Dancing With the Stars Week 3 Recap: Did the Right Couple Go Home?

DWTS Week 3 Season 22

Just when I’m starting to feel cynical about the current season of Dancing With the Stars, Tom Bergeron & Co. find a way to melt my cold, icy heart.

Though I’ll never be entirely convinced that Latin Night is the correct Week 2 theme for a gaggle of amateur dancers, even the most inexperienced contestants find a way to impress during Week 3’s “Most Memorable Year” celebration — and what they lack in technique, they more than make up for in raw, unbridled emotion.

That’s not to say the Season 22 competitors deserve a free pass if they don’t bring the right moves to the table, which is why many of the judges’ nitpicky critiques on Monday night were warranted. But without dwelling too much on Antonio Brown’s “catcher’s mitt” hand, or Doug Flutie’s periodic lack of balance, let’s break down the best and worst routines from Monday’s tearjerking broadcast:

Jodie Sweetin and pro Keo Motsepe (Foxtrot) — Though Jodie and Keo trail two other couples on the official Dancing leaderboard, their foxtrot was easily the evening’s most poignant routine, performed with remarkable elegance even as Jodie fought back tears. A heart-wrenching personal story doesn’t always earn you top marks, but the Fuller House star combined her powerful story of sobriety with clean lines and an ease on the dance floor that she had thus far been lacking. Judges’ Score: 23/30

Nyle DiMarco and pro Peta Murgatroyd (Tango) — Nyle and Peta kicked their tango into overdrive when the music hit its peak, causing the climax of their number to be just a touch too frantic. But on the heels of Carrie Ann Inaba’s Week 2 comment about musicality, Nyle proved he’s more than capable of sinking into the pocket of a routine, especially one as sharp and sexy as the tango. Judges’ Score: 25/30

Marla Maples and pro Tony Dovolani (Jive) — I give the former Mrs. Trump all the credit in the world for not collapsing in the middle of the ballroom floor by dance’s end, given how physically demanding her partner’s choreography was. That said, Marla didn’t bring nearly enough energy to the jive’s many kicks and flicks, and it was disappointing not to hear even Grumpy Len Goodman comment on her tendency to trail Tony by just a hair. Judges’ Score: 21/30

Mischa Barton and pro Artem Chigvintsev (Samba) — I’ll have to echo Goodman’s Week 1 criticism here: “That wasn’t dancing — that was walking!” I’m glad that Mischa was able to find even a modicum of joy in her time on the DWTS floor, but even her “best” performance to date lacked any sort of power or crispness. (But the real headscratcher of the evening: How could The O.C. have been in its prime in 2008, given that the series wrapped in 2007 — and Barton left the show a year prior?) Judges’ Score: 18/30

And now, the results:

Doug Flutie and pro Karina Smirnoff
Mischa Barton and pro Artem Chigvintsev
Jodie Sweetin and pro Keo Motsepe

Mischa Barton and pro Artem Chigvintsev

Your turn! Did Mischa and Artem deserve to go? Which duos will get your vote this week? Hit the comments with all of your thoughts!

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