- Cheryl Burke and Cody Rigsby performed remotely because of COVID-19 on Monday night’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
- Despite not performing live on the dancefloor, Burke and Rigsby went ahead and avoided elimination.
- Christine Chiu and Kenya Moore finished in the bottom two. One went home.
Britney-loving Peloton instructor, who announced on Thursday she tested positive for COVID-19, and her professional dance partner Cheryl Burke, also in quarantine after testing positive, found a way to perform on Monday. After all, it was Britney Week.
As judge Len Goodman said after witnessing the never-before-seen spectacle of two contestants dancing alone, from afar, but together: “Weird times throw up weird scenarios.”
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Here’s what happened in the third week of the competition:
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Cheryl Burke and Cody Rigsby didn’t let COVID stop them from dancing remotely
When Burke tested positive ahead of Monday’s “DWTS” last week, the couple were forced to hand over their recorded rehearsal footage in place of their live dance to stay in the competition.
This week, both Rigsby and Burke were separately quarantined. They converted their homes into makeshift dance studios and performed their jazz routines to Spears’s “Gimme More” alone from their respective living rooms. The two were brought together on a split-screen, which was placed directly in front of the judges and the TV audience.
“I’m going to perform from my house, Cheryl’s going to perform from her house,” Rigby said in the tape intro.
While the two’s dance set-up was awkward, their skillful moves were as clean and agile as possible. Rigsby, a former professional dancer, and Burke, were even seen giving each other hats using a camera trick. Miracles work, but it still wasn’t their best.
“Bravo to both of you dancing with COVID,” an appreciative judge, Carrie Ann Inaba, later said. “But it wasn’t as good as I know you can do.”
Judge Bruno Tonioli said, “I admire your commitment, but it is very difficult to judge.”
All the judges gave him 6 points. Both scored 18 out of 30 for the night.
Burke and Rigsby also made it through another elimination and would return next week.
Olivia Jade wants ‘people to like me for me’
Jade, who turned 22 on September 28, received a birthday pastry from dance partner Val Chmerkovskiy in her taped video intro.
Referring to her involvement in the college admission scam, the polarizing contestant also said that she used to hear negative things about herself. “I want people to like me for me,” she said in the video.
But after her tango in a hot red gown, there was a lot of love on the dance floor. The old-fashioned Judge Goodman was almost doing a backflip. “Now that was a proper tango,” he declared.
“You are really blooming,” said Inaba, who called her “beautiful and strong.”
The dance went up with 8 straight from the judges for a total score of 24 out of 30.
Matt James was wearing his shirt. Frustrated Bruno falls from his chair
The “Bachelor” star admitted that she’s an absolute fan of Spears. James shared that he had a poster of the pop star in his bedroom growing up in Raleigh, North Carolina.
James showed his love for the pop star in an earnest tango with his pro dance partner Lindsay Arnold. The one thing James didn’t do again was to take off his shirt, as he did last week. Previous shirtless images were broadcast on screens above the dance floor, lest we forget. But on Monday night, James’ abs completely covered up for an impressive routine.
“I’m a little disappointed, you’re a little overdressed tonight,” laughed Tonioli, whose support for James often turns into spirited fandom. In fact, after his comments, Tonioli, apparently shaken, literally fell from his chair. The off-camera tumble was so loud that Banks exclaimed, “Was it an accident? What was that?”
There were a few foot faults in the routine, which were noticed by all the judges. But both scored 20 runs out of 30.
Look at Channing Tatum, Magic Midge is losing his shirt
Pro wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin is the wildest and probably the most exciting performer on “DWTS.” He seems like a regular guy on the dance floor with a highly skilled dance class, while maintaining his crazy WWE persona.
Pro partner Witney Carson started on his shoulders, landed after some acrobatics and tore off The Miz’s shirt. The two performed an infectious salsa routine to “Oops!… I Did It Again”. Towards the finale, the wrestler sweeps Carson into the air with his feet, his head securely above the dance floor but still, just… whoa. The routine ended with The Miz going completely shirtless, flexing WWE style.
Tonioli said, “Look at Channing Tatum, we have the magic midge.” “It was fantastic to come out and perform to that level.”
Both scored 22 out of 30 points.
who went home? ‘DWTS’ fairy tale ending for Christine Chiu
Alas, the story ends Monday night for the elegant Christine Chiu. The “Bling Empire” reality star, who is not only a prolific dancer but also a huge fan of “DWTS” – so much so that she watched the show in the audience, had to say goodbye.
Last week, almost entirely due to a lack of audience votes, Chiu hardly avoided eradication. Tonight, Chiu knew it was written on the disco ball. Shedding tears (“I don’t want to blow it,” she said) during this week’s introductory video, she vowed to do her best with pro partner Pasha Pashkov. Spears would have been proud.
The two geared up for Spears’ 2000 hit “Stronger,” but even with a solid score—it wasn’t enough. Chiu ended up in insecure “Bottom Two” with “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kenya Moore.
The decision of who should be spared was left to the judges. Inaba and Tonioli both chose Moore. Chiu, always kind, was so busy hugging her fellow celebrity dancers that she missed an opportunity to give Banks the last word from the dance floor.
“Dancing with the Stars” returns October 11 for a Mickey Mouse-themed episode (ABC, 8 EDT/PDT).
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