On “Dancing with the Stars” Season 19, Week 3 is the beginning of elimination Mondays. That’s right. No Tuesday shows so the elimination comes on Monday and Week 3 is Movie Night. A male celebrity is off the show and the first perfect score is posted by a female star (Does it really count without head judge Len Goodman?)
The show begins with a Marilyn Monroe tribute. We have the Marilyn who has her dress blown from below and the Marilyn who loves diamonds and even a bit of Joe DiMaggio.
Then we get a dancerly introduction to the substitute judge, Kevin Hart. Who is Kevin Hart? He isn’t a dancer. He’s an actor and comedian who is currently the lead in “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” They guy is from Philly, but stand-up comedy probably doesn’t need a lot of dance. His scoring doesn’t help even out things.
Actually not one, but two female stars–Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy and Bethany Mota & Derek Hough–got perfect scores (but consider that the substitute judge is a much more lenient than Len Goodman). Eliminated was mixed martial artist Randy Couture and his partner Karina Smirnoff.
Couture knew he was in jeopardy and he and Smirnoff were the first dancers and took on the paso doble. Couture hunched his shoulders, he was off from the music and he also didn’t hit those Latin C shapes. His movie was “Rocky III.”
Next up was Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson performing to “Hey Goldmember,” but it didn’t feel very Austin Powers to me. Ribeiro needs to keep his shoulders down and pull up his ribs.
Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani proved that senior citizens can dance. The woman is 72 and she’s being lifted and performing splits. They were performing to a song from the romantic thriller “Ghost.”
What movie could Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev do but “Back to the Future”? I agree with one of the judges who said her footwork seemed a bit unsure and her posture needed improvement, but she always looks beautiful.
Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater performed a waltz to a Robin Hood theme. Waltrip isn’t the best dancer, but he just shines with enthusiasm.
Antonio Sabato JR. & Cheryl Burke was a bit stiff, he is a bit flat-footed and sometimes sickles his feet. They got their tune, “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” from “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
There was do Doug, but Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas were a ray of sunshine in yellow as they danced to a melody from “Up.”
Jonathan Bennett & Allison Holker tangoed to “Back to Black” from “The Great Gatsby.” I love Bennett’s enthusiasm. He has such a great smiles and yet that’s not what the tango calls for and I think he did a good job of expressing the character, but as the judges pointed out, he needs to work on his frame.
Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy had a few problems with the choreography–more of a backstage legal problem. But Bruno Tonioli called the performance her star turning moment.
Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd performed a decent tango but the guest judge gave them a perfect score and that was enough to raise a surprised Chong and a delighted Murgatroyd into third place.
Bethany Mota & Derek Hough got the blessing of Gene Kelly’s wife during their practice sessions and performed their version of “Singin’ in the Rain” for perfect scores. This isn’t the first time Derek Hough has performed to that song.
Mota and Hough ended the night tied with Parrish and Chmerkovskiy. Chong and Murgatroyd were third. There was a three-day tie for fourth between Jonathan Bennett & Allison Holker, Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson and Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas.
With Couture and Smirnoff eliminated, who will survive next week’s cut? Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater were the low score this week, but he does have a lot of personality. Next week is the theme Most Memorable Year.
Janel Parrish & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
Bethany Mota & Derek Hough
Tommy Chong & Peta Murgatroyd
- 34 (8, 10, 8, 8)
- Argentine tango
- “Por una Cabeza“—The Tango Project from “Scent of a Woman”
Jonathan Bennett & Allison Holker
Alfonso Ribeiro & Witney Carson
- 32 (8, 8, 8, 8)
- “Hey Goldmember”—Beyoncé feat. Devin & Solange from “Austin Powers in Gold Member”
Sadie Robertson & Mark Ballas
- 32 (8, 8, 8, 8)
- Viennese Waltz
- “Married Life”—Michael Giacchino from “Up”
Lea Thompson & Artem Chigvintsev
- 31 (7, 8, 8, 8)
- Cha cha cha
- “The Power of Love“—Huey Lewis and the News from “Back to the Future”
Antonio Sabato JR. & Cheryl Burke
- 29 (7, 7, 7, 8)
- “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough“—Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell from “Guardians of the Galaxy”
Betsey Johnson & Tony Dovolani
Michael Waltrip & Emma Slater
- 28 (7, 7, 7, 7)
- “”(Everything I Do) I Do It for You“—Bryan Adams from “Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves“
Randy Couture & Karina Smirnoff
From week three until the finale, viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights during and up to 60 minutes after the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT and closing at 8:00 p.m., ET/5:00 p.m., PT on Tuesday evenings.