It was a journey through time for the April 27 episode of ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ with the script being completely flipped.
It was eras week on the April 27 episode of Dancing With The Stars. Despite a night full of amazing dances, a shocking elimination left the judges speechless. Read our full recap below and warning: spoilers ahead.
Willow Shields Eliminated On ‘Dancing With The Stars’ — Full Recap
In the first round, each couple was inspired by a different decade.
Allison Holker and Riker Lynch kicked off the night with a 1920s Quickstep with a baseball theme! Len Goodman said it was a homerun! “You two are so innovative and versatile, every single week,” judge Julianne Hough said. “It was fantastic. Not as great as last week but what’s so fascinating about you is you keep showing us new sides,” Carrie Ann Inaba commented. Riker’s goal was a 10 from Len and he got it! They got a 37 out of 40!
Chris Soules and Witney Carson danced a 1940s-style Foxtrot! “Last week was your comeback week and this week, I don’t think you have to worry. That won’t be your last dance. That was awesome,” Julianne said. “You’re turning into a dancer! There was such wonderful fluidity I haven’t seen before. The improvement is evident week after week,” Bruno Tonioli said. Carrie Ann said he is the underdog but has the momentum. They got a 31.
Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy were disappointed after their scores dropped 7 points last week. But Rumer got some encouragement during rehearsal when her dad Bruce Willis stopped by! He said he was proud of her and that she makes him cry — aww! BUT THEN, Rumer got slightly injured during rehearsal on Sunday when Val got “overzealous” with a dip. She got whiplash….but the show must go on! They danced a ’60s Jive. “Completely different character from last week. Very, very well played. I loved it,” Bruno said. “I’m really torn up about this dance. I thought it was really pristine and I loved that you came back with something so clean and lighthearted, but in this process, I felt like we lost something that makes you so spectacular. It felt a little bit safe,” Carrie Ann said. “Better to be safe than sorry,” Len said. Julianne said not to get discouraged because she has a spark inside her. They got a 35!
Next up, Sharna Burgess and Noah Galloway danced a ’70s-inspired Jazz. Noah got some help from double amputee Amy Purdy, who was runner up in season 18. They got a standing ovation for their super sassy dance! “What was that!? That was insane! Sharna, you created a world. You gave us it all — and attitude!” Carrie Ann said. Len said it was strong and clean: “You may have half the limbs as most guys but you’re twice the man.” Julianne said she was obsessed with them: “You had swag.” They got a 36, including a 10 from Carrie Ann!
More Eras Dances
Kym Johnson and Robert Herjavic danced to an ’80s Argentine Tango. It was super sexy and intense…and ended about one millimeter from a kiss. “Your dancing is like chutes and ladders. One week you’re up, one week you’re down. This week, you’re up,” Len said. Carrie Ann said their chemistry is incredible. They got a 31!
Sasha Farber (subbing for an injured Derek Hough) and Nastia Liukin danced a modern Charleston with an assist from Derek and a live performance by Andy Grammer, singing his song “Honey, I’m Good.” “[Changing partners is so hard. It’s like week one. You guys killed it,” Julianne said. Bruno said it was a “revelation of a dance.” Len gave them a thumbs up. They got a 38, the highest score of the night!
Mark Ballas and Willow Shields danced a futuristic Jazz. “My little crouching tiger is now a master! It had a mystic, hypnotic quality,” Bruno raved. “To come up with a number like that — well done,” Len said. Julianne said she thought it was fantastic. Carrie Ann just started speaking in Japanese. They got a 37, including a 10 from Bruno!
The Dance Off
Riker and Allison chose to dance off against Mark and Willow. Mark and Willow chose to dance the Salsa. “It was very, very close,” Len said. “Both hot and spicy but with very, very different flavors. It’s like choosing between chocolate and vanilla, it’s so hard. ” Bruno said. 68 percent of Twitter voters said Riker and Allison should win the dance off. But the judges unanimously chose Willow and Mark, so they got an extra 2 points.
Noah and Sharna picked Robert and Kym. Robert and Kym picked the Cha Cha. “Both of you did so well. I’m still thinking about it,” Julianne said. “One was super tight and clean but not a lot of content. One had a lot of content and a lot of fun but a lot of mistakes,” Carrie Ann said. Twitter gave Noah 69 percent of the vote. They got 2 votes each from the judges. Len’s score was the tie-breaker, so Noah and Sharna won!
Rumer and Val and Chris and Witney danced the Foxtrot. “Both of you were fantastic but one of you, hands down, stole the show,” Carrie Ann said. “I was really impressed with you, Chris. It was tighter than I thought it would be,” Julianne said. Rumer and Val were the clear winners.
Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Willow and Mark. WHAT? So sorry, but she’s so much better than Robert and Chris. It was heartbreaking to see her crying in Mark’s arms after the elimination.
Next week, there will be a double elimination show on Tuesday. New pair Sasha and Nastia have immunity.
Who had the best dance of the night, HollywoodLifers? Were you upset to see Willow voted off? Let me know!
— Dory Larrabee-Zayas