The drama is back, people. Last night's episode of "Dancing with the Stars" had a lot of ups and downs. The first couple was eliminated, which was a major bummer. But on the bright side, there were 12 pretty sweet performances before the low scorers headed to the chopping block, giving us plenty to discuss.
High: Witney Carson, task master. Did everyone else love watching Carson crack that whip? Her partner, Chris Soules, is a pretty hopeless dancer, and it was just so satisfying to see one of the pros not coddle her celebrity. Although the pair's cha-cha performance landed them at the very bottom of the score board, Carson looked absolutely fabulous—as per usual:
Low: The lack of "DWTS" Pro Troupe appearances. I'm beginning to think that being a "DWTS" pro doesn't come with as many perks as it used to. I mean, where are the pros? They're amazing, but they get roughly two minutes total TV time—and for half of it, they're in goofy outfits. That said, those goofy costumes can be fun...
High: The dancing crabs! Move over, Left (and Right) Shark—two new sea creatures have cha-chaed onto the scene. Pro Keo Motsepe and model Charlotte McKinney performed a high energy cha-cha to Katy Perry's "California Gurls" à la Perry's Halftime show—complete with bright outfits, animal costumes and McKinney's fabulous extensions. And those dancing crabs got skillz. (Of course they do: Pros Jenna Johnson and Sascha Farber are hidden under those red shells.)
Someone pass the garlic butter: nom nom nom nom (Photo ABC/DWTS)
Low: Wait a sec, I've seen this routine before... A chest-revealing billowy shirt. A flowing blush chiffon dress. Lyrical, romantic movement. Fog. We've seen this before, Derek Hough, and we're not super impressed. (I mean, hello, Amy Purdy and Meryl Davis freestyle routines or Rumer Willis Week 1.) American heroine/Olympian Nastia Liukin deserves better—and we know you can do it, too.
High: "RumEr Has It" (in the bag). Just like last week, we were mightily and pleasantly surprised by Rumer Willis' dancing. She's intense, musical, strong, clean—did we mention intense? She and partner Val Chmerkovskiy earned my vote for Best Dance of the Night for their cha-cha to Adele's hit. Take a look:
High: Patti Labelle being a "baller in the ballroom." Truer words, Julianne Hough. I mean, just watch this woman kill her salsa routine with partner Artem Chigvintsev. This may have been the first time 50 Cent was heard on the "DWTS" set—and I, for one, am A-OK with it.
Final Low: Redfoo. I can't say I'm too sad to see Redfoo go. Yes, his jive with Emma Slater was delightful (and Slater is an absolutely gorge mover). But it was pretty clear that this DJ and LMFAO-half was not going to live up our dance expectations week after week.
What did you guys think? Does business shark Robert Herjavec have the chops to become a real Katy Perry Shark? Did you love Willow Shields and Mark Ballas' Argentine tango to Gotye? (Yes!) Does Erin Andrews prefer talking to Michael Sam about football or foxtrot? Let us know in the comments, and see you back here next week!
(From left) Darriel Johnakin, Diego Pasillas, and Emma Sutherland (all photos by Erin Baiano)
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Madison Jordan and Jarrod Tyler Paulson brought their real-life romance to the audition stage. (Adam Rose/FOX)
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