Dancing with the Stars Recap – Playing Favorites

After the disaster that is Switch-Up week, our Stars are now back with their original partners to perform dances from famous videos and movies.  After an amazing opening number that had me wondering how many times the pros hit themselves with their canes during rehearsals (those shorts Val!), we got down to the nitty gritty as the majority of the competitors had a stellar night.

Image Courtesy of ABC

Image Courtesy of ABC

Unfortunately we had to say goodbye to one of the couples at the end of it all.  Let’s recap starting from lowest to highest scores.

Doug and Karina (Bollywood) – Dancing to “Jai Ho” from Slumdog Millionaire.  The Bollywood moves were new to Karina and Doug, but the two of them fell in love with the style.  The love certainly shined thru in the dance itself as Doug look like he was having the time of his life out there.  He wasn’t perfect, but he was a joy to watch.  I couldn’t quit smiling while I was watching their routine.  Score: 21/30

Von and Witney (Jazz) – Dancing the iconic moves from Michael Jackson’s “Bad” video.  Von may have been comfortable with his switch up partner, but Witney was glad to have her football player back.  They have a much better partnership than the one she attempted to form with Wayna.  Von’s movements may not have been as clean as the pros behind him, but he looked solid on the dance floor.  He is a big guy and moving like Jackson did is not an easy feat for a professional dancer.  Von really tackled the challenge and made the dance his own while having a blast doing it.  Score: 24/30

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Image Courtesy of ABC

Ginger and Val (Jazz) – Recreating the video from Janet Jackson’s “Nasty.”  From one Jackson to another, Ginger also struggled to emulate the famous badass attitude of Janet (Miss Jackson if you’re nasty).  The dance itself was good, but it didn’t blow me away.  It was if she was missing that pizzazz that really could have made the routine standout.  Score:  24/30

Kim and Sasha (Jive) – Performing the dance from the movie musical Hairspray “You can’t stop the Beat.”  One thing you can count on every year is someone will be injured while dancing.  This week Kim is one of the Stars trying to work past the pain to stay in the game.  I really missed her and Sasha’s bond last week because that dance was so much fun and full of great energy.  It made me want to go and watch Hairspray again.  Score: 24/30

Jodie and Keo (Contemporary) – Dancing to Pink’s “Try.”  Speaking of pushing thru injuries…  While rehearsing, Keo accidentally elbowed Jodie in the eye.  Later while working out a difficult lift, Jodie heard a snap in her foot and there was the scare that she could have broken it.  It was a pretty bad sprain and she is going to be in a lot of pain while dancing.  You could tell that she took that physical pain and incorporated it into the emotional pain of the song.  She turned out such an amazing dance even with the little snafu with a lift.  The actress really made me feel right there with her in the abusive relationship the couple was portraying.  Score: 25/30

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Image Courtesy of ABC

Nyle and Peta (Quickstep) – From The Mask, dancing to “Hey Pachuco.”  Nyle is super confident in his abilities as a dancer.  He sees Val as his competition.  Not Ginger and Val, just Val.  This confession doesn’t sit well with Len.  But holy crap that was a manic dance.  A really astounding routine, but just ridiculous in how frenzied it was.  The judges are to the point with him where they are going to be super nitpicky and they are right to do so.  Nyle is one of the best dancers of the season and should be judged differently.  Score: 25/30

Antonio and Sharna (Jive) – From Footloose dancing to “Footloose.”  Antonio was hurt when he saw the video package that had Sharna saying Wayna was probably going to win.  He felt like she betrayed the team by not standing behind him.  In a way he is right in his argument, but I don’t like that he played the victim when he has issues showing up on time for rehearsals.  His only saving grace for me was that dance.  The NFLer was so much better this week than last week.  Antonio put in the work and really killed it on the floor, looking smooth and having fun with the routine.  Score: 27/30

Paige and Mark (Jazz) – Grooving it to the theme from Austin Powers.  The song originally assigned to the couple for the week was pulled due to usage rights and this threw Mark out of balance.  He had to start from scratch, but it didn’t get my favorite couple down.  Paige was incredible as she made dancing look like an effortless undertaking.  She even got to show off her athleticism.  The whole routine was so entertaining to watch and it earned her first 10.  I seriously want the UFC fighter to win the Mirror Ball Trophy.  Score: 28/30

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Image Courtesy of ABC

Wayna and Lindsay (Jazz) – Recreating the famous 2000 VMA performance of N’SYNC’s “Bye, bye, bye.”  As much as I love Paige, I have to hand it to Wayna.  He brought it last night.  The singer’s moves were sharp and he looked like a pro on the dance floor.  Some of the infectious enthusiasm he normally has during his routines was not quite there.  It was replaced with this look of determination.  I kinda missed the fun, but that drive nearly got him a perfect score.  Love that Joey Fatone and Lance Bass were there to support Wanya.  Score: 29/30 (Quick side note, I was at a charity event this weekend that Lance Bass attended and he was very sweet.  He happily posed for pictures with fans and talked to as many of them as he could.  Totally a nice guy.  It made me wish I was less hateful on the band back in their heyday.)

Down to the not so fun part of the show:

Endangered Couples:  Paige & Mark, Doug & Karina, and Von & Witney.  I was ready to spit nails when they said Paige and Mark were in danger of being eliminated. 

Eliminated Couple:

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Image Courtesy of ABC

Doug & Karina

It was sad to see the Football Hall of Famer go because he was such a delight to watch each week.  I would have rather seen Antonio go home instead.

Next week has the group dances.  It will be a battle of the sexes!  Also two couples will be given the boot.  I really hope Paige isn’t one of them.

What did you think of last night’s Dancing with the Stars?  Did you have a favorite dance?  Do you think the right couple went home?  Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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