For Week 3 on season 17 of “Dancing with the Stars,” it is Hollywood night. Last Monday ended with a bit of bad luck for the Science Guy Bill Nye–he had a torn tendon and wasn’t expected to compete and was really unable to dance at all. Did that effect the outcome? It was, time for the low scorer to go. You can still vote to help keep your favorite remaining couple on the show.

The judges scores are added to viewer votes from the previous week, and the couple with the lowest combined score from judges and viewer votes will be eliminated from the competition toward the end of that week’s episode.

If you recall, last week the standing were as follows:


  1. Amber Riley & Derek Hough: 27 + 24 = 51
  2. Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff: 24 + 26 = 50
  3. Elizabeth Berkley Lauren & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 24 + 25 = 49
  4. Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke: 23 + 24 = 47
  5. Christina Milan & Mark Ballas: 22 + 25 = 47
  6. Brant Daugherty & Peta Murgatroyd: 22 + 23 = 45
  7. Leah Remini & Tony Dovolani: 21 + 24 = 45
  8. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi & Sasha Farber: 23 + 20 = 43
  9. Valerie Harper & Tristan MacManus: 21 + 19 = 40
  10. Bill Engvall & Emma Slater: 18 + 21 = 39
  11. Keyshawn Johnson & Sharna Burgess: 17 + 18 = 35 ELIMINATED
  12. Bill Nye & Tyne Stecklein: 14 + 17 = 31 LOW SCORE

Up first was Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani who danced a very sultry rumba. Her black dress really helped build the heat. I thought she could have used more extension and fluidity in her arms. Her back steps could have been more fully extended as well. However, there was real chemistry and I was actually surprised at her progress. She really sold the dance.

Len Goodman was first to comment and said he loved the chemistry and the passion going on but wanted a tad more fluidity.

Bruno Tonioli commented that Remini definitely got the feeling and he loved it, but he also wanted more continuity of the arms.

Carrie Ann Inaba disagreed, saying the arms created this very cool passion and thought that Remini had turned up the steam notch to full steam ahead. The team received eights across the board.

Next up was Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff. They went old Hollywood for their quickstep. He was in tan jophurs, knee high tan boots, a brown best with a white shirt and a burgundy ascot. Smirnoff’s pale pink gown was somewhere between old a glamorous nightclub gown and a high class nightie.

Tonioli commented he was impressed that with this fast number Bleu was able to maintain the synchronicity. Inaba also was impressed because the footwork was so sharp and bright but also noted that he started with great form but sometimes dropped his shoulder. Goodman noted that the routine was a bit hectic and when the speed came on the form went out. Still he found it was a fabulous number.

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Valentin Chmerkovskiy were stewardess and pilot.  Her modest shoulderless blue dress with the full skirt balanced out her long blonde hair. She really does well with hairography. Val was dressed in navy blue pilot’s suit.

Inaba found Lauren’s dance had elegance and she had a demure sexiness that was the sign of the times (1950s) but she got ahead of herself in the music.

Goodman called the dance “chicken soup to the eyes” because it was delicious and satisfying. He told Lauren,  “You’re a contender.”

Tonioli added, “You’re flying first class all the way.”

Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd were next and Murgatroyd continues to impress. Daugherty had problems this week. He had a sprain. He got robbed at gun point. He lost his phone. No doubt: Daugherty had  a tough week.

On the dance floor his quickstep was fun. He was a bit out of sync at the start with his footwork and he tends to be a little flat-footed.

Goodman called him the “no stress express” because he had speed and control, but he did drop his left shoulder from time to time.

Tonioli felt that if he continues to carry on like this “the nation will go crazy for you.” He told Daughtery, “You were the perfect matinee idol” but also noted he dropped his frame.

Inaba admitted to him, “You are not who I thought you were” because he has
“great musicality and great lines.”

Valerie Harper was supposed to be Grace Kelly. Tristan MacManus was Freddy Mercury. She was in a 1950s wide skirt with plenty of petticoats. But she isn’t really Grace Kelly. She doesn’t have the cool sultriness. She came off as more perky and her form was off. It looked more like MacManus was pulling her around than leading her. Tristan was dressed in white pants and a yellow with silver trim band jacket.

Tonioli told Harper that she looked absolutely right. He and Inaba noted that Harper lost her way too many times during the dance.

Goodman said it was like flying coach on a cheap airline, little bit uncomfortable but at least the plane landed safely.

Bill Engvall and Emma Slater performed the paso doble Lone Ranger style. Engvall was a bit stiff. His paso was by way of country and completely lacking in the Latin c-shapes. I guess if you consider that the Lone Ranger was a white guy and on the TV show, really square that it does fit the character.

He was dressed like the Lone Ranger and Slater looked like a Disney version of Pocahontas.

Inaba said, “You nailed the paso” and said his movements perfectly in sync.

Goodman admitted,  “When I was a kid I loved the Lone Ranger.” He declared it was his best dance yet.

Tonioli loved his attack.

Amber Riley and Derek Hough took on the Charleston. Riley sometimes doesn’t bring her feet together and she can be sickle-footed. She wears low heels when the dance really calls for higher heels.

Goodman wanted more swivel in her feet.

Tonioli wanted her footwork to be sharper.

Inaba noted that her upper body can bang, but her bottom half wasn’t keeping up. She thought Riley’s feet weren’t angled right and not high energy enough.

Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke tried to be sexy, but Osbourne didn’t have the cockiness to pull off the Hollywood pimp. He was stiff. He was adorably self-conscious and earnest. I think made a bad judgment call and that Osbourne was able to pull it off although he might have done worse with an old Hollywood routine.

Tonioli found the routine ambitious routine, but he and Goodman thought Osbourne needed to get more hip movement.

Inaba thought the problem was Osbourne took too big steps.

Christina Milan and Mark Ballas did a clown and show girl Charleston. It was a lot of fun with plenty of reference to other swing dances.

All the judges thought the performances was top notch.  Tonioli noted, the choreography is so inventive visually inspiring.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber went for Hollywood glam and Polizzi is a strong contender. She looked elegant in her red dress and up-do. They could have been in closer hold and I think she missed a few steps, but she did have that on stage sparkle.

Goodman noted that this was Polizzi’s first ballroom dance and was pleasantly surprised.

Tonioli loved that she stayed in character and noted there were footwork in mistakes.

Inaba declared that Polizzi is a superstar.

Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein had a lot to contend with. The doctor thought Nye should only dance in a wheelchair. Nye thought he just needed to suspend and immobilize his leg. They were to dance jazz and they tried a Tron routine.

Tonioli stated he didn’t see any jazz, but still thought it was very entertaining. Inaba was impressed that he didn’t give up. Goodman thought Nye had guts, determination and bravery.

ABC didn’t post a video of Nye and Stecklein’s routine. You can view it elsewhere:

The scores for Monday’s dancers were as follows:

Brant Daugherty & Peta Murgatroyd

Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff

Christina Milian & Mark Ballas

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren & Valentin Chmerkovskiy

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi & Sasha Farber

Leah Remini & Tony Dovolani

Bill Engvall & Emma Slater

Amber Riley & Derek Hough

Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke

Valerie Harper & Tristan MacManus

Bill Nye & Tyne Stecklein

Bill Nye had torn 80 percent of his quadricep at the end of his paso doble routine last week. Tyne tweaked her knee.  He was dancing basically on one leg this week. Another dancer could have done something riveting–think Madd Chadd. Nye was only a man giving a good try and the Tron reference is probably lost of many people since the movie wasn’t that popular.

It was sort of a relief that Nye was eliminated since he was badly injured and because he can’t really dance. If only they could have gotten a geek who could dance. Mensa has a twitter campaign for Nye, but it wasn’t enough or maybe the really smart people also vote smart.

You can still vote for your favorite couple.

How voting works

During the live show every Monday night, the stars dance and fans get to vote.

The following week, the stars will perform again, and the judges will give each couple a score based on several factors, including technical execution. Those scores will be added to your votes from the previous week, and the couple with the lowest combined score from judges and viewer votes will be eliminated from the competition toward the end of that week’s episode.

So for example, your votes after Week 2 will be combined with the judges’ scores from Week 3 to determine who goes home at the end of Week 3. That means these dancers will have to bring it every week. If they had a bad week followed by a good week, the judges might be their saving grace. But a terrible performance might be enough to cancel out a solid performance the week prior — you’ll have to watch to find out.

You can vote online two ways. You can vote by going to the ABC website, but you need an account and must sign in. You can vote on Facebook. You can vote by phone. See the phone numbers below.

Phone voting begins during the show on Mondays, and is open until 60 minutes after the conclusion of that show in your local time zone.

Online voting at both and Facebook opens each Monday when the show begins on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) and stays open until 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) the next day. During the season’s final week on Monday, November 25, online voting will open when the show begins on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET (5 p.m. PT) and will stay open until 11 a.m. ET (8 a.m. PT) on Tuesday, November 26.