Hollywood Night made for a snazzy Week Three of Dancing With the Stars.
Judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli were in good spirits, but the big question was whether Bill Nye would be able to dance.
The "Science Guy" was shown backstage "getting medical treatment," his pant leg pulled up as he sat on a gurney with a nurse by his side. His pro partner, Tyne Stecklein, told co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet that he had torn "80% of his quadriceps" during a fall on last week's show. Nye had tweeted earlier in the week that he had a partially torn ligament. Stecklein said, "The doctor said do not dance on it, so it's been really tough." She mentioned that she injured her knee, too. Would they be able to dance?
Actor Brant Daugherty was also battling an injury. He "sprained something" in his foot and said he had been dancing "in a boot" most of the week. He took the boot off to dance "because the show must go on."
Here's how it all played out:
Daugherty had a bad week. Not only did he hurt his foot, he also lost his phone and then was "robbed at gunpoint." He gave the robber a bag with Latin dance shoes, he said. So there's a robber dancing out there somewhere. Daugherty's strained ligament made it tough to practice his quickstep with partner Peta Murgatroyd. But he pulled it off on the dance floor with no apparent problem, performing a smooth, flapper-themed number. Len said it was "painless to watch." Bruno said he was the "perfect matinee idol." They both felt he dropped his frame a little. Carrie Ann said she "couldn't believe" he was hurt. Scores: 9, 9, 9 = 27
Corbin Bleu, who seems to have an unfair advantage because of his song-and-dance background, said learning the quickstep was no slam-dunk. Partner Karina Smirnoff said she was making it the "fastest" ever on the show. Bleu pointed out that it's his first ballroom dance. "I'm nervous ... and Karina's crazy, she's just like zooming ahead." And their quickstep was quick. "It was incredibly fast; I've never seen anything like it," raved Bruno. Carrie Ann said he "nailed it." Len quibbled about a few things but said it was "fabulous." Scores: 9, 8, 9 = 26
Christina Milian, sporting a red wig and garters, and Mark Ballas, sporting a white clown face, danced a Charleston that got the ballroom audience on its feet well before the number had finished. "That was incredible," said Carrie Ann. Len wanted a little more swivel in her hips but said it was "top notch." Bruno said it was "so inventive" and loved her stylistic details. Scores: 9, 8, 9 = 26
Snooki channeled Marilyn Monroe for her quickstep. "I feel like in my past life I was Marilyn Monroe," she explained. During rehearsals, her partner Sasha Farber says she puts on a "tough-girl persona, but she really wants to win this." Snooki was unhappy with last week's scores and said she felt like a "loser." She definitely redeemed herself, working the ballroom in a long red dress for her quickstep, even pulling off a perfect cartwheel with her partner at one point. Len said she "surprised" him. Bruno said she was "on fire." Carrie Ann said, "You are a superstar." Scores: 9, 8, 8 = 25
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren was blindfolded during rehearsals by partner Val Chmerkovskiy so that she would learn trust. She got choked up saying their relationship is "special." Their foxtrot was airline-themed. He played a pilot and she was a flight attendant as they swirled around the floor to Come Fly With Me. Her long limbs seemed to sweep over the entire ballroom. Carrie Ann saw a small "boo boo," but otherwise called it "flawless." Len said it was "chicken soup to the eyes. Delicious, satisfying..." Bruno said she was "flying first class all the way" even though she hit some pockets of turbulence in the performance. Scores: 8, 9, 8 = 25
Amber Riley and Derek Hough rocked a rousing Charleston, even though she had a super busy week, working on her album and a new Glee episode. As always, their dance was incredibly fun and creative. The ballroom cheered like crazy. Len said it was "well done." Bruno noted their ability to "create rip-roaring excitement." They both quibbled about her feet, and Carrie Ann agreed, saying Amber's "top half" was fantastic but her feet were "low energy compared to the rest." Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24
Leah Remini continued to worry about her ability to stay on the show. "I've never danced," she kept saying. But she put her acting skills into play to make her rumba into sexy and sultry Bond girl stuff done to Skyfall. The audience loved it. Len loved the chemistry and said it was "more Hollywood than Deadwood." Bruno praised her skills as a seductress, adding, "I'm going straight here!" They both wanted more fluidity in her arms. Carrie Ann disagreed and said you have "turned up the steam notch." Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24
Bill Engvall played the Lone Ranger for a paso doble with partner Emma Slater. "I am thinking about dance steps 24/7. ... It's real stressful," said Engvall, who had to keep comedy tour dates this week while also rehearsing. But, he added,. "I want to win this!" he said. His paso to the Lone Range music made for a dramatic dance that earned him raves from the audience and the judges. "Hi ho, Engvall!" said host Tom Bergeron when they finished. "You nailed the paso!" said Carrie Ann. "You must have rehearsed the poop out of that routine." Len said it was his "best dance." Bruno said, "So much attack!" Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24
Jack Osbourne and his partner Cheryl Burke are getting along like quarreling siblings. "She's like your older sister — vulgar and crass," he said as they worked on this week's cha cha in rehearsals. They did a 1970s-themed number, cheered on by dad Ozzy, mom Sharon and real sister Kelly Osbourne. Bruno said his "hip action" was lacking. Carrie Ann said it was "not your best at all." His steps were too big and his arm was doing "amorphous things." Len loved his "commitment." Scores: 7, 7, 8 = 22
Valerie Harper said her biggest challenge this week, in addition to her sore knees, had been "remembering steps" when the music comes on. "I get so mad at myself!" She played Grace Kelly in their cha cha. She looked cute in her blond wig, but definitely struggled with the steps. Bruno said, "You went wrong so many times." Carrie Ann said, "You lost your way throughout the whole dance" but praised her ability to bring "grace" to the routine. Len said it was "flying coach on a cheap airlines — a little uncomfortable, a little bit bumpy, but you landed safely." Scores: 6, 5, 5 = 16
Bill Nye, coping with that torn tendon, visited his doctor, who told him, "short of a wheelchair I wouldn't recommend any sort of dancing next week." Not good.
But Nye told Brooke Burke-Charvet, "The leg feels pretty good because we've been working on it. We've been icing and the red light, the cool laser, and so it's pretty good." She asked him about a "crazy treatment" he had undergone this week for the injury and he explained he had "platelet-rich plasma, which is where they take platelets from your blood in your arm, and poke them into the tendon and to-be-repaired area. It excites the cells in the right way to bring 'em around faster than they would otherwise."
Nye danced a futuristic robot jazz dance to Daft Punk's Get Lucky, a genius idea that meant he didn't have to move much, which is good for the leg but not good for a dancing competition. Of course, the crowd loved it. Bruno said it was "very entertaining." Carrie Ann said it was "astounding," and praised the choreography. Len praised his determination. Scores: 6, 5, 5 = 16
For the insta-elimination, it came down to Christina Milian and Bill Nye. Who had the lowest combined score from viewers' votes last week and tonight's judges scores?
There were boos from the ballroom and then chants of "Bill! Bill!"
"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 be able to keep up with that," said Nye. "But what breaks my heart is Tyne's not going to be able to stay. She's fantastic." He went on to thank fans and added, "It's really been cool."