‘DWTS’ Power Rankings Week 3 – Who Will Own Latin Night?

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough (Photo: ABC)

Last week, LMFAO singer Redfoo and his partner Emma Slater were the first couple eliminated from season 20 of “Dancing with the Stars,” but the whole field stepped its game for “My Jam Monday.”

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Here is a recap of all the celebrity scores from Week 2 in descending order: Nastia Liukin – 34, Riker Lynch – 32, Rumer Willis – 32, Willow Shields – 32, Michael Sam – 28, Patti LaBelle – 28, Robert Herjavec – 28, Suzanne Somers – 28, Noah Galloway – 27, Charlotte McKinney – 26, Chris Soules – 21.

Tonight is the ballroom’s famous “Latin Night,” and a second couple will be eliminated from the competition. Who is on the chopping block? Check out predictions and rankings from XFINITY.com editors Chelsea Badeau and David Onda, who are teaming up with #DWTSAllAccess host and former “Strictly Come Dancing” contestant Gethin Jones for a weekly dissection of the remaining couples.

How Does It Work? Each week before the live performances, Chelsea, David and Gethin will rank the “Dancing with the Stars” couples from best to worst based on how they think the duos will finish in scoring and audience votes.  This week, no. 1 will be the safest couple, and no. 11 will be the couple most likely to be eliminated. The ranking of the eliminated couple will determine how many points Chelsea, David and Gethin will earn.

Chelsea is the first leader of the season with 12 points after she correctly predicted Redfoo’s elimination. David is one point behind with 11 points. And Gethin had much more faith in Redfoo and Emma – he has 4 points.

Here are the power rankings for Week 3:

Chelsea’s Score = 12

Any questions for Chelsea? Drop her a line on Twitter: @ladybugchels

David’s Score = 11

Any questions for David? Drop him a line on Twitter: @david_onda

Gethin’s Score = 4

Any questions for Gethin? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gethincjones

1. Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: Rumer came out strong again, fittingly dancing the cha-cha-cha to Adele’s “Rumor Has It.” The intro was on point, and she looks focused and determined. She just needs to relax and breathe a bit more. Breathe, Rumer, breathe! It’s good for you, I promise. Tonight’s Latin theme should be a good fit for her fierce style. 1. Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: She may not have had the best score of the night last week, but Rumer Willis is still the pony I’m sticking with for now. She dances with such conviction and passion, and looks so physically fit and beautiful while doing it. I think the “Latin Night” salsa routine will be a great opportunity for Rumer and Val to show off their fiery chemistry. 1. Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy:  I am so excited for you to see their rehearsal package! Not giving anything away right now – don’t wanna spoil it. It’s a comedy injury, that’s it, say no more. First couple of dances have been serious, but I think this is gonna be one sexy salsa! She’ll be near the top again this week no doubt.
2. Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough: First nines of the season! Now, this is what I expected to see from this pair. Their rumba to Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” was absolutely beautiful and I saw a real connection between Nastia and Derek that wasn’t there in the first week. As Julianne pointed out, Nastia is obviously the most “naturally gifted” celebrity in the competition, but she will need to continue to tap into her emotions to stay at the top of the leaderboard.  2. Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough: I ranked Nastia in first place for Week 1 and in second place for Week 2, and she’s finally lived up to my expectations! Everything about this routine worked, from her fluid and flexible movements, to her elegant and flowing white dress, to her song choice – Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud.” It was a beautiful performance, and Nastia certainly earned those first nines of the season. 2. Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough: Their rumba last week was truly sensational. Beautifully created by D.H., and superbly executed by Nastia. Lots has been said about the little time they have to practice, which this week has really been under scrutiny after a painful looking fall. Time to smile and samba!
3. Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: OMG! This routine was everything, and I mean e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g! I recreated it in my head and I was dancing with… wait this isn’t about me, back to Willow. She killed it. Mark made their creative and colorful Argentine tango fun and age appropriate. She showed everyone that she has talent and that the first week was a bit of a fluke of nerves with her having to go first. Carrie Ann is right – she’s “in it to win it.” 3. Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: Riker comes off as kind of a mumbly bro during #DWTSAllAccess rehearsals and in his live show video packages, but he becomes a whole different person when he dances. Last week’s fox-trot proved that Riker is capable of adapting to different dance styles and controlling his youthful energy for the conservative routines. I think he’ll continue to get better. 3. Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: The more I get to know him on- and off-screen, the more I like him. Totally the right attitude towards the show, he’s just letting loose and going with it! The hair slicked back for his fox-trot, he’s letting it down for the salsa. I hear he’s even taking some clothes off. Ok, Riker, don’t get too carried away! Always second, can he come out on top this week?
4. Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: He’s goofy – we get it – but he’s good. He’s really good. His slicked-back hairstyle was almost as slick as his fox-trot moves to “Sugar.” Riker, Rumer and Michael will all be dancing salsa tonight, so it will be interesting to compare the three since their styles are so different. I think Riker will bring a unique flavor to his version. 4. Patti LaBelle & Artem Chigvintsev: Patti LaBelle is so cool. There’s no denying it. And I think the “Dancing with the Stars” fans have absolutely fallen in love with the music legend all over again. And she’s smart. By dancing to a 50 Cent song, the 70-year-old helped grab the attention of young fans who may not know Patti. During her live #DWTSAllAccess rehearsal on Thursday, she said her knee is feeling better, so I’d expect a little more hop in her step this week. Long live LaBelle. 4. Chris Soules & Witney Carson: I don’t know how many Gauchos were made in Iowa, but there’s one right here. He was so disappointed with himself last week. I just saw him a few hours ago, and he looked super-relaxed and focused. He’s ready to tango, and I expect him to bounce back. I think this dance will suit him. We embraced at the end of our chat. I’ve never felt so safe :-). And he needs to have a safe pair of hands – his lift with Witney at the end of the routine has to be perfect.
5. Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson: I’m still here for Robert. He does need to work on his frame and tone down his dance face (smiling is great, but it shouldn’t hurt your face), but he’s having so much fun and I love watching him dance with Kym. They’re the cutest. 5. Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: Willow came out last week and proved that she didn’t deserve the low scores she received on Week 1. She shouldn’t have received the same score (32) as Rumer and Riker, but I was really impressed with how she bounced back. Special kudos to Mark Ballas for turning the typically sexy and passionate Argentine tango into something appropriate for a 14-year-old girl. We haven’t seen the best from Willow yet. 5. Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: Mark gives motivational speeches in single words. That’s weird. He also likes to paint his partner. That’s weird. But it’s working. She’s having a blast, and probably has my favourite laugh of the cast! It’s catching! More tears than laughter this week though for a show stopping paso. 
6. Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess: What’s not to love? Noah is super-duper likeable and he has major swag! His timing was impeccable and he clearly is improving. The surprise reunion with his girlfriend made him that much more endearing and may have helped with the votes. Plus, he has a trick up his sleeve for tonight’s Argentine tango – literally – he will be wearing a prosthetic arm. Should be good. 6. Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess: It’s hard to critique Noah’s dancing, because he has limitations and I have to be sensitive to that. However, I think Noah would want to be judged just as anyone would judge the other dancers. That said, I did not love last week’s routine. I found the choreography to be a bit boring, and Sharna just didn’t give Noah enough to do. He’s an inspiration, for sure. I just need to see more. Tonight, he’ll be dancing with a prosthetic arm. Hoping it works as planned. Can’t wait! 6. Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani:  I will be chatting to Suzanne about her sex life this week on #DWTSAllAccess, and I’m already blushing like a school boy at the thought of it! An incredible woman who’s determined to win this thing. At 68, she’d be the oldest ever. Long way to go, but I expect the samba to be sensational!
7. Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani: There was certainly a “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On” in their jive. I need that pink fringe dress with leopard trimming in my life, pronto! She looked amazing and showed huge improvements over last week. She didn’t miss a step. It’s fair to say the judges loved it. She should do well dancing the samba to “Copacabana” tonight.  7. Michael Sam & Peta Murgatroyd: I was really critical of Michael after his first dance, but I think he really improved in his Week 2 fox-trot. He was in-sync with Peta, much smoother with his movements and really improved on his footwork. Michael even fixed the uncomfortable smile that the judges called him out for. Overall, a much better performance. Let’s see how he handles tonight’s salsa. 7. Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson:  Oh, my actual days. Their rumba is hotter that hot. I’ve never smoked, but after watching their rehearsal, I actually wanted to light up. This dance is the true mention of “smokin'”! A fun cha-cha and a fun fox-trot, Robert is revving his engine this week. You know what Len is like though – will it be too much?!
8. Michael Sam & Peta Murgatroyd: In an interview with WFAA-TV in Dallas last week, Michael said he’d rather be playing football than dancing. While I appreciate his honesty, I’m not sure it will win him votes, as it’s hard to support someone who isn’t completely into it when other celebs clearly want to be on the show and are making it a priority. That said, he looked great last week. His fox-trot was clean and his footwork was improved. The judges were impressed. We’ll see how he does with the salsa. 8. Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson: Was anyone else stunned by how buff Robert Herjavec appeared in last week’s video package? The dude is ripped! Again, I was drawn in by the “Shark Tank” star’s infectious enthusiasm before, during and after his performance, but he has some work to do. He doesn’t transition very smoothly from move to move and shuffles his feet a bit. It will be interesting to see if sparks fly between Robert and Kym during tonight’s rumba. 8. Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess: Talk about the “ups and downs” on this show! After being surprised by his GF live on the show, she passes basic training and he’s by her side, and all the while trying to master a prosthetic arm for his first ballroom dance. Sharna looks like the perfect partner, and I don’t know what to say about this man. I’m in awe. 
9. Chris Soules & Witney Carson: I thought Chris might choose a country song for his jam, but no, apparently Pitbull gets him going. Unfortunately, this was not a strong showing. He struggled with his timing and he admitted that he was disappointed in himself. Maybe with more time to practice this week, he will be able to get back on track.  9. Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani: It’s really not fair to rank Suzanne and Tony so low this week. After all, she showed vast improvement in Week 2 and impressed me with how she stayed in step with Tony during the fast-paced jive. Plus: She danced on a piano! However, a fraction of a point was all that separated Suzanne and Redfoo from elimination last week. Why aren’t the fans voting for her? That scares me. 9. Patti LaBelle & Artem Chigvintsev: Ok. She may not be able to a triple axel (is that a move?!) and jump splits, but I’m telling you, the vibe in that ballroom last week was amazing! I felt like I got lucky with tickets to a gig I really wanted to see! It was brilliant. Artem tells me even she got carried away and started touching her breasts mid-performance. #respect
10. Patti LaBelle & Artem Chigvintsev: Patti’s jam is 50 Cent’s “In Da Club.” And, boy, was she jammin’! I was not expecting that, and I loved every moment of her salsa. Even with an injured knee, the living legend was giving it all she had. I hope her injury improves and she is able to come out with a solid routine.  10. Chris Soules & Witney Carson: The look on Witney’s face said it all last week. I don’t think she is enjoying her partnership with “Prince Farming.” It looked as if Witney was dancing at the club and Chris was an uncoordinated wallflower just trying to make his move. She did all the work in their cha-cha-cha. He did very little. And all the moves he did make were sloppy and uncomfortable. It isn’t working. 10. Charlotte McKinney & Keo Motsepe: So, last week on #DWTSAllAccess, I asked Keo what Charlotte’s most annoying habit was – without hesitation, he said her use of the phone. I think this has interrupted quite a few of their crucial practice time. I hope they can come good. Then again, I think she was worried last week, and in fairness she came out and delivered!
11. Charlotte McKinney & Keo Motsepe: The model is having a tough time with social media bullying, and is looking to put the negativity behind her. She did look like she enjoyed herself more dancing the cha-cha to Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” and the judges applauded her for her courage and improvements on the dance floor. We’ll see if she’s able to continue improving and really focus on dancing and forget the stuff happening off the dance floor. 11. Charlotte McKinney & Keo Motsepe: “She doesn’t know how to move from one place to the other,” Bruno Tonioli said of Charlotte last week. And that pretty much sums it up. Yes, Charlotte did improve, but she was still stiff and can’t seem to figure out what to do with those long legs. During her live #DWTSAllAccess rehearsal with Keo on Thursday, Charlotte stabbed him in the face with her high heel and complained of foot pain. I think she’s in over her head. 11. Michael Sam & Peta Murgatroyd:  Bruno still talking about the booty! Surprise. But Michael’s main issue this week is getting the lifts right for this high-tempo salsa. He’s so powerful, he keeps over-throwing Peta! You wait until you see the footage. Oh, and speaking of footage, check out our interview with them on #DWTSAllAccess. We have some exclusive footage that I’m still trying to get over!

Check out Gethin Jones live tonight on #DWTSAllAccess on abc.com starting at 8:00 p.m. ET. Gethin and his co-host will be interviewing the stars, couples and many more guests, as well as providing live commentary throughout the show.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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