Dancing With the Stars, Season 17, Week 3, “Hollywood Night”

And so for the entire week we have all been fretting over Bill Nye’s torn tendon, but after a 20s Hollywood glamour opening number we learn it’s not even the only lower-body injury of the night; Brant  had a sprained foot this week as well(and Tyne mentions later she tweaked her knee).  Ultimately Bill will spent most of the show getting treatment backstage with it officially declared halfway through he and Tyne will be dancing.  Through this inspiring Hollywood drama, everyone else proceeds:

Leah Remini & Tony Dovolani: Rumba to “Skyfall.”  She wasn’t satisfied wither “sexy face” last week and wants a better one here.  And she gets it, along with killer hips in a much less hesitant dance overall, though there’s still an uncertain moment or two.  The judges generally like it, Len called it “More Hollywood than Deadwood,” though he and Bruno have reservations on her arms and Carrie-Ann doesn’t but thinks she lost it at one point.  They give her straight 8s for 24.

Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff: Quickstep.  She plays a young starlet trying to seduce his director character into casting her, and in the broadcast makes use of sepia tone.  It’s the first dance that doesn’t fit his specific skills, and the fluff shows him struggling and not liking it, probably at least partly because Karina wants to show they’re not coasting, and choreographs a very content-heavy dance.  Luckily he pulls all her difficult footwork off, and at remarkable speed, with all three judges praising him for performance, though Len slaps them with his longtime “hectic” criticism.  He gives them an 8, the other two give them 9s for 26.

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren & Val Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot to “Come Fly With Me.”  Old style with him as an air pilot.  During the fluff she has trouble with the need to #trust him to lead her(Tom later asks her to #stop talking in hashtags), so they rehearse it with her wearing a blindfold.  Guess it works, the dance is light and easy and pretty much her best yet-even when her feet go off for one moment.  Len declares her to officially be a contender.  The judges reverse their previous scores; Len gives them a 9 and Carrie-Ann & Bruno give 8s for a total of 25.

Brant Daugherty & Peta Murgatroyd: Quickstep to “Crazy in Love,” done in the style of the version on The Great Gatsby soundtrack.  Indeed the routine is very Gatsbyish, which them in 20s costumes and several Charleston moves included.  After a fluff where he learn he was robbed of his latin shoes as gunpoint(not an easy week for him) and they fret that his foot injury is particularly bad for a dance like the quickstep, he shows not the least sign of any trouble with his feet with a sparkling quickstep with flawless footwork-though Len and Bruno express very minor frame quibbles, which doesn’t stop the judges from giving him straight 9s for 27, a score ultimately noone matches.

Valerie Harper & Tristan McManus: Cha Cha to “Grace Kelly” by Mika.  In accordance with the song, she plays Grace Kelly and he plays Freddie Mercury! During the fluff piece she complains she can never remember the steps when trying to do them in time with the music, and he tries to lighten the food by coming in looking like Freddie!  Sadly, her memory issues are not fixed in time for the performance; she fumbles the footwork so badly its a wonder any impression of Grace or Freddie remains.  Yet something does, the judges are sure to note, as Carrie-Ann gives her a 6 and the other two give her fives for 16 points, followed by boos, Valerie defending the judges to the audience, and then judges and audience alike giving her a standing ovation, in that order.

Bill Engvall & Emma Slater: Paso Doble to The Lone Ranger theme.  In the fluff piece he says the paso doble sounds like some Mexican dish, they go to the midwest where he does some shows, and he said the Lone Ranger was his childhood hero.  Once again Emma cheats smart with the choreography; limits his moves to what she knows he’s capable of, does some slightly fancier moves herself, and then heaps in the praise from the judges when he throws himself into his much-loved character and meanwhile nails what she gives him.  Len says if he’d come in on the horse he’d have gotten a 10, though as it is they give them straight 8s for 24.

Amber Riley & Derek Hough: Charleston to “Bang Bang” by will.i.am, another selection from the recent Great Gatsby.  In their fluff piece, we learn she’s had a busy week, recording her album after rehearsals and filming for Glee.  Derek describes the Charleston as cartoonish and over the top, and his choreography reflects that, over the top is right, they throw themselves in and its all loads of fun to watch-and then the judges all object to her footwork for the second week in a row, though Len’s quibbles are much more minor than the other two’s.  Once again she gets straight 8s and 24.

Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke: Cha Cha to Kool & the Gang’s “Hollywood Swinging.”  In the fluff he expresses a wish to do 70s Hollywood because everyone else is doing the 20s.  He shows up in a big fur coat, playing a pimp, but when he loses the coat he doesn’t seem very pimpish, focusing on his footwork to the cost of the needed attitude and also the needed hip action.  The judges have serious objections to the latter problem, of course, which cause Carrie-Ann & Len to get him 7s and Bruno an 8 for 22 total.

Christina Milian & Mark Ballas: Charleston to “Let Me Drown” by the Wild Party.  After a fluff piece where her young daughter visits the studio, he plays a clown and they do vaudville, and nail it hard.  Burno even comments, “the clown and the showgirls are hitting the big time.  Len gives them an 8, the other two give them 9s for 26.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi & Sasha Faber: Quickstep to “Diamonds Are a Girl’s Best Friend.” Earlier in the show, she’s talked about the excitement of playing Marilyn Monroe, and how she thinks she might have been Munroe in a previous life  There are a number of qualities these two women certainly don’t have in common, but she had no problem executing the dance itself perfectly, giving her two 8s and a 8 for 25.

Bill Nye & Tyne Stecklein: Jazz(technically) to Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky.”  Bill currently has an immobilized leg, and the doctor tells him not to dance.  And indeed, he doesn’t dance much, when he come out in robot costume in a sci-fi movie tribule  He really does as little movement as possible while she dances like mad around him.  The result isn’t jazz, but how many people really care about that? The judges are nice enough to praise his courage, but Carrie-Ann gives him a 6 and the other two give him 5s, with Len making sure to say his score doesn’t reflect his admiration.

After all this there’s only five minutes left in the show, so instead of calling couples safe Tom just announces a last three left standing: Christina & Mark, Brant & Peta, and Bill & Tyne.  Between one’s score and the other’s support, you start to think Brant & Peta will be the ones to go, and then they too are safe.  Once again the bottom two isn’t revealed, and everybody stares in shock as even with less of a gap in points to make up than he had last week, Bill Nye is still sent home.  It’s even enough to make you wonder if the show is rigged after all-or if, perhaps, a result is changed in unusual situations like this one, where Bill really was too injured to dance properly.

Indeed, Bill to some extent acknowledges his leaving now is just as well.  He feels sorry for Tyne, though.

So now the question is: how much are the rating going to drop for next week?

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