dancing with the stars season 18 week 3 recap abc 'Dancing with the Stars' Season 18 week 3: Scores, memorable years and Robin Roberts

“Dancing with the Stars” Season 18 week 3 focuses on each star’s “Most Memorable Year.” Get prepared to cry!

There is also Robin Roberts as a guest judge, the third elimination of the season and a whole bunch of dances and scores to follow.

James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd
Dancing the jive

James was a chubby kid and people bullied him. He got over that.

Now he’s all athletic and jiving and hot and not even a little bit fat. The dance makes that clear.

Len: “Was that an earthquake, an aftershock, or did you just rock this place? … Your best dance, no question!”

Scores: 9+9+9+9 = 36
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovolani
Dancing the rumba

NeNe is dancing this for her husband in commemoration of the year she married him — for the second time. It’s definitely worth celebrating something done twice.

Surprisingly, this is a pretty impressive dance for NeNe — she has the right attitude for the sensual stuff and is obviously enjoying herself a whole lot.

Robin: “You have this enormous personality, but you let us see a different side of you tonight.”

Scores: 8+7+8+8 = 31

Cody Simpson and Witney McLelland
Dancing jazz

Want to feel old? In 2010, Cody Simpson was a cute little boy with a high-pitched voice. That was also the year he and his family left Australia for Los Angeles.

Cody and Witney work really well together. It will be interesting to see him with someone else. For this week, however, this is a good style for Cody — it’s close enough to the kind of dancing he already knows that he looks comfortable.

Bruno: “What you did was just so just-for-now.”

Scores: 9+8+9+9 = 35

Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy
Dancing contemporary

Danica picked 2010 as well — but for her, it was the year her son was born and the year her grandmother died. Her son is adorable.

The dance might be described as adorable as well. Maybe a little more adult than one would typically call “adorable.” But definitely in that vein. Not hurt

Bruno: “Everything was clear for all of us to see.”

Scores: 9+9+9+9 = 36

Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke
Dancing the waltz

Drew’s son, Connor, is really cute. In case you were wondering why Drew Carey lost so much weight a few years back, the kid is why.

Drew looks pretty good in the waltz for the most part. The small steps are a bit funny-looking, but the rest is lovely. And a second child makes the stage!

Carrie Ann: “I felt you more intense than you ever did in the dance before.”

Scores: 7+7+8+8 = 30

Meryl Davis and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dancing the foxtrot with Lindsay Sterling on violin

Meryl couldn’t pick just one year, because she’s all about the time when she was first paired with Charlie White for skating. She used to be really shy about it.

The dance, however, isn’t shy at all. This is easily one of the best dances of the competition so far and easily one that could get Meryl to the finale. She’s got the whole light-on-her-feet thing down now.

Robin: “There were moments when we were all clutching each other over here.”

Scores: 10+9+10+10 = 39

Amy Purdy and Derek Hough
Dancing contemporary

It’s really not a surprise that Amy’s most memorable year came when she lost her legs. Slightly less expected is the level to which she credits her dad with getting her through it. This is a very nice story.

The dance that follows is, if possible, even nicer. Not only is it beautiful, but this is also the first time we have really seen Amy’s prosthetic legs — this time she’s balancing on permanent tiptoe.

Bruno: “There won’t be a dry eye in the country tonight.”

Scores: 9+9+9+9 = 36

Charlie White and Sharna Burgess
Dancing the jive

Charlie seems to be picking this year for his most memorable one. That’s fair — how often does one win a gold medal at the Olympics?

Considering that he’s dancing to “Happy,” it’s probably good that Charlie starts with Pharrell’s now infamous hat. It’s a rather impressive solo bit at the beginning too. Just like the whole dance — this is another one of those best-ever dances.

Len: “You were steamin’, I was beamin’, it’s Happy Hour!”

Scores: 9+9+9+9 = 36

Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas
Dancing the jive

“Full House” ended in 1995? Wow … amazing it went on that long. DJ must have been going to college at the end. Aunt Becky and Kimmie Gibbler came to rehearsal too. Because “Full House” never really ended. Somewhere in an alternate universe, the guys are still living together and raising grandkids. I believe this.

Much less emotional than some, this is still a fun and well-performed dance. It’s OK — ending on a plus note is a good thing.

Bruno: “I love it when you go wild. She reminds me a little bit of Ann-Margret.”

Scores: 8+8+8+8 = 32

Oh, and in case you were wondering, Billy Dee Williams was eliminated by default when a back injury forced him out of the competition. So everyone else gets through with no trouble tonight!

Posted by:Laurel Brown