Despite being the lowest scoring contestant on “Dancing with the Stars,” Joe Amabile was chosen as one of the team captains for Country Night. His group’s name was Team Joe Down, a pun on hoedown in the spirit of the night’s theme, but was it perhaps a fateful prediction of how they would do? Watch their routine above, and vote in our polls at the bottom of this post to let us know who you think was really the best of the night.
Amabile and his fellow team captain Bobby Bones (the second lowest scoring contestant still in the running) took turns picking celebs to join their rosters, and Amabile ended up with DeMarcus Ware, Juan Pablo Di Pace and Alexis Ren. It’s worth noting, though, that Ren and Evanna Lynch, the only women left in the competition, were picked last — come on, guys, give these ladies a break!
Amabile has been moved all season by how supportive his fellow cast members have been despite his less-than-stellar technique, but it wasn’t lost on him or anyone else that he was probably the weak link in this particular chain. You’ll notice how Amabile was carefully tucked away in the background for much of the performance — at one point even riding a mechanical bull — though that choreographic strategy had one major flaw: while he was in the background of the camera shot, he ended up right in front of the judges’ table … oops.
Carrie Ann Inaba pointed that out, and she noticed the mistakes he made, though she gave them credit for performing a number with tougher choreography than Bones’s Team Hay Now. Bruno Tonioli thought Ren looked like a professional dancer, but he noticed moments when the group was out of sync. And Len Goodman “had a ball” and congratulated them for a job “well done.”
But they liked Hay Now better. Team Joe Down scored 9s from Tonioli and Inaba and an 8 from Goodman, giving them a total of 26 out of 30. That was three points lower (one per judge) than Team Hay Now, and the result was that Amabile landed at the bottom of the leaderboard for the seventh time, a new record. But he got the last laugh because even with a double elimination he still hasn’t been sent home. Joe may be down, but he’s not out.
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