Dancing with the Stars Season 12 Episode 3

“Dancing with the Stars” is without question my biggest guilty pleasure. I look forward to the beginning of each new season as soon as the season before ends and this year was no exception. Granted last years Bristol Palin debacle soured me on the show ever-so-slightly (particularly after Brandy and Maks went home before her), I will still excited for season 12. It seems that excitement was founded because this, my friends, is shaping up to be a heck of a competition.

"Dancing with the Stars" airs Mondays and Tuesdays on ABC.

This recap is going to be a long one. As most of you know, “Dancing with the Stars” season 12 officially kicked off last Monday with a single episode performance show and returned this week with a second performance show and an elimination episode. From here on out, I’ll be posting all of my “Dancing with the Stars” recaps every Tuesday night or Wednesday afternoon and they’ll cover both the Monday night performances and the Tuesday night eliminations. Make sure you check back every week to see who went home and to see how I felt about it. Okay, enough blah, blah, blah – let’s get to the show.

Part One – The Performances

Week One - Foxtrot

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas got the season off the an exciting start with their foxtrot to Sara Bareilles’ hit “King of Anything”. Excellent song and a great dance for a first week performer. Chelsea’s form was lovely although she had a little trouble throughout the dance. Definitely someone to watch in this competition.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 7
  • Len – 7
  • Bruno – 7
  • Total – 21
Week Two: Jive

I squealed with joy the moment “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” by Panic! At the Disco started playing. My only complaint about the performance was that the live band slaughtered the song. As for the actual dancing, I was impressed with how well Chelsea handled the choreography. I also love Mark. He is willing to take chances because, let’s be honest, it was clear from the moment we saw  the doors on the stage that Len was going to hate it. I was a little more surprised Carrie Ann didn’t like it.

Marks:

  • Carrie Anne – 6
  • Len – 5 (boo!!)
  • Bruno – 7
  • Total – 18
Week One: Cha-Cha

Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani danced to “I’m Every Woman” by Chaka Khan and quite honestly, it was pretty mediocre. For a woman with so much fire, the dance lacked any heat. What bothers me about Wendy is she argues with the judges and makes excuses for what she’s lacking. Honey, they’ve been  doing this for twelve seasons. They know what they’re talking about.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 5
  • Len – 4
  • Bruno – 5
  • Total – 14
Week Two: Quickstep

Well holy cow. I wasn’t expecting much of this performance considering Wendy didn’t seem to have much faith in Tony’s choreography in rehearsal. That stuff really bugs me. Don’t sign up for the show unless you’re willing to listen to your partner. They’re the pros. When Wendy came out though, dancing to “Do Your Thing” by Basement Jaxx, she was confident, magnetic and feisty. I couldn’t take my eyes off her. Yes she lost energy but she improved so much over last week it’s hard to believe she’s the same dancer. Still, she has a long way to go and needs to trust Tony is she wants to get there.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 6
  • Len – 5
  • Bruno – 6
  • Total – 17
Week One: Cha-Cha

It’s almost not even surprising anymore when a football player comes out and shows us he can really dance. Hines Ward and Kym Johnson turned in an incredible cha-cha to “Club Can’t Handle Me” by Flo-Rida and David Guetta. Hines’ footwork and posture were a little off sometimes but for a first week performance, it was incredible.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 7
  • Len – 7
  • Bruno – 7
  • Total – 21
Week Two: Quickstep

While many standouts from the first week of performances faltered in their second week, Hines and Kym definitely can’t be counted among them. Their quickstep to “Part Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder earned rave reviews from the judges with Bruno declaring Hines should “forget part time lover” because he’s a “full time dancer”. They were electric. Just incredible. I loved it.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 8
  • Len – 7
  • Bruno – 8
  • Total – 23
Week One: Foxtrot

It was a rough start to the season for Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin. As a survivor of the tsunami that hit Thailand in 2004, Petra was hard hit by the scenes of the tsunami that hit Japan during her rehearsal for the show. Overall though, her foxtrot to “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones was lovely but in coming week she’ll need to really work on some aspects of her dance but she is enjoyable to watch.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 6
  • Len – 6
  • Bruno – 6
  • Total – 18
Week Two: Jive

I really enjoyed this jive to “Crazy Little Thing Called Love” by Queen. Petra has style, she’s sexy and she isn’t a bad dancer. She’s a little reserved as of yet, but she’s trying. I think Petra will easily make it through the first few eliminations. While she’s still very rough around the edges, I think she could be a real contender if she works hard.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 6
  • Len – 6
  • Bruno – 6
  • Total – 18
Week One: Cha-Cha

I was really looking forward to Romeo and Chelsie Hightower. As any fan of the show knows, Romeo was supposed to perform in season two but was sidelined by an injury; prompting his father, rapper Master P to step in. What followed was one of the worst stints on “Dancing with the Stars” in history. Romeo proved from the very start of his cha-cha to “Romeo” by Basement Jaxx” that he is definitely not his father. He needed a lot of work, but he could really move.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 7
  • Len – 6
  • Bruno – 6
  • Total – 19
Week Two: Quickstep

I don’t really know what I was expecting from Romeo, but definitely not what we saw last night. He was smooth and showed good technique. It’s clear he worked hard for his second performance of the quickstep to “You’re the One that I Want” from “Grease”. It was fun, entertaining and very well done technically.

Marks:

  • Carrie Anne – 7
  • Len – 8
  • Bruno – 8
  • Total – 23
Week One: Foxtrot

I don’t know if Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya will make it past the first few eliminations, but I really enjoyed their foxtrot to “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis & the News. It was fun and it’s obvious Sugar Ray is really giving it all he’s got. He’s at a disadvantage as a boxer because of the posture that requires, but if he can break out of that, he might really surprise us all.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 6
  • Len – 5
  • Bruno – 6
  • Total – 17
Week Two: Jive

Sugar Ray and Anna’s jive to “Sweet Soul Music” by Sam & Dave was energetic, fun and seemed to show a bit of improvement from Sugar. I really like him. He’s infectious. I’d like to see them stick around for a while, but if they want to, he really needs to work hard. Luckily, he seems more than willing to do that.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 6
  • Len – 5
  • Bruno – 6
  • Total – 17
Week One: Cha-Cha

Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and Louis Van Amstel honestly didn’t do anything for me. I really like Kendra. I guess I was just expecting more from their cha-cha to “When Love Takes Over (Yeah Yeah)” by David Guetta & Kelly Rowland. I think Kendra’s only real problem with dancing is insecurity and nervousness. If she can overcome those two hindrances, I think she’ll do really well.

Marks:

  • Carrie Anne – 6
  • Len – 6
  • Bruno -6
  • Total: 18
Week Two: Quickstep

As much as I didn’t care for their cha-cha, I really liked their quickstep. Kendra showed a lot of improvement although that insecurity is still holding her back. Kendra – you can be a tomboy and still be sexy and sensual. Tap into that side of yourself and you’ll do well in the competition. And quit bitching about the judges talking about your boobs. You posed for Playboy. What do you expect?

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 7
  • Len – 6
  • Bruno – 6
  • Total – 19
Week One: Foxtrot

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff just shocked the life out of me. I thought I would parish. Ralph is no longer the Karate Kid. He’s the Karate Man. Everything about this foxtrot to “Ain’t that a Kick in the Head” by Dean Martin was fantastic.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 8
  • Len – 8
  • Bruno – 8
  • Total – 24
Week Two: Jive

I don’t necessarily agree with the judges on this one. I loved the performance. Ralph is a joy to watch. Perhaps he does get a little too into it, but his technique is fabulous and he has a blast on the dance floor. I think he should’ve scored higher for this one – at least one 8 would’ve been more appropriate.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 7
  • Len – 7
  • Bruno – 7
  • Total – 21
Week One: Cha-Cha

Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke were a surprise for me as well. Although Chris looked a little less than graceful at times, considering his career path, that really isn’t surprising. Their cha-cha to “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” by The Clash was a good first time performance. I was impressed. I think I was more surprised by how charming Chris was. I rolled my eyes when I saw his name on the list of performers for the season, but he made a fan out of me.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 7
  • Len – 6
  • Bruno – 6
  • Total – 19
Week Two: Quickstep

Holy macaroni! Where did that come from Mr. Jericho? Chris and Cheryl’s quickstep to “I Got Rhythm” by George Gershwin was nearly perfect. I couldn’t possibly be more impressed. I think Chris might have a chance at making it to the top three if not winning the whole thing. The improvement over the first week is nothing short of amazing.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 8
  • Len – 7
  • Bruno – 8
  • Total – 23
Week One: Foxtrot

Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer… well, I love Lacey. She’s my favorite female dancer on the show. Last season, she was awesome with Kyle. What can I say about Mike? He sure is gorgeous, right? Yeah. Uh, their foxtrot to “Cooler than Me” by Mike Posner was awkward to watch.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 5
  • Len – 4
  • Bruno – 4
  • Total – 13
Week Two: Jive

Well, there was definite improvement, but it was hard to think it wasn’t too little too late. Although I’d like to see Mike stick around because I really think he could improve, the chances of that happening are pretty slim. I liked his jive to “The Boys Are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy and as always, Lacey was awesome.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 6
  • Len – 5
  • Bruno – 6
  • Total – 13
Week One: Cha-Cha

I was most excited (and terrified) of Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy hitting the floor. I love both of them. Maks is my favorite dancer – male or female – on the show and Kirstie is my favorite celebrity competing this season. Why? She is who she is and she has no delusions about who that is. “If someone told me to haul ass, I’d have to make two trips.” Their cha-cha to “Forget You” by Cee-lo Green surprised me. To be more accurate, it shocked me to badly I nearly fell out of my chair. Kirstie… can really dance. She’s a heavy girl who moves gracefully and confidently. She’s also sixty. Did anyone else find that hard to believe. This performance was the highlight of the night for me. It had me clapping and cheering. I loved everything about it. There is no better way to shut up the haters of the world than by doing something they never imagined you could do. Way to go Kirstie!

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 8
  • Len – 7
  • Bruno – 8
  • Total – 23
Week Two: Quickstep

At this early in the show, Kirstie is still trying to build up her endurance and that’s entirely understandable. You can’t look at Kirstie the same way you would look at some of the younger contestants because she isn’t one of the younger contestants. The quickstep is obviously a quick dance. Kirstie ran out of steam a bit in the middle of her quickstep to “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by K.T. Tunstall but I’m not going to hold it against her. In the weeks that come, she is only going to get stronger. I think you’re going to see her make it a long way – if not right until the end – especially with a partner like Maks.

Marks:

  • Carrie Ann – 7
  • Len – 6 (boo, Len! that deserved more than a six!)
  • Bruno – 7
  • Total – 20

Part Two: Eliminations

After the Judge's Scores.

Because there were two performance shows before the first set elimination took place, there were two sets of scores to consider when determining who stood where heading into the elimination show – the judges’ scores from the first week and the judges’ scores from the second week. Those two scores were added together to determine each contestant’s standing on the leader board with the votes of the viewers being factored in on top of that. As will be the case in weeks to come, the contestant with the overall lowest score after combining the judges’ score and the votes from viewers will be sent packing. The leader board heading into last night’s elimination show was as follows:

  1. Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff (45)
  2. Hines Ward and Kym Johnson with (44)
  3. Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy (43)
  4. Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke (42)
  5. Romeo and Chelsie Hightower (42)
  6. Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas (39)
  7. Kendra Wilkinson-Baskett and Louis Van Amstel (37)
  8. Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin (36)
  9. Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya (34)
  10. Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani (31)
  11. Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer (30)

Looking over the leader board, it shouldn’t have been hard to tell who was going to go home, but on “Dancing with the Stars”, you can never be certain of anything – especially after last season’s Bristol Palin fiasco.

The Pros (Cheryl, Lacey, Anna, Dmitri, Louis) and the "Dancing with the Stars Troupe".

Last night’s elimination started out on a high note with an awesome performance from the pros and the brand new “Dancing with the Stars Troupe”. I’m thinking they probably could’ve come up with a better name, but whatever. Anyway, the performance really got things going – very high energy and very entertaining. Worth noting – the choreography was all done by Maks. Before we continue on, I’d like to mention a little something about this episode.

On elimination nights, “Dancing with the Stars” often features performances guest appearances by established musicians that perform between results. Last night the guest performer was someone whose name I refuse to mention. This individual is talented in many respects. He can sing. He can dance. He has also made decisions in his life I can’t, and refuse, to support. I considered not watching “Dancing with the Stars” due to their decision to promote him despite his recent very public, very immature and very dangerous outburst following an interview on another ABC show. I realized, however, that would have little impact on the show or the performer. Instead, it would just result in me not watching a show I truly enjoy. So I’ll keep watching but if you want to read about his performance, you’ll have to look elsewhere. Forgiveness and second chances are important in life but should only be given out when the person being forgiven is truly sorry for their actions and has taken steps to repair them. Okay, that’s all about that. Let’s continue on with the show.

The First Results Announced.

Results: Round One

Hines, Sugar Ray and Chris are the first to find out who is safe and who is in danger. My prediction going in is that Hines and Chris will both be safe while Sugar Ray will be one of the bottom three couples. Hines learns he is safe first and then Chris. Poor Sugar. I want him to stick around in a big way.

The Seconds Results Announced.

Results: Round Two

Chelsea, Ralph and Kirstie learn if they’re safe or in jeopardy. I’d be really surprised if any of these three contestants go home. I’m going to say Chelsea is in jeopardy simply because of their low overall scores. I doubt they’ll go home though. A lot of people (myself included) loved their performance Monday night, even if  the judges didn’t. Ralph and Karina get the safe nod first, then Kirstie and Maks. Oh thank heavens! Chelsea and Mark are safe too!

Meet "The Troupe"(fr. left to right: Peta, Tristan, Nicole, Ted, Oksana and Kiki).

With Hines, Chris, Ralph, Kirstie and Chelsea safe, we take a break from eliminations and meet “The Troup”. I gotta tell ya, I’m not really feeling Peta. She seems very full of herself. It works for the more established pros we’ve come to know and love over the course of the show, but for a newcomer to cop that attitude? It just sits wrong with me. Regardless, they’re all very talented and I look forward to seeing them each week.

The Third Results Announced.

Results: Round Three

When only Romeo and Mike were the only men left with their fates unknown, it was pretty easy to tell which one would be in jeopardy but, again, as we learned last year, you never known what might happen. Well, except for this time. Mike was still in jeopardy.  Absolutely no one was surprised – including Lacey and Mike. Heading into another performance by He-who-shall-not-be-named, we know both Mike and Sugar Ray were in jeopardy. I’m nervous for both of them.

The Final Three Women.

Results: Round Four

This little interview before the results are read only further my feeling that Wendy is too cocky to last in this competition. Confidence is great but she’s not confident. She’s arrogant. Her performance last night wasn’t great. It wasn’t bad, and it was better than her first, but it wasn’t even close to deserving a nine let alone three tens. She needs to reign it back. Every time she opens her mouth, she loses more and more votes. Getting a good score is important (and something she hasn’t really done yet) but so is being liked. Two things she might want to keep in mind.   As the ladies take the stage, we see some behind the scenes clips filmed after the performances last night. Everything I just said about Wendy can be applied to Kendra. Petra has the making people like her thing down. She’s a freakin’ supermodel and she’s more humble and modest than both Wendy and Kendra. Perhaps she should give them lessons on humility.

Wendy and Tony Learn Their Fate.

With the ladies on the stage, Kendra is quickly reassured she’s safe. She doesn’t seem to be surprised and, yes, that bothers me. At least pretend to be grateful. The fans that voted to keep you there like to at least feel appreciated. Contrast Kendra’s reaction to the news with Petra’s. Petra actually looks happy. Maybe, and this is just a theory, Kendra bit off more than she can chew and actually wants to go home. With Petra and Kendra safe, we learn Wendy is still in jeopardy. As much as I hate to admit it, I feel good about that.

The Final Cut... This One Hurts.

Results: Round Five – Who’s Going Home?

Under normal circumstances I wouldn’t say this for fear of the heat I would take, this time I feel most would agree with me. I was really disappointed that it came down to Mike or Sugar Ray when Wendy was standing on the stage with them. It comes down to likability and work ethic. While we  may not always get the clearest picture of a contestant in clip packages, it just seems that Sugar and Mike are more willing to work hard to improve while Wendy doesn’t seem to think she has anything to improve. That isn’t true. She has talent. She really can dance but she also needs a lot of work on her technique and she doesn’t seem willing to do that work. Clearly she’s doing something though, as her performance this week was light years ahead of her performance last week, but she complains so damn much. It’s like watching poor Tony work with Kate Gosselin all over again. Regardless, in the end, Wendy and Sugar were safe to dance another night and Mike was the first contestant on “Dancing with the Stars” season 12 to head home.

Lacey and Mike Say Goodbye.

There is one simply reason I loved Mike Catherwood (aside from the fact that’s he’s a babe). He has a great sense of humor. Even though he was the first to head home, he keep that sense of humor, joking a little bit, but also being serious. He told America that Lacey is not only beautiful on the outside but on the inside too and expressed thanks to all those who supported him. Would Wendy have been so gracious. I sincerely doubt it. At the end of the interview, we were treated to some truly awesome dance moves by Mr. Mike and that was that.

What did you all think of the show? Should Mike have been the first one cut? Are you going to miss Lacey? Who goes next? Based on the performances we’ve seen so far, I’d say it’ll be Sugar, but if I was in charge, it would be Wendy. Who do you think will make it all the way to the end? Sound off in the comments section below this article. Also, make sure you come back next Wednesday for my recap of next week’s shows. It won’t be as long – I promise!

 

 

 

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