Hollywood night on "Dancing with the Stars" season 17 saw the last of Los Angeles' Lindy Hopping guy. Last Monday ended with a bit of bad luck for the Science Guy Bill Nye--he tore his tendon during his Beethoven routine and the doctor warned him not to compete. He did compete but was eliminated at the end of the show, moments after his gutsy performance. You can still vote to help keep your favorite remaining couple on the show.
Nye's low score wasn't a surprise but his routine was. There were a few other surprises such as who came out on top.
The judges scores are added to viewer votes from the previous week, and the couple with the lowest combined score from judges and viewer votes will be eliminated from the competition toward the end of that week’s episode.
If you recall, last week the standing were as follows:
Amber Riley & Derek Hough: 27 + 24 = 51
Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff: 24 + 26 = 50
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 24 + 25 = 49
Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke: 23 + 24 = 47
Christina Milan & Mark Ballas: 22 + 25 = 47
Brant Daugherty & Peta Murgatroyd: 22 + 23 = 45
Leah Remini & Tony Dovolani: 21 + 24 = 45
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi & Sasha Farber: 23 + 20 = 43
Valerie Harper & Tristan MacManus: 21 + 19 = 40
Bill Engvall & Emma Slater: 18 + 21 = 39
Keyshawn Johnson & Sharna Burgess: 17 + 18 = 35 ELIMINATED
Bill Nye & Tyne Stecklein: 14 + 17 = 31 LOW SCORE
The night started off right with Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani who danced a very sultry rumba. Her black dress really helped build the heat. I thought she could have used more extension and fluidity in her arms. Her back steps could have been more fully extended as well. However, there was real chemistry and I was actually surprised at her progress. She really sold the dance.
Len Goodman was first to comment and said he loved the chemistry and the passion going on but wanted a tad more fluidity.
Bruno Tonioli commented that Remini definitely got the feeling and he loved it, but he also wanted more continuity of the arms.
Carrie Ann Inaba disagreed, saying the arms created this very cool passion and thought that Remini had turned up the steam notch to full steam ahead. The team received eights across the board.
Just as Nye's low score wasn't a surprise, a high score by Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff wasn't. They went old Hollywood for their quickstep. He was in tan jodhpurs, knee high tan boots, a brown best with a white shirt and a burgundy ascot. Smirnoff's pale pink diaphanous gown finished the picture of Hollywood hopeful and young director.
Tonioli commented he was impressed that with this fast number Bleu was able to maintain the synchronicity. Inaba also was impressed because the footwork was so sharp and bright but also noted that he started with great form but sometimes dropped his shoulder. Goodman noted that the routine was a bit hectic and when the speed came on the form went out. Still he found it was a fabulous number.
Bleu wasn't the high score of the night, however. Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd were delightfully sophisticated and Murgatroyd continues to impress as a choreographer.
On the floor, Daugherty began a bit out of sync. Things looked like they may not go well. After all, Daugherty had problems this week. He had a sprain. He got robbed at gun point. He lost his phone. No doubt: Daugherty had a tough week. On the dance floor his quickstep was fun.
Goodman called him the "no stress express" because he had speed and control, but he did drop his left shoulder from time to time.
Tonioli felt that if he continues to carry on like this "the nation will go crazy for you." He told Daughtery, "You were the perfect matinee idol" but also noted he dropped his frame.
Inaba admitted to him, "You are not who I thought you were" because he has
"great musicality and great lines."
Other good performances included Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Valentin Chmerkovskiy. They were stewardess and pilot in that 1950s or early 1960s "Mad Men" mode. Her modest shoulderless blue dress with the full skirt balanced out her long blonde hair. She really does well with hairography. Val was dressed in navy blue pilot's suit.
Inaba found Lauren's dance had elegance and she had a demure sexiness that was the sign of the times (1950s) but she got ahead of herself in the music.
Goodman called the dance "chicken soup to the eyes" because it was delicious and satisfying. He told Lauren, "You're a contender."
Tonioli added, "You're flying first class all the way."
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater performed the paso doble Lone Ranger style. Engvall was a bit stiff. His paso was by way of country and completely lacking in the Latin c-shapes. I guess if you consider that the Lone Ranger was a white guy and on the TV show, really square that it does fit the character.
He was dressed like the Lone Ranger and Slater looked like a Disney version of Pocahontas.
Inaba said, "You nailed the paso" and said his movements perfectly in sync.
Goodman admitted, "When I was a kid I loved the Lone Ranger." He declared it was his best dance yet.
Tonioli loved his attack.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough took on the Charleston. Riley danced with a lot of sass, but not a lot of prep time. Riley was recording for her new album and then had her work on "Glee" to deal with so rehearsals were squeezed in between.
She was flashy in a Gatsby way, but Riley sometimes doesn't bring her feet together and she can be sickle-footed. She wears low heels when the dance really calls for higher heels.
Goodman wanted more swivel in her feet.
Tonioli wanted her footwork to be sharper.
Inaba noted that her upper body can bang, but her bottom half wasn't keeping up. She thought Riley's feet weren't angled right and not high energy enough.
Also taking on the Charleston were Christina Milan and Mark Ballas. Ballas went creative, but not too wacky. They did a clown and show girl Charleston. She was dressed in a glorified white corsette with long stockings. His white clown face was a perfect counter to her corsette dress. The dance was a lot of fun with plenty of reference to other swing dances.
All the judges thought the performances was top notch. Tonioli noted, the choreography is so inventive visually inspiring.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber went for Hollywood glam via diamond and Marilyn Monroe for their quickstep and Polizzi is a strong contender. She looked elegant in her red dress and up-do. They could have been in closer hold and I think she missed a few steps, but she did have that on stage sparkle.
Goodman noted that this was Polizzi's first ballroom dance and was pleasantly surprised.
Tonioli loved that she stayed in character and noted there were footwork in mistakes.
Inaba declared that Polizzi is a superstar.
There were some misjudgments, too.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke tried to be sexy in a funky, sleazy-glam way, but Osbourne didn't have the cockiness to pull off the Hollywood pimp. He was stiff. He was adorably self-conscious and earnest.
Tonioli found the routine ambitious routine, but he and Goodman thought Osbourne needed to get more hip movement.
Inaba thought the problem was Osbourne took too big steps to get a proper cha cha cha hip movement.
When you think Valerie Harper do you think regal? Do you think cool sophistication? I think gutsy. I think brash. This week, Valerie Harper was supposed to be Grace Kelly. Tristan MacManus was Freddy Mercury. She was in a 1950s wide skirt with plenty of petticoats. But she isn't really Grace Kelly. She doesn't have the cool sultriness. She came off as more perky and her form was off. It looked more like MacManus was pulling her around than leading her. MacManus was dressed in white pants and a yellow with silver trim band jacket.
Harper and MacManus tied for the low spot of the night with Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein.
Tonioli told Harper that she looked absolutely right. He and Inaba noted that Harper lost her way too many times during the dance.
Goodman said it was like flying coach on a cheap airline, little bit uncomfortable but at least the plane landed safely.
Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein had a lot to contend with. The doctor thought Nye should only dance in a wheelchair. Nye thought he just needed to suspend and immobilize his leg. They were to dance jazz and they tried a Tron routine.
Tonioli stated he didn't see any jazz, but still thought it was very entertaining. Inaba was impressed that he didn't give up. Goodman thought Nye had guts, determination and bravery.
ABC didn't post a video of Nye and Stecklein's routine. You can view it elsewhere.
The eliminations go quickly with the new format. I'm not sorry to see Nye go because he wasn't a good dancer.
The scores for Monday's dancers were as follows:
"Crazy in Love"—Emeli Sandé and The Bryan Ferry Orchestra
"Diga Diga Doo"—Duke Ellington
"Let Me Drown"—The Wild Party
"Come Fly with Me"—Frank Sinatra
"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend"—Marilyn Monroe
"William Tell Overture"—Gioachino Rossini
"Hollywood Swinging"—Kool & the Gang
"Get Lucky"—Daft Punk feat. Pharrell Williams
Mensa has a twitter campaign for Nye, but it wasn't enough or maybe the really smart people also vote smart. Maybe next time they'll get a geek who can dance.
You can still vote for your favorite couple.
How voting works
During the live show every Monday night, the stars dance and fans get to vote.
The following week, the stars will perform again, and the judges will give each couple a score based on several factors, including technical execution. Those scores will be added to your votes from the previous week, and the couple with the lowest combined score from judges and viewer votes will be eliminated from the competition toward the end of that week’s episode.
So for example, your votes after Week 2 will be combined with the judges’ scores from Week 3 to determine who goes home at the end of Week 3. That means these dancers will have to bring it every week. If they had a bad week followed by a good week, the judges might be their saving grace. But a terrible performance might be enough to cancel out a solid performance the week prior -- you’ll have to watch to find out.
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