Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Dancing's Brandy and Jennifer Grey Tie at the Top

There was double the trouble in the ballroom on Dancing with the Stars, when the contestants faced off in two challenges, including an instant-dance. After trading top spots on the leader board over the course of the season, Brandy and Jennifer Grey tied for first place Monday with almost perfect scores.

And, once again, Bristol Palin found herself at the bottom of the leader board. Could this be the young mom's last dance? Her Argentine tango with Mark Ballas earned all eights but lacked intensity, according to Len Goodman. But the studio audience disagreed, erupting in boos following the judge's critique.

During their instant-dance challenge, which allowed each couple mere minutes to finalize a routine to a song randomly selected earlier in the show, Carrie Ann Inaba said Bristol wasn't "musically connected" to her samba. Mark claimed responsibility for the mistakes, and the duo earned the two eights and a seven, bringing them to a total of 47 points out of a possible 60.

Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy dominated the first round when the judges dished out two tens and a nine for their waltz, which Carrie Ann said left her "spellbound." "It was like a symphony – it was like a poem," gushed Bruno Tonioli. But they came in third for their instant dance, earning two nines and a ten during the high-scoring round.

"I loved all of it," Bruno said of their cha cha to Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream." But Carrie Ann was displeased with the choreography, and her critique left Maks seething.

First Perfect Score
Jennifer and Derek Hough claimed the first perfect score of the season – 10! 10! 10! – for their rumba to Foreigner's "Waiting For a Girl Like You," which Bruno called "flawless." The pair earned straight nines for their quickstep earlier in the evening, which also brought them 57 points.

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer came in at a close second with 56 points after earning straight nines with their Viennese waltz during round one. Carrie Ann compared their performance to "watching a fairy tale come to life." The duo set the bar high when the judges dished out two tens and a nine for their instant jive to "Good Golly Miss Molly." Carrie Ann said that their routine was the most fun she's ever had as a viewer.

Meanwhile, NFL star Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya landed just one point from the bottom of the leader board with a total of 48. After their waltz to The Eagles' "Take It To the Limit," Carrie Ann conceded that Kurt is "not quite at the same level as some of the other [contestants]." Of their cha cha to No Doubt's "Hella Good," Len said simply, "your performance was good." Kurt and Anna earned straight eights for both dances.


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