The show must go on … I thought it was classy that Dancing with the Stars host Tom Bergeron delivered a heartfelt message addressing the tragedy in Las Vegas prior to the show’s delayed start. Much like the healing nation turned to Saturday Night Live following 9/11, those who were left feeling confused, angry or scared still needed lighthearted entertainment to ease our weary minds. DWTS is one of my biggest guilty pleasures, so it was a nice change of pace to discover the guilty pleasures of the eleven remaining contestants this season on Guilty Pleasures Night. It was a welcomed distraction from the senseless events of the day. And after that semi-shocking double elimination last week, it was revealed that no one would be going home this week. Tom Bergeron’s guilty pleasure was revealed to be miming … didn’t see that one coming. Bruno is fixated on models, fried food and fast cars, while Carrie Ann loves nachos and Len likes eating bacon and eggs … naked. Let that sink in.
Let’s see how your favorites fared on this third week of competition:
Drew Scott and Emma Slater, Argentine Tango
Drew Scott’s guilty pleasure is that he enjoys watching true crime shows. Dancing a film noir-driven Argentine Tango to “Red Right Hand” by Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Drew continues to look sharper week to week. He should be looking pretty smart by the time of his wedding! Len said there was no crime or no mystery to it – he enjoyed the characterization and lifts. Bruno declared he’s solved the riddle of the Argentine Tango with a smoldering intensity and a twinkle to his eye. Carrie Ann commended him for coming out first and coming out strong. He earned two 8’s and a 7 from the judges – his best scores yet!
Derek Fisher and Sharna Burgess, Cha Cha
I loved watching Derek let loose and have fun with a Cha Cha set to “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” theme song. Carlton should be proud! I’m not even sure how a Cha Cha is supposed to work with that music, but it did. The best part was when Sharna dragged Derek by the ear in a move that was reminiscent of the show’s opening sequence. Bruno admired his vibrancy and confidence, saying he really popped tonight. Carrie Ann called it “bootylicious” and praised him for hitting his Latin lines and revealing that he’s a natural dancer. Len felt there was a nice amount of Cha Cha content and could see how much Derek enjoyed dancing to this song, which in turn made him enjoy critiquing it. It was a well-earned trio of 7’s from the judges for his best effort to date.
Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy, Quickstep
She gets knocked down, but she gets up again … I could see how this was her personal anthem. I loved Victoria’s Quickstep to “Tubthumping” by Chumbawamba. The costumes, props and supporting troupe really sold the performance. Carrie Ann likened it to when she worked with Noah Galloway during a season past, saying Victoria’s totally on the path to obtaining a 10. Len enjoyed the entertainment factor but cautioned them about having more body contact in the dance. Bruno loved the flavor, saying it was like watching an attack from a tartan army, admiring how much Victoria “brought it” this week. I would concur with Tom – what kind of asses made fun of Victoria in high school for being in a wheelchair?
Vanessa Lachey and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Jazz
Alan continues to prove how much of a good sport he is by standing in for Maks this week. Dancing a Jazz routine to Cyndi Lauper’s immortal ’80s anthem “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”, I’ve never enjoyed Vanessa more. Where can I get one of those sparkly dresses? They were soooo cute! Len said everybody had fun watching this routine and complimented Vanessa by saying he couldn’t tell which dancer wasn’t a professional when she was dancing with the troupe. Bruno called her a “yummy mummy” again, saying it was crisp and relevant. Carrie Ann loved the unison with the troupe, though she thought her lift could have been more graceful. Ouch.
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev, Viennese Waltz
I’m just not a fan of Nikki Bella or Fifty Shades of Gray … however, her Viennese Waltz set to “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna might be considered a guilty pleasure. She was wispy, and the two sizzled together with a palpable chemistry. Her beau John Cena was in the audience and didn’t look a bit worried, proclaiming it was spicy and fearless. Bruno said it was naughty but nice and that Nikki’s whipped into shape beautifully. Carrie Ann admired the riskiness of the routine but wants to see more of her softness and trust in her partner come back. Len liked the mix of natural turns and reverse turns but said he wasn’t exactly transported to the elegance of old Vienna. He felt it was a tad on the aggressive side, but John said that’s why he loves her.
Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson, Samba
Aww, Frankie Muniz would have been adorable in a boy band! I loved that he fulfilled his boy band fantasy by dancing a Samba to “It’s Gonna Be Me” by *NSYNC. I think he missed his calling. Carrie Ann felt it was a little too real, saying he was great at the boy band stuff but not consistent enough with the Samba content. Len thought it was a lot of fun but echoed the sentiment that it needed a little more hip action. Bruno said only these two could get away with the double denim look. He called it a little pitchy in places, but said he’d still sign him anyway because he possesses a lot of natural talent. I especially loved it when they showed old footage of Frankie singing a boy band song on MTV back in the day. Life imitating art.
Lindsay Stirling and Mark Ballas, Jive
A pajama-clad Jive has to be another first for this program. Dancing the Jive to “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!, Lindsay and Mark nailed it as per usual. Nobody has ever made Mark shine as bright! I will be absolutely devastated if these two don’t win this season. Len appreciated the energy and Jive content, saying if he’s dreaming, he doesn’t want to wake up. He called it the dance of the season. Bruno called it incredibly clever and creative, declaring it brilliant choreography. Carrie Ann said it will go down as one of her favorite dances of all time on the program and admired how much stronger Lindsay gets week to week. Lindsay said she’s having the time of her life, and it shows. They earned three 9’s and the highest score so far this season.
Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko, Jazz
Who doesn’t love desserts and baking? Kudos to Sasha for dancing her Guilty Pleasure Jazz routine to “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)” by The Four Tops. Their food fight was as adorable as their routine complete with Gleb taking a pie to the face at the end. Bruno likened the dance to the Swedish Chef on The Muppets, saying the ingredients were thrown together in a fun way. Carrie Ann liked the dancing in sync, saying it was very clean and well-rehearsed but somehow lacking anyway. Len wasn’t much of a fan, saying it didn’t showcase her ability to dance. It wasn’t her best dance, but 2 6’s, really?
Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd, Jazz
Who knew Nick Lachey was such a romantic goofball at heart? Dancing a Jazz routine to “Jump (For My Love)” by The Pointer Sisters, Nick looked looser and less awkward this week. Finally, this was the Nick Lachey I was expecting to see on the dance floor! Carrie Ann said he looked amazing in his sequined leotard and she could tell he was finally having fun on the program. Len loved the concept, commitment and confidence. Bruno could feel the burn, admiring the way Nick got his juices flowing and how much he was feeling the performance. All Nick needed was a healthy dose of Jazzercise to jump-start him back into this competition.
Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke, Salsa
Last week Terrell had a breakthrough performance on Latin Night. I never would have expected him to say breakdancing was his guilty pleasure! Dancing a Salsa to “The Breaks” by Kurtis Blow, Terrell appeared to be in his element again. Lucky for Cheryl. Len felt he came back with great content. He’s not quite at a touchdown yet, but he’s definitely in the red zone. Bruno admired his own style, saying he popped out of the Salsa with better choreography from Cheryl. Carrie Ann was having a meltdown because she finally felt like Terrell brought it this week. For once, Terrell was not at the bottom of the Leader Board.
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, Charleston
I love this couple! Jordan’s guilty pleasures are apparently comic books and superheroes. Dancing to “The Glory Days” by Michael Giacchino from The Incredibles, their Charleston was definitely a showstopper. I especially loved their usage of the dance troupe as villains for them to thwart with their high kicks and colorful speech bubbles like ’60s Batman. Tom commented after that somewhere Adam West is smiling. Bruno called it “Mission: Incredible.” He loved the Lichtenstein pop art with all the thrill of a blockbuster, while Carrie Ann couldn’t quite wrap her head around everything she saw, but she loved his consistent control. Len said he didn’t want to be grumpy, but it wasn’t a traditional Charleston – though he did enjoy it. Len wrecked his score, which should have been 3 9’s and a tie for first place.
Everyone seemed visibly more relaxed and confident this week with the knowledge that no one would be going home. Next week the program returns with another elimination, as the contestants explore the most memorable years of their lives. Who do you think should go home next?
Which dance was your guilty pleasure this week? Who is in danger next week? Tell us in the comments below!