Monday, April 11, 2011

"Dancing With the Stars" gets magical

It was classic music night on “Dancing With the Stars” Monday and one dance was just a little bit more magical than all the rest.

Yes, we're just as shocked as you two are.
Disney star Chelsea Kane and her partner Mark Ballas topped the leaderboard with a 26 after conjuring up a beautiful, contemporary Viennese Waltz set to “Hedwig's Theme” from John Williams' score for “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.”

“It was magical, fabulous, beautiful and bewitching,” said judge Brune Tonioli. “It was the best dance of the night.”

The contemporary choreography didn't sit well with judge Len Goodman, though.

This is a Viennese Waltz. It's 300 years old. It is the most traditional of all the ballroom dances,” Goodman said. “I don't care if she is 22. Her job at 22 is to interpret a dance that is 300 years old and your job is to help her get through it, not to distract her by creeping all over the floor.”

There was more bad luck for Kristie Alley, whose shoe fell off  in the middle of a waltz to Leo Delibes' "The Flower Duet." Perhaps it was a hex from Kane?

"You are the queen of the mishap," said judge Carrie Ann Inaba.

Despite of the mishap, the pair scored a 22.

The worst of the night?

Former Playboy centerfold Kendra Wilkinson and her partner Louis van Amstel scored a trio of sixes from the judges for their less-than-magical Viennese Waltz to Andrea Bocelli's 1995 crossover hit “Con te Partiro.”

“Kendra, you messed it up and you know that,” Tonioli said. “'Con te Partiro' is a song of heart-breaking longing. You should have transformed yourself and became one with the music.”

“If I had more than four days of practice, I'd be there,” Wilkinson replied in a tone usually reserved for contestants on “American Idol” after a judge's berating on that show. 

I'm expecting the former Playboy Bunny to go hopping off the stage Tuesday.

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