Evidently if you miss a week, you miss a lot.
I missed last week's "Dancing with the Stars" only to discover that I'm Team Wendy all by my lonesome. This fan's fave diva deluxe got the (stiletto?) boot last week. Oh well, the show must go on. And on and on and on… or so it seemed during last night classical musicfest. The supersized orchestra, the pyrotechnics, the soprano and the violinist all made the show seem longer than its usual two hours.
Romeo/Chelsie Hightower: The youngest dancer on the floor gave a hint of the aggression that he'd show in the paso doble by showcasing his b-ball skills in rehearsal. After making a left-handed, backwards basket, he said, "If I can paso doble like I just made that shot, the judges have got to give me a 10." He channeled his inner matador and displayed the art of the chase with twirls and flame-accented flourishes, enough to get a standing O from the audience. Len praised the dance for being "full of passion, attack and intensity" while Bruno noted that it was action-packed and six-packed. Carrie Ann's take: "The first time I've ever seen a paso with swagger." 23/30
Kendra Wilkinson/Louis van Amstel: Proper, ladylike dance set to classical music? Tall order for a tomboy-turned-stripper-turned-Playmate. But Louis was convinced that he could show the judges that she's a true contender. Not quite. "Become the black swan!" Bruno implored. Well, Natalie Portman she ain't, blaming her miscues on a mere four days of practice. The other judges were sympathetic – "I see that you're trying very hard," Carrie Ann said – but not enough to save her from the lowest score of the night. 18/30