Kendra Wilkinson was the lowest scorer with just 18 points on Monday’s edition of Dancing with the Stars, delivering a performance so gaudy, judge Bruno Tonioli told her, “Be the Black Swan — not Dolly Parton!”
The Playboy Playmate-turned-E! star, with partner Louis Van Amstel, danced accompanied by the live singing of mezzo-soprano Katherine Jenkins. Prior to her dance, Kendra bragged she’d conquer the Italian routine and become “godmother of the Viennese waltz.”
But by the end of the number, she was sleeping with the fishes — at least in the judges’ eyes.
Tonioli encouraged Wilkinson to throw her heart and soul into the routine, bellowing, “Become the Black Swan — not Dolly Parton!”
“Well, if I had more than four days of practice, I would, I’d be there,” Kendra snapped back.
After Carrie Ann Inaba told Wilkinson that “elegance is not so different than sexy,” Kendra defiantly said, “I just don’t care about it.”
“You’re a really beautiful dancer, you just need to have more confidence,” Inaba advised the wife of NFL player Hank Baskett.
Monday’s show marked the beginning of Classical Week, as each celeb had to dance accompanied to a powerful 46-piece orchestra — meaning they’d have to step up their choreography to adapt. All of the dance pairs were required to pick from one of the three dances: paso doble, waltz or Viennese waltz.
In addition, two of today’s upstart classical stars, violinist David Garrett and Jenkins, performed on the show, delivering amazing sounds to set the tone on a night of elegance.
Disney star Chelsea Kane was atop the pack with 26 points for her Viennese waltz. The Karate Kid star Ralph Macchio tacked on 25 points for his dramatic waltz, while Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver Hines Ward hauled in 25 points for his paso doble.
Rapper Romeo, model Petra Nemcova and WWE wrestler-turned-best-selling author Chris Jericho all received 23 points apiece for their paso dobles. Kirstie Alley, who lost her shoe during Monday’s show, received 22 points for her waltz, while iconic boxer Sugar Ray Leonard stumbled to a 21-point showing with his Viennese waltz.
Among the special guests Tuesday night will be Oscar/Grammy/Golden Globe-winning star Jennifer Hudson when Dancing with the Stars returns on ABC at 9/8c.
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