SAN DIEGO, September 30, 2013 – Scores for the routines during Hollywood Week on “Dancing With The Stars” reflected the improving skills for most of the competitors. Nearly every couple matched or increased their scores this week. The three competitors whose scores dropped had the lowest scores of the week.
A low score can be a blessing when it’s a wake-up call. The stars making the greatest improvement over last week put in the work, and it showed. Nicole Polizzi and Sasha Farber performed a winning Marilyn Monroe themed Charleston to “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend.” Polizzi could change a lot of opinions about her “hot mess” status if she continues demonstrating a good attitude. She scored 25 points, good enough to be tied for third.
The other pleasant surprise of the night was comedian Bill Engvall, who is showing that not all comedians are hopeless on DWTS. He and Emma Slater performed a Lone Ranger theme to the “1812 Overture,” and the music was an inspired choice that got the audience on its feet. His score of 24 points was his best so far of the year by far. It’s our choice for this week’s featured video (above).
The top score of the night went to Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd for a dazzling Quickstep infused with tremendous speed. Their score of 27 points ties the high of the season so far.
At the bottom tonight was The Science Guy Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein. Nye suffered a serious knee injury, but vowed to continue assisted by some clever choreography created by Stecklein to work around his injury. As judge Len Goodman said, his score of 16 points did not reflect the judges’ admiration for his “show must go on” attitude.
But in the end it was not enough to save him, and because of the injury it was probably for the best that Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein were eliminated. Nye said there were other people improving every week so it was only fair it was time for him to leave, but said it “broke his heart” that professional partner Tyne Stecklein would be leaving so soon in her first season on the show.
Stecklein made a terrific first impression on the fans, and she will be welcome back in the DWTS ballroom anytime.
Fans will now vote for the remaining ten competitors, and those fan scores will be added to next week’s judges points. Valerie Harper and Tristan McManus were tied at the bottom with Bill Nye this week, but their fans saved them. It will start becoming harder for them to stay unless their scores improve.
Next week the first of several special guest judges joins the show. Former DWTS professional turned actress and country singer Julianne Hough will join Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli with her own set of paddles. It is the first time a former DWTS pro takes a turn as a judge.
Before we get there, the Week 3 scores and voting information:
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd
Quickstep: 27 points
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff
Quickstep: 26 points
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas
Charleston: 26 points
Nicole Polizzi and Sasha Farber
Quickstep: 25 points
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy
Foxtrot: 25 points
Amber Riley and Derek Hough
Charleston: 24 points
Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni
Rumba: 24 points
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater
Paso Doble: 24 points
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke
Cha Cha Cha: 22 points
Valerie Harper and Tristan McManus
Cha Cha Cha: 16 points
Fans can vote via phone for one hour only afer the end of the show in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook will be open for 24 hours beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at the same time on Tuesday. A couple will go home at the end of each Monday show until the season finale on Monday, November 25
See you in the Communities live chat ballroom next week. Everyone is an expert judge here. Don’t forget your paddles.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday, Occtober 7, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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