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And while “DWTS” celebrated this business called show, science lost a couple of crucial entertainment elements this week, as
Despite the boos in the crowd and the subsequent chants of "Bill! Bill! Bill!" in the studio audience, perhaps it was just as well that this beloved, yet ballroom dance-challenged Science Guy left at this point in the competition. The fan favorite, after all, had torn a ligament in his left thigh the week before and didn't even know if he would be able to dance.
And ever the practical guy, Bill knew where he stood in the competition. "There are people here who are working so hard, who are so good — you see how they're improving every week. I'm not going to keep up with that," the scientist reasoned. "What breaks my heart is Tyne's not going to stay in. She's fantastic."
How did the contestants fare on Hollywood Night? Let's make a word cloud and see what's trending.
At the top of the Week 3 leader board were Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, despite a tough couple of days. First, the "Pretty Little Liars" actor hurt his foot. Then he lost his phone. And then got robbed at gunpoint. But Brant was able to turn his mugging lemon into lemonade (he gave the guy a T-shirt and his Latin dance shoes – take that, robber!), and he was also able to turn his stomped grape of a foot into sparkly champagne with his "Great Gatsby"-esque quickstep to "Crazy in Love." Brant cut a great-looking figure in his white suit with gold vest, and Peta was a perfect daisy in her sparkly gold fringe flapper dress and feathered headdress. "You were the no-stress express," Len said. It may have been painful to dance, but "it was painless to watch." Bruno called Brandt "the perfect matinee idol." Carrie Ann went with the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic theme: "You are not who I thought you were," the judge said. "Great musicality and great lines. I can't believe you were hurt in that routine." And while it was undeniably fun and the couple were completely easy on the eyes, did it warrant that high of a score? Let's make like Bruno announcing his paddle score: Nein! Total: 27.
Mark Ballas wanted the Charleston to show off star Christina Milian's versatility. But why did it have to be accompanied by Mark's scary clown face? Good thing Christina's little cheetah girl Violet wasn't in the studio audience; just brought to rehearsal for inspiration. Mark should automatically get a 5 for that nightmare-inducing visage. But the judges weren't as disturbed as I was with all the It makeup. Carrie Ann praised Christina for "this incredible dynamic range of emotion" and called the routine "a full-body" performance. "The dance absolutely mirrored the music, which was fantastic," Len said, but would have liked the Charleston part to have "more swiveling action." "The clown and the showgirl are hitting the big time," Bruno boomed. "Visually inspiring – you perform better than you've ever had." Total: 26.
Since their samba went so well,
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi doesn't like 6s. It's embarrassing, and she feels like a loser. She wants to skyrocket right away and then go straight to heaven. So she and partner Sasha Farber worked their little tushes off with their Marilyn Monroe-themed quickstep this week. Snooki said she felt like she was Marilyn in a past life, and she channeled the diamond-loving movie star in a sweeping routine, doing an impressive one-handed cartwheel while holding Sasha's hand with the other, and proferring a kiss to the judges before being slid across the floor. JWow liked it. So did the judges: Not a 6 in sight. "For your first ballroom dance, you came out and surprised me," Len said. "This girl is on fire!" Bruno bellowed. "I admire your commitment to hard work and it shows." "You are a superstar," Carrie Ann approved. "Tonight, what you did out there blew me away. … You deserve a star on the walk of fame" (or a Chinese wok). Total: 25.
Derek Hough explained to
Cheryl Burke wanted Jack Osbourne to play a pimp. And despite Jack coming out all '70s Hollywood, "Huggy Bear-style" and rehearsal footage that made him feel like "we're making a porno," the cha cha was more Cheryl leading Jack around than a full-out Superfly affair. ("I'm an insecure pimp. A scared pimp," he confessed.) Plus, Jack revealed that "I almost overcooked it" and nearly slid off the grand staircase slide at the top of the routine. Bruno loved "the rock star opening" and said Jack kept his timing throughout the ambitious routine, but "you've got to watch your hip action." Carrie Ann said it was "good, but not your best." He's taking too big steps, was way back with his weight, and had too much fear in his hands. Len agreed. "I love your commitment," but "you've got to get your hip action going … and you wouldn't get your weight over your supporting foot." But for sister and former "DWTS" finalist Kelly, seeing her brother in fluorescent pink is everything. Total: 22.
Can’t wait for the cop drama “Harper & MacManus” where Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus bark at each other by their last names and go to Hollywood and fight crime, one ballroom step at a time. Tristan, of course, has to keep his mustache for the role. Week “Tree” for the dynamic duo had them dancing the cha cha set to Mika’s “Grace Kelly” — an interesting mash-up, with Tristan channeling Freddie Mercury and Valerie playing the titular Hollywood icon. I’m usually not a fan of wearing white after
After his slip into injury, the orthopedic doctor recommended that short of a wheelchair, Bill Nye give up the dancing, but "people don't regret what they do, they regret what they don't do," Bill said. So he used a leg immobilizer to keep his knee straight and basically did a "Tron"-like robot to partner Tyne Stecklein's Quora for a jazzy number set to "Get Lucky." "I don't know what Bob Fosse would say about the jazz … to be honest, I didn't see any," said Bruno. "But it was entertaining." Carrie Ann was very sweet with her commentary. "I think what you've done is absolutely astounding … you have a serious injury," she said. "You went through it, you didn't give up. ... I actually was very impressed." Len commended Tyne for choreographing a terrific routine. "And to you, Bill … to perform with that type of injury, it takes guts, it takes determination, it takes bravery," the head judge said. "That shows a lot about the man." Total: 16.
Carrie Ann said she wanted to see more content when Bill's other leg is feeling better. Perhaps he can come back at the end of the season and perform a proper jazz number.
What did you think, ballroom fans? Bummed over Bill Nye's departure? Should clown makeup be banned from the glitterverse forever? How does your word cloud work?