DANCING WITH THE STARS Showdown: Week 4 - Movie Scores!
Tonight is movie scores night on DANCING WITH THE STARS, and with the elimination of the show's resident young reality starlet Kristin Cavallari last week, the pressure is on for the remaining stars.
Kicking things off are Chynna Phillips and her partner, Tony. While Chynna's definitely been one of the stronger performers this season, in her rehearsal footage she's falling behind and getting frustrated. When it comes time to demonstrate on the dance floor, she seemingly forgets her moves - despite her usual good form, she earns only 21 points this week.
David Arquette and Kym are up next, with the theme from "Indiana Jones," complete a vine for David to swing in on. As per his usual, David tries his best, but lacks fluidity, which has the effect of making him look like he's doing a series of movements rather than a dance. The judges agree that it was a bit choppy, but it was still one of David's stronger performances and he walks away with 23 points.
The "Pirates of the Carribean" theme is Carson Kressley and Anna's choice, and Carson expects that this will finally be his week. Unfortunately, it's not quite - his moves still aren't fully there, though he's as entertaining and committed as ever. Len sums it up best when he says that it wasn't the best dance of the bunch, but Carson would have his audience vote. The two earn 20 points - two sevens with a six from Len.
Nancy Grace and Tristan take on the theme from "Flash Gordon," and while it's the usual for them as well (Nancy giving a full-out effort that ends with some sort of awkward pose at the end), it's not their worst work and the pair certainly earns an A for effort. Still, Nancy gets 7s across the board for a total of 21 and she's happy with it, saying that she's just glad she was able to do the Paso Doble.
Next up are Hope Solo and Maks, looking very cowboy and "Toy Story" inspired - because they'll be dancing to "You've Got a Friend in Me" from the movie. Hope manages to look more elegant in a cowgirl outfit than in a dress, and with the two of them clearly having more fun with this than they do with many of their numbers it's one of their better showings, earning the two 24 points.
Rob Kardashian and Cheryl choose the "Superman" theme, with Rob starting out as Clark Kent and finishing the dance as Superman. It's better than he's done in the past, but still not one of the stronger performances of the night. Rob tosses in a strange little shoutout before he gets his score ("That's why I graduated from Southern California!") and earns 24 points.
Ricki Lake and Derek start out as silhouettes to mimic the creepy "Psycho" theme. They're dressed very simply in matching black, a choice that actually works well for the two of them since Ricki's been a consistent high scorer and her technique is just as present as ever in this number. She gets a near-perfect 29 points, with the nine coming from Len. "I'm elated!" Ricki tells Brooke.
Chaz Bono and Lacey, who have yet to really make an impression dance-wise, attempt to come back strong with the theme from "Rocky." Richard Simmons steps in for an obligatory training montage, and although the pair clearly give a good effort and are consistently improving, Chaz really just seems to do a lot of walking and hand waving. He gets a standing ovation from his mother, Cher, who's in the audience - but not from the judges, who award him 21 points.
J.R. Martinez, whose performance last week was one of the most emotional of the season, aims to improve technique this week to be a contender with the theme from "The Pink Panther." Karina's a taskmaster in rehearsal, but J.R. seems to appreciate it. It pays off in the performance: a smooth dance to a smoth song, with J.R. decked out in a pink tux with a top hat and fake moustache. The judges get into a little bit of a spat over whether or not it was a comedic success or fell flat, but end up awarding 26 points.
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