Dancing With the Stars pro Sharna Burgess took to social media prior to Monday’s live show letting us know that this week’s episode wasn’t about the competition, but rather about “spreading love and positivity and hope in such dark times.”
It was a clear reference to the tragic mass shooting in Las Vegas on Sunday night. “We are performing for you tonight, and we love you.”
At the top of the show, host Tom Bergeron respectfully addressed the audience and on behalf of everyone at the show, stated support for those affected by the tragedy. He also announced that there’d be no elimination this week.
Of course, that doesn’t mean we can’t critique the dances anyway. Here’s a look at how the remaining 11 couples did in Week 3, aka “Secret Satisfaction” week.
Drew Scott (Property Brothers) and Emma Slater; Argentine Tango; 23/30
The Property Brothers star revealed that his guilty pleasure is watching unsolved crime shows. He and Slater incorporated an interrogation bit into their pre-dance package, which was cute.
The Argentine Tango allows lifts so Slater wisely incorporated a few into their routine to take advantage of Scott’s 6’4″ height. The reality star received high praise from judge Len Goodman (no easy feat) who said Scott was on a roll.
Derek Fisher (ex-NBA star; on-air analyst) and Sharna Burgess; cha, cha; 21/30
Fisher and Burgess danced a Cha Cha to the theme from The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, given his fondness for Will Smith. Their routine wowed the audience and judge Bruno Tonioli said Fisher “really popped tonight.”
Goodman and Carrie Ann Inaba also praised Fisher. Maybe Burgess has a contender this season after all? She’s certainly due a mirror ball win.
Victoria Arlen (Paralympian/ESPN) and Val Chmerkovskiy; Quick Step; 22/30
Arlen’s a fan of Chumbawamba’s” Tubthumping;” Val wasn’t sure what that meant, but once the catchy tune started playing (“I get knocked down, but I get up again…”) everyone was on board.
This was a difficult routine for Arlen as it caused her to recall being made fun of in high school when she was in a wheelchair and also involves a lot of fast footwork and, due to her previous illness, she has no feelings in her legs. You’d never know, however. Goodman called it a “joyful routine.”
After the judges were done with their critique, Bergeron had a piece of advice for school kids today who might encounter someone in the position Arlen was in — “Don’t be an (expletive)!”
Vanessa Lachey (actress/host) and Alan Berman (filling in for Maks Chmerkovskiy); jazz; 23/30.
Maks was out this season for undisclosed personal reasons so…continue reading on the next page —>