A new frontrunner emerged in week 3 of "Dancing with the Stars" season 17, while at the same time a contestant with fun performances had to leave the show. Bill Nye, who had torn tendon after injuring himself during last week's performance, was advised not to dance this week and to get the needed surgery, but he danced anyway.
His partner Tyne Stecklein created a futuristic robot jazz dance that didn't require much footwork. While it lacked technique, judge Bruno Tonioli said it was "very entertaining" and Len Goodman praised his determination. Despite the good words, the judges only gave him 16 points.
Most of the other celebrity contestants fared much better than The Science Guy on the Hollywood night. Leah Remini and her partner Tony Dovolani scored 24 for their sexy rumba a la Bond girls. Bruno and Len wanted more fluidity in her arms, but Carrie Ann Inaba disagreed with them and said that Leah "turned up the steam notch."
Corbin Bleu's partner Karina Smirnoff made the fastest quickstep ever, and Bruno admitted, "It was incredibly fast; I've never seen anything like it." Carrie Ann said he "nailed it," but warned Corbin to watch his frame. Len said it was too fast, but still called it "fabulous." The actor earned 26 points.
Pro dancer Val Chmerkovskiy blindfolded Elizabeth Berkley during rehearsals to teach her trust. During the performance, they danced an airline-themed foxtrot. Carrie Ann called it "flawless" despite a small "boo boo," while Bruno pointed out some pockets of turbulence but said that she was "flying first class all the way." Elizabeth scored 25.
Brant Daugherty topped this week's leaderboard with 27 points after dancing a smooth quickstep. He didn't show any sign of injury although he hurt his foot last week. He was also "robbed at gunpoint." Len said it was "painless to watch," and Carrie Ann "couldn't believe" he was hurt.
Valerie Harper was tied with Bill Nye for the lowest scorer of the night after dancing a cha cha cha with Tristan MacManus. Bruno said, "You went wrong so many times," and Carrie Ann commented, "You lost your way throughout the whole dance." She earned 16 points.
Bill Engvall did a paso doble as his childhood hero the Lone Ranger with partner Emma Slater. He's determined "to win this" and it showed, as Carrie Ann declared, "You nailed the paso!" Len thought it was his "best dance." The comedian earned 24 points.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough rehearsed amid her busy week of filming "Glee" and recording her album. They danced a rousing Charleston which Len said was "well done." The judges pointed out some issues with her legs, with Carrie Ann saying Amber's "top half" was fantastic but her feet were "low energy compared to the rest." The actress scored 24.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke did a 1970s-themed cha cha cha. Bruno said his "hip action" was lacking. Carrie Ann thought it's "not your best at all," and told him not to take such big steps. The reality TV star eaned 22 points.
Christina Milian danced a charleston and her partner Mark Ballas got his face painted like a clown. Carrie Ann called it "incredible," and Len said that it was "top notch." The judges gave her 26 points.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi wasn't happy with last week's scores and proved that she could do better this week. Her quickstep with Sasha Farber earned 25 points as Len admitted she "surprised" him. Carrie Ann gushed, "You are a superstar."
After all 11 remaining pairs danced, the results were revealed. Christina and Brant were in jeopardy, but it's Bill the Science Guy who got the boot. "There are people here who are working so hard, who are so good. You see how they're improving every week. I'm not going to be able to keep up with that," he admitted. "But what breaks my heart is Tyne's not going to be able to stay. She's fantastic," he added, thanking fans before saying, "It's really been cool."