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S20 E09 Week 8: America's Choice


05/04/15 | TV-PG | CC

It was all up to the fans as Dancing with the Stars season 20 celebrated "America's Choice Night" with each of the six remaining couples performing a routine with songs and dance styles chosen by popular vote! And to really give the people what they wanted, each couple also performed their Trio Dance for the season by teaming up with either an eliminated pro or a member of the dance troupe for a three-person routine. Once again, our hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews welcomed us back to the ballroom and judges Carrie Ann InabaLen GoodmanJulianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli were on-hand to critique the performances. But in the next episode, it'll be time for two couples to face elimination.

WEEK 8 SCORES:

 

 

Carrie Ann

Len

Julianne

Bruno

Total

Noah & Sharna

 8 / 8

 7 / 8

 8 / 8

 8 / 8

 31 / 32 / 63

Chris & Witney

 9 / 7

 8 / 7

 9 / 8

 8 / 8

 34 / 30 / 64

Riker & Allison

 10 / 10

 9 / 9

 10 / 10

 10 / 10

 39 / 39 / 78

Robert & Kym

 8 / 7

 8 / 7

 9 / 8

 8 / 7

 33 / 29 / 62

Nastia & Sasha

 9 / 10

 9 / 10

 9 / 10

 9 / 10

 36 / 40 / 76

Rumer & Val

 10 / 10

 10 / 10

 10 / 10

 10 / 10

 40 / 40 / 80

• Starting the night off, Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess hit the dance floor with a Tango to "Geronimo" by Sheppard. The couple gleamed in white thanks to a fan suggestion and the judges thought it was a strong outing.

• Next up, Chris Soules and Witney Carson showed some raw emotion with a Contemporary routine set to Sam Smith's "What Now." Carrie Ann said it was Chris' best dance so far—and Len agreed—and called the lifts "amazing."

• America wanted to see the vulnerable side of Riker Lynch and Allison Holker in their Viennese Waltz to "What Now" by Rihanna. The judges loved seeing Riker really open up, though Len would've liked to see a little more in-hold. Julianne said she thought it was their best dance so far.

• Shark Tank star Robert Herjavec and his partner Kym Johnson spent the week at the bottom of the leaderboard, so they were hoping to bounce back with a Contemporary performance to Jesse Ware's "Champagne Kisses." The judges thought it was delightful, but we're still not quite sure if Bruno likening it to a "deoderant commercial" was a compliment or not.

• Olympic gymnast Nastia Liukin once again partnered with Sasha Farber since her partner Derek Hough was still injured. This week, they danced a Paso Doble to "Centuries" by Fall Out Boy. They went at it like gladiators, but the intensity may have been a little too much for them to stay in sync with.

• For the final individual performance of the night, Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced the Rumba to "Perhaps, Perhaps, Perhaps" by Doris Day. Last week, Val was feeling the pressure and that he was letting Rumer down. This week they went with a classic style that had the fans and the judges swooning. And the result? The first perfect score of the season!

• The first Trio Dance of the season paired Noah and Sharna up with Emma Slater for a sizzling Salsa. The routine was incredibly fun, not to mention hot. So hot it knocked Bruno right out of his chair!

• The second Trio Dance belonged to Chris and Witney, who partnered up with Lindsay Arnold for their Paso Doble. After winning some raves with their Contemporary routine earlier in the evening, the Paso was a little rough.

• Riker and Allison decided to team up with Brittany Cherry for a party-style Jazz routine. It was a party full of glitz and glamor, and everything that glittered was gold as Riker led his two partners is a snappy performance that had everyone cheering.

• It was time to Samba with Robert and Kym partnering with Jenna Johnson and hoping to improve on their first score of the night. Robert had no trouble handling his two partners, but he did have a little trouble handling the choreography.

• Next, Nastia and Sasha teamed up with Derek for their trio Jive, but could Derek really contribute given his injury? Once again, Derek delivered and the routine had Len up and out of his seat and had Julianne calling it "the most creative trio" that she's ever seen!

• For the final dance of the night, Rumer and Val joined up with Artem Chigvintsev for a Paso Doble performance. For the second time tonight, Rumer and Val went classic with their choreography and it was, well, perfection. Rumer and Val ended the night with a perfect score!

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