It’s the show we’ve all been waiting for, Dancing friends. One of my favorite episodes each season and the night when Nick Carter is
forced excited to give us his best Backstreet’s Back zombie-dance move, right? Plus: Alfonso is hosting — our thoughts are with you, Tom! — and the contestants might be extra feisty with him after last week’s critiques. So let’s get started.
Alexa and Mark
Foxtrot | “Mama Said” by The Shirelles
Most memorable year: 2000
Alexa might’ve come off of a stellar week, but she’s not so happy with Alfonso’s comment directed at her hubs. But onward and upward for the actress whose most memorable year is when she booked Spy Kids and she and her family picked up and moved. Nice little cameo from her sister, who’s an actress on The Good Wife. As far as theatrical productions go this one was pretty great (it’s almost like it was really raining!), and except for one teeny tiny stumble, it looked pretty effortless and perfect. Both Julianne and Bruno point her misstep out, but their comments are mostly positive.
Judges’ Score: 21
Gary and Anna
Jazz | “That’ll Be the Day” by The Crickets
Most memorable year: 1979
Gary’s biggest year might’ve been when he played Buddy Holly, earning himself an Oscar nod, but it’s the thought of his motorcycle accident in 1988 that gets everyone choked up. There’s no denying Gary is way off-beat during his performance, maybe even making up some moves along the way, but as Bruno says, he’s got so much passion! It’ll be enough to carry him for a few more weeks, I’m sure, but there’s not much improvement going on here.
Judges’ Score: 16
Tamar and Val
Rumba | “King” by Tamar Braxton
Most memorable year: 2012
For Tamar, 2012 was memorable but in a horrific way: Her husband was in a coma. When he pulled through, she got pregnant shortly after! Although her video package is a downer, Tamar shines bright on the dance floor and leaves Carrie Ann stunned and in tears. I’m starting to think Tamar could make it to the final four, and if not, she’ll be close.
Judges’ Score: 27
We take a break for Allison, who brings her daughter and husband, tWitch, on camera, to announce that she’s pregnant! That’s going to be one athletic child.
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Hayes and Emma
Contemporary | “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes
Most memorable year: 2014
Hayes says he was extremely shy, but when he and his brother Nash became social media stars overnight, he really came out of his shell. But there’s absolutely nothing about this performance that’s holding anything back, and it’s almost like we’re watching this kid grow up and mature in front of our eyes. His routine was impressive — I didn’t think he could handle a lift — and he was connected to Emma in every move.
Judges’ Score: 27
Alek and Lindsay
Pasodoble | “Wake Me Up” by Avicii ft. Aloe Blacc
Most memorable year: 2015
It’s been a few months of highs and lows for the hero who went from anonymity to taking down a gunman on a train to Dancing to learning his college had been under attack by another gunman. But although Alek had an incredibly tough few days, he put on his best game face to take on a type of dance that commands confidence. It wasn’t the best from him, but certainly acceptable enough to hopefully get him another week.
Judges’ Score: 24
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