Dancing With the Stars…and Giving Away Stuff! Hello, Tuesday!

Yes, I tripped the light fantastic in the glitter dome again last night.  Join me in the ballroom, won’t you?


We’re back in the Dancing With the Stars ballroom…and someone is going home tonight!  Who do you think it will be?  My money is on Billy Dee.  I love the guy, but I think it’s just the merciful thing to do.  His body doesn’t seem up to the challenge, and no Jedi mind tricks are going to save him, I don’t think.

Also?  We’re informed that the Partner Switch Vote starts tonight.  I’m very ambivalent about this new twist.  Which is odd given I kind of loved it when they did it on So You Think You Can Dance, only that was half way into the season.  In this instance, for cripes sake, they just got partnered up!  And given the kinds of stunts and things they have to do, is it really wise to leave it up to America on choosing who should dance with whom?  We’ll enjoy the wacky personality match-ups, maybe, if you know, we’d had time to even meet these folks yet.  But you can’t go putting the short, skinny guy with the tall, full figured gal and except him to toss her around like a snowflake ballerina, you know?  So, it will be interesting to hear if there are any limitations on what swaps can be made.  I just don’t think we need this ploy on this show.  One of the things that we enjoy most is falling in love with our fave teams as we see them grow and bond during the course of this arduous journey.

Speaking of arduous journeys….  Sigh.  Sadly, we open with the requisite Agony of Rehearsal video clip package…and couldn’t we at least get a few weeks in before we have to be shown how awful and hard this is on the celebs?  Can’t the honeymoon of “I’m just so thrilled to be here” go on for at least one more week?  No?  Mkay.

But we quickly switch to happy times as the show opens with our troupe dancers and pros cutting a rug, smooching up on Len, then our pro-am pairs entering the ballroom dancing.  I like this opening so very much better than having them make that stilted teetering walk down the big staircase, permagrin of fear plastered on their carefully made up faces.  This is fun, spunky, and gets us all in the mood.  The rehearsal agony quickly forgotten as the endorphins spark and adrenaline starts pumping.  Check out Diana Nyad in that slinky red sequin number!   Ruh roh!  It’s a  little concerning when we spot Billy Dee making his entrance…by sitting in a chair on the sidelines.  Something tells me we might not have to vote him off, I think his replaced hips might have done that for him.  Aw.  I still think it’s the healthier inevitability for him, so better sooner than later.

We end with all the pros, the troupe, and our celebs all on the dance floor as part of the opening dance sequence and this is one adoption from the So You Think You Can Dance playbook that I’m heartily in favor of!  No surprise it’s a SYTYCD choreographer, Mandy Moore, who created that opening number.  See?  We don’t need no stinkin’ guest singer!  We can dance!

And they do.  Quite well, too!

Hello, Tom Bergeron! And welcome back surprisingly not-annoying and fun Erin Andrews!   Everyone is still wildly cheering the opening number, confetti is falling, everyone is ridiculously perky and filled with sequinny goodness….until Tom drops the night’s first Twist Bomb.  And it’s clear that neither pros nor celebs saw this one coming!

Tom reveals that they’ve got their own version of March Madness going, and so not one, but two couples will be eliminated tonight!  Wha??

Well,  despite the fact that he’s standing now with is partner, I’m still saying that Billy Dee is on IR and out for the season so maybe they needed a real elimination to go with?  Don’t know.  But we’re going to find out!  Also?  The double elimination can take place at any time during the show.  Double what the….?

Everyone is thrown, someone heckles from the crowd, and the so-much-more-on-the-ball-than-Brooke-was Erin cracks, “Well, someone up there isn’t happy about it!”  I’m thinking a lot of someones aren’t happy about it.  One of them might be me.  Like I said last week, it’s one thing to tweak the program to try and counteract the falling ratings of the past few seasons, but there’s such a thing as over-tweaking to the point where all the things we loved most about the show get thrown out with the underperforming parts bathwater.  Know what I’m sayin?

Time and agonizing patience, will tell…

Oh, and gossipy aside?  (I mean, you didn’t think I was here to just talk about dancing, did you?  Silly wabbit.)  I couldn’t figure out who the dancer with the sassy, short blonde hair was in the opening number, but as the camera does the slow pan down the now panicked faces of pros and celebs, I realize….it’s Peta!  Wow!  I like it!  Really freshens her right up.  Wonder if it’s real or wiggy?   More mysteries wrapped inside possible overkill enigmas…

Tom reviews the leader board and immediately starts talking who’s safe…. Yow.  Fasten your seatbelts, folks!  Drew and Cheryl?  You’re safe!  Also?  Yeah, get on the dance floor and shake it, dance monkeys, because you’re on righthisverysecond!

Yeah, this is a breakneck pace and I’m kind of jazzed, but at the same time afraid the pace is going to send us careening off the “show we love” rails at any second.

As you recall, this week the teams will be performing the dances that our celebs mentioned was their want-to-learn-the-most dance, as told to the producers before they first met with their partners.  Now, given the clearly stunned looks on the faces of almost all of the contestants last week when this supposed dance-of-my-dreams number was announced, I’m thinking this is more of a “what the producers might have thought they wanted the celebs to say they wanted to do, if, you know, they’d really asked them.  Ever.”   But no time for quibbling.  We dance!

1. Drew & Cheryl: Jive – Drew reveals that he was actually most at home when they actually performed live, as he’s used to being in the middle of folks screaming and being the center of attention on his gig as host of The Price is Right.  It’s the rehearsal part that freaks him out.  Oh, and apparently I wasn’t the only skeptic about these so called “wanna do dances” as we actually see Drew on camera in some random backstage hallway, looking as if he was accosted by a producer with a cameraman in tow, asking what dance he really, really wants to learn.   (Seriously, was this filmed this past week?  I still call bogus.  No way were those celebs faking their shock in hearing what dance they mentioned. Unless some babbled on so endlessly, they simply forgot what they said.  I’ll be interested to see if we get these supposed behind the scenes camera clips for all of them.)  Both Drew and Cheryl wish they’d gotten this dance later in the season.  Also, gossip aside!  Does the always lovely Cheryl look teenier this season?  She’s always had a fit, curvy figure but seems to have almost leaned those curves straight off her frame somehow.  Just me?

Dance: Okay, we’re dancing!  We’ve got a Buddy Holly theme going and for all the rehearsal fears, Drew is right, when the lights go on and the crowd goes wild, he’s 110% in it to win it.  It’s not the tidiest, tightest of dances for him, but he commits fully and while Cheryl is clever with her choreo to showcase this season’s clear crowd pleaser celeb, there is still plenty of jive content and he tackles it manfully.  I think by the end he’s truly winded and just praying for it to be over, but it’s over almost immediately after that becomes apparent, so all in all, a successful opener!  And, Tom reminds them, it’s good to be the Already Safe team!  We’re getting a lot of Wayne Brady in the audience.  Hi Wayne!  Judges: All three shower him with love, and some specific critique help. Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21  Carrie Ann makes it clear he would have gotten 8’s if he hadn’t had a few missteps, which actually bodes well for the pair given how tricky the jive is and they had to do it on Week 2.

I like Erin’s sideline reporting style.  She’s very confident and very much in command up there in the Celebraquarium, which is a good thing, and having also been a contestant on the show herself, she’s very much in tune with what the performers are going through.  I was ambivalent about her as the co-host, but she’s growing on me surprisingly quickly.  We throw it back down to Tom, who explains that we folks at home will get to pair up the pros and celebs via Twitter, but no details yet.

Next up on the Are They Safe Or Aren’t They chopping block?  Danica, Billy Dee, and Meryl.   Our next safe couple?  Billy Dee & Emma!  Wha?  There goes my theories!  Emma is over the moon, Billy Dee is trying to forget how much pain he is in, and up in the celebraquarium, the always competitive Diana Nyad is giving the frown of “Really?  He’s safe?”  We feel ya, Diana.  We feel ya.  Also safe? A far less surprising, Meryl & Maks!  This leaves the completely adorable Danica and Val…who are also safe!  We get a shot of the celebraquarium, filled with pasted on smiles and polite golf claps, because they’re doing the math….four couples safe.  Eight couples remain.  Two of them go home.  That’s a 25% celebraquarium attrition rate at the moment.  Yikes.

2. Val & Danica: Samba – Despite how utterly adorable they were last week, Val is convinced he didn’t propel her into the spotlight as well and thoroughly as he should have.  And while I don’t agree, I like that he’s pushing himself to do his best by her.  Danica is all “We got 8’s!  That’s great for the first night.”  And Val is all “Candace got a 9.”  Candace being her co-child-star nemesis.  Except, you know, not really.  Danica is all “I’m happy for her!”  She motions to her face.  “See the happy?”  Val is convinced she’s just acting, and it’s all still too cute, but we need some dance!  And boy…Val delivers.  He choreo’s a full tilt, no holds barred samba, and Danica, eager to bust out of her goody-two-shoes, repressed girl shell, tackles it like the budding pro she is. Still, it’s a lot and she puts all the pressure on herself to live up to Val’s expectations. She has a mini break down that’s pretty much the cutest break down ever—honestly? I do the sloppy cry over Hallmark commercials, so this was almost too perfect-tear-track-down-the-cheek to be real, except it’s Danica.  So of course it’s real.  Val finds her, apologizes for being so hard, and promises to lighten up.  I already am liking them as a team, because they both sincerely seem to want only the best from themselves and for their partner, and they behave quite sincerely and professionally.  I pegged her as a frontrunner for all those reasons last week, and that opinion is only underscored this week.  And now?  They dance!

Dance: Danica wastes no time putting her newly found femme fatale moves on display. It’s a good dance, intricate and they are in sync.  The only issue I had is I couldn’t really hear the music clearly until over half way through their performance, which was really distracting as that made it hard to initially match the beat with the moves they were doing.  Still, a very good performance, but the band hurt them. Score Thumbs Up for Danica & Val and Thumbs Down for the Ray Chew Crew.  Tom tells the judges it’s Val’s birthday – and hey, we share a birthday month!  Judges: All three offer great praise and tiny detailed helping commentary, but I see good scores coming.  Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24 in a repeat from last week.

3. Billy Dee & Emma: Tango –  He makes it clear his performance last week sort of crushed him, and made him doubt himself, feeling like an old man trying to do something he shouldn’t.  He felt foolish. Aw.  My heart breaks a little.  I know he’s struggling against odds he can do little, really, to overcome, but I want the force to be strong within him, not like this.  Makes me sad.  Emma is sad, too, and feeling the pressure of wanting to make it a better experience for him.  You have to love her.  Bless her, she brings in two dancers from the troupe, surround Billy with beauty and good cheer and convince him to have more fun, embrace the journey and do the best he can with it, regardless of where the chips fall.  I am glad to see him perk up.  Maybe a little too pervy there for a moment with the foursome comment, but we quickly move past that.  At least if he goes down now, he goes down fighting instead of surrendering, and that’s a good thing.  Good on ya, Emma!

Dance: We get the soundtrack from Peter Gunn, which gets the crowd going.  The tango starts with all three ladies and a secret agent man looking Billy, but the extra two quickly peel off, leaving Emma and Billy to tango.  And, while it’s still a lot of Emma making a go of it, Billy is at least dancing this week.  He truly is physically limited and I do still wonder at the wisdom of casting him – they have to have some kind of minimal physical ability standards, don’t they?  We don’t care if they can dance, but they need to at least be able to try.   She has to more or less lead/force him through the steps, but they get through it.  The fact that he wasn’t even in the Bottom 2 this week after last week’s dismal showing makes me feel like this won’t be sending him home, either…although it will still likely end up on the bottom of the scoreboard.  The very sincere cheering for him from the celebraquarium is nice to see.  Judges: Carrie Ann is kind, but nudges him to find a few more moves.  Len lays it bare, and not all that nicely.  Come on, don’t rain on Lando’s parade here, Darth.  Bruno is, well, Bruno.  Use your imagination, only not too much.   Scores: 5, 5, 5 = 15 same scores as last week, but, as Erin points out, that didn’t send them home.

 Switch Up News: Tom explains more about the Pro-Celeb Switch-up.  Apparently, we at home are supposed to Tweet with hashtag followed the names of who we want to see paired with whom.  You can’t vote for existing pairs.  I’m hoping now this might just be a one week twist, and if that’s the case, I’m less annoyed, but think it should happen later when we’re more invested in the current pairs…although that would leave less folks to switch around.  Hmmm…   So, who would you like to see dance together?  I’m just getting used to the pairs we have!


4. Meryl & Maks: Swing –  I realize that the only person so far we’ve seen on camera stating his secret dream dance has been Drew.  So my suspicions, they remain in tact, but Meryl does cop to having chosen this one, mostly due to the flips and tricks.  Makes sense, I can see where that would appeal to an ice dancer.   We get a little flirty flirty in rehearsal. It’s very clear that Maks is enamored of her if you’ve watched his sometimes handsy body language in the background while others are performing, but what’s interesting is when Meryl is doing the flirting, he gets a little flustered.  Heh.  I told you she was a good match for him.  In rehearsal, she’s all “toss me around, I love it!”  And he’s all over that…until he realizes he’s not a youngster anymore.  Meryl isn’t even breathing hard, all “yay! love this!” as Maks sits winded on the floor.  This might be my favorite Maks match up ever.

Dance: You know his this is going to rock…and it does.  They cutely start up in the celebraquarium, and while she’s got the personality in spades and the overall body language of the dance down, she’s not really extending that into her feet, if you watch.  Not real flicky, if you get what I mean.  When they race down the stairs, she gets it a little more in control, but I think the focus is more on the general body and feel of the dance while preparing for all the insane flips and throws, so it’s understandable if her feet aren’t 100 percent – she doesn’t have to do that part in skates – but hey, they’re so good, we have to find something to quibble about!  All in all, fun, perky, I still like them, even if she is ridiculously talented.   Cutely, they end up in a heap on the floor, and she drags Maks over to Tom by his foot.  Judges:  Props to the band from Len, and he’s right!  They were good in that.  Bruno underscores how hard that routine was and notices the little things I did.  Maks frowns, having missed it, and asks for specifics, which Bruno gives him – all without snark.  For a change.  On either part.  My boys, all grown up. Carrie Ann comments that she saw the same misses, but mostly loves that Meryl kicks Maks behind.  Agreed. Upstairs, Erin gives it to her former dance partner, and I love that everyone is riding Maks this season. Works for me.  He handles it well, but still, point to Erin. Scores: 8, 9, 8 = 25 I think a routine that hard should have been 9’s, but whatevs.  Maks comments that he got the 9 from the “important one.” (Aka Len.)

Now, we have Candace, Amy and Diana on the Chopping Block of DoomDerek & Amy are safe!  Candace & Mark are safe!  Diana & Henry...wow.  No “you’re in the bottom two.”  Tom just says “you had the lowest combined scores…you’re going home.”  Whoomp.  There it is. That’s…harsh.  And she has the hot sequin number on, too. What a shame!  No dance-of-your-dreams for you, Diana!  She is beyond gracious in her good-bye speech, wishing she could have given her partner a longer run, but then Tom says he heard her comment to Henry how sad she was that they wouldn’t’ get to dance, and….dance they do!  Thank you, Show, because otherwise, this went from a feel good show to a feel really bad show in one unnecessarily harsh elimination moment.

Diana & Henry: No rehearsal clip, they walk right to their spots, the music kicks in and it’s cha cha cha time!  The crowd is behind them straight off, and dancing might not be Diana’s thing, but drive and dedication are, and that clearly shows in the effort she put into giving this dance her best.  And while I’m not surprised by her elimination, for her sake, I wish she’d gotten more of her DWTS experience that she so longed to have.

Back from commercial, Erin is talking to Jeremy Miller—you remember this guy?  Yeah, he’s the one who ditched Candace to date Danica while he was on Growing Pains.  Oh, the level of live on national television awkward right now.  I love it.

5. Candace & Mark: Rumba –  This was the dance-of-my-dreams I had the hardest time believing.  Given Candace’s emphasis on her faith and not getting all down and dirty dancing with her time on the show, this is the last dance she’d have chosen.  She emphasizes that their dance will be more about the emotion of it, sensual and powerful, not raunchy and sexual.  Gossip Aside: I love when we hear Mark’s Brit accent peek out from tie to time. His mum is a Brit, doncha know.

Dance:  They were very good last week and she has both a shapely body and a very athletic one.  Clad all in black – both of them – the dance is slow and she is giving us emotional face throughout, meant to convey something hopefully deeper than I-want-your-body, which this dance is not about.  It is very beautiful, flows very well, she’s both a good dancer and a good actress, and Mark manages not to showboat for the whole minute and a half, so a win, really. In fact, it might be the most understated I’ve ever seen him.  Even his hair is somewhat restrained.  She does the dance proud…and moves past it. Good on her.  Judges: I’m surprised, as I thought the judges would be gushy gushy, but Carrie Ann goes right in with the “it wasn’t rumba enough for me” which…ruh?  Candace is heartbroken and because it’s sincere, you feel for her. She does end with a compliment, but dude, next time, lead with that.  It makes the critique much easier to take in.  Len agrees, something about her arms not matching her face, and Bruno makes it three, but at least starts with some love.  So…no nines for you, I’m afraid!  Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21 Low.  I’d have given 8’s.  They’re both very gracious.

6. Amy & Derek: Swing – This is challenging in the best of times, but for someone like Derek who would love nothing more than to push a partner like Maks’ Meryl to do this way over the top…he has a partner with two prosthetic legs.  So the challenges now is just to find a way to get his partner through a dance which could literally flip her right off her feet.  She has a hard time with the speed as it gives her no time to find her balance from position to position – remember, those feet aren’t real, so she can’t feel them, at all – all she can feel is that she’s pressing the ends of her prosthetic on the floor. Then there’s that part where when she snaps her legs together, sticking the landing, as it were, it can hit the button that actually releases her prosthetics from her body…and that wouldn’t be good during the dance.  Derek, to his credit, is open and honest about worrying about her and trying to put together a routine they can not only perform, but safely navigate.  I like their humor and good nature during rehearsals.  She is one very lucky girl to have gotten him as a partner for her journey on this show. I think they will both come out of it having learned a great deal more about themselves.

Dance:  I have to give massive props to Derek for devising a routine that allows her to get into the swing style, complete with lifts and slides, while managing to make us not think so much about what she can’t do – no lightning fast little flicks or kicks, but the fact that we can’t believe what she can do….dancing like that on feet that aren’t actually hers.  Amazing, fun to watch, and pretty damn good! Judges: All kind gushy gush with only a minor arm pass miss (Derek blames his tight jacket.  Manly man partner that he is.) Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24  She is amazed, they’re both thrilled.

On the Chopping Block of You Might Go Home Righthisverysecond are James and Charlie. Charlie & Sharna?  James & Peta?  You’re both safe!  (In case you’re keeping track, that leaves Nene, Cody, and Sean still in jeopardy.  And, frankly, it could be any of those three…but I’m thinking Nene has the fan base, and Cody has the tweeners, so maybe the arrogant and oh so hard to like Sean will get the early axe.  Couldn’t happen to a nicer guy.)


7. James & Peta: Salsa —  Here, we start to get a little insight into James’ dry, oh so very dry humor, as he explains that maybe they should take the man cake comment the judges made in reference to his role on the show this season and run with it.  He very calmly, as if discussing the weather, says, you know, perhaps they should go shirtless, still focusing on the quality of the dance of course, or possibly pantless, maybe totally nude, but maintanint the integrity of the performance, of course.  I wasn’t this guy’s biggest fan last week and he hasn’t won me over this week, but at least he was less of a patoot here.  I might be more of a fan if he bares said patoot, not over the moon, mind you, butt….

Dance: Peta not only cut off most of her hair at some point between rehearsals and the live show, but she also cut off most of her costume. The amount of fabric she’s wearing wouldn’t make a decent pair of gloves and a headband.  Just sayin.  Not to be left out of the skin showing, Derek has his shirt open exposing a very nice chest, I must say.  They’re both going for it and he has the rhythm to be a good dancer, and the competitive spirit and work ethic to be a threat this season, only in this case they’re so focused on killing it, it’s like they’re killing each other.  It’s a bit frenetic and overly expressive and he loses a bit of his finesse in his determination to attack the dance. And whichever cameraman is closest.  It’s fast and I can’t tell how much actual samba content is there, but the crowd cares not at all. Judges: Bruno gushes, Carrie Ann has unsurprising palpitations, Len, on the other hand, says exactly what I just did.  Scores: 9, 8, 8 = 25  Calm down, Carrie Ann.


8. Charlie & Sharna: Tango –  I love that Sharna takes Charlie directly over to Maks so he can learn how to be a bad boy.  And…Maks actually takes the time to give him pointers that make sense and would translate on the dance floor.  Charlie reveals he’s been in a relationship for five years, so the idea of being a James Bond like womanizer is so outside his circle of comprehension that he’s grateful for any tips Maks can throw his way.  Aw, Charlie, how do we love ya, let us count the ways…

Dance:  My first thought on the opening notes was that, try as he might, and good as he is, those blonde curls and boyish face simply aren’t going to translate into tango man god goodness.  Then he started dancing with her.  And all those years on the ice, this guy knows how to lead a woman around the floor.  There was no doubt, not a single one, who was in charge of this dance.  And Sharna is no retiring, shy thing, so that’s a double accomplishment, there.  He’s such a good performer, good dancer, every bit as much as his pro partner, Meryl, only…with that something a little extra.  Maybe it’s the boyish thing adding the vulnerable edge? I dunno.  But Danica?  He’s still my gold medal winner.   You’re on the podium….but dayum.  That was hot. Judges: Carrie Ann gets it! Len lectures him on the rules of tango. No breaking hold.  Bruno cares none at all for rules, he was all over it.  And so, still, am I.  Scores: 9, 7, 9 = 25.  Oh, Len.

Tom lets us know that some of the upcoming guest judges will be a return from Julianne Hough, also, Ricky Martin (I’m all over, that, too), Red Foo from LMFAO, and others!  More to be announced.

On the final Chopping Block of Please Don’t Let It Be Me: Cody, Sean & Nene.  Who is going home?  We won’t find out until all three have danced.  Augh.  This is the recap that will never end!

9. Nene & Tony: Jive –  As I commented last week, Nene is a bit much for me.  Maybe more than a bit.  This week, she tells us it was her husband who wanted her to dance the jive as it’s his favorite. Remember last week when I kind of wanted this show to kick her butt a little?  Yeah, well.  Wish granted.  Heh.

Dance:  It starts off a little awkward and the pink footies she’s wearing are part of that.  But when they get down to the dance floor and ease into the dance itself, she relaxes, the performer in her comes out, and it’s a lot more smooth and fun to watch.  Not the greatest, but not bad, either.  The hug with hubby afterward was cute. Judges: The judges are easy on her.  Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21 I was thinking more like 6’s, but mkay.

 10. Sean & Karina: Salsa – Setting aside his somewhat violent , brawler/enforcer past – oh, and he also plays hockey — in this environment, he’s an odd duck, Sean is.  He’s got his super power vest on in training again, and his dry humor cracks Karina up, but he’s got that dead eyes thing going on that makes it less funny and more…”Don’t wake up the monster, Clarice” to me.  I’m not Nene’s biggest fan, but with Billy Dee already safe, I’d rather this guy go home this week.

Dance: Sean looks surprisingly normal, smiling and giving it his all as the dance opens.  As we learned last week, he’s somewhat surprisingly committed to the dance, his ego not so much in fear of being made a fool, but so far past that that is simply wouldn’t occur to him that he’d be anything less than fabulous.  It’s kind of weird in a rubber necking sort of way, to watch them, and yet, the mom in me still wants to whisper “Run, Karina!  Run!!”  He’s a pro athlete and his performance is more athletically competent than it is graceful, he’s got no hip action, but he goes for it.  Judges: Kissy kissy, point your toes, don’t hurt me.  Scores: 7, 7, 7 = 21  Kind.  Too.

 11: Cody & Witney: Tango – This guy surprised me last week with his leading man abilities, and that will hold him in good stead this week.  He’s wanting to switch it up and modernize it and she’s all “we can’t break hold, no you can’t pick me up” and trying to get him to understand the boundaries. As a new pro she’s smart not to flaunt the rules, so I hope she keeps him in check. Seeing Charley take the hit for breaking hold from Len hopefully got Cody’s attention.  Also, for the love of all that is Hammertime, can we please, please, please retire the wacky awful, complete unsexiness that is the drooping crotch pant?  Like, TODAY?

Dance: It’s good, and God help him, he has drop crotch tux pants on…deep, so unappreciative sigh – and while he’s trying hard to make it young and fresh, Witney is trying just as hard to rein him in, and some of that struggle shows as they dance.  He is a natural partner leader, but she’s fighting him a bit on it this time, not trusting him to keep it under control.  All in all, it’s a very competent tango, but the chemistry takes a hit for all the added tension between them. It ended better than it started.  Judges: More or less, what I said.  I thought it was odd that Carrie Ann went a little on about wanting him with a taller partner, and Witney is all, “Um…gosh, CA, thanks.” We learn that he chose the tango because he has a photo of his parents doing the tango at their wedding.  Aww.   Okay, extra points from me.  Now, if you want to honor your folks, pull those pants up.  You know your mum is thinking the same thing!  Scores: 7, 7, 8 = 22

 Final Scoreboard:

25: Charlie, James, Meryl

24: Amy, Danica

22: Cody

21: Drew, Candace, Nene, Sean

15: Billy Dee

All we have left is to find out….who else goes home?  Tony & Nene?  Safe! Erin does comment that the final two couples don’t necessarily reflect the bottom 2 and 3 vote getters (given Diana has been confirmed as the lowest) but that one of them did receive the second lowest total score.  And that would be……?  Yep, it’s Karina & Sean.  We all know I’m very okay with this.  You? I feel for Karina, as I do for Henry, but that’s how it works in the glitter dome!

Next week? We’re down to 10 couples. Who stays?  Who goes? What Twist Bombs will they toss at us then?

While we wait for next Monday night…how about we do a fun Giveaway to bide our time?  Let’s do it!

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One lucky winner will get his or her choice of any book from my website bookshelf .  I know!  And that’s over 50 books to choose from.  What will you choose! Well, drop an email to me at donna@donnakauffman.com with “Oooh, free book shopping! I’m in!” in the subject line, then take a stroll through the bookshelf  and add the title you’d like to win in the body of the email.  That’s it.  That simple.  Well, if you want to add along a little DWTS glitterdome dish, go right ahead!  Winner announced right here in next week’s DWTSrecap.

And hey, if you’re not all recapped out, bop on over to my USA Today Castle recap!  (Pssst!  There’s a second Giveaway happening there!  Double your chances to win something this week!  Details at the end of the recap.)

Until then, keep your spray tans even and the sequins from getting into those uncomfortable places!  See you next week!









Well…okay, not right this second, but soon!

Mother Nature has managed to delay things a bit!  She’s gotten very good at that.  A power outage and freak March snow storm on the mountain this morning has delayed the recap as I couldn’t format it for the blog.

Please check back in this afternoon for my recap, all my latest Dance Dish AND a new Giveaway! 

All will all be LIIIIIIIIIVE at approximately 2PM!!

In the meantime, check out my Castle recap over on USA Today.   There’s a giveaway happening there, too!

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