Cue that theme music...

Posted: Wednesday, May 04, 2011 by Travis Cody in

It's encores and results, live from Hollywood!

I enjoyed having the extra judge on Monday.  I think Donnie Burns had some good insights and a fresh perspective on our celebrities.  I think some of the scores he threw were a little questionable, but he's entitled to his opinion.

So what did we like from Monday's performances?  Well I'll tell you of course!

And YAY!  The embed button is back!

Well, actually...I didn't realize you had to click the "share" button now to get the embed code.  Color me embarrassed.

We liked the Paso Doble from Chelsea and Mark, despite Len being confused by the contemporary theme and innovative choreography.  Even as a concept piece, I thought it had more than enough traditional content to get by.  Click here if the video doesn't play.

You be the judge of the Tango from Hines and Kym.  I thought Hines was off.  Pam thinks it was a little better than I thought at first glance.  Watching it back just now, I have to admit I was off with my comments.  I still don't think it deserved a 10, but the performance was better than I initially gave credit.  Click here if the video doesn't play.

Dance of the night...finally Ralph and Karina have another performance that is worthy.  This Quickstep wasn't perfect, despite getting one 10.  It was more of a re-statement that Ralph isn't quite ready to let the Latin styles do him in.  Click here if the video doesn't play.

Good stuff.

Here's a quick recap of our leader board after the Team Dance scores were combined with the scores from the individual dances on Monday:

66 Ralph and Karina
66 Hines and Kym
64 Chelsea and Mark
61 Kendra and Louis
60 Romeo and Chelsie
60 Kirstie and Maks

Now lets get some results, shall we?

But first, it's the judges' encore...Teach Cha Cha Cha consisting of Chelsea & Mark, Ralph & Karina, and Romeo & Chelsie.  Wanna see?  OK!

Results...Hines and Kym are safe.

Nicki Minaj is in the ballroom.  Sorry gang, I have no idea who this is.  Ah...rap/hip hop.  This is not the kind of music I like.  But I'm impressed that DWTS would invite this kind of artist to perform.  You know what?  I didn't dislike it.  It was nice to see our pros get down with a little hip hop too.

We have a feature about ballet dancer Patricia Zhou.  She's 14, started ballet when she was 9, and people who know say she is a prodigy and well on her way to becoming a prima ballerina.  Singer/songwriter Priscilla Ahn provides live accompaniment.  That was a lovely combination of music and dance.

More results...Ralph and Karina are safe.

Macy's Stars of Dance is a tribute to James Brown, featuring Wayne Brady.  James Brown would have been 78 today...I mean yesterday.  I knew Wayne could sing, but I did not know he could move like that.  He held his own with the dance chorus.  That was a great show.  Outstanding!  This was one of the rare times when neither Pam nor I caught the name of the choreographer for this performance.  That's a shame because it was really well done.

One more guest, singer/songwriter James Blunt, accompanied by Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Daria Chesnokova.  I've never heard this guy, but I like him.

I'm so pleased to be in on the seekrit of embedding videos again.  Let's watch Val and Dasha.

Final results...Romeo and Chelsie are safe.  Kirstie and Maks are safe.  Chelsea and Mark are safe.

That means Kendra and Louis are out.

I think it was time.  She improved so much over the last three weeks, but I think the rest of the celebrities are either better dancers or have stronger fanbases.  

Now it gets really tough.  Next week our 5 remaining pairs will dance two individual routines each for a spot in the Final Four.  And then it's on for that Fabulous Mirror Ball Trophy!

Later gang!


  1. Yep, Kendra was the weakest link left in the competition. Next up, Ralph, Romeo, or Kirstie. I'm not terribly impressed with Romeo lately. He seems to be walking or marching trough the motions and not really dancing. I still think Chelsie and Mark, along with Hines and Kim are the finalists. I would give the third spot to Ralph at this point.

  1. Anonymous says:

    I must say I'm not terribly sad to see Kendra leave. She lost me with the whining.

    But . . . I'm writing off-point to tell you that one of the younger students I have daily contact with here at the college told me that he was going to learn how to grill a steak this weekend - on Mother's Day. I thought of you and the memory you recently shared of your grandfather teaching you how to grill the perfect steak. goodnightgram

  1. I wish I had some of that energy

  1. Kendra certainly did not have the fanbase like Kirstie.

  1. TopChamp says:

    yey! I will have to come back - as my fella's watching Law & Order at the mo and I'll need sound to watch the clips - but I am delighted to see you can post the clips.

    Love the dancing.

  1. Driller: I think I would enjoy a finale made up of any combination from this group of 5.

    GGG: I hope the grilling lesson goes well for your student!

    Charles: Me too some days.

    V: Not even close. I'd like to see Kirstie just dance next week, rather than try to give a performance. I think it would get her back on more solid ground.

    TC: I'm glad I figured it out!