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In one comment, Carrie Ann Inaba perfectly summed up the third week of Dancing with the Stars: "Tonight, we've seen some incredible dancing, and then we've seen some incredible spirits." In other words, even the lousy dancers brought something to this "Hollywood Night" party.
Best dance moment:
Despite a foot injury (and a robbery at gunpoint!), Brant Daugherty delivered a near-flawless quickstep with partner Peta Murgatroyd. "Neil Patrick Harris better watch his back!" cried Inaba. "I cannot believe that you were hurt in that routine, because I didn't see it."
Most surprising moment:
Last week, the DWTS nation stifled laughs at the news that Snooki now prefers to be known as Nicole. Who could have predicted that she'd glide onto the dance floor, looking so -- dare we say it? -- elegant on Hollywood night? In diamonds and red satin, she smiled her way through the quickstep with partner Sasha Farber. They topped it off with a synchronized cartwheel (while holding hands). This was a stunning victory considering the cartwheel attempt she made in the rehearsal footage, which brought "drunk Snooki" to mind.
"It's more like Fredericks of Hollywood Night with you out here," cracked Tom Bergeron to Christina Milian. The pop singer was busting out (in all the right places) of a tiny, white and black negligee during the perfectly in-sync Charleston she executed alongside Mark Ballas. Her 20s-era show girl get-up was so eye-popping, it drew attention away from Ballas -- who was in clown face!
Best comment from a judge:
Valerie Harper's feeble attempt at the cha cha cha was hard to watch, but the judges did a great job of communicating the love and admiration people have for the ailing actress. (The overwhelming good will in the ballroom is palpable even to the home viewer.) "What is so spectacular about you is when you shine," said Inaba. "You're like, 'I don't know what I'm doing, but I'm not gonna give up, and I'm just gonna keep shining, and I love that move.'" Left unsaid: This obviously also describes her attitude in the face of terminal cancer. Len Goodman offered another nice touch when he commended Tristan McManus for the "good care" he takes of his partner.
What's more annoying than people who end their tweets with too many hashtags? People who talk in hashtags, like Elizabeth Berkley (hashtag#thrustit) in her rehearsal footage with Valentin Chmerkovskiy. Ah, but it's for moments like these that DWTS keeps Bergeron around. "Might I just say, before we go to the scores, that it's freaking me out that you talk in hashtags?" he said. "Hashtag stop." Ha!
Who got voted off:
After tearing his quadriceps tendon during the tumble he took at the end of last week's performance, Bill Nye the Science Guy convinced his partner Tyne Stecklein to create some crazy "choreography peg leg fashion" for this week's show. Sadly, the futuristic robot dance she tried to pass off as "jazz" didn't impress the judges. They did give him props (though not points) for his can-do attitude. "I think what you've done is really astounding," Inaba told Nye. "You had one leg to dance on. That is no joke. You have a serious injury. You didn't give up."
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