DWTS Recap: Tamar Serves ‘Rhythm Nation’

Tens all around for Tamar Braxton this week on Dancing with the Stars. She recieved a perfect score for a perfect performance.

It was “Famous Dance” night for the stars as they got to pay tribute to some of the most memorable moves from movies, TV and music including “You’re the One That I Want” from Grease and “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” from Dirty Dancing—an appropriate theme with Grease star Olivia Newton-John as a guest judge for the night.

Last week Braxton struggled with a different partner and a difficult dance but still managed to captivate on her own dancing to Queen Bey’s “End of Time”.

Howeever, this week she gave a dominating performance to Janet Jackson’s “Rhythm Nation” and never missed a beat.

Everyone knows the world famous music video by Jackson and how intricate the dance moves are, but Braxton flawlessly recreated the dance with help from Pro Val Chmerkovskiy and the judges loved it.

“I was just thinking about last week and I’m worried about you because you had such low scores, but tonight is really who you are as a dancer,” said Judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “And I have to say out of all the dances tonight, and I’ve loved them all, that was the hardest one to do perfectly and I think you might have nailed it.”

Judge Bruno Tonioli said it was a comeback performance for Braxton and she was “undistinguishable” from the other pros she danced with.

“I really believe that this dance was made for you to one day perform because it was brilliant,” Judge Julianne Hough said.

Braxton is now tied for first along with Andy Grammar and Bindi Irwin who also got perfect scores for the night, followed closely by Carlos PenaVega and Nick Carter.

It’s getting hard to predict who the final three will be with all the switch-ups on the leader board, but we’re confident Braxton will make it to the end.

Can’t say the same for Paula Deen who was the latest star to exit the ballroom.

Just eight stars left in the competition, tune in next week for new dance moves on DWTS, Monday at 8/7c.

Credit: Jessica Wenck


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