Old school Hollywood was on full display last night during Dancing with the Stars “A Night at the Movies” theme. The choreographer of La La Land, Mandy Moore, was the guest judge.
Nancy Kerrigan saw herself in jeopardy last week and she could have easily broken down for the remainder of the competition, but she did the exact opposite. Nancy said she has no more time for worrying in this competition. She told ET that she wants to win “badly.” She has the dedication of a winning Olympian, so, it’s very possible Nancy could bring home the mirror ball trophy.
Nick Viall was dropped to the bottom of the scoreboard last week, so he and Pete are treating this dance like it’s their last. However, that doesn’t mean they’ve given up. Peta brought in her secret weapon: Maks. It looks like we haven’t seen the last of him and Nick hopes to see more of him beyond DWTS. They have a serious bromance going on. It was a great learning experience for Nick to see a professional male dancer do his routine. Let’s hope all of it translates on the dance floor!
Normani has been killing it on the scoreboard, but now her back is killing her. Even though Normani is 20 years old, she has been taking on some advance dance moves in the competition. It’s no wonder she’s hurting. Normani went to the doctor to get an X-ray and they discovered she has a significant strain to part of her back. The doctor said she doesn’t have to drop out of the competition, but she should change her dance routine to something less straining and recommends taking medication while competing. Normani admitted, “this is the most unprepared I’ve felt.” Normani wants to be the best, so she will fight through the pain.
Bonner Bolton with Sharna Burgess
“Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes” by Aaron Copland
It only seemed fitting that Bonner was given the Western genre last night. Bonner came out guns blazing, as Len explained. Mandy is proud of how much Bonner has grown during this competition, and said he held his own throughout the dance. Bruno noticed he should loosen his joints a bit more. Carrie Ann thought there was too much going on in the production for Bonner to shine through how he should have. Bonner is just thrilled to have made it to week seven.
Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev
“Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison
Mandy was impressed with Artem’s ability to tell a story through dance and thought Nancy was “impeccable.” She did have one small correction for Nancy, and of course it had to do with her shoulders. Bruno fell in love with Nancy and her grand entrance. Carrie Ann thinks Nancy has blossomed the most in the competition and loves whatever happened to her since last week. Len thought the dance “was a pretty good tango.”
Simone Biles with Sasha Farber
“Charleston” by Bob Wilson & His Varsity Rhythm Boys
Simone and Sasha brought all if their energy to stage last night. Bruno was impressed with all of Simone’s tricks during the dance. Carrie Ann told viewers how this was a very difficult dance and Simone did extremely well. Mandy agreed with everything the judges said, but noticed that it appears she goes on “auto pilot” when she is dancing. Mandy suggested that Simone try to be in the moment.
Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd
“Dangerous” by David Guetta featuring Sam Martin
Carrie Ann said the dance was hot, but they won’t be getting a great score form her because there were a lot of missteps. Len liked the aggression Nick showed in the song. Of course, Mandy’s favorite part was Peta’s awesome storytelling through the choreography. She also revealed she finally saw Nick as a dancer last night, and not Nick from the Bachelor. Bruno loved that Nick was in the moment and thought he did well. Nick was looking forward to the dance, and was disappointed that his leg calves started to cramp up during the song. He thinks it was due to dehydration. Either way, this was still Nick’s favorite dance yet.
Rashad Jennings with Emma Slater
“O Fortuna” by Carl Orff
Len commented on how sloppy parts of the dance were, but thought the dance was just as epic as the music. Mandy reminded Rashad of her tips in week one on “how to let the dance be in your body and perform for us.” Mandy can safely say Rashad has figured it out. Bruno was a huge fan of the gothic vibes and the passion throughout the dance. Carrie Ann liked the story and hated to admit that Rashad needs to work on his posture. The posture is the missing link to Rashad’s success.
David Ross with Lindsay Arnold
“Universal Mind Control” by Common
Sci Fi and salsa don’t exactly sound like they go together, but David and Lindsay made the best of it. The dance was fun and spacey. David’s biggest critique from all of the judges was his flat feet. Mandy tried to put it into baseball terms for David to understand, so we will have to wait and see if she got through to him. The other overall comment was that David’s hips needed work. Even though David never missed a step in the routine, he needs to work on making his steps fluid.
Normani Kordei with Valentin Chmerkovskiy
“Quizàs, Quizàs, Quizàs” by Andrea Bocelli featuring Jennifer Lopez
Bruno gives the Academy Award for best movie night dance to Normani and Valentin! Carrie Ann said Normani deserves immunity for her dance; it was pure beauty. Len said this could be the best dance of the season. Mandy was seriously impressed by Normani’s leg strength. Normani received a perfect score, and is able to relax for the night.
BEST SCORE: 40/40
It’s a double elimination, which means the couple with the highest score, Normani and Val, are immune to the dance-off. The rest of the couples must compete. Here’s how it works: Two couples dance on the floor at the same time, to the same music, and the same dance style. The judges pick which one performed it better. The second highest scoring couple picks another couple to challenge, and that couple picks the dance style. When a couple wins the dance-off, two points are added to their total score. There will definitely be a lot of strategy in this part of the game.
Simone and Rashad are tied for second highest score. Since Simone has the highest cumulative score, she gets to go first, and pick her competitor. It looks like it will be a battle of the Olympians! Simone and Nancy are going head to head, and Nancy picked the cha cha. Rashad picked next chose fellow athele with David. The two will dance to the jive. This leaves Nick and Bonner to compete while dancing the rumba.
Simone vs. Nancy
America’s Vote: 63% Simone and Sasha
Carrie Ann-Simone and Sasha
Len- Simone and Sasha
Mandy- Simone and Sasha
Bruno- Simone and Sasha
WINNER: Simone and Sasha (NEW SCORE: 39/40)
Rashad vs. David
America’s Vote: 54% Rashad and Emma
Carrie Ann-Rashad and Emma
Len- Rashad and Emma
Mandy- Rashad and Emma
Bruno- Rashad and Emma
WINNER: Rashad and Emma (NEW SCORE: 39/40)
Nick vs. Bonner
America’s Vote: 62% Bonner and Sharna
Carrie Ann-Bonner and Sharna
Len- Bonner and Sharna
Mandy- Bonner and Sharna
Bruno-Nick and Peta
WINNER: (NEW SCORE: 31/40)
Now that the dance-off is done, everyone finds out who is in jeopardy based on last week’s numbers. The three couples in jeopardy are David Ross with Lindsay Arnold, Nancy Kerrigan with Artem Chigvintsev, and Nick Viall with Peta Murgatroyd.
David is safe. Nancy and Nick took their final bows.