Dancing With the Stars Season 7 Episode 9 (11/10/08)
Five couples, two dances each.
Here's a rundown of last night's Dancing with the Stars episode...
Cody Linley & Edyta Silwinska (Foxtrot) Len said even though they are doing two dances, the standards haven't dropped. He was pleasantly surprised. Cody did a top notch job. Bruno called Cody a cool dude. He was under control, sophisticated, and elegant. Carrie Ann loved the performance. She added that it's great that he's nailing these performances, while learning to work with a new partner. Unfortunately, she also noted a lift. Score: 24 (8,8,8)
Brooke Burke & Derek Hough (Tango) Bruno said it was more than a tango, it was an epic drama played on a grand scale. Stunning. Carrie Ann told Brooke that this is why she is the last woman standing. She is beyond phenomenal. Fantastic. Len said the two of them make a great team, but then, rather unexpectedly, went off the rails. It seems Mr. Goodman doesn't cotton to people throwing around that "professional" term all willy nilly. He said he's going to treat Brooke like a professional because Carrie Ann and Derek are telling him she is and proceeded to pick apart her performance. Score: 28 (10,8,10)
Maurice Greene & Cheryl Burke (Quickstep) Carrie Ann loved it. Maurice's posture is so improved, and he looked very refined out there. Len said Maurice flew around the floor with great footwork. Bruno told Maurice that usually he deflates halfway through the number, but this time he kept it going all the way through, with aplomb. Score: 24 (8,8,8)
Lance Bass & Lacey Schwimmer (Foxtrot) Len joked that Extreme Makeover was yesterday. He thought there were some great elements, but went on to tell Lance that his footwork is still a little dodgy. Overall, very good. Bruno called it a classic dance in the classic style, that retained Lance's quirky touches. Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno, calling Lance a bright light, and truly fun to watch. Score: 26 (9,8,9)
Warren Sapp & Kym Johnson (Tango) Bruno said: Watch out, James Bond. Secret agent Warren Sapp is back and does a mean tango. Carrie Ann called the performance fantastic, and praised Warren for his connection to the audience. Len also thought it was fantastic. He said Warren was going up and down a little, but he's in it now. Score; 28 (10,9,9)
Cody Linley & Edyta Silwinska (Mambo) Carrie Ann gave Cody an A for effort, and an A for energy, but added that it was a little erratic. She didn't want to discourage him, but it was a little disjointed. Len was hoping that Warren didn't use the same ending for his solo. He went on, saying Cody has done two really good dances tonight. Bruno said Cody has the mambo fever, but it went a little spasmodic at times. That said, he appreciates the effort. Score: 24 (8,8,8) Total: 48
Brooke Burke & Derek Hough (Mambo) Len called it a very ambitious performance. During the course of it, he thought Brooke's legs were a little too flexed. Bruno said this mambo could revive the dead, and he'll never forget the pictures in his head from Brooke's solo. She's a great dancer. Carrie Ann liked that the solo worked with the number, but added that at times Brooke's posture was a little awkward. Score: 27 (9,9,9) Total: 55
Maurice Greene & Cheryl Burke (Paso Doble) Bruno said Maurice was twirling that cape like a wind turbine in a hurricane. He called the performance strong, imposing, very powerful. Carrie Ann loved Maurice's focus and how he hit every step. Next week she wants to see him bridge the gap between that intensity and the finesse of the upper body. Len said the cape really fit the dance well, and the performance had attack and aggression. Well done. Score: 24 (8,8,8) Total: 48
Lance Bass & Lacey Schwimmer (Samba) Carrie Ann said the samba is one of the most difficult dances, but Lance did a good job. For the solo, she was distracted by Lance's eyes, which nobody else seemed to really get. Len said he saw elements of the samba, which was nice, but he didn't think the solo had the samba flavor. He said he's sure Lance will be back, because he's popular, but he has to work on his footwork. Bruno thought Lance owned the audience with his solo, and did a very difficult samba. Score: 24 (8,7,9) Total: 50
Warren Sapp & Kym Johnson (Jive) Len said Warren epitomizes the saying 'I could dance with joy.' It's such a joyful thing to watch, other than his feet. Bruno noted that Warren has the ability to release a contagious spirit of fun, but agreed the feet were a little flat. Carrie Ann agreed about the feet, but was amazed at how he kept them going the whole time. She loved his energy. Score: 26 (9,8,9) Total: 54