During “Showstoppers Night” on “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday, each celeb performed two routines: one Broadway-inspired number with their pro partner and then a team dance with another couple. We know what the judges thought, but here’s how I ranked this week’s performances. Do you agree with my assessments? Make sure to vote in our poll at the bottom of this post.
INDIVIDUAL DANCE RANKINGS
1. Laurie Hernandez & Val Chmerkovskiy – Argentine Tango to “Cell Block Tango” from “Chicago”
There was a lot of movement and content in their dance. Considering she’s only 16, Laurie did a great job at handling the sexiness and intensity of this dance. Major props to Val for giving her very intricate and difficult choreography.
Score: 40 out of 40 – Not surprised by the perfect score. Laurie continues to prove why she’s the frontrunner.
2. Jana Kramer & Gleb Savchenko – Waltz to “She Used to Be Mine” from “Waitress”
Very emotional dance for Jana. I’m glad that she was able to show a different side to her besides being sexy. The dance was full of grace and elegance. Glad to see her hitting her stride as we get closer to the finals.
Score: 40 out of 40 – Well deserved.
3. Terra Jole & Sasha Farber – Charleston to “If My Friends Could See Me Now” from “Sweet Charity”
I was really curious to see how Terra and Sasha would pull this off, especially with how big the movements are with this style of dance. This theme and dance worked well for them. It was full of energy and really captured the showstopping theme. She really has been one of the surprise breakthrough stars this season.
Score: 38 out of 40 – Wow! Two 10s. I wasn’t expecting them to score as well as they did this week.
4. Calvin Johnson & Lindsay Arnold – Waltz to “Memory” from “Cats”
Calvin has to be one of the most graceful football players to appear on “DWTS.” He is fully committed to the dance, incorporating a lot of the rise-and-fall movements that are essential to the waltz. Definitely one of his best performances of the season so far.
Score: 37 out of 40. Calvin got one 10, but he deserved at least another.
5. James Hinchcliffe & Jenna Johnson – Jazz to “Brand New Day” from “The Wiz”
“The Wiz” is one of my favorite Broadway musicals, and I loved the set design and opening of the dance. James had a slight misstep at the beginning, but did a great job recovering. This guy is definitely a star. Week after week, I’m amazed by how he’s able to get into his routines and make them look effortless.
Score: 36 out of 40 – All nines. The same score I would give as well.
6. Marilu Henner & Derek Hough – Samba to “December 1963 (Oh What a Night)” from “Jersey Boys”
After a few stumbles in the last two weeks, Marilu was back on her A-game. There was a lot of content and energy throughout the dance. One of her better dances this season.
Score: 36 out of 40 – I agree with the judges. Glad to see her rebound in her scores, even if she was eliminated at the end of the night.
TEAM-UP CHALLENGE RANKINGS
1. TEAM SISTERS: Laurie Hernandez & Jana Kramer – Contemporary to “Bird Set Free” by Sia
Beautiful dance. I loved how Laurie and Jana were emotionally connected to each other throughout the routine. My favorite team-up dance by far.
Score: 40 out of 40 – Well deserved!
2. TEAM LAST MEN STANDING: James Hinchcliffe & Calvin Johnson – Paso Doble to “No Good” by Kaleo
Calvin and James make a great team. They were both in sync with each other, and both brought the intensity needed for the paso.
Score: 37 out of 40 – A bit underscored. I thought they would receive another 10 or two, especially since I’m fairly confident that they both will be in the finals.
3. TEAM CUBS: Marilu Henner & Terra Jole – Jazz to “Big Noise from Winnetka” by Bette Midler
The bottom two couples paired up for an entertaining jazz routine. I thought the performance was creative, entertaining and looked like a lot of fun. As with Calvin and James, I loved the partnership between Marilu and Terra.
Score: 36 out of 40 – I figured they would receive all nines, and that’s exactly what they got.
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