By Joanne Rosa
On this week of DWTS, guest judge Nick Carter helped settle the scores. It’s only appropriate since everyone will be dancing to songs from boy bands and girl groups. You might even want to get off the couch and do some dancing yourself for this episode!
After four weeks of sitting on the bench, Maksim is back to dance the night away with Heather! Heather and Maks fell back into the groove of things as quickly as Maksim fell out of the competition.
There was a team dance with the guys versus the ladies. Nick told ET Online that he’s looking forward to the dance. He confessed, “I think the guys know that the women are far superior in talent than the guys, but we’re going to try to win with charisma and entertainment value.”
As for the ladies, they have everything on their side. Heather is a professional dancer. Normani is a performer, and killing it in the competition. Then there are Olympic champions Nancy and Simone. They practically have this in the bag.
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David is literally at the bottom of the board as far as scores go. Lindsay was not going easy on him in rehearsal and gave him the business. She sees David being too hard on himself. David tipped us off on Instagram that his dance would be PG-13. Oh yes, sir. It most certainly was PG-13.
Normani is at the top of the leaderboard, but was at the bottom of the fan board last week, leaving her and partner Val in jeopardy. Normani didn’t let the low fan base bring her down.
Simone Biles with Sasha Farber
“Survivor” By Destiny’s Child
Simone is struggling to find her sexy. It doesn’t help that Sasha is not exactly “sexy” in her eyes. If it was (who is Rash She?) definitely gave off some gymnastics vibes, but she brought out the sex appeal in the end. Len gave her props for the amount of control she has over her body, although she was a little off with her timing. Bruno and Carrie agreed. Nick thought this song was an on point representation of who Simone is.
Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess
“I Want It That Way” By The Backstreet Boys
Bonner’s nerves were at full force last night because he deemed himself the weakest dancer on the show. At the start of the dance a wall divided Bonner and Sharna. Bonner had to hold his own, and it was obvious he was lost without Sharna there to guide him. Nick thinks Bonner would be better off if he learned to let go while he was dancing. Len said he needs to show more emotion on the dance floor.
Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev
“Free Your Mind” By En Vogue
Nancy has been a fan of DWTS since it’s start and remembered that Mel B danced to this song in the past with Maks. Of course she freaked herself out. Nancy didn’t look happy with her performance, but let the judges give their feedback before she said anything. Carrie Ann and Nick had positive comments for her. Len kept it real, and said she needs to accept that she’s a good dancer. He thought there was too much time spent in the cage at the beginning and it threw her off. Thanks to Nancy’s great dancing skills, she got back on track pretty quickly. Nancy blamed some of her mistakes on a last minute wardrobe change with her shoes.
Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd
“Fun, Fun, Fun” By The Beach Boys
If there is one thing Nick brings to the stage every week, it’s a boatload of personality. Nick and Len thought the dance should have been more polished. Len’s specific words were, “I wasn’t getting ‘good vibrations.’” Bruno thought Nick might have gotten too much fun in the sun. Bruno respected him for bringing all of the effort. Nick plead guilty for his poor footwork. Too bad he can’t get a 10 for effort!
Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
“When I Grow Up” By The Pussycat Dolls
Be careful what ya wish for, ‘cause ya just might get it! Normani grew up trying to learn the choreography to this dance, and now she gets to do it IRL. Len thought the dance showcased what a great dancer she is. Carrie Ann thinks Normani is goals. From Normani’s lines, to her kicks and turns, she filled all of Carrie Ann’s expectations. Nick told Normani she has the potential to go all the way and win it.
David Ross with Lindsay Arnold
“I Want You Back” By *NSYNC
David put his frustration aside and danced it out last night. Bruno observed how strong David began the dance, but the obvious fact was that David almost dropped Lindsay. The near Carrie Ann straight up asked David if he was okay, to which he answered yes, but he probably doesn’t seem it because he is trying to act sexy, but it’s difficult when his daughters are in the audience watching.(please reword this sentence – don’t understand and is a run-on) Len acknowledged that some of David’s aggravation was because he had to learn two dances this week.
Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater
“Reach Out, I’ll Be There” By The Four Tops
Rashad has a lot on his plate with football and dancing, but he isn’t giving up on this competition. He totally commanded the dance floor last night. Carrie Ann and Nick were giddy after his performance. Nick even said Rashad is elite. Len loves formality and praised him for the proper tango. Bruno could see Rashad’s strength and knows he has plenty of talent to get him through this season.
Heather Morris with Maksim Chmerkovskiy
“Waterfalls” By TLC
Heather and Maks reunited, and Maks wanted to earn Heather back. Nick was the first to speak, and gave it to them straight: it was his favorite dance of the night. Len praised Heather’s leg action, and thought it was a knockout dance. Bruno said she was simply stunning. Carrie Ann concluded this was Heather’s best dance yet. There was a clear difference in Heather’s dancing once she was back in Maks’ arms. It only made sense that they got not only the best score of the night, but also the best score of the season.
BEST SCORE: 40/40
When everything seems to be going well, life drops a bomb on you. This week all of the guys were safe and the ladies were in jeopardy. Oh yes. Now, they have to dance with their teams. Luckily for the girls, the boys are up first.
The Boy Band
Of course, the guys went shirtless last night. They have to get those votes, and we weren’t complaining. Len called the guys out on filling the dance with gimmicks and crowd pleasing moves (like the shirtless moves), but understood that the guys did what they had to do to beat the girls. Ben called it the most fabulous mess he’s ever seen. Of course, Carrie Ann loved the routine. Nick is ready to start up a new boy band.
The Girl Group
The girls had their game faces on for this dance. If anything, the bad news that one of them would be eliminated motivated them to do their best. Carrie Ann thought the dance was somewhat underwhelming. Nick thought the girls in this group were some of the best in the competition. Len thought the dancing was at a higher level than the guys, but also noted the guys routine was more entertaining.
BETTER SCORE: 34/40
Simone with Sasha and Normani with Val were the first two couples to be saved. It’s between Nancy and Heather. Not even a perfect score could save anyone this week.
Heather and Maks were sent home. It’s unfortunate that Maks just came back into the competition, only to be eliminated. Heather and Maks thanked Alan for stepping up to the plate this season and don’t put any blame on him for their elimination.