Dancing with the Stars has used some hard rock songs in the past. This season, the show has gone one step further by using two classic heavy metal anthems – “Crazy Train” by Ozzy Osbourne and “We’re Not Gonna Take It” by Twisted Sister. As a Dancing with the Stars fan and a metalhead, I’ve got mixed feelings about this. Ballroom dancing is stylized and refined, whereas heavy metal is rowdy and rebellious. It’s a delicate procedure to successfully meld the two.
With Kelly Osbourne as one of the celebrity dancers, it made sense for her to dance to her father’s tune, “Crazy Train”. Although the tempo was slower than in the original song, the dance came off nicely. I’d also like to give kudos to the singer. It can’t be easy to perform such an iconic song in front of Ozzy Osbourne and his daughter. Here’s the video of Kelly Osbourne and her professional partner, Louis Van Amstel dancing the paso doble to “Crazy Train”:
Aaron Carter and his professional partner Karina Smirnov danced the jive to “We’re Not Gonna Take It”. I wasn’t wild about the musical performance. I felt that the original raucous energy of the song was replaced with a 50s vibe. That would make sense for a jive, but the change was hard to swallow. However, I loved Karina’s choreography, and I thought that she and Aaron did an incredible job. Here’s the video:
In the end, I don’t think that either one of these performances successfully merged metal soul with ballroom sensibilities. To me, hard rock songs work much better than heavy metal. For example, last night, I loved the team tango to Bon Jovi’s “You Give Love a Bad Name”
I’ll leave you with my favorite ballroom dance/hard rock pairing – a paso doble done by some of Dancing with the Stars‘ professional dancers to Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me”. Enjoy!