‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Zendaya Makes Her Grandma Proud

Monday’s episode of Dancing With The Stars still feels like week one since no one has been sent packing. The ABC show dismissed Dorothy Hamill last week after an injury forced her out of the ballroom competition.

The night’s “Prom Night” theme has judges Len Goodman, Carrie Anne Inaba and Bruno Tonioli feeling nostalgic.

Country cutie, Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough earn the night’s top score of 25 with their Footloose inspired jive. Even Len is impressed, telling Kellie, “You were flying about like a wasp at a picnic. … You are officially the queen of the prom.”

Sixteen-year-old, Zendaya steals the show again with a near perfect Viennese waltz. She and partner Val Chmerkovskiydedicate the dance to her grandmother before gliding across the floor like they’ve been dancing together for years. Carrie Anne is impressed, saying, “The emotional connection to every single move is beyond your years. You’re just fascinating to watch.” Agreed. This girl is on fire!

As usual, Aly Raisman brings her A-game to the dance floor. She and pro partner, Mark Ballas, give a strong showing with their Viennese waltz reminding me again how unfair it is to let gymnasts and figure skaters compete against, um, comedians, for example. Len does his best to feel the couple with a bad critique, but he can’t fool them! Carrie Anne loved the dance’s strength and refinement, but cautions the gold medalist to stay in character.

Victor Ortiz and Lindsey Arnold enjoy a night of redemption after landing in the bottom last week. Their contemporary routine blow the judges away and them deem him a “dancer.” Carrie Anne calls it “Fantastic,” and Len says he was “pleasantly surprised.” Bruno concurs, calling his turn “Unbelievable!”

Andy Dick does his best to pull off the complicated cha cha with his newbie partner, Sharna Burgess. While his moves don’t make the cut in a traditional sense, his charisma is still shining through. He seems to be winning over a reluctant panel that can’t seem to deny his magnetic personality is thoroughly entertaining. “Timing a bit off, placement a bit odd, entertainment value fully on,” says Bruno. Even technical stickler, Len agrees. “Andy, what you do is, you make me feel good. I feel better after watching you than I did before you danced.” Me too.

D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke’s routine is better than last week’s terrible turn on the dance floor. Their sassy salsa number to “Get On Up” give the usually sexy dance a soulful edge and the comedian does his best to deliver the goods. Too bad he just doesn’t have them. Len lets him have it saying, “That was as untidy as a teenager’s bedroom.” Bruno likens his moves to a botched hip replacement. All three appreciate the effort, but that might not be enough to keep him in the game. Carrie Anne suggests he hit the club this week to clean up his act. The comedian takes the criticism in stride joking, “Moving my hips reminds me of child support.” Ha!

Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani take the night’s low score of 15 after their attempt at the samba fail to impress the judges. The country star tries to put a rock n roll edge on the dance moves and it just doesn’t work. Neither does her outfit. She’s doing her best but it comes off as boring and uninspired. Len likens their stiff samba to a national monument. “You’re like Mount Rushmore, you look magnificent but you don’t move.”

Lisa Vanderpump finally gets a good review from the judge’s panel with her turn at the Viennese waltz. She and Gleb Savchenko battled two consecutive weeks of critiques and found themselves on the bottom on last week’s elimination night. This time, the two seem more connected and confident than in past performances and Lisa looks like she’s finally having fun. Carrie thinks the pair is “beautiful to look at” and Len calls their turn, “light and breezy, free and easy.” That’s a compliment, I think. Their score of 21 may be enough to keep them safe this week.

Who will get sent home this week? Sound off in the comments.

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