Dancing with the Stars celebrated trio night on Monday, with each couple dancing as a twosome, and then as a threesome with a past pro.


First up were Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke who did a Charleston to “Bad Boy, Good Man” by Tape Five (feat. Henrik Wager). Owens turns to his athletic prowess for this fast-paced ballroom dance, and though he seems less in control than usual, Carrie Ann Inaba loves his work. The spirit of the Charleston brings the couple a 27/30.

Drew Scott and Emma Slater perform a Waltz to “Both Sides Now (Torch Songs)” by Years & Years. This couple has been all over the place this season, and this week they find themselves at a low. The judges thought the routine lacked fluidity and confidence from Scott, and awarded the dancers a 22/30.

Next were Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy who danced an Argentine tango to Marian Hill’s “Down.” The judges remind us that this particular dance is all about sexiness, which is not Arlen’s strong suit. And in the end, it’s the character that fails her, and the pair walks away with a 24/30.

Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas take the stage next with a samba to “Morning Drums” by Gregor Salto. The theme of this dance was lion tamers at a circus, and Stirling looks ready to return to the top of the leaderboard after last week’s faltering. Her confidence has yet to return, however, and a few rookie mistakes result in a 26/30 from the judges.

Then we had Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson, fresh off of a perfect score from last week. Fittingly, they danced a Viennese waltz to Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect.” This week’s dance is sweet and charming but nowhere near the perfection of last week’s creepy contemporary. While Inaba and Bruno Tonioli thought the dance was well-polished, tough critic Len Goodman found it lacking in multiple ways. The couple got a 26/30.

Last up for the couples were Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold, doing a quickstep to “Chuck Berry” by Pharrell Williams. The dance was fun and full of energy, and not even Goodman has a critique for the dancers. They walk away with their third perfect score of the season, 30/30.

Now for the trio round. The dancers remain in the same order they first went in, but this time are adding a past contestant to join. Owens and Burke were joined by Kelly Monaco for a rumba to Niall Horan’s “Slow Hands.” The dance was full of heat, which the judges appreciated, but they said there wasn’t enough dance. They receive a 24/30.

Last year’s champ Rashad Jennings joins Scott and Slater for a three-person cha cha to James Brown’s “Get Up Offa That Thing.” The problem here is that Scott is left fighting for the spotlight, as he falls behind Slater and Jennings. He’s very stiff, and the dance only earns him a 25/30.

Then we have Arlen, Chmerkovskiy, and Laurie Hernandez, who perform a jive to B.o.B.’s “Magic.” Hernandez brings happiness and light to the pair and their jive reflects that. Unfortunately, Arlen is missing the crispness needed to wow the judges, and they end up with a 24/30.

Stirling and Ballas are joined by Kristi Yamaguchi who do a jazz routine to “Let’s Face the Music and Dance” by Seth MacFarlane. Yamagushi won her season nine years ago, and brings her magic back to the stage. Their old Hollywood style dance is pristine and fabulous, and earn the dancers a 28/30.

Alfonso Ribeiro joins Muniz and Carson for a jive to Leo Soul’s “Good Place.” In rehearsals, Ribeiro coaches Muniz more on his confidence than anything, and tells him that he’s more of a contender than he gives himself credit for. And he’s right. Muniz brings it in this dance, full of fun choreography, and ends up with a 27/30.

Lastly, Fisher and Arnold are joined by Corbin Bleu for a salsa to “Que Viva La Vida” by Wisin. Fisher and Bleu remain in sync throughout the performance, impressing the judges. Tonioli tells them it’s like watching one soul dance through two bodies. Fisher gets his second perfect score of the night, 30/30, and his fourth of the season.

In the end, somehow Muniz and Carson and Owens and Burke find themselves in danger, despite Scott’s and Arlen’s rampant missteps. Owens and Burke are the ones voted off.

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