After last week’s dreadful cha-cha, Dancing with the Stars fans were curious to see what Mischa Barton had to offer for this Monday’s episode, with the theme “my most memorable year.” Mischa and her partner Artem Chigvintsev danced the samba to Miley Cyrus’ hit “Party in the U.S.A.” 2009 was the year after Mischa left The O.C., went to England and experienced, as she says, “a year of self-exploration.” Before this week’s episode, the actress took to Twitter to court DWTS voters, posting a picture with Artem with the caption, “We want to stay in this!”
— Mischa Barton (@MischAmazing) April 4, 2016
Prior to the episode, Mischa took to her show blog on People.com to share her concerns about last week’s performance – and accompanying video package, saying of the rehearsal video:
“[It] threw me off completely. Suddenly, the video package was over and the music was starting and I was just sitting there thinking, ‘Oh, my God!’ And that’s where it really sinks in that you’re on a live show. None of it is faked. There’s no time to compose yourself. You’re on a train and it’s not stopping because it’s live.”
Mischa also went to TVGuide.com to tell her side of the story:
Her visible discomfort comes from being out of her element, she said. Not only has she had zero formal dance training, but she hadn’t researched the show much before signing up either–literally going from Los Angeles’ LAX airport to a DWTS rehearsal space. She’s basically learning a foreign language, she said, one that’s an intense mind-body experience with a huge learning curve. “I’m just getting hip to the game. Once you get a certain level of knowledge, you can really start to enjoy it. In the beginning, it can be really stressful, but we’re really having fun now…. Everyone learns at their own pace.”
Mischa concluded that “I learned my lesson” after last week’s episode. If nothing else, she’s still putting on a happy face heading into rehearsals. I actually tuned in to see Mischa’s segment. I was a little early and was treated to Charlotte “Mrs. Garrett” Rae declaring that Mischa’s competitor, Facts of Life star Kim Fields, was full of “piss and vinegar.”
Spoilers for DWTS, which aired last night
As for Mischa’s performance Monday night, the rehearsal video was free from eye-rolling and mutterings of “whatever.” When asked about what she thought about her performance last week, she responded, “On a scale from one to bad…bad. I really thought we were going to nail that dance. I felt terrible.” The video showed her going slightly off on poor partner Artem after the judges let her have it last week. A more light-spirited Mischa showed up this week, which prompted Artem to assert, “I think this week she is determined to show that she is into this and she does care.” She may care, but she still is a little, umm, held back when she hits the dance floor, although she doesn’t look nearly as uncomfortable as she did last week.
During the judges’ critiques, Carrie Ann Inaba said she could see Mischa’s “breakthrough” and could “feel the joy.” Len Goodman called it her “best dance” (which isn’t saying much) and Bruno Tonioli said she was “more relaxed, more engaged” while noting that “Timing is still not your strong suit.” He did advise her to “maintain that attitude.” She got sixes across the board from all 3 judges, her best score so far, but unfortunately it was the lowest score of the evening. Mischa and Artem were voted off the show last night.
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