It’s the final week of Season 21 of ‘DWTS’ and the remaining four couples had to push themselves to the limit, mentally and physically. See which three couples will battle it out in the final episode and watch the most emotional dance of the season below.
Dancing with the Stars is down to the wire and the contestants have given their all to be in the finale. Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough‘s final freestyle had the entire — I mean, entire — ballroom in tears. Watch it and read a full recap of the night here.
Now, onto the dances! This week, the contestants were coached by a judge to improve a dance from earlier in the season.
Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson danced their Foxtrot, which earned them 8’s in week 2. Bruno Tonioli was their mentor this week and commented after their dance: “Heartbreaker! That is the way to dance the Foxtrot! Your footwork — fabulous!” Julianne Hough said: “I gotta tell you, that was the sexiest Foxtrot I think I’ve ever seen. It was a huge improvement from last time.” Carrie Ann Inaba said: “tonight, you’ve proven you deserve to be here. You commanded the stage tonight!” They got a 30, their first perfect score of the season!
Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold danced their Rumba, with notes from Carrie Ann. Alek previously danced the “sexy” dance with Emma Slater during the switch-up week, so he was concerned about dancing with Lindsay, who is like his “sister!” Bruno said it was framed beautifully but said it needed more hip action. Carrie Ann said “your strong point is this strength and determination that you have…I felt the connection on an emotional level. Well done.” Julianne said “the hip action was a bit weak” but commended his courage for coming out in gray, silk pajamas — LOL! They got a 27 out of 30.
Then, Meghan returned and belted out her ballad “Like I’m Gonna Lose You.” Breathtaking!
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess danced the Jive with tips from Julianne. “Cowabunga! That was ridiculous! That was one of the hardest, most content filled routines! Nick, you stand equal to Sharna tonight! Worship!” Carrie Ann said. Julianne said: “you did it! You performed the crap out of that!” Bruno said: “sex bomb! You nailed those kicks and flicks! You never went wrong!” The audience was so loud! Of course, they got a perfect 30! Much improved from the first time when they got a 21!
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough danced Quickstep with help from Carrie Ann. Derek was battling illness during practice, but they brought it! Julianne said: “You, my dear, are the Energizer bunny! You executed it so well. It was so fun!” Bruno said: “That really was a jem of a quickstep. Every aspect was gleaming like a diamond. The footwork was precise. When you dance, you’re fearless.” Carrie Ann said: “I feel like I’m a better person after watching you dance. You’re able to make people feel better. A star is born.” They got a 30!
Next, Meghan returned, this time with Ariana Grande and Who Is Fancy to sing “Boys Like You.” I loved the sequins and the abundance of men in the performance, but there could have been more abs — just saying!
The Freestyle Dances — The Last Chance Dance
Carlos and Witney did a “hip hop salsa freestyle” to a Missy Elliot song. Paula Deen, Hayes Grier and Carlos’ wife Alexa PenaVega came back for some quick cameos during the dance. Julianne said: “That definitely has never been done before. Did it work? I think it did! I really loved it.” Bruno screamed: “Hip hop hooray! It was fresh, on trend, so tight. Thank you for a fantastic performance.” Carrie Ann said: “Bringing your friends and family into your freestyle was incredible. It was the freshest, flyest freestyle I’ve seen!” They got another perfect 30, for a total of 60!
Alek and Lindsay danced a physically demanding freestyle. “No obstacle is insurmountable and no challenge is too great when you have faith. You choreographed a natural hero in an amazing way,” Bruno said. “Freestyle is all about creating impact…this is one of those that is going to stay with you forever. It was a victory from the beginning to the end,” Carrie Ann said. “That was physically powerful but it was emotionally powerful, too. I had chills the entire time,” Julianne said. They got a perfect 30!
Next, Bindi and Derek. Derek said instead of a full production with a lot of dancers, he wanted a stripped down version to let Bindi shine. It was beautiful and ended with a photo of Bindi and her dad, that she didn’t know would be on the big screen. “That was a dancer’s freestyle. Thank you to mom and dad for creating you. What you do is that you do each moment to its fullest potential. I’m grateful for you,” Carrie Ann said. Julianne added: “This is the best finale we’ve ever had. Everyone is on top of their game tonight — woah, I’m crying! The difference with you — you’re so special. We’re not just watching you, we’re on the journey with you. It was beautiful. It was extraordinary.” Bruno said, “You showed us the power of dance in its most pure and effective form. You dance from the heart and you touched everybody’s soul.” Bindi said before the score: “This experience has changed my life. Thank you.” EVERYONE WAS CRYING. Of course, they got a score of 30!
Nick and Sharna ended the night by dancing freestyle to a Backstreet Boys song: “Larger Than Life.” Honestly, I didn’t think it was his best dance. It seemed like a lot of solo action — I like him better when he dances with Sharna! But the judges loved it! Julianne said: “That could have been expected for sure but it was so tight. You were up there with professionals and you nailed every single bit.” “What a way to finish the night. I felt like a fan,” Bruno screamed. Carrie Ann said: “I’m so happy you know how to take a note. You killed it!” They got a 30!
In the final elimination of the season, Carlos and Witney fell just short of the finals. That shocked me!
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