"Dancing with the Stars" promises surprises for Season 18 and Week 3's is a first: they told us who was leaving the show within the first 20 minutes! (Find out who went home HERE.)
The remaining nine couples danced, without threat of elimination, to the theme of their "most memorable year." Cue the emotions. And get ready for the first "10's" of the year! Joining the ballroom this week: guest judge Robin Roberts.
Here are the round 3 scores, from highest to lowest:
Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy -- 39 out of 40
The Olympic gold medalist couldn't quite pinpoint one single year as "memorable" since her life has revolved around skating, and her Olympic goal, since she was 8 years old. She wanted to pay tribute to all the people who helped get her to this place in her life.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy tapped into all the right emotions with his Foxtrot and we saw not just the first 10 of the season, we saw three 10s. Robin Roberts applauded her for realizing life is a journey; and Carrie Ann Inaba said their partnership on the dance floor took her breath away.
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd -- 36 out of 40
We learn so much on this "memorable year" episode. Turns out hottie James was a pudgy little kid who was bullied in elementary school. He didn't let that get the best of him and the caterpillar ended up turning into a butterfly in high school.
James did the Jive to the song "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World because one line still resonates with him: everything will be alright. Len Goodman said the dance was full on, flat out and fantastic; and Bruno Tonioli thought the routine had the explosive energy of a lightning strike.
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough -- 36 out of 40
Only robots would not be affected by Amy's story. Her memorable year was 1999, the year she lost her legs to bacterial meningitis. The disease also affected her kidneys. But the lucky lady had a generous father who was able to donate his kidney to her. With this beautiful Derek Hough choreography, she was able to thank her Dad for giving her life? twice.
Amy wore a special set of feet on her prosthetic legs; ones that allowed her to better tell the story of someone falling, but who also has someone there to catch them. The judges were in tears. The audience was in tears. All the dancers were in tears. Bruno called the dance heart-wrenching yet inspirational; Len said it touched his brain with the difficulty of the routine and touched his heart with the level of artistry.
Danica McKellar and Valentin Chmerkovskiy -- 36 out of 40
We meet Danica's young son Draco and it's obvious why his birth is the most memorable thing in her life. This kid is beyond adorable. She's reminded that her grandmother, whom she was very close to, died just before his birth. Danica wants to pay tribute to both generations with her Contemporary routine.
Val Chmerkovskiy designed a routine that Carrie Ann called sincere, graceful and delicate; Robin said they were a magnificent couple to watch and Bruno's words were spellbinding and jaw-dropping. Len had the metaphor of the day, saying watching them dance was like butter on a hot muffin. That's good right?
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess -- 36 out of 40
If ever there were a song for Charlie White it would be Pharrell Williams' "Happy." He really does always seem to be smiling. Charlie's memorable year was 2010, the year he and Meryl Davis won the SILVER medal. Why silver and not gold? He said it's because it made them even more driven to try harder. Sharna Burgess' Jive was a celebration of dance. Len announced it was officially "happy hour" in the ballroom.
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson -- 35 out of 40
The pop star was a little thing when he moved to the U.S. in 2010 to pursue his music career. After he became an internet sensation, Cody's parents gave up everything in Australia to bring him to Hollywood. It was rough going at first, but the family persevered. Witney Carson choreographed a Jazz number to one of Cody's songs, "Surfboard," a tribute to his Dad. Bruno called the dance refreshing and Robin said while he was respectful of the dance, he also made it his own.
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas -- 32 out of 40
DJ Tanner calls 1995 her most memorable year because it's not only when "Full House" went off the air, it's also the year she met her husband. She felt a rite of passage in leaving her TV family for what would become her real family.
Candace gets a lift when two former co-stars visit rehearsal to offer words of encouragement: Kimmy Gibler in the house! Andrea Barber, who played Gibler on the series, was also with Lori Loughlin, who played Rebecca Donaldson. When do we get to see John Stamos in the audience, huh? And what about the Olsen twins?? Their Elvis-inspired Jive was fast and fun and had guest judge Robin calling her snazzy, and Bruno likening her moves to Ann-Margret.
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani -- 31 out of 40
Nene's best year was the year she married her husband for the second time. Seems the first time she was a little too young and didn't quite appreciate what she had. Jump ahead many years and she walks down the aisle again with her soul mate and main squeeze.
Tony Dovolani tapped into that passion with his Rumba. Robin told Nene that while she is the life of the party she appreciated seeing another side to her; Bruno called her "Naughty Nene the Southern Siren" and Carrie Ann gave Tony props for going shirtless.
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke -- 30 out of 40
Like Danica, Drew's top year was when his son Connor was born in 2005. It forced Drew to take a good long look at his life, and he reflected on the fact that his own Dad died when he was eight. He didn't want Connor to go through that, so that's when Drew lost 80 pounds and got healthy.
Cheryl Burke choreographed an elegant, classic Waltz. Len called it charming but said it got a little muddled in the middle. That's when Robin said if she were home on her couch (where she usually watches the show) she'd be booing!
Next week is the big "partner switch." We will not learn who's paired with whom until the show begins on Monday night.
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