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"Dancing with the Stars" brought TV favorites to life on Monday night as the cast of the ABC hit reality competition choreographed their acts to the tune of classic TV theme songs.
After a retrospective of the first several weeks of the show, Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were the first to dance. The pair performed the quickstep to the theme song from "Friends" to rave reviews and a score of 27. "It was, without doubt, your best dance," judge Len Goodman complimented, while judge Bruno Tonioli said, "You found the right formula because I'm telling you, it's working."
Iconic TV mom Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas tangoed to, appropriately, the tune from "The Brady Bunch," earning a score of 21. Bruno wasn't impressed, critiquing, "Why go into a kind of rag doll mode?" Judge Carrie Ann Inaba disagreed, telling Florence, "You're a sexy senior and you worked it," while Len took it even further, saying, "I think that's possibly your best dance so far."
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya put the judges under their spell with their quickstep to the theme song from "Bewitched," which earned a 24. Carrie Ann raved, "I think I just saw the spirit of Gene Kelly enter the body of Kurt Warner!" Bruno agreed, saying, "The magic is back. I like it when you're 'Bewitched.'"
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani's rumba to the theme from "The Hills" earned a 23. "That was an excellent rumba," Len told the pair. Bruno had mixed feelings, telling them, "Oddly enough, technically you have improved. ... But, I wanted [a dance that was] pulsating with passion. [The] rumba has to smolder! Don't be plastic, be fantastic -- because you can."
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer's quickstep to the tune from "Charlie's Angels" received wildly mixed reviews from the judges, earning a total score of 20. Bruno opened up the comments, saying, "One thing is for sure, you bring out the feel-good factor … Nevertheless, this was a foxtrot possessed by disco fever. There wasn't enough foxtrot." Carrie Ann said, "I disagree. … I thought you did a great job." Len had the strongest opinion of all, declaring, "It started bad and it gradually got worse and worse. That was a joke. I couldn't stand it, I thought it was terrible."
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke wowed the judges with their rumba, danced to the theme song from "Hill Street Blues." Their dance earned a 24, with Carrie Ann crowing, "Officer, I'd like to report a crime! It should be a crime that you can look that good and rumba so well." Len critiqued, "There's an ease and an elegance to your dancing … but I didn't get the feelings of a developing romance. It was more like a couple staying together for the sake of the children." Bruno followed that up with: "The children are going to be gorgeous. You went from Megatron to Mega-smooth!"
Birthday girl Bristol Palin (who turned 20 on Monday) and Mark Ballas' jive to the theme from "The Monkees" earned the night's lowest score: 18. The pair started out their dance in monkey suits, and Len said, "I liked the monkey suits and I'd have liked you to have kept them on a little longer. … Well done." Bruno said that Bristol "really tried to perform and it worked," but added that her technique suffered. Carrie Ann also noted that the technique had issues, but complimented, "Bristol, I'm so happy for you because this show is about making a transformation and trying someone new, and you really made a transformation."
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough's foxtrot to the theme from "Married with Children" earned a 25. Bruno called it, "pristine, elegant, beautifully danced," but Carrie Ann said, "it wasn't nearly your best," and Len commented, "For me, it's all a bit too theatrical."
Tune in to "Dancing with the Stars" Tuesday night on ABC to see who will be next to be eliminated!