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Dancing with the Stars Week 3 High (and Low) Lights


Last night the remaining 10 Dancing with the Stars cast members performed a dance inspired by the most memorable year of their lives. Some stories moved while the dance did not, other performances were as beautiful as the story they told and one dance fell as flat as the year it represented. Find out which Dancing with the Stars performances were our favorites and which just didn’t do it.

Ricki Lake and Derek Hough Rumba: 27 points
Pulling the highest score of the season you’ve got to hand it to Ricki Lake. First off, she looked amazing in her draping pink dress. Did you see those legs? She had great control and tension in all of her movements and we loved the serene expression on her face. You really felt that Lake was connecting with the song, Gravity by Sarah Bareilles, and partner Derek Hough.  Lake chose 2010, the year she went through a difficult divorce and her home burned down. That was the year she learned to “never say never.” She never thought she’d do DWTS and she never thought she’d marry again. Now she’s at the top of the DWTS leader board and happily married to husband Christian.

Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani Rumba: 26 points
Just one point behind Lake, Chynna Phillips really stepped up her game from a lackluster performance last week. Phillips danced to her own song Hold On in honor of the year 1990. At that time Phillips felt abandoned by her father and turned to drugs and alcohol. It was in 1990 that Phillips decided to turn her life around. She also met husband Billy Baldwin that year. The judges agreed, this dance told a story and were impressed by Phillips' lines. This is one dance that got us choked up and we hope to see Philips and partner
Tony Dovolani stay in the competition.

J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff Rumba: 26 points
It’s no surprise J.R. Martinez chose 2003 as his most memorable year having been injured by a landmine in Iraq that year. Martinez’s rumba with partner Karina Smirnoff was emotionally charged ending with a crying Martinez and a long standing ovation from the audience. Martinez hit the choreography to Tim McGraw’s If You’re Reading this Letter but we will say his hip action was pretty stiff. Otherwise, Martinez earned his 26 points.

Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke Foxtrot: 24 points
Rob Kardashian looked good during his foxtrot to Fly me to the Moon danced in honor of his dad who passed away in 2003. Kardashian was emotional talking about his father during rehearsals revealing a tattoo of his dad to partner Cheryl Burke. We agree with the judges, Kardashian looked good, smooth, and suave but we’re not entirely sure what Len Goodman meant when he said, “you put the dash in Kardashian!” Does he mean dashing? If so, we’ll take it!

David Arquette and Kym Johnson Rumba: 24 points
Matching Kardashian and Burke’s 24 was David Arquette with his rumba to O-o-h Child. He dedicated the dance to daughter Coco after having turned to alcohol following his divorce from Courteney Cox. The now sober Arquette performed well this week. And was anyone else shocked by how fit he looked in his open shirt? Hello! We couldn’t help but wonder how ex-wife Cox felt watching him perform such an emotional number and looking so good.

Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovksiy Cha-cha: 24 points
Also pulling a 24 was Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerkovksiy for their cha-cha to the U.S. soccer team’s song, Tonight by Enrique inglesias. Solo was dancing in honor of 2011 having made it to the World Cup but not winning. We think Solo got it right when she told host Brooke Burke Charvet, “I was trying to pull the sexy out which is so hard for me.”  Sorry Solo but we found your cha-cha difficult to watch.

Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas Samba: 24 points
The biggest disappointment of the night had to be Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas’ samba to Beyoncé’s Crazy in Love. How could she earn the same naumber of points as Kardashian, Arquette and Solo? Her Beyoncé booty pops were lame and her shoulder shakes lacked luster. Ballas, who’s head is shaved quite closely, actually did the hair toss better than Cavallari. The only thing worse than her dance was her dedication. She danced in honor of 2005—the year she graduated high school! Sure she moved to LA but there must be something more meaningful than graduating high school that has influenced her life. We were disappointed and confused as to why the judges scored Cavallari so highly.

Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya Tango: 23 points
Carson Kressley had us crying before he even hit the dance floor. He chose 2003 the year Queer Eye for the Straight Guy premiered and was nominated for an Emmy. He said the show made him comfortable and, for the first time, proud of who he is.  Last week the judges told Kressley he was the worst dancer bringing him back to childhood gym class when he couldn't climb the rope or throw a ball. Kressly hoped to earn the, “most improved award” with his tango to It’s My Life by No Doubt. We hope Kressly does improve because we want to keep him around—and it looks like the judges agree. Goodman said, “you put the boy in flamboyant,” and Carrie Ann Inaba told him, “I love you just the way you are….a little bit girly girly. A little bit of masculinity.”

Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus Waltz: 21 points
Nancy Grace waltzed her way to a 21 to Moon River in honor of the year 2007 when she delivered twins after a complicated pregnancy. We were super impressed by her control—did you see her promenade? But the judges want to see better posture and extension through the upper body.

Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer Rumba: 18 points
Despite being a fan favorite, Chaz Bono found himself at the bottom of the pack again on Dancing with the Stars. This could have been a big week for Bono considering he chose this year as his happiest and danced to his father’s song Laugh at Me. Inaba may have said it best when she told Bono he seemed distracted and did not dance enough. We agree, Lacey Schwimmer was dancing circles around him while he moved his arms and posed. Will this be the last week for America’s favorite underdog? 
What do you think about this week's performances on Dancing with the Stars?