‘Dancing with the Stars’ week 4 rankings from worst to best: Milo and Mary Lou shined, but Grocery Store Joe … just no

This week on “Dancing with the Stars” each couple performed a trio routine with a “DWTS” alum or a special celebrity guest. A new Mirror Ball front-runner may have emerged, as Disney star Milo Manheim along with her pro partner Witney Carson and trio partner Riker Lynch brought down the house with an electrifying salsa. The routine was just one point shy of a perfect score.

But as one star rose another was shockingly snuffed out: R&B star Tinashe and her partner Brandon Armstrong were unfairly booted despite topping the leaderboard in the first two weeks of the competition. With her out of the running, which of the remaining celebs will rise to the occasion and pose a serious threat to win the season?

See my rankings below ranked from worst to best: which trios sizzled, and which ones fizzled?

10. Joe Amabile & Jenna Johnson – Salsa
Trio Partner: “Bachelorette” and “Bachelor in Paradise” star Jordan Kimball

Judges’ Score: 15/30 (Carrie Ann 5 + Len 5 + Bruno 5)

Yikes. There was no salsa content in this routine whatsoever. The timing was off, and both Joe and Jordan were stiff throughout the dance. At this point in the competition it’s time for him to bow out gracefully.

9. John Schneider & Emma Slater – Argentine Tango
Trio Partner: Season four runner-up Joey Fatone

Judges’ Score: 21/30 (Carrie Ann 7 + Len 7 + Bruno 7)

I loved the storytelling of this dance. John did a solid job with his footwork and posture throughout. I will say that the lifts were a bit messy, but it was nevertheless a great effort.

8. Bobby Bones & Sharna Burgess – Cha Cha
Trio Partner: Season 25 runner-up Lindsey Stirling

Judges’ Score: 20/30 (Carrie Ann 7 + Len 6 + Bruno 7)

Bobby knows how to light up the room. There was not one ounce of cha cha in this routine, but despite that, I thought this performance was fun and entertaining, as they usually are from Bobby.

7. DeMarcus Ware & Lindsay Arnold – Paso Doble
Trio Partner: Season 24 Mirror Ball champion Rashad Jennings

Judges’ Score: 22/30 (Carrie Ann 7 + Len 7 + Bruno 8)

DeMarcus brought the necessary physicality to the dance, but I thought he was out-performed by Rashad. I was expecting this routine to be a knockout since this style has been a favorite of past NFL players, but it was a bit disappointing.

6. Evanna Lynch & Keo Motsepe – Salsa
Trio Partner: “Harry Potter” actress Scarlett Byrne

Judges’ Score: 24/30 (Carrie Ann 8 + Len 8 + Bruno 8)

This was a very polished routine. Evanna has become more confident week after week. But I agreed with the judges that I would’ve liked to see a bit more hip action, and she was a bit ahead of the music at times.

5. Juan Pablo Di Pace & Cheryl Burke – Cha Cha
Trio Partner: Season 15 Mirror Ball champion Melissa Rycroft

Judges’ Score: 24/30 (Carrie Ann 8 + Len 8 + Bruno 8)

After earning a perfect score last week, the pressure was on for Juan Pablo to knock it out of the park again. Overall I thought the dance brought the right amount of sex appeal, but surprisingly lacked cha cha content. I agreed with Carrie Ann that it felt at times that Juan Pablo was holding back.

4. Alexis Ren & Alan Bersten – Tango
Trio Partner: Dancer Maddie Ziegler

Judges’ Score: 25/30 (Carrie Ann 8 + Len 8 + Bruno 9)

Alexis is another contestant who continues to grow every week. Although her tango wasn’t as impactful as her contemporary routine on Most Memorable Year Night, I thought she, Alan and Maddie still did a great job of bringing the attack to their tango.

3. Tinashe & Brandon Armstrong – Tango
Trio Partner: Season 18 runner-up Amy Purdy

Judges’ Score: 26/30 (Carrie Ann 9 + Len 8 + Bruno 9)

Tinashe and Brandon hoped to show a different side of themselves after being in jeopardy last week. Their routine with Amy was very clean, creative and incorporated a lot of tango content. I thought Brandon rose to the challenge as a choreographer and made not only Tinashe shine, but Amy as well. It stinks that Tinashe’s journey on the show ended so soon.

2. Mary Lou Retton & Sasha Farber – Charleston
Trio Partner: Season 20 semifinalist Nastia Liukin

Judges’ Score: 26/30 (Carrie Ann 9 + Len 8 + Bruno 9)

It was great to see Mary Lou let loose and have fun. She needs to keep reminding herself that this show is about living in the moment, and she doesn’t still need to be in the Olympic mindset of perfection at all costs. The routine was entertaining and lovely, and she earned her highest score of the season so far. Well deserved.

1. Milo Manheim & Witney Carson – Salsa
Trio Partner: Season 20 runner-up Riker Lynch

Judges’ Score: 29/30 (Carrie Ann 10 + Len 9 + Bruno 10)

Milo did that! They brought down the house. This performance was fast, in control, clean and electrifying. I loved how Witney seamlessly moved back and forth between Riker and Milo throughout the routine. The dance of the night!

Elimination Prediction:

With the surprise elimination of Tinashe and Brandon, it looks like Alexis and Alan could be the next surprise ouster. Clearly the fans find Grocery Store Joe and Bobby Bones more entertaining than Tinashe and the other three female contestants who have already been sent packing.

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