Couple: Brandy & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
For Brandy, last week’s elimination really drove home the point that no one is safe–no matter how well they score with the judges–if they don’t have the support of the home audience.
Going into practice for the Waltz, the singer admitted that she was worried. "What do we have to do to really, like, push through to the semi-finals?" she asked.
One thing she doesn’t have to worry about is how well she works with Maks, which seems to be half the battle.
"I have adjusted in my learning with Maks. We’ve found common ground," Brandy said. " I know what he wants and he knows exactly what I want, and somehow we make all of that work together. We are true partners now."
We think that Brandy and her pro found a formula that works for them because when the pair hit the hardwood for their Waltz, they were floating–despite the music’s somber tone.
If the critiques were any indication, the judges were just as enthralled by the dance as the audience.
"Emotionally, it was like a symphony. It was like a poem," judge Bruno Tonioli congratulated. "You danced absolutely beautifully!"
"It was riveting. I was, like, spellbound by every move you made," said judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who had one note for Brandy. "I have a feeling you’re going to make it to the finals, and I want to see that neck relaxed and elongated."
Judge Len Goodman chose not to pick Brandy’s performance apart because he was "overwhelmed by the whole performance."
With such high praise, it was no shock that Brandy scored 29 points for the night.