It was America’s choice for week 9 of ‘Dancing With The Stars,’ with viewers choosing the songs, style of dance, costumes, and hair and makeup for each duo!
It’s down to the wire! There was a shocking elimination in week 9 of Dancing With The Stars. Read our recap right here. WARNING: spoilers ahead!
Lea Thompson Eliminated From ‘Dancing With The Stars’ — ‘DWTS’ Week 9 Recap
Right off the bat, Peta & Tommy were told that they’ve made it through to the semi-finals next week! The entire cast hugged Tommy! But since they’ve been at the bottom, it meant another strong pair would be sent home.
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson started the night on the right foot as they danced the Foxtrot to “Ain’t That A Kick In The Head.” “That’s the way to kick off the quarter finals! What a way to start the night! Fantastic!” Head judge Len Goodman said. “I thought it was brilliant,” Bruno Tonioli raved. Carrie Ann Inaba said it was almost “too smooth.” They got a 37 out of 40!
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd danced the Viennese Waltz to “Trouble” with a slight trip-up at the end. “America is here to support you. That was a proper Viennese Waltz. You put a smile on my face every single week,” Julianne Hough said. Bruno called him “watchable.” Carrie Ann told him: “In a world where everything is so bold and in your face, you truly teach us less is more. There is an elegance in the way you perform.” Len said: “From one old geezer to another old geezer, you are my hero!” They got a 29!
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev danced the Samba to Maroon 5‘s “Animals.” Bruno said: “I love to see a renewed level of confidence and the way you are working your assets again. Don’t doubt yourself! You’ve got it, darling.” Carrie Ann said she loved it but Lea needs to be more consistent. Len said it was “terrific.” Julianne called her fierce — Lea’s short cheetah costume was super sexy and she’s 53 years old! They got a 34!
Next, Bethany Mota and Derek Hough danced the Viennese Waltz with the back story of a girl getting her heart broken. “I am so impressed. Normally you are very good when you hide behind these characters, and I was actually very concerned. But it was absolutely stunning. I felt all the emotional notes. It was quite breathtaking,” Carrie Ann said. “Having strength comes from vulnerability and being open and sharing that with the world. Your journey has been just that from the very beginning. There’s more of a connection with you today. I love that. You are a beautiful woman. It connected with me,” Julianne said. Bruno said it was wonderful. They got a score of 36!
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas danced the jive. “No stressing and no messing. I loved the content of that dance. You’re a tall girl and for tall girls to jive, it’s a really difficult dance. I thought it was terrific,” Len said. Julianne said it wasn’t her favorite dance and said the choreography was really hard. “Respect for even attempting such a difficult dance. You captured the spirit,” Bruno said. They got a 33!
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy danced the quickstep AND KISSED AT THE END! Val apologized and said he messed up! Julianne said it was the best dance of the night! “Wonderful performance,” Carrie Ann added. Len said: “3 things in the quickstep — hold, posture, movement — you had them all, sweetheart!” They got a 38!
Trio Dances — 3 Stars On The Dance Floor
The remaining 6 couples had to do a second dance with two pros.
Alfonso and Witney danced the Paso Doble to “Turn Down For What” with Lindsay. “Nailed it! That was amazing. Chemistry, passion! Unbelievable!” Julianne said. Carrie Ann gave them a standing ovation and screamed: “That was insane!” They got a perfect score of 40, for a total score of 77.
Tommy and Peta danced the Samba with Sharna. “Honestly, I don’t even know what to say,” Julianne laughed. “You look like the man who invented the mile high club! I’m not sure about the Samba but the service was first class,” Bruno raved. “That was good entertainment!” Carrie Ann said. They got a 28, for a total of 57.
Lea and Artem danced the Paso Doble with Henry. “You worked the patterns beautifully and you maintained your strength. Well done,” Bruno said. Carrie Ann called her the Queen of the Paso! “A job well done. Amazing,” Julianne raved. They got a 36, for a total score of 70!
Bethany and Derek danced the Argentine Tango with Tony. “I loved that performance. That was so dynamic. Sometimes the switches between the partners got a little out of control,” Carrie Ann said. Len disagreed: “I thought the changes from Derek to Tony and back were seamless. That’s why there are four judges and not one.” Bruno loved that she showed both sides of her personality. They got a 38, and a total score of 74!
Sadie and Mark danced the Foxtrot with Emma, a risk because a professional girl was next to a celebrity girl. Sadie got upset at the end, saying she forgot a part. Host Tom Bergeron told her the judges might not notice — and they didn’t! “That was the best trio of the night! You did it fantastic! I wish I had an 11 paddle” Len said. “To take a risk means it’s worth it and it was absolutely worth it,” Julianne said. Bruno said he couldn’t tell who was the professional. They got a perfect score of 40, for a score of 73!
Janel and Val finished the night by dancing the Salsa with Keo. “There wasn’t a lot of salsa but that was so fun to watch!” Julianne said. “You’re a superstar! I feel you have star quality like Beyonce!” Carrie Ann said. They got a 39, for a total score of 77!
In an unexpected twist, Lea was eliminated. I really think Tommy should have gone home. Do you agree with this decision?
Who was your favorite tonight, HollywoodLifers?
— Dory Larrabee