Dynamic Duos took to the dance floor for week 8 of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ on November 3. See who got immunity and who lost the dreaded dance off below!
The competition was intense for week 8 of Dancing With The Stars. Read our full recap right here. WARNING: spoilers ahead!
Michael Waltrip Eliminated From ‘Dancing With The Stars’ — ‘DWTS’ Week 8 Recap
The couples went all out after it was revealed the couple with the highest score would be given immunity this week!
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev channeled Bonnie and Clyde while dancing Jazz. Head judge Len Goodman said: “The big thing for you is you’ve got to risk it to get the biscuit and you’re a little bit safe. Safe won’t get you the mirror ball. Go for it a little stronger. You can do that!” Julianne Hough said she felt underwhelmed and said the choreography was dated. “Your confidence is finally back,” Carrie Ann Inaba raved. They got a 32!
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater danced the Foxtrot as Tarzan and Jane. “You definitely did a much better job this week. This was the first time I felt like you were comfortable doing the steps without Emma,” Julianne said. Bruno Tonioli said it was “cute.” “You’ve improved so much but the truth is at week 8, we have higher expectations,” Carrie Ann said. Len said it was his best dance yet. They got a 25 out of 40, including a 7 from Len!
Next, Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy danced Contemporary as Romeo and Juliet! “Juicy, dance, romance, it doesn’t come any juicier than this one. Extremely ambitious yet gorgeous and glorious in every way,” Bruno said. “This is, to me, the epitome of what dance is about,” Carrie Ann said. Len said that he knew Janel was a good dancer, but tonight she proved she was a great dancer. Julianne called it “breathtaking.” They got a perfect score of 40!
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd paid tribute to Johnny Cash and June Carter with a Paso Doble. “You were a beat behind for most of the dance but what saves you is your incredible connection with Peta,” Carrie Ann said. “From day one, you’ve come out and charmed us. You’ve brought something new and authentic,” Julianne said. Bruno said, “I admire your commitment to the dance.” They got a 26!
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas danced Contemporary as Adam and Eve. After Mark criticized Len for not appreciating creativity or performances that are out of the box, Len responded by saying: “Mark, I love your creativity. I love your passion. I love your commitment to this show. I only say what I see and try to be honest. But on that performance, you won’t be banished from the Garden Of Eden. Your back next week. Well done.” Julianne said she loved it and said Sadie showed a more mature side. “You’ve come such a long way,” Bruno raved. They got a 38 including 10’s from Julianne and Bruno.
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson danced the Cha Cha as Batman and Robin. Alfonso ziplined onto the dance floor! “Honestly, every time you come out, you are pure entertainment,” Julianne said. “Alfonso rocked Gotham city!” Bruno screamed. “Get in your Batmobile and head to next week! Well done,” Len said. They got a 38!
Next, Bethany Mota and Derek Hough danced Salsa as Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. Bruno said: “To go from last week, high drama, to this week, high camp, and make them both so convincing — your versility exceeds all my expectations.” Carrie Ann said it was a phenomenal performance. Len said it was fantastic! “Your journey this season has been my favorite journey because you came out a little shy and in your shell, and now you are so far out of your shell. So great!” Julianne said. They got a 37!
After the first round, Janel and Val got immunity with their top score!
Remaining Couples Dance For More Points
The remaining 6 couples had to enter a dance off. Whoever wins the dance off is awarded three extra points.
The couples had to learn the Jive, Cha Cha and the Rumba. Depending on the scores after the first dance, the top team got to pick who they dance against. Then, the other team picks which dance style they want to perform.
Since Alfonso & Witney got second place on the leaderboard after Janel & Val, they had first pick. They picked Lea & Artem, who picked Jive. “You both did terrific jives,” Len said. “So cool from both of you. Well done,” Julianne said. Bruno said there was hardly a hair between the two couples. Carrie Ann said she had a clear winner in mind. 85 percent of Twitter votes said Alfonso should win. All four judges picked Alfonso and Witney.
Sadie & Mark picked Bethany & Derek, who picked the Cha Cha. “This is really hard,” Julianne said. “I’d like to see it all again. I’ve picked one in my head but I could watch it again and pick the opposite,” Len said. On Twitter, Bethany edged out Sadie 52 to 48 percent. In the end, two judges picked Bethany and two picked Sadie. According to the rules, head judge Len was the tiebreaker, so Bethany and Derek won.
An injured Tommy danced the Rumba with partner Peta against Michael & Emma. “Very good try, Michael,” Bruno said. “It’s difficult. I’ve gotta think here,” Len said. “To me, there was one that was comfortable to watch that was endearing and charming and one was uncomfortable. You might have done more steps, Michael, but they were messy steps,” Julianne said. 73 percent of Twitter voters picked Tommy to win. (Um, agreed, I did not like watching Michael trying to be “sexy.”) The judges picked Tommy & Peta as the winner.
In the end, Michael and Emma were eliminated. Do you agree with this decision?
Which couple was your favorite tonight, HollywoodLifers?
— Dory Larrabee