'Dancing With The Stars' Season 17, Week 7: Dance By Dance Recap
Week seven of "Dancing With The Stars" and you either need to be a math whiz or get out your calculator: there are lots of numbers this week!
The grand totals include last week's judges' scores; last week's viewer votes; this week's judge's scores for the individual dance; and this week's judge's scores for the group dance. So many numbers, so little time.
Here's a rundown of the scoreboard, from highest TOTAL to lowest:
Amber Riley and Derek Hough -- First dance: 29 out of 30 / Team dance: 30 out of 30 / PLUS last week = 91 total points.
Each week with this woman I just have to say "wow!" Her knees hurt, she's learning dances she's never done, and her partner has a back injury to boot. But Amber was made for the Paso Doble.
It's funny that Derek Hough said he's going to give up trying to please Len Goodman after two weeks of lower scores from the head judge. This dance had everything, and both Len and Carrie Ann Inaba gave them a "10", with Len saying she captured the flavor and the essence of the dance.
Amber and Derek were part of the "fox" team in the group dance and it's a little hard to explain ... but it was wonderful. That's why the internet was invented. Go find it. You won't be disappointed.
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd -- First dance: 27 out of 30 / Team dance: 30 out of 30 / PLUS last week = 88 total points.
Just when Brant thinks he's had a tough dance, along comes a new week and the Jive, to prove him wrong. He told Peta Murgatroyd it the dance seems simple, but it's very easy for things go to south.
Brant commits to rehearsing, even on his own in his backyard, and it pays off. The superfast Jive leaves the couple winded, and the judges practically breathless. Len Goodman appreciated that Brant "danced on the edge" and brought energy, attack, and enthusiasm to the ballroom. Brant was also part of the "fox" team dance. Again, go find it. Really.
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy -- First dance: 27 out of 30 / Team dance: 27 out of 30 / PLUS last week = 86 total points.
The couple was feeling the pressure after week six's perfect score. Pro dancer Val Chmerkovskiy knows how to push, push, push; but apparently Elizabeth can take all he dishes out. He reminds her that anytime he gets frustrated it's not at her, it's at the "struggle."
They had the Quickstep for week seven, so not only was Val pushing with the choreography but also the speed. They nailed it; not enough for another perfect score, but at least triple nines! Carrie Ann is thrilled with how far the former Showgirl has been able to grow in her dance skills.
Elizabeth was part of the Zombie team and while they did a very fun Halloween themed Zombie inspired freestyle, it was definitely second place to the foxes.
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff -- First dance: 29 out of 30 / Team dance: 30 out of 30 / PLUS last week = 86 total points.
Corbin and Karina Smirnoff wanted to redeem themselves after a fun, but low scoring (for them) routine last week. Karina beat herself up during rehearsals and changed steps over and over and over again. Corbin said he was smiling on the outside, but freaking out on the inside. No need.
Their Cha Cha Cha was as good as anything the troupe would have done. Bruno Tonioli called it crystal clear and immaculate. Again, they were part of the foxes and "What Does the Fox Say?" I think he'd say well played.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber -- First dance: 28 out of 30 / Team dance: 27 out of 30 / PLUS last week = 84 total points.
Snooki is tired; her son is sick; there were two dances this week. It sounded a bit like she was ready to leave. (Until the waterworks at the end; but that's another story). She Samba-ed her way to 27 out of 30 for her individual dance and was part of the Zombie team so added 27 to that.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke -- First dance: 27 out of 30 / Team dance: 30 out of 30 / PLUS last week = 84 total points.
Jack's not sure if it's his M.S. or just overwork that has him completely fatigued. He's fighting his way to stay in the competition and gets a nice pep talk from Cheryl Burke. His Jive is not quite as fast and furious as Brant's, but Carrie Ann actually likes it better, and says it "perfectly suited him." Jack was the final in the foursome of the "fox" dance so that 30 points had to have helped him in the end.
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani -- First dance: 26 out of 30 / Team dance: 27 out of 30 / PLUS last week = 81 total points.
Leah reveals she isn't used to showing over happiness. That made me a little sad. But I think she's getting over that habit, thanks to Tony Dovolani. Leah can't believe she's a contender in week seven, and she encourages Tony to push their routine as far as he can.
The duo performs a Salsa that's filled with fast moves, shimmies, shakes, and lifts. Bruno called her "Salsa-licious; "to which Leah said "I don't understand anything he says." Leah and Tony were part of Zombieland so they earned an additional 27 for their final score.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater -- First dance: 23 out of 30 / Team dance: 27 out of 30 / PLUS last week = 74 total points.
Bill wants to be here. As much as, or maybe more, than anyone else, he truly has been inspired to keep learning. He and Emma Slater were assigned the very fast quickstep but Bill kept up pretty well. The judges gave him credit for a good hold; good speed and energy; and Len said if he judged with his heart, he's give Bill a "10." Awwww! Again, team Zombie.
Next week as guest judge: Cher!
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