‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Nastia Liukin & Riker Lynch Earn Perfect Scores
Dancing with the Stars Monday had the remaining four finalists Rumer Willis, Riker Lynch, Nastia Liukin and Noah Galloway fighting to get into next week’s finale, dancing two dances each – one chosen by a DWTS judge.
Dancing With the Stars Recap
Rumer & Val Waltz: For their Waltz, Val choreographed a routine inspired by Fifty Shades of Grey. After a “Mr. Chmerkovskiy will see you know,” Val throws a tie onto the dance floor and the dance begins. Val infused the emotion present in more contemporary routines into the waltz, allowing Rumer’s acting skills to show. It’s a flawless routine technically, but Len wanted a more traditional waltz. Scores: 10+9+9+10=38
Rumer & Val Contemporary: Bruno Tonioli was tasked with giving Rumer and Val a concept and decided to go completely out of the box with ballet Swan Lake. The contemporary routine featured a lot of tango and waltz moves and had a number of incredible lifts. The staging and backup dancers were impressive as well, leaving the judges in awe. Scores: 10+10+10=30
Riker & Allison Contemporary: Allison wanted America to see Ryker do an emotionally resonate contemporary dance, and choreographed one that showcased his lines and his grace. The judges loved the emotion of the number, as well as the unique lifts the two performed throughout the dance. Scores: 10+10+10+10=40
Riker & Allison Tango: Julianne Hough stopped by Ryker and Allison’s rehearsal to encourage them to do a tango, slowing down and controlling their energy slightly for the Latin dance. The dance, which featured Julianne in it in the beginning, proved once again that Ryker has far and away been the best male dancer in the competition. Scores: 10+10+10=30
Nastia & Sasha’s Quickstep: Due to his injury, Derek Hough sat out the quickstep and had Sasha Farber take his place. Nastia doesn’t seem to skip a beat with her new partner, keeping the pace for the duration of the speedy dance. However, the two don’t have much chemistry and Nastia still seems reluctant to show much personality in her dancing, but the judges love it anyway. Scores: 10+10+10+10=40
Nastia & Derek’s Waltz: Len Goodman decides that Nastia and Derek’s dance should be inspired by his love of dancing and the fact that he can no longer do it, believing it might help Nastia connect emotionally to the dance and to the audience. At the end of the romantic dance, Len steps in for Derek, dipping Nastia. Scores: 10+10+10=30
Noah & Sharna’s Waltz: After a glimpse at Noah’s backstory – from growing up in Alabama to finding a career in the military post 9/11 – he dances a Waltz with Sharna Burgess. Upping the difficulty of the routine, Sharna packs it with content. The judges, inspired by Noah’s story, compliment him for his smooth moves in the ballroom number. Scores: 9+9+9+9=36 (After he received his scores, Noah proposed to his girlfriend.)
Noah & Sharna’s Paso Doble: With Carrie Ann Inaba‘s help, Sharna and Noah work on a powerful Paso Doble that will feature a troupe of dancers as bulls. The concept works well on the DWTS stage, with the troupe dancers helping to support Noah through some of his moves. The judges love the energy and how the dance was inspired with his backstory. Scores: 10+10+10=30
At the end, Riker and Nastia topped the leaderboard with 70 points, followed by Rumer with 68 and Noah with 66.