Dancing With The Stars Week 3: Two perfect scores, one couple knocked out

Derek Hough followed the footsteps of his idol, Gene Kelly, with partner Bethany Mota. Photo: ABC
Derek Hough followed the footsteps of his idol, Gene Kelly, with partner Bethany Mota. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, September 29, 2014 – The perfect paddles came out to play for “Movie Night” on “Dancing With The Stars.” Judges gave their first perfect tens, and two perfect scores of 40 to two couples.

But in the first week without an elimination show, it was the first performance of the night that proved to be the last performance for one couple. If you want to know who went home, scroll to the end of the column.

The perfect scores went to two Jazz performances set to songs from beloved American musicals, “West Side Story” and “Singing in the Rain.” Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy put on a spirited Jazz perforamnce to “America.” It wowed the judges and had the look of a first rate Broadway production.

Derek Hough took on his idol Gene Kelly and staged his Jazz routine with Bethany Mota to the title number. It had to be a daunting assignment for Hough but he and his partner lived up to everyone’s high expectations. The production crew lent a hand with its staging including gaslamps and rain.

See the two first perfect routines of the season here:

While these couples were putting up big numbers, the two older competitors continued to impress fans and their fellow competitors. Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd performed a world-weary Argentine Tango that got its own perfect 10 from guest judge Kevin Hart. While that was a little too enthusiastic, it deserved the rest of its eights to put them in third. Who would have guessed when the season started that a 76 year old competittor would be in second place in week 3.

Three couples are tied with 32 points. Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson had fun with their Quickstep to “Hey Goldmember” from Austin Powers, including an Alfonso “Mini-Me.” Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker performed a Tango to “Back In Black” from “The Great Gatsby,” a tough song for the dance style. But they did an admirable job. Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas made the Duck Dynasty fans proud with a charming Waltz to the song “Married Life” from “Up!”

Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev had fun with good style dancing their Cha Cha Cha set to “Back in Time” from “Back to the Future.” Thompson is also one of the older competitors on the show at age 53 and dancing extremely well.

Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni pulled off a Contemporary routine to “Unchained Melody” full of lifts that showed off Johnson’s flexibility and strength. She said the dance made her feel “beautiful,” and she looked it. They scored 29 points and they have every chance thanks to fan votes of staying a few more weeks.

Now to the bottom third of the scoreboard. Antonio Sabato and Cheryl Burke are improving but not at a rate to catch up yet with other competitors. Their Foxtrot was competent but not inspiring, for 29 points. Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater also improved, dancing a Waltz that a sweet “father of the bride” feeling to it, for 28 points.

Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff got the show off to a Rocky start with a Paso Doble with problems to “Eye of the Tiger” by Survivor. The surprising charm of the first two weeks was lost in the stumbling Paso. The 26 points put them dead last on the leaderboard and the first to be named in jeopardy.

Joining them in jeopardy were Antonio and Cheryl, and Jonathan and Allison. No, not Michael and Emma, who were safe this week.

Randy and Karina were eliminated, due in large part to their poor scores this week. It was a fair result but a sad one for fans who enjoyed seeing this mixed martial arts champion out of his element and doing well.

No elimination show on Tuesday night. The couples return to dance routines based on one of DWTS’s all-time favorite theme shows, “My Most Memorable Year.” These routines produce emotional moments for the starts, so stock up on your tissues now.

“Dancing With the Stars: Week 4,” My Most Memorable Year” airs Monday, October 6, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

Week 3 Results

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Jazz
Scores: 10-10-10-10 = 40 points

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Jazz
Scores: 10-10-10-10 = 40 points

Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Angentine Tango
Scores: 8-10-8-8 = 34 points

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Viennese Waltz
Scores: 8-8-8-8 = 32 points

Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson: Quickstep
Scores: 8-8-8-8 = 32 points

Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker: Tango
Scores: 8-8-8-8 = 32 points

Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Jive
Scores: 7-8-8-8 = 31 points

Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni: Contemporary
Scores: 7-9-6-7 = 29 points

Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: Foxtrot
Scores: 7-7-7-8 = 29 points

Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: Waltz
Scores: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points

Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff: Paso Doble ELIMINATED
Scores: 7-7-6-6 = 26 points

Votes cast this week count toward the results and elimination on next week’s show. Viewers can now vote via phone and vote online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT the next day.

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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