Dancing with the Stars 3, October 10: Hot Stuff!by Jill Jones -- 10/11/2006
Last week on Dancing with the Stars, our favorite celebrities and their professional partners performed either the waltz or paso doble. Jaws dropped as Vivica A. Fox and Nick Kosovich were eliminated from the competition. Tonight, the challenge intensifies as we move one step closer to crowning a champion. I’m giddy with excitement!
Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris welcome us once again to the program and introduce the couples. Tom also mentions that tonight is tiny costume night and boy is he right – the women have on some revealing outfits. Tom and Samantha also explain the samba and rumba for us. Basically, the samba should be fun and energetic. It also includes samba walks and botafogos (not to be confused with Joey Buttafuco). The rumba is the dance of love, and contains seductive body movements and crisp turns.
The first couple to perform is Edyta Sliwinska and Joey Lawrence. Edyta tells us that Joey is having fun, but he’s uncomfortable with some of the moves that he has to perform. At one point during practice, he drops Edyta and lands on her.
They are doing the samba to “Freedom.” The dance is very sexy and provocative. Edyta and Joey seem to be enjoying themselves. We even see Joey successfully do one of the moves he wasn’t comfortable with during practice. (I think he referred to it as “the chicken.”) Joey also gives the impression of being at ease on the dance floor.
Len Goodman says that he always feels that Joey won’t do wrong. He does believe though that the routine lacked some spontaneity and he doesn’t want Joey to be inhibited. Bruno Tonioli disagrees; he says that Joey should be praised. Carrie Ann Inaba states that she saw a lot of mistakes and wasn’t impressed.
Carrie Ann and Len give the pair an eight; Bruno gives it a nine. Edyta and Joey start off the evening with 25 points. That is a great score considering some of the judges’ comments.
Next, Willa Ford and Maksim Chmerkovskiy are set to dance. Maksim takes Willa to the beach for inspiration and practice. Can you imagine walking down the beach and seeing Maksim dancing in front of you? Prrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr! The couple is having fun and watching the sun set together.
They’re performing the rumba to “Every Breath You Take.” The routine is sexy, slow, and dreamy. Willa shows off her lines and has a smile on her face throughout the entire performance.
Carrie Ann tells Willa and Maksim that if they aren’t going out, they should. She also says that the routine was amazing. Len thinks Willa is doing great despite the fact that the pressure is on. Bruno says that Willa is improving in both her Latin and ballroom dances.
All three judges give the couple nine points; Willa and Maksim have 27 points. Samantha asks Willa about her relationship with Maksim. Willa becomes giddy as she talks about her chemistry with him.
Up next are Sara Evans and Tony Dovolani. Tony explains in an interview that he is going to bring Sara back out of her shell. We watch as Sara sings “The Star-Spangled Banner.” She says that performing gives her confidence, so she’s going to sing while she dances.
Sara and Tony are doing the samba to “I Wish.” I don’t see Sara singing like she promised. In fact, I barely see her dance. She shakes her butt a few times and does a split, but other than that, there isn’t a lot to judge. Also, she appears stiff again tonight.
Bruno tells Sara that she was sexy. Huh? Carrie Ann says that she is happy; she enjoyed the performance. Len explains to Sara that he bought one of her CDs… at a second hand shop. Ha! He then states that Sara interprets each dance in her own way and that she did a great job tonight. I really think I must have stroked out or something; I didn’t see the same routine that the judges saw.
All three judges give the performance an eight. Sara and Tony now have 24 points. Since the show is still 90 minutes long and we are down to seven couples, Samantha continues her assault on the couples backstage.
The next couple to perform is Karina Smirnoff and Mario Lopez. Mario says that he would rather get goobers from the judges than a scolding. Karina feels that Mario needs a break, so they go swimming at his friend’s pool. They seem to be growing closer to one another… if you know what I mean. He says that they will be friends for a long time.
They are dancing the rumba to “The Way You Look Tonight.” The routine starts off playfully with both dancers in character. Karina does an amazing spin that makes me dizzy just watching it. Some of Mario’s moves are a little too “disco” for me, but overall, the routine is solid.
Len says that Mario is the opposite of Joey; he isn’t inhibited. I don’t think it is fair to compare the two and single them out. Bruno questions what the couple is doing after hours; he then says that whatever it is, it’s working. Carrie Ann tells Mario that his movements are too stiff, but he is still a fabulous dancer.
Each judge gives the performance a nine; Karina and Mario have 27 points. Samantha attacks the couple and asks about what is going after hours. Mario answers, but doesn’t really tells us anything. Samantha then surprises him with a birthday cake. Feliz cumpleańos, Mario!
Up now are Kym Johnson and Jerry Springer. Kym says that the samba is everything that Jerry isn’t. Jerry seconds that sentiment by stating that he feels the samba isn’t his dance. To help out, Kym makes Jerry dress for the samba and get a spray on tan. Didn’t I warn people not to do that last week?
The duo is doing the samba to “Eso Beso.” The routine stars off with Jerry going crazy and making faces. As in previous weeks, he does more entertaining then dancing. He’s late a few times with his moves, but he’s having fun. I don’t mean to anger Sara’s fans, but I actually enjoy this performance more than I enjoyed her routine.
Carrie Ann tells Jerry that he is hysterical. She also explains that Jerry is communicating through his dance; he touches people and does the basics well. Len says to Jerry that he relates to him and looks forward to his performances more than anyone else’s. He’s going to give him the highest score he ever gave him due to the entertainment value of the routine. Bruno refers to the performance as insanity. He thinks it should be a sketch.
All of the judges give the performance an eight; Kym and Jerry have 24 points. After receiving his score, Jerry asks that prison guards give the inmates a call so that they can vote for him.
Monique Coleman and Louis Van Amstel are ready with their performance. Monique tells us that it was awful being in the bottom two last week. Louis looks at the camera and tells the audience that he wants to read a book with me. Just kidding. Monique states that Louis uses a lot of metaphors when he describes moves and techniques to her, and that he teaches in a holistic way. She then says that their performance might fog up our televisions. Nice!
They are performing the rumba to “Summer Samba (So Nice).” The dance starts off slowly and seductively. Monique shows off some great footwork. At the end, she does a move that involves her almost being on her head with one leg in the air. Impressive.
Bruno tells Monique that she is like forbidden fruit; everyone wants her, but nobody can have her. Carrie Ann says that she loves how grounded Monique is; however, she internalizes too much. She should project more. Len says the routine was great and contagious. I’m not sure what we’re going to catch from it, but I think we’ll make it.
Again, each judge gives Monique and Louis a nine; they now have 27 points out of 30. They are very restrained in their excitement and show little emotion. They’re probably afraid that they aren’t going to get enough support from the viewers. Friends, I implore you to vote for Monique and Louis!
The last couple this evening is Cheryl Burke and Emmitt Smith. We see Emmitt with his family. His kids are absolutely adorable. Cheryl tells Emmitt that he’s going to move his pelvis a lot for tonight’s dance. To prepare, Emmitt goes to the chiropractor and gets adjusted. There’s more cracking at his appointment than at a plumbers’ convention.
They are doing the samba to “Cha Cha.” Emmitt certainly shakes his body and has a great time doing so. He also does a fantastic job. His football training is coming back as his timing is right on with some of the trickier moves that her performs. Emmitt and Cheryl’s routine is the best I’ve seen from the couple. It is fun, energetic, and engaging.
Len says that Emmitt is back and the performance was the best samba of the night. Bruno tells Emmitt he has nothing to worry about. Carrie Ann stands up and shakes her body; I almost fell off of the couch earlier, so I can relate.
The trend continues and each judge gives the couple a nine. Cheryl and Emmitt have 27 points.
The judges have had their say and the stars know where they stand going into the viewers’ vote:
As always, I’m ready with my incorrect prediction: Sara and Tony will be eliminated tomorrow evening. (I don’t know why I pick them each week; they keep advancing and proving me wrong.) Tune in to find out if I’m right and be sure to read RealityNewsOnline for the latest news and updates in reality television.
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Jill is an east coast mama who loves sharks, zombie movies, and reality television. She welcomes your comments about these and other subjects, and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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