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'Dancing With The Stars' Week 8 recap

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The 11th season of Dancing With The Stars continued tonight, as the six remaining pairs took to the stage for the eighth time in order to prove themselves in front of the judges and America.

This week's episode also involved an 'Instant Dance' round, wherein the couples were required to perform a previously rehearsed routine on the spot to a song which they had never previously heard, adjusting the act to the specific rhythm of the music.

Here's what the judges said:



Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer - Viennese waltz

Len: Praises him for improving his posture and technical movements and says that he has blossomed into a "gorgeous orchid".

Bruno: Agrees with Len and says that Kyle has become sophisticated and beautiful and has constantly fought back when he has struggled in the past.

Carrie Ann: Compares it to "dancing on clouds" and calls it "a fairy tale come to life".

Total: 27



Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough - Quickstep

Len: Loves that she has come in and done a "great" performance despite various injuries throughout the season.

Bruno: Compares it to a classic Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers routine with a twist and says that she is "capable of genius" despite a few small mistakes.

Carrie Ann: Calls it "gorgeous" and "amazing" and says that she should be proud of how much she is loved by the audience.

Total: 27



Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya - Waltz

Len: Loves seeing a "big guy" being so graceful despite his mistakes and calls the overall feeling of the dance 'beautiful".

Bruno: Describes it as "very touching" and thinks that he has come a long way since the beginning of the competition.

Carrie Ann: Compares Kurt to a Ken doll that dances and admits that while he isn't as technically good as other contestants, his determination and effort is obvious.

Total: 24



Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas - Argentine tango

Len: Says that he enjoyed the lifts and thought it was a "clean" routine but admits that it lacked intensity.

Bruno: Thinks that it was "mean and moody" but that she lost the expression somewhere in the middle.

Carrie Ann: Disagrees with Bruno and insists that it was the most intensity that she has shown in the competition. However, she urges Bristol to put more energy into her leg movements.

Total: 24



Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Waltz

Len: Admits that he was "overwhelmed" by the whole performance and can't think of anything negative to say.

Bruno: Calls it an "exquisite interpretation" of the song and compared it to a poem. "You danced it beautifully," he adds.

Carrie Ann: Says that she was spellbound by the routine as it was beautifully danced.

Total: 29



Instant Dance round


Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer - Jive to Little Richard's 'Good Golly Miss Molly'

Len: Loves that he came out with a fun attitude and high energy though he admits that he was looking for more technical skill. "I really enjoyed it!" he adds.

Bruno: Calls it "top of the league" for entertainment value and creativity and loves that they had such perfect timing and great chemistry despite only just having received their song.

Carrie Ann: Says it was the "most fun" she has ever had as a viewer on the show.

Total: 29



Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough - Rumba to Foreigner's 'Waiting For A Girl Like You'

Len: Calls it "great dancing" as it incorporated variation and creativity and was well done overall.

Bruno: Says that the challenge brought out the best in her and that it was "breathtaking, sensual and sexy".

Carrie Ann: Thinks that it was beautiful and special and that Jennifer "reclaimed [her] power" with this performance.

Total: 30



Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya - Cha cha cha to No Doubt's 'Hella Good'

Len: Congratulates him on a job well done and focusing on the dance despite not being familiar with the song.

Bruno: Loves that he "let it loose" and "went for it" because that's what the audience likes to see.

Carrie Ann: Admits that musicality has never been his strong suit but congratulates him for "nailing" it and dancing "in his element" while displaying charisma.

Total: 24



Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas - Samba to Sergio Mendes's 'Mas Que Nada'

Len: Says that she coped well with such a difficult dance style.

Bruno: Loves that she put so much effort into it but admits that she occasionally "lost it" technically speaking.

Carrie Ann: Thinks that it wasn't "musically connected" but praises her for letting her personality shine through.

Total: 23



Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy - Cha Cha Cha to Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream'

Len: Thinks that it was "full of flair" and rhythm and congratulates her on a job well done.

Bruno: Calls it "fantastic" and says that he absolutely loved it..

Carrie Ann: Admits that she's surprised they did not begin dancing earlier in the choreography and blames Maksim for taking a while to get into the routine.

Total: 28



Judges' Leaderboard

Brandy and Maksim - 29 + 28 = 57
Jennifer and Derek - 27 + 30 = 57
Kyle and Lacey - 27 + 29 = 56
Kurt and Anna - 24 + 24 = 48
Bristol and Mark - 24 + 23 = 47


Dancing With The Stars continues Tuesday on ABC

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