It was TV Night during Week 3 of Season 21 of Dancing with the Stars! The teams were asked to do routines that paid tribute to some the most memorable shows to ever hit the air. It was fitting on such a night that America's Funniest Home Videos host Alfonso Ribeiro was on hand as a guest judge. So many fond TV memories came alive in the ballroom. Let’s take a look at the evening’s breakdown!
Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson kicked off the evening in fine style with a Jazz routine to “Thank You for Being a Friend” from The Golden Girls. Guest judge Alfonso Ribeiro kicked off the critiques by claiming the dance needed a little more energy. Still, it wasn’t bad for a pair of senior hoofers as the scores of 7-8-8-8 indicate.
Paula Deen & Louis van Amstel journeyed to Gilligan’s Islandfor their Samba routine. Paula longed to be Mary Ann, but she settled for being Mrs. Howell in a routine that left the judges feeling like she needed to be shipwrecked in order to rack up a little more rehearsal time. Four 5s from the four judges gave Paula low score of the night with 20.
Tamar Braxton & Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced the Tango to “A Beautiful Mine” from Mad Men. It was the ‘60s and Val was in charge, much to Tamar’s dismay. But that was just for the theme. When it came time to dance, these two meshed perfectly as a team as their scores of 8-9-8-8 indicate.
Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas did a Jazz routine to the main title theme from Breaking Bad. Well, there was nothing bad about this creative, innovative routine that showed that this team has great, well, chemistry. Four 9s from the judges earned Alexa and Mark a tie for the top score of the night.
Andy Grammer & Allison Holkerdid a Quickstep to the instantly recognizable “American Bandstand (Bandstand Boogie).” The trip back to the ‘50s and ‘60s was a pleasant one for the most part. Julianne felt the routine was so much fun, but Bruno advised him to work on his precision when finishing things up. Carrie Ann also felt Andy was still struggling and wants Andy to work as a team with Allison. The judges scores: 7-7-8-7.
Gary Busey & Anna Trebunskaya were creepy and kooky and altogether Tango-y as they danced to the theme from The Addams Family. Gomez had it going on as Gary fully embraced the famous sitcom character. The audience and the judges were thoroughly entertained by the routine. Gary upped his scores from the previous week just a touch with 6-7-6-6.
Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold did a Tango to “Bad Things” from the popular vampire-friendly show True Blood. The slick, sexy routine had a little bump that some of the judges noticed, but not Julianne. She called the dance perfection. In truth, it was only kinda close to perfection with scores of 8-8-9-8.
Kim Zolciak Biermann & Tony Dovolani were supposed to do a Samba to the theme song from I Dream of Jeannie. Unfortunately, Kim had a serious health scare that would not allow her to fly. So Tony performed the fine routine with Jenna. Afterwards, Kim was given the news via Skype that she must withdraw from the competition in accordance with rules of the show.
Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough were “Movin’ On Up” as they did a Quickstep to the theme from The Jeffersons. With Marla Gibbs in the audience, the team did a fun, energetic dance that Bruno felt needed to be controlled a little more. It was something the judges had mentioned to her last week. Their dance earned them four 8s from the judges.
Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess did a Viennese Waltz to “Did I Make the Most of Loving You” from Downton Abbey. Their beautiful, flowing routine wowed the crowd and brought in some high praise from the judges. Julianne called him a leading man in what she thought was the best dance of the night. Scores of 9-9-9-9 prove this to be true as the team tied with Alexa and Mark.
Hayes Grier & Emma Slater were looking like true heroes in a half-shell as they did their Jive to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtlestheme. Turtles are supposed to be fairly slow creatures by nature, but Hayes was moving fast for a while. Alfonso felt he lost a little steam as the dance went on. Their scores: 7-8-7-8.
Due to the situation with Kim's exit, there was no elimination at the end of this week's competition.