Dancing With The Stars, Season 23, Sep. 26

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Season 23, Sep. 26


The Cast: Pros + Stars

Val Chmerkovskiy + Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast

Cheryl Burke + Ryan Lochte, U.S. Olympic Swimmer

Artem Chigvintsev + Maureen McCormick, Actress (“Marcia,”“Brady Bunch” TV show, 1960s/1970s)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy + Amber Rose, Talk Show Host/Activist

Sasha Farber + Terra Jolé, Reality TV Star

Derek Hough + Marilu Henner, Actress/Author

Emma Slater + Rick Perry, Former Texas Governor

Lindsay Arnold + Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron”

Allison Holker + “BabyFace” Edmonds, Singer

Witney Carson + Vanilla Ice, Singer

Sharna Burgess + James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver

Gleb Savchenko + Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer


Dancing With The Stars: Week 3 Analysis

Everything was rushed tonight so that Dancing With The Stars could finish in one hour, in time for the presidential debate to begin at 9 p.m. Many of my predictions came true: many of the stars’ performances in face-offs between pairs of couples and of inaccurate, unfair scores from the judges. All dances were traditional with sufficient, appropriate content. Most celebs who won their face-offs really did win while a few others were cheated. They are numbered in order of appearance/performance.


Jive: “BabyFace” Edmonds vs. Jana Kramer:  Jana won.

  1. BabyFace: Judges’ scores 7-6-6-6. My score 6.5. Cute dance with good/sharp kicks. Rather stiff, though; needs to work on rhythm and bounce.
  2. Jana: Judges’ scores 6-7-6-7. My score 8. Her energetic dance was much better than BF’s. The judges cheated her on scores! She seems to feel much better this week. The jive does not showcase her incredible lines and greatest strengths, but she did a very good job. BTW, did you see Allison’s six-pack (with BF)?! Unreal, even for a dancer, as a woman who just had a baby several months ago.


Paso Doble: Rick Perry vs. Vanilla Ice:  VI “won.”

  1. Rick: Judges’ scores 6-5-6-6. My score 6.5. Better technique/frame/hands/entertainment.   .
  2. Vanilla: Judges’ scores 6-6-5-6. My score 6. Good spins, but frame/hands not as good.

Both need to work on rhythm, a bit more on timing, and more-energetic footwork. They’re both entertaining, but Rick is more so. The judges tied them; Len broke the tie by inaccurately giving it to VI. VI did a good series of spinning Witney. But, Rick’s technique and frame were more consistently controlled, his arms/hands were more graceful, and he was more entertaining/even more likable; should have won.


Cha-Cha: James Hinchcliffe vs. Ryan Lochte:  James easily won.

  1. James: Judges’ score 7-7-8-7. My score 8.5. No contest! He’s a natural; good hip action, etc. My second-favorite dance of the night.
  2. Ryan: Judges’ score 6-7-6-6. My score 6. Lacks rhythm, hip action, energy, good footwork.


Vien. Waltz: Terra Jolé vs. Calvin Johnson:  Calvin won.

  1. Terra: Judges’ scores 8-7-8-7. My score 7.5. Adorable/sweet and ya gotta love her, but she was a tad short on follow-through.
  2. Calvin: Judges’ scores 8-8-8-8. My score 8. His best dance to date! Even better and more entertaining than Terra’s. I think he’ll keep improving, moving up in the middle of the pack.


Salsa: Amber Rose vs. Maureen McCormick:  Maureen won.

  1. Amber: Judges’ scores 7-6-6-6. My score 6. Needs to work on bounce, follow-through in transitional moves, rhythm/timing/ footwork (only 75% there). Pretty and nice, with some decent hip action, but consistently not entertaining/enjoyable enough.
  2. Maureen: Judges’ scores 7-7-7-7. My score 7. Musicality/rhythm and transitions were about 90% there. Needs to work on hips, bounce, loosening up. Her facial expressions and entertainment value improved this week.


Tango: Laurie Hernandez vs. Marilu Henner:  Laurie “won.”

  1. Laurie: Judges’ scores 7-8-8-8. My score 8.5. FAST! Very impressive at such a speed. She’s great at what she does; in a way it’s a regurgitation of what she learns so easily and acting, but it’s missing depth and honesty. CA took 1 pt. for the high lift.
  2. Marilu: Judges’ scores 7-7-7-7. My score 9. Slow to average speed; accurate/gorgeous execution; smooth/elegant/graceful flow throughout and in transitions; fabulous controlled head turns; a backbend and deep horizontal dips; lovely lines; nearly perfect; lacked sufficient passion. Wow! Loved it!  Truly the highest-scoring dance of the night. For me, absolutely THE DANCE OF THE NIGHT!


WHO SHOULD BE ELIMINATED THIS WEEK? Ryan; he’s regressing instead of improving, and he’s lacking entertainment value. Or Amber, who consistently lacks enough entertainment/enjoyment value.

The true contenders: Jana, James, Laurie, and Marilu—all naturals.


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