Week 6 of “dancing with the Stars’” season 17 brought us a new group dance called the Switch Up Dance Challenge (SUDC) and the first perfect score as well as unreasonably low marks for one couple. The episode aired Monday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m.
Corbin Bleu has been a frontrunner for the mirror ball trophy since he set foot on the dance floor. Partnered by Karina Smirnoff, he has performed well week after week and is a crowd favorite judging by the reaction of the studio audience.
As is his way, head judge Len Goodman took out his double standard again and slapped Corbin around for his performance. Whenever a dancer shows natural ability or has a dance background, Len seems to hold them to a higher level of expectation than beginners or non-dancers.
Corbin and Karina danced to the theme from the popular TV show “Game of Thrones” and choreographed their routine to tell the love story of two of the main characters from the show. Never before has a Viennese Waltz seemed so powerful. That is not to say there weren’t some minor issues with the number. Still, when the judges finished scoring him, he wound up with a 23 and tied for last place with Bill Engvall. See the routine in the accompanying video.
Fortunately, Corbin and Karina won their round of the SUDC which gave them an additional 4 points for an evening total of 27.
No one was eliminated from this week’s contest as there were technical difficulties last week with the phone numbers used to place votes and the numbers may hav3e been skewed. Corbin and the others will get to dance again next week. Tune in on Monday, Oct. 28 for week 7 of Dancing with the Stars on ABC at 7 p.m.
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