Dancing With the Stars was great, as usual, tonight in a show actually called “Plugged/Unplugged.” The top five competitors were whittled down to just the final four by the end of the evening. The remaining five celebs and their pro dance partners battled it out, dancing two different styles of dance to the same song. the first dance they did was supposed to be one that they had never done previously.
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas were the first couple of Dancing With the Stars to hit the dance floor. They danced a Quickstep to the Ariana Grande song, Problem. The judges loved their performance, awarding them three 9s and one 10, from Len Goodman, of all people, for a total score of 37 out of 40 points. Julianne Hough called the performance “brilliant.”
Then, Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd were next, dancing a Jazz dance to the song Tainted Love by Soft Cell. Julianne Hough confessed that she had “a crush” on Tommy and called him “the wild card.” Bruno told Tommy he had “nothing but respect for you.” Len said that Tommy was six years older than him, and Len admitted he could not do what Tommy has been doing, learning new dances each week and making it to the semi-finals. The judges gave them straight 7s for a score of 28/40 points for the first dance.
The third couple performing on Dancing With the Stars was Bethany Mota and Derek Hough. They performed a Samba to the song I Want You Back. The judges were a bit ambivalent. Carrie Ann, for example, said the dance was “solid,” but she felt “underwhelmed.” Still, their scores were decent enough, as they received straight 9s across the board, for 36/40 points in total.
After commercials on Dancing With the Stars, Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy performed a Paso Doble to the Calvin Harris song, Blame. Carrie Ann really loved it, but said it “was over way too soon.” Bruno concurred, saying that they “really set the stage on fire.” The four judges each gave them scores of 10, for a perfect score of 40 out of 40 points!
Alfonso Ribiero and his partner, Witney Carson, were the next to perform on Dancing With the Stars. Alfonso had hurt his back and had not been able to dance in a couple of rehearsals. It was unclear if he would even be able to dance any more the rest of the season, or if he would have to drop out of the competition. They performed an Argentine Tango first, to the song Love Runs Out by OneRepublic.
Len said “Pain is temporary but glory lasts forever.” Juliane Hough said that Alfonso was “a fighter,” and Bruno said that he was “talented.” They did great, getting all 9s for a score of 36/40 points. That was the end of the first round.
Then, after more commercials, Dancing With the Stars went to the second round, the so-called “Unplugged” one. Again, Sadie and Mark Ballas danced to Problem, but this time they danced an Argentine Tango. Len called it a “terrific routine.” the other judges liked it, also, and they were awarded scores of three 9s and one 10 again, for 37 points, or 74 out of a possible total of 80.
The second couple of the second round was Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd. This time, they danced the Rumba and Peta was supposed to be like a ballerina within a snow globe. They actually did a terrific job, with Bruno calling it their “best performance.”
Julianne Hough said that the performance was “so great,” and Carrie Ann said “That was poetry, that was magic.” They wound up with 34 more points being added to their score, two 8s and two 9s, their best scores ever so far. That added with their earlier points gave them a total score of 62/80 possible points.
Then, Bethany Mota and Derek Hough danced once again. They performed a Contemporary dance. Bruno lavished praise on how they did, calling the performance “a modern masterpiece.” Carrie Ann watched it intently and said she “didn’t even want to blink.” Len Goodman simply said he “loved it.” The judges each awarded the couple with 10s, for a perfect score of 40 points. The 40 plus the 36 earlier points gave them 76 out of 80 possible points.
It was time on Dancing With the Stars for Janel and Val to dance after yet more commercials. They performed an Argentine Tango and also did a fantastic job. Carrie Ann said Bethany was “dynamic” but thought that the lifts were “a bit ungraceful.” Julianne said that Janel danced “with everything you have.” Bruno, in comparison to Carrie Ann, loved the lifts, which he said were “expressive.” The judges gave them double 9s and double 10s, for 38 points, or a total combined with their earlier score of 78/80 points, the highest score of the evening!
The final couple of the evening on Dancing With the Stars to perform were Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson. They danced a Contemporary dance this time around. They did a great job, with Len saying that he loved the drama, passion and intensity he saw. Bruno compared them to “two instruments playing the same tune.” The judges awarded them with scores of three 10s and one 9, for a total of 39, and a grand total of 75 out of 80 points.
All of the couples were really terrific tonight on Dancing With the Stars. The couple that received the lowest overall scores, though, were…Tommy and his dance partner, Peta, so they were the ones who were eliminated tonight.
Written By Douglas Cobb