Last week, Diana Nyad and Sean Avery got the boot. Please, please let's put Billy Dee out of his misery this week.
The guest judge is Robin Roberts. LOVE HER. It's also "tell your sob story/backstory" night. DON'T LOVE THAT.
Uh oh, Billy Dee Williams is backstage. This does not bode well.
James Maslow & Peta Murgatroyd
James used to be chubby kid. In 2007, he overcame bullying - it's unclear if he got skinny and the bullying stopped or the other way around.
It's our first "nerdy boy/hot girl" routine of the season. Blech. Although I love this song, "The Middle" by Jimmy Eat World. Peta is so channeling Cher from "Clueless."
Len calls it full-on, flat-out and fantastic. Robin praises his attack and his winking at her when he came up on the judges' table. Carrie Ann calls it kinetic and vibrant, but gives him teeny tiny advice about his "claw" hands.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Robin: 9; Bruno: 9
Basics of the switcheroo: It's only for one week.
Billy Dee Williams announces that on doctor's orders he's withdrawing from the competition. No word yet if there will still be an elimination tonight or if there will be two eliminated next week. My guess is that they weren't planning on eliminating anybody solely based on their performance with their switch partner, so they'll combine this week and next.
NeNe Leakes & Tony Dovolani
NeNe's most memorable year was the year she remarried her husband.
This rumba is sexy, sexy, sexy. And I'm not just saying that because Tony is shirtless and buff.
Bruno compliments NeNe's ability to maintain her movement throughout the entire dance. Carrie Ann likes her arms this week. Len says that despite the bed and Tony's nakedness, it didn't veer into raunchy.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 7; Robin: 8; Bruno: 8
Erin just confirmed my suspicions that this week's scores will be combined with next week's scores.
Cody Simpson & Witney Carson
Cody's most memorable year was 2010, when he moved to the U.S. after an agent discovered his videos on YouTube. His family gave up their lives for his dream. This week, they're dancing to one of Cody's own songs.
Witney's doing some sort of '40s pinup bathing suit thing while Cody looks like he stepped straight out of a Ralph Lauren ad. I have no basis on which to judge jazz dancing. Let's see what the actual judges say.
Bruno calls it refreshing and so right now. The rest of the judges liked it too, praising its newness and inventiveness.