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Big gamble: who went home from Vegas Week on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

Written By | Apr 3, 2017

SAN DIEGO, April 4, 2017 – DWTS producers gave fans a brand-new theme week on “Dancing With The Stars.” Give them credit whether you loved or hated “Vegas Week.” It’s not easy to come up with something new after 24 seasons.

The stage designers and costume departments had a blast going all out with the sequins, feathers and glamour. Every one of them gets a ten.

No matter how dressed up and no matter how spectacular the troupe performed in support of the stars, it always comes down to the dance skills and the effort put into the performance. If you want to find out who went home, scroll down past our recap of Week 3’s performances.

Normani Kordei’s globetrotting ways aren’t hurting her performances. Photo: ABC

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy closed the show with a bang up Foxtrot to “Big Spender,” channeling classic Vegas swagger all the way. It made excellent use of a craps table as a prop. Normani is a singer with a dancer’s beautiful legs and she knows how to use them. Normani and Val are quickly becoming the ones to beat, grabbing the highest score of Season 24 so far with 34 points.

Maks who? Heather Morris and Alan Bersten had a full week to rehearse together and boy did it pay off. Their “Toxic” Tango to Britney Spears (who has a residence show in Las Vegas) was scorching. It received the first nine of the season from judge Carrie Ann Inaba, and eights from the rest of of the judging panel for 33 points.

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev got a little help from Ricky Martin and it paid off. Photo: ABC

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev shook their bon-bons to a Ricky Martin Samba. After visiting Ricky at his Las Vegas show for some coaching, they went all out channeling the Samba party spirit and it made for a proficient, high energy dance. Watching Artem have his fan moment with Ricky Martin shows even an accomplished professional dancer can be a fanboy too. This time it was judge Len Goodman giving up the nine, calling it “the best dance I’ve seen all season,” with the rest of the panel scoring eights for 33 points to tie for first.

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber would have tied at the top also for their “Viva Las Vegas” Quickstep. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba docked a point for an illegal lift, something she always does when she catches one. But was it really an assist, or a jump from the gymnast? Judge Julianne Hough had no problem with it and she handed out her first nine of the season, with Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli scoring eights for 32 points total. Didn’t Sasha Farber look good in the sideburns and rhinestone jumpsuit?

Whoever gave David Ross and Lindsay Arnold the “Magic Mike” number “Candy Shop” for their Jazz routine better hope we never find out their identity. It was a little cringeworthy for retired Chicago Cubs player and his much younger partner. The “Lady and the Gramp” made the best of it, with Lindsay wisely staying on the sidelines for much of the grinding as David danced with the troupe. The partner section was quite good. No one can question David’s commitment, he’s a go hard or go home guy no matter what. The judges rewarded the routine with 31 points, their best score of the season.

It wasn’t Rashad Jennings’ best week, but he did what he could with his Samba. Photo: ABC

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater suffered a little in comparison to Nancy and Artem. Their Samba was very ambitious, maybe a little too ambitious. Rashad didn’t quite get the Samba bounce and rhythm down and he admitted he was off tempo from his rehearsals. It scored 28 points.

Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko danced a Jive, not their best style. Photo: ABC

Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko also had an off week with their Jive. It’s not a rhythm that suits Erika’s sassy, raunchy side. It was good enough, no mistakes but no real dazzle. It scored 26 points.

Nick Viall went gaga with Peta Murgatroyd in a Lady Gaga themed tango to “Poker Face.” Of all the competitors from “The Bachelor,” Nick has the most potential and thanks to Peta he’s improving little by little every week. He nailed all the choreography but his technique lacked sharpness. Their effort scored 26 points.

Who didn’t love seeing Mr. T in white tails and top hat? Photo: ABC

Mr. T dressed in white tie and tails was worth a point or two alone, but his Foxtrot with Kym Johnson was charming and he got better as the routine went along. Who would ahve imagined Mr. T in a Vegas style kickline, and he did himself proud. Give him credit, Mr. T. is improving every week and fans are charmed by him giving it his best. The routine scored 24 points.

Professional cowboy Bonner Bolton had a rougher ride to the same 24 points this week. His Charleston with Sharna Burgess was a struggle, more like a lazy Texas two-step. He lost momentum from his Viennese Waltz last week. Plenty of DWTS fans are a little exasperated with the “showmance” angle being pushed. We recommend everyone concentrate on dancing next week.

Charo was charming in a surprisingly sweet Foxtrot with Keo Motsepe. Photo: ABC

Charo performed her first ballroom style dance, Foxtrotting to the “Chapel of Love” with Keo Motsepe. Keo is getting the most he can from Charo, reining her craziness in with pretty choreography for a charming traditional look. But she may have reached her limit, dropping a few points to 24 point total from the judges.

And in no real surprise, it was Charo’s swan song and she went out on a high note. The ballroom will be a little less lively, but Tom Bergeron can finally let his guard down a little and not fear being injured next week.

Next week it’s the return of a favorite theme “Most Memorable Year.” With four couples within two points at the bottom of the leaderboard, fan votes will decide who goes home next week.

Week 3 Leaderboard:

Heather Morris and Alan Bersten, Tango: 9-8-8-8 = 33 points

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev, Samba: 8-9-8-8= 33 points

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber, Quickstep: 7-8-9-8 = 32 points

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold, Jazz: 8-7-8-8 = 31 points

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater, Samba: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd, Tango: 7-6-7-6 = 26 points

Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko, Jive: 6-7-7-6 = 26 points

Mr. T and Kym Herjavec, Foxtrot: 6-6-6-6 = 24 points

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess, Charleston: 6-6-6-6 = 24 points

Charo and Keo Motsepe, Foxtrot: 6-6-6-6 = 24 points

Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at and on Facebook is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m. EDT/5:00 p.m. PDT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday evenings.

“Dancing With The Stars: Season 24” brings us “Most Memorable Year” week on Monday, April 11, at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +

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Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Falkenthal

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award-winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.