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Dancing With the Stars recap: 'Famous Dances'

Carlos channeled Channing Tatum, and we loved it!

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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 every Dancing With the Stars opened to a Whitney Houston song that somehow mixed in Singin’ in the Rain, a little Beyoncé, MC Hammer, and more, I’d watch on repeat. And if the opening number is a sign of what’s to come, I’m very excited for this week’s “Famous Dances” episode. Plus: Who better to guest judge than a woman responsible for one of film’s most iconic routines — Grease’s Olivia Newton-John. But will she judge her own dance more harshly? Let’s find out!

Hayes and Emma

Jazz | “You’re the One That I Want” (John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John from Grease)

Hayes is the only kid who I don’t hate despite how he always makes me feel old. Even though he doesn’t know what Grease is, somehow I forgive him. He’s ready to channel his inner Travolta a tough order considering Olivia Newton-John has her eyes on him! I have to admit I thought I’d love this routine, but I’m not impressed. It feels a little offbeat at times, and like the judges said, it’s time Hayes steps it up. We know he’s capable of more.

Judges’ Score: 32

Andy and Allison

Jazz | “Good Morning” (Gene Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O’Connor from Singin’ In the Rain)

If any of the non-pros can pull off Gene Kelly, I feel like Andy is the guy. He’s totally adorable, and though I can only picture this commercial when I hear this song, he fully commits to the character. And I’m glad they pull off the couch move! The judges, too, are happy with the performance and Carrie Ann says it was as happy and fun as the original. Like Julianne says, Andy just keeps getting better.

Judges’ Score: 40

Alexa and Mark

Cha Cha | “I’m a Slave 4 U” (Britney Spears from the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards)

Alexa is coming off her best week yet, and she’s tasked with a more infamous routine — huge snake and all! Mark is wearing such a Mark get-up while Alexa, for her part, is pretty good. The judges don’t think she owned it enough, but girl had to hold a huge snake, so points for that, right?

Judges’ Score: 30

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Bindi and Derek

Rumba | “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” (Blll Medley and Jennifer Warnes from Dirty Dancing)

Of course the original Baby, Jennifer Grey, stops by! (She and Derek also won Season 11, by the way.) But let’s be honest, these two don’t really need that many pointers. Except for the group sequence right before the big move where Bindi seems a bit stiff (and nervous?), they’re incredible, and I’m glad her dress didn’t become an issue like they told us right before the show. Derek’s arms might’ve been shaking, but they don’t break the lift! And with that part behind them, they finish so strongly.

Judges’ Score: 40

NEXT: Don’t just stand there, let’s get to it