An exceptionally well-done opening number for A Night at the Movies on Dancing With the Stars showcases Val Chmerkovskiy and Sharna Burgess, well cast as Hollywood stars. Kudos to choreographer Mandy Moore.
Shania Twain, aka the Queen of Country Pop, pops in as the first guest judge of the season. I always ask whenever there’s a guest judge: What’s their ballroom dance background? And if they don’t have one, why are they there? A quick google search of “Shania Twain dancing” doesn’t bring up much, but man can that lady sing!
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev; Argentine Tango, 36/40
In the pre-dance package, Artem gave a little tough love to Nikki. It paid off. Superb routine as evidenced by the scores. Bonus: Nikki and Artem are called safe!
Before the next dance begins, we learn some couples are safe and some are in jeopardy including (gasp!) Val and Victoria Arlen!
Drew Scott and Emma Slater, Paso Doble, 30/40
Emma hopes that Drew will score well with Shania because they’re both Canadian, but Carrie Ann and Len felt finesse was lacking in their dance. Ouch. Shania gaves a “9,” offsetting the judges, who’ve been judging this show for 25 seasons, and gave “7’s.”
Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd; Samba, 26/40
Nick says he’s the worst dancer still in the competition. Dude is way too hard on himself. Remember, likability took Bill Engvall to the finals. Maybe that’ll happen with Nick, too? Carrie Ann said he nailed the breakdown and Len said she was right — for a change. (He was teasing.) Despite the compliments, Len broke out the “6” paddle. Grrr….
Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy; Paso Doble, 31/40
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