'Dancing With the Stars' Week 3: Best Dances, Most Impressive Scores from Britney Night!
By Zach Seemayer
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Dancing With the Stars returns Monday night for the third week of Season 30! With a slew of excited celebs ready to dance their hearts out, ET is following along throughout the two-hour spectacular to break down all the best dances and the most surprising moments from the hotly anticipated Britney Night!
As the contestants duke it out on the dance floor, judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough will give feedback and dole out their scores -- all before another pair gets the boot.
The battle for the mirrorball trophy kicks off on Monday at 8 p.m. ET/PT on ABC, and ET is covering all the highlights in real time.
Who's Safe and Who's Going Home?
It's time for the second elimination of the season -- which is always a tough time.
Tyra quickly reads off all the couples who are safe from elimination -- and the only two pairs left are Kenya & Brandon, as well as Christine & Pasha -- for the second week in a row!
So it all comes down to the judges' votes, which Carrie Ann says is an "extremely difficult" choice to make. Although she ends up voting to keep Kenya.
Bruno's vote echoes Carrie Ann's. Although it turns out that Len would have voted for Christine and Pasha. But, that's how the game works.
The Miz and Witney Do It Again
It's really interesting to see a WWE wrestler on DWTS, because there's so much theatricality in his performance.
It's certainly not missing in his salsa set to "Oops!... I Did It Again," which sees The Miz add a lot of hip action, quick footwork and an open shirt to his performance with Witney Carson.
The Miz is trying to improve over last week's scores -- where he earned three 7s and a 5 from Len. But was it enough?
"When it comes to shirts, less is more," Bruno begins.
Carrie Ann says he's "so much fun to watch" but that she needs to see more of a relaxed posture to a salsa number.
Len, however, says that The Miz was "fantastic" and praises his ability to come out and "dance to that level" without any previous dance experience whatsoever.
The scores come as a real treat for The Miz and Witney, who end up nabbing two 7s from Carrie Ann and Len, and then an 8 from Bruno!
Matt & Lindsay Bring the Action
Matt James is tall, handsome, and really wants to impress the judges and live up to his potential.
For Britney week, he and partner Lindsay Arnold are delivering a tango that is backed up by video of a shirtless Matt and Britney's "Scream & Shout."
"I congratulate you that you got on with it, and it was a full-on routine... you had plenty of passion and plenty of attack, so good on you," Len says.
Bruno says his only real complaint is that he's overdressed (because his shirt is still on).
Carrie Ann says she's impressed by his "new refinement" in his dance, and that she agrees with everything her fellow judges said.
Then Bruno falls out of his chair and the whole show gets derailed.
The pair end up with two 7s and a 6 (from Len) for a total of 20 out of 30.
Suni & Sasha Serpentine on the Stage
Suni and Sasha are bringing a snake-like vibe to DWTS this week, with their sultry, lime-green foxtrot set to "I'm a Slave 4 U."
The pair themselves are decked out in ensembles that evoke the serpent made famous by Britney's tune, but the sultry moves leave the judges a little cold.
"I could see a little bit more discomfort during the more sensual moves," Carrie Ann shares.
Len says the number was too "steamy" for a foxtrot that should be more romantic. Bruno disagrees.
Despite the critiques, they earn a respectable trio of 7s for a total of 21 out of 30.
Cody and Cheryl Perform Remotely and in Different Rooms
This has to be a DWTS first.
Cheryl and Cody are going to be performing remotely -- and from different places.
Britney Night has been the one thing all of Cody's fans have been dying for, and tonight Cody is hoping the work will pay off.
Each of them perform a jazz routine live from their living rooms -- meaning each of them are dancing by themselves, but on split screen.
This is certainly something experimental -- and you have to give them credit for giving it their best go. Even if it all felt a little bizarre.
"I really admire the perseverance and commitment, in spite of it all," Bruno shares, before adding that the virtual element makes it hard to judge fairly.
Carrie Ann echoes those sentiments, saying it "wasn't as great as I know it could have been," but she gave them credit for doing everything they could to keep their game alive.
Len says that, under the circumstances, they did the best that would be possible.
As for their final scores, for whatever they are worth considering the strangeness of the situation, the pair earn three 6s for a total of 18 out of 30.
Olivia Jade Makes the Most of Her Tango
Olivia Jade is here to change the narrative and feel the love.
For tonight's performance, Olivia and Val deliver a pink-clad tango set to "Hold It Against Me," and it set the judges' panel on fire (figuratively).
"It was full of attack! This is what I wanted to see," Len shares.
"I can't believe it!" Bruno shares, before heaping praise on the number.
IT was fantastic! You are graceful, you are passionate, you are strong," Carrie Ann marvels.
Judges Are Divided On Jimmie Allen
Jimmie Allen and Emma Slater are doing everything they can to bring fun to the floor.
This week, they delivered a fun salsa set to "Outrageous," which was a crowd pleaser, but left Len and Carrie Ann feeling cold.
The pair critiqued the way Jimmie held his hands, as well as hit footwork. All while Bruno voiced his absolute love for the number.
The stark difference in opinions came with the scores, as Len and Carrie Ann gave them 6s and Bruno came it with a surprise 8 for a total of 20 out of 30.
Mel C and Gleb Give Us a 'Toxic' Tango
Mel C is a pop icon on her own, so it's no surprise that she's bring a wonderful, wild energy to the music of a fellow pop icon.
The Spice Girls star hit the stage with partner Gleb Savchenko and they delivered a performance of tango set to "Toxic," decked out like a blue-clad fight attendant -- just like Britney from the song's music video.
"I'm telling you, you were flying high on that tango," Bruno shares. "First-class all the way!"
Carrie Ann says it was a great performance but there was something that felt "forced."
Len says he liked the end more than the beginning because it was too "stop-start," but that the bottom line is that she's "a terrific dancer."
They end up earning two 7s and an 8 for a total of 22 out of 30.
Melora is Brought to Tears Ahead of Her 'Crazy' Cha-Cha
Melora is a great actress, but the stress of learning a new dance every week seems to be weighing on her.
In her pre-taped package, Melora gets increasingly distressed and frustrated by the challenges of dancing.
All that being said, the actress still slays when she and Artem hit the stage for a cha-cha set to "Crazy" that drives the judges wild.
The pair get a lot of love from an impressed Len, and the scores to match the praise -- two 8s and a 7 for a total of 23 out of 30.
Brian and Sharna Are Dancing to 'The End'
Brian and Sharna don't seem too worried about whether or not they win DWTS -- they are having a great time dancing and getting all cozy on one another on live TV.
Tonight, the pair are giving off apocalyptic vibes for their tango set to "Till the World Ends," and it's a great chance for them to show off their romantic charisma.
However, as Brian hears once again, there's quite a bit of work that needs to be done with his footwork.
Len doesn't hold back in his critique, while Bruno and Carrie Ann are a bit more complimentary -- but their feedback is all on the same page.
In the end, the pair earn a 7 and two 6s for a total of 19 out of 30.
Kenya Moore Is a Quick-Footed 'Womanizer'
Kenya Moore came into this week wanting to do more and bring more to the table.
With Brandon Armstrong by her side, the reality star stunned in a stunning neon yellow gown for their impressive tango set to "Womanizer" that wowed the judges.
"I never felt you were pushed, you were right up with him," Bruno marvels. "So chic, so elegant!"
Carrie Ann agrees, and while Len has some critiques, he's still a fan of what she was able to accomplish.
The pair earn three 7s for a total of 21 out of 30 -- a sizable improvement over last week's score of all-6s.
JoJo Siwa Feels a Connection to Britney
JoJo opens up about how she feels particularly connected to Britney Spears, considering their pasts as super popular young stars who faced a lot of pressure.
So when she and Jenna hit the dance floor, they bring their A-games with lifts and passion in their Argentine tango set to "...Baby, One More Time."
"That was an extremely well-crafted routine," Len shares, before sharing a few minor critiques, and adding, "You can't deliver a bad performance."
Bruno says JoJo goes "right for the bullseye" every time, and Carrie Ann says she's like "liquid sunshine."
JoJo says this week was her favorite performance thus far because it was the most challenging.
The duo earn three 8s across the board for a total of 24 out of 30.
Christine Chiu Comes Back 'Stronger' Than Ever
Christine isn't letting her bottom-two experience from last week keep her down. Tonight, she and Pasha hit the stage for Britney night and slay.
The two deliver a powerful paso doble set to "Stronger" that feels like an impressive redemption for the duo, and impresses the judges.
"Clean, crisp, with plenty of energy," Len shares of the dance, and Bruno praises Christine for coming back from jeopardy with real gusto.
They end up with three 7s for a total of 21 out of 30.
NOTE -- A Small Tech Problem!
The internet is just being crazy today! First Facebook and now everything else!
Due to a small tech issue, we were late to tonight's DWTS, but we're back in business!
Here's what we missed thus far:
Derek Hough is out tonight due to "possible COVID exposure" and out of an abundance of caution decided to sit the night out.
Amanda & Alan danced a cha-cha set to "Circus," and earned three 8s for a total of 24 out of 30.
Iman & Daniella performed a tango set to "Piece of Me" and earned a 7 and two 6s for a total of 19 out of 30.