‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Bill Nye Voted Off, Brant Daugherty Awarded Highest Score
Dancing With the Stars had a Hollywood-themed night on Monday that was missing booted former NFL star Keyshawn Johnson and revealed that a couple of the celebrity competitors were already suffering some injuries.
King of Queens actress Leah Remini kicked off the night with Tony Dovolani with a Rumba to latest James Bond theme song “Skyfall.” Their chemistry was palpable, but Len took issue with Remini’s arms throughout the performance. She ended up with straights 8s from the judges.
Next up were High School Musical actor Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, who took on a Quickstep. While the judges were in agreement that the pair managed to maintain an impressive speed, Len Goodman felt as though style sometimes suffered as a result throughout the dance. They were awarded 26 points, with Len giving them 8 points, while Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli gave them 9.
Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy danced a Foxtrot to the tune of Frank Sinatra’s "Come Fly With Me." Dressed as a stewardess and pilot respectively, the duo gracefully trotted around the dance floor. Len gave them their highest score of 9 out of their 26-point total.
The highest-scored dance of the night belonged to the injured Brant Daugherty and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd. Despite straining a tendon in his foot, Daugherty, with quickness and control, gave a professional rendition of a Quickstep to “Crazy in Love.” He got straight 9s from the judges.
Valerie Harper struggled to learn the Cha Cha routine from her pro partner Tristan MacManus this week. The Mary Tyler Moore Show actress maintained a positive attitude, despite forgetting her steps on the dance floor. The judges admired her spirit, but awarded her just 16 points for her effort.
Bill Engvall’s Paso Doble to the "William Tell Overture" was likely the best underdog performance on Dancing With the Stars on Monday. The Blue Collar comic sold the attitude in the aggressive dance with Emma Slater. Engvall was thrilled, receiving 8 after 8 from the judges.
Glee star and recording artist Amber Riley and reigning Mirror Ball winner Derek Hough performed a Charleston to one of the songs featured in Baz Luhrman’s The Great Gatsby. Adding elements of hip-hop into the routine made it an entertaining performance. Unfortunately, the judges saw some problems with Riley’s footwork that knocked their score down. She received a total of 24.
Dancing the Cha Cha to “Hollywood Swinging” by Kool & the Gang were a hot pink-clad Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke. All of the judges were in agreement that the performance suffered from a lack of hip action from Ozzy Osbourne’s son. He received 22 points from the judges.
Next to take to the dance floor was a red-haired Christina Milian and a clown-faced Mark Ballas. They did a quirky Charleston that included stop Lindy Hop steps, which Len appreciated. In the end, Milian was awarded 26 points.
Determined to better her disappointing scores from last week was Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi, who danced a Quickstep with Sasha Farber. Set to “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend” from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, the performance earned the approval of the judges despite some footwork errors. Carrie Ann gave a 9, while Len and Bruno gave 8s.
Last to take the dance floor was Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and his pro partner Tyne Stecklein, who took on a jazz dance. During practice over the week, Nye tore his quadriceps and a doctor said that there was no way he should take to the dance floor. Stecklein did her best to choreograph her partner’s immobilized leg into the dance, but he still only received 16 points.
In jeopardy of elimination were Milian and Ballas, Daugherty and Murgatroyd and Nye and Stecklein. To no ones surprise, the “Science Guy” was eliminated. Also, it’s worth mentioning that the other two “in danger of elimination” were not necessarily the pairs with the least amount of votes.
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays on ABC at 8/7c.
– Chelsea Regan
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