We’re now in the second half of the season of “Dancing with the Stars,” and the competition continues to heat up. Guest judge Shania Twain joined the judges’ panel on “Movie Night” and offered her thoughts on the remaining nine contestants, and in no surprise Lindsey Stirling was the box-office smash of the night with a perfect sci-fi themed Argentine tango. Other hits included Vanessa Lachey, Jordan Fisher, Terrell Owens, and Nikki Bella. Meanwhile Victoria Arlen and Frankie Muniz both received mixed reviews from the judges while Drew Scott and Nick Lachey were the flops.
In the end, Nick Lachey’s number was up and he and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd were booted from the competition. But find out where Nick and the rest of the couples landed in my rankings below.
1. Lindsey Stirling & Mark Ballas – Argentine Tango ( “Human” by Sevdaliza)
Last week was a bit stressful for Lindsey in terms of mastering her dance on “Disney Night,” though it resulted in one of that episode’s highest scores. But out of all the couples on “Movie Night” she and Mark had a dance that best fit their genre from start to finish. Kudos to Mark for his choreography: this dance was intense, creative, and thrilling. Hands down this will go down as one of the best dances of the season.
Scoring Prediction: 10 (Carrie Ann) + 10 (Len) + 10 (Bruno)= 30/30
Actual Score: 10 (Carrie Ann) + 10 (Len) + 10 (Shania) + 10 (Bruno) = 40/40
Not surprised by those high marks. Well deserved.
2. Jordan Fisher & Lindsay Arnold – Rumba (“Supermarket Flowers” by Ed Sheeran)
Jordan was feeling the pressure after earning the first perfect score of the season on “Disney Night.” But he is such a magnetic dancer that you can’t take your eyes off of him. This kid is such a freak of nature. His movement during his “Movie Night” rumba was beautiful, lyrical, and effortless. This was another breathtaking routine from him.
Scoring Prediction: 9 (Carrie Ann) + 9 (Len) + 10 (Bruno) = 28/30
Actual Score: 10 (Carrie Ann) + 9 (Len) + 10 (Shania) + 10 (Bruno) = 39/40
Of course Len would be the nitpicker and give them a 9.
3. Vanessa Lachey & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – Quickstep (“Let’s Be Bad“ from “Smash”)
Vanessa felt that her dance on “Disney Night” wasn’t her best and was determined to step it up this week, and that she did. This dance lived up to the musical genre. Despite a wardrobe malfunction during which her tear-away skirt fell off earlier than expected, Vanessa never lost a step throughout the dance. I was thoroughly entertained and glad to see her get her competitive spark back.
Scoring Prediction: 9 (Carrie Ann) + 10 (Len) + 9 (Bruno) = 28/30
Scoring Prediction: 9 (Carrie Ann) + 9 (Len) + 9 (Shania) + 9 (Bruno) = 36/40
I agree with these scores as well. One of her better dances this season.
4. Terrell Owens & Cheryl Burke – Jive (“Feel It Still” by Portugal. The Man)
Terrell was working hard to get a 10 from Len, and he definitely surprised me with this routine. I thought he handled the jive pretty well. The dance was slick, classy, and complimented the genre. This was definitely his best dance so far.
Scoring Prediction: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 7 (Len) + 7 (Bruno) = 22/30
Actual Score: 9 (Carrie Ann) + 9 (Len) + 10 (Shania) + 9 (Bruno) = 37/40
Well deserved scores. Who would’ve thought that Terrell would see such a surge?
5. Nikki Bella & Artem Chigvintsev – Argentine Tango (“Demiere Danse” by Indila)
Nikki was still on a high after receiving her best score last week on “Disney Night.” And her followup performance on “Movie Night” was super sexy and her most confident thus far. I thought her performance overall was great, though there were a few minor hiccups in the dance.
Scoring Prediction: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 9 (Bruno) = 25/30
Judges Score: 9 (Carrie Ann) + 9 (Len) + 9 (Shania) + 9 (Bruno) = 36/40
I definitely expected to see an 8 or two from the judges and not straight 9s across the board.
6. Drew Scott & Emma Slater – Paso Doble (“Legend” by The Score)
After earning his first 9 last week, Drew went into “Movie Night” determined to win the competition. He revealed that he always wanted to be an action star growing up, so this should’ve been a great dance for him, and right from the start the routine was full of entertainment and excitement. However, there were some moments when Drew went off timing, but I have to give him and Emma credit for bringing the theme to life.
Scoring Prediction: 9 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 9 (Bruno) = 26/30
Actual Scores: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 7 (Len) + 9 (Shania) + 7 (Bruno) = 30/40
This was underscored. I felt that this routine deserved no lower than an 8.
7. Victoria Arlen & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – Paso Doble (“We Will Rock You” by Queen)
Victoria was excited to have a sports-themed paso doble this week as she was ready to show off her competitive side. I thought she did a great job in channeling her inner competitor. I loved the hockey concept, and Val did a great job of incorporating the genre into the paso doble.
Scoring Prediction: 8 (Carrie Ann Inaba) + 8 (Len Goodman) + 8 (Bruno Tonioli) = 24/30
Actual Scores: 8 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + Shania (7) + 8 (Bruno) = 31/40
Look at Shania getting a bit stingy with her score! But overall I agree with the judges regarding those numbers.
8. Frankie Muniz & Witney Carson – Jazz (“Holly Rock” by Sheila E)
Frankie channeled his animated side to pull off his jazz routine. As usual he brought the entertainment. But I will say that it was a bit of a mess in regards to the choreography. He was off timing several times and made a few mistakes throughout the dance.
Scoring Prediction: 10 (Carrie Ann) + 10 (Len) + 10 (Bruno) = 30/30
Actual Score: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 8 (Len) + 8 (Shania) + 8 (Bruno) = 31/40
I agreed with the judges here; I thought this routine would be much better.
9. Nick Lachey & Peta Murgatroyd – Samba (“Wild Wild West” by Will Smith)
Nick was frustrated that he continued to be at the bottom of the leaderboard, and the darn samba curse strikes again; on a week where he was struggling for confidence the challenging samba was his worst enemy. As expected, this routine was a bit disorganized. I loved how dedicated he was to the routine, but the portion of the dance that included actual samba steps was stiff and lacked rhythm and bounce in his movement.
Scoring Prediction: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 6 (Len) + 6 (Bruno) = 19/30
Actual Score: 7 (Carrie Ann) + 6 (Len) + 7 (Shania) + 6 (Bruno) = 26/40
Those scores were right on par with what I anticipated.
From here on out it’s really going to come down to the fans since most of the celebs are evenly matched in terms of their dance skills. I think next week’s elimination will come down to Frankie, Drew or Nikki. Frankie had a bit of an off night with his jazz routine. Drew placed at the bottom of the leaderboard for the first time this season. And Nikki’s higher scores might give her fans a false sense of security in thinking she’s safe, leading to low voter turnout.
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