Lauren Alaina (‘Dancing with the Stars’) performed a ‘smoldering’ rumba, but Joey Fatone didn’t want it that way [WATCH]

Country singer Lauren Alaina couldn’t have performed two more different dances than she got on “Dancing with the Stars” during “Boy Band and Girl Group Night.” First she tackled a lighthearted, fast-paced quickstep. Then it was time for a slow and sensual rumba. So how did she do with those polar opposite routines? Watch her rumba above and her quickstep below.

Her quickstep to The Supremes‘ “Cant Hurry Love” got mixed reviews from the judges, with Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and even guest Joey Fatone pointing out moments where her timing and movements were off, though Carrie Ann Inaba was perplexed by those critiques, calling Alaina’s performance “fantastic.” She got solid scores for it, though: 9s from Inaba and Goodman and 8s from Fatone and Tonioli for a total of 34 out of 40.

Things improved with her rumba to the Backstreet Boys‘ “I Want It That Way.” Fatone told her (jokingly, thankfully) that he would give Alaina a zero for the song choice alone since Fatone’s own boy band NSYNC arose at the same time as the Backstreet Boys and thus had an obligatory rivalry. But all kidding aside, the judges praised her “sure-footed,” “smoldering” performance. They gave her all 9s this time which added up to 36, bringing her total for the night to 70 out of 80.

Unfortunately, that was low enough to leave her second to last on the judges’ leaderboard, though she still had a good 20 points on the bottom scorer — Sean Spicer, naturally. And that put Alaina in unfamiliar territory. She landed in the bottom two for the first time this season, but luckily for her, so did Spicer. It has been clear for weeks that as soon as Spicer landed in the bottom two the judges would give him his walking papers, and that’s what they did. But with the semifinals coming up, is Alaina at risk of falling short of the finale? Or will her fans back her up next week when it matters even more?

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