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Dancing with the Stars: American Icons Night


Posted May 13, 2014 by

It is hard to believe that we are almost at the end of our Dancing with the Stars journey this season. We have seen ups and we have seen downs…we have seen smiles and we have seen those things that are upside down smiles. I forget what they are called. Joining us this week as guest judge is Kenny Ortega. Kenny Ortega is a world famous director/choreographer. He is also the director of many movies such as High School Musical, High School Musical 3, and Descendents. (Not The Descendents starring George Clooney, but instead just Descendents which is an upcoming Disney channel film about the son of Beast and Belle…so that’s a thing.) Mr. Ortega has a pretty solid dance background, so he has that going for him.

This week’s Dancing with the Stars recap is brought to you by the new movie Blended starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. Blended opens May 23rd so catch it May 26th in your local discount theater.

American Icons Night

This week, Dancing with the Stars celebrates American Icons by giving them their own night. Tonight, our dancers will dance to songs by American Icons as well as get advice from their own personal icons. Joining us in the audience are members of the United States Military, who looked strangely into this dancing show.

Candace Cameron Brue

American Icons Night

Candace Cameron Brue (image courtesy of

Up first we have Candace. During Candace’s package before her first dance, we meet her personal icon. She is a Bible teacher and author Angela Thomas. During their talk, Candace gets all weepy eyed…again. Between her being on the verge of tears most of the time and her obviously forced laughter with her partner Mark, she must be an emotional wreck. Candace and Mark’s first dance is to a song by American Icon Bruno Mars (?) and it is a Viennese Waltz which gets them 34 points. We also find out that Candace and Mark will be dancing for the final next week. Out of those left, they have the lowest total score for the season, but they are safe.

Their second dance of the night is jazz to Janet Jackson’s “Nasty Boys.” Janet…I’m sorry, I mean Ms.Jackson, is certainly an American Icon. The dance was a little flat to me, but the judges seemed to like it and awarded them 38 points.

Charlie White

American Icons Night

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Our second dancer tonight is Charlie White. Charlie gets some advice from Olympian Scott Hamilton. Scott gives him some good advice, something like “Do your best” or something…I kind of lost focus there for a bit. As for Charlie’s dance, we are given with a wonderful foxtrot to “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra. Charlie throws in some obvious ice dancing moves at the end. Charlie has been consistent all season long but this took him to the next level. Charlie and Sharna got a perfect score of 40 but we find out that they might be the couple eliminated.

Their next dance was to “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Problems” by The Notorious B.I.G., who I suppose could have achieved icon status. The samba that they deliver falls a little flat and they only get 36 points.

Amy Purdy

American Icons Night

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To start with, Amy is in jeopardy of going home. If she does go home, there will be no Dancing with the Stars recap next week because I will be out of town picketing outside of the offices of the governing body for world dance competitions. (I tried to come up with an obviously made up name, but could not.) Amy’s icon is OPRAH!!!! They talk to Oprah on the phone because Oprah could not be there in person, which is understandable because airfare is so expensive and Oprah did not get on Priceline soon enough to book her cheap ticket. Oprah did offer to take them both to dinner if they won, as she has a coupon to Sizzler. Amy dances the quickstep to “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes using special legs that give her extra bounce. (Not sure of the bounce to ounce ratio, but I believe that is was 1.34:1 bounce to ounce.) This got them 39 points.

Their second dance was jazz to an updated rendition of an Ella Fitzgerald classic which also got them 39 points.

James Maslow

American Icons Night

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James meets with his icon, L.A. Reid. Mr Reid is a producer in the music business and is quite well known. He also was the producer of the new Michael Jackson song, “Hey, I’m Not Dead…Let Me Out of Here.” Actually the song is called “Love Never Felt So Good” and was very good. I was not a fan of some of Micheal’s later stuff, but this song feels like a return to his roots. They dance the cha-cha-cha to it and got 40 points.

Their second dance of the night was a rumba to “Islands in the Stream” which got them 36 points. The Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton song, while not an obvious choice to dance to, fit perfectly. It did not hurt that Peta was channeling the ghosts of Dolly Parton’s old hair styles.

Meryl Davis

American Icons Night

Meryl Davis (image courtesy of

Meryl’s icon is also a former Olympian, but in this case one that is also a former Dancing with the Stars champion. It’s Kristi Yamaguchi! Kristi and Meryl talk about how most people do not realize that the dancing is as much mental as it is physical. During the package this week, we once again see that Maks is putting too much pressure on himself and at one part rips off his microphone and throws it across the floor. Maks is like the Bobby Knight of ballroom dancing in that respect. (Plus he was wearing a red sweater.) Their first dance is to “Hound Dog” and it is a jive. Since this is American Icons night, they dance to the Elvis Presley version and not the original Big Mama Thornton version. This is OK, because the guitar solo on the original is one of my favorites. Simplicity it its execution. They get 40 points from the judges and Maks goes crazy kissing everyone…except poor Tom.

Their last dance was a Viennese Waltz to “Just a Fool” by Christina Aguilera and Blake Shelton which garnered them 40 points. Oh and they are also in danger of elimination.

When all was said and done, it was Charlie White and his partner that were voted off. I am beginning to suspect that there is some ballot stuffing going on. Why they should be eliminated while Candace is still in the contest is suspect. I am calling for the Dancing with the Stars electoral college to begin releasing numbers.

American Icons Night

I like that the theme of the night was a tribute to American Icons, but I have to take issue with their definition of American Icons. While the majority of the artists featured are icons, some are decidedly not. Current popularity does not bestow icon status on someone. It is a travesty that Bruno Mars, Blake Shelton or Christine Aguilera are mentioned as icons.

Join us next week for our final Dancing with the Stars recap. We will be getting two episodes next week and a special where the cast members are interviewed. Submit your questions on twitter with #AskDWTS.

We around TheNerdyBomb offices are curious as to what we will fill our Monday nights up with now. Maybe we will just curl up with a good book…

Nathan Gifford

Nathan lives in Cincinnati, Ohio with his wife, child and Zeus The Mighty, their dog. Nathan is a writer, a father, a songwriter, and a human.


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