Dancing With The Stars 2020: The Celebs Bring Their Most Memorable Moments To Life On The Dance Floor
This week on Dancing With The Stars, the celebrities were tasked with turning some of their most precious and painful memories into dance.
Nine couples remain following Dean Wells' (Married At First Sight) exit from the competition last week, and the judges have warned they want to start seeing some improvements in the celebs' technical and emotional approach to the choreography.
Last week it was Celia Pacquola who topped the leaderboard with her foxtrot (25), closely followed by Chloe Lattanzi (23), Claudia Karvan (19), and Angie Kent (19), with Beau Ryan (16), Christian Wilkins (15), Dami Im (10), Ed Kavalee (10) and Travis Cloke (8) needing to play a bit of catch-up this week.
This is how our dancing stars have fared during Week 3.
Chloe Lattanzi and Gustavo Viglio
The dance: Contemporary.
The song: “Cold” by Annie Lennox.
The lowdown: Chloe explained that while her dance with Gustavo would tell the story of when her mother -- Olivia Newton-John -- was first diagnosed with breast cancer, it would also be about her landmark 2019. Her ethereal dance showed her vulnerabilities and her newfound comfort with her own identity.
Sharna said she wrote down "wow" in her notes about the powerful dance and praised Chloe's representation of her life through dance.
The scores: Craig Revel Horwood: 7, Sharna Burgess: 9, Tristan Macmanus: 8 for a total of 24.
Claudia Karvan and Aric Yegudkin
The dance: Quickstep.
The song: “Graceland” by Paul Simon.
The lowdown: Claudia paid tribute to her older brother Rupert, who was diagnosed with schizophrenia when he was in his early 30s. Claudia's playful quickstep celebrated her relationship with Rupert and the year that saw a major transformation for him.
The judges picked up on a couple of missteps but otherwise were full of praise for Claudia and Aric with Sharna applauding them for "nailing it".
The scores: Craig Revel Horwood: 7, Sharna Burgess: 8, Tristan Macmanus: 8 for a total of 23.
Beau Ryan and Megan Wragg
The dance: Contemporary.
The song: "Show Me Love" (ft. Kimberly Anne) by Sam Feldt.
The lowdown: Beau paid tribute to his wife Kara, and the day he watched her walk down the aisle with the Amazing Race host saying that the dance "sums up our love story".
While Craig didn't love the "lack of continuation of movement and flow" he did praise Beau's commitment to the character saying that he "acted your way through it brilliantly".
The scores: Craig Revel Horwood: 6, Sharna Burgess: 8, Tristan Macmanus: 7 for a total of 21.
Travis Cloke and Violeta Mugica
The dance: Paso Doble.
The song: “It’s My Life” by Bon Jovi.
The lowdown: There was plenty of power to Travis' paso doble, helped along by Bon Jovi's 2000s power ballad. Sharna noted that the footy player had improved a lot from last week's performance but Craig said he looked like an "action man doll with a very limited range of movements".
The scores: Craig Revel Horwood: 4, Sharna Burgess: 6, Tristan Macmanus: 5 for a total of 15.
Angie Kent and Julian Caillon
The dance: Waltz.
The song: “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole.
The lowdown: Angie teared up at rehearsal and during the gorgeous waltz which was performed to honour the memory of her Nanny Fae, who passed away in 2018. Looking like an elegant '60s Barbie doll, Angie blissfully glided around the room with Julian and it was truly unforgettable.
While the judges "smashed" her (Angie's words) we were spellbound by her latest effort on the dance floor.
The scores: Craig Revel Horwood: 3, Sharna Burgess: 5, Tristan Macmanus: 6 for a total of 14.
Christian Wilkins And Lily Cornish
The dance: Foxtrot.
The song: "When You Wish Upon A Star" Ray Chew.
The lowdown: Christian and Lily lived out their Disney prince and princess fantasies with a saccharine spin around to the magical tune. Christian said he was paying tribute to all the boys and girls who "don't fit in" as his dad Richard Wilkins teared up in the audience.
The scores: Craig Revel Horwood: 7, Sharna Burgess: 7, Tristan Macmanus: 7 for a total of 21.
Dami Im and Shae Mountain
The dance: Contemporary.
The song: “Hero” by Mariah Carey.
The lowdown: For Dami, it was all about stepping back in time to the year 2013 -- when she won The X-Factor and was propelled into her professional singing career. Dancing to the ballad she first sang on the reality competition, Dami and Shae re-told the story with the dance style's mainstays: bare feet and open-neck shirts.
"Powerful, confident and, most importantly, believable," said Tristan, saying Dami had finally unleashed her inner lioness.
"You were totally singing that dance," Craig added, saying that he loved the performance and that his sister Di would probably be re-creating it in the kitchen later that night.
The scores: Craig Revel Horwood: 8 , Sharna Burgess: 9, Tristan Macmanus: 7 for a total of 24.
Celia Pacquola and Jarryd Byrne
The dance: Samba.
The song: "Independent Women" by Destiny's Child.
The lowdown: Celia took us back to 2002, the year she took a trip with her mum Pam that inspired independence and some big life decisions so it was only fitting that she and Jarryd danced to the classic Charlies Angels soundtrack fave by Destiny's Child.
Craig said the dance lacked balance but praised her musicality and storytelling skills. Celia's response, "I know that's supposed to make me feel bad but I'm just too damned empowered right now, Craig!"
The scores: Craig Revel Horwood: 4, Sharna Burgess: 6, Tristan Macmanus: 6 for a total of 16.
Ed Kavalee and Jorja Freeman
The dance: Jive.
The song: “Come Anytime” by The Hoodoo Gurus.
The lowdown: After a rough week last week, Ed came back into rehearsals with a vengeance. Remembering the year he made it big in his comedy career with Thank God You're Here, Ed danced the jive and managed some impressive kicks, lifts and managed to tone down a few of his facial expressions.
Tristan said it was "definitely your best dance" and Craig and Sharna had some kind words for Ed and Jorja's energetic jive.
The scores: Craig Revel Horwood: 6, Sharna Burgess: 7, Tristan Macmanus: 6.