Things look a little different on tonight’s Dancing With the Stars. We’re told that the couples are working with "ballroom god" Donnie Burns as a coach, and also that there will he team dances. Gotta fill the time somehow once you’ve kicked this many people off.
The first team dance is a cha-cha, from "Team Chelsea." Chelsea and Mark choose Ralph and Karina and Romeo and Chelsie. (The other team is "Team Hines," teams being chosen by the top two couples from last week.) It looks uber-stressful in the rehearsal room, but on the floor, they are pretty awesome, dancing to Lady Gaga’s "Born This Way." Head judge Len Goodman says this was a big challenge, but they did a terrific job. Bruno Tonioli liked the "Gaga Cha-cha-cha," but he says they went for it so hard that they lost formation a lot. Carrie Ann Inaba thought they were very in sync. She adds that Ralph held his own with the edgy, young group. Donnie Burns calls out Ralph for flubbing a little bit of footwork but adds that it didn’t affect their formation at all. Scores: 8-8-7-7, for a 30/40.
Team Hines is also doing the cha-cha, and they have opted to rely on what they perceive as their strength: rump-shaking. They drew the short stick with their outfits — neon pink and golden brown vs. Team Chelsea’s basic sparkly black. But they also have a blast on stage. Bruno says they had great patterns and transitions. Carrie Ann calls Kirstie out for being late in the group part but right on in the solos and vice versa for Kendra. Donnie didn’t love their spacing on stage. Len loved them all and talks about all the shaking for a while. (Now I’m a little uncomfortable.) Scores: 7-7-8-8, for a 30/40.
So, the end result is: The group dances mean exactly nothing. At least they were fun.