It was the end of an era for the youngest competitor in “Dancing with the Stars” history: Willow Shields’ had the judges in her corner, but she didn’t have enough fans to keep her mirrorball hopes alive on Monday night, 27 April 2015, A part in a blockbuster movie franchise doesn’t guarantee the votes of the viewers, but you can still vote for the remaining stars (see info below).
Co-host Tom Bergeron called it “a spray tan stroll through time.” This was one of those episodes that makes you scream at your television. It’s Week 7 and viewers know who should get into the finals, but then there’s that thing called popularity. At least double elimination night was delayed until next week.
The Leader Board
Nastia Liukin & (SashaFarber) Derek Hough: 38
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: 37 + 0
Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: 37 + 2 ELIMINATED
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess: 36 + 2
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 35 + 2
Chris Soules & Witney Carson: 31 + 0
Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson: 31 + 0
The evening started out well. Len Goodman gave out his first ten of the season, but it didn’t go to Willow Shields, Nastia Luikin or Rumer Willis. Riker Lynch and his partner Allison Holker were the lucky ones. Goodman liked their for their baseball-themed 1920s quickstep. Surprisingly, the other judges weren’t as charmed and gave them nines for a total of 37. I find myself quite taken with Lynch. He has managed to hold my attention and he has his own style.
Other highlights include Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy who performed a 1980s jive for a 35.
Bruno Tonioli called it wholesome as homemade apple pie and completely different in character from last week. He did caution that her hand hangs a bit behind the beat but Carrie Ann Inaba thought it was a bit safe.
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess brought out personality. In the rehearsal footage, we saw the lovely Amy Purdy giving him advice and noting the difference between being an amputee above or below the knee. Galloway was something between a pimp and a gangster in this jazz piece to the music “Super Bad.” Tonioli announced that Galloway was “bad ass hot and so cool you gave me chills.”
Gallloway and Burgess were awarded one ten (from Inaba) for a total of 36.
Robert Herjavec can be a shark on the dance floor. He & Kym Johnson performed an Argentine tango of the 1980s for a 31.
Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough had a setback when Derek Hough broke a toe and sprained an ankle last week, so Sasha Farber was dancing in his place–not an easy thing for his celebrity partner Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin. Liukin danced with Sasha Farber but Hough was still on the stage for a piece that Tonioli called it the “best subway ride” you’ll ever take. Tonioli called it “a revelation of a dance.”
Willow Shields & Mark Ballas went ninjazz. I’m going to miss the weird and sort of wonderfullness of Mark Ballas’ choreography.
So the way it works this week is the top couple get immunity from eliminaton: Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough. The remaining couples must do a dance off. The top scoring couple get to choose their opponent and the chosen couple get to choose the dance. The winner of the dance off gets 2 extra points. So all the couples have been practicing the cha cha cha, foxtrot and salsa.
Chris Soules & Witney Carson:
31 (8, 7, 8, 8)
“Five Minutes More”—Frank Sinatra
Nastia Liukin & (Sasha Farber) Derek Hough: Immunity
38 (10, 9, 9, 10)
“Honey, I’m Good”—Andy Grammer
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess
36 (10, 8, 9, 9)
“Super Bad”—James Brown
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker:
37 (9, 10, 9, 9)
“Wiggle”—Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg
Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson
31 (7, 8, 8, 8)
Argentine tango (1980s)
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
35 (8, 9, 9, 9)
“Dear Future Husband”—Meghan Trainor
Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: ELIMINATED
37 (9, 9, 9, 10)
Willow Shields & Mark Ballas defeats Riker Lynch & Allison Holker in salsa to “Temperature” by Sean Paul
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess defeats Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson in cha cha cha (tie broken by Len Goodman) to “Dance with Me” by Kelly Clarkson
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy defeats Chris Soules & Witney Carson in foxtrot to “Orange Colored Sky” by Nat King ColePhone voting begins during the show on Mondays, and is open until 60 minutes after the conclusion of that show in your local time zone.
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Tonight on ABC you can watch some of your favorite contestants returning with new routines and new challenges as part of the “Dancing with the Stars” special 10th anniversary show, 8 p.m.