Icons Night turned into drama central on “Dancing with the Stars” Monday.
Nobody collapsed and went to the emergency room. But two teams got perfect scores (the first of the season), Kim Fields got angry and Nyle DiMarco was once again the victim of bad bookkeeping. (How many times does this have to happen?)
The two ousted? Cut to the chase, Fields and Von Miller were sent packing. She was visibly upset; he chalked it up to a tough field. Still…she admitted she was, um, mad during the first dance – a routine to a Jacksons number – and wasn’t going to sit back. Fields got a 27 for her samba; Miller got a 24 for his salsa. Antonio Brown got a 24 (for his tango) but had the swagger that kept him in the hunt. (That, and his partner had a wardrobe malfunction that was visible.)
The two perfectionists: Ginger Zee and Paige VanZant. The former did a floating Viennese waltz; the latter offered an energetic jive. Both were deserving of the attention.
But, then, there was poor Nyle. Misunderstood last week (when he said he viewed pro Val Chmerkovskiy as his biggest threat), he pulled off a foxtrot that was unbelievable. Never mind his handicap. He was fluid, sharp and just as good as Ginger and Paige. He was headed for a 29 when judges said Bruno Tonioli submitted a 9, not the 10 he held up. So, they knocked the 29 to a 28 and – for the second time this season – jimmied the scores.
Luckily, in the group dance he couldn’t falter. Able to pull off complex choreography with others (without the ability to hear), he was phenomenal and helped Team James Brown (the male celebs) get a 28.
Team Beyonce (the female celebs) were here, there and everywhere and got a 25. Before they even caught their breath, the bottom three were announced and Fields and Miller were sent the way of Mischa Barton.
Now, with six in the field, things get tough.
Brown seems to be at the bottom and Jodie Sweetin can’t be long for this world (she got a 26 on her quickstep) but DiMarco, Wanya Morris, VanZant and Zee seem like a solid Final Four.
This year’s talent is much better than others’ in Week 7. (If you don’t remember Bill Engvall, you probably haven’t been watching much.)
VanZant is a natural dancer; Zee has to try harder than most to stay in; Morris needs to concentrate (instead of taking stray Boyz II Men gigs).
The prize, though, is DiMarco who pulls off the impossible week after week. When he was able to lead the others in the team dance, we knew he was man to cheer. He’s everything you want in a winner – and more.