'Dancing with the Stars' week 6 live blog: Stevie Wonder-ful performances
The Motown legend is the source of all of the music tonight. Wonder's songs are the soundtrack, as performed by the singer himself. Meanwhile, the 8 remaining couples have to face their individual dances as well as one of two group numbers.
Keep reading for all of the scores and performance descriptions.
Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy -- cha-cha
Can we just go with the fact that no dancer in Season 16 is going to be better than Zendaya? It will save me a lot of characters in recaps. Sure, some people may manage winning personalities or individual performances that are a lot of fun, but for sheer quality, Zendaya has pretty much won already.
This dance is no exception.
Len Goodman: "Ask me one word that sums up good dancing. Ask me. Zendaya."
Bruno Tonioli: "Gob-smacking gorgeous!"
Carrie Ann Inaba: "I feel sorry for everyone who has to come after you."
Scores: 10+9+10 = 29
Pretty good scores ...
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess -- samba
Since Andy is a mailman in this, I guess they're going with a literal interpretation of "Signed, Sealed, Delivered."
It's tough that Andy has to go right after Zendaya's near-perfect dance, because this is actually very good. Unlike some of the previous weeks, Andy looks to be actually dancing -- you know, with steps and stuff.
Bruno: "It was a personality-driven, splendid shamble of a samba."
Carrie Ann: "I had to look back. I'm like, 'What dance is he doing?'"
Len: "If the others have climbed hills, you've climbed mountains."
Scores: 6+6+6 = 18
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd -- samba
Another samba? Well, at least this one has a shot at decent scores (sorry, Andy!).
Sean might be a little too stiff for this one. On the other hand, his shirt comes off halfway through the dance. No one is going to get too upset about that. The steps all seem to be there (more or less) too, so that's a plus.
Carrie Ann: "That was the most bounce I've seen in a long time."
Len: "It was riddled with mistakes ... This was not terrible."
Bruno: "Sean, look on the bright side: You can always get a job as a stripper."
Scores: 7+7+7 = 21
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas -- foxtrot
Mark is wearing a fedora. This merits a special mention. Because ... fedora!
Fedora aside, this is actually a pretty good dance. Aly's dress has an odd fit (not bad, just odd), but she pulls it off with some good dancing. It's not the fastest performance but it looks stylish and clean.
Len: "The technique could have had a little improvement here and there."
Bruno: "Pretty as a picture, and definitely love. You're so consistent! ... But we told you before, it's the frame."
Carrie Ann: "You brought out your beautiful Bostonian elegance."
Scores: 9+9+9 = 27
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson -- tango
Yet another couple that mostly just wants to beat Andy Dick. Poor Andy!
Ingo has sprouted a brand-new mustache for the occasion. It works with a tango. As does Ingo for that matter -- the actor has the suave, in-control that makes a tango look excellent. Can't speak for the dance steps, but that was fun to watch.
Bruno: "You managed to keep control, produce beautiful lines ... overall, that is the way to do it."
Carrie Ann: "I know you've struggled, but I can tell you like the tango."
Len: "Bingo, Ingo!"
Scores: 8+8+8 = 24
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough -- quickstep
Disco-era outfits are rarely the first thing a person thinks of when the quickstep comes up. Must be the Stevie Wonder of it all.
Toward the beginning, there seemed to be a moment when Kellie's feet were a bit behind Derek's. But that's it -- the rest of the dance works. Another good dance from one of the front runners!
Carrie Ann: "Perfect posture, perfect nuance, perfect synchronicity ... Everything about it was perfect, except there was space in your hold."
Len: "For me, that's the best dance I've seen on Season 16."
Bruno: "This was sumptuous dancing of the best quality."
Scores: 9+10+10 = 29
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold -- rumba
Awww... Victor hasn't danced when in love before.
Before this dance starts, the lights kind of make it look like the floor is covered with flamingos. It's not. Unfortunately
What we get is a rumba. Unfortunately for Victor's chances of staying in the competition, Lindsay is the one doing most of the dancing. Victor is more standing around and watching her dance. When he does move, it's not half-bad. That just doesn't happen very much.
Len: "This is a tough dance for you -- I know that -- and you've coped very well."
Bruno: "It looked a bit like an airline-safety drill."
Carrie Ann: "Although there was no hip action ... what I thought was beautiful was the spark in your eye when you dance with Lindsay."
Scores: 6+6+6 = 18
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff -- quickstep
Dancing in the audience is always a good move. Hopefully the judges could see them though -- the footwork in that part looked impressive. This is hardly the kind of dance to showcase Jacoby the best, but it's still good. Very good in fact -- one of my favorite quicksteps on this show ever.
Bruno: "You took off like the Indy 500! ... I got whiplash trying to look at you."
Carrie Ann: "Sure, your feet are a little funky, but you made up for it."
Len: "This was like a Beatles medley -- it started off with 'Please Please Me' and by the end, I was thinking, 'Help!'"
Scores: 8+7+8 = 23
Team Paso (Zendaya, Val, Jacoby, Karina, Victor, Lindsay, Ingo, Kym)
Wisely, Team Paso started off by featuring Zendaya. Also wisely, all of the guys took their shirts off. That does help with awkward dancers (like Victor). And it doesn't hurt with the others either. This is actually a pretty good dance. Jacoby and Zendaya are the stars (some of Jacoby's leaps are borderline epic), but Ingo isn't so bad. As for Victor, hey -- he made it through.
Scores: 7+8+7 = 22
Note: Bruno Tonioli has obviously never seen "Wrestlemania."
Team Samba (Kellie, Derek, Aly Mark, Sean, Peta, Andy, Sharna)
Based on costumes alone, Team Samba has an edge here. Go-go boots, sunglasses and mustaches always win. Also, there's a disco ball.
I can't say much about the actual samba (at one point, Aly and Mark give us a brief bit of that nature-series dance from "Can't Buy Me Love"). But it's sure a fun performance. Thanks to the funky costumes, it's a bit tough to tell who's who. This isn't necessarily a bad thing.
Scores: 8+9+8 = 25
Bruno: "It's like a reunion of the cast of 'Boogie Nights'!"
Derek: "I wanna go build a shelf." (inspired by his mustache)
So which dancers were your favorite tonight? Which group dance was better? Who is going home in week 6? Sound off in the comments!