Friday, May 7, 2021

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Season 28, Episode 3 Recap: “Movie Night”

Courtesy of ABC’s ‘Dancing with the Stars’

This season’s third episode of Dancing with the Stars is the first theme week of the season! This week’s theme is movies, and the stars will be dancing to songs from movies.

This week’s show started off with an opening dance number with the pros, choreographed by Emmy award winner Kathryn Burns. Tom and Erin announced that Ray Lewis will not be dancing tonight because an old injury flare up. But, like last week, votes can be sent in for all the stars that dance, and at the end of the night one will be eliminated. Below is a recap of the episode.

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Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko
Dance Style: Tango
Song:  “Pretty Woman” by Rob Orbison, from the movie Pretty Woman
Comments: Len started off by saying he was a little bit disappointed. Not for the dancing, but because Alaina got rid of the hat. He liked the dance because it was full of attack, drive, and purpose. There was a stubborn start, but the tango she did was excellent. The left arm could have gone a little lower, but overall it was terrific. Bruno commented that it was a racy tango. Some of the lines were very good, now she has to do the transitions. Sometimes she can get a bit wobbly. Carrie Ann loved her confidence, but she still needs to work on the musicality. On her first pose she was ahead of the beat. She’s loving her confidence and wants her to keep bringing that out on the dance floor.
 
Scores:
Carrie Ann Inaba: 6
Len Goodman: 7
Bruno Tonioli: 7
Overall: 20/30

Hannah Brown and Alan Bernsten
Dance Style: Rumba
Song: “Hold On” by Wilson Philips, from the movie Bridesmaids
Comments: Bruno started off saying that it looks pretty good to him. Brown is a wonderful lyrical dancer. Everything on top moves beautifully, but she lacked a little bit of “Cuban motion.” Carrie Ann agreed that her upper half and lines are exquisite, but there was no hip action. She said they need to see the Latin styling. She said it looked more like a cheerleading dance. She said Hannah needs to lose the jazz styling. Len comments that her history with ballet help with the lyrical dancing and that she has beautiful musicality. Occasionally she needed more hip action and movement, but overall she’s a lovely dancer.
 
Scores:
Carrie Ann Inaba: 7
Len Goodman: 7
Bruno Tonioli: 7
Overall: 21/30

Karamo Brown and Jenna Johnson
Dance Style: Jive
Song: “I’m Still Standing” by Elton John, from the movie Rocketman
Comments: Carrie Ann said it was not the greatest, and there were a lot of mistakes. Karamo comes out and entertains, but there were a lot of moments where he was on the wrong foot or out of sync. She doesn’t want him to go home though because she wants to see more of him. Len said that he liked that they didn’t mess around, and they came straight out to the floor and started dancing jive. He liked the mix of steps that they did. He wants Karamo to be happy, but the thing is, going wrong is like getting a hickey — people notice, and as much as you try to cover it up, it’s still there. Bruno said to look on the bright side. He went off like a rocket. Though he did comment that he lost his footwork, and once you loose the footwork it’s hard to get back.

Scores:
Carrie Ann Inaba: 5
Len Goodman: 5
Bruno Tonioli: 6
Overall: 16/30

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Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber
Dance Style: Rumba
Song: “Dreaming of You” by Selena, from the movie Selena
Comments: Len said that with Brooke’s outfit, you could see the cucaracha was fantastic! He also complimented her other moves and said she did a great job. Bruno said she put all of her heart and soul into the dance. She did it with the proper Cuban motion they were mentioning before. Carrie Ann said she is an emotional dancer, and she had chills the whole time. That was an unapologetically amazing rumba with passion. She is happy this season is about technique.

Scores:
Carrie Ann Inaba: 8
Len Goodman: 8
Bruno Tonioli: 8
Overall: 24/30

Before going to commercial, there was a special guest appearance from BB8 to promote Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker with a special look of the movie that releases December 20, 2019.

Ray Lewis and Cheryl Burke
Dance Style: Cha Cha
Song: Ray was going to dance to “Twist and Shout” by the Beatles, from the movie Ferris Beuller’s Day Off
Comments: Ray and Cheryl were practicing for the dance when a tendon Ray tore in 2010 flared up. Due to the dancing, he’s been dealing with more pain, and got a MRI. The doctor said he’s torn three tendons that needs surgery. If he keeps dancing, it will rupture. Ray made the decision that he will need to leave the competition so he doesn’t damage something enough that he can’t walk. They then played a montage of his time with the show as he said how much it has meant to him.

In his place, former Mirror Ball champion and fellow NFL star Rashad Jennings danced with Cheryl.

James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater
Dance Style: Rumba
Song: “Shallow” by Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, from the movie A Star Is Born
Comments: Bruno said he can confidently say there was nothing shallow about that performance. He said it’s harder for a man to dance the rumba because they have to compliment the lady more than dancing for themselves. James made his partner look fantastic. Carrie Ann said there was so much poetry in the way he moved. It was truly stunning. Len said he got a little bit wide in the leg action which impeded the hip action. This was a little bit on the passionate side for him, but for him the rumba is more like a developing romance.

Scores:
Carrie Ann Inaba: 8
Len Goodman: 7
Bruno Tonioli: 8
Overall: 23/30

Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov
Dance Style: Quick Step
Song: “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton, from the movie 9 to 5
Comments: Carrie Ann said Flannery is killing the game — she was so precise. Carrie Ann noted that she’s working hard, and it’s paying off. Len said he liked the choreography and the performance. Bruno said this dance was a big hit!

Scores:
Carrie Ann Inaba: 8
Len Goodman: 8
Bruno Tonioli: 8
Overall: 24/30

Lamar Odom and Peta Murgatroyd
Dance Style: Cha Cha
Song: “Old Time Rock and Roll” by Bob Seger, from the movie Risky Business
Comments: Len said he likes to see Lamar dance because he is so much fun, but the wheels fell off a bit. Bruno said he started quite well, but he couldn’t manage it until the end. He admires him for trying though. Carrie Ann noted that he looked like he was more confident. He was on beat for every movement until he fell off.

Scores:
Carrie Ann Inaba: 4
Len Goodman: 4
Bruno Tonioli: 4
Overall: 12/30

Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Val Chmerkovskiy
Dance Style: Tango
Song: “Mamma Mia” by Abba, from the movie Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again
Comments: Bruno started by saying that he can see she has taken everything they’ve said and worked very hard at it. There was nothing shaky or unsure. A great feel good tango. Carrie Ann said it was a transformation. She felt everything Brinkley-Cook was doing in her body, and it was a huge leap forward. Len said lots of energy and clever moments. What’s great about this season is the routine was fantastic.

Scores:
Carrie Ann Inaba: 7
Len Goodman: 8
Bruno Tonioli: 8
Overall: 23/30

Kel Mitchell and Whitney Carson
Dance Style: Rumba
Song: “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion, from the movie Titanic
Comments: Carrie Ann said it was really solid dancing. They made every detail so specific, but was really tight. The energy is super tight and needs to be spread out; otherwise it was quite lovely. Len said he needs more shaping in his hand, which he can do with his thumb. His thumb was too flat. He would like more toning in his feet, but it was a good, solid performance. Bruno said that unlike the Titanic, they were able to complete the sailing without sinking. He agreed that it was a solid performance. The intensity takes away from the fluidity and he needs to work on that.

Scores:
Carrie Ann Inaba: 7
Len Goodman: 6
Bruno Tonioli: 7
Overall: 20/30

Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold
Dance Style: Cha Cha
Song: “Saturday Night Fever” by the Bee Gees, from the movie Saturday Night Fever
Comments: Len said that instead of Saturday night fever it was more like Monday night lukewarm. He said that Spicer’s feet are great when he walks, but then his feet get pigeon-toed. Bruno said that they are genius. He turned Saturday Night Fever into a disaster blockbuster. Carrie Ann loves that he’s living his best life, but would like to see him loosen up because he’s a bit robotic.

Scores:
Carrie Ann Inaba: 5
Len Goodman: 5
Bruno Tonioli: 5
Overall: 15/30

With a score of 24 out of 30, Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber and Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov tied for the highest score of the night from the judges!

**Elimination Spoiler Below**

Tom reminded the audience that Ray Lewis and Cheryl Burke had to withdraw from the competition.

The judges’ scores were combined with the votes from the audience votes by text and from abc.com.

The safe couples:
Hannah Brown and Alan Bernsten
Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov
Karamo Brown and Jenna Johnson
Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold
Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko
James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater
Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber
Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Val Chmerkovskiy

The two couples at risk:
Kel Mitchell and Whitney Carson
Lamar Odom and Peta Murgatroyd

Len announced that since Ray and Cheryl had to withdraw, neither couple will be eliminated!

The judges scores from this week will carry over to next week.

Do you have a favorite that you want to see make it through to the finale? Leave a comment below!

Shannon
Shannon
Shannon is a Florida girl who escapes the heat with TV, movies and music! On top of writing for Nerds & Beyond she has a full time job, does photography, and travels frequently to Disney, conventions or concerts. You can find her on social media as @reelnerdy!

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