Dancing With the Stars Recap: Jennifer Grey and Brandy Rule; Bristol Palin Attempts to Act Sexy

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Last night's Dancing With the Stars featured a new "Insta-Dance" twist on top of the more traditional performances, with the five pairs competing for up to 60 points.

To the surprise of no one, Jennifer Grey fought her ailing body all the way to the top, putting forth a quick step full of bounce and an instant rumba that was superb.

Right there with her was Brandy, whose waltz was full of grace and whose instant cha cha to Katy Perry's "Teenage Dream" earned a standing ovation from the crowd.

Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Still the favorites to take home the Mirror Ball.

Jennifer fared slightly better in her instant dance, with Brandy's waltz giving her the slight edge there. Appropriately, the two favorites both earned a total of 57 points.

Flying under the radar all season but showing great improvement is Kyle Massey, who showcased a range of skills last night with a slow waltz and fast jive.

The boy becoming a man before our eyes was just one point behind the leaders when the dust settled Monday, making a compelling case he belongs in the finals.

Will the viewers reward him that?

As for Kurt Warner, he may not be in the same league as the above trio, but he's a lot better every week, and the fact that he's still dancing speaks volumes.

Both of his efforts last night were far from awful, but as much as he tried to let loose, he came up short on the technicalities and finished well back with 48.

He narrowly edged out Bristol Palin, whose attempt at a steamy Argentine tango kind of creeped us out, in no small part because all we can visualize is Sarah Palin.

Who was also on the show last night, we might add.

Mama Grizzly herself appeared in another taped segment, which is hilarious on so many levels we can't even get into them here. But it's beyond weird and funny.

Bristol the Pistol seemed to lose her concentration at times, and while she deserves credit for making it this far, she doesn't deserve (or want) to go any further.

Last night's full Dancing With the Stars leaderboard ...

  1. Jennifer Grey & Derek Hough: 27, 30 (57)
  2. Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 29, 28 (57)
  3. Kyle Massey & Lacey Schwimmer: 27, 29 (56)
  4. Kurt Warner & Anna Trebunskaya: 24, 24 (48)
  5. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 24, 23 (47)

Well? Will Bristol elude elimination for another week, or is it Kurt's time to go? Based on scores and talent, it's gotta be one of those two ... but you never know.

Who are you rooting for on Dancing With the Stars?


Dancing with the Stars Quotes

We should have started dancing with one arm waaay before.

Cristian de la Fuente [following his injury, trip to the hospital and subsequent stellar performance]

I am not the best dancer, and I have not been the best dancer from the beginning. I am happy we made it this far.

Cristian de la Fuente