Kurt and Anna got praise for their quickstep, but this week he has the paso doble. Athletes usually do well with this one, but Anna is having trouble getting Kurt to perform. Bret Michaels stops by to help Kurt with his rock and roll attitude. Why hasn't Bret been on this show? Next season, for sure. As long as his health holds up. Wait, Kurt and Anna are dancing to "The Final Countdown," like, unironically. I figured it would be a Poison song. Kurt's hands are still terrible. But man, does he have the attitude down. He plays to the crowd after he throws Anna to the floor and then he drags her over to the judges' table. Okay. That might be a little much.
Carrie Ann thought the dance was unpolished, but he committed to the character. Len thought he looked awkward. Bruno thought he had the intensity, but he looked like he was doing karate instead of dancing. I don't think the judges get Kurt. I mean, he's not perfect. He shouldn't win. But he's not as bad as they are making out. He's not worse that BRISTOL, for Pete's sake. Scores: Carrie Ann 6, Len 6, and Bruno 6. Underscored. I don't get it. What am I missing?
Brandy and Maksim finally broke through last week. So this week, they have the tango, and Brandy wants to stay on top. In rehearsals, Maks encourages Brandy to continue, even though she's getting frustrated. Finally, she breaks down in tears, and she explains that it was her own doing, and she needed the emotional release. So did it help? Well, it is INTENSE. Brandy is WORKING IT. Maks stumbles a little bit, and it kind of loses the plot in the middle, but it's a lot of movement and a lot of choreography and she nails it (with maybe a tiny stumble).
Len tells Maks that he loved it and it was the best dance of the night. Bruno compares Brandy to Tina Turner in Mad Max. Carrie Ann thought Brandy finally found her wings, despite a few missteps. Scores: Carrie Ann 8, Len 9, and Bruno 9.
The rock and roll marathon will involve moves from the jive, lindy hop, and swing dancing, and they can do whatever lifts they want. Just like previous seasons, if someone gets tapped on the shoulder, that couple is out. In rehearsals, both Kyle and Jennifer are worried about their stamina. And then there are the lifts. Ooh, child. Someone is going to break a neck.