In just two weeks, “Dancing With the Stars” will conclude another season.
The ABC dance contest sent one celebrity packing Monday night, and two will be out next week, host Tom Bergeron announced as the episode ended. The final three couples dance May 23, and the winner will be named May 24.
The celebrities in jeopardy this week were football star Antonio Brown, singer Wanya Morris and actress Jodie Sweetin. The “Full House” star earned perfect scores for an inspired jive in a church setting on Monday, but she was out as the show ended.
Morris, who stumbled over a bandana during his country-flavored jive, could be out next week. He had the fewest judes’ points (25) after the first round, and he has been the most consistent celebrity this season.
Ginger Zee of “Good Morning America” proved she could do naughty on an Argentine tango, although the lighting was so dark in the studio, it was hard to follow the dance. The judges gave her 30 points — perfect marks.
Yet Nyle DiMarco delivered the most memorable dance, a paso doble with a silent section to let people understand what he experiences as a deaf man. Judge Bruno Tonioli said it was a “Dancing” classic, although DiMarco earned 29 points.
Paige Van Zant and Mark Ballas were frozen figures staggering through an offbeat Viennese waltz. Tonioli found the routine chilling and thrilling, and Len Goodman proclaimed VanZant a terrific dancer. She earned 28 points.
NFL star Brown described his dance as a “Vietnamese waltz,” yet he was committed to the Viennese waltz and delivered his best dance this season. He collected 27 points, and he will probably be in jeopardy the next time around.
The couples next week will perform two dances; the second will be a trio routine. Producers padded Monday’s show by letting the judges oversee three group dances. The scores were the same for all three dances, even with America playing judge. Carrie Ann Inaba came up with an athletic paso doble for Brown and VanZant featuring a memorable spinning lift. Goodman joined Zee and Morris for a lighthearted samba. Tonioli guided DiMarco and Sweetin through an Argentine tango that featured same-sex dancing briefly.
Monday’s results suggest that Zee, DiMarco and VanZant are headed to the finals. They’re all good, but DiMarco has the most compelling story.
‘DWTS’: One out; two go next week