be in jeopardy, but she knows it and has a good attitude about it. 15/30
Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas- Chelsea chose the song, “Chelsea” because it was written for her by her first love. Cute, fun, flirty song and dance. She needs to learn to move her hips, and Carrie Ann told her what I was thinking. Other than that, the judges loved it. 23/30
Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke- Chris wanted to dance to “Let It Be” because it reminded him of his mother, after she was in an accident. He wanted to quit wrestling and take care of her and she sent him back to his career. After she deteriorated and passed away, he played that song at her funeral. He danced as Chris Irvine, his real name, instead of his wrestling name, Chris Jericho. It was beautifully choreographed. Chris’s dancing was from the heart, but it didn’t help him with his hips. 21/30
Kendra Wilkinson & Louis Van Amstel- Kendra hose “You and Me” for her relationship with her husband, Hank Baskett. She said there was a lot of hate from the public when she married him, and the song talks about being “you and me against the world.” She must be a strong woman to embrace her past with that song and dance. She definitely showed improvement and had some beautiful movements, which is what this show is all about. It was also sensual and at times, erotic, and the judges said as much. 23/30
Romeo & Chelsea Hightower- He chose, “I’ll Be There,” because he when he was 9-years-old, he lost his cousin, Lance in a car accident, and his cousin, Fred was beaten to death by ten people. He said they were like brothers. It was an emotional song, and I expected much more emotion out of him through the dance, than he gave. Carrie Ann and Bruno stated they liked it, but I agreed with Len, in spite of the booing from the audience, when he honestly told him he took a step back this week. His scores reflected Len’s assessment. 20/30
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson- Hines chose the song, “Fantasy” by Earth, Wind, and Fire because his mother used to listen to it. She wanted him to have the American dream. This dance is a “thank you” from him to his mother. It was enthusiastic and upbeat, and one of the best of the evening. The man can move his hips! I thought he was adorable before, but now add his tribute to his Mom, and his dance style, and he’s easily becoming one of my faves. 25/30
Petra Nemcova & Dmitry Chaplin- “You Raise Me Up” was chosen by Petra because it gave her the courage to start an organization, the Happy Hearts Fund. The dance was beautifully choreographed and had an ethereal feeling to it. She danced with more grace and fluidity than she showed in the past couple of weeks. I would LOVE to see one of the professional female dancers perform this dance. 25/30
Sugar Ray Leonard & Anna Trebunsakaya- Sugar Ray said, “It’s all about beating the odds.” He was doubted in his career and beat the odds. “My Perogative” was his song choice. For a boxer, he could have shown more fierceness. It was still an improvement. I won’t be surprised to see him in the bottom tomorrow night, but it will make me sad because he has so much determination and I think he has some serious potential to improve. 20/30
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy- Kirstie chose “Over the rainbow” because it depicts the most significant turning point in her life. Her parents were in an accident-she lost her mother and almost her father, at the same time she received her first main role in Star Trek. “Agony and ecstasy,” is how she described that period of her life. The dance followed the meaning of the tribute. Maks and Kirstie took a tumble at the beginning of the dance when Maks’s hip gave out, but they stood up and continued a beautiful dance. Maks was in obvious pain throughout the number, but he still moved like only Mmmmaks can. Carrie Ann said, “Sometimes tragedy leads to amazingly beautiful moments.” Yes, that’s exactly what happened here. 21/30
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff- It’s his anniversary week and this is for his wife. “I dedicate this rhumba to my beautiful wife, Phyllis. Thank you for the best 24 years of my life.” He chose “Stay Gold.” The routine had potential, and at times, Ralph carried it off, but other times, his movements were rough. He seems like a sweetheart, but hopefully that won’t be enough to give him the mirror ball trophy. Then again, at the end of the song, he walked over to the audience to kiss his wife’s hand and high five his son, so maybe it will be, because I’m sure some people will pick up the phone for that movement alone. Carrie Ann called it, “Very sweet,” and that sums it up perfectly. 21/30 The bottom score belongs to Wendy with a 15, and I hope she’s the one who goes home tomorrow night. However, fan votes carry a lot of weight on this show and the booted candidate is sometimes a surprise. Romeo and Sugar Ray were next to the bottom with 20’s. That’s not enough to keep them safe, especially since Ralph, Kirstie, and Chris “Irvine” all have 21’s. Tomorrow night should be interesting.