We’re past the halfway point on this season of ‘Dancing With The Stars’ and on Oct. 24, not only did the couples have to dance for a specific decade, but they had a team dance as well. Unfortunately, someone still had to go home.
October 24 was “eras night” on Dancing With The Stars. Len Goodman is back from his judging duties on Britain’s Strictly Come Dancing — and he didn’t take it easy on the couples!
First up, Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy did a swinging ’60s Quickstep routine. It was based on prom — something that Laurie hasn’t experienced yet! Head judge Len Goodman said the performance was amazing but she “lost a bit of the technique.” Julianne Hough said it was amazing and fun. Bruno Tonioli said she is a zesty performer who lights up the room. They got a 34 out of 40.
Then, Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke did a ’90s Rumba to Aerosmith‘s “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.” Julianne said the song is so epic but his performance didn’t match the song. Bruno said he needs to act a bit more. Len said he liked that the dance was pure, without props or other dancers. They got a 24 out of 40.
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough danced to a 1920s Charleston. Bruno loved the tap routine but said they messed up the timing at the end. Carrie Ann Inaba said she seemed tense. Len said it was fun, entertaining and energetic. Julianne felt transported to the ’20s. They got a 29 out of 40.
Next, Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold did a 1950s jive. Carrie Ann loved it and said he made it his own. Len said it was a “polished, high-octane performance.” Julianne screamed it was amazing. Bruno said it was a perfect representation of the era. They got a high score of 36!
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev did an ’80s tango. Unfortunately, Artem stepped on her skirt during the dance. Len said there was a lot of great tango content and she sold it. Bruno said, things go wrong but you have to keep going. Carrie Ann said she loves her attitude. They got a 28!
Next, Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber danced a ’30s Foxtrot. Julianne loved their connection and performance. Carrie Ann said every single move was done with commitment. They got a 34!
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko danced a sexy ’70s samba. Bruno said it was hot. Carrie Ann said she lost the musicality. Len said there wasn’t enough samba content and then got in a heated argument with Gleb! Yikes! They got a 34, regardless!
Finally, for the first round, James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess danced a 1940s jitterbug. Carrie Ann said it was well done and that he “disappears in the dance.” Len said it was more jive than jitterbug but he enjoyed it. Julianne said she wanted more, in a good way — she never wanted it to end! Bruno said he loves watching them. They got a 36.
Then, the team dances. Team Past verses Team Future.
Team Past was Ryan, Calvin, James and Maureen. Len said their Viennese Waltz was very brave. Julianne said it was clean and she loved that it was classic with no frills. Bruno said it was gorgeous! Carrie Ann said it was her favorite dance of the night! They got a 38!
Team Future was Terra, Laurie, Jana and Marilu. Terra was crying during rehearsals, scared she was holding the team back. Marilu actually fell during the dance. Julianne loved the concept and said it was poignant and beautiful. Carrie Ann said the shapes were not matching. Len said it had great imagination. They got a 35!
In the end, we had to say goodbye to Maureen McCormick and Artem.
HollywoodLifers, who had the best dance on DWTS eras night?