Is there any better "higher ground" for the music of Stevie Wonder than in a lofty ballroom, far, far away on Planet Mirrorballus?
Sure, it was pretty weird that the R&B icon himself didn't sing on all of the numbers considering he was right there, but whatever! Stevie intro'ed the group, sang "Ma Cherie Amour" as Anna and Tony impersonated The Little Mermaid's Ariel and Prince Eric in a gorgeous exhibition, and even got out there on the floor himself for "Sir Duke" so the Troupe ladies, Anna, and Cheryl could take turns stroking various parts of his body so he could literally "feel it all over."
I love EW reader Liz's suggestion (over on PopWatch) that as a special Week 6 challenge, all of the couples should have had to dance around a Stationary Stevie and occasionally paw at him for bonus points. What a fun, sexy time that would be for sparkaliens one and all!
Will the judges please reveal their scores? Carrie Ann Inahhhhh-ber!
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: 29/30 (54/60 total) After a very busy week of rooting for each other to fail during rehearsals, this couple earned their first 10s of the season with a flash-footed quickstep -- one Len called "the best dance I've seen on season 16." Whoa! Really? I'd give that to Zendaya and Val (and Anna and Maks)'s Argentine tango from last week, but this quickstep was indeed great.
I'm enjoying Kellie's boldness in weave choice week to week, and her flowy red jumpsuit, complete with sparkly cleavage snake, captured the '70s spirit of Stevie Wonder Night. One of my favorite parts of watching DWTS is the stunned realization a few seconds into a dance -- "Ohhhh. They're pants." So jarring, but always a treat.
Kellie, Aly Raisman, Sean Lowe, and Andy Dick earned 25 extra points for the Team Samba -- another charming homage to the '70s that began with a group worship of a GIANT suspended mirrorball. (I'd already given it a 10. "Tehhhhhhhn!") Zendaya, Ingo Rademacher, Jacoby Jones, and Victor Ortiz only got 22 points added to their solo scores with a Team Paso that was much less in sync, but still had its moments. My listing is in order of *total* tallies for the week.
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