Dancing with the Stars' top six perform two full routines, including a trio. Plus: We finally get our first perfect 30 of the season. Find out who got it below.
Everyone wish Tom a happy birthday!
Now onto the lame news: You can pick the style of dance the couples will perform next week via Twitter. The options: Afro-jazz, flamenco, Hip-hop, lindy hop, Charleston, disco. Ugh. First, someone needs to tell TPTB to get over the Twitter-voting. Second, if you're going to do this, at least make the styles fair. Afro-jazz is this year's Knight Rider Bhangra.
Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy: foxtrot
Is Val becoming a softy? "When she smiles at me, I realize that's when Zendaya's at her best," he says. Aww. I hope he still eats breakfast intensely. Zendaya's dress looks like a tie-dye shirt I made in second grade. This is very cute and light, and Zendaya's frame is lovely. There's also a nice rise and fall to the routine. Len says she keeps getting stronger. Bruno says she has great musicality. Carrie Ann thinks the beginning was too simple, but she "took her breath away" once they were in hold.
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: tango
Peta's targeting Ingo and Kym and tells Sean there's no room for errors this week. "I'm definitely going to say something to piss you off before we get onstage," she says. "If you do, I'll probably forget my steps," he says. Of course they'll do a wedding theme. Sigh. Well, he didn't forget his steps. Honestly, the best Sean did here was running down the stairs. He's sort of attacking the dance, but with seemingly no care for the steps and he's back to his bumbling, clompy ways. He obviously needs Catherine in rehearsals again. Bruno says he lost his footwork. Carrie Ann says he's regressed. Let's be real: It's not like he ever progressed that much. Len calls it "a little bit ugly." Are the kid gloves off? Is the honeymoon (aka contract) over? Are they actually going to throw an ABC family member under the bus this week?
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: Viennese waltz
Mama Jones drops by rehearsal to rag on Len some more. "Len was really tough on you last week. You gotta tell him, 'Don't be a hater,'" she says. Can she stay forever, please? This is Jacoby's best technical performance. His footwork is much better, his posture is great, and the routine is smooth, controlled and elegant. Plus, there's more chemistry between him and Karina than 20 Seans and Petas. Carrie Ann calls it stunning. Len agrees with Mama Jones finally and loves it. Bruno says he made it look effortless.
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: foxtrot
Ingo has hit the wall. "I have a physical limit of how many hours I can do per day," he says. I'm pretty sure this is the first time we've seen Kym get angry, which is basically like a baby kangaroo getting angry. What a difference a weekend makes? Ingo looks utterly comfortable out there now. It's carefree in a good way, and he's light on his feet. He does botch a one-footed spin, but it's a good dance overall. Len loves the musical interpretation. Bruno says he did a great job despite looking more Fred Flintstone than Fred Astaire sometimes. Carrie Ann likens him to Gene Kelly.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Viennese waltz
If you haven't read Derek's blog, he's doing parallel universes to connect their two dances. He wants to capture the emotional connection to appease Carrie Ann, so he asks Kellie if she could dance with one person, who would it be? She says her grandma, who died when she was 15, and starts bawling. Happy now, Carrie Ann? There is a ton more emotion in this (not hard compared to the samba), and the routine is just beautiful and ethereal. Kellie looks like she's floating at times. Bruno calls her the queen of the Viennese waltz. Carrie Ann says she went beyond the steps. Len wanted more heel leads, but loves it.
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: Argentine tango
Mark: "Look at me like you want it." What? Your spats? Aly giggles at the thought of being a harlot, but she rocks it. It's sultry, seductive and taut. Aly's legs are gorgeous, but her extensions could be sharper. Carrie Ann is blown away by her transformation, but thought the lifts were strange. Len likes the mood and calls it terrific. "I had no idea you could be so good at being bad," Bruno says, but he disagrees with Carrie Ann about the lifts.
Zendaya, Val Chmerkovskiy and Gleb Savchenko: salsa
They chose Gleb because he's awesome and Russian, like Val. What would've they done if he weren't an option? They have a Bollywood theme because that is apparently a staple on the show now. It's a lightning-fast routine, and Zendaya's owning it like she is Queen Z. Val's choreography hasn't really matched Zendaya's talent, but he (or maybe he and Gleb) do the smart thing here and let her be the focus of the dance. Len says she's a star. Bruno says she didn't need Val and Gleb. Carrie Ann calls it fabulous. They get the first perfect 30 of the season.
Sean Lowe, Peta Murgatroyd and Sharna Burgess: jazz
"I love the thought of dancing with two women at the same time," Sean says. "I feel like I'm a little more man than you can handle by yourself." Sean's got jokes! Who wrote them for him? I kid. Maybe. They do a magic theme (with a book called Magic for Bachelors) because they're dancing to B.o.B's "Magic." Subtlety has never been their strong suit. Poor Sean. No one should have to follow Zendaya, least of all the worst dancer left. It's fun, which is the only good thing about the dance, but he's so ungainly that he's making even Peta and Sharna look bad. Dude can't even mime well. "[It's] magic with plenty of tragic," Bruno says. Carrie Ann likes the ambition, but says he got out of sync too much. Len says it was just like tango. Watch out for the bus, Sean!
Jacoby Jones, Karina Smirnoff and Cheryl Burke: paso doble
"[I've got] two women working me back and forth like a tennis match," Jacoby says. What's wrong with that, man? Tennis is the best! Jacoby's powerful, sturdy and has great extensions, but it's a little lacking. Maybe I was expecting too much since he should kill the paso, but it's not jaw-droppingly awesome. Who would've thought he'd be better at the Viennese waltz than the paso? Carrie Ann loves his presence, but felt he tossed Cheryl too hard. Literally. Len loves the hand spins and twist turns. Someone doesn't want to get on Mama Jones' bad side anymore. Bruno calls it raw, but says he has to master the Spanish lines.
Ingo Rademacher, Kym Johnson and Lindsay Arnold: jive
Kym thinks Ingo's sucking up the pain because Lindsay's around and he goes as far as insisting on doing a handspring. Did someone spike Ingo's water backstage or something? He's got energy for days and is going after all the steps. He is kind of awkward at times and doesn't have enough bounce or sharp flicks and kicks, but it's just kind of adorable all round. I mean, who doesn't love a man in baby pink and plaid? Len says it was fun. Bruno wants him to clean up his footwork. Carrie Ann says it was a little flatfooted, but says he's maintained the "heart and fun" that Andy brought. Too soon. It still hurts.
Kellie Pickler, Derek Hough and Tristan MacManus: paso doble
Parallel universe time! Since their Viennese waltz was so angelic, Tristan will bring them over to the dark side in the paso. "Welcome, come on into me world," he says in the most Irish of leprechaun voices. Swoon! This is literally a "to be continued" version of their Viennese waltz. Kellie even starts out in the same dress before tearing it away. Seriously, these two dances just re-confirm that Derek's the best and most creative choreographer. It's dramatic, intense and precise, though the dance is literally and hilariously full of smoke and mirrors that the judges always crow about. I also wish Kellie was showcased more. She could totally handle a bunch of solo choreography like Zendaya did. Bruno calls it Masterpiece Theater. Carrie Ann walks out to give Kellie a hug. Len thinks it was too flashy and not enough paso. Looks like his happy pill wore off. Or maybe he crossed over to the dark side too. Or he's just doing this to rile up Kellie and Derek's fans who didn't have to vote lsat week. Cue the boos and all three stooges arguing on their feet. Len gives them a 7! "I don't know you anymore," Tom deadpans.
Aly Raisman, Mark Ballas and Henry Byalikov: jive
It's cute that Aly and Mark picked Henry since he subbed in for an injured Mark last week, so don't feel bad for Tony. Aly is having trouble with the eight-count again. "Can you count to eight? No, but I won the Olympics," Mark cracks. This is more low-key than Ingo's jive, but it's cheeky and flirty. Aly also needs more bounce and there's a little too much booty-shaking and shimmying, which is obviously her calling card now. Carrie Ann says she was a little flatfooted, but loves her consistency. Len gives her a "well done." Bruno loves how she plays her characters.
So Zendaya and Val are on top with a 58, and Sean and Peta are last with a 42.
What did you think? Did Zendaya deserve a 30? Was Len too harsh on Kellie? Does he fear Mama Jones? Can you count to eight and dance at the same time? Which dances would you assign for each couple next week? Is Tristan the face of evil? (Never!) Who do you think is going home tomorrow?
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