Calvin Johnson, 'showman with superpowers,' impresses again on DWTS

Calvin Johnson crushed another "Dancing with the Stars" performance.

After finishing with the best overall score last week, Johnson and his partner, Lindsay Arnold, kicked off Monday's show with their version of the Charleston on Cirque de Soleil night. They performed the Charleston in the theme of the Cirque show "Kurios."

While it was a longer -- and theoretically harder -- routine than the first three performances for Johnson, it actually fit his own style well. There were a lot of lifts required and precise footwork involved, something that benefited the 6-foot-5 former All-Pro wide receiver.

"It's a high-paced dance," Johnson said in the taped segment before the dance. "And you have to be on your toes the whole freakin' time."

Johnson even admitted stamina was a factor as he prepared for the dance.

He had a little bit of a reveal as well. For the first time in a long time, he's under 230 pounds. Johnson said in the post-dance live interview he’s down to around 228 pounds after most spending most of his football career between 230 and 240 pounds.

Johnson's wife, Brittney, showed up on camera during the taped segment as well and possibly offered some more insight into his retirement.

"A year ago, I don't think anyone would have said Calvin is going to be 31, retired and dancing with the stars," Brittney said.

Johnson said six months ago he didn't think he’d be on the show and just nodded when Brittney said she thought he'd be playing video games on the couch.

Instead, he's dancing and doing quite well. With what appeared to be somewhat of a country-western theme, Johnson was in a brown vest with a blue shirt and brown pants. He took on some challenging lifts, including lifting Arnold over his head while she was upside down.

His footwork, unsurprisingly, was flawless.

"If we can nail this stuff, aww, it's going to be really good," Johnson in the taped interview.

And then he did.


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In something that will surprise no one, the part Johnson likes least is getting the scores from the judges because "it's never perfect enough for me." That, for the first time, sounds familiar to what Johnson used to say in the NFL.

As always, here are the comments and scores from the judges. If you want to catch up on his prior performances, you can read about them here, here and here. Tuesday night is a double-elimination show.

Julianne Hough (7): "Well, hello, Twinkletoes. Literally you guys were so light on your feet, which is exactly what the Charleston is about. It's about fun, being quirky, light on those feet. You guys completely nailed it. Welcome to the show, ladies and gentlemen. So gorgeous, so beautiful. I felt like there was some times I would have liked to see a little bit more energy toward the end and I can tell these dances are a lot longer this week. So maybe that's just what it was but overall what a great way to open up the night."

Bruno Tonioli (8): "Ah, Calvin, the showman with superpowers. You were tossing her in the air as if she was a pancake. Up she goes. Oh my God. Hopefully you're not scared of height because I'll tell ya, I'd be petrified. How did you do it, I have no idea. But you're turning into a Marvel agent of fun. Your performance level has changed so much during the last few weeks. It's incredible. So good. Your timing was excellent. A couple of times, you have to watch, when you do these sharp flicks, you have to have the speed a little more tense. Don’t let them fluff about."

Carrie Ann Inaba (8): "Well, there were a lot of lifts tonight but because it's Cirque de Soleil I'm going to let all the lifts go tonight. So all good. Something about your lifts, which was really impressive, a lot of times the athletic guys go for the lifts because it's an easy, fun thing and it impresses us. But it was the way that you came out of every lift that was gorgeous. It was all seamless. You caught her. She was always in the right place. It was really fantastic. Your footwork was fantastic. Everything about that was fine."