Wanna stay up-to-date with ABC’s dance competition, but don’t have two hours to spare on Monday nights? If you’re wondering — “Who Was Eliminated on Dancing With the Stars?” — we’ve got you covered with the week’s biggest hits and misses, culminating with the week’s elimination.
Week 6: “Famous Dances”
The celebs are back with their original partners, but not without getting a taste of something new. For some, last week’s switch up was a sweet reminder of their strong partnerships, but for others, they’re facing this week with a bad taste in their mouths. But a taste of cake in honor of birthday boy Len Goodman should cleanse everyone’s palate.
Best Dance: This week had so many well-performed dances, but it’s hard to mess up when you’re recreating something that’s already worked for another artist. The high scores of the week went to Wanyá and Lindsay’s recreation of N*Sync’s song “Bye, Bye, Bye.” Wanyá is a great performer of the boy band genre, and he always looks like he’s living in and loving every moment of his DWTS experience. The judges were floored and even former N*Syncers Lance Bass and Joey Fatone were in attendance and thrilled by the fun homage.
Worst Dance: Ginger and Val’s dance to Janet Jackson’s “Nasty Boys.” It was a night with so many great performances, “good” is no longer good enough. But it was good, No disrespect to Ginger, or Ms. Zee if you’re nasty.
Most Improved: Jodie and Keo’s dance to Pink’s “Try” This is one of my favorite music videos because it’s so raw and honest, and I think Jodie was trying to channel Pink’s ferocity when she and Colt Prattes performed the song live at the 2012 AMAs. There is so much tension violence in the performance that it’s almost hard to watch — but in the best way. And after the tension between Keo and Jodie, this was a perfect choice for them. This was Jodie’s comeback (and Keo’s body looks like Adonis).
Elimination: This week, the three couples in jeopardy are Paige & Mark, Doug & Karina and Von & Witney. I think two of these teams are red herrings, because clearly Doug & Karina should and will go home. Doug did the best he could with the dance ability he was dealt. He has lots of heart, lots of fans, and lots of courage, but he’s just not a born dancer.
Next week, two couples will go home in a double elimination and it’ll be “Boys vs. girls” int The season’s first team dance.
But before then, Check out the super sexy DWTS video for Zayn’s new single, “Pillow Talk” featuring DWTS troupe dancer Jenna Johnson and pro dancer Artem Chigvintsev. So sexy!!!
Week 5: “The Switch-Up”
Just when the celebrities and their pro partners have hit their stride, it’s time to shake things up with “The Switch-Up.” New partners mean new problems, and new opportunities to shine. The night started with a rousing opening number to “Freedom” by Pitbull. His music is required playing for DWTS; it makes me want to move!
Maksim Chmerkovskiy returns to the ballroom as this week’s guest judge and promises “Truth and nothing but the truth.” And James Bay stopped by and provided the music for Wanya Morris and Witney Carson’s dance and for a routine starring troupe members Artem and Jenna.
Best Dance of the week goes to Nyle DiMarco and his stunning Viennese Waltz with Sharna Burgess. Nyle is turning into a human highlight reel and this week is no exception. The passionate dance had Carrie Ann in tears. “You take my breath away,” she sobbed and told DiMarco that he was born to dance. America’s Next Top Model host Tyra Banks was in the audience (and had stopped by dance practice earlier in the week) and was beaming with teary-eyed pride. Bruno gushed, “The magic of dance is alive in you!” After a bit of scoring confusion, where Bruno and Maks held up their “10” paddles alongside Len, actually wrote down “9s” on their official scoring sheets. But 37 out of 40 is pretty amazing and Nyle won’t complain.
Worst Dance of the week goes to Antonio Brown and Karina Smirnoff’s Cha Cha to “Son of a Preacher Man.” I enjoyed an eyeful of Antonio’s abs and my husband gave Karina’s legs two thumbs-up. But Len hated the dance and called it out of control. Bruno loved it because it had plenty of pizazz and he got to gaze upon Antonio’s abs too. It earned a 26 out of 40 from the judges, but I have a feeling that Antonio is safe in the weeks ahead.
Most Improved dancer this week is Jodie Sweetin. Ms. Jodes redeemed herself with an electronica-infuse Paso Doble with Val Chmerkovskiy. Jodie’s face always looks like she’s in pain, but the dance was her best by far. I’m a big fan of Keo’s — I think he moves wonderfully — but I’m beginning to question him as a choreographer. I just don’t think he offers dances that are as sophisticated as the other dance pros and it puts his partners at a disadvantage. But Jodie and Val earned 35 our of 40 from the judges; a big improvement over last week.
Elimination: No one is eliminated this week, so everyone will be back with their regular partners last week.
Week 4: “Disney Week”
Put on your Mickey ears, it’s time for Disney Week! This week is the most magical of the season as ever celebrity channels favorite stars in charming, character-driven dances and DIsney gets to take full advantage of corporate synergy. And Disney star (and Season 16 runner-up Zendaya) returned to the ballroom as a guest judge.
Here are the night’s highlights…
Best Dance: Paige and Mark’s Toy Story-inspired Quickstep.
From the first moment that Paige leapt onto the dance floor as Jessie the Yodeling Cowgirl, her prior dance experience and athletic background were on full display. Mark made a charming Sheriff Woody, and everyone has a friend in a chorus line of dancing green army men. It was sharp, clean and delightful to watch. The judges agreed and gave the dance a quartet of nines, putting them and dance atop the leaderboard with Ginger and Val.
Worst Dance: Doug Flutie and Karina Smirnoff’s Mary Poppin’s inspired jazz dance needed more than a “Spoonful of Sugar” to make it palatable. I found it too full of tricks and didn’t have enough dancing to feel complete. Doug was really entertaining to watch through, perhaps he should consider doing a little local musical theater.
Most Magical Dance: Von Miller and Witney’s royal waltz. Witney was absolutely perfect as Cinderella; she has just a joy and effervescence that was marched by Von’s good-guy persona. He certainly is Prince Charming and was romantic and gentle, but strong and sexy. I felt sad when the clock struck twelve; I wanted to watch the two of them dance all night long. The entire dance felt like a wonderful fairy tale.
Elimination: The two couples in jeopardy of elimination this week were Marla Maples & Tony Dovolani and Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe. The night wasn’t magical for Maples, whose journey ends tonight. She made for a lovely Little Mermaid and performed a charming waltz that was “Part of Your World,” and last week’s “Happy” jive was middle of the pack score-wise, but perhaps the constant reminder that her ex is Donald Trump didn’t help her in the vote department.
Jodie Sweetin’s dance this week was far from perfect, and she’s definitely in jeopardy next week. But perhaps Shakira fans will vote en masse and save her for another week.
Week 3: “Most Memorable Year”
Every year, this night is a head scratcher. Some of the celebrities have a story that is so profound and has a single song encapsulates who they are and the story they’re telling to America. But some other celebs in the competition (usually the young ones), have lived lives without strive, so they just pick a random song that’s fun, or whatever. In the end, they get upstaged by the performers with deeper stories to tell. And some people tell us about a year that was memorable, but then dance to a song from a completely different year.
Best Dance: Paige VanZant’s MMA-inspired Paso Doble perfectly portyayed her victory over bullying. Len hated it because it was too contemporary, but Bruno and CarrieAnn agreed that the dance kicked ass.
Honorable mention to Wanya Morris’ Star-Spangled Waltz; and mad props for being able to carry-off an all-red ensemble. And Nyle DiMarco … so many things that I could say about you. But I’ll leave it at Wow.
Worst Dance: Mischa Barton’s Samba to “Party in the U.S.A.” was cringe-worthy. And the vocal performance was embarrassing too. Yikes. We did see a few smiles from Ms. Barton post-dance, and the judges gave her pity sixes.
Grab the tissues: Jodie Sweetin shared her emotional return to the life that she loved after conquering her drug and alcohol addiction. Sweetin shared that her mom once described her as having a light that exudes from and surrounds her. And when she was in the depths of her addiction, her light went dark. Now that Jodie is sober, her light is free to shine once again. Who doesn’t love a comeback story? Jodie was always a charming kid and was always a shock that someone so beloved went through a period where she didn’t love herself. And Andra Day‘s vocal performance was lovely.
Elimination: This week was Mischa’s final dance. I’m not surprised and she didn’t seem surprised either.
Mischa might have had more fun if she’d done the UK version of the series. Pouty only works on TV dramas, We like our celebrity dancing champions to be gushing and giggly.
Next week, the dance floor get a bit more magical when we have “Disney Week.” And in two weeks, “The Switch-Up” rears its ugly head, so vote now for unnatural pairings.
Week 2: “Latin Night”
In my exclusive interview with judge Bruno Tonioli, the sassy Italian reveals that “Week 2 is when the competition heats up!” For the competitors, the initial jitters are gone and with the arrival of the competition’s first elimination, things start getting real.
The biggest news of week was that dance pro Mark Ballas injured himself during Sunday’s dress rehearsal, so troupe member Alan Bersten stepped in to partner with MMA fighter Paige VanZant, who is an early favorite. While Ballas nurses his back injury, he’ll still be inventing new choreography and is shadowing the dances so he can return to the dance floor as soon as the show’s doctors have cleared him to compete.
Best Dance: Paige VanZandt and Alan Bersten. Bravo to Alan for jumping in and making Paige shine. She’s just to darn adorable, how can you not love her?!?
Worst Dance: Mischa Barton. She just doesn’t look like she’s having any fun. I root for her because she looks as awkward as I imagine I would be on DWTS, but noone, but my mother, wants to watch me dance.
Biggest Surprise: Antonio Brown admitted that his steamy Rumba with partner Sharna Burgess sent him on a trip to Bonerville.
In the season’s first elimination, TV host Geraldo Rivera and his partner Edyta Sliwinska were mercifully removed form the competition, saving us from seeing dances better suited to Frankenstein’s monster than for a person who is apparently not an animated corpse.
You know you’re a bad dancer when you make Master P look graceful by comparison. Rivera had to know it was only a matter of time before he exited the ballroom; in the season opener, he branded himself as “The only Puerto Rican who can’t dance.” And we all agreed with him; he can’t dance. And shouldn’t. Ever.
Week 1: “First Dances”
We got a first look at all 12 couples competing in Season 22, and I must say, I’m impressed. Geraldo Rivera was a mess, but he’s 72 years old, so cut him some slack. Mischa Barton was a little awkward, but let’s hope that was just Week 1 jitters.
Best Dance: Wanya Morris’s Cha Cha thrilled me; who knew that he could move like that?!?
Worst Dance: P.U. Geraldo, that Cha Cha was worse than the time you opened Al Capone’s vault and expected up to get excited by a few empty bottles!
Biggest Surprise: Deaf model Nyle DiMarco’s Cha Cha. How do I describe this? Amazing. Awe-inspiring. Fantastic.
No one is eliminated in week one, so all 12 couples will compete in week 2’s “Latin Night
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