Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: 37/40 In the emotional portion of the show, Derek and Amy were perfecting a Cinderella-themed waltz that proved to be Amy's biggest challenge yet. In rehearsals, she had a quick breakdown about her legs not working the way the dance needed them to, but she was able to overcome that when push came to shove. Carrie Ann wanted to call her out on the lift in the routine, but chose not to because it was beautiful. Len wished more of the dance had been in hold, but he was happy, and Donny thought Amy was a real contender. Cue the happy tears! And yes, Tom, happy tears are better than frustrating tears. Thanks for that.
This is where I have to give a shout-out to the ridiculous amazing animations of the evening. I can't think of anything better than watching Drew Carey dance with the Genie. However, as cute as the Cinderella mice were, where was Gus Gus?! Everyone knows he's the best part of that movie!
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: 34/40 The young'ns took on the Simba Samba! Yep, that's right. This was a sexy Lion King-themed number, and therefore, the thing I've been waiting for my entire life. But before we talk about the dance, I have to mention the thing Witney had secretly been waiting for her entire life: For a boy to write her a song, which Cody did. Let's just say the kid's no John Lennon, but he's pretty freakin' adorable. And he resembles Simba, who's the second coolest lion of all time -- Mufasa's in the top spot, obviously -- so he's got that going for him. And it was a good thing he was cute, because Witney had turned into Strict-ney to try and whip her partner into shape. This show's puns -- does it get any better?
After ending the routine atop Pride Rock -- where was the rain?! -- Len told Cody he could work on technique a bit, and Donny mentioned the fact that Cody didn't look like he was enjoying it (phenomenal dancing aside). Bruno disagreed and made some comment about how Cody had been hunting a gazelle with incredible energy, and Carrie Ann could feel his power. Personally, all I could feel was Witney's power. She was a favorite of mine on So You Think You Can Dance, and when you combine her moves with that hair? Yep, I was sold.
Important side note: Cody was recovering from the stomach flu, so points for effort.
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani: 36/40 Guys, Tony HATED the switch-up. I mean, seriously hated it. It was "like a road bump in the middle of our road" as he put it. OK, that doesn't make him sound nearly as mad as he was. But at rehearsals, he was too jealous to even let NeNe talk about her time with Derek, and it ended in her walking out of rehearsals thanks to his "bad attitude." As she put it, if they were married in real life, they'd be divorced by now.
But they pulled it together for their 101 Dalmatians foxtrot. NeNe's hips don't lie, and the judges were all about it, especially Donny and Bruno, who wouldn't stop touching each other and chuckling all night. As Bruno said, NeNe put some "bump and grind" into that foxtrot. And according to Carrie Ann, the switch-up had made them better together. Hold up, honey! Tony wasn't having any of that. The switch-up was the WORST, OK? OK.
Len assured NeNe that it was the best dance she'd done, and then Tony assured everyone that they actually love each other. Promise.
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