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Dancing With the Stars Watch: Plenty of Salsa and Cheese on Latin Night

Adam Taylor—ABC

Plus, someone gets sent home to think about what they've done

Welcome back to Dancing With the Stars, where each week one couple inches ever closer to taking home the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy — and one couple gets sent home to think about what they’ve done.

This week it’s Latin night, meaning Latin dances, Latin flair, and at least one song by Pitbull, Shakira and Gloria Estefan (it’s a law!). Perhaps even more exciting, it’s the first week that the dancers can incorporate lifts into their routines. That means more drama, more excitement and more possibility that people will fall a lot during rehearsal.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy: Because Val and Rumer are gifted, simply dancing a salsa isn’t enough for them. Instead they opt to mash up their salsa with disco — and the only place to rehearse a disco salsa is at the roller rink. They strap on their roller skates and have a retro good time until Rumer overenthusiastically jumps on Val’s face, splitting his lip, and getting his microphone hooked on an intimate part of her tights. Glad the cameras were there to capture it all. For the performance, Val and Rumer have realized that if you’re going to attempt a disco salsa, you have no choice but to go full Saturday Night Fever, feather your hair and dance to Gloria Estefan’s “Turn the Beat Around.” Len Goodman thought it was the best dance so far. Bruno Tonioli tried to make “Monday Night Fever” a thing and host Erin Andrews, bless her, let us watch Rumer’s accidental face plant, in slow motion, twice. 33/40

Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe: Charlotte claims she is a “visual learner,” and that’s why Keo has to show her each step over and over again. Plus she is a full-time model and actress and needs to answer all of her emails all the time, much to Keo’s frustration. While it’s clear she is not giving her full attention to the rumba, it’s also clear that the producers are not giving her the kindest edit this week. It does not bode well for her chances in the competition. The dance ends with Julianne Hough full on pouting because Charlotte is wasting her potential. Julianne demands that Charlotte go back to her room, take off her socks, and build up callouses, which is not quite a normal thing to say (except in dance, probably). Bruno rudely said she would “never win the Nobel Prize.” As the women yelled him down, Tom Bergeron walked over and whispered to Bruno, “Neither will you.” Can we just give Tom the Mirror Ball, now? 22/40

Michael Sam and Peta Murgatroyd: To spice up their salsa (to “Celebrate” by Pitbull, natch) Peta choreographed multiple lifts thinking that since Michael is used to blocking 200-lb. men on the football field, he should have no problem tossing her up into the air multiple times. She came to regret that decision when during rehearsal it became clear that Michael didn’t know his own strength and kept throwing her halfway across the room. Luckily he sorted it out before he hit the dance floor. Bruno was impressed with his restraint, but was distressed about his lack of timing. Carrie Ann didn’t feel “safe” during the routine, even though she wasn’t the one that Michael was throwing into the air like pizza dough. 24/40

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: Allison told Riker that he needed to “be sexy” for his salsa, which Riker translated to mean borrowing a short-sleeved sparkly shirt from his mom, and then ripping it open at the end of the dance, in order to wring the last possible vote out of any teens watching with their families at home. Len felt the need to be honest and told Riker that he wasn’t the best dancer, but had flair. (Is that what they’re calling spray tans these days?) The rest of the judges loved it, though, with Julianne and Bruno applauding it as real salsa. 34/40 (with Len stubbornly giving a 7)

Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani: At 68 years old, Suzanne is a woman prepared for any occasion, which is why she can wear her own fruit hat for her dance tonight. While Suzanne hasn’t had an opportunity to wear her fruit hat in 35 years, it still fits and stays on her head for the entire samba. The dance ended with Tony swinging Suzanne and her fruit hat around and sliding them between his legs for a dramatic finale. Len declared that it was “juicy, fruity and full of fun,” just like her hat. 25/40

Chris Soules and Witney Carson: Going into his Argentine tango, the Bachelor is in last place, but he is determined not to fail. To prove his seriousness, Chris wears a leather-accented tuxedo sans shirt, which is definitely what people wear to serious occasions like court appearances and will readings. Witney has choreographed an intense routine to “Dangerous” by David Guetta (which is not especially Latin, but works for these purposes) and Chris manages to pull it off. As the lights went up, Julianne crowned him “the comeback king.” Then in a massive brain freeze she declares, “You just Redfoo’d yourself!” Does Julianne not remember that Redfoo got kicked off last week? 28/40

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: Despite a flare-up of pain from an old injury, the Shark Tank judge throws himself into a romantic rumba with Kym. It’s a solid, elegant routine, but once again it’s not quite enough to distinguish him from the pack of other dancers. The judges were underwhelmed by the routine, which Len dubbed “very middle of the road.” The only one to disagree was Julianne, who thought it was his best dance so far. 29/40

Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev: After getting down in the club with 50 Cent last week, this week Patti cha-chas to Santana while checking into the Hotel LaBelle. (Artem seems to be sidelining in set design this season.) The dance was entertaining, if not particularly energetic. Len kindly said there was a certain charm about Patti, but thought the dance lacked enough cha-cha content, which is Artem’s fault, not Ms. LaBelle’s. 22/40

Willow Shields and Mark Ballas: Resident teen Willow is dancing a paso doble to “Hanuman” by Rodrigo y Gabriela, despite the fact that she doesn’t think she has the life experience to give the paso the intensity it deserves. Guess you don’t pick that up in pre-algebra class? For the routine, Mark wisely clad Willow in a girl-on-fire dress that will subtly remind viewers that she was in The Hunger Games. Len liked the performance and thought it set the bar for pasos (it was the first one of the season so, yeah, it set the bar). 32/40

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: For his Argentine tango, Noah is supposed to wear a prosthetic arm to complete the frame, but it’s uncomfortable and not working for him. Two days before the performance, they reconfigure the dance so he can do it without his arm. Dancing a one-armed tango is an impressive feat, especially considering that there are lifts in the routine. The second the dance ended, the audience exploded in applause. While Carrie Ann felt compelled to nitpick, Len declared Noah his hero and loved Sharna’s imaginative choreography. 30/40

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: Between his work at the New York Spring Spectacular and her studies at NYU, Derek and Nastia only have a little time to rehearse. So Derek wisely used their limited rehearsal time to stomp on her thumb, immobilizing it and causing it to swell. Luckily for him, Nastia is one tough cookie who has willingly performed gymnastics with a broken ankle, so a samba with a swollen thumb is no big deal. For their samba, Derek wisely chose to perform sans shirt to distract the judges (especially his sister who would be forced to avert her eyes). It was a solid routine despite their abbreviated rehearsal time, much to the frustration of all the competitors who actually had to practice. 34/40

In Jeopardy: Chris and Witney, Charlotte and Keo, and Noah and Sharna, who are just there to make people feel bad for not voting.

Leaving Tonight: Charlotte is going to have a lot more time to catch up on her emails, because she is going home. She whispers to Keo, “I’m sorry.”

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This Drone Is Surprisingly Good at Herding Sheep

You're fired, Babe

Get ready to cash in your 401ks, sheepdogs, because you can retire now.

An ingenious Irish farmer has discovered the sheepdog of the future, and it doesn’t require kibble, a warm bed or even a pat on the head for a job well done. That’s because the sheepdog of the future isn’t a dog at all— it’s a drone.

In this video, filmed by Paul Brennan in Carlow, Ireland, the aptly named Shep the Drone flies above a flock of sheep, filming as it herds them from one field to another. It’s unclear why the drone is so good at the job (sheep pliancy induced by terror, perhaps?) but it is incredibly effective at moving the flock across fields with no training, breeding or Milk Bones required.

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This Culinary Genius Built an Easy Cheese 3-D Printer

Someone get this guy a MacArthur "Genius Grant"

A slightly mad evil genius has used his powers for good and rigged a 3-D printer to craft its product in Easy Cheese. While the printer is still in initial testing, per the video, it’s clear the future looks delicious.

In this video, posted by Andrew Maxfield-Parish, the cheese-rigged 3-D printer looks like something built in the basement laboratory on Wallace and Gromit. The video shows that the printer and its creator are still figuring out the logistics of an Easy Cheese-filled future, but by the end of the clip, the machine seems to get the hang of the whole building-in-cheese thing. Give the man and his robot a little more time to perfect the process and perhaps they can build a White House replica just in time for next year’s Big Block of Cheese Day.


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This Black-and-White Footage of the Teletubbies Looks Like a Horror Film

Warning: You may never see the Teletubbies the same way after watching this clip set to the rock band Joy Division

Who knew that the Teletubbies in black and white would look like a shot from an Ingmar Bergman-directed horror film?

A grainy black-and-white image of the Teletubbies, those lovable, huggable children’s television characters, has been circulating the Internet for a few days. While many Twitter users have noted that the image of the huggable furries devoid of their technicolor hue is strangely haunting, verging on horrifying, others commented that the photo looked like a still from the Anton Corbijn-directed music video for “Atmosphere” by post-punkers, Joy Division.

YouTube user Christopher Brown latched on to that idea and ran with it. He took footage of the fuzzy little tubbies, stripped out the color, and soon enough Tinky-Winky, Dipsy, Laa Laa and Po were frolicking through a bleak post-apocalyptic wasteland. Add in the downbeat Joy Division soundtrack, and the result is a wildly weird, strangely avant-garde, creepy video that feels equal part Bergman, David Lynch, and Disney cosplay. Clearly it’s a must-see.

If Joy Division isn’t your cup of tea, someone also made an Aphex Twin version.

(h/t Vanyaland)

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Jimmy Fallon Singing With Five Wax Dummies of Himself Is the Stuff of Nightmares

"Barbara Ann" never sounded so creepy.

On The Tonight Show Thursday night, thanks to what looks like an accident in the laboratory of an Internet-savvy mad scientist, host Jimmy Fallon sings with five wax copies of himself.

While, theoretically, it should be entertaining to watch the comedian sing the Beach Boys’ classic “Barbara Ann” alongside the wax doppelgangers borrowed from Madame Tussauds, the result is unsettling and just plain creepy.

That said, it’s also hard to look away. But when Questlove crashes the singing party, he speaks for us all when he shakes his head and walks away.

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Watch Mariah Carey Kill at Car Karaoke on The Late Late Show

James Corden continues his streak

After convincing Tom Hanks to recreate his most famous movies in an seven-minute video, new Late Late Show host James Corden set about getting Mariah Carey to do a little car karaoke with him and the results are equally memorable.

In the video, Carey and Corden are engaged in the popular Los Angeles pastime of driving around endlessly until Corden “accidentally” turns on one of the diva’s hits. As the opening bars of “Always Be My Baby” played, Carey announced, “I’m not singing today. I was up all night.” Then she gamely started singing along with Corden anyway. As they drove, they chatted and sang through a medley of Carey’s greatest hits with Corden giving it his — although he might not want to give up his day job quite yet.

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The Daily Show Reminds Us That Flying Cars May Exist Before Women Get Equal Pay

Kristen Schaal explains it all in a depressingly funny report.

A recent study predicts American women won’t earn the same amount of money as men until the year 2058 (other studies say it will take until 2100). Senior Women’s Issues Correspondent Kristen Schaal appeared The Daily Show to talk about a few items that will likely be in existence way before paycheck equality, including flying cars and travel to Mars.

Host Jon Stewart then pointed out that, much like equal pay, people have been talking about flying cars for years without making much progress. He asked her to give him a more realistic example, which she does in the form of a news clip showing a scientist unveiling a 3-D printed functional human heart. “You’re telling me we’re going to print a human heart out of a Xerox machine before women get pay equality?” Stewart asked. “No,” Schaal said, “I’m telling you we’ll print hearts 30 years before women get pay equality.” She suggests that women might be better off 3D-printing a different body part entirely if they want the same pay rate as men.

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This Harry Potter-“Uptown Funk” Mashup Is the Stuff of Nightmares

What's next, Lorde Voldemort?

“Uptown Funk” heads to Hogwarts in a new video from KFaceTV.

The parody imagines what the funky Mark Ronson and Bruno Marks jam would sound like if sung by Lord Voldemort and his backing band, Tom and the Riddles, and the results are pretty magical.

The song is filled with the Dark Lord’s fiercest anti-Harry Potter rhymes, which includes plenty of jabs at the Hogwarts crew. There’s little doubt the soulful, sassy remix would be in heavy rotation on Draco Malfoy’s iPod and playing in stores found in the darker corners of Diagon Alley.

In the video, the Dark Lord himself gets funky with his Death Eaters and his pet python, all while plotting the downfall of Harry Potter and gearing up to invade Hogwarts. It’s clear that the Dark Lord knows how to throw down some serious song power, no dark magic required.



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Dancing With the Stars Watch: The First Cut Is the Deepest

Adam Taylor—ABC

Patti LaBelle wins the night with her salsa to 50 Cent

It’s Week 2 of Dancing With the Stars, and the producers are ready with a hashtag of a title, #MyJamMonday, which they are trying to make happen. To wit, the Whitman’s Sampler of ragtag stars (An ex-Bachelor! A Carl’s Jr. commercial star! A 14-year-old! An LMFAO-er!) choose their favorite “jam” and head to the dance floor to prove their mettle. This week, one star will be cut as the journey to the Mirror Ball Trophy gets under way.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars:

Chris Soules and Witney Carson: Did anyone doubt that The Bachelor star Chris Soules loved Pitbull? It’s clearly the foundation of his relationship with both Whitney, his reality-TV-selected life partner, and Witney, his dance-floor partner. Therefore, he chose to do his cha-cha to Pitbull’s “Time of My Life.” Len Goodman thought that his “jam got into a pickle” (Is Len pregnant?) but thought he did a pretty good job for someone without any dance experience. Carrie Ann Inaba encouraged him to focus on the details of the choreography. 20/40

Suzanne Somers and Tony Dovolani: Last week, the judges suggested that AARP member Suzanne Somers get “raunchier” in her dancing. So this week, there was a whole lotta shaking going on during her Jerry Lee Lewis–inspired jive with Suzanne wearing a pink-and-leopard-print ensemble straight out of Betsey Johnson’s leftover wardrobe. The judges appreciated the shaking and the effort. 28/40

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: Before they could hit the dance floor to Michael Bublé’s version “You Make Me Feel So Young,” which is the Shark Tank star’s favorite jam (pretty sure that is not “a jam” by any definition, though), Robert and Kym had to address rumors that they were dating. They claim they aren’t, because they are too busy dancing, but no one believes them. Their foxtrot earned appreciative nods from the judges as well as a surprise video conference from Bublé himself applauding Robert’s prowess. 28/40.

Charlotte McKinney and Keo Motsepe: To remind everyone that she was once on a popular Super Bowl commercial, Charlotte McKinney staged her cha-cha to fellow Super Bowler Katy Perry’s song “California Gurls.” The judges deemed it “better than last week,” which is pretty feeble praise. Then after talking about the dangers and damages of cyberbullying, Bruno Tonioli told Charlotte that she had no idea what to do with her body and should work on that. Then Charlotte announced, “We have crabs!” and it took host Erin Andrews a moment to realize she was referring to the giant crabs dancing behind her. 26/40

Michael Sam and Peta Murgatroyd: NFL baller Michael Sam was tuckered out after playing football at the NFL combine over the weekend, but he didn’t let it slow his foxtrot set to the Motown sound complete with red-clad backup dancers. Len declared that in addition to crabs, he has “scarlet fever.” Julianne Hough thought it was “Broadway,” but she may have meant that in a good way. 28/40

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy: Rumer and Val staked a claim to the top of the leaderboard after their dramatic foxtrot last week. To keep the pressure on their competition, this week they delivered a surprisingly fierce cha-cha to Adele’s “Rumour Has It,” which is Rumer’s jam because it has her name in it and serves as her own personal hang-in-there-kitten poster. The judges enthused all over it. 32/40

Redfoo and Emma Slater: LMFAO’s Redfoo wore sparkly overalls for his jive to his jam “My Sharona” by The Knack. After tanking last week, Redfoo realized this was a competition and not just a very public lark and decided to commit to practicing. His newfound commitment to rehearsing paid off, and Bruno announced that he went from “running on empty to running on plenty,” which is not really a thing that people say, but Redfoo appreciated it. 31/40

Willow Shielda and Mark Ballas: There is no way that 14-year-old Hunger Games actress Willow Shields’ favorite song is Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used to Know,” because she was in elementary school when the song came out. Still, it worked well as a soundtrack for their Argentine Tango (plus, it’s always nice for Gotye to get a few more royalties). The judges were impressed with the lines and shapes of their dance. 32/40

Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: Veteran Noah Galloway chose Darius Rucker’s song “Homegrown Honey” and dedicated his rumba to his girlfriend, who is in basic training. Their dance was spot-on and Julianne praised Noah’s “musicality,” but the judging was overshadowed by the fact that the U.S. military decided to spring Noah’s girlfriend early to surprise him at the show. They reunited on stage and hugged and hugged and there was nothing but smiles and tears and Erin trying to cut in on their reunion to shove a microphone in his face to ask how it all feels. 27/40

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin thinks Ed Sheeran’s “Thinking Out Loud” is a “jam,” so Derek choreographed an intimate samba to the sappy song. The only problem is that Nastia had all her emotions trained out of her on the path to Olympic glory, and Derek has to spend a lot of time re-training her to emote. He must have done a good job, because his very own sister, Julianne, said so. Carrie Ann was speechless at the end of the routine and doled out the season’s very first nine. 34/40

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: Third-string Glee extra and aspiring singer-songwriter Riker Lynch chose to dance his foxtrot to “Sugar” by Maroon 5. To make it work, Allison had to give him a Pretty Woman-esque makeover, which impressed the judges enough to dole out a decent score. 32/40

Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev: Patti LaBelle is no joke, and when asked what her jam is, she chose 50 Cent’s “In Da Club,” which definitively fits the bill. Then she busted out some sassy salsa moves and the crowd went suitably wild. Julianne and Carrie Ann bowed at the feet of the queen and Julianne demanded an invitation to “the club.” Bruno declared Miss LaBelle, “So Cookie, so Empire,” which is clearly the highest compliment possible. While Patti’s probably not long for the show, since it’s only Week 2 and she already has a knee injury, it’s great fun having her now. 28/40

In Jeopardy: Redfoo, Suzanne Somers, Chris Soules, Charlotte McKinney are all called to the bottom of the stage. Chris and Charlotte are safe, leaving Redfoo and Suzanne Somers in jeopardy.

Going Home: Redfoo, who is probably not LMFAO right now. The audience booed the decision loudly and host Tom Bergeron chided nonvoters, because the decision was made on less than 0.1% of votes.

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Rumer Willis Is Determined to Win the Mirror Ball on Dancing with the Stars

Craig Sjodin—ABC DANCING WITH THE STARS - RUMER WILLIS - The 10th anniversary celebrity cast of "Dancing with the Stars" is strapping on their ballroom shoes and getting ready for their first dance on MONDAY, MARCH 16 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. Rumer Willis is partnered with Valentin Chmerkovskiy. (ABC/Craig Sjodin)

Rumer Willis talks Val, Mirror Balls, and all those pesky rumors

Rumer Willis had her doubts about being on Dancing with the Stars, but things have certainly changed. The show’s 20th season kicks off Monday on ABC at 8/7c, and the 26-year old daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore is joining a cast that includes Patti LaBelle; LMFAO’s Redfoo; Michael Sam; actress Suzanne Somers; and Willow Shields, best known as Primrose Everdeen from The Hunger Games movies.

“When [the producers] asked me a few years ago, I didn’t think it was something I would even be capable of,” Willis said in an interview with TIME. “But I’ve been doing a show called For the Record and I’ve been dancing a little bit more, so when they asked me this year, I thought, ‘What an incredible opportunity to learn how to dance properly from a great teacher.’”

Her new teacher and partner is Val Chmerkovskiy who will show Willis the ropes of the foxtrot, pasodobles, salsa and more during the show’s 20th season. He’s also exactly who Willis hoped to be partnered with when she signed up for the show. “I think he’s one of the strongest competitors and the best teacher, so I couldn’t be happier,” she says. While Chmerkovskiy has been a fixture on the show for the last seven seasons, he has never won the show’s coveted Mirror Ball trophy. He has come close several times, though, including last season where he reached the finals with his partner actress Janel Parrish, best known for Pretty Little Liars. Willis thinks this year is his year, though. “I think we can do it.“I think we have it in the bag if we work hard and put as much passion as we have into our dances, we’ll be fine,” Willis says.

Before she can figure out where to put that trophy in her house (she plans to move it from room to room), she has round after round of competition to get through. That means spending hours in the rehearsal studio with Chmerkovskiy, who has a reputation for pushing his partners to their breaking point. Willis thinks that reputation is a bit undeserved, though. “So far, he’s been an incredible teacher and so patient. I think sometimes that the passion that he has for dance and making his partner great can be taken as harshness, when it’s really just dedication,” she says. “To be honest, I put more pressure on myself than Val could ever put on me.”

Rumors tend to follow Chmerkovskiy off the dance floor, too, where his on-screen chemistry with his partners leads to rumors of off-screen romance. Despite the fact that the show hasn’t even started yet, Willis has already run into this during press conferences. “I feel like people give him a bad rap,” she says. “People misconstrue someone having dedication and an emotional bond with their partner for something else. I didn’t sign up to be on Dating with the Stars. If I wanted to find a boyfriend I would do that on my own time.”

Chmerkovskiy recently put to rest rumors that he wooed his partners as a ploy for votes. “The last thing I would do for votes, ladies and gentlemen, is play with my partner’s emotions, or with your emotions,” he said during a Q & A session. “The votes are important to me …the performance is more important.”

While Willis is confident that she and Chmerkovskiy can bring home the trophy, she won’t be able to do it without votes from fans. To help rally the troops, her famous parents will be on hand to support her from the audience. “Everyone has been really supportive,” says Willis, “and I can’t wait to get on the dance floor.”

Dancing with the Stars airs on ABC tonight at 8/7c.

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