"DWTS" Week 3 Recap: A Trip to Tinseltown

September 30, 2019

Last night was Movie Night on “Dancing with the Stars,” which marks the first themed night of the season! And boy, was it ever themed—but, of course, we totally loved it. The show began with a dazzling opening number from Kathryn Burns (of “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” fame), and from there, the dancing couples went on to re-create a whole bunch of iconic movies, from Titanic to Saturday Night Fever.

Of course, it wouldn’t really be Movie Night without a dramatic twist, and this one was major: After suffering a serious tendon injury, Ray Lewis was forced to leave the competition. We’re going to miss Ray and his partner Cheryl Burke, but we loved seeing them in the ballroom last night, still supporting their fellow dancers.

The silver lining? Because of Ray and Cheryl’s untimely departure, no couples were sent home last night, which meant we got to enjoy all of the amazing dancing unburdened. In case you missed it, we rounded up the episode’s highlights.

Karamo Brown and Jenna Johnson: Jive

This was far and away our favorite dance from Karamo Brown thus far. We’re not sure if it was the Elton John song, the amazing piano-themed tux, or just that high-octane nature of the jive itself, but Karamo finally brought the energy we’ve been looking for. The judges may have given Karamo and Jenna a total score of 16 out of 30, but he got bonus points in our book for making us smile.

Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov: Quickstep

We’re calling it now: Kate Flannery is the one to watch. Week after week, she and pro Pasha Pashkov have wowed the judges (and everyone else) with totally textbook, technically impressive, personality-filled numbers. This week, the pair brought the house down with a Dolly Parton-inspired quickstep, giving Kate the chance to show off her elegant hold and tidy footwork—and a little bit of her comedic side. The judges gave Kate and Pasha a 24 out of 30, placing them at the top of the leaderboard.

Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: Tango

Honestly, give us a classic Chmerkovskiy tango set to “Mamma Mia” any day of the week, and we’ll be happy. But on top of that, Sailor Brinkley-Cook really brought it to the ballroom this week with her clean footwork and jaw-dropping high-kicks. The duo earned an impressive 23 out of 30.

What did you think? Who made movie magic?