The 13 celebs competing in season 27 of “Dancing with the Stars” went through the gauntlet on Monday night when they performed their very first dances. But it didn’t end there. They had to do it all over again on Tuesday. So how did they fare on the second night of competition? Were they able to shake off the nerves from the season premiere, or did they succumb to fatigue? Find out below in our minute-by-minute live blog with all the developments as they happen.
The good news for the contestants was that they were scheduled to perform routines in the same styles they danced on Monday: jive (Tinashe, Alexis Ren and Bobby Bones), cha cha (DeMarcus Ware, Mary Lou Retton and Milo Manheim), foxtrot (Evanna Lynch, Danelle Umstead and John Schneider), salsa (Juan Pablo Di Pace and Nikki Glaser) and quickstep (Nancy McKeon and Joe Amabile). So they had a chance to refine their skills instead of having to learn two brand new dances in a row.
The bad news, however, was that the judges’ scores and viewer votes from Monday night were combined, and there was an elimination at the end of the evening, so that gave the stars and their pro partners something else to worry about.
But it wasn’t just bad news the contestants were waiting for. During Tuesday night’s show “DWTS” also unveiled the cast for its pint-sized spin-off “Dancing with the Stars: Juniors,” which premieres on Sunday, October 7. It’ll be hosted by “DWTS” alums Frankie Muniz and Jordan Fisher, with Mandy Moore, Adam Rippon and Val Chmerkovskiy seated at the judges table. But unlike the flagship series, “Juniors” will be pre-taped and not broadcast live.
So who stayed, and who was eliminated? Find out below starting at 8:00pm (all times listed are Eastern).
Daniel Montgomery, 7:55pm — Everybody ready for tonight’s show?
Jeffrey Kare, 7:56pm — Indeed.
Cordell Martin, 7:57pm — Not ready for Nikki to go home.
DM, 8:04pm — Whoa, what is this weird dance-off news? It turns out that instead of another full night of performances, only the bottom six couples based on judges scores and viewer votes will be performing again to save themselves from elimination. Then there will be a live vote to determine the elimination. I’m not sure how I feel about this development. I’m not a fan of anything that over-complicates the “DWTS” process.
CM, 8:06pm — Interesting. Okay, my pick for the bottom six: Nancy, Joe, John, Evanna, Nikki and Milo?
DM, 8:08pm — Definitely Joe, Nikki and Evanna. Probably Nancy and John. Maybe Mary Lou for the last spot in bottom six?
DM, 8:10pm — The good thing about this rule: forcing a dance-off might make a Joe elimination more likely. No offense to Joe as a person, but Please let Joe go.
FIRST COUPLE ANNOUNCED SAFE: DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold
SECOND COUPLE ANNOUNCED SAFE: Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong
FIRST TEAM IN JEOPARDY: Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy
THIRD COUPLE ANNOUNCED SAFE: Joe Amabile and Jenna Johnson
JK, 8:12pm — What!?
CM, 8:13pm — Is he really one of the top seven vote-getters?
DM, 8:14pm — This is a really bad start to the season if that performance got him into the top seven vote-getters. He would have had to be one of the top two or three dancers when it comes to viewer votes to climb that high from his score.
CM, 8:15pm — Well let’s prepare ourselves for him to last for a few weeks.
DM, 8:16pm — With votes like this, he could Bonner Bolton his way to the top five.
DM, 8:17pm — The child pros from “DWTS: Juniors” take the stage. They’re fantastic. They should make Joe Amabile dance against these child pros to earn his spot on next week’s show.
DM, 8:19pm — Okay, next group of contestants getting their results (Juan Pablo, Nikki, Alexis, John and Bobby). What do we think the next insane result will be?
CM, 8:21pm — Nikki, John and Alexis will join Nancy in the bottom six.
DM, 8:21pm — Bobby will definitely be safe. He’s the only one I’m sure of.
JK, 8:22pm — Unless he ends up being in jeopardy tonight.
DM, 8:24pm — “I’ve had a lot of rough sets in my life,” says Nikki about coping with the judges comments. The audience misunderstood the word, um, “sets” to be something else. “Well, I’ve had both,” she clarified. This is why I want her to stick around.
FOURTH COUPLE ANNOUNCED SAFE: Juan Pablo and Cheryl Burke
SECOND TEAM IN JEOPARDY: Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko
THIRD TEAM IN JEOPARDY: John Schneider and Emma Slater
FIFTH COUPLE ANNOUNCED SAFE: Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess
FOURTH TEAM IN JEOPARDY: Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten
CM, 8:28pm — Called it. Bobby is going to the finals.
JK, 8:28pm — So four couples are currently in jeopardy at this point.
CM, 8:28pm — Yep! Evanna and Milo will join them. Or Mary Lou, but I feel she has a pretty solid fan base.
DM, 8:29pm — I think Evanna is sure to be in the bottom six. It’ll be interesting to see where Danelle lands. I think she could be at risk too even though she has the inspirational story.
DM, 8:31pm — Time for the last celebs to come out, watch their recaps of night-one, and learn their fates: Evanna, Mary Lou, Danelle and Milo.
DM, 8:35pm — I’ll be annoyed if poor Keo, Artem, and Gleb are all fighting to stay in the competition. They can never catch a break on this show.
SIXTH COUPLE ANNOUNCED SAFE: Milo Manheim and Witney Carson
FIFTH TEAM IN JEOPARDY: Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev
SEVENTH COUPLE ANNOUNCED SAFE: Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe
SIXTH TEAM IN JEOPARDY: Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber
DM, 8:41pm — Justice! Glad Milo is safe!
JK, 8:41pm — Though Danelle ain’t. Glad Evanna is.
CM, 8:41pm — Whoa! Yikes, all the old contestants landed in the bottom.
CM, 8:43pm — I’m glad to see Evanna safe as well.
DM, 8:43pm — I am encouraged for Evanna. She performed in the middle of the show, and she got middling scores, so this indicates that she has a strong fan base voting for her.
CM, 8:44pm — Alexis and Alan better be worried. I can see her being a surprise elimination down the road.
“DANCING WITH THE STARS: JUNIORS” Cast Annoucement:
Miles Brown (“Black-ish” star)
Ariana Greenblatt (Young Gamora in “Avengers: Infinity War”)
Honey Boo Boo (Reality TV Star)
Akash Vukoti (Spelling Bee Champion)
Sky Brown (skateboarding prodigy)
Mandla Morris (son of Stevie Wonder)
Sophia Pippen (daughter of Scottie Pippen)
Hudson West (“General Hospital” star)
Mackenzie Ziegler (dancer Maddie Ziegler’s sister)
Tripp Johnston (Sarah Palin’s granddaughter)
Addison Osta Smith (“MasterChef Junior” champ)
Jason Maybaum (Disney Channel actor)
CM, 8:52pm — I hate the show has already been taped. They are so adorable.
DM, 8:52pm — I kinda dig most of these kid celebs. I’m not a big fan of including Tripp Palin. Nothing against the kid, but that family doesn’t need any more exposure than they’ve already gotten.
DM, 8:55pm — Just from their brief dancing during their live intros, it looks like Miles Brown has got some moves. He might be a front-runner. And since the show is pre-taped Palin and Honey Boo Boo can’t count on more conservative viewers pushing them through like Bristol Palin, Sadie Robertson, Candace Cameron Bure on the grown-up show.
DM, 8:59pm — I love that “Juniors” got more Emmy nominees than the grown-up show did this year. Hudson West was nominated for Best Younger Actor at the Daytime Emmys this year.
EIGHTH COUPLE ANNOUNCED SAFE: John Schneider and Emma Slater
DM, 8:59pm — So apparently “DWTS” tricked us into thinking six couples were in jeopardy, but they just announced another couple was safe out of the blue. Can “DWTS” stop jerking us around please?
CM, 9:01pm — Yikes, all women are in jeopardy
Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber (Cha Cha)
DM, 9:01pm — First up for her second-chance dance-off is Mary Lou, unless Tom Bergeron comes back out mid-dance to announce that she’s safe, or she’s been automatically eliminated, or she needs to be shot out of a cannon to determine the rest of tonight’s results.
JUDGES — Len thought she was great on Monday night, and great on Tuesday night too. Bruno said she was “back with a vengeance” and her “foot placement was so much better tonight.” Carrie Ann also thought she nailed it.
CM, 9:04pm — She was much better. She was a lot more at ease tonight.
DM, 9:04pm — Yeah, I think she was more polished.
JK, 9:04pm — Definitely a lot more professionalism.
SCORES — Carrie Ann (7), Len (7), Bruno (7) — Total: 21 out of 30
Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev (Foxtrot)
DM, 9:11pm — The show’s first ever blind dancer if performing live two nights in a row. She deserves a Mirror Ball Trophy just for that.
JUDGES — “You really tried to use the floor more … There was a slight incident in the footwork,” says Bruno, but it was done in an effort to follow the judges’ advice, so he gives her credit for that. Carrie saw her get lost in the choreography, but she was impressed by how Danelle recovered with “gusto.” Len thought she was an “inspiration” to have danced to that standard given her challenges.
DM, 9:16pm — She made more mistakes the second time around, but I can’t even be mad at her for that. Joe is off somewhere comfortably sipping tea.
CM, 9:16pm — I thought it was cute.
SCORES — Carrie Ann (6), Len (6), Bruno (6) — Total: 18 out of 30
Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko (Salsa)
DM, 9:19pm — Nikki needs to bring it with this next salsa. Learn the lesson of Bobby Bones: better to go crazy than to get all the moves perfect.
JUDGES — Carrie Ann thinks Nikki’s arms are a little “soft” and she needs to use her strength more. Len felt Nikki came out and “controlled the dance” as opposed to Monday night when the dance controlled her. Bruno points out that her attitude was better this time around, but she doesn’t have the hip action she needs.
CM, 9:25pm — Much better.
DM, 9:25pm — Hmmm, I think Nikki actually lost a bit of ground in terms of her technique. It seemed a little more awkward. I’m still going to vote the heck out of her. I think she’s got a lot of potential and still want her to stick around.
JK, 9:25pm — I thought that was terrific.
DM, 9:26pm — Smart of Gleb to rip his shirt open during their dance, gotta get all the votes they can LOL.
SCORES — Carrie Ann (6), Len (6), Bruno (6) — Total: 18 out of 30
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten (Jive)
DM, 9:32pm — I thought she gave one of the top two performances on Monday night, so it doesn’t make sense to me that she’s even in jeopardy. But she should be able to rack up lots of points from the judges to give her a buffer in case her fans don’t come through.
JUDGES — Len was amazed that she was even in jeopardy because of how well she danced on night one, so he thinks they “deserve to come back.” Bruno agrees and felt they came back with a “clean, precise, strong” jive. Carrie Ann was even “more impressed” tonight after seeing from Alexis’s clip package that the model struggles with self-confidence.
DM, 9:36pm — Great second jive! About on par with Monday night I think, but I thought that was one of the best performances of Monday night too.
JK, 9:37pm — I don’t know about you, but I thought that was excellent.
SCORES — Carrie Ann (7), Len (8) Bruno (8) — Total: 23 out of 30
DM, 9:38pm — I’m glad the judges got with the program on their scores for Alexis.
CM, 9:39pm — I’m so mad that “Grocery Store Joe” is sitting in the background grinning!
DM, 9:40pm — Yeah, every time he’s in a shot, I feel like he should look really guilty for not having to dance again tonight. He should be serving everyone drinks at least, or in the wardrobe department ironing costumes LOL
Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy (Quickstep)
DM, 9:43pm — Last re-do dance of the night. Nancy pleasantly surprised me on Monday night, and Val is a fan-favorite, so I have a feeling they’ll survive the night.
JUDGES — Bruno thought she was “spinning like a car wash, and I loved it.” He also felt she was more at ease with herself. Carrie Ann gave them credit for increasing the difficulty in their choreography and improving their body contact. Len had a problem with their lack of body contact on night one as well, and he thought Nancy and Val fixed that problem entirely.
CM, 9:47pm — A huge no to Nancy’s costume LOL.
DM, 9:48pm — I thought it was a step up performance-wise. Still not perfect, but solid again, keeping up with Val on a tough dance style.
JK, 9:48pm — Yeah, I thought that was great.
CM, 9:48pm — It’s the end of the road for Nikki.
SCORES — Carrie Ann (7), Len (7), Bruno (7) — Total: 21 out of 30
First Couple Safe: Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev
Second Couple Safe: Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten
Third Couple Safe: Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber
Fourth Couple Safe: Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy
ELIMINATED: Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko
JK, 10:00pm — And now, it’s official.
CM, 10:00pm — Bummer.
DM, 10:00pm — Next week is another two-night event: New York Night on Monday and Las Vegas Night on Tuesday. I wonder what more format shenanigans there will be.
Predictions Contest Results:
Who will be eliminated? Nikki Glaser
Who will get the judges’ HIGHEST score? DeMarcus Ware and Tinashe (23) — counting only Monday night when all celebs performed
Who will get the judges’ LOWEST score? Joe Amabile (14) — counting only Monday night when all celebs performed
How many 10s will the judges give out? Zero
Which judge will give the MOST points? Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli (120) — counting both Monday and Tuesday night
Which judge will give the FEWEST points? Len Goodman (112) — counting both Monday and Tuesday night
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