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April 06, 2015

Dancing With the Stars Week 3 Recap – Latin Night

Last week the stars turned up the heat in the ballroom with their sexy fire hot dances for Latin Night!

If you missed it don’t worry i’ll always be here to fill you in.

Let’s start with a few of my favorite performances and then my not so favorite performances.

Ms. Rumer Willis and Mr. Valentin Chmerkovskiy are two people who are climbing the leader board weekafter week and gaining more votes by the minute. Follow Val@IAMVALC and Rumer @RUELARUE on Instagram to check out their hilarious Dubsmash videos.

Rumer and Val brought the disco fever into their salsa performance that turned up the house! Their moves were slick and clean – much cleaner than rehearsals when Rumer busted Val’s lip open during a lift.   There was blood but he was okay. Val seems to get beat up a lot on this show. Split eyebrow – busted lips; Dancing is not easy people.

Len Goodman said, “Well there is one thing that’s been missing from your dancing as far as I’m concerned is the exuberance and the freedom of it, and you’ve come out tonight and that for me was the best dance I’ve seen this season”.

Total Score 33 out of 40.

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Riker Lynch and Allison! Love – Love – Love. Riker is growing on me by the week. At first I wasn’t really feeling his style but now I can tell you he gained a fan for sure.

This week Riker was worried about bringing out his sexy manliness but he really pulled it off during this Salsa performance.   You know, a lot of the time on Dancing With the Stars the women are the real contenders on the show however Carrie Ann Inaba said it best that Riker is the first male contender on the show this season. He is a vibrant dancer and has so much energy and finesse that he is definitely one to look out for.

Total Score 34 out of 40.

Nastia Liukin and Derek’s Samba was amazing for the amount of time they were given to practice with one another. We see during the rehearsal video that Nastia is a full time student at NYU and Derek does ten shows a week at Radio City Music Hall. Both are extremely busy that our troop member Henry Byalikov stands in to help Nastia rehearse.

It really resonated with me when Henry said, “Chemistry is built up from friction, and the less friction you have you’re not really gonna build much chemistry”.

I just started dancing myself, and the importance of practicing your routines then taking the time to work on styling and technique with your partner is a critical part of the growth process for a dancer. Practice makes perfect, and the fact that on this show most of the competitors don’t have very much time to even learn their routines, and still come out looking as great as they do is mind blowing.

Total Score 34 out of 40

Michael Sam and Peta didn’t do so great during their Salsa performance however it was still entertaining to watch. Michael is smooth on the football field but not so much on the dance floor.

Bruno Tonioli said, “Michael you got so much muscle power it’s actually amazing me how you manage to control it. But I have to say I think that tonight you were so careful, and so trying to work your partner to your advantages that you got your timing really really wrong. You went off so many many times, no you did, and you lost rhythm on the hips. You know the hips have to flow Michael. You can’t force hip action. It has to flow from the footing. But once you get your timing wrong it kind of stalls but great effort.”

Better luck this week Michael.

Total Score 24 out of 40

Suzanne Somers and Tony are working so hard to make it through this competition. I really admire how she is proud of her age and not letting it get in the way of her performances. Suzanne has a certain flair about her that lights up the room when she dances. Together they performed a fun Samba to Copacabana.

Len Goodman said, “Oh it was a sexy summer at the Copacabana but like your head dress that was juicy, fruity, and full of fun.”

Things got a little heated between Tony and Carrie Ann when Carrie Ann mentioned that she wanted to see more “depth” in Suzanne’s performances rather than having so much fun all the time.

Honestly, the woman is 68 years old and having the time of her life. How much depth can you really expect here? Also the last few weeks Suzanne performed the Cha-Cha, and Jive…both upbeat and fun dances. I think Suzzane’s performances have been exactly what they need to be, energetic, exciting, and entertaining to watch.

Total Score 25 out of 40.

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Charlotte McKinney has to be at the bottom of my list for last week’s performances. She said she wanted to show America that there is more to her than just boobs. Yet during rehearsals you see how she didn’t really seem focused on anything Keo was saying while trying to teach her the routine. Maybe Carrie Ann should ask Charlotte for a little more “depth”, because right now I don’t think she has what it takes to win this competition.

Charlotte and Keo performed the Rumba and did’t get the scores they were hoping for.

Julianna Hough said, “I’m so sad, like last week I told you, you have so much potential, and this dance could have shown that potential. I mean your flexibility, those pictures were so beautiful but you didn’t maybe take Keo’s instruction when you were doing those sliding doors. You’re picking up your feet and what you need to do is take your socks off in your rehearsal, and you need to build those calluses up on your feet, and rub those feet across the floor, and that is what is going to get you to the next round because you do have the potential”.

Total Score 22 out of 40.

Rob Herjavec struggled last week when an old back injury flared up again during rehearsals. I really felt bad for him because he works so hard to improve each of his performances every week. Even with all the pain he was still able to pull off a very heartfelt Rumba with Kym. You can tell these two have chemistry with one another that made the performance even better.

Carrie Ann Inaba said, “If last week I was nauseous because you were so cute, this week for sure I’m praying to the Porcelain God because your chemistry is ridiculous. There is something so palpable about the energy that’s exchanging, and so positive but one thing I want you to work on; this is the week about critiques. I want you to provide a firmer frame for Kym. Just a little bit because you seem just a little bit smaller than Kym, and I want you to feel, you need to expand the space out and not – you need to sustain your movements a little more.”

Rob’s reaction was to practice right then and there in front of Carrie Ann. You have to give him credit for his motivation to be better right away.

Total Score 29 out of 40

Willow Shields and Mark did a beautiful yet powerful Paso Doble that impressed the judges as well as everyone else sitting in the audience. I wasn’t a fan of the costume choices but I got the idea that they were portraying fire and ice battling against one another. Paso is a dance all about friction and confrontation and for Willow to bring out such intense emotions at only 14 years old was fantastic.

She battled through a rib injury but it didn’t seem to affect her performance what so ever.

Len said, “There was fire in the passion and the performance. There was ice in the clinical clear movement. First Paso of the season, that’s going to be hard to beat”.

Total Score 32 out of 40

Sharna had an idea of introducing a prosthetic arm to Noah so he would be able to experience what it would be like to dance with a full frame. However the arm was so uncomfortable for Noah that he decided not to use it which forced Sharna to create a whole new routine.

Watching Noah and Sharna perform the Argentine Tango gave me goose bumps from head to toe. The strength, the beauty, and the fluidity between Noah and Sharna during that dance was absolutely unbelievable, and so well deserved after all the hard work they put in.

Bruno said, “That was miraculous. The interpretation of the dance was spot on, on the money. The partnership was incredible. You played it like two instruments that are totally in tune and the lifts…out of this world”.

Total Score 30 out of 40

Patti Labelle and Artem performed the Cha-cha for Latin Night and I will tell you that every single week Patti performs she gets standing ovations, and is praised by the judges for her effort. She is a born entertainer and a pleasure to watch.

Julianne said, “The concept is awesome. I mean it’s so fun to watch as a whole that performance was so much fun but I also agree with Len this was week four next week so we gotta see a little bit more content. But as a whole that was really entertaining”.

Total Score 22 out of 40

Chris Soules and Whitney have been struggling throughout this competition but he really brought it for Latin Night when he performed the Argentine Tango. He brought out the sexiness and strength needed to put on a good performance and he did great.

Bruno had me laughing hysterically when he said, “Now you have to learn how to turn. When you turn, don’t turn like a block because you look like a fridge”. You have to go back and watch it because the movement Bruno makes to explain what he is saying will give you a good laugh.

Len said, “Well you did exactly what you’re supposed to do. You had a bad week, you’ve come back this week, and for me thats the best dance you’ve done. So well done for that”.

Total Score 28 out of 40

Just as predicted Charlotte McKinney and Keo were eliminated. I do believe that with a little more focus she did have the potential to make is through the competition. However she didn’t win the popularity contest with voters.

There you have it. The recap of Week 3 of Dancing With the Stars – Latin Night.

Don’t forget to vote for the #DWMFAM Dynamic Duo Valentin Chmerkovslity and Tony Dovolani!

Tonight is my favorite episode of the season where the stars dig deep to their most memorable moment and create a dance to express this moment with all of us.

Don’t miss it!

Dance with you later.

Rumer Willis & Val Chmerkovskiy — 33
Charlotte McKinney & Keo Motsepe — 22 (Eliminated)
Michael Sam & Peta Murgatroyd — 24
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker — 34
Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani — 25
Chris Soules & Witney Carson — 28
Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson — 29
Patti LaBelle & Artem Chigvinstev — 22
Willow Shields & Mark Ballas — 32
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess — 30
Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough — 34

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