‘Dancing with the Stars’ ‘Grease Night’ recap: Celebs celebrated the classic musical, but who was sent home? [UPDATING LIVE BLOG]

The theme nights continue on “Dancing with the Stars.” For the fifth week of the competition the remaining 11 celebrity contestants and their pro partners danced to music from the classic musical “Grease.” So who were the judges “Hopelessly Devoted” to, and who was a dancing school dropout by the end of the night? Scroll down for our “Grease Night” live blog with all the minute-by-minute developments and commentary throughout the night.

Speaking of “Hopelessly Devoted to You,” basketball star Iman Shumpert danced a Viennese waltz to that iconic ballad, and he wasn’t the only one performing that dance style. There were also waltzes from actress Melora Hardin (“Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”) and “The Talk” co-host Amanda Kloots (“Beauty School Dropout”), two of the highest scoring contestants of the season so far, so pressure was on Shumpert to hold his own against them.

We also got three foxtrots from country singer Jimmie Allen (“Sandy”), social media star Olivia Jade (“Summer Nights”), and pop singer JoJo Siwa (“Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee Reprise”). There were a couple of quicksteps from singer Melanie C (“You’re the One That I Want”) and fitness instructor Cody Rigsby (“We Go Together”). Gymnast Suni Lee took on the often-acrobatic Charleston (“Born to Hand Jive”). Pro wrestler Mike “The Miz” Mizanin danced a fast-paced jive (“Greased Lightnin'”). And “Real Housewives” star Kenya Moore was given the sensual rumba (“There Are Worse Things I Could Do”).

Moore was at the bottom for the previous two weeks in a row after judges’ scores and viewer votes were added together, but both times the judges voted to save her. Was she able to escape yet again? Follow along below to find out what happened starting at 8:00pm (times listed are Eastern).

Daniel Montgomery, 8:04pm — “Grease” star Olivia Newton-John is there via video telling the stars, “I hope you have as much fun as I did.” She’ll be back later, and interestingly they’re going to perform dances in the order that the songs appear in the movie.

Olivia Jade and Val Chmerkovskiy (“Summer Nights” Foxtrot)

DM, 8:05pm — Olivia is young, but she says she has watched “Grease” about 50 times, and Val remmebers the film because it was a formative experience for him starting to love dance. But Olivia went to an all-girls school, so she didn’t get the kind of star-crossed high school romance seen in the film.

DM, 8:08pm — Olivia is such a clean, polished dancer. You never worry about her when she’s dancing.

Cordell Martin, 8:08pm — True.

Jeffrey Kare, 8:08pm — I thought their performance was full of enthusiasm.

JUDGESLen Goodman thought it was “full of fun,” and “it was entertaining.” He also priased Val’s “great” choreography. Derek Hough thinks Olivia is a “perfect” Sandy with an “unbelievable” frame. Bruno Tonioli thought she “captured the sweet innocence” and “kept a beautiful foxtrot going.” Carrie Ann Inaba thought their body contact in hold was “amazing.”

CM, 8:10pm — Four 9s.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (9), Len (9), Derek (9), Bruno (9) = 36

DM, 8:11pm — Very well deserved.

DM, 8:11pmTyra Banks says she only just saw “Grease” for the first time over the weekend, but I can’t hold it against her because I still haven’t seen “Grease” LOL.

JK, 8:12pm — Well all have those blind spots.

CM, 8:13pm — “Grease” was a staple in my household growing up LOL. My mother saw the national tour sometime in the late ’70s/early ’80s, and she might’ve sat next to Mister Rogers.

Melora Hardin and Artem Chigvintsev (Viennese Waltz, “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee”)

DM, 8:15pm — The move reminds Melora of women who paved the way for her in her career, and she’ll be playing Rizzo as she teases Sandy for being such a goody-two-shoes. She definitely god the bad girl vibes down last week when she played Rapunzel’s mom on “Disney Villains Night,” so I think she’s got this.

CM, 8:18pm — That was a cute performance.

DM, 8:18pm — I think Melora might have lost balance a couple of little times in there, but otherwise rock solid and great character work.

JK, 8:19pm — Very spunky.

JUDGES — Derek thinks Melora is “the gift that keeps on giving,” but it got “a little congested up top” while they were in hold. Bruno thinks she takes the characters she plays and makes them her own, she “plays it so well.” Carrie Ann thinks Melora makes everyone want to dance with her because she makes it look fun. Len “feels better for having seeing that” because Melora plays her characters so well.

CM, 8:20pm — Another 10 from Len?

SCORES — Carrie Ann (9), Len (9), Derek (9), Bruno (9) = 36

JK, 8:21pm — Not this time around.

DM, 8:22pm — I feel like the judges have settled down with their scores this week. Both Olivia and Melora’s numbers felt right to me.

CM, 8:22pm — Me too.

Iman Shumpert and Danielle Karagach (Viennese Waltz, “Hopelessly Devoted to You”)

DM, 8:25pm — Iman can relate to this song’s devotion because of his marriage to Teyana Taylor. Daniella also wants Iman to continue his impressive acting performance after last week’s star turn as Jafar from “Aladdin.” Let’s also see if he can continue his improbably strong work in hold as such a tall man.

DM, 8:28pm — Iman’s performance was super expressive, but don’t think it was necessarily one of his better dance so far in terms of the steps.

JK, 8:29pm — Too bad Julianne Hough isn’t there as she previously played Sandy in Fox’s 2016 live telecast of “Grease.” As for Iman and Daniella’s performance this week, I thought it was quite lovely.

JUDGES — Bruno could “really feel the sense of a love story,” but he needs to keep the sense of an eagle in flight instead of stooping down to Daniella when they’re in hold. Carrie Ann agrees that this dance wasn’t the best suited to him, but she appreciated the chemistry between them. Len liked the “gentleness” of the routine, but his technique “isn’t great.” Derek loves Iman in general, and thought it was a great effort.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (7), Len (7), Derek (7), Bruno (7) = 28

DM, 8:32pm — Again, I 100% agree with the judges scores. What the heck is going on with them being right so often? LOL

CM, 8:33pm — I know right?

The Miz and Witney Carson (Jive, “Greased Lightnin'”)

DM, 8:36pm — “When you think about ‘Grease,’ you think about ‘Greased Lightnin’,’ says The Miz about getting to dance to one of the centerpiece songs of the musical. Like Iman, he’s reminded of his relationship with his wife, fellow WWE wrestler Maryse. “If anyone can play Danny Zuko it’s my husband,” she says when she arrives at his training with Witney.

DM, 8:39pm — A couple of rough spots in that routine, as I think his energy got the better of him, but I still think that was one of his best performances.

JK, 8:39pm — Slick, smooth, and stylish.

CM, 8:40pm — I thought it was a great performance.

JUDGES — “Go Miz lightning!” says Carrie Ann, who loved his energy, but he was ahead of the song most of the way. Len thought some of the steps were “problematic,” but he “rushed it.” Derek agrees that it was rushed and lacked a little bit of clarity. Bruno thought the timing went wrong at the end, but “what a performance.”

SCORES — Carrie Ann (8), Len (8), Derek (8), Bruno (8) = 32

DM, 8:42pm — With those critiques I thought there would be 7s in there, but I totally agree with the 8s.

Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten (Viennese Waltz, “Beauty School Dropout”)

DM, 8:46pm — Amanda has watched the movie “a million times,” no surprise for an experienced Broadway performer. Amanda will be playing Frenchie, and Frankie Avalon will actually be performing for their dance tonight. They’re also Zooming with Didi Conn, who played Frenchie in the movie. Frenchie has an “inner goodness” that Amanda should also have no trouble embodying.

DM, 8:50pm — Amanda even more than Olivia gives you a sense of confidence and security when she dances, especially in a ballroom style that’s right up her alley. I could see this getting a couple of 10s.

JK, 8:50pm — Exquisite!

JUDGES — Len thinks she certainly won’t be a “Dancing with the Stars” dropout, though he admits to having a couple of quibbles. Derek thinks she’s “consistently fantastic” with “beautiful frame” and great use of her legs, but he wants a little more to tip it over the edge. Bruno thinks she has “nothing to fear” and “plenty to spare” when it comes to her legs and movement. Carrie Ann thought it had “technique,” “elegance,” “musicality,” and “storytelling.”

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Derek (9), Bruno (10) = 39

JK, 8:53pm — Almost a perfect score!

DM, 8:54pm — Kinda surprised Len gave a 10 since he said during his critique that he had a couple of minor misgivings.

Suni Lee and Sasha Farber (Charleston, “Born to Hand Jive”)

DM, 8:57pm — Suni is playing Cha Cha and Sasha is playing Danny for this routine. The dance number is set at a high school dance competition, but Suni was primarily home schooled because of her gymnastics career, which she thinks is why she’s so shy. So Sasha wants to challenge her to to really bring out the sass an attitude that Suni feels like she lacks, but the acrobatics should be no problem.

JK, 9:00pm — Very clever intro. As for the performance, incredible energy!

DM, 9:01pm — There was so much going on in the routine. Suni handed it really well, though I kinda lost her in the balloons for a minute there. Definitely the most difficult routine of the night

JUDGES — Derek loved the iconic moment with her foot on his chest. Bruno liked that they threw everything at it and threw in song Lindy Hop. Carrie Ann thought it was “fantastic,” she did “a great job,” but she still thinks some of her movements could be “a little more aggressive.” Len liked the elements of Charleston, and he “smiled the whole way through.”

SCORES — Carrie Ann (9), Len (9), Derek (9), Bruno (9) = 36

DM, 9:04pm — Well deserved 9s for Suni. I agree with Carrie Ann that she’s still holding back a little, but she’s really growing into the competition.

Jimmie Allen and Emma Slater (Foxtrot, “Sandy”)

DM, 9:07pm — The contest for who has seen the movie the most times continues as Jimmie says he has seen the movie hundreds of times, and it turns out that Jimmie’s wife went into labor in the past week and she gave birth. Thankfully she didn’t give birth on Monday night.

DM, 9:11pm — Looked like one or two stumbles in there, but otherwise a really strong routine for Jimmie. He’s really good at getting into character.

JK, 9:11pm — Very emotional performance!

JUDGES — Bruno thought he was good in hold and good side by side, and it looked like the slip was due to some errant confetti on the floor. Carrie Ann thinks he’s bigger out of hold than in hold, so she wants to see more balance. Len thinks he has “flair” and “enthusiasm” even though the technique and posture need to work. Derek thought it had content and storytelling, “the complete package.”

SCORES — Carrie Ann (8), Len (8), Derek (9), Bruno (9) = 34

Kenya Moore and Brandon Armstrong (Rumba, “There Are Worse Things I Could Do”)

DM, 9:14pm — “I will fight to continue to stay here,” says Kenya about landing in the bottom for the last two weeks in a row. She’ll be playing Rizzo for this performance at a time when Rizzo thinks she might be pregnant. And Kenya can relate because she was the child of a teenage mom who was adopted by her grandmother. Her grandmother died four years ago, so she’s dedicating this routine to her. I feel like this is going to be a strong routine, character, and emotionally connected performance for her.

JK, 9:21pm — Skillfully tender.

DM, 9:21pm — One of Kenya’s strongest performances with a lot of great hip action and sensuality and connection to her character. A couple of really impressive dips in there too. If this is her last performance, it’s a good way to go out.

CM, 9:22pm — Her best performance!

JUDGES — Carrie Ann is happy she’s still in the competition to perform a routine like that, it was “delicious” and “sensuous.” Len thought it had “chemistry,” “romance,” “control,” and it was “spot-on.” Derek appreciated the “stunning” half-split at the beginning, and she had great use of her arms. Bruno thought she was “focused” on translating “emotion through motion.”

SCORES — Carrie Ann (9), Len (9), Derek (9), Bruno (9) = 36

CM, 9:23pm — Well deserved.

DM, 9:23pm — Sadly, I don’t think she’s safe since there are so many people in the middle with straight 9s tonight.

JoJo Siwa and Jenna Johnson (Foxtrot “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee” Reprise)

DM, 9:25pm — Unlike the first version of this song, this will be about Sandy coming into her own and learning to be a fulfilled, complete part of herself, and JoJo and Jenna connect over how that reflects their relationship this season. Jenna says this is the most connected she has ever felt to a partner, which is really saying something because she won a Mirror Ball Trophy with Adam Rippon.

JK, 9:28pm — Stunning!

DM, 9:28pm — Another celeb has what I think is her best performance. JoJo killed that.

CM, 9:29pm — Beautiful.

JUDGES — Len stands up says, “You affected my brain with the quality of the technique, and you affected my heart.” Derek loved the partnership between them, the opening turn was “stellar.” There was “power” and “grace,” “that was a moment. Bruno is “shivering”; the musicality was spot-on. Carrie Ann calls it “perfection.”

DM, 9:29pm — Straight 10s.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Derek (10), Bruno (10) = 40

JK, 9:30pm — Bravo!

Melanie C and Gleb Savchenko (Quickstep, “You’re the One That I Want”)

DM, 9:34pm — Melanie gets one of the most iconic scenes in the whole movie, “a celebration of reinvention” as Newton-John puts it. But Melanie has been struggling to find her confidence this season, which you wouldn’t necessarily know from her performances this season. She’s got tons of power, personality, and skill out there. Which makes this kind of a perfect dance for her because Sandy is in a similar moment in her journey.

DM, 9:37pm — Really solid performance by Melanie and a great production behind them.

JK, 9:38pm — I don’t know about you, but I got chills during that performance which were multiplying.

JUDGES — Derek thinks she was “phenomenal” despite a “teeny little” mistake. Bruno thinks it takes guts to do a quickstep in lycra with all the attention on the legs. Carrie Ann noticed she started nervous, but it “came to life” when she started having fun. Len thought it was her best dance so far.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (9), Len (9), Derek (9), Bruno (9) = 36

DM, 9:40pm — A lot of people tied up at 36 out of 40 tonight. That’s gonna be dangerous for those stars I think when the viewer votes come into play.

JK, 9:41pm — Probably.

CM, 9:42pm — We could see a surprise bottom two.

Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke (Quickstep, “We Go Together”)

DM, 9:43pm — They’re doing the finale song, one of the best known songs, so the pressure is on with Cody playing Danny and Cheryl playing Sandy. Cody actually played Kenickie in his high school production … he just couldn’t sing worth a damn. The good news is that’s not a problem on this show.

DM, 9:47pm — Not the best of the night, but I actually think that was probably Cody’s best too. This is a tough night when so many people are at their peak. I think them having to learn two dances last week really brought out the best in everybody

JK, 9:47pm — Now that’s how you pull off a grand finale!

CM, 9:47pm — Great performance. There were some rough spots but a great performance from Cody

JUDGES — Bruno felt the “uplifting celebration,” but he needs to work on the sections in hold and the footwork. Carrie Ann is impressed by that performance after they had COVID, but they need to be closer in hold. Len thinks he needs a strong frame, but he appreciates Cody’s energy. Derek actually thinks Cody’s frame improved.

SCORES — Carrie Ann (8), Len (8), Derek (8), Bruno (8) = 32

DM, 9:49pm — I agree with these scores too.


1. JoJo Siwa — 40
2. Amanda Kloots — 39
3. Melanie C — 36
3. Melora Hardin — 36
3. Olivia Jade — 36
3. Suni Lee — 36
3. Kenya Moore — 36
8. Jimmie Allen — 34
9. The Miz — 32
9. Cody Rigsby — 32
11. Iman Shumpert — 28


CM, 9:52pm — Can Kenya escape the bottom?

JK, 9:52pm — We’ll see.

CM, 9:52pm — I can see Cody in the bottom. I feel like The Miz, Jimmie, and Iman have the fan base. Maybe Kenya, Cody, or Melora?

DM, 9:54pm — Here goes! The safe celebrities are Kenya Moore (whoa!), Jimmie Allen (interesting as well), Melora Hardin (whew!), Cody Rigsby (okay, now I’m getting worried for some folks), Suni Lee, JoJo Siwa (no surprise there), The Miz (I thought he might be in trouble for a minute there), Amanda Kloots (I was kinda nervous for her too), and … Iman Shumpert. Which means Melanie C and Olivia Jade are the bottom two. Both of them middle scores with 36. Not a fan of this result at all.

JK, 9:56pm — Neither am I.

CM, 9:57pm — Wow.

DM, 9:57pm — “America, what have you done?” says Derek. And I agree. He votes to save Olivia Jade. “This is not the way it’s supposed to work out at all,” says Carrie Ann, who votes for Melanie C. Bruno also votes to save Melanie C. So Len makes the deciding vote for the second week in a row. “Neither of you deserves to be here,” says Len, who then officially saves Olivia Jade, which means Melanie C is eliminated, and that’s some bull-ish. Next week’s show is inspired by horror movies, but really tonight’s ending was a horror movie.

JK, 10:00pm — Mel C and Gleb had chills, but they certainly didn’t multiple among viewers.

CM, 10:00pm — Clearly those four guys have a fan base.

JK, 10:01pm — Which we really shouldn’t be surprised by at this point.

CM, 10:01pm — Exactly.

DM, 10:01pm — Worst result of the season so far. It would’ve even been better if Kenya had been in the bottom two, and she didn’t deserve it either.

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