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Dancing With the Stars recap: TV Night

Mark Ballas perfectly channels Walter White.

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Dancing With the Stars

TV Show
Reality TV
run date:
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, Erin Andrews, Julianne Hough
Current Status:
In Season

If Dancing With the Stars was ever going to cater to me, then this is the week because it’s all about TV theme songs – my specialty! The Muppets open up the night, and even Miss Piggy is joining Tom Bergeron for some hosting duties. And as if it couldn’t get any better, previous Dancing champ Alfonso Ribeiro, an alum of one of TV’s best theme song shows ever, is guest judging. So let’s get to it.

Carlos and Witney

Jazz | The Golden Girls

Who doesn’t love “Thank You for Being a Friend”? You know you were singing along! These two, with their wigs and old timey costumes, were so stinkin’ adorable it hurt. I loved the mix in choreography that never felt too cutesy, though it didn’t wow me by any means. The judges’ critique, however, was relatively harsh. Alfonso wanted more energy, (it’s almost like he rehearsed this critique), and even Carrie Ann didn’t think Carlos has improved since last week.

Judges’ Score: 31

Paula and Louis

Samba | Gilligan’s Island

Paula claims she’s exhausted and has a bit of a breakdown during rehearsals. But while she was all tears behind the scenes, she’s all smiles on the dance floor. The routine is a bit cheesy for my liking and with this song’s slow speed there’s really not much to be done to impress. Overall, Paula seemed to digress a bit from last week. Julianne agreed, and she wanted it to be better. And Bruno made a shipwreck metaphor that for once makes a lot of sense.

Judges’ Score: 20

Tamar and Val

Tango | Mad Men

I was immediately intrigued by what this routine, to this song, would look like, and I kind of loved it. Who knew this tune could lend itself to such a hot and sexy number? I didn’t want to take my eyes off the dance and I couldn’t stop watching Tamar’s near-perfect footwork. And that finish? What I’d do to take Tamar’s place. Carrie Ann even called it “must-see TV!”

Judges’ Score: 33

Alexa and Mark

Jazz | Breaking Bad

As Derek teased for us this week, Mark’s prosthetic was spot-on. As everyone knows, Mark loves to get kooky with his routines – and completely go for it – and this was a pretty cool interpretation. Carrie Ann called it genius, and I have to agree that the two somehow channeled the essence of the AMC series while adding in the necessary elements of jazz.

Judges’ Score: 36

Watch Derek’s video diary below to see why he was impressed with Mark this week:

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