Lights, camera, dancing!
Movie night is always a highlight for any season of Dancing with the Stars but with the theatrical teases and videos we’ve already seen from this group of celebrities, expectations were high. Each couple performed a new style of dance, this time as an ode to one of the star’s favorite films. Now, I know what you’re thinking: Mean Girls doesn’t have any big musical moments for Jonathan to recreate in the ballroom. Lea was actually the only star to #ChaChatotheFuture in a movie she was in as the others picked a wide variety of film inspirations ranging from a Marvel movie to classic movie musicals. I’m personally looking forward to next year’s inevitable fox-trot homage to Ant-Man.
Because he stars in movies (can you think of another reason?), comedian Kevin Hart was guest judge tonight in place of vacationing Len Goodman. He got to shake his tail feather a little bit before giving out some very generous scores and even performed the Hand Jive from Grease with The Wedding Ringer co-star Josh Gad. But now that two couples have already been eliminated, there was enough room in Monday night’s two hour time slot to also do the goodbyes; and like in the past two seasons, the show will continue going forward as only one day a week.
And now, your feature presentation…
Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff: 26/40
Movie: Rocky III
Before any dancing could actually begin, Randy and Karina were told that they were already in jeopardy and yet still had to perform first. There are many parallels between the stories of Randy and Rocky Balboa as the eternal underdog that no one expected to win in their respective sports. You can’t say that Randy lacks any passion or fight in this competition, but his dance was way too stiff and rigid, even for a paso doble. There were great moments like some nice knee walks and clever incorporation of boxing moves into the choreography, but it lacked finesse and a solid sense of timing and rhythm, which the judges blamed on relying on Karina too much. Like Rocky, Randy can still pull out a big knockout dance like we saw in week one, but right now he needs to refocus his eye of the tiger back to the mind-set he had in the beginning.
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: 32/40
Movie: Austin Powers in Goldmember
After wowing everyone in week one, Alfonso got jiggy with some humble pie last week and fell off the top of the leader board. For this Austin Powers-inspired piece, Alfonso wanted to show that he still came on the show to learn and improve his basic dance skills, and the Quickstep was a perfect test of taking his natural hip-hop rhythm and translating that into a more structured and formatted piece. Alfonso has already proved he has the footwork part down, so it was his upper body that got most of the attention and critiques, and rightly so. All he really needs to do is think taller and his frame should naturally adjust. Of course, actions speak louder than words and though his son was definitely the miniature me in the situation, Alfonso needs to think bigger to be better.
Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani: 29/40
In a different life, there’s a possibility that Betsey may have actually been a dancer. She obviously is quite flexible and her line extensions are really quite good. Unlike Patrick Swayze’s character in the film Ghost, Betsey has been able to keep herself alive in the competition and that continued with her contemporary piece, “whatever that is.” Okay, maybe she wasn’t a dancer then. The performance was sweet and meaningful, but Tony really did most of the work and Betsey just allowed herself to be tossed around and flipped over into her signature splits. Willingness to let your body be taken and moved in that way is half the game, though. Kevin may have gotten a little too excited with his 9 (especially since Julianne only gave it a 6), but Betsey’s courage and determination not to embarrass herself each week seems to be working for now.
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