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'Dancing With the Stars' Recap: Week Three Performances

by Crystal Bell, posted Oct 3rd 2011 11:15PM
Karina & JRIt was a night of tears -- and the occasional sob -- for the 'Dancing With the Stars' contestants this week as the celebs picked the most memorable years of their lives and chose songs from those years. And, boy, was it dramatic.

After last week's nip-slip seen 'round the world, Nancy Grace got all teary-eyed and sloppy this week -- and not in a good way. Okay, so it's pretty hard to spice up a 'Moon River' waltz, but it could have been a bit more exciting. At this point, Nancy's only saving grace might be her partner Tristan MacManus because, let's face it, he's obviously a fan favorite.

However, the standout performance and real tearjerker of the night came from Iraq war veteran and burn survivor J.R. Martinez, who shared his harrowing story for the first time on the show. After serving two months as an United States Army infantryman in Iraq, J.R. was badly injured when his Humvee hit a landmine. He slipped into a coma and had intense burns on over 40 percent of his body, lost most of the hair on his head and one of his ears. He spent over two years in the hospital recovering and had 33 surgeries to repair the damage to his skin.

But just when you thought that was as tear-jerky as it would get, J.R. decided to dedicate his somber yet emotionally moving rumba to all of the fallen heroes -- the ones that didn't get a second chance. Tim McGraw's 'If You're Reading This' has never felt more heartfelt.

Commence Carrie Ann crying in 3 ... 2 ... and cry she did. Of course bad cop Len had to find SOMETHING negative to say about the dance, which I believe deserved the first 10 of the season.



At the end of the dance, everyone was in tears, including J.R. and Karina -- and I can't lie, I may have sobbed over my laptop. Frankly, no one else could even think of competing with that.

Rob Kardashian opened the show with his very own heartfelt sob story, and he didn't do too bad. His foxtrot was pretty on point -- in fact, he's never looked better. I was just about to applaud for the kid ... until he asked the judges what 'Guys and Dolls' was, and then I just couldn't. I mean, really?! After all those years of preppy private school?! Blasphemy!

And then Chynna Phillips had to get all egotistical and dance to her own song, the 1990 hit 'Hold On.' I guess 1990 was a pretty good year for the singer. After all, 'Hold On' did win a Billboard Music Award for Hot 100 Single of the Year. I guess if you're going to choose a memorable song, it might as well be the track that solidified your place in pop culture relevance for the next three decades ('Bridesmaids,' anyone?).

David Arquette also brought his A-game this week, improving significantly from last week. This rumba just might have been his best dance yet. Maybe forgoing a shirt will help him win votes?

In the beginning, I was rooting for Chaz -- and not because of all of the negative controversy surrounding him -- but because, despite it all, he had spirit. He wasn't the best dancer, but he looked like he was having fun. But somehow, it looks like that spirit may be fleeting fast. Chaz and his partner Lacey Schwimmer are the most tense couple this season. Seriously, are either one of these two having any fun out there?! I think I have more chemistry with Chaz than Lacey seems to be able to muster these days.

Chaz does get points, however, for choosing a Sonny Bono song. (Sound the collective "awww" now). If Chaz has any hope for staying in this competition, he may need to rely on mama Cher to help him out. Where is she anyway?

Meanwhile, Kristin Cavallari thought she could be sneaky but we all saw her former fiance Jay Cutler in the audience watching his former flame shake her booty with hottie Mark Ballas. Does this mean they're not dunzo? Or is Jay just pulling a Courteney Cox and being a supportive ex? Seriously though, who else feels like Mark could shake it better than Kristin? And even though I was slightly disappointed Kristin didn't choose Natasha Bedingfield's "Unwritten" (I mean, that song totally changed her life, and she knows it), Kristin and Mark pulled off a sexy samba.

In a surprise performance, Carson Kressley and his partner Anna Trebunskaya (how cute is she?!) pulled off their best dance yet: an eccentric tango to No Doubt. Seriously, the kicks, the hair flips and the glitter -- it was just perfection.

Also, Len's one-liners are getting better every week. Carson puts the "boy" in flamboyant (duh), and Rob puts the "dash" in Kardashian. Really, Len, how long have you been holding on to that one?

Other notable performances include Ricki Lake and Derek Hough's mesmerizing rumba (Sara Bareilles, really Ricki?). Ricki really played the melodramatic card this week, and frankly, it just feels forced after J.R.'s heartbreakingly raw performance. However, I've said it before, and I'll say it again, Derek, you have been missed! Seriously, is anyone else bringing the choreography like Derek this season?

When it comes to who should start packing up their 'Dancing' gear, in my heart I want to say Chaz. He just lost his spark, and someone needs to put Lacey out of her misery. But my head wants to say Hope because I'm not sure if she has the fan base to support her 'Dancing' diva dreams for another week.

What do you think? Who should go home?

'Dancing With the Stars' airs Mondays at 8PM ET and Tuesdays at 9PM ET on ABC.

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SANDYBKELLY

I don't care who goes home with the exception of Chaz,I hope he stays,I like his every effort and I think he needs to finish this and win. With the exception of David there is no on there I care to watch. When Chaz goes home I will quit watching.

October 11 2011 at 12:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Hello Gail

i hope jr makes it all the way threw. i feel he's a wonderful dancer and gives hope to so many disabled vet. good work keep it up.

October 04 2011 at 10:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
physixchick

Carson danced to "It's my life" by Talk Talk. No Doubt covered it but it's not their song. And Talk Talk did it much better.

October 04 2011 at 1:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
anne lawson

J R is the greatest. I loved him on All My Children. I'm so glad he is DWTS. I think Chaz's should go this week. It seem's it is a struggle for him to try to Dance. He has so much surgery I'm sure he? is in pain.
Good Luck to all

October 04 2011 at 8:32 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
cclowns

Hello to all, want to comment on everyone, absolutely awesome dances with the amazing stories, I don't think there was one dance that I did not like, I think I cried thru alot of them. I have watched every season sense DWTS's started and this is by far the most entertaining and personel dancing that I have seen. Sure there are other dancers that have come on and done an awesome job, but for the first time, I think that everyone of these contestents are actually first time dancers with no experience at all, they are truely trying to do the dances and learn the steps. I even think the judges would agree with me, you can see it in their faces that they to have not seen a whole line up of new beginner dancers. Keep up the good work to all, I commend each and everyone of you on your courage tonight to tell us your stories not only in words, but in your dance, choice of music and the feelings that you past on to us the viewers so far away, I was truely touched by all, even Carson and David, the two least experienced. thank you all for sharing and being the person you are....love DWTS's...judi

October 04 2011 at 4:40 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Stacie

As much as I appreciate Chaz's courage and being a stand up guy through out the whole controversy and everything, he is by far the weakest dancer left. I would have loved to say that Rob, Carson or Nancy deserve to go home, but they did a pretty decent job last night. If it wasn't about the dancing then I'd want Chaz to stick around a bit longer, at least until he got his Mom to come to the show or dance to one of her songs, but I think he is the next to go, unless Nancy Grace doesn't get the fan vote, but based on performance alone she did a much better job than him.

October 04 2011 at 2:40 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
carolheitzmurphy

Well, I feel very sorry for JR for his injury, but to call his the performance of the night when Ricki and Derek scored higher and were beautiful on the floor often looking like one is ashame. Give Ricki and Derek their just due. Lets separate sympathy and good dancing.

October 04 2011 at 1:14 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply

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