On DWTS Monday night, it took everyone by surprise when Maks and Carrie Ann Inaba got into it during the instant dancing portion of the show. It was yet another twist for the show that seems to be jumping the shark this season. Every week it's another new idea, another new twist.
Yet this twist turned out pretty well, other than the intensity it brought out between the judges and dancers, two in particular. The dancers prepared all week for their first dance, but could only prepare the style for their second dance, and not the full routine. They weren't handed the dance they'd be doing to until after they danced their first dance live, giving them only about forty-five minutes to prepare the routine.
The professionals prepared their partners by just blocking out the routines and practicing the steps by count, then adding them together and rearranging them tonight. Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough did well as expected, earning a perfect 30 points, and Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer did surprisingly well with a routine that certainly seemed like they had worked on it much longer than forty-five minutes. Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya did well for him being a non-performer, and the other non-performer, Bristol Palin, with partner Mark Ballas, struggled. While she showed amazing comfortability with techniques, she also got lost in a few places.
The dance of the night, though, was the last one. Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who had just earned the top points of the first round of dances, struggled to get started in their dance. Carrie Ann Inaba called them out on it, for the four seconds where they stood around in the beginning. Maks took offense and tried to argue back with her, but she just kept talking right over him.
As much as Carrie Ann seemed to have an issue with it, you would have thought Brandy and Maks would get a low score, but still got two 9s and a 10. If she found such an issue with it, she should have scored it lower, but it seemed with Rick Fox and Audrina Patridge getting good scores lately, only to be voted out, that perhaps Carrie Ann was worried if she scored them lower, they would be in danger of leaving. She might have changed her mind about that, had she known Maks would continue his disagreeing backstage. He issued her a challenge to come watch them in rehearsals.
Viewers definitely haven't heard the last of this. On Dancing With the Stars results night, they frequently play clips of the performers who are upset about their scores or judges' critiques, and Maks is certain to have brought that up again. They'll probably end up staying anyway, because they tied for high scores on the night with Jennifer and Derek. The low scorer was Bristol, with Kurt being very close to that, and Kyle being mired in the middle.
It could be Bristol's week to go, as if Kurt or Kyle left, it would leave just one male celebrity in the contest. Usually in reality shows, the men tend to stay a little longer, and there usually isn't three women and one male left. But Bristol's voting block has proved very strong in the past.