Here’s a new theme for Dancing with the Stars. It’s Las Vegas night. It’s a welcome change with them having similar themes season after season. But this is something new and different which should lead to a more entertaining night.
Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd – Nick says he asked Peta to push him, and after last week he feels like he let her down. He would have felt like it was a wasted opportunity if he went home last week. They’re doing the tango to “Poker Face.” He’s back to where he was week one and then some. I say 8s, but I’m sure they’ll only be 7s. Even Len Goodman sees the improvement. His scores are 7, 6, 7, 6. Very surprising to have two scores that low.
Mr. T and Kym Herjavec – They’re doing the foxtrot this week to “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head.” It takes him back to his Dean Martin roast in 1984 when he met the Rat Pack. Kym thinks this routine screams “Old Vegas.” He’s going to get called out for his lines by the judges. His arms need to be lengthened. But this is definitely his best dance so far. Bruno Tonioli thinks he had the style absolutely right, and no mention of his arms. His scores are 6, 6, 6, 6.
Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess – They’re doing a Charleston this week, and she admits to struggling coming up with choreography he can do having been paralyzed just twelve months ago and can’t do stuff over his head. Meanwhile he’s getting frustrated with himself. She does really well choreographing this to disguise the fact he’s not doing any of those tricks. Regardless, Bruno thinks he needs to be more “high octane.” His scores are 6, 6, 6, 6.
Brother and sister duo Julianne and Derek Hough do a stunning duet, a preview of their tour that starts off later this month. They always look amazing together.
Heather Morris and Alan Bersten filling in for Maksim Chmerkovskiy – They’re doing a tango to Britney Spears’ “Toxic.” It works for her since she played Britney on Glee. Maks was in the hospital last week, yet he’s still helping them out via Facetime. She does well wth the dance and the character. Her scores are going to be good. She gets 9, 8, 8, 8. The best score so far in this competition, I think.
Charo and Keo Motsepe – Oh no, here we go. She says Vegas is like her second home. She notes Keo is now in Planet Cuchi Cuchi because he puts her in a good mood. They take on the foxtrot to “Goin’ to the Chapel.” It’s had to tell if she’s getting the right footwork or not because her feet are covered by her dress. Len thought it was “just lovely,” while Carrie Ann Inaba feels Keo is the yin to Charo’s yang. Charo asks for them to not “misconscrew” her. Her scores are 6, 6, 6, 6.
Simone Biles and Sasha Farber. They are taking on the quickstep to “Viva Las Vegas.” He wants her to nail the character of Elvis, and she doesn’t seem to really know about him, not even knowing that he was in movies. This looked flawless. Carrie Ann, ever the spoilsport, calls them out for a lift. The scores are 7, 8, 9, 8.
Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev – They’re doing the samba this week to “Shake Your Bon Bon.” The challenge for Nancy is in feeling confident and sassy. Meanwhile Artem is a huge fan of Ricky Martin’s, who advises her if she looks ridiculous, that’s a good thing. She does better than I would have though she would shankin’ that thing. Len says it’s the best dance he’s seens this season. High praise. Her scores are 8, 9, 8, 8.
David Ross and Lindsay Arnold – They are doing jazz to a song from Magic Mike. He’s debating going shirtless but not sure if he wants to show the world his love handles. He goes with a shirt that has a fake six-pack. If they’re going to call out women for dancing raunchy, they need to cal him out as well. Fair is fair. Len calls it fun and entertaining, though, instead of raunchy. His scores are 8, 7, 8, 8.
Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko They’re dancing the jive tonight and are going for a circus type of feel. She says the jive isn’t for her, but she’s not backing away from it. Afte the past several really good dances, this one is back to being just okay. It looks like she may have missed a step at some point. Julianne saw a few moments where she was unstable on her feet, and Carrie Ann is docking a point for them staying in a lift. The scores are 6, 7, 7, 6.
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater – She wants to be sure they stay on top of the leaderboard this week with their samba. This is definitely more than what we see in a usual samba. And he has his hips moving; they are anything but stiff. Julianne feels like the song choice worked against him and put him behind the music. His scores are 7, 7, 7, 7.
Normani Kordie and Val Chmerkovskiy – She’s working on learning the foxtrot while on tour in Hong Kong. He explalins they bonded on the trip, and he thinks we’ll really see that in their dance. Dancing to “Big Spender,” I think this is the dance of the night. She not only has technique but the spirit of the song as well. Bruno tells them they broke the bank in Vegas and tells them it’s the best dance of the night in his eyes, though Carrie Ann is docking a point again. Their scores are 8, 8, 9, 9.
The two couples in jeopardy tonight are Charo and Keo and Nick and Peta. The team being eliminated is Charo and Keo. She tells Bruno she’ll see him in the parking lot and prances off without Keo, but he corrals her and brings her back for a final dance.
While she was more subdued tonight, I don’t think people want to put up with her antics. They want to watch the couples dance. But I do feel sorry for Keo. He’s never been able to stay in the competition for more than a couple weeks.
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