First things first: Last week, several people took issue (to put it mildly) with my noting that Sadie Robertson has "resting bitchface." To clarify: I don't think Sadie Robertson is a bitch. I know nothing about Sadie Robertson, other than the fact that her family hunts ducks and her grandfather is kind of a wacko, and frankly I have no opinion about her whatsoever. For those who are unfamiliar with the phrase "resting bitchface," it is used to describe someone who has a less-than-sunny natural disposition. (I myself suffer from RBF.) It's been my observation that every time the camera cuts to Sadie - even when everyone else in the balcony is hooting and hollering for their fellow contestants - she looks absolutely miserable. Case in point:
With this being a reality show where one's tenure is dependent upon viewer votes, I don't think it's doing her any favors. So, that was my only reason for noting it. (And, for what it's worth, she's looking a lot happier to be there tonight.)
Now, back to our regularly scheduled recap!
It's Movie Night Monday on Dancing with the Stars, with tuxedo-clad guest judge Kevin Hart filling in for Len Goodman (and dueting at one point with Josh Gad). "We are all set for a fun night," Tomsays unconvincingly, before immediately noting that Randy andKarina are in jeopardy. Awkward. The performances:
Randy and Karina (paso doble)
The dance: Ooh, I'm immediately into the boxing ring set. This is off to a good start. But Randy still looks a little stiff and it definitelyseems like Karina is doing most of the work here. He also seems to be just a quarter step behind the music. However, bonus points for his somersault at the end.
What the judges say: Julianne says Randy's relying too much on Karina and his timing is off. Bruno agrees. Carrie Ann thanks Randy for putting added intensity into the performance, but cautions him to not do it at the expense of finesse. "I don't know what they're talking about," admits Kevin. At least he's honest — and the way he screams his scores cracks me up.
Score: 26 (out of 40)
Alfonso and Witney (quickstep)
Movie: Austin Powers: Goldmember
The dance: I'm on the fence about Alfonso incorporating his son into the routine. The little guy is adorable (those two missing front teeth!), but this is a shameless play for votes if I ever saw one. And it's not necessary! Alfonso is great, matching Witney step for step as they glide around the floor. He says he's out to prove that he's not only about "Gettin' Jiggy Wit It," and this dance gets the job done.
What the judges say: Bruno is delighted, but cautions Alfonso to watch his frame. Carrie Ann is also "so impressed." Kevin says he "murdered" the dance, but notes: "You don't put a black man in a velvet suit and tell him to dance." Julianne keeps her bad cop hat on and offers advice on Alfonso's holds.
Betsey and Tony (contemporary)
The dance: OMG, it's hologram Tony. This dance is gorgeous and elegant, and I'm actually stunned and a little upset that Julianne only gives it a 6. It may look like Tony's doing most of the work, but there's a level of balance on Betsey's part that shouldn't be scoffed at. She stumbles a couple of times but, you know what? She's got 40+ years on me and I couldn't do any of those moves, so good on her.
What the judges say: "No one can bend it like Betsey," Bruno notes. Carrie Ann says Betsey does the lifts as well as a pro, but needs to point her toes more. Kevin says he has the hots for Betsey, who "dropped it like it was hot" and looked like a 21-year-old. Julianne has a girlcrush on Betsey but agrees with Carrie Ann about the toe-pointing.Score: 29
Lea and Artem (cha cha)
Movie: Back to the Future (duh)
The dance: It's the moment we've all been waiting for: Back to the Cha-Cha! The little skit at the beginning is cute, but it's just a warm-up for the main attraction — which is totally fun, if not 100 percent technically flawless. Lea looks a little tentative and messes up a couple of times, but her legs deserve their own round of applause.
What the judges say: Kevin appreciates that they look happy during the dance. Julianne notes an obvious hand error by Lea, and Bruno references "The power of Lea." Carrie Ann says it wasn't their best and thinks Lea looked uncertain and "on the verge of losing it" the whole dance.
Michael and Emma (waltz)
Movie: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
The dance: Anyone else get the impression that Michael is driving Emma a little nuts in rehearsals? Haha. Ooh! I'm totally enchanted by the Sherwood Forest set. Michael's still far from a frontrunner, but this is probably his best dance to date. Very much "dad who took three months of ballroom dancing lessons to dance with his daughter at her wedding," in a charming way.
What the judges say: Julianne calls Michael over to tell him how proud and impressed she is. Bruno also compliments their improvement, and Carrie Ann says she was completely "mesmerized," even though "there's a lot to work on." Kevin praises Michael's hard work.
Antonio and Cheryl (foxtrot)
Movie: Guardians of the Galaxy
The dance: Sorry Kevin, but Antonio takes the "Best Dressed in a Tuxedo" award of the night. Yowza. It's kind of adorable how much fun he's having with this. It will be a real shame if he and Cheryl go home tonight after doing what's probably their best dance to date.
What the judges say: Bruno coaches Antonio on his turns. Carrie Ann says he's not a natural dancer and to work on his breathing. Kevin joins the audience in booing Carrie Ann and says he doesn't have anything to note on the foxtrot, but notes that Antonio is "killin' the tux." Julianne gets cut off.
Sadie and Mark (Viennese waltz)
The dance: Wow, the set designers are bringing their A-game tonight. I'm marveling at how Sadie can do any dance in those shoes, let alone a waltz, but she manages to look even lighter on her feet and — dare I say — even more graceful than Mark. Her dress/jewelry combo is gorgeous too. The balloon lift at the end makes me (and Sadie's dad Willie, judging by a reaction shot) nervous, but is also a nice touch.
What the judges say: This is Carrie Ann's favorite dance of the night. Kevin calls it "seamless." Julianne offers Sadie some pointers on her arms, and Bruno says he's "totally and utterly charmed."
Jonathan and Allison (tango)
Movie: The Great Gatsby
The dance: This dance seems pretty good, but to be honest I can't really tell because the spinning camera angles leave me feeling like I'm on a motion ride at Disney World. I guess it's an innovative way to focus on the footwork, but it just makes me dizzy. Jonathan isn't the smoothest/most graceful dancer, but he does a more than decent jobs with the steps.
What the judges say: Kevin loves it, especially accompanied with the pared-down Amy Winehouse cover. Julianne also appreciates the break from tradition with the song, but offers a few pointers on Jonathan's frame. Bruno compliments the dance's content. Carrie Ann says it's a marked improvement from last week.
Janel and Val (jazz)
Movie: West Side Story
The dance: Apparently these guys had two days to learn the dance after their initial planned routine got scrapped by producers. You can't tell. This is a great dance, due mostly to the fact that Janel is such a natural and they have wonderful chemistry together. I love Val's toreador move — and I'm totally okay with the homage to his washboard abs too.
What the judges say: Julianne feels like she was watching a full Broadway show. Bruno calls it a "star-making turn" for Janel. Carrie Ann blurts out that Janel "gives good everything" (including sex). Kevin loves it as well.
Tommy and Peta (tango)
Movie: Scent of a Woman
The dance: I have to be honest — at first I wondered if the smoke on the ground was planned or if a spliff had fallen out of Tommy's pants at the start of this number. Kidding aside, this routine showcases his finesse and sensuality. There's a little bit of a grandpa-at-a-wedding vibe going on, but I'm especially impressed with Tommy's flexibility, for lack of a better word, as he gets on the ground at the end of the song.
What the judges say: Bruno praises the pair's storytelling. Carrie Ann compares Tommy to Yoda — but it's a compliment. Kevin admires Tommy for staying poised even after following Janel. Julianne overpraises Tommy as "flawless."
Bethany and Derek (jazz)
Movie: Singin' in the Rain
The dance: Derek's been talking up Bethany's ankle injury all week, and it's wrapped in a brace tonight, so let's see how she holds up. The dance gets a big boost from the percussion in this version of the song, as well as the fake rain, but even on its own it's classic and graceful. (And that's no surprise — as we see on a video, Derek's been practicing this since he was 4 years old!)
What the judges say: Carrie Ann thinks it was "insanely good," and Kevin loves the respect shown for Gene Kelly's original. Julianne sympathizes with Bethany for putting up with her brother's "wrath" and says Bethany "became a woman" with the routine. Hmm. Bruno gets cut off.
There's no results show this week, so the show squeezes an elimination into the last three minutes. Once again, the couples in jeopardy are Randy and Karina, Antonio and Cheryl, and Jonathan and Allison.
Safe: Antonio and Cheryl, Jonathan and Allison
Eliminated: Randy and Karina
Jonathan looks completely floored that he's still in the competition, while Randy and Karina graciously say their goodbyes. And there's another week in the books!
What did you think of tonight's episode? Did Derek and Bethany and Janel and Val deserve their perfect scores? Were you shocked that Randy and Karina went home? And now that we're three weeks in, who are you rooting for? Sound off in the comments!
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.