Groovy, baby: Dancing With The Stars was Bad, Nasty, and Footloose

Famous Dances week gave the couples a chance to reconnect after the Switch Up week and improve on their performances.

Smoookin'! The man behind the mask is Nyle DiMarco with partner Peta Murgatroyd. Photo: ABC
Sssmoookin'! The man behind the mask is Nyle DiMarco with partner Peta Murgatroyd. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, April 25, 2016 – Relief showed on the faces of all the stars competing on “Dancing With The Stars” as they returned to their original partners after the horror of Switch Up Week. Monday’s show was about channeling their inner Michael Jackson or Janet Jackson, Jim Carrey or Austin Powers as they recreated dance routines we all know and love from pop culture during “Famous Dances” week.

With no elimination last week (maybe due to the Paddlegate mess?), all of the judges scores and fan votes from the last two weeks would be added together to determine who would go home tonight. It seemed pretty likely it would be a current or former NFL player. If you want to know who it was, scroll to the end of the column.

Oh behave? Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas' routine from Austin Powers was the social media favorite. Photo: ABC
Oh behave! Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas’ routine from Austin Powers was the social media favorite. Photo: ABC

Reviews in order of appearance on the show:

Kim Fields and Sasha Farber did justice to their Jive from the musical “Hairspray.” It was tailor made for Kim to show off her stage presence and audience connection. Kim never let her few missteps show or stop her. After her performance she said, “I think I’m the sleeper that people don’t see coming.” The routine received 24 points.

Von Miller got to channel his inner Michael Jackson from “Bad.” He gave it a great effort and he had lots of fun. He’s one of the taller, bigger dancers and he’s got a lot to move around. The dance could have used a little more speed and snap, but the right attitude helped and Von credited partner Witney Carson and the rest of the troupe for helping him look good. Von also received 24 points.

Jodie Sweetin reunited with Keo Motsepe and both showed a new drive and resolve in their determined, demanding Contemporary performance of Pink’s video “Try.” Neither of them held anything back in the physical depiction of a violent, dysfunctional relationship. They scored 25 points.

Oh behave! The Austin Powers inspired Jazz routine let Mark Ballas and Paige VanZant channel the swinging 60s. It showed off Paige’s great timing and technique, all wrapped up in pitch perfect costumes and makeup. The judges loved it, giving the, 28 points including the second (official) ten of the season from Len Goodman. No other judge has given a ten to this point yet.

Doug Flutie gave his Bollywood routine 100 percent with Karina Smirnoff. It was his best dance of the season. Was it enough to save him from elimination? Photo: ABC
Doug Flutie gave his Bollywood routine 100 percent with Karina Smirnoff. It was his best dance of the season. Was it enough to save him from elimination? Photo: ABC

Nyle DiMarco sported full green makeup and big teeth for his character from “The Mask.” Nyle and Peta Murgatroyd had some tough acts to follow. Julianne Hough and Helio Castroneves and Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough also danced Quickstep routines to the same song, “Hey Pachuco.” It was fun to watch and full of energy, but the judges had some significant criticism of Nyle’s technique. He said the dance was fast and with the mask and prosthetics it was a lot of work with. Nyle was completely accepting of the criticism. Their routine scored 25 points.

Giving Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff a Bollywood number seemed like a horrible idea, but it seemed like Doug was finally having fun and enjoying himself. He has the least natural dance talent and he’s working very hard to improve his skills. It wasn’t perfect but it was his best performance so far on the show. His score of 21 points seemed a bit low.

The crowd really came alive with the next to the last routine from Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold, a recreation of the NSYNC Video Music Awards performance of “Bye Bye Bye,” aided by innovative video elements. Wanya showed how competitive he is after his weak performance last week. He brought the kind of attitude Ginger Zee needed in her routine, aided by his timing and footwork. Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli rewarded Wanya and Lindsay with their first tens, and Len Goodman added nine for a total of 29 points. It was the highest score of the night and the season to date.

Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess wrapped up the night with a high energy “Footloose” routine worthy of its legacy. Antonio took a lot of heat for his lack of effort last week, and he took it to heart with impressive results. The judges rewarded him with his highest score of the season 27 points.

No more avoiding elimination this week. In jeopardy were Paige and Mark, Doug and Karina, and Von and Witney. No Hail Mary pass this week, Doug and Karina were eliminated. He went out on a high note, and said on the post-show “All Access” interview, “This was the first week I really was relaxed and enjoyed the dance … To feel the support and the support from the fans carried me to this point.” Parnter Karina Smirnoff said of Doug, “He always loves to make sure he does 100 percent… At the end of the day, it is a dancing show, and you have to enjoy it. We came to the point we truly had a blast doing this dance.”

Next week the competitors perform their first team dances in addition to their individual routines. The two stars with the highest overall scores this season were selected to be team captains, Paige VanZant and Wanya Morris. It will be the first face off ever between the men and women. Week 7 theme for the individual dances is “Icons Week.” Stars will dance to songs by performers including James Brown, Stevie Wonder, and Beyonce.

Week 6 Results

Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold: Jazz, 10-9-10 = 29 points
Phone: 800-868-3412

Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas: Jazz, 9-10-9 = 28 points
Phone: 800-868-3410

Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess: Jive, 9-9-9 = 27 points
Phone: 800-868-3401

Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe: Contemporary, 9-8-8 = 25 points
Phone: 800-868-3405

Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd: Quickstep, 8-8-9 = 25 points
Phone: 800-868-3409

Kim Fields and Sasha Farber: Jive, 8-8-8 = 24 points
Phone: 800-868-3406

Von Miller and Witney Carson: Jazz, 8-8-8 = 24 points
Phone: 800-868-3411

Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy: Jazz, 8-8-8 = 24 points
Phone: 800-868-3404

Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff: Bollywood, 7-7-7 = 21 points ELIMINATED
Phone: 800-868-3402

“Dancing With the Stars” returns with “Icons Week” next Monday, May 2 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.

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 and on Facebook at 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.

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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