What do you get when you combine stripping auto mechanics with “Bachelor in Paradise” and “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred? You don’t want to know, but you found out anyway on “Dancing with the Stars” during Trios Night, when the embattled Joe Amabile performed what was ostensibly a salsa with his pro partner Jenna Johnson and special guest Jordan Kimball, who was Amabile’s co-star this year on “Bachelor in Paradise.” What was the end result? You kind of have to see it for yourself. Watch above.
It’s saying something when the clothes are supposed to come off, yet there were still two wardrobe malfunctions during the routine. First, Kimball was unable to fully rip off his shirt, so it was left dangling from his overalls — a fitting visual metaphor for the entire routine. Then a strap from Amabile’s overalls came loose. Meanwhile, pro dancers Gleb Savchenko and Val Chmerkovskiy danced suggestively in the background. It all ended when Amabile and Kimble doused themselves under the showers — but even then it looked like Amabile got stuck with a low-flow shower head.
The good news was that Amabile seems less discouraged by his low scores, freeing him to have unabashed silly fun on the dance floor. But the judges still had a job to do. Bruno Tonioli was bemused, calling it a “unique experience” before likening the strip show to “Tragic Mike.” Carrie Ann Inaba gave Johnson credit for achieving so much with what she had to work with. And Len Goodman said, “It’s hard to put into words what I thought of that dance,” while also praising Johnson’s playful choreography.
But while Grocery Store Joe and the judges were in good spirits, the panel had no choice but to give him 5s across the board for a total of 15 out of 30. That was the second lowest score anyone has received this season so far, one point better than Amabile’s own premiere-night performance. But he has gotten the lowest score every single time he has been on the dance floor the season, and he’s been safe from elimination every time. Will this score change that, or will another higher-scoring contestant go home instead?
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