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Each week Imperial Society of Teachers of Dacning Fellow and Examiner Phillip Stephens offers a review of the ABC hit show Dancing With The Stars. Phillip shares his thoughts on each couple, their costumes, their performance, their score, the judges' comments, etc, and offers great insight into the world of dancing. Click here for this weeks review

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Dancing With The Stars Week 3

Dancing With The Stars Review - 9/28/2015
Phillip Stephens, Fellow and Examiner
Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

Chaka Kahn (with Keo Motsepe) was eliminated on Monday, September 21

Victor Espinoza (with Karina Smirnoff) was eliminated Tuesday, September 22.

While Victor was charming and had some potential, Chaka was adding nothing to the show and it was doubtful that she would improve much over time.  I'm glad she's gone.  I am surprised that Gary Busey is still in the running.  With Kim Zolciak-Biermann being required to withdraw due to health reasons, it's hard to say who would have been eliminated in tonight's show.  My pick would be Gary Busey.  They could also eliminate Paula Deen.  Maybe the next 2 shows will see them removed from the field.

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson. Jazz. "Thank You For Being a Friend" theme from Golden Girls.  Great costumes.  Timing was not always clear, but he is expressive and seems very sure of what he's doing.  I liked the routine and the élan incorporated into it, but it was not all that spectacular.  31 - a nice score - and possibly a point or 2 higher than deserved. 

Paula Deen and Louis van Amstel.  Samba - Theme from Gilligan's Island.  What a whiney baby she is!  She certainly looks better in this outfit as Mrs. Howell than what she's worn for the past 2 weeks.  Not a fabulous presentation from a technical standpoint, but rather nice from a sheer performance standpoint.  20, which was fairly accurate.

Tamar Braxton & Val Chmerkovskiy. Tango to "Beautiful Mind" theme from Madman.  Dramatic and precise, but bad frame - especially the straight right arm.  Nice choreography.  A unique ending.  33, which is pretty "spot on" for that Tango.

Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas. Jazz.  Theme from Breaking Bad.  Mark is talented and innovative, but I seldom care for his choreography.  This was interesting and Alexa performed it quite well.  It just wasn't what I'd call a proper jazz for this show.  Kari Ann "adored" it.  So did Alfonso.  Julianne thought they were "a team" - I'd have to agree that they did perform well together.  Bruno also liked it a lot.  36 - a bit high for me, but perhaps I just don't appreciate Mark as fully as I should???

Andy Grammer & Allison Holker. Quickstep. Theme from American Bandstand.  Bad posture, weak frame, and gangly legs, but a good performer.  It was very energetic.  Andy seems to be a "happy" person when performing, which makes up for technical deficiencies.  29 - pretty good for that performance.

Gary Busey & Ana Trebunskaya. Tango - Adams Family theme. Well, they got him in a character that suited his nature, but you can't say much else for that routine.  He is a bizarre-acting person with a bizarre style.  The judges are certainly going out of their way to be kind to Gary.  Although Gary WAS better than when he started the show, the syrupy comments from the judges tended to turn my stomach.  25 - fairly accurate.

Alek Skarlatos & Lyndsay Arnold. Tango to "Bad Things" - True Blood theme.  He is NOT a Tango dancer, but I am impressed with what he does for a non-dancer that has suddenly been thrust into this arena.  He does have talent and there is definitely potential within him.  Judges were a bit too kind, especially when Julianne says Alek has the best technique of all the guys.  33, which was at least 5 points too high for that performance.

Kim Zolciak-Biermann & Tony Dovolani.  Jenna stood in for Kim, who had a mini-stroke.  Samba - Theme from I dream of Jeanie.  Quite nice when you see 2 pros perform.  Rules state that an ill contestant must withdraw, so I guess she is the person eliminated for this week.

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough. Quickstep to "Movin' on Up" - theme from Jeffersons  (Bindi had foot problems?  Cry-baby Kim had a stroke?  How do these people have so many problems so soon in the show???)  Not as "in sync" as normal during the opening.  A good and energetic performance.  Some broken lines, but a good show.  32, which was solid for that performance. The judges were much more accurate in scoring Bindi than with Alek.  My feeling is that the producers must need the judges to massage the egos/feelings of some contestants.

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess. Viennese Waltz - Dalton Abbey.  He was so whiney, whiney, whiney!  I can hardly stand it.  He is far and away too intense.  I couldn't enjoy that performance because he tried so hard to do a great job that he spoiled it somewhat.  Julianne said this was the best dance of the night???  Are they just being overly nice to the "babies" this week???  36??? That was far too high for that up-tight and overly tense performance.

Hayes Grier - Emma Slater. Jive - Teenage Mutant Turtle Ninja. Great set-up.  Lots of energy with precise and quick moves, though he needs to work on pointing the toes for flicks and kicks.  Dancing in the turtle outfit and wearing that mask would not be easy.  His arm lines were not complete, but the routine was super and his performance was great.  30 - I think that was too low considering how generous they were for that Viennese Waltz.

It's hard to believe Gary Busey is safe.  Is he underwriting the show?

That's my review of week 3.

If you have comments about my review, please send them to philtex44@aol.com


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