The remaining Dancing with the Stars 2016 cast hit the ballroom floor once more on a night where America was the 4th Judge for Week 8 of Season 22. The 6 remaining teams performed solo routines along with a judges’ team-up challenge in which they were guided by one of the regular judges. That’s where America came in, as Carrie Ann, Len and Bruno were not allowed to pop up a paddle for the team they coached. Who came out on top during all this quarterfinals action as the quest for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy nears its end? Let’s find out with the Dancing with the Stars recap.
Nyle DiMarco & Peta Murgatroyd did a Paso to “Victorious” by Panic! At the Disco. There was an amazing moment where there was total silence in the middle of the dance. Len felt Nyle strutted out a little too much, but he is impressed with the purpose and confidence that is exhibited every week. Bruno felt this routine was a Dancing with the Stars classic that no one will ever forget. Carrie Ann agreed that she never saw anything that touched her so profoundly. Scores of 10-9-10 from the judges.
Antonio Brown & Sharna Burgess did a Viennese Waltz to “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna. Bruno loved to have his “dashing” Antonio back. Carrie Ann could tell that Antonio put in the time and improved so much from last week. Len felt the routine had more “yes” than “no” for Antonio. Scores of 9-9-9 from the judges.
Jodie Sweetin & Keo Motsepe did the Jive to “Something’s Got a Hold on Me” by Christina Aguilera. Carrie Ann felt that this was Jodie’s best dance ever. All Bruno could see was goodness in this creative tour de force. Erin Andrews pointed out how happy Jodie looked after the dance. Three 10s from the judges made her even happier!
Paige VanZant & Mark Ballas did a Viennese Waltz to “Stone Cold” by Demi Lovato. Paige was an ice queen in a risky routine that paid off big time. Len felt there were some issues with the holds, but he still feels Paige is a terrific dancer. Bruno felt it was both chilling and thrilling. Carrie Ann was impressed with the concept and execution that set her up to a higher level. Scores of 10-9-9 from the judges.
Ginger Zee & Valentin Chmerkovskiy did an Argentine Tango to “Telephone” by Martynas. Bruno was totally smitten by the performance. He felt she worked magic. Carrie Ann thought it was a mind-blowing routine where she felt two were dancing as one. Len called it “one helluva dance!” Three perfect 10s for the second week in a row.
Wanya Morris & Lindsay Arnold did the Jive to “Can You Do This” by Aloe Blacc. An intense rehearsal week led to a lot of fun in a wild west way. Unfortunately, there was a little slip. That didn’t take away from all the fun. Len thought it was a great number even though he lost timing. Bruno believes Wanya is all set for Blazing Saddles: The Musical. Scores of 8-8-9 from the judges.
Team Bruno: Nyle & Peta and Jodie & Keo did the Argentine Tango to “Habanera” by Georges Bizet under the guidance of Bruno Tonioli. Len loved the concept as well as Bruno’s bravery in getting the couples to switch up throughout the routine. Carrie Ann knows that was not an easy dance and she was impressed at how in sync everyone was along the way. Scores of 10-10 and a 9 from America.
Team Len: Ginger & Val and Wanya & Lindsay did the Samba to “Jump in the Line” by Harry Belafonte with a little assist from Len Goodman as a coach and participant. It was a Caribbean party time in the feel-good routine of the evening. Bruno thought the frolics in the tropics was samba-licious. Scores of 10-10 and a 9 from America.
Team Carrie Ann: Paige & Mark and Antonio & Sharna did the Paso to “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Lorde. The intensity was on full display during a powerful routine that ended with rain pouring down on all the dancers. Both Bruno and Len were very impressed as were the fans at home. Scores of 10-10 and a 9 from America.
At the end of the evening, there was a shocking elimination, as Jodie Sweetin had to head home. The remaining teams will go back to work as the semifinals await!