DwtS 7, Week 6: Performances

Tonight’s Dancing with the Stars 7 Performance Show featured a group hip-hop dance that was worse than I could’ve imagined.

Head judge Len Goodman had the night off, so Lord of the Dance‘s Michael Flatley filled in.

Maurice Greene & Cheryl Burke — Viennese Waltz
To make his performance extra smooth, Maurice shaved his mustache. Michael Flatley said, "All in all, it was a beautiful dance." Carrie Ann Inaba told the couple to work on their chemistry. Bruno Tonioli said that "the moves were all there, but they were not linked correctly."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…7, Michael…7, Bruno…7 = 21/30

Lance Bass & Lacey Schwimmer — Jive
Too bad Len wasn’t around to enjoy their traditional take on the Jive. Bruno cheered, "The Lance is back on target!" Michael said, "Welcome to the fight." Carrie Ann yelled, "Woo!" before pointing at the ceiling and saying, "I don’t know where Len is right now…" Tom Bergeron interjected, "He’s not dead!"

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…9, Michael…9, Bruno…9 = 27/30

Susan Lucci & Tony Dovolani — Mambo
Susan looked unsure of the moves. Carrie Ann told Susan, "I’m proud of you. That’s what I want." Bruno said, "The timing was off." Michael said, "I thought it was intoxicating."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…8, Michael…8, Bruno…7 = 23/30

Brooke Burke & Derek Hough — Rumba
Brooke revealed that she injured a tendon in her foot. Michael said, "I hope I have a card [paddle] here big enough for your score." Carrie Ann told Brooke, "I feel that the injury did hold you back." Bruno agreed: "Tonight, you were under par."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…8, Michael…10, Bruno…8 = 26/30

Cloris Leachman & Corky Ballas — Cha Cha Cha
The performance was pretty boring, until Corky grabbed Cloris’ leg and flung her around. Bruno told Cloris, "You’ve gotta be the only person in the world able to sell such nonsense as a Cha Cha Cha. And people buy it!" Michael said, "My father told me I better not say a bad word about you tonight." Carrie Ann got serious: "We lost Toni Braxton for this, and that kinda makes me sad."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…5, Michael…5, Bruno…5 = 15/30

Cody Linley & Julianne Hough — Samba
The expression on Cody’s face was so serious, you’d have thought he was dancing a Paso Doble. Carrie Ann said, "That was the most intense Samba I’ve ever seen." Bruno asked, "Where was the exuberance?" Michael told Cody, "I think the best is yet to come from you."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…8, Michael…8, Bruno…7 = 23/30

As they waited for their scores, Julianne said that she has endometriosis and will have abdominal surgery tomorrow. Julianne hopes to be back next week, but until she feels better, Edyta Sliwinska will fill in for her and dance with Cody.

Warren Sapp & Kym Johnson — Rumba
Kym described the story of their routine as a woman telling her man, "You’re quite pathetic, but I think I still love you." Michael called it "smokin’." Carrie Ann looked at Warren and said it was "pretty sexy." When Tom told Carrie Ann, "Stop flirting with him," Warren shoved Tom in the back of the head, doubling Tom over with laughter. Bruno said, "You made some mistakes tonight."

Judges’ Scores: Carrie Ann…8, Michael…9, Bruno…8 = 25/30

Group Routine: Old School Hip-Hop
Choreographed by Shotyme
Everything from the costumes to the dancing was embarrassing. Cloris was so bad that she spent much of the routine up on the stage — off the dance floor and far away from the other dancers.

Judges’ Leaderboard:
27 — Lance & Lacey
— Brooke & Derek
25 — Warren & Kym
23 — Susan & Tony, Cody & Julianne
21 — Maurice & Cheryl
15 — Cloris & Corky

This really should be Cloris & Corky’s week to go home. She can’t keep up with the others, and it’s only going to get harder as the show continues. Cody’s getting all of my votes, so that we can see him dance with Edyta next week.