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Dancing with the Stars: Week 8 Recap

November 11th, 2009 by Rebecca Harper Editor

In the eighth week of ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” the remaining contestants tackled two full-length dances each: one ballroom, one Latin. The twist? The Latin number was either a trip back in time (’60s jive, ’70s and ’90s samba, ’80s paso doble) or a look ahead with a crazy futuristic paso doble. It ended up being yet another week of whacked-out hair styles, too, courtesy of Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson‘s wild ’80s ‘dos and Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough‘s Blade Runner-meets-The Fifth Element wacked-out bob and fauxhawk. But fashion aside, the real stunner this week was a sudden change in judge Len Goodman’s stance on Mya and her partner, Dmitry Chaplin. Here’s a look at the week’s most buzz-worthy performances, including the latest celebrity to be cut from the show. — Rebecca Harper () for the Yahoo! TV Blog

Impeccable Quickstep: Mya
While most of the stars faltered a bit during the ballroom round, one of them really shined: R&B star Mya, whose quickstep seemed impeccable to our eyes. In fact, Len gave Mya a bit of a scare following her performance, telling her that he was disappointed — but not for the reasons she expected. (Turns out, the cranky old judge was upset he had nothing to criticize for once.) No surprise that Bruno Tonioli was the most enthusiastic of the judges, telling Mya and her partner Dmitry that “this quickstep is like vintage Champagne. After you taste it, nothing else will do.” Their scores: a pair of tens from Bruno and (surprise!) Len; a nine from Carrie Ann Inaba.

Smokin’ Samba: Mya
Dmitry’s ridiculous moustache aside, Mya’s ’70s disco-inspired samba tore up the dance floor, and the crowd ate it up. “Your hips were hypnotic,” Len told her. “You have produced tonight two dances of the highest standard, with no gimmicks.” As far as the judges were concerned, Mya’s hips don’t lie: they earned the team the first perfect score of the season. We’ll let Bruno speak — er, screech — for himself in the clip below.

Futuristic Paso Doble: Joanna Krupa
In the future, fashion will come with lights, women will wear blue lipstick, and men will use lots of hair gel — if this performance is any indication of life in the 2020s, anyway. And though swimsuit model Joanna Krupa called it her hardest week so far (evidenced by her quickstep in the ballroom round), she and Derek really came together for a synchronized reinvention of the paso doble. A slight wobble by Joanna cost the team a point in an otherwise perfect routine: they earned a nine from Carrie Ann and two 10s from Len and Bruno.

Last Dance: Aaron Carter
Though Aaron Carter didn’t exactly shine during his ballroom number, his ’90s samba earned him triple nines from the judges. A tribute to his childhood days as a pop star, his dance evoked all of the great boy bands of that era. He looked completely at ease on the dance floor, and although Carrie Ann said “I thought you were hittin’ it,” the voters didn’t necessarily agree. The samba was Aaron and Karina Smirnoff’s last dance in the competition. Anyone have a Kleenex? Aaron’s sure to be shedding some tears over his departure.

Do you think the voters were right to send Aaron home? Of the four stars advancing to the semifinals — Joanna Krupa, Mya, Kelly Osbourne and Donny Osmond — who’s your pick to win?

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