Dancing With The Stars Season 31 Recap: Bond Night Live Blog

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The stars of the name… Dancing with the stars.

It’s another night of dancing and tonight’s theme is james bond films to celebrate 60 years of British espionage!

Last week, the couples danced to the songbook of the one and only Elvis Presley who has left Therese and Pasha all shaken up when they were knocked out by the head judge Len Goodman after the decisions of the other judges were not unanimous.

It also appears pro Danielle Karagach will still be absent from the ballroom after testing positive for COVID last week, leaving a cast member and SYTYCD winner Alexis Warr to replace her with her famous partner Joseph Baena.

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Bond Night opens with a group performance from the pros, including the judge Derek Hough!

Charli and Mark – Rumba – Another Way to Die »

Mark was right when he called it a contemporary rumba, but not sticking to the traditional is right up Mark’s alley. Charli nailed the dance character, especially for someone who says she can’t be romantic or sultry. And that unexpected lean! Court!

Len says Charli has been dancing fantastically for 3 weeks now, and it’s had a great finish. Derek says he liked the dark and dangerous version of Rumba. Bruno says he is shaken, stirred and kicked by Charli. Carrie Ann says her dancing is pristine and beautiful, but she can play more outward.

Carrie Ann- 8, Len- 8, Derek- 8, Bruno- 9 = 33/40

Cheryl and Louis – Rumba – “Diamonds Are Forever”

Charyl starting the dance by taking out her diamonds on “Diamonds Are Forever” was cute. It was much more of a traditional rumba, and it was interesting to see Cheryl and Louis singing along to the song. It’s something that’s generally frowned upon in dance, although I personally don’t mind it and often do it myself haha

Derek says it was Cheryl’s best dance. Bruno says she got her shine back and there was no mistake. Carrie Ann says she’s proud of herself and wonders if she forgot the choreography at some point. Len says he’s glad he saved her and it was clean and clear despite the mess at first.

Carrie ANn- 6, Len- 6, Derek- 6, Bruno- 6 = 24/40

They take a break from the competition for Derek to do a little Rumba lesson, and I liked that. Why did it take this show 31 seasons to start teaching audiences? LOL

Trevor and Emma – Tango – “You Know My Name”

Above all, I’m in love with Emma’s dress! Second, “You Know My Name” is the perfect song for a Tango. I’m more and more impressed with Trevor every week. He could bring all this home if he continues like this. And I loved those little spy moves towards the end!

Bruno says it was an action-packed Tango full of content. Carrie Ann says her focus on Emma was the most impressive, she had amazing chemistry and danced well. Len says he liked the “live and let die” attitude, but was shaken by its wide frame. Derek criticizes his frame.

Carrie Ann- 7, Len- 6, Derek- 7, Bruno- 7 = 27/40

Daniel and Britt – Rumba – “The World Is Not Enough”

The rumba is a very different dance from what Daniel has done so far, but I think he nailed it. I also liked traditional Rumba because Mark’s dances – as much as I love them – sometimes baffle me. lol

Carrie Ann says everything was breathtaking. Len says Daniel has taken command of the dance. Derek says he’s a leading man and has piercing eyes that are mesmerizing. Bruno says there’s nothing he can’t do, and he had a great frame and the perfect manners.

Carrie Ann- 8, Len- 7, Derek- 8, Bruno- 8 = 31/40

Jordin and Brandon – Rumba – “License to Kill”

First time I saw them bring a full bed to the dance floor for a rumba, but ok. This American Idol super fan will always be cheering for Jordin, but she’s been pretty steady in her performance, neither getting better nor worse. She and Brandon are a great team, but I’m afraid they won’t go as far as I hoped.

Len says he’s still worried if there’s a bed involved (LOL) but he’s glad he didn’t make it in time, and she has to work on her tricks. Derek gently criticizes his tricks then says it was well done. Bruno says he couldn’t wait for his Rumba and he wasn’t disappointed. Carrie Ann says she has a natural, genuine sensuality and is important in a Rumba.

Carrie Ann- 7, Len- 7, Derek- 7, Bruno- 8 = 29/40

Sam and Cheryl – Samba – “Los Muertos Vivos Estan”

Samba is quite the breakaway for tonight. Fun to watch but technically a mess.

Derek says the samba is the hardest dance and it started out strong but ran out of steam towards the end. Bruno says he put the fiesta in Samba. Carrie Ann says he embodied the rhythm of the dance and had a natural joy. Len says Sam the Samba Man and came out with a terrific attitude.

Carrie Ann- 6, Len- 6, Derek- 6, Bruno- 7 = 25/40

Selma and Sasha – Rumba – “For Your Eyes Only”

Not Selma’s best, but the blindfold was a really smart touch and I will always applaud Selma for what she does every week.

Bruno says he had a wonderful lyrical quality and was a bit daring. Carrie Ann says she’s an artist when she dances and every move is perfect. Len says her arms had fluidity and musicality and she had great control. Derek says dancing is a great way to connect with yourself and others and compliments his footwork.

Carrie Ann- 7, Len- 7, Derek- 7, Bruno- 7 = 28/40

Wayne and Witney – Tango – “The Link of the Name…James Bond”

This show usually does international dance styles, but it was a very American first step that they took. Witney tends to thrive in themed dances like this, and Wayne followed in his footsteps.

Carrie Ann calls him Wayne Bond and says it was clean and tight, but wants him to be as good on the top as he is on the bottom. Len says he did his first ballroom dance beautifully. Derek says he moved with power and intention and compliments Witney’s choreography. Bruno says he is a good operator and has been the best Tango of the season so far.

Carrie Ann- 8, Len- 8, Derek- 8, Bruno- 9 = 33/40

Vinny and KoKo – Rumba – ‘Thunderball’

It seemed slow even for a Rumba. Good choreography and Vinny got into character, but nothing impressive.

Len says it wasn’t his best dance but it wasn’t his worst. Derek says he was a Jersey Gentleman there, then criticizes his arms. Bruno says it was stumbling and lumpy, but good effort. Carrie Ann says he’s trying really hard and it shows, but he has to try to be detailed now.

Carrie Ann- 6, Len- 5, Derek- 6, Bruno- 6 = 23/40

Heidi and Artem – Argentine Tango – “Another way to die”

Heidi has the character of an Argentine tango but not the technique. It was well choreographed but something about her felt stiff. She still has a lot of work to do on her arms and legs, in my opinion.

Derek says it was his best dance. Bruno says it was real Argentine tango and he’s sure she’ll dance another day. Carrie Ann says she was in her power in that dance. Len says it was full of pops, cracks and pops.

Carrie Ann- 8, Len- 8, Derek- 8, Bruno- 8 = 32/40

Shangela and Gleb – Rumba – “Goldeneye”

Shangela really nails every move. Some aspects of it felt American versus international again, and it definitely felt like there was a lift there.

Bruno raves about it then gives her advice on her walks Carrie Ann says, DAYUM! Len says he needed more stretching. Derek says performance wise it was a 10.

Carrie Ann- 8, Len- 7, Derek- 7, Bruno- 8 = 30/40

Jessie and Alan – Rumba – “Goldfinger”

Dipping it in gold doesn’t earn them points honestly. She nailed the sexy of the Rumba though. Something about that was also a little rushed.

Carrie Ann says it wasn’t her best but she’s working on it. Len says his footwork wasn’t great. Derek says where she is now compared to week 1, it’s night and day. Bruno says it was golden Rumba and it can do sexy.

Carrie Ann- 6, Len- 6, Derek- 7, Bruno- 7 = 26/40

Joseph and Alexis – Argentine Tango – “Writing’s On the Wall”

Sam Smith has the best voice to dance to, prove me wrong. It was a well choreographed Argentinian, but Joseph is still a little clumsy with his steps.

Len says he lacked fluidity and didn’t like the lift, but it was his best dance yet. Derek says he’s a great dancer and it was clean and he had musicality and he loved the lift. Bruno also loved the lift and compliments his footwork. Carrie Ann says it was natural, beautiful, breathtaking and full of finesse.

Carrie Ann- 8, Len- 7, Derek- 7, Bruno- 7 = 29/40

Gabby and Val – Cha Cha – “Die Another Day”

Latin isn’t her style and Cha Cha isn’t her dance, but she did well and looked like she was having a blast.

Derek says he had power, offense and strength. Bruno says it was a Cha Cha Cha to die for. Carrie Ann says it was fantastic but she wants her to relax more. Len says it was a great way to end Week 3 and it was crisp as a Pringle.

Carrie Ann- 8, Len- 8, Derek- 8, Bruno- 9 = 33/40

The last two couples are… Sam and Cheryl and Cheryl and Louis.

The couple who come home are… Cheryl and Louis.

Surprising, should have been Sam honestly. Next week is the week we’ve been waiting for and dreading: Disney (Plus) Night!

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