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Dancing With The Stars: Week 3

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 2nd 2007 11:34PM

Tom Bergeron and Samantha Harris(S04E04) We're back for another week of dancing, and the lovely Paulina is no longer with us. Many of the dances were inspired by movies this week; we had Star Wars, Pulp Fiction, and even Goldfinger. Contestants danced either the Jive or the Tango, and the results were very entertaining.

Shandi Finnessey and Brian Fortuna (Jive) - Shandi and Brian's Jive was good, but forgettable after all of the performances were finished. Their performance was fun and spirited, and Shandi wisely showed as much skin as possible. She can't compete with the other contestants' technical skills, but she's doing her best to corner the market on hotness. The judges were impressed with her progress and gave the couple a 21 (7, 7, 7).

John Ratzenberger and Edyta Sliwinska (Tango) - John and Edyta did a convincing job of portraying the intense persona of the tango, and John's acting skills may save him from elimination. I thought that he looked pretty good out there, and he seemed to complete some decent, dramatic moves. It was hilarious when John dragged Edyta to their place in front of the judges' table. The couple's character-driven performance was rewarded with a 20 (7, 6, 7). A fair score, given the level of difficulty.

Clyde Drexler and Elena Grinenko (Jive) - I'm starting to believe that it is impossible to keep Clyde Drexler from smiling. The man was grinning throughout his entire segment, even after receiving the lowest score of the night. His training clips included an appearance by his mother, and I was amazed that a woman her age can still move like that. We should all be so lucky. Clyde and Elena's Jive was entertaining, and Clyde looked more comfortable on his feet this time around. He has a long way to go if he wants to stick around, but he is gradually improving. The couple received a brutal 16 (6, 5, 5) from the judges, which seemed a little harsh. He probably deserved the lowest score, but a 16? Clyde was an incredibly good sport about the scores, though, and his positive attitude could bring in some sympathy votes.

Laila Ali and Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Tango) - Laila and Maksim had trouble coordinating their busy schedules, so Maksim brought in his brother Valentin to help maximize their practice sessions. Is Chmerkovskiy Russian for gorgeous? Valentin was even cuter than Maksim--why isn't he on the show? Laila was no slouch either. She had a beautiful hairdo, and brought her usual sexiness to the Tango. The couple's Bond-themed dance was excellent, but fell a little short of the heat generated during last week's Mambo. The judges agreed, and gave the couple a score of 21 (7, 7, 7). I thought this score was a little low when compared with some of the other contestants' scores (Leeza Gibbons, I'm looking in your direction).

Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough (Jive) - Apolo and Julianne's Pulp Fiction homage was an absolute show-stopper. Their performance featured some challenging moves, and plenty of fast footwork. Apolo and Julianne always deliver crowd-pleasing performances. Perhaps it's their youthful energy. I would have placed this Jive among the top dances of the night, but the judges placed the pair in the middle of the pack with a 23 (7, 8, 8). With all the 24's that were handed out, I cannot believe that Apolo didn't manage to snag one.

Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson (Tango) - Joey was worried about living up to the pressure of being one of the leading dancers, and he brought another fun, lively performance to the dance floor. Kym and Joey did a Star Wars-inspired Tango, complete with Princess Leia slave costume (on Kym, thankfully), lightsabers, and sound effects. The dance seemed more about showmanship than technical difficulty, but no matter. These two are consistently excellent, and are tons of fun to watch. Score: 24 (8, 8, 8), the first of many given out during the evening.

Ian Ziering and Cheryl Burke (Jive) - These two took a lot of criticism for a misstep that I barely noticed. I missed the finale due to some issues with the camera, but this was still one of my favorite performances of the night. Ian got over his anxiety about hip-swiveling and butt-clenching in time to perform a fast, exciting Jive. The judges held Ian and Cheryl to a very high standard and claimed that Ian's misstep cost him a one-point deduction. The couple still got one of the night's highest scores, however: 24 (8, 8, 8).

Leeza Gibbons and Tony Dovolani (Tango) - Leeza was feeling a lot more confident about her dancing this week, which apparently had nothing to do with her partner. Is it just me, or was Tony a little mean to Leeza during the training sequence? Leeza was looser during her Tango, and brought some much-needed trampiness to her performance. She is still relatively slower and less flexible than her opponents, but the intensity of the Tango was definitely there. If Tony can reinforce his pupil's confidence, she may show even more improvement. Score: a surprising 24 (8, 8, 8). I would probably have switched Laila and Leeza's scores. Leeza did deserve some recognition for her progress this week, though.

Heather Mills and Jonathan Roberts (Jive) - Heather may not be a "real" celebrity, but she totally deserves to be in this dance competition. Her Jive had a great sock hop feel to it, and she wore yellow the right way this time. I was going to make fun of her dance "sneakers," but her new leg required a flat shoe to get the necessary bounce. Given the awesomeness of the dance, I'd say it was a fair trade. Carrie Ann noted that Heather doesn't have to include such difficult moves, and the fact that she does them anyway makes her a serious competitor. The couple earned a 24 (8, 8, 8).

Billy Ray Cyrus and Karina Smirnoff (Tango) - Billy Ray deserves credit for learning from his previous mistakes. He took someone's advice and pulled his hair back into a sleek ponytail, a look that suited his Tango. The song choice was confusing, however, and Billy Ray was obviously counting during the dance. The couple's performance did feature a few difficult moves, including a finale that had Billy Ray sliding under Karina's legs. Carrie Ann thought the dance "took balls," and Billy Ray kept his "Most Improved" title from last week. I don't think he's a front runner in terms of technical skill, but those hard-voting country fans might keep him around a while. Score: 21 (7, 7, 7).

Given their scores, Clyde and Shandi are the most likely candidates for elimination. Best of the night is a tough call, but I'm giving this one to Heather (I can't believe it either). Apolo, Heather, Laila, Ian, and Joey received my online votes this week. See you tomorrow for the results show!

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sue price

I disagree with Duane's posting.Shandi has a large fanbase.Something was wrong.I only got to vote few times instead of my ten on my phone.They said I reached my limit but that was false as I know I didn't.My cell phones keeps up with how many calls you make out.I think Shandi did great.She gets better each time.I hope she stays. I'm only watching because I'm a big fan of hers.She is far not the worst!

April 03 2007 at 3:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1st Crow

I agree, "Clyde the Glide" deserved a better score and definitely a taller partner. No way can a couple look good on the dance floor when there's 16 inches difference in height!

April 03 2007 at 2:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tracy

What happend last night with Cheryl & Ian. I can't figure out what happened at the end of their dance??? I was watching, they were near the end and the next thing I see it looks like the camera man put the camera onto a curtain and lights?? Then the judges said we were with you up intil the END. What happened, what did the viewers at home miss.... I thought maybe Cheryl lost her top or something because they took the camera off them at the end during the dance. I know the host of the show made a comment about cheryl showing rear, did her bottom fall down?

April 03 2007 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Toni

I agree with so many of you. Exactly how is Heather Mills a star? What did she do except scam Paul McCartneY??!? Nothing! If she didn't marry him, we wouldn't have her being regaded as a "star".

I thought Apollo was stellar and the judges should have given him a much better score!

And Billy Ray certainly looked the part of a sultry lover, even if he did visibly count!

I didn't think "star Wars" was as good as Joey danced in the past and I the judges were generous there.

Oh well.

How many more weeks will we have to hear about artificial limbs? It seems noble. Too bad the "celebrity" is someone everyone hates because she is a low-life gold-digger!

April 03 2007 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Pat Gerlach

The music on last nights show was BAD. Most of it had little or nothing to do with the type of dance being performed. In fact, I found it to be so obtuse that I was loosing interest in the actual dancing. PLEASE, PLEASE get some better music with lots less singing. It is way too annoying.

April 03 2007 at 2:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
LAW

1. Joey is being scored too high, plus he should not have been selected for the show because he has a lot of dance experience. I thought the idea of the show was that the stars would not have had dance experience so all start pretty even.

2. Clyde was scored way too low. If they want him to extend, then they should have gotten him a partner who was taller. If he extends, he will leave his partner 2 steps behind. Maybe the judges will figure that out, I hope a lot of people voted for him to keep him on.

3. We had the Heather leg thing again. Eventhough the judges said they would not mention it again, that is all we heard. I also believe that they scored her a little higher than she deserved because of her disability. This leg talk and her scores are ruining this show for me this year.

4. Well it seems everyone got the ceiling shot. I am sure some camera picked it up and it shows up on utube soon.

5. Leeza, partner should know the rules by now. He should play by them.

6. Leila was scored too low.

April 03 2007 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Shel

I would just like to repeat the previous comment: Heather is a phony, horse-faced, gold-digger and absolutely insane for the attention. Be sure to read up more about her in the British press before you think she's all that noble. She can dance up a storm here but still sports a handicapped sticker in her car in London. She would gladly hack off the other leg if it would bring her the kind of "stardom" she so desperately craves!

April 03 2007 at 1:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
JoAnn

#7, if the judges are racist, why did Laila come out #1 last week? Anyway, I thought Billy Ray looked really hot with his hair pulled back! He did a great job dancing, and really is improving. I would have to say I hope Shandi leaves - for some reason I just don't like her, and don't think she dances very well. I really like Clyde's attitude and outlook, and think he just had the wrong dance last night. I hope he gets to stay! Loved Apolo, Ian, Laila and Joey!!! I think the judges were overly critical on the couples last night.

April 03 2007 at 12:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
alk

I think they should have 2 different competitions...one for male stars and one for female stars. So much of Ballroom dancing is the woman's fancy spinning, etc it hardly seems fair to me that the women have to learn all these difficult fancy moves and then men just have to direct them.

April 03 2007 at 12:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Dave

I couldn't watch the entire program last night (basketball was on) but I'm surprised to see nobody has mentioned Julianne's pants. They made me forget about Kym's Leia costume, which is a pretty big deal!

April 03 2007 at 12:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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