'Dancing With The Stars' Recap: Janel Parish & Val Chmerkovskiy Top Leaderboard; Michael Waltrip Exits
Dancing with the Stars celebrated its Dynamic Duos night on Monday with the seven remaining couples fighting to move forward.
Dancing With The Stars Recap
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev took on the personas of Bonnie and Clyde in a jazz routine. Despite the promise of the concept and Lea’s dancing chops, the routine somehow fell flat. Len Goodman didn’t think Lea took enough risks on the dance floor, while Julianne Hough took issue with Chigvintsev’s “dated” choreography. Overall, it was a capable but disappointing performance. Scores: 8+8+8+8=32
Michael Waltrip, who has defied the odds by remaining on the show into week 8, danced a foxtrot with Emma Slater. As the Tarzan to Emma’s Jane, Michael once again struggled to hit all of the moves in the choreography. The judges attempted to go easy on the NASCAR driver during their remarks, but their true feelings about the performance came out in their scores. Score: 6+7+6+6=25
Channeling Romeo and Juliette, Janel Parish and Val Chmerkovskiy took on a contemporary dance. The romantic number was filled with passion and was incredibly graceful. Janel proved that her technique had vastly improved from the start and Val’s choreography pleased all of the judges. Score: 10+10+10+10=40
Performing a Paso Doble as June and Johnny Cash were Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd. Once again Tommy struggled to keep up with the music, completing his moves off the beat. However, he still managed to entertain with his performing skills and personality. Scores: 6+7+7+6
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas took on the secondary routine of the night. Embodying the personas of Adam and Eve, Sadie and Mark delivered on the latter’s animalistic choreography set to Alanis Morisette’s “Uninvited.” Mark even included an apple prop that neither of them dropped once. Score: 9+9+10+10 = 38
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson, as Batman and Robin, did a cha cha on Monday evening. The energetic routine featured zip lines and impressive set designs, but the two managed to still make the technique of the cha cha the most important part of the performance. Scores: 10+9+9+10= 38
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough, performing the last dance of the night, did a salsa as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. The high-energy dance started off as a skit from I Love Lucy and moved into hard-hitting salsa routine. Though it was a great performance, Mota was guilty of a misstep that cost her in the scores. Scores: 9+9+9+10=37
Since they received the highest scores of the couple dances, Janel and Val didn't have to participate in the dance-offs. Alfonso and Witney beat Lea and Artem in the jive. After a tie, head judge Len Goodman determined that Bethany and Derek beat Sadie and Mark’s cha cha. And, lastly, Tommy and Peta defeated Michael and Emma in the rumba.
As for this week’s elimination, it was time to say goodbye to Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater.
Dancing with the Stars next week will be America’s Choice night, which means fans on Twitter will determine the dance style and songs for the contestants.