On Dancing With the Stars, it was “America’s Choice Night” and also the dancers participated in a “Trio Challenge,” and at the end of the episode, there was a shocking elimination of a celeb that many fans thought might win the Mirror Ball Trophy and become the season winner. Before the elimination, though, there was a lot of great dancing and the competition was fierce, as the six celebs who started out the night ended up with just five moving on to next Monday’s show.
America’s votes chose the dance that the celebs would be dancing to with their pro partners tonight. Then, there was a Trio Dance, with the couples dancing another dance with either a member of the dance troupe or one of the previously eliminated pro dancers.
Right away on Dancing With the Stars, the news was announced that the first couple safe was Tommy Chong and his partner, Peta Murgatroyd. Their “Trio Dance” was a Samba with Sharna Burgess to Talk Dirty sung by Jason Derulo (featuring 2 Chainz). They received the lowest score this week from the judges, of straight 7s, for a total of only 28/40 points.
For their first dance on Dancing With the Stars, a Viennese Waltz to Trouble sung by Ray LaMontagne, the “America’s Choice” dance, they received three 7s and one 8 for a total of 29/40. Somehow, these scores were good enough to allow Tommy and Peta to continue on to next week’s show.
Then, on Dancing With the Stars, Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson’s “America’s Choice” dance was a Foxtrot to the song Ain’t That a Kick in the Head? by Robbie Williams. They did awesome, and are one of the favored couples to win the Mirror Ball Trophy. The judges gave them three 9s and one 10, for a very good total of 37 points out of 40.
Their “Trio Dance,” was with Lindsay Arnold. For that one, they danced a Paso Dolbe to Turn Down for What by DJ Snake and Lil Jon. They all were even better, really getting the audience into their performance. The judges gave them four scores of 10, for a perfect score of 40/40 points. They were easily safe with these two scores.
Then, on Dancing With the Stars, celebrity Lea Thompson and her partner, Artem Chigvintsev, one of the couples favored to win the Mirror Ball Trophy, danced for their “America’s Choice” dance a Samba to Maroon 5’s hit, Animals. The four judges awarded them scores of two 8s and two 9s, for a total of 34 out of 40 points.
Their “Trio Dance” was with Henry Byalikov. It was a Paso Doble to Ram Jam’s catchy song, Black Betty. Their scores for this dance were straight 9s from the judges, for a total of 36/40 points. Both scores were pretty respectable ones.
Yet another couple favored to win went next on Dancing With the Stars — Bethany Mota and her pro dance partner, Derek Hough. Their “America’s Choice” dance was a Viennese Waltz one, to Jessie Ware’s song Say You Love Me . They were terrific, and the judges thought so, as well, awarding them straight 9s for 36/40 points altogether.
The “Trio Dance” they did was with pro dancer, Tony Dovolani. They all danced a remarkable Argentine Tango to Jungle sung by X Ambassadors and Jamie N Commons (featuring Jay-Z). They received scores of two 9s and two 10s from the judges, for 38/40 points.
Then, Sadie Robertson from Duck Dynasty and her partner, Mark Ballas, performed a Jive dance to Christian TV’s song 1, 2, 3 Turnaround for their “America’s Choice” dance. They did a pretty great job, with the judges giving them scores of three 8s and one 9, for 33 points.
The “Trio Dance” that they did was with Emma Slater, and it was a Foxtrot to the Frankie Valli hit, Can’t Take My Eyes Off You. They scored much better with this performance, which they NAILED. The judges gave them perfect 10s, for 40 out of 40 points. Though they were really great tonight, they were the final couple to be called safe.
The final couple who performed on Dancing With the Stars was Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy. They danced a TERRIFIC Quickstep to Hey Boy! Hey Girl! sung by Louis Prima and Keely Smith, and the judges liked their performance, too, awarding them scores of two 9s and two 10s. They wound up with 38 out of 40 points for their first dance.
Dancer Keo Motsepe joined them for their “Trio Dance.” They danced a brilliant Salsa to Gregor Satlo’s song, Morning Drums, and were very impressive, wowing the audience and the judges with their dance moves. They received scores of three 10s and one 9 from the four judges, for a total of 39/40 points. Their scores ensured that they will be moving on to next Monday’s Dancing With the Stars.
The rather shocking elimination on Dancing With the Stars was when Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev, a couple who did not have the lowest scores tonight and who some had thought might win the Mirror Ball Trophy, were eliminated. They went out in style, but they will sadly not be returning next Monday. If the elimination had been based solely on the scores of the judges, the celeb who would be leaving would have been Tommy Chong. The votes from his fan base must have been the determining factor keeping him in the competition.
Written By Douglas Cobb