The final six couples took the dance floor once again on Nov. 7 for Broadway night, and there was not a dry eye in the house after the final dance. Read our full recap below.
Marilu Henner & Derek Hough kicked off week 9 by dancing the Samba to “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” from “Jersey Boys,” featuring a guest performance by former DWTS pro Mark Ballas and his “Jersey Boys” co-stars, Michael Lomenda, Kristofer McNeeley and Adam Zelasko! Guest judge Idina Menzel told Marilu she has been inspired by her her entire career. Julianne Hough said, finally! “You were so free, you were enjoying yourself. You were having the time of your life.” Bruno Tonioli loved her long legs in the perfect positions. Carrie Ann Inaba said it was really fun to watch. They got a 36 out of 40!
Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold performed a Waltz to “Memory” from “Cats,” featuring a live performance by Leona Lewis. Julianne said he was beautiful and smooth and it was one of his best dances! Bruno said it was majestic. Carrie Ann said it wasn’t his best dance musically and that he needs to connect a bit more. Idina said she understands why he was such a gifted athlete, and that he was so graceful tonight. They got a 37 out of 40, including a 10 from Julianne.
Next, James Hinchcliffe and Jenna (filing in for an injured Sharna Burgess) did Jazz to “A Brand New Day” from “The Wiz.” Bruno called out his versatility and skill but said there was a slight timing issue in the beginning. Carrie Ann said he came back with a vengeance after the small misstep. Idina said “I played the wicked witch of the west on Broadway…I would share the stage with you anytime, you are amazing!” Julianne said he should be on Broadway! They got a 36 out of 40!
Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber took the floor to Charleston to “If My Friends Could See Me Now” from “Sweet Charity.” Carrie Ann was impressed with her enthusiasm and dedication. Idina said she is supremely talented and that her spirit comes through, even if she can’t do some of the moves. “The spotlight is way too small for you,” Julianne said. Bruno said it was a great performance! They got a 38 out of 40!
Next, Jana Kramer and an injured Gleb Savchenko Waltzed to “She Used to Be Mine” from “Waitress.” Idiza said it was so complex and it “broke her.” Julianne said she really performed from the heart. Bruno said, “Keep up that kind of service and you’re going to get huge tips… It was like watching a movie.” Carrie Ann thanked her for sharing her story through dance. They got a perfect 40!
Finally, Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy did a stunning Argentine Tango to “Cell Block Tango” from “Chicago.” It was spicy and sexy! Julianne was speechless but said it was the perfect dance to showcase her power and flexibility. Bruno said she was guilty of killing that tango! Carrie Ann said she was working Val like he was the vault, the balance beam AND the bar! Idiza said she doesn’t need to try to be sexy — she just is! They got a perfect score!
For the second round, partners got together for the Team-Up Challenge:
Team 1, Last Men Standing: James & Jenna and Calvin & Lindsay did the Paso Doblé to “No Good” by Kaleo. Julianne said they rocked it. Idina said they were both super sexy! They got a 37!
Team 2, Team Cubs: Marilu & Derek and Terra & Sasha did Jazz to “Big Noise from Winnetka” by Bette Midler. Carrie Ann said they hit the mark with this challenge. Idina said it was super fun and accurate. Julianne loved the energy! Bruno said it was like a party at the Great Gatsby mansion! They got a 36!
Finally, Team 3, Jana & Gleb and Laurie & Val danced Contemporary to “Bird Set Free” by Sia. It brought me to tears. Idina was speechless and said it was a magical dance. Julianne said they pushed each other and it was amazing. Bruno said his two little birds reached new heights tonight. Carrie Ann said they merge into one greater dancer and it was beautiful. They got a perfect score of 40!
Unfortunately, someone had to go home. This week, it was Derek Hough and Marilu Henner.
HollywoodLifers, who had your favorite dance on Broadway night?