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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Unhappy ending for Hollywood Nights

October 01, 2013|By Allyssa Lee
  • Bill Nye and partner Tyne Stecklein try to concoct a winning formula.
Bill Nye and partner Tyne Stecklein try to concoct a winning formula. (Adam Taylor / ABC )

It’s Hollywood Night in the “Dancing With the Stars” glitterdome, and the remaining 11 couples added a little extra splash and dash to the ol’ Tinseltown glitz and glamour.

And while “DWTS” celebrated this business called show, science lost a couple of crucial entertainment elements this week, as Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein were the second couple eliminated from the Season 23 competition (just a day after “Breaking Bad” ended its run!).

Despite the boos in the crowd and the subsequent chants of “Bill! Bill! Bill!” in the studio audience, perhaps it was just as well that this beloved, yet ballroom dance-challenged Science Guy left at this point in the competition. The fan favorite, after all, had torn a ligament in his left thigh the week before and didn’t even know if he would be able to dance.

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And ever the practical guy, Bill knew where he stood in the competition. “There are people here who are working so hard, who are so good — you see how they’re improving every week. I’m not going to keep up with that,” the scientist reasoned. “What breaks my heart is Tyne’s not going to stay in. She’s fantastic.”

Christina Milian and Mark Ballas also faced elimination in the (not necessarily) bottom two. Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd were also in jeopardy. 

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At the top of the Week 3 leader board were Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, despite a tough couple of days. First, the “Pretty Little Liars” actor hurt his foot. Then he lost his phone. And then got robbed at gunpoint. But Brant was able to turn his mugging lemon into lemonade (he gave the guy a T-shirt and his Latin dance shoes – take that, robber!), and he was also able to turn his stomped grape of a foot into sparkly champagne with his “Great Gatsby”-esque quickstep to “Crazy in Love.” Brant cut a great-looking figure in his white suit with gold vest, and Peta was a perfect daisy in her sparkly gold fringe flapper dress and feathered headdress. “You were the no-stress express,” Len said. It may have been painful to dance, but “it was painless to watch.” Bruno called Brandt “the perfect matinee idol.” Carrie Ann went with the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic theme: “You are not who I thought you were,” the judge said. “Great musicality and great lines. I can’t believe you were hurt in that routine.” And while it was undeniably fun and the couple were completely easy on the eyes, did it warrant that high of a score? Let’s make like Bruno announcing his paddle score: Nein! Total: 27.

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Corbin Bleu had to get to the gym to get his frame up to keep up with Karina Smirnoff in his quickstep, which she claimed was the fastest ever attempted on the show. It’s also Corbin’s first ballroom attempt, so footwork and frame was an issue. And this nod to an Old Hollywood scandal with a director and his starlet was fast and furious without losing its style. “I think this is the one for the record books,” Bruno said, amazed. “Maintaining the synchronicity at that speed is almost impossible, and you did it.” Carrie Ann lauded Corbin for nailing the footwork but “you started with great form, you got to keep that up from there.” Len was overwhelmed by the breakneck pace. “Speed came in and then style went out,” the head judge said. “It was a bit hectic at times for me.” Total: 26.

Mark Ballas wanted the Charleston to show off star Christina Milian’s versatility. But why did it have to be accompanied by Mark’s scary clown face? Good thing Christina’s little cheetah girl Violet wasn’t in the studio audience; just brought to rehearsal for inspiration. Mark should automatically get a 5 for that nightmare-inducing visage. But the judges weren’t as disturbed as I was with all the It makeup. Carrie Ann praised Christina for “this incredible dynamic range of emotion” and called the routine “a full-body” performance. “The dance absolutely mirrored the music, which was fantastic,” Len said, but would have liked the Charleston part to have “more swiveling action.” “The clown and the showgirl are hitting the big time,” Bruno boomed. “Visually inspiring – you perform better than you’ve ever had.” Total: 26.

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