The April 3 episode brought a bunch of sequins, stripping, and hip shakin’ — it was the first ever Vegas week on ‘Dancing With The Stars’! Read our full recap below!
Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd kicked off the night, dancing the Tango to “Poker Face” by Lady Gaga. Judge Len Goodman said it was better than last week. “I felt at ease watching you…this tango was meant for you,” judge Julianne Hough said. Bruno Tonioli said: “Sheer determination. I appreciate the effort you put into it.” Carrie Ann Inaba said he had a regal presence. They got a 26 out of 40.
Next, Mr. T and Kym Herjavec danced the Foxtrot to “Ain’t That a Kick in the Head.” “That was absolutely beautiful…so good, I loved it,” Julianne said. Bruno said he cleaned up well and loved the feel of the number. “This audience was behind you more than I’ve seen with anyone else so far,” Carrie Ann said. Len called him a gentle giant. They got a 24.
Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess danced the Charleston to “A Little Party Never Killed Nobody” by Fergie, GoonRock and Q-Tip. It wasn’t great. Bruno said he was off time. Carrie Ann said it wasn’t perfect but commended him for trying. “It was a little big safe. The Charleston is a wild and wacky dance…you tried to sell it,” Len said. Julianne said she likes the phrase “fake it until you become it” and said he will become a dancer. They got a 24.
Heather Morris and her stand-in partner Alan Bersten danced the Tango to Britney Spears‘ “Toxic.” Carrie Ann was worried because she has done Britney before on Glee, but “no, you brought the ballroom to Britney. That was amazing. So much improved from the first week.” Len loved the content and said she went all in and won. Julianne said there were so many little things and that the chemistry was off the charts. Bruno said it was “scintillating.” They got a 33, the highest score of the night so far!
Charo and Keo Motsepe danced the Foxtrot to “Chapel of Love” by The Dixie Cups. It was actually nice and pretty normal! “Fun, entertaining, I smiled from beginning to end, well done,” Len said. Julianne said she loved this sweet and innocent side of her. “Surprisingly refreshing, pure, like a born again virgin,” Bruno said. Carrie Ann said their balance is great but she wanted a little more cuchi cuchi. They got a 24!
Simone Biles and Sasha Farber danced the Quickstep to “Viva Las Vegas” by Elvis Presley. It was amazing! “The footwork was precise, it was beautiful and executed so well,” Julianne said. Bruno said she is such an exciting performer but needs more interpretation and emotion. Carrie Ann docked them for a lift. “It had speed but it had control. It was great,” Len said. They got a 32!
Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev danced the Samba to “Shake Your Bon-Bon” by Ricky Martin. They even got a lesson from Ricky himself! That was definitely her best dance! Carrie Ann screamed at her: “You did not sacrifice the style of the dance to put on a fantastic performance.” Len said it was the best dance of the season! “This was a proper samba — this was the best samba I’ve seen on the show in a really long time,” Julianne said. They got a 33! Fellow Olympian Kristi Yamaguchi was in the audience cheering her on after that Twitter “diss“!
Next, David Ross and Lindsay Arnold danced Jazz to “Candy Shop” by 50 Cent. It was pretty risque — he stripped down to his boxers! The crowd went wild! Carrie Ann said, “Move over Magic Mike, here’s super Dave!” Len said he embraced the show and that it was terrific. Julianne said, “Not only was it tongue and cheek, it was really good!” They got a 31!
Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko danced Jive to “Take Me to Heaven” by Patina Miller & Debbie Kurup & Amy Booth-Steel. Len wanted more jive and said it was a bit unstable here and there. Julianne loved the “smiley side” of her. Bruno said she lost timing — “I’m sure you’ll come back and do better next time.” Carrie Ann loved her flexibility but said she is docking a point for a lift. They got a 26!
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater danced the Samba to “Swalla” by Jason Derulo featuring Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign. Julianne said the song choice spoiled the dance and their timing but said he can become a great dancer. “It wasn’t as clean and precise as you usually are…you went on the wrong foot, you went wrong,” Bruno said. Carrie Ann said it wasn’t his best. Len said he was flat-footed. They got a 28, and both Emma and Rashad looked heartbroken. They were at the top last week.
Finally, Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy danced the Foxtrot “Big Spender” by Shirley Bassey. It was AMAZING! “You two broke the bank, that was fabulous! The best dance tonight,” Bruno said. “You were power, you were money, you were on it!” Carrie Ann added. Len wanted more in hold but said the number was full of joy. “That was a number you go to see on Broadway,” Julianne said. They got a 34, the highest score of the night!
Unfortunately, in the end, we had to say goodbye to Keo and Charo.
HollywoodLifers, who had the best dance during Vegas night? Were you sad to see Charo eliminated on DWTS?