Shawn Johnson may not have gotten perfect 10s for her performance on “Dancing With the Stars” Monday night but she clearly raised the bar. Using gymnastics moves, trampoline tricks and a lot of high energy, she was more entertaining than three Bristol Palins.
Still, those rule-crazy judges deducted points for “illegal” moves and kept them from a perfect 30. Never mind that they said theirs was the most entertaining dance EVER on the show.
With Johnson’s bubbly personality and tenacity, others are going to have to up their game.
Chief among them: Bristol Palin and Kirstie Alley.
The former looks like she’s in the wrong competition; the latter has become this year’s Cloris Leachman.
Helio Castroneves was less-than-stellar, too, and Apolo Ohno didn’t look as fresh as he has.
But ones you’d normally write off – like Kelly Monaco and Melissa Rycroft – were just as determined (and good) as Johnson.
Meanwhile, there’s that Palin Problem.
In the preview, Palin confronted partner Mark Ballas about his lack of enthusiasm. She said he acted like he wanted a different partner (Sabrina or Shawn, specifically) and wasn’t making their rehearsals. She pouted. They fought. And when they got on the floor it still looked like they were harboring some ill will. He tried to peck her on the cheek. She turned away. Still, Palin did better than we’ve seen in weeks. Mom, meanwhile, cheered her on in a dress that looked as provocative as ones worn by the contestants (why, for heavens sake, don’t they just cut to the chase and put mom in the competition?).
Bristol should go home. She’s not in the same league as the others and she got the worst scores. But, it’s likely fans will keep her around.
Likewise, Alley, who’s fun to be around but doesn’t quite have the moves like Jagger to make it to the top.
Tuesday, two people will go home.
If it isn’t Palin and Alley, it’s going to be Castroneves and Drew Lachey.
Emmitt Smith, Gilles Marini and Sabrina Bryan should be fine.
Kelly Monaco and Melissa Rycroft got the highest votes and didn’t have the wardrobe malfunctions that plagued Castroneves. Monaco – the first winner – did such a good job Carrie Ann Inaba was bleeped when she offered up her glowing assessment.
An end for Bristol and Mark? It looks that way. But Monday’s pouting act could have been a plot to keep the votes coming.