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Here's some jive talkin' about the performers in the order of their dances for Week 3:
Cheetah Girl Another good performance, probably the best jive of the night. I like how the pro dancer hurdled her at the beginning, like the nSync'er did during his jive last season. (I do miss Joey Fatone's theatrics; no one has the same flair or props this season.) Len didn't like the "free willy" moves tonight but the voters probably did.
Soap Star Decent tango. He still seems to be pressing a bit, much like 90210 Dude last year. And Edyta was skimpy as usual with her outfit.
Mark Cuban Improvement. His partner reminds me of "I Dream of Jeannie" for some reason. He's not a bad dancer, but he's nowhere near the level of professional and tends to do his own thing at times. This week he was a little more in the routine. I like Mark Cuban because he seems like the Average Joe we can all relate to, you know, being a billionaire and owner of an NBA team and all.
90210 Chick She did a nice job with the tango. But what I loved most was the recap of last week, with the open-field tackle and the tears during the post-dance interviews. It seemed retro, back to the drama in Beverly Hills. Kelly Taylor. Dylan McKay. Oh, those were the days. Hey, here's a thought: How about Shannen Doherty as next season's 90210 representative on "Dancing with the Stars"? THAT would bring some drama.
Scary Spice Her jive was good, but boy did it seem like it took a lot of effort. I got tired just watching it. And Tom the host worked up a sweat, but that was for a different reason. Doesn't she know he doesn't grade dances like the judges? She should save the extra-curricular activities for Len and Bruno. So tell me what you want, what you really, really want...
Mr. Las Vegas Was he going for the Gomez Addams look? I was waiting for Lurch, Uncle Fester, Thing and Cousin It to join in. He needed the finger-snapping, too. I will say this, in addition to the look, he had one other Addams Family thing going for him his tango was as close to dead as it could be.
Boxer Good jive. Entertaining, exciting, unpredictable. He's got the enthusiasm. I just question whether he has the fan base to go far, especially after the Zoolander ousting. And you could tell he was mad at the low scores, with the forced smile and all.
Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman The intro brought a tear to my eye. Probably 90210 Chick's eye, too. What can you say? Her mum would be proud. She might get the sympathy vote. But her solid tango should earn her some legitimate votes as well. And let's start a new thing Outfit of the Week. She earns that honor this week. (As for the Blackwell's Worst Dressed nominee, see the aforementioned comments about Edyta.)
Racecar Driver Something his partner did with Skater Dude last season and with this guy this season is that one move in every dance in which both break apart, face the camera and do a little synchronized bit with shiny, happy faces. Just an observation. Solid as always. The limp at the end was a nice touch.
Donny's Sister Still on the bandwagon for another week, any way. I told my wife during the routine that I saw shades of "I Love Lucie" during this dance. And sure enough, judge Carrie Ann Inaba commented about the same thing. Johnny and Marie the dark-horse contenders.
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Summary: Cheetah Girl and Racecar Driver stay in my final three prediction but Scary Spice passes Soap Star for the third and final spot. Mr. Las Vegas gets the boot a week too late for Zoolander fans. Not sure who joins him in the final three Mark Cuban? The boxer? Possibly Soap Star (although I think his fan base must be bigger than those three)? A surprise celeb?
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