Laney’s Look: Week Three Shows The Real Contenders On “Dancing With The Stars”

Laney's Look: Week Three Shows The Real Contenders On "Dancing With The Stars" (Image 1)

When it comes to theme weeks on “Dancing With The Stars”,
I'm really on the fence. In some ways I like them, but on another level I
don't. Sometimes I feel like there is more focus put on the theme than on the
dance. At the end of the day, this is a dance competition – a ballroom
competition – and being such I expect to see ballroom dancing. On a whole I'm
glad to say that Hollywood week didn't turn
out to be all about the theme.

This week I think we also started to see a division when it
comes to who's got it and who doesn't. After two weeks of close competition,
the line is starting to be drawn. And, I have to say, some people aren't
falling where I thought they would.

Here we go with my thoughts on this week's dances.

Leah Remini (Rumba):
When the competition started, I was on the fence about Leah. She was either
going to give into the dances or she was going to be stiff. Week after week,
she has surprised me with her performances, and this week was no exception.
Leah and Tony have great chemistry, and I thought she did a beautiful job with
the Rumba. She's definitely a fighter. Judges'
Scores: 8-8-8

Corbin Bleu (Quick
Corbin's a great dancer. I knew that coming into the competition,
but, needless to say, ballroom isn't part of his repertoire. Despite having
more of a hip-hop and contemporary background, he is showing great skill even
in the ballroom styles. There are some habits that he needs to break, but he
doesn't fail to come out with an impressive, entertaining dance each week.  Judges'
Scores: 9-8-9

Elizabeth Berkley
Lauren (Fox Trot):
reminds me of myself in the fact that she overthinks things. That was obvious
in the rehearsal reel. I identify with that problem for her, however, Val is
learning how to handle that about her. If she can continue to overcome the
problem with thinking too much, she will continue to thrive. Her Fox Trot
showed the elegance she possesses.  Judges' Scores: 8-9-8

Brant Daugherty (Quick
This is the first week we've seen Brant perform a ballroom dance.
The first two weeks were both Latin numbers, and, although he's excelled at
them, I wasn't sure if it would carry over to something like the Quick Step.
This week showed that he has the talent and the ability to hang on to the end. Judges' Scores: 9-9-9

Valerie Harper (Cha-Cha):
From the beginning I've said that I admire Valerie for taking on this
competition. At the same time, this is
a competition. While she gives each dance her best, this wasn't a good week for
her. Through most of the dance she looked as if she were completely lost. To
her credit, though, she never stopped. Judges'
Scores: 6-5-5

Bill Engvall (Paso
Bill has absolutely surprised me every week. The man can dance!
I've said before that I'm not a huge fan of the Paso Doble, but I enjoyed
watching his. He just blows me away. I never imagined in my wildest dreams that
he would be such a good dancer. I'm truly impressed! Judges' Scores: 8-8-8

Amber Riley (Charleston): For me
Amber's Cha-Cha flopped. It wasn't necessarily anything that she did wrong.
Really for me it was song and choreography. There just wasn't enough Charleston for my taste.
The whole number just didn't do it for me. She didn't do a bad job, but I
wasn't a huge fan of this one. Judges'
Scores: 8-8-8

Jack Osbourne (Cha-Cha):
This competition, to me, seems to be so far out of Jack's comfort zone. Each
week you see him doubt himself so much then come out and give an admirable
performance. The Cha-Cha was difficult for him, nonetheless. His hips were too
stiff. He was too stiff. If he's going to keep going, he's going to need to let
loose a little more. Judges' Scores: 7-7-7

Christina Milian (Charleston): Compared to Amber's Charleston, Christina's dance was much more
what I expected to see. It was fun and quirky, exactly what the Charleston should be. One
problem she faces, though, in my opinion is having to compete with an
over-the-top partner. Mark has the ability many times to draw the attention
away from his partner and onto him. For me he was really close to doing that
several times during this dance. Judges'
Scores: 9-8-9

Nicole Polizzi (Quick
This is yet another celebrity that continues to surprise me. I
didn't hold high hopes for Nicole, but she's done a great job of proving me
wrong. Her first ballroom dance this week showed she's not all about “sex
appeal”. She performed a great Quick Step. It has me looking forward to what
she will do next. Judges' Scores: 9-8-8

Bill Nye (Jazz): What
can I say about Bill? He came out and danced, despite his doctor telling him
that he shouldn't. Was it the right decision? The way I look at it, he had to
do what was right in his heart of hearts. I give him points for gumption, but
his Jazz number definitely fell short. Judges'
Scores: 6-5-5

As surprised as I was by the announcement that Bill Nye was
the eliminated celebrity after last week's viewer votes were combined with this
weeks scores, I think it was for the best. For starters, he's one of the
weakest dancers. Beyond that, though, if he continued in the competition he
stood a real risk of injuring himself further. I think the right person was

So who is going home next week? Well, so far I haven't done
a great job with my predictions. The first two eliminated celebrities were
unexpected in my book, so this week I'm going to make my pick by choosing who I
think should be eliminated next, not counting in possible fan support. With
that being said, I predict that Valerie will be the next star exiting the

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the celebrities and
competition. Let me know what you think! I'm always open to hearing other

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