Stingy judges couldn’t ruin the emotional performance of the stars during this favorite DWTS theme week.
SAN DIEGO, April 4, 2016 – Judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli were stingy with the paddles in Week 3 of “Dancing With The Stars.” While they had plenty of compliments for the routines, they weren’t giving out anything higher than sevens for most of the show.
If you want to learn who left, scroll down to the bottom of our column.
All 12 celebrities got another chance to dance in Week 2 for Latin Night, one of the show’s favorite themes. All couples performed one of the Latin ballroom styles: Rumba, Salsa, Samba, Paso Doble, Cha Cha, or Argentine Tango. Two weeks’ worth of judges scores and last week’s fan votes determined who would be eliminated.
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy performed the first Contemporary dance of the season to the song “Home” as a tribute to her family. The judges enjoyed the backstory and scored it 21 points, the same score she received last week.
Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff also received the same score as last week for their Waltz, also a tribute to his family, in this case his late parents. It was an emotional performance that touched the judges and everyone in the audience. The judges liked his grace after seeing him dance the Paso Doble last week. It scored 20 points.
Kim Fields and Sasha Farber lightened the mood with a fun Foxtrot to the theme song to her breakout hit show “The Facts of Life.” Judge Len Goodman called it “smooth and tasty like maple syrup,” a nod to Kim’s first ever commercial for syrup. They scored 22 points, an improvement from last week.
NFL star Von Miller of the Denver Broncos demonstrated his strength in his Contemporary dance with partner Witney Carson. Their lifts were impressive, but the judges wanted to see a little more fluidity. Len Goodman praised Von’s attack, but Carrie Ann Inaba said Von isn’t giving 100 percent and wanted more. They scored 20 points.
Marla Maples and Tony Dovoloni went for a “proper Jive” as judge Bruno Tonioli called it, full of energetic kicks and flicks. It is a hard dance for anyone, but especially for taller performers like Marla. There was a slight lack of timing and some flat feet, but the attitude was right on the money. The routine scored 21 points.
Pittsburgh Steeler wide receiver Antonio Brown included his son Antonio Jr. to open his Foxtrot routine. It was a delightful performance which Bruno Tonioli called a “weapon of mass enchantment. Carrie Ann gave Antonio Jr. a 10, but the routine received 20 points.
Pro Mark Ballas returned to the show after sitting out last week due to a back injury, It was just in time for the MMA fan to choreograph a modern style Paso Doble for UFC champion Paige VanZant, complete with an octagon on stage. It was dynamic and powerful. The audience loved it, and Carrie Ann deemed it “bad ass!” Len Goodman wasn’t a fan of the style. The pair scored 23 points thanks to eights from Carrie Ann and Bruno.
Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe depicted her personal journey to sobriety with a buoyant Foxtrot danced to a live peformance of the song “Rise Up” by Andra Day. It was emotionally pure and the judges praised her depiction of the story. It scored 23 points. Jodie Sweetin is the only star on the show whose score has improved ever single week. Keo received his first eights on the show ever.
Mischa Barton had a smile on her face and seemed to enjoy her Samba with Artem Chigventsev to “Party in the USA,” but the preview video wasn’t very pretty with harsh words from Mischa toward her partner. The judges treated her effort kindly, but it received the lowest score of the night, 18 points.
Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold relived the appearance of Boyz II Men at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, dancing a Waltz to a newly recorded rendition of the National Anthem by the group for the show. Wanya showed he’s a force to be reckoned with with fluid movements. Len Goodman said he was a big fan. The pair scored 24 points, the high score of the night and the highest of the season.
But they only stayed on top a matter of minutes. The final performers of the evening took over with a sizzling Tango. Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd impressed the judges and audience. “Such passion, such belief, such connection!” said Bruno Tonioli. “You’re proof anyone can do anything if they want to,” said Len Goodman. The routine received two eights plus the first nine of Season 22 from Bruno, for 25 points.
The elimination for Week 2 took place quickly after a packed show. The first couple in jeopardy was Doug and Karina, joined by Mischa and Artem. Also in jeopardy: Jodie and Keo. To no one’s surprise and everyone’s relief, Mischa and Artem were eliminated. “It’s been a wonderful experience, it really has,” said Mischa. After the show, she told All Access host Dominic Bowden she intended to keep dancing and she truly enjoyed herself. We’re glad she cleared all that up for us.
Next week guest judge Zendaya Coleman joins the regular panel for Disney Week. Will the Mickey Mouse judging panels come out? Which favorite songs will we hear? It will be hard to top Riker Lynch’s portrayal of Captain Jack Sparrow in his Paso Doble with Allison Holker. On the post-show All Access after party, Riker promised he’d come back next week as Captain Jack. We’re holding you to it, Riker.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Week 4 with “Disney Week” on Monday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
Week 3 Results ( with difference from Week 2)
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: Tango, 8-8-9 = 25 points (up 5)
Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold: Waltz, 8-8-8 = 24 points (same)
Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe: Foxtrot, 8-7-8 = 23 points (up 2)
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas: Paso Doble, 8-7-8 = 23 points (down 1)
Kim Fields and Sasha Farber: Foxtrot, 8-7-7 = 22 points (up 3)
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: Contemporary, 7-7-7 = 21 points (same)
Marla Maples and Tony Dovoloni: Jive, 7-7-7 = 21 points (up 1)
Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess: Foxtrot, 7-6-7 = 20 points (up 1)
Von Miller and Witney Carson: Contemporary, 7-6-7 = 20 points (down 1)
Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff: Waltz, 7-6-7 = 20 points (same)
Mischa Barton and Artem Chigvintsev: Samba, 6-6-6 = 18 points (up 3) ELIMINATED
Voting information: Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday evenings.
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