‘Dancing with the Stars’ Country Night recap: Which celebs had to giddyup and go in the double elimination? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

Monday night was Country Night on “Dancing with the Stars,” and two more celebrities were deported. Okay, so it wasn’t exactly that kind of Country Night — less “My Country ‘Tis of Thee” and more “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.” It was a country-western-themed event with several special guest performers, team dances and, sadly, a double elimination when the evening was over. So who was ousted? Find out below in our live blog with all the minute-by-minute updates as they happen.

Four celeb dances were accompanied by live musical performances from up-and-coming country stars. Lauren Alaina sang “Ladies in the ’90s” for Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten. Carly Pearce performed “Every Little Thing” for Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe. Chris Janson serenaded Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess with “Can’t Help Falling in Love.” And the group LANCO graced the stage to perform “Born to Love You” for Milo Manheim and Witney Carson.

Then came the team dances. The eight celebs were split into groups of four. Team Hay Now brought together Bones, Lynch, Manheim and John Schneider for a performance to “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton. And Team Joe Down featured Ren, DeMarcus Ware, Juan Pablo Di Pace and of course Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile dancing to “Country Girl” by Luke Bryan.

Coming into this week’s show it looked like two celebs might have a theoretical advantage given their country music backgrounds. In addition to starring in “The Dukes of Hazzard,” Schneider is also a country singer, so when he jazzed up John Denver‘s aforementioned “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” he really meant it. And Bones is a popular personality on country music radio, so he was already well acquainted with the night’s theme.

Of course, that might not have actually helped their footwork when they stepped into the ballroom. So who was lightest on their feet, and who was hopelessly out of step? Find out below starting at 8:00pm (all times listed are Eastern).

Jeffrey Kare, 7:59pm — Is everyone ready?

Daniel Montgomery, 7:59pm — Ready as I’ll ever be.

Cordell Martin, 8:00pm — Dancing Gods, please let Grocery Store Joe go home.

DM, 8:00pm — I’m not counting on it.

John Schneider and Emma Slater

Jazz – “Thank God I’m a Country Boy” by John Denver

DM, 8:03pm — “I love country music, I sing country music, I live country music,” says John about his experience with country music. It’ll be interesting to see how well jazz fits with the country theme, but jazz is a pretty adaptable style. But the clip package is more emotional than expected. He discusses his ongoing divorce and the rift it has created between him and his adult children, who have yet to come to the show to watch him perform.

DM, 8:07pm — Pretty solid routine from John, not too much to write home about, but I’m not mad at it.

CM, 8:07pm — Three 8s.

JK, 8:07pm — I thought it was his best routine in a while.

JUDGES — Len Goodman says, “That’s the way to open the show: it was full of fun, full of energy, and I was full of admiration … That was great.” Bruno Tonioli thought “country brought the best out of you … It was custom-made to make you shine … Your timing was so much better.” Carrie Ann Inaba thought the “movement flowed so easily.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (8), Len (9), Bruno (8) — Total: 25 out of 30

DM, 8:10pm — I thought the 9 was a little generous. Maybe they think he’s going home and want to soften the blow.

CM, 8:10pm — Yep, pretty much.

JK, 8:11pm — If he does go, at least he’ll have ended his run on a high note.

Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe

Rumba – “Every Little Thing” – live performance by Carly Pearce

DM, 8:15pm — Fingers crossed on this rumba. I could see the judges really nitpicking her in this style. It doesn’t help that the Irish girl and South African guy don’t have much of any familiarity with American country music.

DM, 8:18pm — Could have used a little more hip action, but beautiful fluidity of movement, and great emotional interpretation of the music.

CM, 8:18pm — I loved it.

JK, 8:18pm — Absolutely breathtaking!

JUDGES — “What a transformation,” says Bruno, who thought she was “irresistible … a pure, proper rumba … It was perfectly in-tune with the music and the lyrics.” Carrie Ann adds, “You are making the kind of transformation that we haven’t seen since the likes of Kelly Osbourne … You’ve peaking at exactly the right moment … Watch out, people, this girl is on fire!” Len thought there was “lovely articulation through the feet … There was nothing in there that I didn’t like.”

CM, 8:20pm — She’s peaking at the right moment.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Bruno (10) — Total: 30 out of 30

DM, 8:22pm — Keo’s first perfect score since … the night he was eliminated with Jodie Sweetin. Hope history doesn’t repeat itself. Keo was so thrilled with the score from Len that he rushed back down to the judges table and gave him a kiss.

JK, 8:22pm — I would so not be prepared for that.

DM, 8:23pm — If Evanna is eliminated, we riot. Forget the midterms, America, vote for Evanna!

CM, 8:24pm — I’m done if Evanna goes home.

Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke

Charleston – “One Shot” by Hunter Hayes

DM, 8:29pm — If Juan Pablo can pull off a country night Charleston, he’ll finally show some major versatility. Cheryl is bringing him to a country-western bar to get him in the spirit. “It was really bringing home what a cowboy should move like,” he says. Bring it, vaquero!

JK, 8:32pm — That has to be his most energetic dance yet!

DM, 8:32pm — That style didn’t sit as comfortably on him, but I still dug it a lot. Great energy and enthusiasm, and he hit every step.

JUDGES — Carrie Ann credits him for making everything look so “effortless.” Len thought it was “a great mix of Charleston and country.” Bruno says, “You two are still flying high … The timing of this song was insane … You never missed a beat, and it looked effortlessly done.”

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Bruno (10) — Total: 30 out of 30

JK, 8:35pm — Another perfect not only for tonight, but also for Juan Pablo.

DM, 8:35pm — That would have been more a 9 from me. The judges are getting a little 10 happy tonight.

Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile and Jenna Johnson

Tango – “Burning Man” by Dierks Bentley featuring Brothers Osbourne

DM, 8:42pm — “It feels really good. I got an 8,” says Joe about his all-time best score on last week’s show. Now he’s following that Argentine tango with a regular tango. Honestly, those scores last week were pretty generous even though it was genuinely his best dance yet.

JK, 8:44pm — If Joe doesn’t get eliminated tonight, he should at least try to keep Jenna from upstaging him.

DM, 8:47pm — That was fine. A little awkward, you could see him thinking through the whole thing, and he was kinda walking through the steps, but watchable.

JUDGES — Len thought it was a little “unsteady,” but he put his heart into it. Bruno thought it looked like “Mad Max” dancing over bumpy roads. Carrie Ann thinks he’s an “anomaly” for how he doesn’t give up, but he has captured America’s hearts, even though it “wasn’t as strong” as last week’s routine.

CM, 8:48pm — Umm, no Carrie Ann. He never captured my heart.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (7), Len (7), Bruno (7) — Total: 21 out of 30

JK, 8:48pm — At least he didn’t get a perfect score.

DM, 8:49pm — The judges pretty much universally said it wasn’t as good as last week’s dance, but they gave him almost exactly the same score.

CM, 8:52pm — I hope he get a paso and samba next week!

JK, 8:52pm — Assuming he survives the double elimination tonight.

CM, 8:53pm — He will. Hell, he’ll probably make the finals.

Milo Manheim and Witney Carson

Foxtrot – “Born to Love You” – live performance by LANCO

CM, 8:53pm — My boy Milo!

DM, 8:54pm — Witney’s a big country fan and danced to a country song at her wedding. Milo doesn’t know too much country, but he is a musician, so he wrote her a country song that’s … actually pretty good. I’m a little annoyed that a 17-year-old is so multi-talented. Save something for the rest of us!

JK, 8:57pm — Incredible!

CM, 8:57pm — That was cute. He’d better get a 30!

DM, 8:57pm — Sweet, smooth as butter, and I’m always impressed at how they’re never thrown by their height difference.

JUDGES — Bruno thought it was “a proper, classy, classic foxtrot … always 100% believable.” Carrie Ann calls him “the one to beat,” and she too commends him for handling the height difference so well. Len admires his “pluck and dedication,” though he wanted “slightly stronger leg action.”

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (9), Bruno (10) — Total: 29 out of 30

JK, 9:01pm — Of course Len would be the one to prevent Milo from achieving another perfect score.

DM, 9:01pm — Thinking strategically, though, I’m kinda glad Evanna scored higher because it gives her a little more room to breathe at the top when the viewer votes are added to these scores for next week.

CM, 9:03pm — At this point I just want Evanna and Milo in the finals, don’t care who joins them.

DM, 9:04pm — Me too.

DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold

Viennese Waltz – “Tennessee Whiskey” by Chris Stapleton

DM, 9:06pm — I’m a little worried for DeMarcus doing a Viennese waltz. He’s great at lifts, but the kind of smooth grace a waltz needs hasn’t come as naturally to him over the course of the season.

JUDGES — Carrie Ann “wants to get in that world … You dance with full expression … There was love oozing from you … It was stunning.” Len appreciated the “softness, elegance and gentleness,” but he needs to work on his footwork and Lindsay needs to work on giving him more choreographic content. Bruno thinks his “Southern charm is irresistible … such a wonderful light touch … Your partnering was right on it … You really danced like a true gentleman.”

DM, 9:11pm — I think this was the most graceful and elegant I’ve seen him, maybe his best dance for me. Not a 10 from me personally, but given how the judges have scored him thus far, he’ll probably get a couple.

JK, 9:12pm — Yeah, I thought that was very good.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (9), Len (9), Bruno (9) — Total: 27 out of 30

JK, 9:13pm — I’d say that’s a good enough score for the routine.

DM, 9:13pm — Okay, I think those were the right scores this time. I think they made up for last week’s drastic over-scoring of him.

Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten

Samba – “Ladies in the ’90s” – live performance by Lauren Alaina

DM, 9:17pm — Alexis and Alan’s Showmance, Part 3: Alan takes Alexis horseback riding to embrace the theme of country week. Horseback riding. This is straight-up “The Bachelor.” Alan is afraid of messing up all their progress by pursuing a relationship. But he admits to her, “I am falling for you.”

CM, 9:19pm — Not this fake romance crap.

CM, 9:21pm — she’s doing a great job with this Samba

DM, 9:21pm — She nailed the steps, but I felt like the dance style clashed with that song.

JUDGES — Len thought “there was so much great samba content … That’s the best routine of the night … That’s knockout.” Bruno felt they were “a match made in samba heaven … Very few people do it that well.” And Carrie Ann calls them “the sweetest samba couple in the world,” but she was “just ahead of the music.” Len and Bruno wholeheartedly disagree.

JK, 9:23pm — Yeah, I think that might’ve been their best performance yet.

CM, 9:23pm — Len loves her.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (9), Len (10), Bruno (10) — Total: 29 out of 30

DM, 9:25pm — That would have been another 9 from me. The judges are handing out 10s like they’re going out of style, or maybe I’m just in a stingy mood tonight.

Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess

Viennese Waltz – “Can’t Help Falling in Love”– live performance by Chris Janson

DM, 9:28pm — Bobby and Sharna are disappointed about their scores from last week even though the judges thought it was their best dance. I’m not the biggest Bobby stan, but I actually agree. The judges didn’t give him his due for last week’s performance. “Tonight I’m going to make country music proud,” he says when thinking about so much of his country music family participating in tonight’s show.

DM, 9:32pm — Solid from Bobby. A bit awkward in places. His posture seemed a bit off a times. But I give him an A for effort.

JK, 9:32pm — I can agree with that.

JUDGES — Bruno commends him for giving a proper Vienesse waltz and almost always nailing the footwork. Carrie Ann thought he was “a little bit tense … We see the strain,” but she still loves him. And Len noticed he lifted his shoulders out of fear, but it was still his “best dance.” Bobby promises to kiss Len’s face if he gives him an 8.

DM, 9:34pm — “American Idol” announcement: Bobby reveals that he’ll be a full-time mentor next season on the singing competition.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (8), Len (8), Bruno (8) — Total: 24 out of 30

DM, 9:34pm — 8 received, kiss-ion accomplished.

#TeamHayNow – “9 to 5” by Dolly Parton

Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess
Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe
John Schneider and Emma Slater
Milo Manheim and Witney Carson

DM, 9:39pm — This is the team I’m looking forward to more. He’s got great teammates.

CM, 9:41pm — They would pick the girls last.

DM, 9:41pm — Yeah, two of the best contestants got picked last.

DM, 9:43pm — Excellent overall. I was especially impressed by Evanna since she was only female celeb so she had to match three female pros.

JUDGES — Len “loved the song, loved the performance, loved the choreography.” Bruno thought it was a “country triumph … The balance between the ensemble and the individuals was brilliant.” And Carrie Ann calls Bobby Bones the “MVP … You all nailed it.”

JK, 9:44pm — It was great!

CM, 9:44pm — Loved!

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (9), Bruno (10) — Total: 29 out of 30

DM, 9:46pm — Since the first team did so well it guarantees that Joe makes history with his 7th time at the bottom of the leaderboard. Even with a perfect 30 he can’t climb higher.

CM, 9:46pm — Oh I predict their routine will disappoint. I can’t see Joe keeping up with the rest of the couples.

#TeamJoeDown – “Country Girl” by Luke Bryan

Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten
DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold
Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile and Jenna Johnson
Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke

DM, 9:48pm — Time for Team Joe Down, who have a high bar to clear. They should just give all the tough steps to Alexis and Juan Pablo, and let DeMarcus just juggle the women.

JUDGES — Bruno thought Alexis was “like one of the professional girls … A couple of the times some of you lost sync.” Carrie Ann thought “there was so much going on that it was hard to focus,” but they put Joe in front of the judges’ table, so she noticed all of his mistakes. Len has “had a ball tonight … Well done.”

DM, 9:55pm — That was fun and spirited, and they played to everybody’s strengths, including Joe’s lack of strengths.

CM, 9:55pm — Team Bobby was better.

JK, 9:55pm — I thought it was fun, but maybe it could’ve been better.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (9), Len (8), Bruno (9) — Total: 26 out of 30

DM, 9:56pm — Woo hoo! Evanna at the top of the overall leaderboard!


First Couple in Jeopardy: John and Emma

Second Couple in Jeopardy: DeMarcus and Lindsay

Third Couple in Jeopardy: Evanna and Keo

Safe Couple is … Evanna and Keo!

Eliminated Celebs are John Schneider and DeMarcus Ware

JK, 9:59pm — Thank goodness!

CM, 9:59pm — Whew Jesus!

DM, 10:00pm — If it couldn’t be Joe, I think this is fair. And we keep both of the remaining women.

CM, 10:00pm — This has to be one of the most unpredictable seasons ever.

Judges’ Leaderboard:

1. Evanna Lynch — 30 + 29 = 59
2. Milo Manheim — 29 + 29 = 58
3. Juan Pablo Di Pace — 30 + 26 = 56
4. Alexis Ren — 29 + 26 = 55
5. John Schneider — 25 + 29 = 54 (ELIMINATED)
6. Bobby Bones — 24 + 29 = 53
6. DeMarcus Ware — 27 + 26 = 53 (ELIMINATED)
8. Joe Amabile — 21 + 26 = 47

Final Predictions Contest Results:

Who will be eliminated? John Schneider and DeMarcus Ware

Who will get the judges’ HIGHEST score? Evanna Lynch (59 out of 60)

Who will get the judges’ LOWEST score? Joe Amabile (47 out of 60)

How many 10s will the judges give out? 10 or More — 12 to be exact

Which judge will give the MOST points? Bruno Tonioli (91)

Which judge will give the FEWEST points? Len Goodman (89)

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