The third week of “Dancing with the Stars” is certainly a little unorthodox. Due to the Presidential Debate airing tonight across all networks, we’re only getting a one-hour show as opposed to the two that we usually have for Monday shows. We’re also having the pairs take part in Face-Off dances. The winner of each one will be granted immunity, and the remaining six will be in danger of going home.
What makes this so unique is that this theme may give talented Stars with smaller fan bases a chance, and hurt people (sorry, Rick Perry) who don’t receive good scores but could have a large following. Stay tuned for live updates!
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko defeat Babyface and Allison Holker, jive – No real shocker here, since to us Jana was far superior in the jive. While Babyface was really great with the slower, more ballroom routine, some technical weaknesses were shown off during this faster-paced routine.
Vanilla Ice and Witney Carson defeat Rick Perry and Emma Slater, paso doble – This was actually much closer than anyone probably imagined that it would be going in, mostly because Rick actually did a halfway decent job at this for him. This was a tie, and Len Goodman broke it.
James Hinchcliffe and Cheryl Burke defeat Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke, cha cha – No surprise here. At least Lochte tried something with unbuttoning the shirt, right? He did a very different sort of cha cha. James is just one of the best dancers going at this point.
Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold defeat Terra Jole and Sasha Farber, Viennese waltz – We feel for Terra here, given that she actually danced better than almost anyone tonight other than Calvin and James. Unfortunately, she was paired up against the wrong person.
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev defeat Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, salsa – This may have been the biggest surprise of the night to us, mostly because Maureen is dealing with some bumps and bruises while Amber seemed on paper to be a contender this season.
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy defeat Marilu Henner and Derek Hough – Marilu was solid, but she had to even know this was going to happen the moment these pairings were announced.
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