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DWTS 13: Compare Instant Jive

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff – Instant Jive (Week 8)

  • Song: “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard
  • Score: 30

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Instant Jive (Week 8)

  • Song: “The Best Damn Thing” by Avril Lavigne
  • Score: 25 (8,9,8)

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough – Instant Jive (Week 8)

  • Song: “Land Of A Thousand Dances” by Wilson Pickett
  • Score: 24

Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke – Instant Jive (Week 8)

  • Song: “Maneater” by Hall & Oates
  • Score: 24

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus – Instant Jive (Week 8)

  • Song: “Upside Down” by Paloma Faith
  • Score: 20 (7,6,7)

DWTS 13: Compare waltz

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff – Waltz (Week 8)

  • Song: “What the World Needs Now” by Burt Bacharach
  • Score: 30

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough – Waltz (Week 8)

  • Song: “You Make Me Feel” by Aretha Franklin
  • Score: 28 (9,9,10)

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus – Waltz  (Week 3)

  • Song: “Moon River” by Andy Williams
  • Score: 21

DWTS 13, Week 8: Nancy Grace leaves the dance floor

After posting the lowest score Monday night on “Dancing with the Stars,” TV host and former prosecutor Nancy Grace was eliminated from “Dancing with the Stars.” Grace, who danced with new DWTS cast member Tristan MacManus, and lost weight doing it.

Grace was the oldest contestant at 52 during season 13. Donny Osmond with professional dancer Kym Johnson won season 9 of DWTS when he was 51. Jennifer Grey with professional dancer Derek Hough was 50 when she won season 11 of DWTS. Earlier this year, Kirstie Alley at 60 was the oldest contestant to make the finals last season.

This season, Kym Johnson and her partner David Arquette, won’t be making the semi-finals, but Derek Hough will. Johnson and her celebrity partner Hines Ward won season 12 (last season).

Of the three new professional dancers, MacManus was the one who lasted the longest. Petra Murgatroyd and her celebrity partner LA Laker Ron Artest (Mega World Peace) were the first couple eliminated. Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s brother, Valentin and his celebrity partner model and actress Elisabetta Canalis were the second couple eliminated. MacManus’ Irish accent made his pronunciation of third sound like turd to American ears.

  • J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
  • Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
  • Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Grace and MacManus, were never the best dancer for any of the dances unlike the previously eliminated David Arquette (who with his partner Kym Johnson tied with Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovskiy in the cha cha cha with 24) or Chynna Phillips (who with Tony Dovolani had tied with J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff in the Viennese waltz with 22).  Grace and MacManus did have the lowest score for the waltz (21), the foxtrot (tied with Solo, Ricki Lake, Robert Kardashian with 26) and in the team dance (with David Arquette and J.R. Martinez with 26).
Grace and MacManus received their best scores for the foxtrot and tango (24) and their worst score was for the cha cha cha (16).
Week 1
Cha cha cha
Score: 16 (5,5,6)
“Cry Baby”—Cee Lo Green
Week 2
Quickstep
Score: 21 (6,8,7)
“It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”—Duke Ellington
Week 3
Waltz
Score: 21 (7,7,7)
“Moon River”—Andy Williams
Week 4
Paso Doble
Score: 24 (8,8,8)
“You’ve Got a Friend in Me”—Randy Newman
Week 5
Rumba
Score: 22 (7,7,8)
“True”—Spandau Ballet
Week 6
Foxtrot
Score: 24 (9,7,8)
“Always Look on the Bright Side of Life”—Monty Python
Week 7
Jive
Score: 21 (7,7,7)
“The Devil Went Down to Georgia”—Charlie Daniels Band
Week 8
Tango
Score: 24 (8,8,8)
“The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane”—The Ames Brothers
 Jive (Instant Dance)
Score: 20 (7,6,7)
“Upside Down”—Paloma Faith

DWTS 13, Week 8: JR is a perfect 60

BURBANK, Los Angeles County, CA–Last night, was perfect for J.R. Martinez as he topped the leader board with perfect 30s for both his dances. That means, Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff had the first and second perfect scores of DWTS season 13.

The big breakthrough last night was Hope Solo. She finally was able to dance with heels and she received three nines for her quickstep. Solo, more than Lake, has the stamina. Solo and her professional dance partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy ended the night tied for second with Ricki Lake and her partner Derek Hough.

Solo and Chmerkovskiy scored one point better on their instant dance.

The instant dance favors the female celebrities. If they’ve finally learned how to follow, then their professional partner will lead. All the professional dancers have experience with instant dances because most competitions require heats where the music played isn’t chosen beforehand.

For that reason, Smirnoff’s strategy and Martinez’s accomplishment (receiving a perfect score) are particularly noteworthy. Yet we also want to give Robert Kardashian credit for his efforts to lead. It’s not an easy experience for a total novice dancer like Kardashian and Burke has did a good job preparing him for it.

Nancy Grace seems a bit lost. Sure she’s older than the other competitors, but she doesn’t take the stage or emote. There’s a lot of stiffness between moves and she doesn’t take advantage of the still moments. We think it’s time for Grace to go although we do love her partner Tristan MacManus and we’ve finally managed to get used to his lovely accent.

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Online voting will remain open until 11AM (Eastern Time)/ 8AM (Pacific Time) the following today, Tuesday, 8 November 2011. .
Leader Board
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 30+30=60
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 28+24=52
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 27+25=52
Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 27+24=51
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus :  24+20=44


J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff
  • Waltz
  • “What the World Needs Now” by Burt Bacharach
  • Score: 30 (10, 10, 10)
Carrie Ann Inaba said that it went beyond his natural grace; Martinez and Smirnoff created "magic."

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
  • Waltz
  • “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman” by Aretha Franklin
  • Score: 28 (9,9,10)

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Quickstep
  • Score: 27 (9,9,9)
  • “Valerie” by Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Quickstep
  • Score: 27 (9,9,9)
  • “Take On Me” by A-ha

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus
  • Tango
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” by The Ames Brothers
The Instant Dance
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
  • Jive
  • Score: 30
  • “Tutti Frutti” by Little Richard

Tonioli said Martinez's timing was impeccable and Inaba said no one was close to them.
Goodman said he had the X-factor AND the feel-good factor.
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
  • Jive
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “Land of a Thousand Dances” by Wilson Pickett
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Jive
  • Score: 25 (8,9,8)
  • “The Best Damn Thing” by Avril Lavigne
Solo has a killer smile! She finally seems to have the hang of walking and dancing in heels.
Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Jive
  • Score: 24 (8,8,8)
  • “Maneater” by Hall & Oates
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus :
  • Jive
  • Score: 20 (7,6,7)
  • “Upside Down” by Paloma Faith
What is it with cartwheels this season? If you’re going to do a cartwheel, do it well.
Inaba felt Grace got lost in the dance.
Online voting will remain open until 11AM (Eastern Time)/ 8AM (Pacific Time) the following today, Tuesday, 8 November 2011.

DWTS 13: Compare Paso Doble

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough
  • Score: 27 (9, 9, 9)
  • “Sweet Dreams” by Beyoncé
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Score: 24
  • Theme from: “Superman”
David Arquette & Kym Johnson
  • Score: 23 (8,7,8)
  • “The Raiders March” from “Raiders of the Lost Ark”
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff – Paso Doble (Week 9)

  • Song: Theme Song to “The Legend of Zorro” by James Horner
  • Score: 23 (8,7,8)
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus
  • Score: 21 (7,7,7) Week 4 (Movie Week)
  • “Flash’s Theme” from “Flash Gordon”
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer
  • Score: 21
  • “Gonna Fly Now” from Rocky
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Paso Doble ( Week 9 )

  • Song: “Can’t Be Tamed” by Miley Cyrus
  • Score: 21

DWTS 13: Compare Tango

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough

  • Score: 29 (10,9,10) Week 4
  • Theme from: “Psycho”
Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  • Score: 25 (9, 8, 8)
  • The Addams Family Theme”—from The Addams Family
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
  • Score: 25 (9,8,8)
  • “Ghostbusters Theme” by Ray Parker Jr.
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Score: 24 (8, 8, 8) Week 5
  • “Livin’ On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
David Arquette & Kym Johnson
  • Score: 25 (8,9,8) Week 5
  • “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus – Tango (Week 8)

  • Song: “The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane” by The Ames Brothers
  • Score: 24

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya

  • Score: 23 (8,7,8) Week 3
  • “It’s My Life” by No Doubt
Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani
  • Score: 21 (7,7,7) Week 4
  • Theme from: Mission: Impossible
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer
  • Score: 19 (7,6,6)
  • “The Phantom of the Opera” from “The Phantom of the Opera”
Team tango: David Arquette & Kym Johnson, Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus,
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff
  • Score: 23 (8,7,8)
  • “Disturbia” by Rihanna

DWTS 13: Compare Rumba

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough

  • Score: 27 (9, 9, 9) Week 3
  • “Gravity” by Sara Barielles

Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani

  • Score: 26 (8,9,9) (Week 3)
  • “Hold On”by Wilson Phillips

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff

  • Score: 26 (9,8,9)
  •  “If You’re Reading This” by Tim McGraw

David Arquette & Kym Johnson

  • Score: 24 Week 3
  • “O-o-h Child” by Five Stairsteps
Rob Kardashian & Cheryl Burke
  •  Score: 25 (9,8,8)
  • “Hello” by Lionel Richie

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus

  • Score: 22 (7,7,8) Week 5
  • “True” by Spandau Ballet
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Score: 20 (7,6,7)
  • “Seasons of Love” from Rent

 Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer

  • Score: 18 (6,6,6) (Week 3)
  • “Laugh at Me” by Sonny Bono

DWTS 13, Week 6: JR and Ricki on top; Chaz at bottom

Tonight on “Dancing with the Stars,” it was Broadway week and Carson Kressley was sorely missed. We’re glad they brought Kressley back as a “creative director.”

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Again, J.R. Martinez and his partner Karina Smirnoff were on top, but they were joined by Ricki Lake and her partner Derek Hough.

Both teams performed the quickstep and received two tens–both from Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Head judge Len Goodman didn’t think these teams were perfection.

The real surprise of the night was who finished in third place: Nancy Grace and her partner Tristan MacManus. Nancy received her first nine. Not bad for the oldest competitor this season.

Chaz Bono and his partner Lacey Schwimmer returned to the bottom with a 19 for their tango performed to “The Phantom of the Opera.” Still, it is likely that Bono will survive tomorrow night’s elimination.

Probably the couple really in danger is soccer player Hope Solo and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy who were just one point ahead of Bono and Schwimmer with a 20 for their rumba to “Season of Love” from the musical “Rent.”

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  • J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 29
  • Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 29
  • Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus : 24
  • David Arquette & Kym Johnson : 23
  • Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 22
  • Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 20
  • Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer : 19
CHA CHA CHA
Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 22 (8, 7, 7) to “Walk Like a Man” from “Jersey Boys”
Kardashian and Burke would at this point be the second best team in the cha cha cha.
Here’s the scene from the musical:
FOXTROT
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus : 24 to “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from “Monty Python’s Spamalot”
QUICKSTEP
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 29 (10,9,10) to “Hot Honey Rag” from “Chicago”
Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 29 (10,9,10) to “Luck Be a Lady” from “Guys and Dolls.”
David Arquette & Kym Johnson : 23 to “We Go Together” from “Grease”
All of these teams scored better than the teams who had performed the quickstep during previous weeks.
RUMBA
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20 (7, 6, 7) to “Seasons of Love” from “Rent.”
TANGO
Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer : 19 (7, 6, 6) to “The Phantom of the Opera” from “The Phantom of the Opera.”
VOTE FOR YOUR FAVORITE COUPLE
J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff : 29
  • 1-800-868-3410
  • TEXT: 3410

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough : 29

  • 1-800-868-3411
  • TEXT: 3411
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus : 24
  • 1-800-868-3405
  • TEXT: 3405
David Arquette & Kym Johnson : 23
  • 1-800-868-3406
  • TEXT: 3406

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke : 22

  • 1-800-868-3402
  • TEXT: 3402
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy : 20
  • 1-800-868-3408
  • TEXT: 3408

Chaz Bono & Lacey Schwimmer : 19

  • 1-800-868-3412
  • TEXT: 3412
Of course, I have to leave you with clips from the movies “Sweet Charity” and Cabaret.” Tomorrow I’ll add the celebrity performances to this article.

DWTS 13: Compare Jive

JIVE

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough — Team DRickilous 

  • Score: 23 (8, 7, 8) “Hey Ya!”—OutKast

Chynna Phillips & Tony Dovolani — Team ChynnaDove

  • Score: 22 (7, 7, 7) “The Boy Does Nothing”—Alesha Dixon

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff — Team Martinoff 

  • Score: 22 (7, 7, 8) “Jump, Jive an’ Wail”—The Brian Setzer Orchestra

Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke — Team CherBert 

  • Score: 21 (7, 7, 7) “Surfin’ Safari”—The Beach Boys
Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus
  • Score: 21 (7, 7, 7)
  • “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” by Charlie Daniels Band

Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Team MakSolo 

  • Score: 19 (6, 7, 6) “Girlfriend”—Avril Lavigne

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya — Team CarsonAnna 

  • Score: 19 (6, 6, 7)
  • “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” by Wham!

David Arquette  & Kym Johnson — Team Good Times 

  • Score: 18 (6, 6, 6) “Runaway Baby”—Bruno Mars

DWTS 13: Compare Quickstep

QUICKSTEP

J.R. Martinez & Karina Smirnoff (week 6)

  • Score: 29 (10,9,10)
  • “Hot Honey Rag” from “Chicago”

Ricki Lake & Derek Hough

  • Score: 29 (10,9,10) (week 6)
  • “Luck Be a Lady” from “Guys and Dolls.”
Robert Kardashian & Cheryl Burke – Quickstep (Week 8)

  • Song: “Take on Me” by Aha
  • Score: 27
Hope Solo & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Quickstep (Week 8)

  • Song: “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse
  • Score: 27
David Arquette & Kym Johnson
  • Score: 23 (8,7,8)
  • “We Go Together” from Grease

Kristin Cavallari & Mark Ballas — Team KristinBalls

  • Score: 22 (8, 7, 7) “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend”—Marilyn Monroe

Nancy Grace & Tristan MacManus — Team MacGrace 

  • Score 21 (6, 8, 7) “It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing)”—The Andrews Sisters

Elisabetta Canalis & Val Chmerkovskiy — Team Valisabetta 

  • Score: 21 (7, 7, 7) “Don’t Get Me Wrong”—The Pretenders

Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya — Team CarsonAnna 

  • Score: 18 (6, 6, 6) “Walking Back to Happiness”—Helen Shapiro

Chaz Bono  & Lacey Schwimmer — Team Schwaz 

  • Score: 17 (6, 5, 6)
  • “Dancing in the Street” by Mick Jagger and David Bowie
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