‘Dancing With the Stars’ Movie Night [Recap]

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Dancing With the Stars will celebrate the movies tonight with Movie Night! Comedian and actor, Kevin Hart, who will be filling in for judge Len Goodman tonight, is no stranger to appearing in movies, himself. He has starred in several, including Think Like a Man and Think Like a Man Too, as well as Ride Along, Grudge Match and others. Tonight, the remaining 11 celebrities and their professional dance partners will dance to songs from movies and the couple who get the lowest scores from the judges risks being eliminated and sent home.

Dancing With the Stars began with a big dance number featuring the 11 celebrities remaining and their professional dance partners. Kevin Hart, always very witty, joked throughout the entire night, helping make this episode one of the most entertaining ones yet this season.

Tonight, the celebs and their dance partners will be performing one unlearned dance to a song from a movie. Many people wondered if there would be a celebrity eliminated tonight or if the scores would roll over until next week, but the celebrity and pro dancer who received the lowest scores tonight were eliminated and will not be returning next week.

Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff danced a Paso Doble to a song from the Sylvester Stallone movie, Rocky III. The song was Eye of the Tiger by the rock group, Survivor. Though the audience seemed to enjoy their performance, the judges were not as kind to them. They received two 7s and 2 6s, for an overall total of 26/40 points.

The second couple to perform on Dancing With the Stars was Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson. They danced a brilliantly executed Quickstep that wowed the judges and the audience. They danced to a song from the hit Austin Powers movie, Goldmember, called Hey Goldmember, by Beyoncé (featuring Devin and Solange). They earned straight 8s from the four judges, for a total of 32/40 points, putting them in the lead, so far. Their score ensured that they would be safe for this week.

The third couple to perform on Dancing With the Stars was Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani. After a not so great first week on the show, this couple has bounced back and — while not dancing spectacular dances — they have managed to stay somewhere in the middle of the pack and survive.

Tonight, they danced a Contemporary dance to the Righteous Brothers’ song, Unchained Melody, from the movie Ghost. They did a really great job, getting two 7s, one 9 and one 6 from the judges, for a total of 29/40 points. That score, combined with the votes of their fans across America, was good enough for them to be declared safe at the end of the night, also.

The fourth couple on the dance floor was Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev. Many rumors circulated that Lea, who had starred in the movie, Back to the Future, would dance to a song from it. The rumors proved to be correct. She and Artem performed a Cha-Cha-Cha to the The Power of Love, by Huey Lewis & the News from Back to the Future.

Their dance was fantastic, but the judges did not award them super high points for their performance. Still, with three judges giving them scores of 8s and one giving them a 7, they wound up with 31/40 points, in second place so far, as far as the scores of the judges go, at any rate. They were easily safe with that score.

Then, race car driver Michael Waltrip and his dance partner, Emma Slater, went fifth on Dancing With the Stars. Waltrip has been knocked for looking kind of uncomfortable out on the dance floor, and a bit too stiff; but, tonight he and Slater gave perhaps their best performance yet this season. They performed a Waltz to a song from Bryan Adams from Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, called (Everything I Do) I Do It for You. They received scores of straight 7s from the four judges, for 28/40 points. This score was high enough for them to be declared safe at the end of the episode.

Dancing sixth on Dancing With the Stars was Antonio Sabato Jr. and his professional dance partner, Cheryl Burke. The couple performed a Foxtrot to a song from Guardians of the Galaxy, the iconic hit Ain’t No Mountain High Enough by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. They did quite well, too, but only managed to attain the same score as Betsey and Tony wound up with, 29/40 points overall. The judges gave them scores of three 7s and one 8. It was good enough for the, like Betsey and Tony, to be declared safe, though.

The seventh couple to perform on Dancing With the Stars on Movie Night was Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas. They did one of the best dances of the night, a Viennese Waltz to a song from the animated movie, Up. The song was Married Life by Michael Giacchino. They got scores of straight 8s from the four judges, making for a total of 32/40 points. This score tied them in the lead with Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson and they joined the other couples who will be moving on to next week’s episode.

Couple number eight was actor Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker. They put on a stunning performance, dancing a Tango to a song from The Great Gatsby, Back to Black by Beyoncé & André 3000. The judges also gave them straight 8s for an overall total of 32/40 points. This created a three-way tie for first place. They were the last couple of the evening to be called safe.

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy were the ninth couple to perform on Dancing With the Stars. They performed a Jazz dance to Leonard Bernstein’s song, America, from the hit musical movie, West Side Story. Their dance was freakin’ AMAZING, and the judges thought so, too, awarding them with the highest scores of the night, straight 10s, for an overall total of 40/40 points. With the highest score yet of the night, they were, needless to say, also safe.

Coming in at the tenth spot tonight was comedian Tommy Chong and his dance partner, the lovely Peta Murgatroyd. Tommy has proven that he can hang in there and dance with the best of them. They performed an Argentine Tango to a song from the movie, Scent of a Woman, called Por una Cabeza, by The Tango Project. The judges gave them three 8s and one big 10, for an overall total of 34/40 points! that score made them, also, safe.

The 11th and final couple of the night to perform on Dancing With the Stars was Bethany Mota and her professional dance partner, Derek Hough. Their dance might very well be the best one of the night! They performed a Jazz dance to the song Singin’ in the Rain by Gene Kelly from the movie by the same title. They received scores of straight 10s from the four judges for a total of 40/40 big, big points, making them safe.

With all of the couples having danced, the one with the lowest score from the judges was Randy Couture and his dance partner, Karina Smirnoff. They have done great up until this week, and it is kind of sad to see them go; but, they were the couple eliminated on Dancing With the Stars tonight. There was a lot of great dancing, as usual, on Dancing With the Stars, as well as memories brought back about some really entertaining gems of the Silver Screen. Tune in next week to find out which celebrity gets eliminated next on Dancing With the Stars!

Written By Douglas Cobb

Sources:
Dancing With the Stars Official Site
Us Weekly

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