Last week on “Dancing with the Stars,” it looked like the competition finally started, with the closest race of the season. Unfortunately, Petra Nemcova ended her journey for her lackluster dance, even though she finished at the top of the leader board on a previous week. This week, the remaining couples got to dance for “Guilty Pleasures” week. They were able to put a little of their personalities into their performances to songs most of us sing in the shower or with the car windows up. For a second week in a row, only six points separated first from last place.
The show opened with a performance of “MMMBop” from an all-grown-up Hanson to commemorate “Guilty Pleasures” week. Anyone who reads this article is lying if they say they’ve never mouthed the words to the song when they didn’t think anyone was watching. I know I have been caught singing and dancing like an idiot to the song, even though I’m really not sure what they are saying. They sang lines to a variety of guilty pleasure songs after each commercial break.
Romeo and Chelsea Take Top Spot
Romeo & Chelsea and Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas tied for first place with 28s. Romeo & Chelsea performed a waltz to “My Heart Will Go On” from “Titanic.” Romeo dressed in a costume mimicking Leonardo DiCaprio’s overalls in the hit film. Despite a few missteps, he tried evoking a romantic mood. Carrie Ann even gave him a 10. I didn’t think it would get a 10.
Chelsea & Mark did a lively quickstep to “Walking on Sunshine,” receiving scores that mirrored Romeo & Chelsea’s. It was a cute dance, but it wasn’t good enough for a 10, in my opinion. I agreed with Bruno; there were some strange footsteps. They gained the top spot despite an injury Mark suffered during dressed rehearsal.
Hines & Kym Fall to Second Place
Hines & Kym followed the top couples with a romantic Viennese waltz to Boyz II Men’s “End of the Road.” Hines was romantic and technically good, except for being a little flatfooted. Hines & Kym fell from the top spot, but they proved they are still in it for the prize.
Kirstie and Kendra Samba to Third and Fourth Place
Kirstie & Maksim performed their samba to Britney Spears hit song “Hit Me Baby One More Time.” They did some basic samba steps that fulfilled technical specifications, but I wanted to see a little more bounce and shaking. I liked the costumes. Kirstie & Maksim earned a 26, their highest score so far.
Kendra & Louis sambaed to Ricky Martin’s “Living La Vida Loca,” and Kendra finally came out of her shell and looked like she was really in the competition. She shook every part of her body and smiled instead of looking uncomfortable. It was the first time she looked like she was enjoying herself. Her spirited samba earned a 25, her highest score so far.
Ralph & Karina Hit a Snag
Ralph & Karina performed the paso doble to C & C Music Factory’s “Everybody Dance Now.” At first, it looked like they were going to rise to the top again. Karina had a fall at the beginning, but like a good partner, Ralph picked her up and continued the dance. Had Ralph & Karina not fell, they may have had a higher score than 24.
Chris & Cheryl Fall to Last Place
Chris & Cheryl performed the tango to “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey. Though his scores were low, I thought it was their best dance so far. It was technically good, with the exception of a few missteps. Their rock ‘n’ roll costumes matched the song. They earned a 22, putting them in last place.
It was fun reliving those songs that we are afraid to tell everyone we like. I actually started singing along at time. This season continues being unpredictable, with several couples who were at the top falling to the bottom of the pack. I’m sure the elimination will be a surprise with scores so tight. Continuing the guilty pleasure theme, the Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block will perform on the results show.
Scores and Rankings:
Romeo & Chelsea Hightower 10 9 9 = 28
Chelsea Kane & Mark Ballas 10 9 9 = 28
Hines Ward & Kym Johnson 9 9 9 = 27
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy 8 9 9 = 26
Kendra Wilkinson & Louis van Amstel 8 8 9 = 25
Ralph Macchio & Karina Smirnoff 8 8 8 = 24
Chris Jericho & Cheryl Burke 7 8 7 = 22