It’s Stevie Wonder night on “Dancing With the Stars!” Week 6’s whole program revolved around the music of this Motown legend. “We’re so happy to have you here on Stevie Wonder night,” host Tom Bergeron told Mr. Wonder. And good thing too, Stevie joked, lest he had to stay at home to watch it on TV.
Stevie, however, did not sing all his songs on the program. That was left in the most capable hands of the Harold Wheeler Band. The musical legend sang live twice — first to open the show (alongside pal and country singer Hunter Hayes, after which Hunter was not heard from in the ballroom again), and then for a special rendition of “My Cherie Amour” accompanied by the cherie Anna Trebunskaya and Tony Dovolani. Methinks the studio audience got more Stevie than the viewers at home did, because certain cuts to commercial had Our Pros and members of the Troupe out on the dance floor with Mr. Wonder as if they had just finished a performance.
This week also had Team Paso dancing off against Team Samba in a quest for bragging rights and judges’ scores. Team Paso went first, to “Higher Ground,” in what could most kindly be termed as an interesting , neon-colored mess. Zendaya and Val could only do so much to raise up the quality of this group, which consisted of Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff, and Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold. Len said he thought it was “a spirited effort. There was a few awkward moments individually, but the group part was pretty tight.” Bruno said it was like an episode of Wrestlemania with “all those writhing bodies” but cautioned the duos to “be careful of the sync.” Carrie Ann had her sympathetic face on. “It was just too sloppy, it was kind of a mess,” she said with a shrug. “Sorry.” Undeterred, Jacoby led the other two stars in a pose-off in the sky box. But the judges awarded Team Paso with just 22 points. Which stands as Zendaya’s lowest score ever. And Victor’s second highest.