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Dancing with the Stars: Villains Night Brings a Hair-Raising Elimination

Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson, Dancing With the Stars | Photo Credits: ABC

 Dancing with the Stars pulled out all the stops for villains night. Host Tyra Banks and the three judges — Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Derek Hough — kicked things off with a found-footage Blair Witch-style opening about how the contestants are all changing into villains. Then they were each dressed as a famous villain in the ballroom. Bruno was Beetlejuice, Carrie Ann was Pennywise, Tyra was the Mistress of Darkness, and Derek... well, we thought he was Two-Face, but Tyra said he was Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Could go either way. 

Here's how everyone did and who was sent packing tonight.

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Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong 
Dance/Song: Paso Doble / "Maneater" by Nelly Furtado
How They Did: Jeannie's villain was Hannibal Lecter, which was... a little weird. Sexy Hannibal Lecter is not something we thought we'd ever see, plus they ditched the Silence of the Lambs motif fairly early on, which was actually kind of a bummer. They should have leaned into Lecter more. But the actual dancing was terrific, very crisp and dramatic like a paso doble should be. Jeannie even pulled off one of those tricky floor spins that you usually only see the female pro dancers attempt. The judges agreed. 

Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart 
Dance/Song: Viennese Waltz / "Creep" by Vincent
How They Did:
 Johnny's villain was a vampire, but his routine was much more about him being told he couldn't be gay if he pursued figure skating and how his mom supported him. It was incredibly emotional and incredibly well done. Johnny's skating background made him perfect for this type of flowing, lyrical dance. The only problem was that both the overwrought vocalist and the fog machine were on overdrive and it was really detracting from the beautiful dance. That could have maybe been a little more delicate and stripped down. But anyway, the judges loved it.
Score: 27/30

Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko 
Dance/Song: Paso Doble / "In the Air Tonight" by Helmut Vonlichten  
How They Did:
 Chrishell's villain was Maleficent, which is maybe the best villain of all time. They also leaned hard into their motif, which worked very well. The dance felt very combative between Maleficent and Prince Phillip (Gleb) and was super intense, especially because she killed him at the end! Dark. Jeannie's paso should have been more like this one. 
Score: 26/30   

Monica Aldama and Val Chmerkovskiy
Dance/Song: Jazz / "Fever" by Beyonce 

How They Did: Monica was Nurse Ratched from One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, though they definitely went with the Netflix version played by Sarah Paulson rather than the 1970s version played by Louise Fletcher. Anyway, Monica's athleticism let her pull off some very impressive moves, but the dance felt a little disconnected, like they were just moving from flashy move to flashy move instead of performing a dance routine. It definitely wasn't smooth jazz. It was also way too sexy to fit with the Ratched theme. It was too bad more pairs didn't really lean into their villain like Chrishell and Gleb did.
Score: 22/30

AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke
Dance/Song: Tango / Theme from Psycho

How They Did: In the pre-performance package, they showed how Cheryl took a hard spill in rehearsal and hit the back of her head on the ballroom floor. But fortunately, she rallied, and she and AJ did a great job with their tango. The Psycho score actually made surprisingly good tango music and their fancy footwork looked really good — the degree of difficulty looked really high. 
Score: 26/30   

Nelly and Daniella Karagach
Dance/Song: Argentine Tango / "I Can't Feel My Face" by The Weeknd
How They Did:
Nelly had on some killer Freddy Krueger makeup, but even that wasn't enough to distract from the fact that he's just not a great dancer. He tried really hard, but Daniella was really carrying the routine, which is something that has always annoyed us about this show. Male celebrities can be made to look so good by a flashy female pro and it's a lot harder for the opposite to happen. The judges praise Nelly a lot, but his bar was not very high, plus even Derek said that Daniella could not have done "all those amazing things" without Nelly being so solid. Which is a polite way of saying that Nelly just stood there while Daniella did the heavy lifting. Hmph. But then they gave him all 9s. It was outrageous that this routine got a 27 and Chrishell's routine got a 26.
Score: 27/30

Justina Machado and Sasha Farber
Dance/Song: Tango / "Take Me to Church" by MILCK
How They Did:
 The costume and makeup were on point for this routine and they did some really cool things to make it look like Justina had Carrie's telekinetic powers. Justina also did a great job holding her frame, the whole thing was very intense, punctuated by Justina's screams. Way to lean into the theme.
Score: 26/30   

Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson
Dance/Song: Paso Doble / "Swan Lake Remix" by District 78

How They Did: Their Black Swan paso doble was the best dance of the night (and we wrote that without seeing the final two dances). It was super intense, Nev showed off some impressive athleticism, and they really incorporated the film's motif. Incredibly well done.
Score: 30/30

Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten 
Dance/Song: Argentine Tango / "Everything I Wanted" by Billie Eilish
How They Did:
 This was a very good dance in the technical sense — Skai is so petite and such a good dancer already that she can do some pro-level moves. However, the music did not fit the theme or the dance and it did not flow at all. It felt like the most disconnected, passion-less dance of the night. The energy level was super low, the whole thing was kind of a mess. But technically, it was outstanding, so Skai should certainly not be in danger of going home.
Score: 27/30

Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev
Dance/Song: Paso Doble / "Disturbia" by Rihanna

How They Did: Kaitlyn's Cruella de Vil getup was spectacular, it fit the intensity of the dance really well. Kaitlyn is definitely one of the strongest competitors, she did a great job this week. Every year on this show, some celebs get by on personality and others are talented enough at dancing to execute the moves really well, but the really great ones can do both. Kaitlyn can do both. This wasn't quite as good as Nev and Jenna's paso doble, but it was very good. We totally disagree with Carrie Ann giving her a 7.
Score: 24/30   

Elimination: The bottom two couples were Jeannie Mai & Brandon Armstrong and Monica Aldama & Val Chmerkovskiy. The judges voted to save Jeannie and Brandon, which meant Monica and Val were eliminated.

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This Is Us Season 5 Won't Heal the Kevin and Randall Rift Anytime Soon

Sterling K. Brown, This Is Us | Photo Credits: NBC

This Is Us has delivered some jaw-dropping scenes over the past four seasons, but none may be as pointedly painful as the fight between Kevin (Justin Hartley) and Randall (Sterling K. Brown) in the Season 4 finale when the brothers took very calculated shots at each other and potentially ruined any hope of them being close in their adult lives. When the NBC tear-jerker returns for a two-hour premiere on Tuesday night, the brothers will still be at odds. Series creator Dan Fogelman warned the press during a recent panel event to promote the new episodes that no one should expect the pair to make up any time soon. 

"When we took the fight to that place, it was never intended to be kind of like, they make up the next week or the next episode," Fogelman said. "That's a fight that's been building for 40 years between these two boys and now men who grew up in the same house. It's going to be in the front and center of our TV show. It's in the front and center of our premiere, and it will be in the front and center of our show for quite a bit. It's not one like where you had a fight over who is carving the turkey on Thanksgiving and you make up the next day. I think that one's going to take a little bit of rebuilding, if in fact they can get there." 

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Hartley added that the fact that the brothers weren't in a screaming match or a physical altercation changes the nature of the fight. They said things designed to hurt each other, including Kevin saying that the worst thing that ever happened to him was Randall being brought home from the hospital the day that Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) and Rebecca (Mandy Moore) adopted him. 

"It wasn't screaming. It wasn't out of control. It wasn't manic. It was a calculated statement that Randall made to Kevin and then Kevin made to Randall," Hartley explained. "They were talking to each other and saying things [in a way] that is so hurtful. And the way that they are said is just like, 'This is coming out of my mouth, and I intend for this to hurt you and I need to say this.' I think sometimes when you have fights like that, sometimes it takes like an event to bring people back together because I don't know how motivated -- and then we'll find out throughout the season -- but I don't know how motivated both men are to reconcile so quickly."

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Brown revealed that the fight kind of echoes the throw down that Jack and Rebecca went through at the end of Season 1, which he called Fogelman about when he read the Season 1 finale script. Fogelman had warned Brown ahead of the Kevin and Randall fight that what the brothers were going to go through would actually be worse. Once he heard that, he knew that the estranged siblings would have an uphill battle to healing the wounds caused by the hurtful exchange. 

"I don't if we could just, you know, sum it up too quickly because it wouldn't be authentic to what we introduced, but I'm hopeful," Brown said. 

Let's hope they can figure this out long before they are brought back together to a dying Rebecca's bedside in the flash forward future scene. 

This Is Us Season 5 premieres Tuesday, Oct. 27 at 9/8c on NBC. 

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Here Is Your First Look at Javicia Leslie in Her Batwoman Suit

Javicia Leslie, Batwoman | Photo Credits: WB/CW

After months of waiting, Warner Bros. and The CW have released the first photos of Javicia Leslie in her own Batwoman suit, and it looks like she is officially ready to fight some crime. Leslie, the first Black woman to play a live-action Batwoman, will star in Season 2 as Ryan Wilder, who will take up the Batwoman mantle from Kate Kane in the series. Leslie was cast in the role this summer after Ruby Rose departed the series.

While Ryan will initially don Kate's suit at the beginning of Season 2 as she gets used to her new role within Gotham City, eventually she will remake the suit to fit her needs as a crimefighting vigilante. Warner Bros. and The CW released two photos of Leslie in Ryan's eventual suit, which features new red gauntlets and deeper laser etching for a better silhouette. The suit also leaves room for an overflowing naturally curly wig with red streaks.

The suit was designed by Batwoman costume designer Maya Mani and created by Ocean Drive Leather. The wig was created by Janice Workman. 

"Ryan's journey starts from a place of 'What can this Batsuit do for me?' But it's not long before she realizes the power of its symbol and what it can do for everyone else in Gotham City," Batwoman showrunner Caroline Dries said in a statement. "As Ryan embraces everything that makes her special, she adjusts the suit to fit her physically and figuratively. This meant creating a new body design and new cowl that was undeniably a statement that screamed 'powerful.' Maya Mani sent me her drawings and I loved it. The wig was something we never perfected in Season 1, and Janice Workman crushed it with this new take. Javicia and I saw various prototypes of styles and red ombres, and at one point we were trading our own iPad-doodled versions. Janice translated that into what we are looking at now. When I see it, I smile. It makes me feel inspired."

Upon learning of Leslie's casting, Rose shared her reaction on Instagram, writing, "OMG!! This is amazing!! I am so glad Batwoman will be played by an amazing Black woman. I  want to congratulate Javicia Leslie on taking over the bat cape.  You are walking into an amazing cast and crew.  I can't wait to watch season 2 you are going to be amazing!!"

There's no word yet on how they'll introduce Wilder into the fold, but we can't wait to see the God Friended Me alum mixing it up with Gotham's finest. 

Batwoman, with Leslie at the center, returns in January 2021 on The CW.

Batwoman Season 1 is currently streaming on The CW and Netflix.

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