Oh, what a long, strange trip it's been... and it's not over! Let's look back on our favorite and least favorite routines from Dancing with the Stars Season 11:
BEST DANCES (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
1. Jennifer & Derek: Week 1, Viennese Waltz
Their very first dance is still the gold standard. As we wrote at the time, "Expectations were already high. Heck, she's famous for a movie with 'Dancing' in the title! After her tearful memories of Patrick Swayze, we had a feeling something powerful was about to happen. But what really happens — her simple gown, their effortless grace, the way she leans into him, the way he sings along with 'These Arms of Mine,' the way they glide under those romantic, hanging lights? No wonder it moved Carrie Ann Inaba to tears. We got our first official chills of Season 11. So magical."
Using comedic cape malfunctions to introduce yourself to millions of people was a strategy malfunction in itself. Margaret looked angry as she flailed around and her "mistakes," though deliberate, were confusing and too over the top for a Viennese Waltz. As Len put it, it's an inappropriate dance for "all that comedic stuff."
As Carrie Ann put it, "What just happened? You're Mrs. Brady!" Here's what happened: At age 76, Flo brought sexy back — big time. Unfortunately this "get a room" Rumba to "Yesterday" was more raunchy than romantic. It was a bit too much for Carrie Ann and Bruno (strangely enough, Len liked it). We giggled behind our hands through the whole thing, but it really was less of a dance than a senior sex tape in the making.
It couldn't have been more obvious that The Situation hadn't had enough time to practice. Because of Jersey Shore, he only had five days to rehearse, unlike the weeks of time spent by the other dancers. The only moves he seemed to know were from the '80s...and, of course, his fist pump. As Len said, "You've got the guns but not the ammunition." Bruno warned him that he would look like "a jackass" if he kept up like this. Unfortunately he never got that much better.
Bristol put on a monkey suit, forgot her moves and looked totally lost in this Jive. All in all, not the most fitting ode to The Monkees. (And what's with all the pointing?)
This "Sex Bomb" was a true terrorist weapon. It exploded on impact and, sadly, The Hoff was the casualty. Watching it again makes us want to take a shower.
"My First Kiss" launched Carrie Ann's Kyle crush...and ours too. He and Lacey exploded onto the scene as the fresh, young, fun couple. They didn't take the show too seriously and their "no worries" attitude is still going strong.
Maks became Len Goodman's hero on Rock and Roll Week after this sexy Tango to "Holding Out for a Hero." Maks' mega-hot Mad Max outfit — those pleather pants! — was our hero. His tush deserves a Mirror Ball trophy of its own.
Bruno Tonioli cried for "Mercy" after this perfect-scoring Cha-Cha-Cha. Carrie Ann cried because she didn't get Jennifer's booby shimmy herself. This is a perfect showcase for Jen's confident charms, especially her solo seduction of Derek, who plays an innocent bystander in the audience.
Audrina & Tony dedicated this Waltz to military families and it ended up the best thing about Story Week. They glide to "Let It Be Me" through the mist of a war bride's dreamscape. It's beautiful and touching and showed a surprising new side of The Hills star Audrina. She was eliminated too soon.
The very first Insta-dance in DWTS history is still the best. (Never mind that "perfect" Rumba!) Kyle & Lacey dance to "Good Golly Miss Molly" like they'd been practicing the routine for weeks. As Carrie Ann said, "That was the instant dance? It's like that song was made for you. That was by far the most fun I have had as a viewer, as a judge, this whole season!" Just the thought of it still makes us smile.