Team dances are common on “Dancing with the Stars,” but what’s not common is for the contestants to have to learn a team dance in their second week on the show. Since this all-athletes season of “DWTS” is just four weeks long it’s on an accelerated schedule, so the eight remaining couples had to learn their own individual dances as well as their team dances after having just gotten their legs used to the dance floor a week ago. But Team 1970s Football — featuring Mirai Nagasu, Adam Rippon, Arike Ogunbowale and Jennie Finch Daigle — made the most of it.
This team routine was an unlikely marriage between disco and the gridiron, made all the more complicated by the fact that none of the pros or celebrities on Team 1970s Football were actually alive in the 1970s. On top of that they had to spend most of their time training without one of their teammates: Ogunbowale had finals approaching at Notre Dame, and “‘Dancing with the Stars’ ate my homework” probably doesn’t fly with most professors.
But that didn’t seem to faze them when the time came to perform during Monday night’s live show. They received three 9s from regular judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli, and a 10 from guest judge Rashad Jennings. That put them well ahead of their rivals on Team 1950s Tennis. Do you agree with the judges that this team had the winning routine? Watch their performance above, and check out what the judges had to say below.
Bruno Tonioli: “I love it! It’s ‘Monday Night Fever’ at ‘Dancing with the Stars’! It looks like the New York Giants have taken over Studio 54. I had so much fun. You threw everything you had and every trick into it — even the afro wigs, I had hair just like that.”
Carrie Ann Inaba: “It just kept getting better and better. It was so much fun, you guys. It was a fantastic team dance.”
Rashad Jennings: “It was absolutely entertaining. I tell you, if this franchise is for sale, I’m buying it.”
Len Goodman: “I loved it. I loved the disco, with a little bit of ‘Hustle’ in there which I really liked. I’ve just got to say to both teams and to all of you celebrities, you’ve done fantastic.”
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