'Dancing with the Stars' Live Recap: Week 3 Dances
'Dancing with the Stars' Live Recap: Week 3 Dances
Laurel Brown
Laurel Brown
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
It's week 3! One pair has left the dance floor for good. Ten pairs remain to vie for that oft-elusive Mirror Ball trophy. With cumulative scores varying by only a point or two, there is no clear front-runner, and the next elimination is far from determined. What will happy next?

I guess we'll just have to watch and see.

Last week saw both improvement and consistency from the dancers. Despite strong performances by Romeo, Chris Jericho and Hines Ward, Ralph Macchio managed to hold onto his position at the front of the pack. Similarly, Wendy Williams trailed the other performers, even as her scores inched upwards. Is all of that going to change?

It depends on the stories they have to tell.

That's because it's Storytelling Week at Dancing with the Stars. Each of the pairs has to come up with some sort of story to tell using music, dance, props (sorry, Len) and costumes. Especially costumes. Yay costumes!

But before we get to all that storytelling goodness, you may need to refresh your memory of last week's dances. Click here to read the week 2 recap.

Enough of that. The past is done, and it's on to the future!

Thus, with the lighting of the stairs, it begins again. Things are looking sparkly and sparse this week. If a costume falls off this week, let me state here and now that I will not be shocked. Tom promises emotions tonight. Fair enough.

But before we can have emotion, we must have the Dancing with the Stars troupe. Isn't it kind of mean to start the show with professionals before the celebrities get their chance? I'd be feeling awfully intimidated right about now.

Who gets to be the most intimidated?

Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani
Dancing the foxtrot

Judges' Comments:
Len: "You must have worked extremely hard, but, to be honest, it was a struggle." "It was a dance more suited to the radio."
Bruno: "Almost monumental. It was like watching the Statue of Liberty at the beginning." "At times it looked like you put down roots."
Carrie Ann: "I do feel that this week we took a little step backwards and I don't know why." "There is more inside you, Wendy Williams, and I want to see it come out."

My Comments: So Wendy is dancing about sleeping in her car? That should be an interesting dance. I'm not getting "car" so far, but the dance doesn't have a bad start. Wendy still looks stiff, although not as stiff as she did in earlier weeks. It's pretty enough. But slow. And I'm seriously not getting any story out of this, other than maybe "Radio is cool."

Scores: 5+5+5 = 15

Ouch. Regression is never a good sign.

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas
Dancing the cha-cha-cha

Judges' Comments:
Len: "I can remember my first love, and it didn't look anything like you." "That's your best dance!"
Bruno: "Chelsea, Chelsea, sexy, sexy!" "I could really feel that excitement running through you!" "Tasty, tasty, Chelsea! And a great cha-cha."
Carrie Ann: "I'm a big fan of that cha-cha!" "You are so adorable!" "If you could work a little bit more on your hip action..."

My Comments: Chelsea has a song written for her? Wow, some people live lives that are not like mine. You know, I bet Chelsea wasn't wearing a bikini like that when she got the song written for her. Chelsea's movements might be a little too harsh for the dance, but what do I know? She's definitely dancing well, although I'm not sure I'd notice this as a cha-cha if I didn't already know that. And, um, distracting bikini there...

Scores: 7+8+8 = 23

Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the rumba

Judges' Comments:
Len: "It lost fluidity throughout your upper arms." "The lines or poses that you did were excellent."
Bruno: "An almost naked vulnerability, which is very hard with a rumba." "The rumba has to flow continuously, but overall it was a good job."
Carrie Ann: "That was a beautiful tribute to your mom. This is what I love so much about dancing." "Your hip action, a little strange."

My Comments: Ah, "Let It Be..." That's all emotional and stuff. And a sad mother story. Sigh. Wow, they even announced it with his real name. OK, this is pretty. Like really pretty. They didn't even need the totally legitimately heartbreaking story to set it off. Just some Beatles and a really pretty dance. Very awesome, Chris Irving. 

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21

Kendra Wilkinson and Louis Van Amstel
Dancing the rumba

Judges' Comments:
Len: "I wasn't that keen on the unnecessary gyrating that went on." "You've come out with beautiful feet, gorgeous leg action. It is an improvement."
Bruno: "There is nothing wrong with a good stripper. I'm into it myself." "It was hot and arousing, darling." "They're turning purple out there!"
Carrie Ann: "It was not only the men who got a little excited, that was hot, hot, hot!" "Every movement was grounded."

My Comments: OK, doesn't Kendra have an entire TV show devoted to this story? Shouldn't she maybe pick a new story... Or at least a crazier story like, say, that whole Playboy Mansion thing. Oh well. Ooohh... Red smoke! Where's Kendra? Oh, there she is! And was that a little wobble on the stairs? How do any of them avoid that in the crazy heels? This definitely works as a sexy dance, and Kendra is doing it well (the rehearsal giggles are all gone). I still don't think her expressions work, but otherwise that was an excellent dance. 

Scores: 8+7+8 = 23

Romeo and Chelsie Hightower
Dancing the rumba

Judges' Comments:
Len: "This week, there's a huge step back." "Don't keep looking at me with those big googly eyes" (to Tom)
Bruno: "You really put your heart and soul into it, and it showed." "The leg placement wasn't quite right."
Carrie Ann: "There was something really nice about the way you emotionally committed to that piece."

My Comments: Yikes, Romeo lost two cousins? That is so very not good. I'm guessing this is going to be a sad dance. OK, that opening pose is impressive in itself. Much like Chelsea, Romeo just looks pretty good on the dance floor. He may not be doing too much in this dance. But at least he looks good while not doing it. 

Scores: 7+6+7 = 20

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson
Dancing the samba

Judges' Comments:
Len: "Your mother's proud of you, and I'll tell you what, I'm proud of you."
Bruno: "Two for the price of one -- happy hour!" (No, I don't know what it means either.)
Carrie Ann: "Booyah! Baby's got bounce! Bounce-bounce-bounce..." "You're dancing the samba, like you've been dancing your whole life" 

My Comments: Yay! Happy emotions! We need that at this point. They're pretty together. Hey, it's like a disco out there! I have no idea of how Hines is doing at the samba, but this is refreshingly happy, so who cares? He does seem to be keeping up on the steps, so that's a plus. Don't know how it was, but I enjoyed it.

Scores: 9+8+8 = 25

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a 9. Wow. I guess the judges liked it.

Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin
Dancing the waltz

Judges' Comments:
Len: "It had grace, it had elegance, it had fluid movement. This is my favorite season!" "For me, at this moment, you're the one. That was brilliant!"
Bruno: "You are like a vision from heaven, and you danced like an angel."
Carrie Ann: "Your heart was all over the movement."

My Comments: Tsunami story. Rough. At least they're tackling it at a positive, uplifting angle. That always helps. Uh oh, more smoke. That stuff is dangerous. This is pretty. Very pretty. Also, very serious, which makes the feeling-of-hope message somewhat harder to feel. And I can never figure out what the judges look for in waltzes. But it definitely was a beautiful dance from this vantage point.

Scores: 8+9+8 = 25

And another 9! The judges are feeling good right about now.

Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya
Dancing the paso doble

Judges' Comments:
Len: "You've come out tonight stronger, and you've fought back. You dominated that dance."
Bruno: "The fighting spirit got you back in business, I think." "You still need to refine your Spanish lines."
Carrie Ann: "I think I saw a lot of improvement." "You took control of the space."

My Comments: Eek, this is always a tough dance. At least Sugar Ray is going for a "beating the odds" theme. He might need that this week. Hey, who is that guy? Is he a boxing person? Is Sugar Ray going to dance with boxing gloves? That seems unnecessarily hard. Oh, they're gone. Even with the gloves off, I have a feeling that Sugar Ray is still lacking some of the punch they wanted. It's a pretty good dance, and he looks good, as usual. But it looks just a little disjointed or something. And there's a punching bag!

Scores: 7+6+7 = 20

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the rumba

Judges' Comments:
Len: "It's about overcoming adversities. You overcame it."
Bruno: "You can't keep good talent down." "Once you got up, it was better than ever!"
Carrie Ann: "Sometimes tragedy leads to amazingly beautiful moments." "You were just so connected to the music." (Shows what I know, huh?)

My Comments: Wow. Happy and sad all at once. Eek... Can't. Take. The. Emotions. Was that fall real? That didn't look good. The dance is pretty, but it feels unconnected in some way. It may be that this song doesn't fit the choreography. Or maybe it was the fall at the beginning.

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff
Dancing the rumba

Judges' Comments:
Len: "The whole routine I though was crisp and it was clear, but it needs a bit of refinement." "The overall look was very appealing."
Bruno: "You still do this spatula thing."
Carrie Ann: "I thought it was a very sweet rumba." (somehow this almost started a judges' table rumble...) "You do need to work a little bit on your core strength."

My Comments: Awwww... Ralph is really painfully cute and lovable. No wonder the guy's been married since he was an infant or something. It's also nice to see a rumba that's actually a love dance (only Kendra did straight romance otherwise). Karina should probably hang on to Ralph's hands as much as she can, because those arms are indeed a bit awkward. Otherwise, though, it looks lovely. He is dancing exactly the way you would expect for a man who is happily and contentedly in love. Very cute.

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21

We may just have a new leader... Impressive night altogether!

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