‘Dancing With the Stars’: Dynamic Duos Night [Recap]

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Dancing With the Stars tonight had the remaining seven  celebrities and their pro dance partners dancing dances that were related to famous “dynamic duos,” either real or fictional ones. The final seven couples will be dancing tonight as famous pairs, with the one that gets the lowest combined scores from the four judges and the viewers of America getting sent home at the end of the episode.

The seven couples left on Dancing With the Stars danced a solo dance, and there was the added challenge of the couples dancing against each other in two different styles. The so-called “Immunity Challenge,” was back this episode, as well. The couple that earned the highest score earned an immunity and the other celeb dancers and pro dance partners participated in dance-offs in which they earned extra points.

The first couple to take the stage on Dancing with the Stars was Lea Thompson and her professional dance partner, Artem Chigvintsev. They performed a Jazz dance and were dressed up as the bank robbers, Bonnie and Clyde. The song that they danced to was Somethin’ Bad by Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood.

They were terrific! The four judges gave them scores of 8 each, for a total of 32/40 points altogether. This score was high enough to have them be “safe” for this week from being eliminated.

The second couple on Dancing With the Stars to perform was race car driving legend, Michael Waltrip, and his partner, pro dancer Emma Slater. Believe it or not, they were dressed up as Tarzan and Jane Porter for their dance, a Foxtrot, to the Phil Collins’ song You’ll Be in My Heart.

Waltrip is a better race car driver (somewhat, anyway) than he is a dancer. They just earned scores of three 6s and one 7 from the judges for their effort, for a total of only 25 out of 40 possible points. This score placed them in danger of being eliminated.

Then, after a commercial break, the third couple on Dancing With the Stars was up on the dance floor and Janel Parrish danced a Contemporary dance with her partner, Val Chmerkovskiy. They are awesome together, and are thought of as one of the favorites to win the Mirror Ball Trophy at the end of the season. They danced as the fictional couple of lovers, Romeo and Juliet, to the song Everybody’s Free (To Feel Good) by Quindon Tarver.

They KICKED BUTT with their awesome performance, one of the best of the season, thus far! They seemed to have a lot of chemistry together as they danced. The judges thought so, also, awarding them scores of straight 10s for a total of 40 out of 40 points. No one else managed to get perfect 10s tonight, so they wound up getting Immunity.

Then, after yet more commercials on Dancing With the Stars, the fourth couple of the evening took the stage — Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd. They danced the Paso Doble as the real-life stars Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash, to Johnny Cash’s famous hit, Ring of Fire. They did a pretty good job, but the judges gave them fairly low scores of two 6s and two 7s, totaling just 26/40 points. This score placed them in danger of being eliminated at the end of the episode.

The fifth couple to perform on Dynamic Duos Night on Dancing With the Stars was Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas. They did a wonderful Contemporary dance as the historical couple Adam and Eve. They song that they danced to was Uninvited by Alanis Morissette.

They were also AMAZING! They did not get quite as high of scores as did Janel and Val, but they still got very high scores of two 9s and two 10s, for a total of 38/40 points. They were easily safe in tonight’s episode.

Then, in a somewhat unusual choice of a dynamic duo — though they were often called the dynamic duo — Batman and Robin were portrayed by the sixth couple of Dancing With the Stars, celeb Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson, danced the Cha-Cha-Cha to the song, Trust, by Prince, in the roles of the Caped Crusaders. They did not just super good, but superhero good, earning two 9s and two tens from the judges, for a total of 38/40 points. They were declared to be safe, as well.

The seventh and last couple of the night on Dancing With the Stars to go was Bethany Mota and Derek Hough. They danced a Salsa dance as TV icons, Lucy and Ricky Ricardo, to the song Babalu by Desi Arnaz from the show I Love Lucy. They were spectacular, also, getting scores of three 9s and one ten from the judges, for a total of 37/40 points. They were also declared to be “safe,” with scores like that.

Then, the competition on Dancing With the Stars moved into the second stage of the show with the Dance-Offs. Couples had to try to get the highest points possible so that they can stay in the run for the Mirror Ball Trophy.

Alfonso and his partner, Witney, danced along with Lea and her dance partner, Artem, in the first of the two Dance-Offs. Both couples danced a Jive to Little Richard’s song, Rip It Up. All four of the judges said that Alfonso did a better job than Lea, so Alfonso and Witney earned 3 points, while Lea and Artem did not earn any.

The second Dance-Off of Dancing With the Stars was between Tommy Chong and Peta versus Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater. They all danced a Rumba to the Sam Smith hit, I’m Not the Only One. The judges declared Tommy and Peta to be the winners, so they also earned 3 bonus points. Michael and Emma did not earn any bonus points.

The extra three points that Tommy Chong and Emma earned might be what enabled them to continue on to next week’s episode of Dancing With the Stars. The celeb being eliminated during this episode was Michael Waltrip, who had managed to stay further into the season than probably most people thought that he would. He and Emma provided the American viewing public with a lot of entertaining and memorable moments, but Waltrip will not be returning next week, having been eliminated tonight on Dancing With the Stars.

Written By Douglas Cobb

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