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Ep1803 Week 3: The Most Memorable Year of Their Life

03/31/14 Season 18 TV-PG L

It was an emotional night of dancing as each contestant danced to a song that encompasses an important time in his or her life. These heartfelt performances promise to be some of the most intense and emotional of the season. Good Morning America anchor Robin Roberts guest judges.

WEEK 3 SCORES:

 

 

Carrie Ann

Len

Robin

Bruno

Total

James & Peta

9

9

9

9

36

NeNe & Tony

8

7

8

8

31

Cody & Witney

9

8

9

9

35

Danica & Valentin

9

9

9

9

36

Drew & Cheryl

7

7

8

8

30

Meryl & Maksim

10

9

10

10

39

Amy & Derek

9

9

9

9

36

Charlie & Sharna

9

9

9

9

36

Candace & Mark

8

8

8

8

32

 

• Hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews started the evening off by inviting the first guest judge of the season, Good Morning America’s Robin Roberts, down to the judges’ table. Robin was elated to be spending the evening at the ballroom rather than watching at home with a big bowl of popcorn and her froggy slippers. You’ve gotta admit, that’s a pretty good way to watch the show, too.

• James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd set a high bar with the first dance of the night—a high-flying jive dedicated to James’ 2007, the year he overcame being bullied in high school. Bruno, reserved as ever, described their dance as having “the explosive energy of a lightning strike.” James and Peta are sure to want this particular bolt of lightning to strike twice, because they scored all 9s for a total of 36!

• Unfortunately, Billy Dee Williams was unable to dance with partner Emma Slater due to some chronic back problems, but he and Emma were sent off in style with a standing ovation and a visit from Billy Dee’s grandchildren.

• Things got romantic on the dance floor when NeNe Leakes and a shirtless Tony Dovolani showed off a sensual rumba dedicated to 2013, the year she re-married her husband Greg. Robin was excited that we all got to see a different side of NeNe.

• Team Cody was in full effect as Cody Simpson and Witney Carson showed off their interpretation of jazz dancing dedicated to Cody’s family and 2010, the year they moved to the U.S. to support Cody’s dream. The surf-style routine was, as Len put it, “no wipeout,” earning them a total of 35 from the judges!

• It really got emotional in the ballroom as Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy began their contemporary dance dedicated to Danica’s 2010, the year her son, Draco was born. Danica expressed to Val how sad she had been that her grandmother had died before she got a chance to meet her son, but Danica wanted to show Draco that no matter what happens, she will always be with him. The dance was as beautiful and graceful as the sentiment that inspired it, with Carrie Ann tearfully remarking that it was “the most beautiful, sincere, delicate performance” she’d seen.

• Funnyman Drew Carey played it straight during his waltz with Cheryl Burke dedicated to 2005, the year his son Connor was born. While they only managed a total of 30 from the judges—the lowest score of the night—Connor got a 10 for pick-up skills from Cheryl after he suggested that he needed her to show him some of those moves. Looks like that kid’s got moves already!

• The first 10s of the season came out to applaud Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s gorgeous and delicate foxtrot dedicated to Meryl’s journey to her gold medal-winning Olympic performance. M & M looked to be one of those perfect matches—which has them both a little nervous with the upcoming Switch-Up—with Len describing them as “sweet and delicious” and Carrie Ann crediting Meryl with bringing out the best in Maks’ choreography.

• There was hardly a dry eye in the house after Amy Purdy’s remarkable story of overcoming bacterial meningitis, losing her legs and her father donating one of his kidneys to her. And any holdouts from that quickly joined the rest of us when she and Derek Hough performed an exquisite contemporary dance that was as heart-wrenching as it was inspiring.

• Charlie White sure knew how to make the ballroom get happy with his and Sharna Burgess ecstatic jive set to the Pharrell hit “Happy”. And did we say the ballroom? We meant the entire Dancing with the Stars set, from backstage to the middle of the audience, Charlie and Sharna were spreading smiles everywhere. While the judges were more than happy to give them all 9s for a total of 36, it looks like the competition this week was just too tough, giving them a week off from being the top of the leaderboard—not to mention a week off from each other thanks to the coming Switch Up.

• The energy didn’t drop a bit as Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas closed out the night with a jive dedicated to 1995 and Full House and set to The King himself, Elvis! While the judges may have had some quibbles about Candace’s footwork, the crowd, including Candace's former castmates Lori Loughlin and Andrea Barber—Kimmy Gibbler!—sure enjoyed it.

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