‘Dancing with the Stars’ recap: Most memorable year

Dancing with the Stars recap: Most Memorable Year

This night typically makes me ball like a baby. I love to hear other people’s stories and how they got through a tough time or celebrated a huge win. Channeling that memory into a dance is icing on the cake in my world. Sadly, man buns often ruin the moment. I’m looking at you Val. And I’m blaming you, Mark. Thank goodness we had a Rhianna doppelganger to pull me through the madness.

Ginger and Val
Contemporary
“Home” by Philip Phillips
Seriously. Val’s man bun was atrocious. The only thing that could tear me away from that monstrosity was a heartwarming love story about Ginger meeting her husband by a fountain, kissing her husband at the same fountain and getting engaged in front of, you guessed it, the fountain. Ginger’s dress is a pretty shade of blush and bashful. She’s practically glowing. Val owns the contemporary dance, which is not his strong suit. Ginger looks like she’s holding back. Her husband has enough energy for the entire auditorium. And don’t get me started on his bedazzled baby Bjorn. The fact that he told Erin that his son was crying because he still wasn’t over Geraldo’s exit was priceless. I think he’s crying because of his mom’s score…
SCORE: 21

Doug and Karina
Waltz
“Rainbow Connection” from The Muppet Movie
Doug was the first to make me cry. In 2015, his dad passed away. Then his mom walked over, kissed his father’s face, fell forward onto her husband’s body and died too. ON THE SAME DAY. The doctor’s said she literally passed away of a broken heart. FEELS! SO MANY FEELS. These are the thoughts that went through my head during his performance: “Oh look! Rihanna is singing “Rainbow Connection!” How is that fair? Will Kermit the Frog be showcased too? Wait…that’s not Rihanna. She has to be a distant cousin though. MOVING ON! Why is Karina’s body suit sheer under her sheer skirt? Oh no! Doug tripped on her foot! Why is he laying down in the fetal position at the end? This is all so weird.”
SCORE: 20

Sasha and Kim
Foxtrot
“The Facts of Life” from Facts of Life
Sweet baby Kim booked her first gig as the kid in the Mrs. Buttersworth syrup commercial in 1976. TAKE THAT JANET JACKSON! This jump started her career. Facts of Life was her quintessential role. Charlotte Rae, our very own Ms. Garrett, explained that the director put Tootie in roller skates because she was so short! Who knew? Kim’s set is built to look like the school. Her outfit is unfortunate. Because she’s dancing the foxtrot, she’s in a school uniform from the waist up and a billowing skirt from the waist down. #acotaco The dance was safe. I agree with Carrie Ann — she hasn’t changed A BIT.
SCORE: 22

Von and and Witney
Contemporary
“In the Air Tonight” by Phil Collins
Von’s most memorable year is still happening. His team won the Super Bowl back in January and he was voted MVP. This coming from a guy whose dad didn’t want him to play football and he had to sneakily change in the suburban before and after practice! Von claims “In the Air Tonight” is the song he listened to before every game. Instead of finding this statement odd, I decided to concentrate on his massive bare torso which is covered in tattoos. Witney looks like a pocket person next to him. She’s in black. He’s in black ninja pants. He flips her up and around like a rag doll, lifting her the entire dance. The judges didn’t love it. Erin didn’t love that he put a shirt on during the post-game sesh.
SCORE: 20

Marla and Tony
Jive
“Happy” by Pharrell Williams
Marla dedicates her dance to her daughter Tiffany Trump. 1993 was the year she was born. Neither mention a certain man running for president during the intro package. She’s dressed in a lemon yellow outfit with navy accents. Tony matches and they flick and fling their legs all over the dance floor. She looks a bit scared, but ends the routine with a back flip over Tony’s shoulders. Perhaps this is what she was anticipating and we could see it on her face? In the end, Marla is happy with her performance. She tells Erin that she couldn’t be more proud that she pushed herself physically in this routine. Oh, and Tony sweats the symbols of the universe. Insert Jim Halpert face here.
SCORE: 21

Sharna and Antonio
Foxtrot
“7 Years” by Lukas Graham
In 2007, the cutest kid in America was born. His name is Antonio, Jr. and he has stage presence of his father! Antonio loves being a dad to his four kiddos. He wants them to know that he will always be around and that family lasts forever. In fact, AJ joins Antonio on the dance floor in a cool flashback sequence. After watching some glory days footage on the screen, Antonio sweeps Sharna into his arms and they foxtrot around the room. His smile is still electric. Junior joins them at the end when father and son walk off into the distance together. Adorable. Junior scores a 10. His daddy isn’t so lucky. #unbooming
SCORE: 20

Paige and Mark
Paso Doble
“300 Violin Orchestra” by Jorge Quintero
Paige is excited to tell people about the year she first started UFC fighting way back in 2014. Thanks to a bunch of bullying kids, she found sanctuary in the octagon. And now she gets to dance fight Mark and beat the crap out of him on national television! Take that, man bun! Although she didn’t have a cape like most paso doble dances, there were lots of hard kicks, grand sweeps and general mean faces from both parties. She is victorious at the end of the dance. The judges are split. Crotchety Len feels that there wasn’t enough paso. Carrie Ann applauds him for pushing the choreography envelope.
SCORE: 23

Jodie and Keo
Foxtrot
“Rise Up” by Andra Day
Stephanie Tanner made me cry like a baby. She reminds everyone that she was 13-years-old when Full House wrapped. In a matter of moments, she lost her secondary family. She didn’t know how to grieve. So she turned to drugs and alcohol. She hated the person she had become. So she did something about it and now she’s been sober for five years. When she was told they would be making Fuller House, she rejoiced. Her mom told her that her light was shining. She had finally returned from the darkness. FEELINGS. NOTHING MORE THAN FEELINGS. With that said, I didn’t really follow the interpretation of Keo’s choreography. Was he supposed to be the darkness? Why is he in lavender? Second, we now have a name for Rihanna’s cousin — Andra Day! 3) Jodie can dance! She was very elegant. She was extremely vulnerable and authentic. I loved it. The judges did too.
SCORE: 23

Mischa and Artem
Samba
“Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus
I think it’s awful and yet necessary that the producers aired sneaky footage of Mischa chastising Artem for not making this a positive experience for Mischa. I’m also proud of Artem for telling Mischa that he thinks she doesn’t want to do this. She confirms that statement by saying that she can’t do another week. She goes on to talk about how she felt trapped in 2008. The OC was doing really well, but it was like a train she couldn’t get off. So she went to England to find herself. She’s trying to do the same on Dancing with the Stars. By doing a samba. To a Miley Cyrus anthem. She tried really hard. Bless her. The judges applauded her for trying and thanked the general idea of “dance.” Again — bless her.
SCORE: 18

Wanya and Lindsay
Waltz
“Star-Spangled Banner” by Boyz II Men
B2M sang the national anthem at the closing ceremony of the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. It was a memorable moment. In fact, 20 years later, the Boyz have gathered into a recording studio to duplicate the moment so Wanya and Lindsay can pull at my patriotic heartstrings during their waltz as they fly across the floor in head-to-toe red outfits. AMERICA! Take me to the iTunes because I am buying that song right now! After an exceptional performance, Wanya hugs his fellow Boyz in the audience and settles into the praise he receives from the judges.
SCORE: 24

Nyle and Peta
Tango
“Verge” by Owl City
Peta wore the worst pants in the history of the show. I just needed to get that off my chest. Nyle shares his adventures traveling around the world in 2012. The catch? He did it without a translator. He was born into a deaf family. They don’t know anything different. He’s been fearless since birth. So he attacks the tango with that exact same passion. Peta admits to the camera that she thinks it’s ludicrous that Carrie Ann critiqued Nyle on his musicality. He’s deaf. It’s week two. Give him a break! At times Nyle was a bit too fast for the beat, but he still killed the choreography. They landed the first “9” of the season proving anyone can do anything if they put their minds to it.
SCORE: 25

Tom declares Peta and Nyle safe before announcing those who are in the red lights of doom. First is Doug and Karina (did they call our name?), followed by Mischa and Artem. Everyone’s breath caught when he called Jodie and Keo’s name as the third couple in jeopardy.

But it was Mischa who ended up in last place. I think everyone was relieved, including me. I hope she looks back and see how she was portrayed on this show and confronts her insecurities head-on. That’s what Marissa would do! Maybe she can visit Ryan in Gotham City and help him fight crime?

What did you think of the episode? Are you glad Mischa is headed back to the OC? Did you salute the flag when Wanya danced? Do you think Paige could take Mark and his man bun in a fight? Sound off in the comments section.

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Lili
Lili

Lincee Ray you slay me. Giggled all the way through this recap. Nyle is my fave followed by Antonio, Wanya and Jodie and Tootie. Plus I love Doug I just wish he had the talent with dance to match his talent on the field. Mischa is so ungrateful. I was even more impressed with the cast when the hugged and supported her in her exit. She must be (and rightly should be) beyond embarrassed for her entitled, spoiled behavior. I Iove everything you write Lincee and can’t wait for your book!! You are the only reason I watch the bachelor and a good portion of the reason I watch DWTS!!

Lincee

thank you Lili! You are very sweet. Book is coming along! Stay tuned!

Aubey
Aubey

Mischa look happiest when Tom announced that she and Artem were eliminated. She clearly didn’t want to be there. I hope she learns how to be more positive in the future.

Lincee, I love your line about Witney as a “pocket person.” So true!

malgorzata szostek
malgorzata szostek

Misha is the anti-thesis of Nayle. I am inclined to think that the only reason she signed up for DTWS was the initial payment to her , the very cool $130, 000. She needs to disappear , perhaps go back to the United Kingdom to find herself .

Lincee

I think Mischa WAS ready to go. Bless her.

Liana
Liana

Glad Mischa is gone. As I said in my comments last week she needed to go. They’ve had bad dancers on this show every season but they all seem to enjoy the experience and have a good time. Her attitude was awful, you could tell Artem was having a tough time dealing with her and I’m sure he is happy they were voted off. Who wants to deal with someone behaving like she did?
Love your comments Lincee, makes watching the show way more fun.

Lincee

Thanks Liana! Good to “see” you here!

MinnesotaNice
MinnesotaNice

For Marla and Tony’s package the man of the hour was pictured, so while he wasn’t “mentioned”, he was acknowledged in a 1984 photo with Marla…when she was 20. So young…We will forgive her!

I liked the fetal ending of Doug’s dance. To me it represented his dad dying with his mom (Karina kneeling over him closing her eyes) by his dad’s bedside. What a love story.

Thanks for the recap Lincee…
Sexually fluid (read it online) Nyle for the win! (Is this the latest bi-curious/pan-sexual lingo?)

Lincee

I have no idea about Nyle’s sexual fluidity. What I do know is that he is darling.

Bri
Bri

I loved Jodie! I’m officially rooting for her now. I’m a sucker for coming back from the brink and getting your life back together stories. I think she’s a great dancer, and I really hope she makes it through to the finale!

Lincee

Me too! She’s great in Fuller House too. She’s the Uncle Jessie of her generation!

Dianne
Dianne

The Flute story was so sad. It touched me but he will be next to go home. Jodie is really good. She gets it technically and emotionally. I did not like Nyles tango. He was hunched over. I thought Vonn did a really good job. I think he needs a taller pro to better match him physically. Really good season. Oh yeah, Kim’s outfit looked terrible.

Lincee

It’s a really good year. There are so many celebrities who I enjoy watching!

Alison
Alison

Mischa’s attitude held her back, no doubt about it. Artem isn’t going to miss her at all. And Whitney IS a pocket person, she’s tiny!! But she’s a powerhouse pocket person! Thank goodness everyone who is left is likeable!! I keep waiting for someone else to have a breakthrough dance, but with a few exceptions there was a lot of mediocrity this week. What Nyle and Peta are doing is nothing short of amazing, just wow.

Jennifer
Jennifer

My 13 year old daughter and I will sometimes mute the TV during Nyle’s dances just to get somewhat of an idea of what it’s like for him. Definitely nothing short of amazing.

Thanks for a great re-cap Lincee!!

Pia
Pia

Thank you for posting that Jennifer! I am going to do the same thing!

Sara
Sara

My daughter and I do the same thing! It is AMAZING to watch him dance knowing he hears nothing. It’s crazy. I am hoping he pulls out the win!

Lincee

Now Artem and Edyta can dance to their hearts content!

Jessica
Jessica

Has anyone else tried to vote for Jodie and continue to get a busy signal? i tried voting for her last week and was unable to for over 20 minutes (then I gave up).

Lincee

Oh no. That’s not good…

Aimee

I loved your recap! So far I am just loving this season! I love Jodie and Ginger, but after Monday night I love them all! Doug’s story was so sad yet inspiring as a Love Story. It broke my heart yet made me smile at their love for each other.

I just love the memorable year night because I love seeing everyone’s back story and about their life.

Great recap as always!

Lincee

Thank you Aimee!

CO Kathleen
CO Kathleen

Funny that I usually think a bad attitude takes away from one’s beauty but I do think Mischa is really pretty. She’s striking and yet simple…I feel for her experience with DWTS. We all have tough lessons to learn about ourselves and to get that handed to you on national television is not easy.

I really didn’t know much about Jodie, Paige, Wanya, or Antonio but sure am enjoying seeing them dance and learning about their lives. Can’t believe it’s this early in the season and I’m already feeling like I’d be happy if any of them wins. Nyle has a special place in my heart, though…just wow!! Love watching how Peta works with him. Von is sweet too. Oh, and Lindsay – she is a great dancer, choreographer, and has a killer figure! Love her talent!

Thanks for a GREAT recap, Lincee.

Lincee

It’s anybody’s game for sure!

Pia
Pia

You’re the best, Lincee! Even when I desperately want to 8X through the backstory or dance of certain couples, I am reminded to watch because I want to read what you recap! It’s ALL your fault!

Lincee

I take full responsibility.

amy a
amy a

You had me at “blush and bashful”!

Lincee

Always.

Maya
Maya

Lincee…..you are waaaaayyyyyy too nice, and waaaayyyy too PC but the fact that you still can remain unjaded (if that’s even a word) is the reason you have such a following and why we love you to pieces. Your comment about Mischa Barton, who is 30 years old : “I hope she looks back and see how she was portrayed on this show and confronts her insecurities head-on,” was another reminder of your kind heart. Me? I gotta let it rip……”how she was protrayed on the show” was very tactful of you, but I respectfully disagree. Being portrayed on a show is the kind of thing that comes into play on the bachelor/bachelorette when the editing has a field day with the material they are given. I think when it comes to DWTS, the show isn’t protraying you as much as you are protraying yourself because it is basically a talent show. You don’t have to be the best, but be grateful for the experience and have fun with it and let the chips fall where they may. Why does a crappy attitude like hers stick out so much? Because everyone else is much more self aware and finds a way to deal, to balance and to roll with the experience. You have to own it and be accountable and responsible for your own behavior and quit blaming other people. That kind of thing speaks to one’s maturity and one’s character. No one makes you do DWTS, you chose to do it, to take the money, to roll the dice with the exposure. She appeared to not have grown much since the high schooler she played on the OC. She never looked happy, comfortable, satisfied or confident. Gosh I hope when I am 30 I am not void of those things and that I find peace.

Lincee

She will learn. She will look back and wonder why she was such a jack wagon with Artem. Or she won’t and she’ll go into hiding for another decade. I hope she chooses wisely.

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