DWTS: The Top 10

There was a whole lot of drama – and it wasn’t coming from Susan Lucci!

Misty May-Treanor had one heck of a injury. But, just like they teased me through the whole show to find out what happened, I’m going to make you wait (or scroll down to the bottom of the blog).

Susan Lucci & Tony Dovolani

Dance: Jive

First, I fear for a wardrobe malfunction. Susan’s wearing a polka dot dress with spaghetti straps holding up the top. All the bopping around could free her chest. The music starts and they’re off. Susan seems a little lost to me. And it looks like she doesn’t follow through with the steps. I know the jive is a fast dance, but it’s like she’s in a hurry to get through this one. It must be hard for Tony to swing her around. She’s so tiny, he could easily throw her into the audience. Susan says she rolled her ankle during rehearsal.

Len says Susan has kept a constant standard throughout the competition. Bruno says Susan got the look right. Bruno says her foot was unsteady in the steps. Carrie Ann commends Susan for not letting an ankle injury stop her, but she doesn’t think Susan was very confident.

SCORE: 21

Lance Bass & Lacey Schwimmer

Dance: Viennese Waltz

They went to a senior center to get their approval for traditional-ness. Lance told one of the ladies he would tone down the hair. Lies. It’s all crazy! But the dance is not. It is lovely.

Bruno says they were prim and proper. He says there was a little problem with the rise and fall – he thinks Lance looked a little heavy. Bruno likes the sparkle. Carrie Ann says it was fantastic. She says Lance was dancing right alongside Lacey. Len says it was flat-footed, the posture was poor, it had great musicality and content. He also called it their best dance by far.

SCORE: 22

Maurice Greene & Cheryl Burke

Dance: Jive

Before the dance, Cheryl says footwork is one of Maurice’s weak points. Guess the jive isn’t fast enough for him? Maurice is wearing this sparkly blue jacket (likely not from his own personal collection). He does this crazy leap right over Cheryl’s head when the dance starts. Wow. I am impressed with Maurice. This might be his best dance yet. His feet are moving well. And he’s smiling through the whole thing. Loved it!

Carrie Ann says Maurice is like a wild, untamed beast. But that’s a good thing. Len says it was lively, great choreography. He says it was their best dance. Bruno says Maurice had the energy and sense of fun. He says when Maurice is really focused, he executes the dance well.

SCORE: 24

Rocco DiSpirito & Karina Smirnoff

Dance: Viennese Waltz

Before the dance, Karina had Rocco wear a blindfold to help him learn the dance. He wore it for a little bit of the dance. I didn’t understand his ruffled shirt. The dance was fine. I did chuckle when Rocco put silly glasses on Len.

Len says he didn’t mind it. He says there were elements that were very good. Bruno says Rocco should have kept the blindfold on. He called the dance a lump of mashed potatoes. He says Rocco loses the musicality. Carrie Ann says Rocco is the most improved of all the dancers. She says he’s likable.

SCORE: 20

Warren Sapp & Kym Johnson

Dance: Viennese Waltz

Warren promises the “softer side of Sapp” and I cannot wait! Warren does not disappoint! This is sweet! they glide around the stage like it’s the easiest thing in the world. Love, love, love it!

Bruno says it was big, smooth and beautiful. He says Warren has an ability of getting the character of the dance. Carrie Ann says she thinks she has a crush on Warren. She says every girl wants a big hunkin’ guy like him to sweep her off her feet. She says he’s mind blowing. Len thought it was going to be his stumbling block. He says Warren is giving those skinny people a real run for their money.

SCORE: 25

Cody Linley & Julianne Hough

Dance: Jive

Will Cody’s youthful energy come in handy – or will it make him look a little spastic? It looks like Julianne’s choreography is crazy fast! And it is. I’m giggling at Cody playing Juliette’s leg like a guitar. Then he did it again. Why? Wasting precious time – DANCE! I was worried he might drop Julianne at the end, but he didn’t.

Carrie Ann says it was good. She says he was counting the whole time. She says it was awkward. Len says the first half was fantastic. He says then it got repetitious (the guitar thing twice). Bruno says he agrees with Len. He says Cody started like a twinkling twinkie. He says Cody has the talent and he should use it.

SCORE: 21

Toni Braxton & Alec Mazo

Dance: Viennese Waltz

They were dressed like it was the 1800s. Weird. But the dance was good. When Alec spun Toni around as she stood on one foot, I thought she looked like she belonged in a jewelry box.

Len says if it’s not broke, don’t fix it. He says he didn’t enjoy the dance. He says Toni doesn’t need gimmicks – she’s a good dancer. Bruno says she took a huge risk – even Sofia Coppola couldn’t tackle Marie Antoinette. Carrie Ann liked it. She says it was a huge risk and it comes down to a matter of taste. She says the dance was originally scandalous. She says it was smart of Toni to wear that dress because she couldn’t see if Toni had done a lift.

SCORE: 22

Cloris Leachman & Corky Ballas

Dance: Jive

I’m worried about Cloris. This dance is fast and she’s – wait for it – 82 YEARS OLD! Now that I’ve gotten that out of my system, I’m ready to see her dance. She has this pink puffy wig on. It’s got all the gimmicks and marching around. It is kind of funny. Corky threw Cloris through his legs, then , he tossed her wig off. She was laughing so hard, she could hardly move. Then they did some crab like walk at the end. Cuckoo.

Cloris walked over to the judges and said I just want ones. Then she sat down. Bruno said it will take all the shrinks in America a lifetime to analyze this dance. He says it was beyond comprehension. Carrie Ann says she’s speechless. She says the crowd was off their rockers hysterical. She says what Cloris lacked in technique she made up with charisma. Len says Cloris did do a basic step (hands behind the back).

SCORE: 16

Brooke Burke & Derek Hough

Dance: Viennese Waltz

Before the dance, there’s a little breakdown from Brooke. She tells Derek he’s making her feel like an idiot. She walks out of rehearsal. Derek says he pushes her hard because he thinks she can win (I do, too). I cannot believe Brooke has never danced before! She is amazing! Her lines are so beautiful – and so is she. This was romantic and sweet. At the very end, Brooke kissed her daughter (appropriate, since she’s dancing to “Daughters” by John Mayer).

Carrie Ann says Brooke is becoming her favorite dancer. Len says it’s the best dance of the season so far. Bruno says it was beautiful.

SCORE: 28

Misty May-Treanor & Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Misty suffered an injury during Friday’s rehearsal. She hobbles onto the stage with crutches. Then, we see the video of the injury happening. There’s a loud noise, Misty originally thought was her hitting something or being hit with a baseball bat. But it turns out, she tore her Achilles tendon. They show the x-ray of the injury. Misty says she was planning on taking time off to spend it with her husband. She’s going into surgery Tuesday and sounded pretty confident when she says she’s coming back stronger than ever. Misty says all the women will be upset because Maks is done so soon. Misty says the world needs more Maksim (she left out shirtless – SHIRTLESS MAKSIM!!). He says he’s impressed with her. Misty says when she’s healthy, they’re coming back to do the jive.

Well, that’s it. No explanation of what happens on elimination night. My guess is they won’t eliminate anyone and they’ll carry over the scores into next week. They did say Jennifer Hudson and Kool and the Gang will perform. OOH! And The Rockettes will kick their way through a song!

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