'Dancing With the Stars' Week 3 Dance Recap: Best Lifts, Kicks, Tricks and Flips!
By Desiree Murphy
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You know what they say -- what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas -- but what happens during Vegas Night on Dancing With the Stars makes headlines!
The ballroom was hot, hot, hot during week three of the competition on Monday, as the stars and their dance pros performed to Sin City-inspired hits, bringing out all the energy and sass you'd expect to see at a show on the Vegas strip.
From the men showing some extra skin to the ladies nailing their kicks and tricks, ET's breaking down all the best choreography moments from last night's show!
Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd — Tango, "Poker Face" by Lady Gaga
Dance highlight: #TeamBabyGotBach kicked off the night with a fun routine, putting the former Bachelor star's abs on full display. While it was hard to take our eyes off their intricate costumes, Nick's true standout moment happened at the 0:32 mark -- extra sharp movements and a powerful kick into a side slide where he proved just how strong of a partner he is to Peta. Judges' score: 26/40. "This tango was meant for you. Really great!" - Julianne Hough ET's score: 27/40. Last week, Nick revealed to ET he felt like he had let Peta down, but this week, we can't say he did the same. The routine was a major improvement, and you can tell he's been working extra hard in rehearsals. Our only advice to Nick is to focus on making the dance look more effortless -- the moment when he was dragging Peta across the floor was a bit rough and forced. But fans of the reality star are well aware he doesn't give up, so expect him to improve even more next week. Celebrity/fan reaction:
Aces @viallnicholas28 ! 👏👏Outfit wasn't 'straight', but the dance showed you had a 'pair'! #DWTS
Mr. T & Kym Herjavec -- Foxtrot, "Ain't That a Kick in the Head" by Robbie Williams
Dance highlight: Mr. T wasn't fooling anyone with his dance moves during week three -- The A-Team star was much more in sync with his partner this time around. His best moment? The kickline at the 0:56 mark! Judges' score: 24/40. "You're a gentle giant. It was fun, entertaining." - Len Goodman ET's score: 24/40. In order to stay in the competition, we need to see less stiffness, more energy! Mr. T's definitely improved, but we have to admit, we were a bit surprised when co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced he was safe from elimination over Nick and Peta. With all the magical choreography fans witnessed in the ballroom Monday night, Kym really needs to step up their week four routine if they have any chance of going further. Celebrity/fan reaction:
Mr. T is one of those people it's extremely hard NOT to like. Such a classy guy. And he's rocking that suit. #dwts
Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess -- Charleston, "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" by Fergie, GoonRock and Q-Tip
Dance highlight: Looking good, old sport! This Great Gatsby-inspired piece was fun and full of energy, and we super loved seeing Bonner front and center during the mini dance break at the 0:25 mark. Judges' score: 24/40. "I do appreciate that you really went for the Charleston … you didn't give up." - Carrie Ann Inaba ET's score: 27/40. Sharna took a risky move by having Bonner backed up by professional dancers, especially because the Charleston's quick movements aren't easy to master. While the professional bull rider started off strong, he was a little off-step in parts, noticeably a half second slower than the rest of the crew. However, we think his charm and persistent smile made up for that — he handled the rest of the dance like a true pro, and we have no doubt he'll be back on track next week. He's in good hands with Sharna, so we're not too worried about this duo being in danger of elimination. Celebrity/fan reaction:
Heather Morris & Alan Bersten — Tango, "Toxic" by Britney Spears
Dance highlight: Aside from her dazzling costume that was totally on point with the sparkly nude number Britney Spears wore in the track's official music video, Heather's moves were shining extra bright in the ballroom. While she nailed every single step (seriously, watch above!), our favorite moments occurred at the 0:26 and 0:42 marks, where she showed off her flexibility with a leg extension and center split spin. In the words of Britney herself, "She's so lucky, she's a star." Judges' score: 33/40. "You brought the ballroom to Britney. That was amazing!" - Carrie Ann Inaba ET's score: 38/40. While we agreed with most of the comments from the judges, we think the scores they gave Heather and Alan were a bit low. Sharp movements, smooth transitions and perfectly gliding across the ballroom as a pair, it was hard to tell who was the pro and who was the celebrity here. Celebrity/fan reaction:
@HeatherMorrisTV was even more incredible dancing the tango tonight in person! SO happy I got to be there! 💃🏽❤️
Charo & Keo Motsepe -- Foxtrot, "Chapel of Love" by The Dixie Cups
Dance highlight: We loved seeing the always-sassy Charo show off her graceful side this week! She was light on her feet throughout the entire dance, ending the routine strong with a pretty pose. Judges' score: 24/40. "You are giving me major wedding inspiration right now." - Julianne Hough ET's score: 26/40. So much improvement from week two to week three! Charo was much more graceful, showcasing her sweet side, using her arms and really feeling the music. Unfortunately, that was the last we'll see from her on season 24, as #TeamCuchiCuchi was the second team to be eliminated. Celebrity/fan reaction:
Simone Biles & Sasha Farber -- Quickstep, "Viva Las Vegas" by Elvis Presley
Dance highlight: We're officially dubbing Simone and Sasha the queen and the king of the ballroom after this dance! The powerful duo put on a show that was entertaining from beginning to end. And while they gave Elvis' iconic stage moves a run for their money, the sure highlight was at the 0:40 mark, when the Olympic gymnast executed a center split jump into a right side split onto the ground. Dayum, girl! Judges' score: 32/40. "She's on the fast track to Vegas! You are such an exciting performer." - Bruno Tonioli ET's score: 37/40. This choreography from Sasha was next level, so we felt the judges were a bit unfair with their scores. This was one of the most advanced routines we saw all night, and we can't wait to see what this pair will do next! Celebrity/fan reaction:
Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev -- Samba, "Shake Your Bon-Bon" by Ricky Martin
Dance highlight: There was definitely some shaking of that bon-bon, and fans weren't mad! Although strong and energetic from start to finish, the former figure skater's most memorable move was the fast spin under Artem's legs -- watch at 0:12. Judges' score: 33/40. "Best dance I've seen this season!" - Len Goodman ET's score: 33/40. Nancy certainly brought the fire and sass! She wasn’t afraid to showcase her fun personality, and we hope to see more of this side of her as her journey on the show continues. Celebrity/fan reaction:
David Ross & Lindsay Arnold -- Jazz, "Candy Shop" by 50 Cent feat. Olivia
Dance highlight: While the Chicago Cubs were celebrating opening day, their former catcher was throwing off his shirt and pants for a steamy Magic Mike-inspired routine, one of our favorites of the night. We love that Lindsay kept the focus on David and let him be the star of this show, packing the piece with booty-shaking, hip-thrusting and an athletic trick at the 0:40 mark that we've replayed over and over and over again! Judges' score: 31/40. "Nobody was expecting THIS! Thunder in the underpants!" - Bruno Tonioli ET's score: 33/40. Major props to David for putting it all out there on the dance floor Monday night, not to mention, he had no problem keeping up with the other professionally trained male dancers backing him up. We think Channing Tatum would approve of this hot routine! Celebrity/fan reaction:
😂 @lindsayarnold !!!!!! I just watched yours and @D_Ross3 dance probably 25 times. I am crying.... it is brilliant!!! Geez I miss you 🙌🏽
Erika Jayne & Gleb Savchenko -- Jive, "Take Me to Heaven" by Patina Miller, Debbie Kurup and Amy Booth-Steel
Dance highlight: Once again, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star wowed us with her splits, beginning the dance in a lift into a backflip, assisted by two male dancers. She and Gleb wrapped up the routine with just as much energy, with Erika's left leg high in the air and her back perfectly arched. Judges' score: 26/40. "Legs for days, content for days, I love this smiley side of you." - Julianne Hough ET's score: 29/40. Although a little shaky at some points, Gleb's choreography for Erika was much more advanced than some of the other routines we saw Monday night. We're giving this duo a few extra points, as we thought the reality star handled the challenging moves to the best of her ability. Celebrity/fan reaction:
Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater -- Samba, "Swalla" by Jason Derulo feat. Nicki Minaj and Ty Dolla $ign
Dance highlight: #TeamShadSquad gave the audience what they wanted with this dance! As requested, Rashad had no problem showing off his insane abs while shimmying and shaking center stage. Emma even upped the energy by featuring his dance club skills at the 0:36 mark. Judges' score: 28/40. "You'll be back." - Len Goodman ET's score: 31/40. We loved that this routine was right on theme -- Emma's fun choreography made it feel as if the audience really was at a Vegas pool party. Unfortunately, it wasn't the NFL pro's strongest dance, resulting in a drop on the leaderboard. But if Emma can pack their week four choreography with new tricks (fingers crossed for some lifts!) that will showcase Shad's strengths, we have a feeling they'll be back to No.1 in no time. Celebrity/fan reaction:
i've never seen a NFL player dance so FREELY, rhythmically, loosely, or musically than Rashad on this show. seriously
Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy -- Foxtrot, "Big Spender" by Shirley Bassey
Dance highlight: Let me get right to the point… this routine was absolute PERFECTION! The Fifth Harmony starlet hit each and every move with an insane amount of power and personality, going full out and not once marking any of her moves. It's hard to point out just one highlight, as this entire piece gave dancers across the nation chills. Fun, laughs and a good time, indeed! Judges' score: 34/40. "You two broke the bank in Vegas and walked with the prize! That was fabulous. The best dance tonight in my eyes." -Bruno Tonioli ET's score: 38/40. Like Heather Morris, it was hard to tell who was the pro and who was the competitor. It's only week three and Normani has already proved over and over that she's a clear frontrunner. We don't see her moving from that top spot anytime soon… Celebrity/fan reaction:
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