'Dancing with the Stars' Week 3 Recap: Hollywood Night
'Dancing with the Stars' Week 3 Recap: Hollywood Night
John Kubicek
John Kubicek
Senior Writer, BuddyTV
There are still 11 couples on Dancing with the Stars season 17, and tonight they're going to Hollywood. That's the theme for week 3 where each of the couples will perform one of the six dance styles from the first two weeks they haven't done yet.

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With an injury to Bill Nye's knee that may or may not allow him to dance, all eyes are on the Science Guy. But there are plenty of other stories to go around. Will Amber Riley maintain her slight lead over Corbin Bleu and Elizabeth Berkley? Will Valerie Harper's triumphant story continue to let her get better scores than she deserves? And will Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd get even sexier?

Let's find out in week 3 of Dancing with the Stars!

After a big, splashy Hollywood group number, we get right into the action again. Tom Bergeron teases whether Bill Nye will even dance, so it's not looking good.

Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani: Rumba

It's a Bond dance. James Bond dance. During rehearsals Leah complains about how other stars have a leg up with their dance backgrounds and slaps Tony around when he dares to disagree with her.

The dance captures the steamy passion of Bond girls, rolling around on the floor. Leah isn't perfect, but I like it more than last week. Bruno Tonioli loves her "titty-lating" performance (seriously, that's how he pronounced it).

Judges' Scores: 8+8+8=24

Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff: Quickstep

Their dance is basically about a young starlet getting a role via the casting couch. Karina is making this the fastest Quickstep ever and they want to be on top of the leaderboard.

The routine is fast and furious and insane. If this is Corbin's weakest area of expertise, he's well on his way to the finale. Carrie Ann Inaba warns Corbin to watch his frame and Len Goodman thinks it was too fast. What a cranky old man.

Judges' Scores: 9+8+9=26

I feel like Corbin, Amber and Elizabeth will never see a single 7 all season long.

Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot

During rehearsals he blindfolds her to teach her #Trust. OK, she's a great dancer, but she needs to stop saying "hashtag" in front of everything.

They play a pilot and stewardess, and as always, it's just so beautiful and elegant to watch. I think I enjoy watching Elizabeth dance more than anyone else on the show, because she's simply great. Carrie Ann and Bruno point out one bit of turbulence in the middle, but everything else was flawless. Tom becomes my hero when he tells Elizabeth to #Stop talking in hashtags.

Judges' Scores: 8+9+8=25

Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd: Quickstep

Brant sprained his foot last week, but he was also robbed at gunpoint. Holy crap, that's terrifying. But the fact that he can't really practice that much with his foot in a boot seems to be stressing them out more.

For once these two aren't relying purely on sex appeal, but Brant has a pleasant charisma as well. Who knew he could be more than just eye candy? The judges are all won over just as I am, even moreso because he was hurt.

Judges' Scores: 9+9+9=27

Wow, Brant beat Corbin and Elizabeth? The top tier of talent this season is getting crowded.

Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus: Cha-Cha-Cha

They're dressed as Grace Kelly and Freddie Mercury, inspired by Mika's "Grace Kelly" song. It's funny and helps keep Valerie amused during rehearsals, but the actual dancing is just awful. She's getting worse and worse every week, but she's having fun, so I don't mind. The judges admit it's terrible, but it's impossible to be mean to this brave woman.

Judges' Scores: 6+5+5=16

Even that score is kind of generous.

Bill Engvall and Emma Slater: Paso Doble

They're doing a routine with Bill as his childhood hero, the Lone Ranger. He's trying so hard because he really wants to do good. And, as always, he's still better than he has any right to be. He is powerful, on point and dominating. The judges are in awe and very complimentary. Is Bill Engvall becoming a serious contender?

Judges' Scores: 8+8+8=24

What's gonna happen once Valerie and Bill Nye are gone? The judges will just have to get rid of all the paddles below 8.


Tom Bergeon tells us that Bill Nye WILL dance tonight. But we heard the doctors tell him not to, unless he's in a wheelchair. I'm getting my hopes up for a Dr. Strangelove routine.


Amber Riley and Derek Hough: Charleston

During rehearsals she's also recording her album and filming an episode of Glee. That's one busy girl. This is the kind of goofy, cartoony dance that lets Derek do what he does best. Amber does a decent job keeping up, but she's not quite there. I feel like Derek is stealing some of Amber's thunder and he needs to pull it back a little to let his partner shine. The judges once again point out that her legs are her biggest problem.

Judges' Scores: 8+8+8=24

On most nights that would be good. But she's tied with Bill Engvall and Leah Remini for second-worst so far.

Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke: Cha-Cha-Cha

They're playing a pimp and his ho, because '70s blaxploitation movies are a part of Hollywood. Jack was really good for the first two weeks, but this was off for me. It was stiff and awkward. Carrie Ann suggests that he shouldn't take such big steps. Everyone agrees this was his worst performance so far.

Judges' Scores: 7+7+8=22

Well, I guess the 7 paddles weren't stolen.

Christina Milian and Mark Ballas: Charleston

Christina brings her adorable daughter to rehearsal. Mark's face is painted like a clown for some reason. I honestly don't fully understand why he's a clown, but it distracts a bit for me. Once it gets going, it's pretty solid. Compared to Amber and Derek's Charleston, it's definitely the winner. However, I think Mark, like Derek, is guilty of stealing focus from his partner.

Judges' Scores: 9+8+9=26

So seven of the nine couples so far have received all 8s or 9.s This really is going to be a close season, so votes are going to matter more than ever.

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber: Quickstep

Tom calls her "Snooki." HA! Either he slipped or he's done with his stupid "Snook-Hole" crusade. Snooki seems to think Heaven is above space and you can get there in a rocket ship. Thank God she can afford nice private schools for her kid.

The dance is quick, filled with a dual one-armed cartwheel and great. I love this fast, flirty and fun Snooki with just the right amount of grace. The difference between her trashy persona and her great dancing is stunning.

Judges' Scores: 9+8+8=25

Yup, Snooki is better than Amber Riley.

Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein: Jazz

Are you ready for something totally insane? Bill tore his quad during last week's performance and the doctor told him not to dance. Instead. Bill asked Tyne to create choreography to accommodate his immobilized peg leg.

The result is Bill Nye dressed as a robot dancing to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." It's simultaneously the best and worst thing the show has ever done. Sure, there's no real technique to speak of, but it's a DANCING ROBOT! This is the kind of thing Bill's fans will eat up.

Judges' Scores: 6+5+5=16

OK, I assumed Bill would announce afterwards that he's withdrawing but just wanted to give the fans one last performance. But no, apparently he's staying in the competition. This season is simultaneously full of the best dancing (Elizabeth, Corbin, Brant) and the best personal stories of triumph for horrible dancers (Valerie, Bill Nye).

The Results

Christina and Mark are...IN JEOPARDY
Brant and Peta are...IN JEOPARDY
Bill Nye and Tyne are...IN JEOPARDY

They're not wasting anytime, getting straight to the Bottom 3, though they aren't necessarily the three lowest couples.

Brant and Peta are...SAFE

Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein are eliminated!

Wow. I guess all those fans didn't vote enough, although having such a low score may have been too much to overcome. But it's for the best, because his doctor told him not to dance, so now he can actually get the surgery he needs.

At least he went out on top, Nothing this season will ever match the sheer awesoneness of Bill the Dancing Robot!

The Leaderboard

27: Brant Daugherty
26: Corbin Bleu, Christina Milian
25: Elizabeth Berkley, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi
24: Leah Remini, Bill Engvall, Amber Riley
22: Jack Osbourne
16: Valerie Harper, Bill Nye


Next week: Len Goodman is out and guest judge Julianne Hough is in!


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