Last week’s shocking elimination of Cody Simpson deflated a little of the energy surrounding this season’s Dancing With The Stars cast. I was definitely hard on Cody about his swagger, but he was certainly fun to watch. His dance style was a cool blend of pop-and-lock and flow dancing and I was impressed that he was forever true to himself by imparting his personality into everything he did. For a seventeen year-old guy, he already has himself pretty well figured out. I don’t imagine this kid going through a wool-socks and Birkenstocks “finding myself” phase. Cody’s music video for Surfboard has been blowing up social media, iTunes and YouTube, so I bet he’s no longer feeling sad about being eliminated from Dancing With The Stars.
I hope that tonight breaks out into a raucous wedding reception (without an intoxicated distant relative relieving himself into a potted ficus.) RedFoo, the lead singer of LMFAO is going to bring a youthful irreverence that will be like a shot of crotch-waggling adrenaline.
The show’s opening, to Party In The USA reminded me of a simpler time when Miley Cyrus’ parties included cardigans and butterflies in her tummy, instead of nights in thongs filled with Molly and Mary Jane.
RedFoo’s entrance was awesome. He is a total entertainer.
While the contestants were still breathing hard from the show’s opening number, Nene and Tony were announced as the night’s first safe contestants.
NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovoloni 1-800-868-3401
Dancing the Salsa to Hot In Herre by Nelly
After last week’s tiff, NeNe and Tony are committed to working together as a stronger-than-ever unit. I like seeing NeNe cry, it shows the vulnerability that lies inside such a strong woman. But, the best thing about NeNe crying is she’s quiet, because when NeNe screeches in fake pain, my ears bleed. Nene was super hot in her yellow dress, but the best part of this dance was Tony taking off his shirt! Tony, if you get too hot, next time, take off your pants!
Len: “Nene, you’ve cornered the market on fun.”
Bruno (WTF is he wearing? the world’s tightest red t-shirt and red jeans? No thank you!): “You’re one of a kind, and you can turn the motion on!”
Carrie Ann: “That looked like your most comfortable dance.”
RedFoo: “NeNe, you look like an entrepreneur, because you owned it! … I say technical, schmectical”
Judges Scores: Carrie Ann: 8, RedFoo: 9, Len: 8, Bruno: 8, total 33 out of 40
Up next in the hot seat, James and Peta and Candace and James and Peta are safe, Candace and Mark are in jeopardy and are dancing next.
Candace Cameron Bure & Mark Ballas 1-800-868-3407
Dancing the Cha Cha to I Love It, by Icona Pop
Candace is still uncomfortable portraying her sexuality. I get it, I am uncomfortable thinking of DJ Tanner as a sexy woman. “I think confidence is sexy.” Candace was vibrant and looked like a sexy Mirror Ball Barbie. Best of all, she looked like she was really enjoying herself! Again the music killed this performance. The band sounded like an adult version of Kids Bop. And Kids Bop is tragically uncool.
Bruno: “You are sexy and you just don’t know it!”
Carrie Ann: “When you hit it, you are great!”
RedFoo: “I got two words for that outfit…bling, bling!”
Len: “Your leg action was terrific! You still need to work on your arms, but who-ho!”
Judges Scores: Carrie Ann: 8, RedFoo: 8, Len: 8, Bruno: 8, total 32 out of 40
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd 1-800-868-3402
Dancing the Quickstep to You’re The One That I Want from Grease
After last week’s perfect score, James and Peta can only go down from here. The expectations are going to be huge! James is just so sexy, I would love to see him play bad-boy Danny Zuko on Broadway!
Carrie Ann: “You are a leading man!”
RedFoo: “That was quick. That reminded me of two crabs in the sand … just all over”
Len: “As a performance, you’re the one that I want. But as far as technique, it was tears on my pillow.”
Bruno: “For me, it was like watching John Astaire, or Fred Travolta …It was wonderful.”
Judges Scores: Carrie Ann: 9, RedFoo: 9, Len: 8, Bruno: 9, total 35 out of 40
Macy’s Stars of Dance, performed to Animals by Martin Garrix. Thankfully, many of the guys were wearing open shirts, thank you Derek for that artistic decision. That amazing bodies that all have! Of course, Macy’s Stars of Dance are so groundbreaking. Guys doing flips! A guy who moves like he has rubber bands for arms! Smoke shooting robots! Lazers! It was a frenetic, Tron-inspired, visual feast.
Up next, Danica & Val and Meryl & Maks are in the hot seat. Meryl & Maks are safe, and Danica & Val are in danger of being eliminated and are dancing next.
Danica McKellar & Val Chmerkovskiy 1-800-868-3403
Dancing the Cha Cha to I Wanna Dance With Somebody, by Whitney Houston
Danica is feeling like a contender after last week’s Disney success and she gives all credit to her outstanding partner Val. Hey, a song that the band didn’t butcher! Danica has a unique ability to make a beaming smile look incredibly sexy.
RedFoo: “Yeah Baby! Danica you just put love in the club! Whoooo!”
Len: “That’s the best dance of the night, so far!
Bruno (who finally put a sequin jacked on over his tight red t-shirt):“You have the playful verve and vivacity of a playful kitten. Adorable.”
Carrie Ann: “Today, you are the full blossom.”
Judges Scores: Carrie Ann: 9, RedFoo: 9, Len: 9, Bruno: 9, total 36 out of 40
Meryl Davis & Maksim Chmerkovskiy 1-800-868-3406
Dancing the Tango to Feel So Close, by Calvin Harris
Meryl was disappointed by last week’s 36 out of 40. Maks is feeling testy, sweaty and very swear-y. Maks feels the pressure of never having won a season of DWTS. Meryl’s outfit was wonderful, the lingerie top and billowy palazzo pants were sexy and chic. I wish the lights were higher or their outfits had more contrast just so we could see them better.
Bruno: “You are the first celebrity who can keep up with Maks.”
Len: “The woman in black, starring in a spine chilling, totally griping film noir of a tango.”
Carrie Ann: “Speechless.”
RedFoo: “I say E.T. phone home, because that was out of this world.”
Judges Scores: Carrie Ann: 10, RedFoo: 10, Len: 10, Bruno: 9, total 40 out of 40
Drew Carey & Cheryl Burke 1-800-868-3409
Dancing the Tango to Super Freak, by Rick James
Drew thinks this is his last week. He was loud and pimpy in a red suit, red tie and red shoes. He wasn’t making the strange face the Carrie Ann called him on last week. This week, he was making a new face. And he seemed like he was leading with his tummy. And since he was wearing all red, it made him look like the Kool-Aid Man.
Carrie Ann: “You were much more relaxed. You were the normal guy dancing but you were the life of the party.”
Bruno: You pimped my tango and you pimped it to maximum effect …You put on a great show.”
RedFoo: Man, you were all swagged out… You had the stanky pimp face.”
Len: “Drew, I love your commitment.”
Judges Scores: Carrie Ann: 8, RedFoo: 9, Len: 7, Bruno: 8, total 32 out of 40
Charlie White & Sharna Burgess 1-800-868-3412
Dancing the Cha Cha to Everybody Dance Now, by C&C Music Factory
While Charlie is busy doing Stars on Ice, he had to learn a difficult Cha Cha. But ‘cmon, this is Charlie White, AKA Clark Kent, AKA Superman. He can do anything! What is Charlie wearing? He looks like she should be serving drinks on a Disney Cruise. Now it make sense — blacklights! How ‘90’s cool! They got a little off of their music at the end, but it was still a unique dance.
Carrie Ann: “I loved it, that’s the kind of party I came from. You improved your hip work. It was hot, it was sexy, it was funky!”
RedFoo: “It made me want to dance!”
Len: “Charlie, you’ve got the most brilliant musicality when you dance. You’re like toothpaste, you ooze.”
Bruno: “That was my favorite bit! You captured the Ibiza nights, which I love.”
Judges Scores: Carrie Ann: 9, RedFoo: 9, Len: 9, Bruno: 9, total 36 out of 40
Amy Purdy & Derek Hough 1-800-868-3410
Dancing the Jive to Shout! by the Isley Brothers
Amy says that now is the time for her to break away from the pack. They had a pretty major bobble, but other wise, it was great to see Amy dance on her own and I actually liked the small mistake because it was just like a wedding: sloppy and unexpected, lots of eyes on the bride, and magically memorable!
RedFoo: “That blew my mind! That jive was quickstep, jive and then you started kicking. Whoo!!!!!”
Len: “That was a fantastic performance. I love watching you dance.”
Bruno: “Marry me darling… jive is the most difficult dance to perform … in 18 seasons here, and 11 in the UK, no one has ever done what you have done.”
Carrie Ann: “You had the best kicks and flicks ever!”
Judges Scores: Carrie Ann: 9, RedFoo: 10, Len: 9, Bruno: 19, total 38 out of 40
One of the last three couples to dance is in jeopardy, and Tom announces that it’s Drew and Cheryl who face elimination. Amy & Derek and Charlie & Sharna are safe. Someone will be eliminated next.
The three couples in jeopardy, Danica & Val, Candace & Mark and Drew & Cheryl stand nervously in their spotlights. Danica and Val are quickly announced as safe. After much anticipation, it is revealed that funnyman Drew Carey has been eliminated. Drew guessed this would be his last week so he didn’t seem surprised. Candace was tearfully thankful for another week on DWTS.
Drew: “I got farther than I thought I would, to tell you the truth … Thanks for letting me borrow your dance floor.” He isn’t a natural dancer, he isn’t lithe and flexible, but he was so earnest and entertaining. We will miss our favorite crowd-pleaser.
Next week is Latin Week (Tom reminded us about this 15 times throughout the night) with guest judge and guest performer, Ricky Martin. From this point on, each dance team will dance twice.
Like Me? Follow me on Twitter! @ChannelGuideKF