Dancing With the Stars treated viewers in last night’s show to a series of amazing freestyles. Each was unique and memorable, and as difficult as it was to watch one team exit the show at this stage of the game, it’s going to be far more difficult to choose a winner out of the remaining three couples.
At the top of the show, host Tom Bergeron asked judge Len Goodman what would tip the scales in this competition since the scores were relatively so close. Goodman replied that he and the other judges were looking for improvement, and that’s just what they got!
So, first, onto the dances that the judges asked each of the couples to perform again.
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: 36/40 (Jive)
Catching glimpses of crew members moving scenery is nothing new on Dancing With the Stars—especially this season—but something really went awry with the set being moved tonight, and it threw Bethany and Derek’s timing off. They did a great jive anyway, earning 9’s from all the judges. What I don’t get is that if Bethany’s the one being judged why is she being penalized for something that’s not her fault? Kudos to Derek, who gave props to the props people as well as the rest of the crew for working so hard. Mistakes happen. And with the scores so tight, could this really make a difference?
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: 38/40 (Samba)
People always say how important it is to be vulnerable on this show… well, I just saw Sadie throw up into a trash can that Mark held for her. That‘s being pretty vulnerable! The duo redo their samba, and it wows the judges even more than it did the first time. Note: When Julianne Hough modulates her voice at certain times she sounds like that Amy Poehler character (Kaitlin) from Saturday Night Live—the one who always yelled out, “Rick! Rick!” It’s not annoying or anything, I just wish she’d continue on in this character once she starts it. “Rick! Rick! Where’s my ’10’ paddle? That last dance was off the charts! Rick! Rick!”
Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 37/40 (Samba)
Yeesh! Couldn’t the Pretty Little Liars people have juggled Janel’s schedule a bit to give her time off this week? That, along with her injury, makes me think that she and Val might be at a disadvantage. If she was in pain during her samba, you couldn’t see it. Len nailed it when he said he saw a dance that had “great rhythmic dancing mixed with clarity and sharpness.”
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: 40/40 (Jive)
I’m glad Carrie Ann Inaba chose the jive for Alfonso to do again because this was where it all started for him. He and Witney did this dance in week 1 and hit it out of the park, showing they were the couple to beat this season. Doing it again reminded people that this was the couple that was great from the beginning. Will Smith doesn’t need to show up for tonight’s finale. Alfonso deserves to win this on his own!
NEXT: Time for the freestyles!