The Memorable Year dances are always super emotional. Everyone has a great story to tell and the dances almost always reflect that raw emotion they feel. As a giant sap, I spend most of the night on the verge of full on bawling and UberApe laughs at me, then gets all teary eyed himself at some of the video packages. (Doug Flutie’s got him pretty good.) Let’s break down the dances and the scores. As usual I will be going from lowest to highest scores.
Mischa Barton and Artem Chigvintsev (Samba) – Mischa’s most memorable year was in 2008 and according to her video package The OC was at the height of its popularity and she decided to leave the show and rediscover herself. Two problems with that, (1) The OC went off the air in 2007 and (2) she left the show a year prior. Timeline issues aside that dance was not good, but at least this time she looked like she was a little happier to be there. Score: 18/30
Von Miller and Witney Carson (Contemporary) – 2016 has been the highlight of MVP’s life because winning a championship for the first time changes everything. I was a little surprised at his pre-game song choice, but at the same time ”In the Air Tonight” is so perfectly intense that it does make sense any athlete would use it as song to pump them up. Von’s dance was well done. He was fluid in his movements and the way he can toss Witney around makes those lifts look even more spectacular than they already are. His foot falls are still a little heavy, but I have no doubt Witney will get him to lighten his steps. Score: 20/30
Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff (Waltz) – Doug’s most memorable year was in 2015. His father became very ill and passed away at a hospital. His mother followed just hours after. Man, I’m still ready to cry just typing that. Doug’s dance was a beautiful tribute to his parents. Karina’s choreography was spectacular and elegantly simple. He is still a little stiff and awkward, but he has shown so much improvement in a short amount of time. Doug is getting more comfortable in his skin and I can’t wait to see how much more he improves next week. Score: 20/30
Antonio Brown and Sharna Burgess (Foxtrot) – The NFLers most memorable year was in 2008 when his son was born. Antonio didn’t have a father around and he wanted to be there for his kids to give them more than what he had. The man looked so happy to be dancing for his son and I love that little Antonio Jr. got to have a moment with his dad on the dance floor. There was a lot of improvement on his dance from last week. Antonio looked a lot more comfortable holding Sharna in a more intimate way. But leave it to Len to be a spoil sport. Score: 20/30
Marla Maples and Tony Dovolani (Jive) – Will Tom (and the producers) quit calling her the “Former Mrs. Trump” please? The daytime talk show host’s most memorable year was in 1993 when her daughter, Tiffany, was born. Her jive was technically amazing and how she could keep up with all that foot work Tony gave her is beyond me, but her energy is lacking. When compared to Antonio (who’s year and dance was also about the birth of a child), she just looked like she was going thru the motions and not celebrating how happy she felt when she brought her daughter into the world. I don’t like that the judges give her so much praise for how great she is when she is lacking the basic emotions we want to feel when we see these guys dance. Score: 21/30
Ginger Zee and Val Chmerkovskiy (Contemporary) – The GMA hosts most memorable year was 2013. It was the year her husband proposed to her. She feels like that was the first step in her journey to having it all. (It can be done, people!) The dance was beautiful and so sweet. The story it told was clear and moving. Tom having to pull Ginger away from her husband afterwards to keep things on time was hilarious. I feel for the guy sometimes when emotions get so high and he has to bring it down for the sake of the clock. Frankly I think the judges scored Ginger a little too low which unfortunately happens with the first couple dancing. Score: 21/30
Kim Fields and Sasha Farber (Foxtrot) – In 1976, Kim booked her first acting gig in a Mrs. Butterworth’s commercial and from there her career in acting took off. Moments before Carrie told Kim the same thing, I was gushing to UberApe about how much the actress looks the same as she did when she was on The Facts of Life. Does she sacrifice virgins to keep that skin looking so good? I missed seeing Kim’s manic energy in this dance, but overall it was really well done. Even Len loved it and he didn’t love much last night. Sasha and Kim’s chemistry was on point. Score: 22/30
Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe (Foxtrot) – In 2015 Jodie was offered a chance to reprise her role which made her famous and helped her to feel as if she had finally gotten her life back together. After years of struggling with drug and alcohol addiction, the actress got sober and put her story out there for others to learn from. Jodie easily had the best dance of the night and should have been given much higher scores. She was amazingly elegant and the dance told such a beautiful story of moving back into the light after so much darkness. Seriously the judges were way too hard on her. Score: 23/30
Paige VanZant and Mark Ballas (Paso Doble) – The UFC fighter’s first match in the octagon was in 2014 and it was also her first victory. Paige is my favorite competitor this season. I wasn’t so sure how she was going to do after her introduction on GMA, but she has been the best surprise of the year. The style was not a Paso (I hate it when I have to agree with Len), but it was a great dance. Mark is amazingly creative in his choreography and incorporated her fighting moves into the dance and made it fluid. Score: 23/30
Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold (Waltz) – At the closing ceremonies of the 1996 Olympics, Boyz 2 Men sang a beautiful acapella rendition of the National Anthem. The group re-recorded the anthem and Wanya and Lindsay danced a marvelous waltz to it. It was so good to see Wayna bring that same infectious energy from his previous dances to a slower and more intimate dance. Score: 24/30
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd (Tango) – In 2012 the model chose to travel the world without the aid of his interpreter. That is a pretty scary and astonishing thing to do when you have all of your senses, but Nyle wanted to show himself (and others) that it could be done. His and Peta’s tango started out fast and ended a little manic, but honestly it was absolute perfection for me. First 9’s of the season were handed out to him. I wouldn’t be surprised if he got the first 10’s next week. Score: 25/30
Endangered Couples – Not shocked to see Mischa & Artem on the list, but was a bit bummed to see Doug & Karina towards the bottom. The biggest shock of them all was Jodie & Keo were in the bottom three!
Eliminated Couple –
Bye, bye Mischa. I’m sad to see Artem gone as a competitor, but happy to see the lackluster actress go.
What did you think of last night’s Dancing with the Stars? Did the right couple go home? Who do you think will be on the chopping block next week? It is going to kinda suck because now that Mischa and Geraldo are gone, there are no bad dancers left. I’m hoping Marla is out next week because I’m tired of a certain presidential candidate’s name getting dropped. Let me know what you think in the comments section below and I will see you back here after the return of Disney week.