All right, Dancing With the Stars, I see what you’re doing here. Trying to distract me by way of an opening number featuring sparkly dresses and men wearing shirts with glitter collars? Nice try! I’m still acutely aware that there’s a double elimination in our future. With the leader board constantly changing, any of our remaining couples could be headed home. It’s all tough cuts from here on out. I’ll probably be crying, but what else is new? Thankfully, to ease the pain we get to watch everyone dance twice: first with their individual routines and then in a gender-war team dance round.
Let’s get it on, people. To the ballroom!
Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe
Quickstep | “For Once in My Life” by Stevie Wonder
Jodie’s still feeling the pain from last week’s intensely physical contemporary routine. She and Keo are pushing through it. Keo’s never made it this far in the competition, and he doesn’t want it to end here. All they want are some gosh darn 9’s. Last week Jodie threw Keo through a table, so she’s unsure of what more she can do to get higher scores. Tonight, they go for a completely different vibe. The routine was fun, light, and full of joy — the exact opposite of their last dance — and the judges applaud Jodie’s ease of movement. However, they also call out some lack of body contact and misplaced footwork. Carrie Ann even goes so far as to blame Keo for falling out of sync. HOW DARE SHE. Keo is a delight, and he’s wearing a full suit again! You don’t hate on Keo when he’s in a suit. It’s DWTS 101, Car. Regardless, a few 9’s do make an appearance. Jodie and Keo can’t ask for more than that.
Judges Score: 26/30
Kim Fields and Sasha Farber
Samba | “ABC” by the Jackson 5
Whew, boy. I would not want to be the judges this week. After the judges scored Kim and Sasha’s Hairspray routine lower than expected, Kim is not pleased. Sasha, being the partner he is, helps Kim channel that anger into determination to do better this week. Kim knows the judges are challenging her, and she needs to dig deep if she wants her scores to improve. Kim is one of those rare contestants who makes no bones about being an extreme competitor but is still endearing. How can she not be when she and Sasha dance in black light? Their samba is funky and fun, and Carrie Ann thinks that the anger Kim was feeling was the perfect motivator. She came out and, according to Len, performed her best dance of the season. As a reward for her hard work, the judges give Kim a much improved score: 9’s across the board. Kim jumps for joy. No one celebrates good scores quite like Kim Fields.
Judges’ Score: 27/30
Nyle DiMarco and Peta Murgatroyd
Foxtrot | “Beautiful Day” by U2
Nyle is not the same after Val-gate last week. Now Nyle’s worried about positively representing the deaf community. That’s a lot of responsibility to put on those very handsome shoulders. He’s quiet and aloof throughout rehearsals, and this makes Peta sad. Don’t make Peta sad, Nyle. She addresses the issue the best way she knows how, by choreographing a foxtrot that shows off Nyle’s technical prowess. When Carrie Ann comments that it was so effortless that it was as if a magnet were pulling Nyle across the floor, she isn’t kidding. Len rains on Nyle’s parade and criticizes his frame: Nyle’s shoulders were hunched, and his butt was out. But Bruno thought they did a fabulous job of creating romance with such a challenging song. Unfortunately, Bruno is too busy worrying about that romance that he doesn’t correctly present his score. That’s right — there is another scoring mishap as Bruno calls out a 10 but apparently wrote down a 9. Come on, team. It’s 2016. Can we figure out how to accurately announce scores during a live celebrity dancing competition? WE PUT A MAN ON THE MOON.
Judges’ Score: 28/30
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