Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 3 Analysis:

Dancing with the Stars Fall Season 2015, Week 3 Analysis:


On Dancing With The Stars, the third week presented an unprecedented and heartbreaking situation. Fortunately, the teams had to learn only one dance for “TV Night.” The celebs either maintained or improved.


Singer/Host Tamar Braxton with pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy

Actor Gary Busey with pro partner Anna Trebunskaya

Backstreet Boys Singer Nick Carter with pro partner Sharna Burgess

Domestic Diva Paula Deen with pro partner Louis Van Amstel

Victor Espinoza with pro partner Karina Smirnoff

Singer Andy Grammer with pro partner Allison Holker

Teen Social Media Geek Hayes Grier with pro partner Emma Slater

Actress Bindi Irwin with pro partner Derek Hough

Singer Chaka Khan with pro partner Keo Motsepe

Actress Alexa PenaVega with pro partner Mark Ballas

Actor/Singer Carlos PenaVega with pro partner Witney Carson

Army Hero Alek Skarlatos with pro partner Lindsay Arnold

Atlanta Housewife Kim Zollciak Biermann with pro partner Tony Dovolani


Monday, September 28

The females opened the show—some pros and some from the troupe—sexy! Tom was joined by Miss Piggy of “The Muppets,” who said of Erin, “Who needs her?” Alfonso Ribeiro (“Ribero”), season 19 winner with Witney, was the guest judge. I apologize that I did not always have time to record the song that each pair danced to. Viewers are supposed to vote for a switch-up of couples to take place in two weeks. Again, most judges’ scores were accurate tonight; one or two were excessive or underrated.


  1. Carlos PeneVega: Jazz. Judges’ scores 7-8-8-8. My score 8.

The negative: He must focus on opening his chest and shoulders and on extending his arms without rushing.

The positive: Animated, fun, cute; good acting of elderly couple dancing in the park. I liked it.


  1. Paula Deen: Samba. Judges’ score 6. My score 6.

The negative and the positive: She didn’t bounce quite consistently enough; lost timing/footwork partway through and didn’t really seem to recover. She didn’t let it stop her, though, and kept doing her best. It was a cute representation of Mrs. Howell on “Gilligan’s Island.” Witnessing her dedication and drive, one can understand how she became such a successful domestic diva in cooking and household goods.


  1. Tamar Braxton: Tango. Judges’ scores 8-9-8-8. My score 9.

The negative: What?

The positive: Intense, sexy, sharp, continuous, and correct, with steaming chemistry between the two. Loved it! Tamar is a serious contender!


  1. Alexa PenaVega: Jazz, “Breaking Bad.” Judges’ score 9. My score 9.

The negative: ?

The positive: Sharp, crisp, powerful, on target. She was on par with Mark—they danced as one. Excellent choreography, Mark! Riveting! Liked it a lot.


  1. Andy Grammer: Quickstep. Judges’ scores 7-7-8-7. My score 7.

The negative: Needs to connect more strongly with Allison, keep shoulders back and chest open. Is my view skewed, or do his knees and/or feet really look odd at times in some dances? Is he knock-kneed and/or pigeon-toed?

The positive: They had enthusiastic fun dancing to the nostalgic “American Bandstand” theme. It took me back! It looked fun and I enjoyed it. Andy has a beautiful spirit and attitude.


  1. Gary Busey: Tango. Judges’ scores 6-7-7-6. My score 6.

The negative and the positive: Cute, very in character as Gomez and Morticia of “The Addams Family.” The dance contained an insufficient amount of tango-ing by Gary, and his legs were exaggeratedly spread, but he kept his knees appropriately bent and stayed in technique and timing with Anna. He said, “Repetition breeds success,” one of the many insightful and wise things I’ve heard him say over the years. Perhaps his dance skill will improve.


  1. Alek Skarlatos: Tango. Judges’ scores 8-8-9-8. My score 9.

The negative: Really?

The positive: Cute, sexy, sharp, correct! Great frame/form/technique! Love him and love to watch him. The guy to watch for the semifinals!


  1. Kim Zolciak Biermann: Samba. Judges’ score 6. My score 6.

“I Dream of Jeannie.” Kim had a mini-stroke last week after a rehearsal! She’s okay now but was unable to fly from her home in Atlanta to LA for the show, so Tony and Jenna performed the dance. Your choreogreaphy was adorable, Tony. Sorry to see Tony out of the competition, but we’ll see him now and again throughout the remainder of the season.


  1. Bindi Irwin: Quickstep “The Jeffersons.” Judges’ score 8. My score 8.

The negative: Needs to watch/maintain proper posture.

The positive: Cute, fun, peppy, and correct for this well-connected pair.


  1. Nick Carter: Vien. Waltz, “Downton Abbey.” Judges’ score 9. My score 9.

The negative: ?

The positive: Elegant, graceful, smooth, dramatic, rise/fall on toes, as one with Sharna. Beautiful!


  1. Hayes Grier: Jive. Judges’ scores 7-8-7-8. My score 7.5.

The negative: His kicks could have been sharper, his toes should have been pointed, and the highly-detailed choreo., although true to its subject, should have been less hectic for a dance. Hayes appeared to tire at the second half.

The positive: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles!” Very demanding but fun for him. So far, last week’s quickstep was the only choreo. by Emma that I’ve really approved of for Hayes. I have to respect this kid’s pluck.


WHO WAS ELIMINATED TONIGHT? Paula and Andy were said to be the bottom two. I repeat that Gary’s performance, although improved, was the worst. No one was voted off; votes will carry over to next week. However, the show’s rules have always stated that if a contestant becomes so ill or so injured that he/she is unable to perform, he/she must be dismissed from the competition; sorry to say that Kim won’t be back. I like her and I’ll miss her. Miss Piggy was last on camera, waving goodbye to us.


STATUS: I see the top performers and true contenders:

  1. Bindi Irwin
  2. Tamar Braxton
  3. Alek Skarlatos
  4. Nick Carter
  5. Alexa PenaVega


GUEST JUDGE: It was good to have the highly accomplished Alfonso Ribeiro at the table. He did an excellent job but did not have a chance to do the Carlton for us.


What are your opinions of this week’s performances, Kim’s illness and departure, and whatever else? Comment on the blog! See you next week.

Vickie L. Weaver

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