"Dancing with the Stars" Recap: Season 12, Elimination 3

Did you miss last night’s “DWTS” results show? Here are some of our favorite awesome and awkward moments.


  •     The orchestral rock concert. Who knew classical music had a wild side?! We’re really going to miss the full orchestra next week.

  •     Jennifer Hudson looking svelte and sassy in a little purple dress. Girl can sing. And Louis and Karina were fierce.

  •     A breath-taking performance by three principal ballet dancers: Jose Manuel Carreño (American Ballet Theatre) and sisters Lorena (San Francisco Ballet) and Lorna (Boston Ballet) Feijoo. We even spied “So You Think You Can Dance” alum Melissa Sandvig in the ensemble!

  •     Spotting “SYTYCD” husband and wife ballroom team Ryan and Ashleigh Di Lello during the second JHud number. Will they be joining the “DWTS” troupe? Oooh, we hope so!


  •     Chelsea and Mark morphing into Harry and Hermione for an encore performance—right after being told they were in jeopardy. Let’s just cut the repeat performances altogether. 

  •    Glitter confetti falling from the sky and sticking to Jennifer Hudson’s lip gloss.

  •    More Black Swan hype. Seriously, we almost never want to see Swan Lake again.

  •    Kendra blaming her poor performance on “that time of the month.” You’ve got to love her honesty, but really?

We’re sad to see Sugar Ray and Anna go, but get pumped—next week (in honor of Patriot’s Day) is American week! The couples will be dancing to the best love songs about America. Not sure what that means, but hey, maybe there will be fireworks.

(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)

Congratulations to Dance Spirit's 2019 Cover Model Search finalists: Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland! One of them will win a spot on Dance Spirit's Fall 2019 cover. Learn more about the dancers on their profile pages, and then vote for your favorite below. You can vote once a day now through July 15.

We also want you to get social! We'll be factoring social media likes and shares into our final tallies. Be sure to show your favorite finalist some love on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter, sharing their profile pages and using the hashtag #DanceSpiritCMS.

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Photo by Erin Baiano

In our "Dear Katie" series, Miami City Ballet soloist Kathryn Morgan answers your pressing dance questions. Have something you want to ask Katie? Email dearkatie@dancespirit.com for a chance to be featured!

Dear Katie,

When I sit with the soles of my feet together, my knees easily touch the floor, and most exercises to improve turnout are easy for me. But when I'm actually dancing, my turnout is terrible, especially on my standing leg. Why doesn't my flexibility translate to turnout?


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Would that we could all live in Taylor Swift's Pride-topia, booty-popping with Todrick Hall and sharing snow cones with Adam Rippon in our rainbow-flag-bedecked RV park. But much as we're loving "You Need to Calm Down" and other similarly upbeat celebrations of Pride month, this is also a time to recognize the battles the members of the LGBTQIA+ community have fought—and are still fighting. That's one of the reasons why "I'm Gay," a new dance video by Eugene Lee Yang of The Try Guys, is so important.

The dark, deeply personal video is Yang's coming-out moment. We see Yang being rejected by his family, condemned by a preacher, and attacked by a hostile mob after attempting to express himself as a gay man. Though not a professional dancer (as we found out in "The Try Guys Try Ballet"), Yang is a gifted mover; he choreographed the project himself, and gathered a group of talented performers to bring the story to life.

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