Week eight's competition of "Dancing with the Stars" brought a new twist. Each dancer and celebrity couple had to perform two dances — the usual individual dance and a new "Instant Dance." This is the first time in 11 seasons that DWTS has featured an "Instant Dance." What's so instant? The couple picks a song title from a Mirror Ball bowl just 45 minutes before they must perform, on-air, their second rehearsed dance to the newly assigned music.
After both rounds, Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough were tied with singer Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy for first place. Both couples received 57 out of 60 judges' points. Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer were close to the leaders with 56 points. NFL star Kurt Warner and partner Anna Trebunskaya received 48 points and Alaska teen mom Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas received the fewest judges' points with 47.
The couple earning the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes will be eliminated on Tuesday's results show.
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Here's a recap of the show:
As soon as each couple finished their round-one dance, they discovered which song would be used for their second dance. Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer received "Good Golly Miss Molly" for their jive. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough got "Waiting for a Girl Like You." NFL star Kurt Warner and partner Anna Trebunskaya received "Hella Good." Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas got "Mas Que Nada." Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy received "Teenage Dream."
Disney star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer earned 56 out of 60 points for both dances.
In round one, they earned 27 out of 30 points for their Viennese Waltz.
Len Goodman, 9: "Last week... I saw, like, a little bud. This week, a gorgeous orchid."
Bruno Tonioli, 9: "You've become this kind of sophisticated, refined young man."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 9: "My crush on Kyle is back... It was like you were dancing on clouds."
In the second round, Kyle and Lacey earned 29 points for their jive to "Good Golly Miss Molly."
Len Goodman, 9: "Fun. High energy. I would have liked a little more finesse here and there... But I really enjoyed it."
Bruno Tonioli, 10: "Top of the league for entertainment value and creativity."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 10: "It was like that song was made for you. That was by far the most fun I've had, as a viewer, the whole season."
Actress Jennifer Grey with partner Derek Hough earned a total of 57 points for both dances.
They received 27 points for their quickstep in round one.
Bruno Tonioli, 9: "It was like watching a vintage Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers quickstep."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 9: "It was just gorgeous."
Len Goodman, 9: "It was great."
They received a perfect score of 30 points for their rumba in round two to "Waiting for a Girl Like You."
Bruno Tonioli, 10: "This challenge brings out the best in people... Flawless."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 10: "There is nothing more beautiful, for me, than to watch somebody reclaiming their power."
Len Goodman, 10: "What I love about dancing is the variations. The speed and then quiet. The soft, the hard. The big, the small. The fast, the slow. That's what makes great dancing, and that's what we've just seen."
NFL star Kurt Warner with partner Anna Trebunskaya earned 48 points for both dances.
In round one, they earned 24 points for their waltz.
Carrie Ann Inaba, 8: "You like the Ken doll for adults."
Len Goodman, 8: "The whole feeling of the dance was beautiful."
Bruno Tonioli, 8: "You light up the room... We can really see that you try to do it... You've come a long way and we appreciate that."
In round two, they received 24 points for their Cha Cha Cha.
Len Goodman, 8: "Well done. You coped extremely well... You keep right on the beat."
Bruno Tonioli, 8: "You let it loose, you had fun and you went for it... The performance was good.
Carrie Ann Inaba, 8: "Musicality has never been your strong point. Tonight, you nailed it."
Alaskan teen mom Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas earned 47 points for both dances.
In round one, they received 24 points for their Argentine tango.
Len Goodman, 8: "I thought the lifts were good. It was clean... Lacked a bit of intensity."
Bruno Tonioli, 8: "I thought you were actually mean and moody. You have to be a bad girl all the way through."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 8: "I think that was the most intensity that we've ever seen from you."
In round two, they received 23 points for their samba to "Mas Que Nada."
Len Goodman, 8: "Lots of timing changes... I would have liked to see more rhythm through your hips."
Bruno Tonioli, 8: "You can shake it."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 7: "This is the true test of musicality and, unfortunately, I don't think you were that musically connected."
Singer Brandy with partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy received 57 points for both dances.
In round one, they earned 29 points for their waltz.
Bruno Tonioli, 10: "This was more than a dance. This was an exquisite interpretation of a song."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 9: "I was, like, spellbound... You have to watch your neck because I have a feeling you're going to make it the finals." Maks starting arguing with Carrie Ann.
Len Goodman, 10: "I was overwhelmed by the whole performance."
In round two, they earned 28 points for their Cha Cha Cha to "Teenage Dream."
Bruno Tonioli, 10: "Another fabulous performance to end a truly fantastic night. I loved all of it."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 9: "I'm kind of shocked that you took like four/eighths to begin your choreography... Kurt did more dancing than you did."
Len Goodman, 9: "Full of flair. Full of rhythm. Full of performance."
Eliminated week seven:
NBA star Rick Fox and partner Cheryl Burke were eliminated on Tuesday night's results show of "Dancing with the Stars." Alaskan teen mom Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas earned the fewest judges' points, 57 out of 70, after Monday's competition but after viewers' votes were added, Rick and Cheryl were determined to have the lowest overall score. They received 61 out of 70 points from the judges on Monday.
Eliminated week six:
Reality star Audrina Patridge and partner Tony Dovolani were eliminated on the sixth week of competition of "Dancing with the Stars." They earned the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes.
"It's been a fun journey," Audrina said when she learned that she'd be going home. "I've learned so much about myself," she said during a taped interview.
"We laughed, we joked, we worked hard," Tony said.
How did the judges feel? "I can't believe it, to be honest," Bruno Tonioli said. "It's absolute nonsense" head judge Len Goodman said. Audrina and Tony received the second highest judges' score of the evening on Monday's show.
Eliminated week five:
"Brady Bunch" mom Florence Henderson and partner Corky Ballas were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" after five weeks of competition. They earned the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes, though Disney star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer and Alaskan teen mom Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas earned lower scores from the judges.
The 76-year-old was gracious about leaving the show. "I have been in television for over 50 years and I have to say, in all honestly, this is one of the best produced shows I've ever been on." She thanked the crew, the hosts, the musicians, "even" the judges and, of course, her "darling" partner Corky Ballas.
Eliminated week four:
Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino, the "Jersey Shore" star and partner Karina Smirnoff were eliminated on the week-four results show of "Dancing with the Stars." They were the couple who received the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers votes. They received just 28 out of 60 judges' points for their dance on the week-four performance show that aired Monday.
"I put it all on the floor last night... It is what it is. I tried my best and at the end of the day someone's gotta go home," The Situation said.
When DWTS host Tom Bergeron pointed out that The Situation seemed different on DWTS than he was on "Jersey Shore," the reality star agreed. "I give what is needed at a particular situation... I'm not a dancer, and I tried to practice... It's definitely hard. On 'Dancing with the Stars', you really got to see the whole Situation," he said.
In previously filmed footage, The Situation said: "I've definitely learned a lot about myself and that I'm able to, sort of, go out of my comfort zone and try new things."
Eliminated week three:
Comedian Margaret Cho and partner Louis Van Amstel were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" on the week three results show. The couple received the lowest judges' points on the performance show with 18. Their combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes was the lowest of the contestants.
"I thought the judges were really hard on me, but I think you were hard on me because you could see that I am a dancer for real," Margaret said. "Thank you for the opportunity to let me dance." In rehearsals, Margaret said: "I've experienced every emotion on this journey just from heartache and sadness to intense joy and celebration. It's really taken me for such a ride."
Louis said: "For her to put her heart out here on the dance floor... I love you, and our journey hasn't finished."
Eliminated week two:
Singer Michael Bolton's jive to "Hound Dog" with partner Chelsie Hightower needed a "pooper scooper" to clean up all the mistakes, according to "Dancing with the Stars" head judge Len Goodman. And that wasn't even the meanest comment given during the week two episode of Season 11. Judge Bruno Tonioli told the Grammy winning singer that his dance was the worst jive performed in any season of the show's existence. Ouch. Bolton received the lowest score of the evening with just 12 points.
Eliminated week one:
Actor David Hasselhoff and partner Kym Johnson were the first couple to be eliminated from Season 11 of "Dancing with the Stars." The 58-year-old former "Baywatch" star and previous host of "America's Got Talent" said "I feel bad for Kym 'cause she worked so hard to try and get me where I was going. I'm just so proud that my daughters are here."
Recap of the week one performance show:
Judges awarded 24 out of 30 points to "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey, making her the week one leader but judges weren't sure she'd be the leader for long. Len Goodman said "This is a dance that really suited you... I'm waiting for next week to see how you can do a jive."
Earning the fewest judges' points — 15 — were The Situation, Margaret Cho and David Hasselhoff. Michael Bolton was slightly ahead with 16 points. Florence Henderson and Bristol Palin had 18 points each while Kurt Warner and Audrina Patridge received 19 each. Rick Fox got 22 points and Kyle Massey and Brandy received 23 points each.