'Dancing with the Stars' Recap - Season 16, Week 3 Performances: Prom Night

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough on Dancing with the Stars season 16
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough on Dancing with the Stars season 16

For season 16, week 3 of Dancing with the Stars, the theme is “Prom Night”. To open the show the contestants do an un-judged group prom dance choreographed by DWTS veteran Louis van Amstel to Fatboy Slim’s "The Rockafeller Skank". During the competition, dances include the Viennese Waltz and Paso Doble. By night's end, county singers bookend the leaderboard: Kellie Pickler and pro Derek Hough are at the top for their Jive dance; Wynonna Judd and pro Tony Dovolani are at the bottom for their Samba.

The contestants and the show’s main staff are dressed in prom attire: host Tom Bergeron wears a light blue jacket with black piping and a big black bow tie; host Brooke-Burke Charvet works a shirred fuchsia gown and big 8os hair pulled up on one side; head judge Len Goodman sports a burgundy tux with a hot pink ruffled shirt, Bruno Tonioli is in a light colored tux; Carrie Ann Inaba wears a tangerine colored dress and has flowers in her hair. Carrie Ann looks current, the others look a little “time warped”, but in a fun way.

Olympic gymnast Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas do a Viennese Waltz to Ed Sheeran’s “Give Me Love”. In rehearsal Mark teases Aly about making out with her cute prom date. Aly wears a heathered lavender chiffon gown with a beaded bodice; Mark wears charcoal pants, spats and a lavender shirt. It’s a pretty dance, but to us, it lacks spark. Len says he didn’t like it, but then says “April Fools!” Bruno thinks Aly expresses the dance well for someone so young, and advises her to work on her top frame. Carrie Ann says Aly’s movement quality is amazing, but she needs to stay in character.
SCORES: Carrie Ann 7, Len 8, Bruno 8 total of 23 out of 30

Comedian Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess do a Cha-Cha-Cha to Rod Stewart’s “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy”. In their rehearsal Andy is stressed out about learning this week’s dance, and the frustration reduces him to tears. Andy wears a black shirt and suspenders with spectator shoes; Sharna wears a shiny black catsuit. We liked Andy’s performance last week better, but this dance is still fun to watch. Bruno says the timing was off, but it was entertaining. Carrie Ann tells Andy, “there’s something about you… you try with your full heart and soul,” and calls him “totally entertaining”. Len says, “I feel better after watching you than I did before you danced… well done.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann 6, Len 6, Bruno 6 for a total of 18 out of 30

Soap star Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson do a Paso Doble to Queen’s “Another One Bites the Dust”. While they rehearse, Ingo talks about his age compared to some other male celebs on the show, and vows to keep up (he does). Ingo arrives on stage riding a red motorcycle and wears a black muscle shirt and pants; Kym wears a red halter top gown with a tulle skirt. Carrie Ann says Ingo captured the power of the Paso Doble, but needs to work on his core. Len says Ingo “needs cleaner arms and stronger posture”, but there was “more to cheer than jeer.” Bruno says Ingo is “supposed to be a matador, not an axe murderer,” but commends his intensity and power.
SCORES: Carrie Ann 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 for a total of 21 out of 30

Reality show star - restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko do the Viennese Waltz to Whitney Houston’s “I Have Nothing”. In their rehearsal footage Lisa encourages partner Gleb to take off his shirt to score more votes and Twitter followers (at 67k+ Twitter followers, Lisa's dog "Giggy" has more than most of us will ever have). For their dance Lisa wears a petal pink gown with a chiffon skirt and a rhinestone headband; Gleb wears a black tux. We think this was Lisa’s best dance so far – very graceful. Len calls it “Breezy, free and easy”, and tells Lisa to work on posture and footwork, and also says, “well done.” Bruno calls the dance “regal, like watching Empress Josephine” and says it was much better than last week. Carrie Ann says, “I love watching you two”, reminds Lisa to stay in character, and adds, “Excellent, nice job.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 for a total of 21 out of 30

Country singer Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough do a Jive dance to Kenny Loggins’ “Footloose”. Kellie finds the quick moves and technical terms tough to remember, and says Derek makes a “mad wasp face” (as in the bug) when he’s unhappy with her dancing. Kellie wears a short, shiny dress with a silver top and a pale gold chiffon skirt; Derek wears black pants steel blue shirt and jacket with black lapels. Kellie is our favorite in this year’s DWTS, and the judges like her as well. Bruno calls the routine, “crisp, tight, precise, sharper than a Samurai sword.” Carrie Ann says, “that was ridiculously amazing.” Len enthuses, “You are officially the queen of the prom.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann 8, Len 9, Bruno 8 for a total of 25 out of 30

Boxer Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold do a Contemporary routine to John Mayer’s “Slow Dancing in Burning Room”. During rehearsal Victor tells Lindsay he didn’t go to his prom because he couldn’t afford it. Lindsay wears a pale blue dress that is longer in the back; Victor wears black pants and a white tux shirt with an undone bow tie. We think this is Victor’s best performance to date – it seems easier for him this week. Carrie Ann says, “Victor you’re a dancer, that was breathtaking – every movement had meaning.” Len says he was hoping for the best and expecting the worst, but he was “pleasantly surprised” and calls it Victor’s “best dance so far.” Bruno compliments Victor’s “wonderful ease of movement.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann 8, Len 7, Bruno 8 for a total of 23 out of 30

Comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke do a Salsa to James Brown’s “Sex Machine”. D.L. wears blue suit with shiny tie and lapels; Cheryl wears a short blue ruffled dress and matching gloves. We think he’s better than previous weeks, but still stiff. Len admires D.L.’s spirit, but says there was no rhythm and no hip action. Bruno appreciates the effort, but says it “looked like a case of hip replacement.” Carrie Ann tells D.L., “you’re making baby steps, I see the improvement... you have to work on your musicality.” D.L. appears to tear up during Carrie Ann’s critique.
SCORES: Carrie Ann 6, Len 5, Bruno 5, for a total of 16 out of 30

Football player Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff do a Rumba to Rihanna’s “Stay”. Jacoby dedicates the dance to his school, the Marion Abramson High School in New Orleans – it was destroyed during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Jacoby wears black pants and dances shirtless; Karina wears a pale low cut gown with a flowing bottom. Bruno says Jacoby was “smoldering like a volcano” and tells him to watch his foot placement. Carrie Ann says, “I’m impressed, you have incredible artistry, I got pulled into it.” Len compliments Jacoby on his “refinement and quality of movement.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann 8, Len 8, Bruno 8 for a total of 24 out of 30

Country legend Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani do a Samba to Def Leppard’s “Pour Some Sugar on Me”. During their rehearsal footage we see them attend a Def Leppard concert for inspiration. Wynonna wears a black dress with hot pink trim and a leather midsection; Tony wears a vest with chains, skinny black pants, a headband and dark shades. It’s a very basic routine that seems more like walking to music than dancing. Carrie Ann tells Wynonna, “You know I love you - I didn’t see it go up a notch this week.” Len says to Wynonna, “you look magnificent, but you don’t move.” Bruno laments, “Oh no Wynonna. It was a bit sedated for a performance.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann 5, Len 5, Bruno 5 or a total of 15 out of 30

The Bachelor star Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd do the Cha-Cha-Cha to the Village People’s “YMCA” Sean seems awkward in rehearsal, but does much better during the actual performance. On stage Sean wears a construction worker outfit – overalls and hardhat – Peta wears a Native American-inspired costume with feather trim. Lens says the dance was “full of energy” and tells Sean he has to work on his feet, but calls it his best dance yet. Bruno says, “You please Len, you please me even more” and deems the dance “full of fun”, but also reminds Sean to clean up the footwork and finish the moves. Carrie Ann says Sean performs with incredible gusto.
SCORES: Carrie Ann 7, Len 7, Bruno 7 for a total of 21 out of 30

Disney actress Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy do a Viennese Waltz to Doris Day’s “Que Sera, Sera”. The dance is focused on recreating Zendaya’s Grandmother’s prom; she was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. Zendaya wears a long, pale dress with a full chiffon skirt and flowers in her hair; Val wears a black tux and tails. It’s a wonderful dance, but now that Zendaya has proven her skill at fast moves, we’d like to see Val give her some slower choreography. Bruno calls the dance “enchanting and charming as Venice in the moonlight”, then he cites a couple of stumbles, but says overall it was beautiful. Carrie Ann points out a “lyrical quality” to Zendaya’s movements, and thinks “the best is yet to come.” Len calls Zendaya’s dancing natural and not forced, but says in general, all of the night’s Viennese Waltzes had too many broad arm movements.
SCORES: Carrie Ann 8, Len 8 Bruno 8 for a total of 24 out of 30

Dancing with the Stars Leaderboard - Week 3
1. Kellie and Derek: 25
2. Jacoby and Karina: 24
3. Zendaya and Val: 24
4. Ally and Mark: 23
5. Victor and Lindsay: 23
6. Ingo and Kym: 21
7. Lisa and Gleb: 21
8. Sean and Peta: 21
9. Andy and Sharna: 18
10. D.L. and Cheryl: 16
11. Wynonna and Tony: 15

Tonight (April 2) at 9/8c the results show will feature performances by Huey Lewis and The News and Demi Lovato, and a prom king and queen will be crowned based on Twitter votes.

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