Season 19 of “Dancing With the Stars” renamed last season’s “Party Rock Anthem” night “My Jam Monday” according to CommDigiNews on Sept. 21. The stars got to pick their own favorite jams to dance to and the results were better than we saw last week.
Randy Couture and Karina Smirnoff Cha Cha’d to “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” by the Rolling Stones. Couture showed some good hip control as loosened up as the dance progressed. They scored a 28.
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy did a Foxtrot to “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen. Julianne called it a non-traditional Foxtrot, but loved it anyway. Judges gave them 34 points.
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigsintsev did a remarkable Jive to “Land of 1000 Dances” by Wilson Pickett that launched a comical exchange between host Tom Bergeron and the rest of the judges. In her exuberance to critique the dance, Carrie Ann fell off her chair – again. This caused Tom to quip “Carrie Ann is the only judge for whom we’ve installed airbags.” Then Len commented, “She’s kicked me in the lower part.” Not one to miss an opportunity, Tom replied, “Isn’t it great to get feeling back there again?” Jokes aside, the couple earned a well-deserved 35 and topped the leader board.
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater did a Samba to “Girls in Bikinis” by Lee Brice that was fun in spite of its lack of content. Len said it best – “You put the sin in syncopation.” They landed at the bottom of the leader board with 24 points.
Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson faced a lot of pressure to live up to last week’s performance and score. This week they did the Samba to “Getting Jiggy Wit It” by Ribiero’s former “Fresh Prince” co-star, Will Smith. The routine showed off Ribeiro’s style but didn’t have the required Samba bounce. The pair scored 32 points.
Tavis Smiley and Sharna Burgess boogied more than they Cha Cha’d to Earth Wind and Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland.” The performance wasn’t bad and garnered 28 points.
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough Foxtrotted to “All About That Bass” by Meghan Trainor. In spite of some persistent ankle pain, they turned out a Bob Fosse-like Foxtrot according to Bruno. They earned 33 points.
Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni had better luck with their Foxtrot to Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun”. Johnson was elegant and sophisticated, earning a 28.
Antonio Sabato and Cheryl Burke attempted a sensual Rumba to “Adorn” by Miguel. The dance was better suited to Sabato’s Latin heritage, and he earned 34 points.
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd Did a Samba to Gloria Estefan’s “Higher.” The routine was fun, entertaining and not half bad. It earned the pair 28 points.
Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker danced a Cha Cha to “Sing” by Ed Sheeran. Bennett was more relaxed and the effort won him 30 points.
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas continue to surprise. Given the task of putting together a Jazz routine to the country song “She’s Country” by Jason Aldean, Ballas rendered an energetic and edgy number that pushed boundaries. They were rewarded with 31 points.
On Tuesday, Sept. 23, “Dancing With the Stars” will air the last “Results” show until the end of the season. One couple will be sent home – who do you think it will be?
Next week, the theme will be “Movie Night. We’re told head judge Len Goodman will be missing the show and that a guest judge, to be announced later, will take his place for the week.