Actor and comedian Kevin Hart sat in the absent Len Goodman’s chair for “movie night.” Josh Gad also made a special appearance mid-show. Tonight all the dancers performed in the ballroom with a film theme.
The first couple announced to be in jeopardy (and therefore dancing first) were Randy and Karina. These two danced a Rocky-themed Paso Doble. Randy is a very strong partner but a little on the stiff side at times. The judges gave the performance from the ring a 26/40.
Unsurprisingly Alfonso and Witney were announced safe this week as they went into their Austin Powers (Goldmember) dance. These two danced a great Quickstep with such smooth footwork on Alfonso’s part. Alfonso’s “Mini Me” was adorable and recommended that the judges give all “10’s” rather than the official 32/40.
Betsey and Tony were also safe this week as they went into a Contemporary number based on the movie Ghost. It is amazing how graceful and flexible Betsey is even if she needs to work on pointing her feet. The judges gave this performance 29/40 with a “9” from Kevin Hart.
Leah and Artem were also safe. They danced a Cha cha based on the prom from Back to the Future. Leah and Artem arrived to the stage in a Delorean and made a great performance despite one little hold hiccup. Leah is very light on her feet and knows how to use her port de bras (arm movements) to their best advantage. The judges awarded 31/40.
Michael and Emma (who were safe this week) danced a Waltz as Robin Hood and Marian from Robin Hood Prince of Thieves. (Pointed hat and all!) Michael has improved in leaps and bounds and yours truly is glad to forget last week’s performance as a result. Their score was 28/40.
Antonio and Cheryl had a Guardians of the Galaxy Foxtrot after learning they were in jeopardy this week. The tuxedo on Antonio was a nice touch. He is obviously working hard but still needs to loosen up a bit. Antonio and Cheryl earned 29/40.
Sadie and Mark (safe this week) danced a charming Viennese Waltz to the theme from Disney’s Up. Sadie has a wonderful sense of timing and incredible stage presence. Mark must be thanking his lucky stars for his partner who can melt into any character thrown her way. Sadie tends to flap her hands a bit but otherwise beautiful. The score for these two was 32/40.
Jonathan and Allison received the news of being in jeopardy before taking center stage for a Great Gatsby inspired Tango. There was a real sense of grace and strength about Jonathan that we were missing last week. These two dance very well together. The judges thought so, too, for a score of 32/40.
Janel and Val were safe this week and danced a Jazz performance based on West Side Story. Janel was Rita Moreno for a minute there exhibiting such attitude and musicality! Janel needs to head back to Broadway after the competition ends. The judges were equally effusive with a perfect 40/40.
Another safe couple – Tommy and Peta – danced an Argentine Tango based on the film Scent of a Woman. Tommy surprised us all with a commanding presence in this particular performance. He reminds one of the grandfather who likes to dance at weddings. Tommy and Peta earned a 34/40.
Bethany and Derek (safe this week) performed a number inspired by Singing in the Rain for the finale. Gene Kelly’s widow Patricia Kelly even popped into rehearsal to give feedback and encouragement. These two really brought back the spirit of Gene Kelly and Debbie Reynolds’ performance with the added challenge of wielding open umbrellas. The judges awarded their second perfect score of the evening 40/40.
Then it was time to send one couple home. Antonio and Cheryl, Jonathan and Allison and Randy and Karina were all in jeopardy this week based on the judges’ scores combined with viewer votes. Randy and Karina ultimately made their final bow tonight.
Albuquerque viewers can see DWTS Mondays on KASA Channel 7 at 7 p.m. (MST). Everyone can vote to save their favorite couple from elimination. See the ABC website for more information and use #DWTS on Twitter to vote for the switch-up couples you would like to see.