Oh, Dancing With the Stars, even for you, perpetual redefiner of the word “stars,” calling some of these routines “famous dances” is a bit of a stretch. Don’t get me wrong. Like any other young woman trying to find herself, I appreciate a good jam session to Pink, but an iconic dance? Let’s be real.
It’s easy to let this slide though. First, that opening number to “Puttin’ On the Ritz” was a stunner (which, by the way, again featured my favorite DWTS costume combo of blazer, no shirt, but upgraded by Val’s sparkly underwear). Second, one of the routines features one boy band member dancing to another boy band’s song. The 13-year-old in my soul is beside herself. And finally, regardless of how “famous” any of these dances actually are, every single couple brought it tonight.
Kim Fields and Sasha Farber
Jive | “You Can’t Stop the Beat” from Hairspray
Kim speaks for all of America when she admits she’s happy to be back with Sasha again. No disrespect to Keo, but Kim and Sasha just fit together. It’s especially fortuitous that the Dream Team is back together again this week because Kim is suffering from some ankle pain. All the bouncing in the jive isn’t helping the issue. But Kim doesn’t want Sasha to amend their routine in any way. Girl is a trooper. True confession: I started crying within seconds of this ode to Hairspray. The tears are possibly due to Tony Dovolani being perfectly cast as Corny Collins, but mostly it is thanks to the pure joy on my TV screen. The judges feel the same way: Len thought the number captured the fun of Hairspray, Carrie Ann thought it was great routine, although she wanted more energy, and Bruno basically just dances and says nonsense, which is a good thing.
Judges’ Score: 24/30
Von Miller and Witney Carson
Jazz | “Bad” by Michael Jackson
Von Miller gets more endearing with each week. It’s obvious he is beyond excited to be dancing to Michael Jackson. He’s never been so into a routine! My biggest complaint about Von thus far has been that he never fully commits to a dance. But from the moment Von and Witney hit that subway turnstile, he is giving his all. Thanks to some help from troupe member Shannon, who had firsthand experience dancing with the King of Pop, Von nails some of MJ’s iconic moves. Mainly, the guy just looks like he’s finally comfortable and having fun on the dance floor. Carrie Ann thinks so, too. She loves that he was clearly enjoying paying tribute to Michael while at the same time, putting some of his own swagger into the dance. Then Len drops possibly the greatest compliment ever crafted: “You didn’t need the wind machine, you got a fan here!” I’m glad the birthday boy is in such a good mood tonight. Although, with dances like our celebs are putting out, who wouldn’t be?
Judges’ Score: 24/30
Jodie Sweetin and Keo Motsepe
Contemporary | “Try” by Pink
Jodie was one of the few celebs who really benefited from last week’s “Switch Up.” Dancing with Val earned Jodie her highest score yet. Keo wants to keep that momentum going. It’ll be a little tough with Jodie getting beat up repeatedly while practicing “Pink’s iconic dance.” To be honest, I thought the big whack to the nose was the injury everyone was making such a fuss about. I was so, so wrong. While Jodie and Keo are practicing a very complicated lift, Jodie falls and there is a cracking sound I hope to never hear ever again. Thankfully, nothing is actually broken. She’s going to push through the pain. Jodie and Keo dance an aggressive contemporary. Carrie Ann points out that the pair has never looked stronger together, and although Bruno applauds the high level of emotional and physical difficulty in the dance. Then Len alludes to the fact that he’s actually seen Pink’s music video, and I just don’t even know what to believe in anymore.
Judges’ Score: 25/30
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