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Dancing With the Stars recap: Season 23, Episode 3

Can Maks, Cheryl, and Derek have their own group routine every week?

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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

Welcome, Dancing buddies! After two weeks of competition, season 23 has some fresh, just-from-the-oven results for ya. Oh, sorry. Those results are so hot, we’ll have to let them cool down for two hours. The good news: There’s lots of dancing, musical performances, and Tom Bergeron working that mic like only America’s Dad can. The bad news: No matter how long they draw out these results, one of our couples will be going home tonight. Combining both week’s scores, Laurie and Val sit comfortably atop the leader board, but is anyone really safe on this show? Okay, Laurie and Val are probably safe for a while, but still. YOU NEVER KNOW (except for right now with this one thing).

First on the agenda: A nice look back at each contestant’s first two weeks on DWTS, complete with backstage footage and hot mics. One of the best parts of these recaps has always been hearing the pros during routines. You get a good feel for their coaching styles and which stars need the most guidance. The other great part? Hearing Bruno’s guttural reactions to every routine. Record that. Set it as an alarm clock.

So what new goodies did we learn about our couples? Let’s run this mother down.

James grows more endearing with every appearance. He’s very self-aware and knows he’s coming in with a smaller fan base and has to let his dancing do the talking (it has been). What a cutie. Speaking of cuties, Calvin and Lindsay’s Urkel homage is still my favorite dance from TV Theme Songs night, even after a second watch. Megatron is joy. Put that on a mug or something and sell it next to Bruno’s alarm clock (#synergy).

Amber is bummed her foot got caught in the curtains while she was channeling Khaleesi, but she pushed through. Maks is proud of her, and that’s really all that matters — on both Dancing With the Stars and in life. If you weren’t already loving the fun chemistry between Sasha and Terra, a little look at the practical jokes they play on each other during rehearsals should sway you. Okay, it’s less “practical jokes” and more “throwing giant rubber balls at each other,” but it’s still fun. Former Texas Governor Rick Perry is also having a good time. That dude is a ball of energy, huh? His attitude will serve him well, since his judges’ scores landed him at the bottom of the leaderboard.

Both of our actresses, Maureen and Marilu, seem to be fighting a lot of nerves, but are calmed down with encouragement from their respective partners. I stand by my week 1 assessment that Maureen and Artem have a lovely partnership. Group hug one day?

During the look back at Jake and Jenna’s first two routines, we get to see full-on Bruno — and it is fabulous. Well, fabulous for us, maybe not so much for Jake. Jenna is happy with her partner, though, and that’s good enough for Jake. Babyface could apparently use a little Jenna pick-me-up, too. Turns out, he’s his own toughest critic. It’s unfortunate because looking back, both of his dances were pretty great and showed real versatility. Buck up, Babyface!

NEXT: Results!eventually