dancing with the stars blog judges season 16 week 8 300th episode trio abc 'Dancing with the Stars' week 8 live blog: Trios and the 300th episode

“Dancing with the Stars” has almost reached 300 episodes? That’s rather frightening. Hopefully, the week 8 dances that commemorate this high number — trio performances as well as the normal pairs — will be much less scary. After all, we only have a few dances left before that big number 300 arrives on Tuesday.

We have all of the performances and scores here in the “DWTS” live blog.

Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy — foxtrot

You can’t go too wrong with “Don’t Worry, Be Happy.” Especially when you have a cheerful, young dancer like Zendaya. The foxtrot isn’t stunning or dramatic — but it is light and beautiful and a really cool performance.

Len: “The longer it goes on, the stronger you get.”
Bruno: “Pure, graceful, light and breezy … What you have is a natural musicality.”
Carrie Ann: “As soon as you got into hold, you took my breath away.”

Scores: 9+10+9 = 28

Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd — tango

Does it say something that the former star of “The Bachelor” has a wedding-themed dance set to Katy Perry‘s “Hot and Cold”? Whether the answer is yes or no, this is easily Sean’s most dramatic and fully lived dance of the season. Hard to say if it’s technically perfect, but it’s fun to watch.

Bruno: “You started extremely well … and then you lost it. You lost your footwork.”
Carrie Ann: “For some reason, it feels like this week, you’ve thrown it out the window.”
Len: “It had plenty of punch and attack. It was sharp, and it was powerful.”

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21

Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff — Viennese waltz

Jacoby is good at looking passionate. That helps with the notoriously silly arms of the non-dancer males in the Viennese waltz. Something about the dance style seems off, but it certainly isn’t bad. Also, Jacoby bares his chest. This is a good thing.

Carrie Ann: “Hold on, let me gather myself … I think that was absolutely stunning.”
Jacoby’s mom: “I loved it!”
Len: “So did I! I loved it!”
Bruno: “You lost it for a second, but I don’t mind that at all.”

Scores: 9+9+9 = 27

Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson — foxtrot

Ingo has a fedora for this.

There is also dancing. Ingo definitely has “suave” down for this one. That said, it’s not much of a dance — what we get looks pretty good, but there isn’t much of it. Or maybe this is just one of those moments when experts are better than blogging amateurs.

Len: “It had an ease of movement. I loved that interpretation of the Sinatra number.”
Bruno: “Trying to channel Fred Astaire — sometimes it was a little more Fred Flinstone.”
Carrie Ann: “I think that was by far your best posture … You reminded me of Gene Kelley.”

Scores: 8+8+8 = 24

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough — Viennese waltz

Wow. You know what? Kellie Pickler could win this thing. She really could. If she keeps up dancing like this, it’s very, very possible. The dance is beautiful and haunting and goes perfectly with the music.

Bruno: “You were a queen tonight, the Queen of the Viennese waltz.”
Carrie Ann: “Today, I definitely saw that you went beyond the steps.”
Len: “Oceans of motion throughout the dance.”

Scores: 9+9+10 = 28

Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas — Argentine tango

Aly is a harlot in this one. So there’s that.

You know how some dances are just dancing and other dances are rhythmic sex performed in a public manner while music plays? This is the second type of dance. Everyone stays fully clothed, but I still feel like I’m intruding on something private here. It’s awesome.

Carrie Ann: “The transformation I’ve seen in you is unbelievable.”
Len: “It had mood, it had atmosphere … This is about a guy dancing with his mistress.”
Bruno: “I had no idea you could be so good at being bad … You’ve become such a good actress.”

Scores: 9+10+10 = 29

Time for the trios now …

Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy and Gleb Savchenko — salsa trio

The salsa is a good dance for Zendaya. She looks right, especially when surrounded by hot dancing men. There are a few moments when she seems a little self-conscious, but that’s it. Also, this is really fast. No one else is dancing this fast.

Len: “The three of you were together great. And what I love, you became the star.”
Bruno: “All the attention was drawn to you … It was a star turn.”
Carrie Ann: “You are the queen of the salsa!”

Scores: 10+10+10 = 30

And we have the first perfect score for the season!

Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd and Sharna Burgess — jazz

They have magic tricks in this one.

One of them might be making Sean look like a decent dancer next to his beautiful assistants. They almost pull this one off. Unfortunately, the choice of Converse shoes and the fact that Sean doesn’t always keep up make this a little more difficult to believe.

Bruno: “Plenty of magic with a little bit of tragic! I wish I didn’t watch your feet.”
Carrie Ann: “You got out of sync a few too many times.”
Len: “It was a bit like your first dance — attack came in and style went out.”

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21

Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff and Cheryl Burke — paso doble


Only someone as tall as Jacoby could pull off dancing with two women simultaneously. Reaching over the head of one is nothing for this guy. Jacoby’s tap dancing bits aren’t the best, but the rest is a lot of fun.

Carrie Ann: “You have such an impressive presence on the floor.”
Len: “This isn’t a dance floor tonight, this is a bull ring!” “You’ve become a contender tonight!”
Bruno: “It was like a paso doble from Quentin Tarentino — splatter everywhere!”

Scores: 8+9+8 = 25

Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson and Lindsay Arnold — jive

The audience is wearing 3D glasses. This is some ’50s movie thing, I think.

Ingo looks like he’s having fun. Unfortunately, this isn’t a particularly interesting dance. Also, he’s having trouble keeping perfectly in step with the ladies. Good but not the greatest.

Len: “It could have been a little bit sharper in the feet … it was full-on, it was fun, and I liked it.”
Bruno: “Your energy was great … Kicks and flicks have to be sharper.”
Carrie Ann: “It was a
little flat-footed at times.”

Scores: 8+8+8 = 24

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough and Tristan MacManus — paso doble   

Kellie and Derek really like that mirror. Or maybe not, since they just broke it. But seriously, this couple’s theme for the night is totally “smoke and mirrors.” But it’s probably not an illusion that this is a good dance. It’s all dramatic and stuff.

Bruno: “That was masterpiece theater! It had high art and high drama.”
Carrie Ann: “[screeching and hugging]”
Len: “I was expecting more than flashing lights and crashing movements … Where’s the recognizable paso doble?” [said while standing and yelling — seriously, he’s totally losing it]

Scores: 10+7+10 = 27

Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas and Henry Bialikov — jive

This dance has an incredible and sexy beginning with some chair dancing. It’s another example of a dance that is all about the celebrity. Basically, it’s fun and pretty much perfect.

Carrie Ann: “I’m loving what I’m seeing this week.”
Len: “You went for it really strong … This was a terrific number.”
Bruno: “You’ve grown so much as a performer.””

Scores: 9+9+9 = 27

Who was your favorite in week 8? Who is going home next? Leave your comments below!

Posted by:Laurel Brown