Couple: Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
After their mostly unremarkable Jive last week landed them in the middle of the pack, Brandy and Maksim were determined to show a marked improvement Monday night. So, the singer showed up with a new attitude during practice.
“After what happened last week, I decided to give him the gift of silence,” Brandy explained. “I ask a lot of questions during rehearsal, but this week I really want to learn the way he wants me to learn because he’s the pro.”
Maks seems to have a very, let’s say, hands-on approach to teaching.
“Brandy is one of those people who needs somebody tough, somebody who gets her to do things,” Maks explained. “I needed that. That’s who made me who I am.”
Did it work? The proof was in Brandy’s rock-solid Samba. Although, we didn’t really like Brandy taking a turn on the mic, we understand that it added to their The Bodyguard-themed routine.
While Len was impressed with Brandy’s performance, he saved much of his criticism for Maks’ teaching style.
“I’m starting to see the comeback of the diva,” Bruno shouted. “Your placement this week was so much better.”
“I don’t condone that kind of teaching, but it worked because you were hot” judge Carrie Ann Inaba said after trying to spank Maks on live TV.
In the end, Brandy and Maks snagged 24 points for their Samba.