Dancing With the Stars 2016 Week 3 Results: Why the Dance-Off Wasn’t Fair0 Comments

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Posted on 27 Sep 2016 at 3:09am

Thanks to the first debate between Hill and the Donald, Dancing with the Stars was forced to cram 12 dances into an hour on Monday night, leaving no room for judges’ commentary, typical tearful packages, or Tom’s brilliant zingers. See, America, this is what happens when you don’t let Bergeron be Bergeron! Instead, we got the DWTS dance-off, which was a rather confusing gimmick designed to give the winner of each dance-off immunity before tomorrow’s elimination. To be honest, I would have rather we skipped tonight’s show altogether, and done a regular two-hour show tomorrow night. But looking ahead, maybe a mindless hour of entertainment was what we didn’t know we needed before tonight’s presidential showdown. So who won each dance-off? And who stands most likely to leave the show tomorrow night? Before we get to what happened, here’s what the contestants had to say after the show:

Ryan Lochte agreed that the dance-off was a difficult concept, but tried to put a positive spin on the situation. “It is hard,” he told Glamour backstage. “You’re going against the best guy dancer (James Hinchcliffe), but it’s a challenge, and we had the best time doing it. I’ve been improving, and that’s what it’s all about—improving each week.” Cheryl Burke echoed her partner’s analysis: “Everyone’s ability is different, and you can look at it as unfair, but at the end of the day all that matters is that Ryan has improved.”

Not only has Ryan improved, but for the first time since the show started, he’s actually having fun. “The first two weeks I was nervous. My personality wasn’t coming out, but I’m having so much more fun now. Cheryl brings out my personality.”

“This process is overwhelming,” said Cheryl. “It’s why I had to take some time off. You really have to take this day by day. It’s an emotional roller coaster, and constant anxiety, but it’s worth it. You just have to take it one step at a time, or as Ryan likes to say, one footstep at a time!”

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PHOTO: Jessica Radloff

Sharna Burgess was more vocal about the shortened show, even though the dance-off format worked in her and partner James Hinchcliffe’s favor. “I didn’t like it either,” she agreed. “All the fun things about the show were gone. There’s so much more to Dancing with the Stars than the dance, and we lost all of the so much more and just had the dance.” To be fair, ABC and the DWTS producers were between a rock and a hard place given that they only had one hour to work with because of the presidential debate. “I understand why it wasn’t the same show,” said Canadian James Hinchcliffe, who’s super interested in the upcoming general election even though he can’t vote. “We’re all fascinated by it.”

But back to the dancing, shall we? “I didn’t adapt too well to cha-cha,” revealed James. “I’m perfectly OK with making mistakes or not grasping something, but I’m not OK with not knowing why. We really went through a couple rough days trying to get to the bottom of what was holding me back. It was a disaster at camera-blocking and completely went off the rails again. Then, in between dress rehearsal and the live show, Sharna made a couple changes and made me feel way better about it. When we did it for the live show, it was the best run I had. To have it happen when immunity was on the line was not bad.”

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PHOTO: ABC

Laurie Hernandez was literally bouncing around backstage, thrilled to have been granted immunity this week. Still, there was one part of the show she didn’t like: The lack of the judges commentary. “I don’t know what to fix for the next time,” said the fan favorite.

Laurie and partner Val Chmerkovskiy wound up one point behind first place finishers Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold, and at this point in the competition, doesn’t count anyone out. “Everyone is competition [for me] on the show. I need to work extra hard to keep my spot, but so is everyone else.” Still, “every week exceeds my expectations,” said the longtime DWTS fan. “It’s incredible.”

Something else that Laurie finds pretty incredible? The fact that she doesn’t have to do her own makeup before each dance like she does before every gymnastic competition. “Sometimes it’s nice to do it yourself, but other times it’s nice to [have the makeup artist do it] and just be on my phone and not worry about it. I don’t ever fill in my eyebrows [normally], but they do it for me here!” she laughed. “If I do it, it goes crooked and down my cheek or something!”

And now that she’s gotten pretty comfortable with partner Val, what has she learned about the younger Chmerkovskiy brother? “He chews on his mints, he likes his coffee black, and he’s late most of the time! But usually it’s for a good reason. Oh, and he’s just an insane dancer. He has a lot of passion for dancing.”

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PHOTO: ABC

The Dances:

Babyface & Allison Holker: Two weeks into DWTS, Babyface seemed destined to be a bit of a dark horse in the competition, but after tonight’s jive…well, not so much. Wobbly in places, off-beat in others, Babyface has his work cut out for him if he avoids elimination. Score: 25/40

Jana Kramer & Gleb Savchenko: I suppose we can assume that Jana’s back is fine this week? DWTS just dropped that storyline like a hot potato. Whether she powered through the pain or not, Jana scored a point higher than Babyface, which means she gets immunity going into tomorrow night’s elimination. Score: 26/40

Rick Perry & Emma Slater: The former Texas governor would have probably rather been on the debate stage than the dance floor tonight, but given the reality of the situation, he still gave it his all. Is his all enough to avoid elimination tomorrow night? My guess is no, but with this show, you never know, do you? Score: 23/40

Vanilla Ice & Witney Carson: Vanilla and Wit put on a superior paso doble to Rick and Emma, but somehow managed to get the same scores. Makes no sense, but then again, neither did Vanilla’s sparkly backwards baseball cap. No matter, as Len broke the tie-breaker and gave immunity to Team Ice ‘N Spice. Score: 23/40

James Hinchcliffe & Sharna Burgess: Anyone else feel like they were in a ’70s roller rink with that disco-themed cha cha? Not quite James’ best dance of the season yet, but good enough for immunity. Score: 29/40

Ryan Lochte & Cheryl Burke: After last week’s G-rated spectacle, I don’t know how the Muppets would feel about Ryan’s risqué routine. Wait, who am I kidding? Miss Piggy would have loved it. Ryan, feel free to take that shirt off more often. Score: 25/40

Terra Jole & Sasha Farber: This is why I hate this dance-off thing: Terra did a beautiful Viennese waltz, but so did Calvin and Lindsay (more on that in a second). Why did these two have to go up against each other, especially when Terra danced better than any other couple up until this point? Score: 30/40

Calvin Johnson & Lindsay Arnold: It was a fine dance, but was it better than Terra and Sasha’s? TBH, not really. Score: 32/40

Amber Rose & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Team SpicySalsa didn’t do much of a salsa; instead, their dance seemed more like a paint-by-numbers routine. For someone that has built her career on being uninhibited, Amber still seems buttoned up every time she gets in front of the audience. Come on girl, do your thing! Score: 25/40

Maureen McCormick & Artem Chigvintsev: If there was only one good thing to come from tonight’s dance-off, it was that Maureen and Artem were granted immunity for their salsa. After last week’s in jeopardy situation, these two need all the help they can get. Score: 28/40

Laurie Hernandez & Val Chmerkovskiy: This is exactly why the dance-off was ridiculous. As good as Marilu and Derek are, they were never going to beat Laurie and Val, who were ready to walk off with the mirrorball yesterday. Score: 31/40

Marilu Henner & Derek Hough: Against anyone else, Marilu and Derek’s gorgeous tango would have awarded them immunity. Against, Laurie and Val…well, sorry guys. Score: 28/40

We’ll be posting all the backstage interviews soon!

Dancing with the Stars will air again tomorrow night from 8-10 P.M. ET/PT and a second couple will be sent home.

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