It’s ‘Famous Dances Night’ on ‘DWTS,’ but can the celebrities really dance like the icons who made these moves so memorable? If Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough’s perfect lift from ‘Dirty Dancing is any indication the answer is definitely YES!
If anyone knows how to dance in a movie, it’s Olivia Newton-John! The Grease star was the guest-judge on this week’s Dancing with the Stars for “Famous Dances Night,” and of course we were really looking forward for our faves to take on Britney Spears, Magic Mike and that epic Dirty Dancing lift. Find out who rose to the occasion and who fell flat and was sent home!
This had to be one of our absolute favorite episodes of the season and the stars seemed to really love it as well. The celebs and their dance partners gave it their all, trying to capture the magic of these memorable dance scenes and some really blew us away — none more than Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough!
It’s all about the lift! Bindi and Derek stole the show performing an extremely difficult Rumba to “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing. Not only did the pair absolutely nail the iconic lift as Derek gracefully elevated Bindi above his head, they were totally flawless getting a perfect 40 from the judges! I’m sure the surprise coaching session from Jennifer Grey didn’t hurt!
Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas turned up the heat with a sizzling Cha Cha to Britney Spears “I’m A Slave 4 U.” She even ended the number with a giant white and yellow snake wrapped around her neck. Unfortunately the judges were not thrilled with Alexa’s routine, with Carrie Ann Inaba saying, “I feel like you missed the essence of Britney.” They ended up giving her a disappointing total of 30.
Andy Grammer and Allison Holker absolutely crushed their Jazz dance to “Good Morning” from Singing In The Rain, receiving a standing ovation from the Crystal Ballroom crowd. The singer songwriter proved that he was a serious contender on the show receiving all 10’s from the judges, while completely embodying the spirit of the iconic Gene Kelly. Even dancing on stairs and flipping over couches.
Oh my! We need a minute after Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson’s Rumba to “Pony” from Magic Mike. Despite being conflicted over the erotic nature of the dance number and film, Carlos went for it, ripping off his shirt showing off his incredibly sexy six-pack. As Bruno Tonioli said to the devoutly religious star, “You answered my prayers.” Carlos’ sizzling performance paid off with the judges getting a terrific total of a 38.
Hayes Grier tried to fill John Travolta’s dancing shoes in front of not one but two “Sandys” in Olivia and Julianne Hough who will take on the role in Fox’s live version of the iconic musical in 2016. Partnered with Emma Slater, the pair looked amazing as they performed a jazzy version of the film “You’re The One That I Want” dance number. Unfortunately, the judges only gave them mixed reviews and all eights, telling Hays he had incredible potential and major star quality.
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess brought a taste of the 70’s with their groovy Samba to “You Should Be Dancing” from Saturday Night Fever. We wanted to break out our bell bottoms and disco balls just watching them. Carrie thought Nick wasn’t confident enough though saying, “It was good but it wasn’t perfect to me.” They ended up with a 39.
Paula Deen and Louis van Amstel gave possible the most interesting performance of the night with their Jazz number to “Vogue” by Madonna. The celebrity chef stole a page out of the Material Girl’s 1990 MTV Video Music Awards performance resembling Marie Antoinette in the 18th-century. Unfortunately the costumes were the best part of the performance and they ended up with only a 24.
Alek Skarlatos tried to shake things up embodying the King of Rock n’ Roll Elvis Presley, as he and partner Lindsay Arnold did a jive to “Jailhouse Rock” from Jailhouse Rock. Despite having the crowd’s support, his performance didn’t win over the judges netting him a score of 30.
The final couple of the night Tamar Braxton and Valentin Chmerkovskiy gave a militaristic Jazz performance to Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation.” She definitely made Miss Jackson proud getting a perfect score of 40!
It was fairly clear to the judges and the crowd that the bottom two couples were Alexa and Mark and Paula and Louis. In the end it was Paula and Louis who were sent home despite some great performances. Paula was happy though that she got to go home and see her “grand-babies”!
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— Emily Longeretta