Recap: Dancing with the Stars Season 12 Week 3
Last week viewers saw the first elimination of "Dancing with the Stars" Season 12 with Mike Catherwood and his partner Lacey Schwimmer being sent home after the radio show host failed to take the competition seriously.
This past Monday the stars got the opportunity to pick their own music as they channeled their emotions from a significant life event into a dance.As a result, many of the performances were categorized as "Rumbas" with slow tempos. The following is a brief summary of each pair and their dance, as well as their score. Tuesday's elimination results are provided at the end.
Wendy & Tony - Foxtrot
The talk show host shared with Tony how she got her big break in entertainment. She explains the struggles and sacrifices she endured to make it in the business, a list which included sleeping at rest stops.
Wendy looked marvelous in a sparkly blue gown as she and Dovolani took to the floor to do the fox trot. Their dance was set to her choice of "Last Night a DJ Saved My Life". Though Williams attempted to keep the mood of the dance going with smiles and gestures, she was distractingly slow in her movements. This made the performance seem monotonous. And despite an inspiring story, Wendy failed to translate it onto the dance floor. Throughout her and Tony's performance she didn't come across as moved or inspired, just focused on getting the steps right.
Judges: Carrie Ann said she that appreciates Wendy as a woman but also acknowledged thinking she took a step back this week. Len was sure to recognize Wendy's hard work but admitted the dance was a "struggle". Bruno said that for the foxtrot it wasn't fluid enough.
Score: 15 (5, 5, 5)
Chelsea & Mark - Cha-Cha
The 22-year-old Disney star chose a song that was written about her by her first love. The audience responded very well to the dance, which was fast paced and fun. Chelsea is a real doll, and she showed off her fit figure in a shimmery gold two-piece. It also looked like she nailed every step with the exception of one towards the end. In my opinion she's been impressive throughout this competition, and Monday night's performance was her best yet. She has that youthful, happy go luck appeal to her, and the Cha Cha really allowed that to come through.
Judges: Bruno's response drew laughs as he enthusiastically shouted, "Chelsea, Chelsea, sexy, sexy!"
Meanwhile Carrie Ann told her that she was "adorable", reminding to work on her hip action "a little". Len deemed this Chelsea's best dance so far.
Score: 23 (7, 8, 8)
Chris & Cheryl - Rumba
Chris Jericho dedicated his performance to his mother, who passed away in 2005. In the segment before the dance he revealed that his real name is Chris Irvine and for the first time in 20 years he'd be performing as himself, not a character. He and Cheryl danced their Rumba to "Let it Be" by The Beatles.
The dance came across as incredibly graceful and full of heart and soul. In fact it was so moving that Judge Carrie Ann was in tears when it came time to speak. A review done by FireFox read that Chris "moved with a grace that looked liked something you would see at genuine performance by a modern dance or ballet troupe." Indeed the former wrestler was eloquent and flawless in his motions, and his tribute was very touching.
Judges: Overcome with emotion after the performance, Carrie Ann addressed Chris using his real last name, telling him, "That was a beautiful tribute to your mom." While all the judges acknowledged the emotional strength of the dance, they also agreed on stiffness in Chris' hip movement. Len complained about a lack of arm movement as well, saying it caused the dance to lose fluidity. Still he told Chris that the lines he hit were excellent.
Score: 21 (7, 7, 7)
Kendra & Louis - Rumba
Kendra chooses the song "You and Me" for her husband Hank, explaining that people in his hometown were ashamed of him because she was the stripper that dated Hugh Hefner. She adds that she wants the song to send a message: follow your heart. During rehearsals Louis jokes that Kendra must see him as Hank, and she finds that difficult.
The couple's Rumba ends up being especially sultry as Wilkinson first emerges from a cloud of smoke in a dark red ensemble. These two do look awkward in such a dance, but they are trying.
Judges: Len thought there were some unnecessary wobbles, but said that Kendra's leg action has improved since the cha-cha. Bruno thought that the performance as a whole was erotic, telling her, "You're turning the men at home purple!" Carrie Ann seconded the head judge and stated that she enjoyed how Kendra celebrated her sensuality.
Score: 23 (8, 7, 8)
Romeo & Chelsie - Rumba
The singer/hip-hop artist dedicated his song to his two cousins, both of whom died at young ages. He and Hightower performed using the well-known tune "I'll be there".
This dance was similar to Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke's in format. Throughout its duration, Romeo managed to stay poised, and this helped maintain the mood of the story. The duo also did a good job of keeping their Rumba geared towards sentimentality rather than sensuality.
On the other hand, Romeo's choice of song didn't seem to mesh well with the dance style. He also looked somewhat hunched over at times, probably because he's much taller than his partner.
Judges: Bruno said he could tell Romeo put his heart and soul into the dance, though all the judges cited kinks in his footwork and leg placement. Len put a damper on the segment by saying that he thought Romeo had taken a step back with the performance.
Score: 20 (7, 6, 7)
Hines & Kym - Samba
Hines dedicated the dance to his mother who, as a single parent, worked hard to get him to where he is today.
Doing the Samba, the NFL wide receiver and his partner worked the dance floor "with flamboyant footwork and rhythmic Samba rolls" (Firefox). Despite a more challenging choreography, Hines and Kym remained in sync and maintained a high level of energy and enthusiasm throughout the dance. For the audience, it was really exciting to watch. Kym almost fell over at one point near the end, but somehow the judges missed this.
Judges: Carrie Ann remarked that Hines looked like he had been dancing samba his whole life. Bruno also called the number "uplifting." Len said Hines' mother was proud of him, and added that he was as well. As a result the duo received the highest score of the night with a 25.
Score: 25 (9, 8, 8)
Petra & Dmitry - Waltz
Petra's story was about visiting people in Thailand after the 2005 tsunami. She said the trip inspired her to start a foundation that aids in the recovery of communities affected by natural disasters.
Petra and her partner wowed the judges this week with a dance that was "technically and emotionally sound", according to Firefox. The slower style seemed to fit the model, who with long limbs was able to glide through the motions rather easily. The whole performance seemed enchanting, perhaps because Nemcova and Chaplin had the help of the smoke/fog machine clouding their feet as they moved around the dance floor.
Judges: Len Goodman commented that out of all the contestants, Petra has shown the biggest improvement thus far. Bruno called the model "heavenly", and Carrie Ann agreed, adding that as beautiful as Petra is on the outside, she also has an equally beautiful heart.
Chaplin and Nemcova's Waltz ended up getting them a tie with Kym Johnson and Hines Ward for the highest number of the night.
Score: 25 (8, 9, 8)
Sugar Ray & Anna - Paso Doble
Sugar Ray's story was about beating the odds. Somehow this guy always ends up getting the audience on their feet. He has a lot of energy, as does his gorgeous partner, the fiery haired Anna. Their energetic Paso Doble was definitely a hit, and it impressed the judges.
Judges: Bruno admitted the former boxing champ was back in business, adding that he needed to refine his Spanish lines. Carrie Ann remarked that she saw a lot of improvement, and Len said Leonard dominated the dance.
Score: 20 (7, 6, 7)
Kirstie & Maks - Rumba
Kirstie chose her song to represent a turning point in her life. She cited the time during which she lost her mom and nearly her Dad to a car accident and within hours of the tragedy, got her first major acting role.
The dance began beautifully but quickly took a turn for the worse, with Maks' leg giving out and both participants tumbling to the floor. Despite the gigantic blunder he was able to re-enter the dance and both continued on as if nothing had happened. For her part, Alley seemed wrapped up in the theme of the song.
Judges: Len Goodman applauded Kirstie and Maks for getting back up after the fall, saying that's what you do when you're down. Carrie Ann also remarked that "something magical happened" watching them recover from it. In their scores the judges seemed to be very generous with Kirstie and Maks, given what happened.
Score: 21 (7, 7, 7)
Ralph & Karina - Rumba
The original Karate Kid dedicated his dance to his wife of 24 years who was sitting front row. The song choice was Stevie Wonder's "Stay Gold," which served as a tribute to Macchio's role in "The Outsiders".
With her insane dancing skills and a revealing pink ensemble, Ralph had little chance of stealing the spotlight from his beautiful partner. He did very well in following her lead, however, and the two appeared to be completely in sync. Their performances continue to prove that they have chemistry on the dance floor. Additionally, Ralph seems capable of mastering both slow and fast styles, and this is something that will undoubtedly work to his advantage in the competition.
Judges: Len noted that it lacked some refinement and needed more hip action. Bruno said the dance was beautiful but complained about Ralph's "spatula hands". Surprisingly Carrie Ann went against her two fellow judges, calling them "cuckoo" in their evaluations. She instead dubbed Ralph and Karina's dance "a sweet rumba", setting off a tiff with the cranky Len who adamantly disagreed.
Score: 21 (7, 7, 7)
Tuesday: Elimination Night
Last night it was time for another couple to go home, but not before some singing and dancing entertainment. Guest performers Selena Gomez and OneRepublic both belted out their hit tunes as the pro's took to the stage and lit up the crowd. Also Hines Ward & Kym Johnson became the first couple of the season to do an encore dance. After being told they were safe from elimination, the two performed the Samba once again and it was excellent.
Ultimately three duos wound up on the chopping block based on their combined scores as well as viewer voting. Kendra & Louie, Chris & Cheryl and Wendy & Tony were all "in jeopardy", as the judges say. The E! reality star and her partner were the first to be saved, leaving team Chericho to face off against Miss Williams and Dovolani.
At the end of the night, the judges sent Wendy and Tony packing, though the TV host didn't appear visibly upset by the decision. She signed off with a gracious statement, expressing appreciation for the experience and thanking both her partner and the judges. "This has been a wonderful opportunity for me and I want to thank the judges and [partner] Tony [Dovolani] for teaching me how to dance. I got a chance to do this in front of millions of people. With that said, I will do the rest of the talking tomorrow on The Wendy Williams Show."