It was Eras Night on Dancing With the Stars this Monday, and the seven remaining celebs had to perform one unlearned dance that represented a historical era. It was possible to earn immunity from being eliminated this week, the immunity going to the couple with the highest score after performing the Eras dance. All of the other couples took part in Dance-Offs to try to earn extra points, to help save them from being eliminated at the conclusion of the episode. Also, the Charleston was introduced tonight.
The first celeb to dance on Dancing With the Stars was Riker Lynch. He and his dance partner, Allison Holker, danced a Quickstep dance that was supposed to represent the era of the 1920s. They danced to the Jason Derulo song Wiggle. They started off the night right, doing an AMAZING job with the dance. The judges gave them scores of three 9s and one 10 for a combined total of 37 points.
Next up on Dancing With the Stars, celeb Chris Soules and the lovely Witney Carson danced a Foxtrot to a song that was supposed to represent the era of the 1940s. They danced to the Frank Sinatra song, Five Minutes More. They also did a great job, but the judges did not think that their performance matched the first couple of the night. They got scores of three 8s and one 7 for a respectable total of 31 points in all.
The third celeb to give it a go on Dancing With the Stars was Rumer Willis. She and Val danced a Jive dance to a song that was meant to represent the 1960s, Meghan Trainor’s hit, Dear Future Husband. They have often received the highest scores from the judges, but tonight, all that the judges would award them were three 9s and one 8, for a total of 35 points. That was still a great score, but not as great as they have often received so far this season.
Then, on Dancing With the Stars, the next celeb was the intrepid Noah Galloway. He and his partner, Sharna Burgess, danced a Jazz dance to a song that was supposed to represent the era of the 1970s. They danced to the James Brown hit, Super Bad. They have pretty much always put in solid performances, and tonight was no exception. The judges gave them scores of one 8, two 9s and one 10, for 36 points. That was enough to ensure that they were “safe” even after the Dance-Offs later in the show.
Going fifth on Dancing With the Stars tonight was the celeb Robert Herjavec, who danced an Argentine Tango with Kym Johnson to a song that was meant to represent the era of the 1980s, Cameo’s hit, Word Up! Though they gave a terrific performance tonight, the judges were a bit critical, awarding the couple scores of one 7 and three 8s, for 31 points. They were also “safe” at the end of the episode.
The Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin was the celeb who danced next on Dancing With the Stars. She and Sasha Farber danced a Charleston together, as Luikin’s usual dance partner, Derek Hough, was injured this week. Their dance was meant to represent the modern era, and they danced it to the Andy Grammer song, Honey, I’m Good. Even without Derek Hough, Nastia and Sasha proved to be very good. They got the highest scores of any of the dancers, two 9s and two tens for a total of 38 points, earning them Immunity from being eliminated and they also sat out the Dance-Offs.
The last celeb to dance on Dancing With the Stars before the Dance-Offs was actress Willow Shields. She and Mark danced a Jazz dance to a song that was supposed to represent a futuristic era, one by MGMT called Electric Feel. They did a terrific job, and the judges awarded the couple with scores of three 9s and one 10, for 37 points.
Then, it was time for the dreaded Dance-Offs on Dancing With the Stars. Willow and Mark went head-to-head against Riker and Allison, dancing a Salsa to the Sean Paul song, Temperature. The competition was certainly heating up, as both couples gave it their all. The judges all declared that Willow and Mark were the winners, and they got 2 bonus points.
The second of the Dance-Offs on Dancing With the Stars was between Robert and Kym versus Noah and Sharna. They danced the Cha-cha-cha to the Kelly Clarkson song, Dance with Me. The judges were split as to who the winner was, with two saying Robert and the other two saying Noah. Finally, they decided that the winners of the Dance-Off were Noah and Sharna, and they got the two bonus points.
The third Dance-Off on Dancing With the Stars was between Chris and Witney versus Rumer and Val. They danced a Foxtrot to the Nat King Cole standard, Orange Colored Sky. This time, the judges all agreed that the winners were Rumer and Val. They received the two bonus points.
Rumer and Val were the last of the couples who were declared “safe,” at the end of Dancing With the Stars. The celeb that was eliminated was…Willow Shields. How she was eliminated after first getting a score of 37 when she danced with Mark earlier and then winning the Dance-Off she was in, well…chalk it up to Dancing With the Stars math. It all likely makes sense, but it seems sort of puzzling.
Written By Douglas Cobb