‘Dancing with the Stars’ week 3 rankings: Who really gave the best performance on ‘Vegas Night’? [POLL]

For the second week in a row, pop star Normani Kordei and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy topped the judges’ leaderboard on “Dancing with the Stars,” smoking the competition with their red hot foxtrot. But “Glee” star Heather Morris and Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan both saw a bump in their scores as well. Former judges’ favorites Simone Biles and Rashad Jennings received mixed reactions and scores from the judges. But did the judges get it right?

Listed below is how I would rank Monday night’s performances from best to worst. After reading my analysis vote in our poll at the bottom of this post to let us know who you think gave the best performance of the night.

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1. Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy (Foxtrot) – While training last week, Chmerkovskiy wanted to make sure that Kordei took a step back to enjoy the process despite having to balance “DWTS” with the intense touring schedule of her music group Fifth Harmony. But when they finally got to the dance floor, they killed it. The routine was full of content, technique, and entertainment. Kordei did an amazing job getting into character. It was the best dance of the night. So I was annoyed that judge Carrie Ann Inaba took a point off  her score due to a “lift.” They should have received all 9s in my opinion.

My Pre-Show Predictions:  9 (Carrie Ann Inaba), 9 (Len Goodman), 9 (Julianne Hough), 9 (Bruno Tonioli) = 36

Actual Scores: 8 (Inaba), 8 (Goodman), 9 (Hough), 9 (Tonioli) = 34

2. Heather Morris & Alan Bersten (Tango) – Morris’s regular partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy is out of the competition for a second week due to injury, so she performed again with troupe member Bersten. On “Glee” Morris famously performed several of Britney Spears’s songs during a special themed episode about the pop singer, so she brought out Spears’s song “Toxic” for this tango, which was full of content, attack, and connection with Bersten. Glad to see Morris finally deliver a routine that lives up to her hype, so I thought she deserved a couple more 9s than she got. I feel that the judges are going to be extra conservative with her scores until later in the competition.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 9 (Inaba), 8 (Goodman), 9 (Hough), 9 (Tonioli) = 35

Actual Scores: 9 (Inaba), 8 (Goodman), 8 (Hough), 8 (Tonioli) = 33

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3. Nancy Kerrigan & Artem Chigvintsev (Samba) – Kerrigan had issues last week with controlling her nervousness, but this week was a complete 180-degree turn. Chigvintsev did a great job of including the proper samba steps and bounce, and Kerrigan felt comfortable throughout the dance without overdoing it. This was her best score so far, including the first 9 from Goodman this season — and well deserved.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 8 (Inaba), 8 (Goodman), 8 (Hough), 8 (Tonioli) = 32

Actual Scores: 8 (Inaba), 9 (Goodman), 8 (Hough), 8 (Tonioli) = 33

4. Simone Biles & Sasha Farber (Quickstep) – After having a hard time with mastering the sexiness of the cha cha last week, Biles and Farber were looking to bounce back with their quickstep. I thought her performance was fast, entertaining, and fun. I agree with Hough about loving her partnership with Farber; I think he does a great job of bringing out the best in her. But the judges were all over the place with their scores. I personally would have given the performance an 8 like Goodman and Tonioli did.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 9 (Inaba), 9 (Goodman), 9 (Hough), 9 (Tonioli) = 36

Actual Scores: 7 (Inaba), 8 (Goodman), 9 (Hough), 8 (Tonioli) = 32

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5. David Ross & Lindsay Arnold (Jazz) – I love how fully committed Ross is to each dance. It was an entertaining “Magic Mike”-themed routine full of laughs. Jazz dances are almost like a freestyle, so it’s more about the entertainment value than it is about technique, which worked perfectly in his favor. He got his highest score of the season, which I expected from the judges.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 8 (Inaba), 8 (Goodman), 8 (Hough), 8 (Tonioli) = 32

Actual Score: 8 (Inaba), 7 (Goodman), 8 (Hough), 8 (Tonioli) = 31

6. Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater (Samba) – Slater is making sure to be extra demanding of Jennings after two successful weeks at or near the top of the leaderboard, and once again it was an entertaining routine. But while Jennings had the right hip action, he was a bit off of his timing, and it wasn’t as clean and precise as he normally is. Going into the night I thought he would get much higher scores, but I agree with the judges on this one.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 9 (Inaba), 8 (Goodman), 9 (Hough), 8 (Tonioli) = 33

Actual Scores: 7 (Inaba), 7 (Goodman), 7 (Hough), 7 (Tonioli) = 28

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7. Erika Jayne & Gleb Savchenko (Jive) – Jayne brought a lot of personality and fun to the dance. However, there wasn’t a lot of actual jive choreography. I will say that Savchenko was excellent at adding more content to the routine and pushing Jayne to move a lot more expressively than she normally does. Nevertheless I’m afraid that these two are getting lost in the shuffle and may be eliminated before some of the lower scoring couples. But I thought her scores were reasonable.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 7 (Inaba), 7 (Goodman), 7 (Hough), 7 (Tonioli) = 28

Actual Scores: 6 (Inaba), 7 (Goodman), 7 (Hough), 6 (Tonioli) = 26

8. Nick Viall & Peta Murgatroyd (Tango) – After a dip in scores last week, Viall’s confidence took a bit of a hit, but it looks like he took his criticisms to heart. He was still a little stiff and wobbly at times this week, but you can tell that there’s a small improvement. I agree with Tonioli that he needs to work on finessing his steps, but ouch — I wasn’t expecting those 6s from him and Goodman. The good news for Viall is that he seems to have a solid fan base to keep him on the show for at least a few more weeks.

My Pre-Show Predictions:  8 (Inaba), 7 (Goodman), 7 (Hough), 7 (Tonioli) = 29

Actual Scores: 7 (Inaba), 6 (Goodman), 7 (Hough), 6 (Tonioli) = 26

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9. Mr. T & Kym Herjavek (Foxtrot) – I will say this is the most fun that I’ve seen Mr. T have thus far. Herjavek impressively incorporated simple choreography that worked in Mr. T’s favor. Like Goodman said, his movement wasn’t the biggest and most fluid, but he made up for it with his charm and personality. As a result he received his highest score of the season, which I thought was fair.

My Pre-Show Predictions:  7 (Inaba),  6 (Goodman), 7 (Hough), 6 (Tonioli) = 26

Actual Scores: 6 (Inaba), 6 (Goodman), 6 (Hough), 6 (Tonioli) = 24

10. Charo & Keo Motsepe (Foxtrot) – It was a nice change of pace to see a more subdued version of Charo. The foxtrot really suited her in terms of allowing her to handle simpler choreography. Although it wasn’t the most technical routine, she still brought a bit of her personality to the dance.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 7 (Inaba), 6 (Goodman), 7 (Hough), 7 (Tonioli) = 27

Actual Scores: 6 (Inaba), 6 (Goodman), 6 (Hough), 6 (Tonioli) = 24

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11. Bonner Bolton & Sharna Burgess (Charleston) – Bolton was concerned that his neck injury was going to hurt him in performing the Charleston, and boy did it ever! I expected that he would struggle to execute the movements and personality needed for the Charleston, and he definitely did.

My Pre-Show Predictions: 8 (Inaba), 7 (Goodman), 7 (Hough), 7 (Tonioli) = 29

Actual Scores: 6 (Inaba), 6 (Goodman), 6 (Hough), 6 (Tonioli) =  24


I think the stars in jeopardy next week will be Nick Viall, Erika Jayne and Mr. T. Though Mr. T had the lowest score, I think Viall or Jayne will end up leaving.

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