It was story night at Dancing With the Stars Monday and viewers saw a new tale unfold. Jennifer Grey, whose high marks garnered her the leader board’s top spot two weeks in a row, was bested by Audrina Patridge in week three. Patridge and pro partner Tony Dovolani earned the evening’s top score of 26 for their moving soldier coming home-themed waltz, which Len Goodman called “the most touching dance.”
That’s not to say Grey and partner Derek Hough were completely knocked out of the picture. Their schoolboy fantasy-themed samba landed them in second place, tied with Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s Bodyguard themed samba and Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke’s dejected ballplayer-themed samba, which Carrie Ann called “hot and sexy.”
It’s regarded as bad luck to open an umbrella indoors, but Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya’s lovers in the park-themed Fox Trot, which landed them in third place for the night with 23 points, had the judges showering them with praise. “So charming,” Carrie Ann gushed. Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer also received a 23 for their waltz, which told the story of finding love in a coffee shop.
It was a poignant moment when Florence Henderson and partner Corky Ballas took the floor to waltz to Edelweiss. Henderson dedicated the dance to her late husband, John Kappas. The audience and judges alike were moved by the sweet performance, which earned her a solid 20 points. Tying Henderson were The Situation and Karina Smirnoff’s time machine-themed Fox Trot. The judges were baffled by the routine (Bruno said it was a “Land of the Lost Fox Trot”).
Bringing up the rear were Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas’s young love-themed Fox Trot, which Bruno Tonioli found “very frustrating.” Len didn’t hold any punches: “I didn’t like it that much.” They earned 19 points, which is one more point than Margaret Cho and Louis van Amstel’s Copacabana ‘coming out’ samba.
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Many of this season’s contestants have school-age kids that want to watch the show. Fox, Brandy, Warner and Grey have all had their kids sit in the audience this season. So how do the parents juggle dancing duties with making sure the kids get all of their homework done? They have lots of good support, and understanding kids. “She knows she’s got to get all her homework done before she comes here,” Grey says of her 8-year-old daughter. As for Warner, he says, “my wife has done a tremendous job.”
It was a last-minute decision for Fox to bare his chest during his and partner Burke’s samba routine. The two joked backstage after the show that they didn’t necessarily agree on that particular maneuver. “He was like ‘should we save it?’ I’m like, save it for Situation’s eight-pack?” Cheryl quipped. Ever since the two met they’ve had trouble seeing eye-to-eye. That’s why Fox, who’s 6’7″, hauls around a six-inch high apple crate for the 5’3″ Burke to stand on while they do post-show interviews for the cameras. “It’s the least I can do for her – she’s my coach and my teammate,” Fox said.
A long commercial break was the perfect opportunity for Grey to escape the celebraquarium to get kisses and hugs from her hubby, actor Clark Gregg, and daughter Stella. On the next commercial break, former DWTS contestant Kelly Osbourne, who sat in the audience with mom Sharon, skipped across the floor to the judges’ podium to exchange hugs and kisses with Len, Carrie Ann and Bruno. The crowd cheered and Osbourne was dared to take a spin on the floor. “No, no,” she said with a smile, “No dancing for me tonight!”