Tom Bergeron opened up the night with a moment of silence in honor of the victims of the shooting in Las Vegas Sunday night. And it was welcomed – a moment to breathe. A moment to appreciate life and enjoy a little TV. A moment to remember that we’re fortunate to have such a luxury.
So, let’s take a couple hours and let go.
The world is, well, it’s dark, y’all. But in the name of Tom Bergeron – the show must go on. And it’s “Guilty Pleasure Night.” So let’s focus on being kind. Let’s focus on sparkles. Let’s focus on dancing in sequins. And you know? Let’s not worry about who’s going home either, because this week, it’s no one. And if you didn’t really soak up that kindness message, take a page from Tom, and let’s get to reviewing the night.
Best of the rest
Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas: 27/30
Guilty pleasure: pajamas all day
CALL UPON THE NAME OF STACY KEIBLER IF YOU’RE NOT WORTHY! Lindsey and Mark are doing a jive to Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go! Can you imagine? It’s an iconic routine from Keibler in Season 2, but even still, Lindsey and Mark did not do so bad. The judges call it iconic, and it was great, but let’s be honest – it’s no Stacy Keibler. It’s enough to solidify 9s across the board though.
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold: 25/30
Guilty pleasure: comic books
LOL, these guilty pleasures are incredible. But at the core of the absurdity is incredible arts lover and Charleston experts, Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold who, dare I say, just did a routine that should be Dancing with the Stars CANON. It’s like, professional comic book art. The choreography, the music, and the set are all perfect (even if it didn’t meet Len’s standard of Charleston), and it’s more than deserving of the season’s first 10.
Vanessa Lachey and Alan Bernstein: 23/30
Guilty pleasure: girls night out
So, Vanessa is like a low key Chrissy Teigen, you know? But when she’s on the dance floor, she looks like a pro. She gets a couple dings for a wobble or two, but she still manages to shine with a 23, and that’s not bad, y’all. Vanessa Lachey is the kind of stuff final threes are made of.
Best of the rest
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev: 21/30
Guilty Pleasure: 50 Shades of Grey
Okay, weird elevator dance sequence! I see you! Some stars just connect from night one, and Nikki did not do that for us. But, you know what? She’s making some serious ground up, and her Viennese Waltz to Love on the Brain is the kind of performance that could legitimately take her to the end.
Drew Scott and Emma Slater: 23/30
Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy: 22/30
Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson: 21/30
Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd: 21/30
Derek Fisher and Sharna Burgess: 21/30
Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke: 21/30
Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko: 19/30
USA TODAY Sparkle Points Podium
Sasha Pieterse: 5/5
Gimmicks. Are. Wonderful. So when Sasha and Gleb rolled up as full-bedazzled chefs, you can’t help but cheer. The jazz routine didn’t get five starts, but the gimmick was perfect.
Nick Lachey: 4.5/5
We see you, overwrought ’80s rom com chic. A lot of pastels and rhinestones. A lot of workout gear. A call back to Love Actually. It’s all the stuff of wardrobe champions.
Jordan Fisher: 4/5
When you dye your hair to match your ensemble, there’s something to be said about that. And when that ensemble is like… a lycra-looking light blue jumpsuit.
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