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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: To the Wonder

April 22, 2013|By Allyssa Lee
  • Jacoby Jones tries to keep his toes facing forward in his dance with Karina Smirnoff
Jacoby Jones tries to keep his toes facing forward in his dance with Karina… (Adam Taylor / ABC )

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.

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With the poor showing from Team Paso, Team Samba had nothing to lose. It also helped that they went second and had Derek Hough (who has never lost a team dance challenge) and Kellie Pickler as team captains. And you knew the dance was going to be a good when the entire group (Kellie & Derek, Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess, Sean Lowe & Peta Murgatroyd, Alexandra Raisman & Mark Ballas) started out holding hands and dancing in homage around a mirror ball, as any proud citizen of the Glitterverse would do. And whether it was helped along by the funky cool beats of “Superstition” or the groovy ’70s costumes (psychedelic colors, white knee-high boots, porn ’staches and all), Team Samba really came together in theme and musicality. Bruno said it was like watching “a reunion of the cast of ‘Boogie Nights’ ” — “even [Andy] managed to keep sync.” Carrie Ann thought they all “killed it.” Len said the routine was “tight, together, and well done.” And the guys in particularly really got into character. “I’m really excited about my mustache right now,” Derek said. “I want to build a shelf.” Their score of 25 was added to each of Team Samba’s totals.

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