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“Dancing With the Stars” Week 3 was Disney Night, which should have been filled with great outfits, joy, and ABC-Disney corporate synergy.
Still, there was something dark on the dance floor on Monday night, as the judges removed the gloves assessing the dance attempts of “Tiger King” star Carole Baskin. And if you guessed that the animal activist was dancing to the “Lion King,” you weren’t alone.
Of course, she did, in a resplendent lion costume that won praise from the judges. But his samba took a beating in a week which saw Backstreet Boy AJ McLean show off a new Vin Diesel-style Aladdin and “Bachelor” star Kaitlyn Bristowe through her mysterious ankle injury.
Here is what happened:
Justina Machado’s “Mary Poppins” Charleston wasn’t nearly perfect, but hey
“One Day At a Time” star Machado is an emerging “DWTS” star and was pulled to the top of the leaderboards last week with a rambunctious foxtrot. Machado and Charleston by pro Sasha Farber on “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” by “Mary Poppins” lacked a bit of that magic, even as the two plunged onto the dance floor and appeared, with the famous animated penguins dancing in the background.
Judge Derek Hough called for “more energy” and “more precise” technique with a score of 6. But the beaming Machado, who scored 19 of 30 for the judges’ scores, will be back next week.
AJ McLean brought out Vin Diesel’s domed dance
McLean was the accomplished showman, performing the fast-paced “Prince Ali” of “Aladdin” with his professional partner Cheryl Burke with a pizzazz that would catch the eye of Genie Will Smith. But the show that excited viewers and judges alike was his newly shaved bald head. McLean stepped away from his usual fashionable hat.
Judge Bruno Tonioli intervened by asking if it was really McLean “or Vin Diesel in” Aladdin Fast & the Furious “. ”
Host Tyra Banks asked McLean to name a wish. Surprisingly, all he asked for was a score of 8 for the routine. But the judges denied that wish, giving him a 7 directly.
Kaitlyn Bristowe didn’t moan about her injury in “Moana”
The star of “The Bachelor” was all the drama of last week, as Banks briefed viewers on breathlessness about Bristowe’s mysterious ankle injury. Would she dance or not? She danced and received the best scores.
Bristowe still hasn’t explained the injury, but performed a rumba on “How Far I’ll Go” by “Moana” barefoot with pro Artem Chigvintsev. Apparently, naturally relieves pain. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba called it ‘best dance of the night’, said she was’ thrilled ‘to watch and gave it an 8 (judges’ total score 23/30). The best news: Bristowe said actual medical tests showed the damage to his ankle to be “tendonitis, shin splints and a little swollen,” meaning we hope to see the end of further mentions.
Chrishell Stause Wasn’t Stumbling Cinderella
The star of the reality show “Selling Sunset” made Cinderella even more storybook in a gorgeous white ball gown. But Stause admitted to being nervous dancing the waltz on “A Dream Is a Wish Your Heart Makes” with and pro Gleb Savchenko because she is klutzy and “pigeon-toe”. She even confessed to a recent trip down the stairs.
Still, after the final whirlwind, it was clear she had nailed him, earning a “beau” from Inaba, which gave her a 7 (total score 23/30).
Vernon Davis’ smile begins to burst
The NFL Super Bowl champion was thrilled to dance to “Beauty and the Beast,” thinking he would surely be the Beast. He did not hide his disappointment to be the candlestick alongside pro Peta Murgatroyd, dancing the quick step on “Be Our Guest”.
But, as “DWTS” demands, Davis owned the frilly yellow candlestick outfit and never stopped smiling.
“Real men play candlesticks,” Hough said, scoring a 7 and showing enthusiasm amid a few fumbles. “You are radiating so much joy. »Total score 22/30.
Jeannie Mai keeps looking for ‘Up’
The TV host is not one of the banner names on the show. But she brings unbridled excitement that translates to the dance floor. His Viennese waltz on “The Married Life” of “Up” with his pro partner Brandon Armstrong was my choice for the dance of the night, receiving a boost from the greatest Pixar movie ever made. (This is Mai’s couple movie with fiancé rapper Jeezy).
The dancers, in gray wigs, even acted out moments from the animated film that worked – sort of. When the colorful balloons fell on the dance floor, it was amazing.
“You captured the essence of the film. Dance as an actor. Pure storytelling, ”Tonioli said, giving a score of 8.
Mai was so happy, she grabbed the Tonioli 8 paddle and ran. She had to return it, but the total score of 22 out of 30 left Mai in a good position.
Carole Baskin striped from ‘DWTS’ after ‘Lion King’ crash
Baskin was pulling out all the stops after barely surviving an elimination in Week 2 which ended with Hough’s final vote in his favor.
During his video preview, Baskin had tears about saving the big cats, his companion project. It was as if she knew she wouldn’t have the soapbox any longer. Of course, his “Lion King” costume was sublime. But the stormy samba with pro Pasha Pashkov at the “Circle of Life” almost broke the circle.
“I am stunned. In fact, I’ve never seen a samba like this, ”Tonioli roared. “If you were dancing with the Brooklyn Bridge, you might have more bounce. You just walked through it. Samba needs rebound and energy. You cannot doze off.
Tonioli gave the dance a small score of 3.
Inaba could only point out that Baskin had “beautiful hands when you dance.” But samba is more than that. He was missing most of the other things. She awarded a 5.
Hough avoided harsh criticism, giving a “10 for costume, hair and makeup” and a 4 for dance. Baskin’s total of 12 out of 30 judges left her in dire straits.
You know where this is going …
When they were counted with the final votes, Baskin and actress Anne Heche were the last two in danger of ejection. The final decision was up to the judges, and there wasn’t much doubt in which direction it would go this week.
Even the still politician Hough couldn’t come to the rescue of the animals during the second week. “Unfortunately, I cannot save you the week again,” he said. He voted to save Heche.
Tonioli was next, and it was obvious. “I have to do my job,” he said, voting to save Heche. End of the story.
Always positive, Baskin never stopped smiling, even after her elimination.
“My husband is going to be so happy that I come home,” she said after kissing her partner.