No rest for the weary. “Dancing with the Stars” put its season 25 contestants through the ringer when in its second week of competition it demanded two new dances from all 13 contestants, which they had to learn in the mere seven days since the season premiere episode, which the celebs had weeks to prepare for. Monday night was “Ballroom Night” and featured traditional dance styles like the waltz, tango, and foxtrot. Tuesday night was “Latin Night” for dances including the samba, rumba, and cha cha. Check out the complete list of “Latin Night” dances here, and scroll down for our complete minute-by-minute recap for Tuesday night’s show.
All 13 celebrities had to learn two new routines, but only 12 actually had to perform their second one. Monday night’s show ended in the season’s first elimination: “Shark Tank” entrepreneur Barbara Corcoran and her pro partner Keo Motsepe were sent home. But despite the intense challenges of week two, the other celebs mostly saw improvement from their season premiere performances, with Broadway star Jordan Fisher, Paralympian Victoria Arlen, and TV personality Vanessa Lachey getting a boost and tying for first place on the judges’ leaderboard. That was the second time topping the leaderboard for Fisher and the first time for Arlen and Lachey. Meanwhile, Lindsey Stirling, who tied with Fisher for the top judges’ score in week one, lost ground and finished in a tie for sixth place on “Ballroom Night” — she was underscored if you ask us.
After Corcoran’s ouster the lowest scoring celebs going into “Latin Night” were NBA star Derek Fisher and singer Nick Lachey, both of whom received a total score of 19 out of 30. Did they survive the night’s second elimination? Find out below in our live blog, featuring commentary by me as well as Gold Derby contributors Jeffrey Kare and Cordell Martin. All times listed are Eastern.
Daniel Montgomery (8:55pm) — We’re just a few minutes away from “Latin Night”! Did the celebs get any sleep last night? Fingers crossed that the contestants stay upright after two tough nights of competition.
DM (9:00pm) — It’s “Latin Night,” which probably means “DWTS” is going to save on its wardrobe budget tonight.
Cordell Martin (9:01pm) — Here we go!
Nikki Bella and Artem Chigvintsev – Samba – “Despacito” (feat. Daddy Yankee) by Luis Fonsi
DM (9:03pm) — Bella is the first in the ring. She also performed early on “Ballroom Night,” so she needs to be memorable. But she felt a little shy during rehearsals for the sexy dance style.
DM (9:05pm) — Well, she definitely got over her nerves for the sexiness of this style.
DM (9:06pm) — Artem “hasn’t had a carbohydrate in 12 years,” said Tom Bergeron about shirtless Chigvintsev and his abs.
DM (9:07pm) — Judge Len Goodman says he “wasn’t keen on” the excess sexiness, and she lacked in samba “bounce.” Bruno Tonioli added, “It was the longest foreplay in samba history,” but she lost the rhythm a little. Carrie Ann Inaba concluded, “The connection was definitely there, but you need to finish some of your movements.” Sounds like her scores might take a bit of a dip from “Ballroom Night.”
CM (9:08pm) — Bit disappointed with Nikki’s performance tonight.
Scores: Carrie Ann (6), Len (6), Bruno (6) = 18 out of 30 — She’ll probably need those viewer votes to stay alive next week.
CM (9:09pm) — Yikes, not a good start tonight.
DM (9:10pm) — That was kinda so-so, a little slow and simple, and it didn’t seem there was all that much content.
CM (9:12pm) — Lots of hair flipping and not enough samba.
Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy – Rumba – “Easy” by Sky Ferreira
DM (9:14pm) — Victoria was bad-ass last night with her tango, but Val thinks this will be a difficult dance for her to tackle emotionally. She has to put on “a whole different character.”
DM (9:16pm) — Bruno said, “So well told and deeply felt … It had a very contemporary feel,” though it needed more hip action. Carrie Ann added that it was “authentic … a coming-of-age dance.” Len concluded, “There was emotion involved, but very little else for me.” He didn’t see any recognizable rumba in it. It sounds like another score dip from Monday night.
CM (9:18pm) — I agree with Len, it lacked the rumba content.
DM (9:19pm) — Two dances in a row that are a step down from last night, but she just got a birthday present from Taylor Swift, whose song she danced to last night, so I guess that balances out.
Scores: Carrie Ann 7), Len (6), Bruno (7) = 20 out of 30 — Four points lower than last night. Two points off from Len alone compared to last night.
CM (9:23pm) — Hoping Jordan and Lindsey bring the sizzle to Latin Night!
Derek Fisher and Sharna Burgess – Paso Doblé – “Diablo Rojo” by Rodrigo y Gabriela
DM (9:24pm) — Derek looking for redemption after being at the bottom of the leaderboard on “Ballroom Night.” Sharna struggled to unleashy the “fiesty” Derek. The paso doble requires serious intensity.
DM (9:27pm) — Carrie Ann said, “Locked and loaded! … That was amazing, you really are understanding what we’re looking for.” Len added, “You came out and gave it plenty of welly! … Your hands go very flat.” Bruno concluded, “You definitely unleashed the mean streak … went for the kill … You have to be careful to strike the right balance because you’re losing artistry.”
DM (9:29pm) — I agree with Bruno that he had the attitude, but lacked some of the artistry. His movements looked a little stiff to me, but it sounds from the judges like his scores will improve.
Scores: Carrie Ann (7), Len (6), Bruno (6) = 19 out of 30 — Alas, his scores, like his hands apparently, were flat.
Sasha Pieterse and Gleb Savchenko – Samba – “Most Girls” by Hailee Steinfeld
DM (9:34pm) — Will samba claim another victim tonight? It’s a tough style for all celebs to master — just ask Nikki Bella. Sasha will be bringing inspiration to the dance from her struggle to overcome health issues and online bullying she was subjected to after a recent weight gain.
DM (9:37pm) — Len said, “I liked it. There was plenty of samba content in there … Well done!” Bruno added, “So pretty in pink, you’re such a lovely dancer … Even more va-va-voom, you’ve got it in you.” Carrie Ann concluded, “You were on fire … I see you growing … You had the technique and you had the flair.”
CM (9:39pm) — That was Sasha’s best dance.
DM (9:39pm) — Agreed, and she definitely wins the samba battle against Nikki
Scores: Carrie Ann (8), Len (7), Bruno (7) = 22 out of 30 — One point lower than last night, but still the highest of the night so far.
DM (9:40pm) — I’m surprised she scored lower than last night, though I would say these scores were just right for an impressive handling of a tough dance style — kudos!
CM (9:42pm) — Sasha could be another contender if she continues to let her guard down.
DM (9:43pm) — She’s definitely got the moves. She just needs to consistently bring the performance and expression.
CM (9:44pm) — I’d love for Gleb to get a chance to prove that he’s more than the pro known for his sexy dances.
Nick Lachey and Peta Murgatroyd – Argentine Tango – “She’s a Lady” by Lion Babe
CM (9:44pm) — Do or die time for Nick Lachey.
DM (9:47pm) — Bruno said, “I appreciate the fact that you really tried to go into character … You cannot step a tango, you have to glide a tango … You’re still walking it.” Carrie Ann added, “Tonight I saw a lot more passion from you. You are tight in your hips … I think you did beautifully with what you have.” Len concluded that the passion was “lacking.”
CM (9:49pm) — That was a very basic Argentine tango.
DM (9:50pm) — I thought it was his cleanest dance, but both Len and Bruno were spot-on. Too much walking, not enough gliding, and not quite enough passion.
CM (9:51pm) — I agree.
Scores: Carrie Ann (7), Len (6), Bruno (6) = 19 out of 30 — Nick also scores flat compared to Monday night. Hardly anyone showing improvement tonight, at least not in the scores.
CM (9:52pm) — Carrie Ann trying to play nice to those she gave low scores to last night.
DM (9:54pm) — Every single dancer has been even with or lower than last night’s scores. Maybe a course correction because the judges realize they over-scored some folks last night.
Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold – Samba – “Mi Gente” by J. Balvin & Willy William
DM (9:55pm) — If anyone can survive a samba, it’s Jordan Fisher. “Samba is one of the hardest dances that I usually try to avoid,” said Lindsay.
DM (9:58pm) — Jordan’s. Best. Dance.
CM (9:58pm) — Holy smokes!
DM (9:59pm) — Carrie Ann said, “You guys are an amazing partnership … Thank you for the nuances.” Len added complained about his shoes, which have a negative effect on his leg action. Bruno concluded, “Jordan the sparkler, you light up the room. That was an exciting, fresh interpretation of the samba … You put your own individual style to it.”
CM (10:00pm) — Ladies and gentlemen, that’s how you do a samba.
Jeffrey Kare (10:00pm) — What a perfect dance for me to start on tonight!
Scores: Carrie Ann (8), Len (8), Bruno (8) = 24 out of 30 — Jordan manages to hold even with his high score from last night.
CM (10:02pm) — Really? Underscored.
Drew Scott and Emma Slater – Rumba – “Lights Down Low” (feat. gnash) by Max
DM (10:02pm) — Emma wants to help Drew “channel sexy energy.” Apparently that involves an open shirt and a spray tan.
DM (10:05pm) — Len said, “That’s your best dance so far” after the judge employed some labored real estate metaphors. Bruno added, “You’ve got it together, my darling … You maintained the flow of movement, great shapes.” Carrie Ann concluded, “I found it to be very expressive … You have something very special, you were in control” — and then Bruno literally fell out of his chair — don’t know what happened there.
DM (10:07pm) — By far his best dance, though that was kind of a low bar to clear. We might see someone’s scores go up tonight for a change.
CM (10:07pm) — Drew did a great job tonight.
JK (10:08pm) — Yeah, I thought he did much better than he did last night.
Scores: Carrie Ann (7), Len (7), Bruno (7) = 21 out of 30 — His best score so far, which makes him the first contestant to improve tonight from night to night.
Debbie Gibson and Alan Bersten – Argentine Tango – “Havana” (feat. Young Thug) by Camila Cabello
CM (10:11pm) — At this rate, I’m expecting Debbie to bring it.
DM (10:13pm) — I have high hopes for Debbie, I want to see more passion from her tango than Nick Lachey brought to his. I think she has what it takes.
DM (10:16pm) — Bruno said, “Debbie, the cougar from Cuba! … Don’t let the feet go bananas. Make sure you go through your foot.” Carrie Ann also added that she needs to work on her feet and her leg action. Len concluded, “You really captured the nightclub vibe of Buenos Aires … That’s your best dance.”
Scores: Carrie Ann (7), Len (7), Bruno (7) = 21 out of 30 — Another improved score for tonight!
CM (10:17pm) — I’m a bit disappointed by Debbie’s performance.
DM (10:17pm) — I actually thought it was quite good.
JK (10:18pm) — I’m with Daniel here.
DM (10:18pm) — Maybe I’m just comparing her to Nick, but I thought it had good flow and passion.
CM (10:18pm) — Compared to Nick, Debbie killed it.
Vanessa Lachey and Maks Chmerkovskiy – Salsa – “Instruction” (feat. Demi Lovato & Stefflon Don) by Jax Jones
DM (10:22pm) — Vanessa set a high standard for herself last night, so let’s see how she does with the salsa. I think it’ll be a good style for her. Maks wants to bring out the former party girl in Vanessa, and I’m definitely here for it!
CM (10:24pm) — That was a cute routine.
JK (10:24pm) — Vanessa just killed it!
CM (10:25pm) — Not sure as to why she was wearing those MC Hammer pants LOL
DM (10:26pm) — Carrie Ann said, “You were so in sync together … and then I loved when you went into hold together.” Len said, “It had energy, it had pace … She is 100% a contender.” Bruno concluded, “Juicy, saucy, spicy — you were getting it, and you outshone Maks,” though Bruno noted that she made a mistake on a turn.
DM (10:27pm) — I thought that performance was on par with last night, I’d think a mix of 7s and 8s would be good for that.
Scores: Carrie Ann (8), Len (8), Bruno (7) = 23 out of 30 — Just one point shy of last night. She definitely would have gotten another 8 if Bruno hadn’t dinged her on that bad turn.
CM (10:29pm) — I bet Nick is wishing he didn’t agree to join the show with his wife LOL.
Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke – Samba – “Hot in Herre” by Nelly
DM (10:32pm) — Hopefully this clip package shows a more diplomatic Terrell. He came off as a poor sport on Monday night when he dissed Barbara and complained during rehearsals.
DM (10:33pm) — “Yes, I feel like I’m a sexy individual,” said Terrell, and he’s single ladies! But this samba has to live up to Jordan Fisher’s. No small task.
DM (10:34pm) — Len said, “Terrell and Cheryl, I hope you’re not in peril … You kept your posture throughout that dance … Well done.” Bruno added, “You two turned the heat on … but you have to get more bounce on those legs.” Carrie Ann concluded, “You’re definitely sexy, but I still want to see more … More [bravado] with the body movements.”
Scores: Carrie Ann (6), Len (6), Bruno (7) = 19 out of 30 — The scores were less generous than the critiques were.
DM (10:38pm) — There may have been a samba in there somewhere, but I couldn’t see it. Shocked that traditionalist Len didn’t have more to say.
CM (10:38pm) — I agree.
JK (10:38pm) — I thought Terrell seemed somewhat competent tonight.
Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas – Salsa – “Mani Picao” by Ricky Campanelli
DM (10:42pm) — I thought she was underscored last night, so I’m really hoping she pulls out the stops tonight.
DM (10:43pm) — Stirling came from a conservative background, so this kind of hip action is new to her, but she’s got the work ethic.
DM (10:45pm) — Bruno said, “The energy, the speed, the back kick — what is incredible is the way you kept the speed all the way through … It left me breathless.” Carrie Ann added, “I think that was incredible. You came out her on a mission.” And Len concluded, “Straight into the routine, no messing, no stressing — fabulous!”
Scores: Carrie Ann (8), Len (8), Bruno (8) = 24 out of 30 — Tied with Jordan Fisher at the top, yet again!
DM (10:47pm) — That looked a little rough around the edges, but what a great performance with so much energy, content, difficulty, and personality!
CM (10:47pm) — I love how Mark incorporates Lindsey’s quirky personality into the dance,
DM (10:49pm) — The judges are really holding back on giving 9s. I thought for sure Lindsey would get one or two. They’ll break them out next week I bet.
CM (10:49pm) — Let’s hope.
Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson – Cha Cha – “Perm” by Bruno Mars
DM (10:50pm) — So happy that Frankie is closing the show. He’s earned it after two weeks of standout performance. He was actually my favorite dancer on Monday night.
DM (10:51pm) — Frankie is definitely dedicated. He’s doing yoga, exercising as much as possible. He’s one I’m rooting for. He wants to be here, and he’s earning it with his dances.
DM (10:53pm) — Carrie Ann said, “Frankie, you have swagger! What I love is how you went from swagger into technique … Well done.” Len added, “That was terrific, entertaining.” Bruno concluded, “That was so delicious and cool, hip, clever, cheeky — all the details you put in almost demand a second viewing.”
JK (10:55pm) — They really do know how to save the best for last. I thought Frankie’s dance was very energetic and full of enthusiasm.
Scores: Carrie Ann (8), Len (8), Bruno (9) = 25 out of 30 — Wow, a new season’s best, the first 9 of the season, and the best score of the two-night event.
DM (10:58pm) — I didn’t think it was quite as polished as his “Ballroom Night” tango, but he’s one of the biggest and best surprises of the season, and I’m definitely not mad at that score. He’s one of the best pure performers of the season, and I did not see that coming.
First couple in jeopardy: Nick and Peta
Second couple in jeopardy: Debbie and Alan
Going home in 12th place … Debbie Gibson and Alan Bersten — Sad to see Alan Bersten go home second in his first season as a pro dancer, but I think Debbit went out on a high note.
CM (10:59pm) — I called it about Debbie.
JK (11:00pm) — Way too soon for her to go!
CM (11:00pm) — She wasn’t memorable enough.
JK (11:01pm) — I thought she had potential.
CM (11:01pm) — Me too, especially after tonight.
CM (11:02pm) — My top three for the night: Jordan, Lindsey, and Frankie.
JK (11:03pm) — You’ve read my mind, Cordell.
DM (11:04pm) — Top three is the same for me: Jordan, Frankie, Lindsey in that order, and no one else was really close for me.
CM (11:04pm) — I think Terrell or Derek will be the next one eliminated.
Complete Judges’ Leaderboard
1. Frankie Muniz — 25
2. Jordan Fisher — 24
2. Lindsey Stirling — 24
4. Vanessa Lachey — 23
5. Sasha Pieterse — 22
6. Debbie Gibson — 21
6. Drew Scott — 21
8. Victoria Arlen — 20
9. Derek Fisher — 19
9. Nick Lachey — 19
9. Terrell Owens — 19
12. Nikki Bella — 18
Final Predictions Contest Results
Since this was an unusual two-night event, we’re considering the scores and results from both Monday and Tuesday night as one predictions event.
Who was eliminated? Barbara Corcoran AND Debbie Gibson
Who got the judges’ HIGHEST score? Frankie Muniz (25 out of 30, “Latin Night”)
Who got the judges’ LOWEST score? Barbara Corcoran (17 out of 30, “Ballroom Night”)
How many 10s did the judges give out? Zero
Which judge gave the MOST overall points? Carrie Ann Inaba (181)
Which judge gave the FEWEST overall points? Len Goodman (171)
Did Carrie Ann Inaba comment on an unauthorized lift? No