It’s a battle of the sexes this week – with a twist. It’s the boy bands vs. the girl groups. Additionally, every couple will dance twice, their regular dance as well as a group dance which will again pit the boys against the girls. Additionally, former contestant Nick Carter of The Backstreet Boys will be a guest judge filling in for Julianne Hough.
Simone Biles and Sasha Farber – They’re taking on the samba to “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child after getting 10s last week. She tells Sasha he’s not sexy but admits she thinks Rashad is. She just may be headed towards another week of 10s. Interestingly the judges thought her timing was a little suspect. Her scores are 9, 8, 9, 9.
Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess – This week they’re doing “I Want It That Way” by the Backstreet Boys with a rumba, and Nick is her former partner. She thinks Bonner looks like a Backstreet Boy, so now he just wants to be able to dance like one. They definitely have the sexy down, that’s for sure. Maybe Simone needs to rate him next to Rashad. Nick thinks Bonner needs to figure out how to let go. Their scores are 8, 8, 7, 7.
Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chigvintsev – They’l be doing a paso doble to En Vogue’s “Free Your Mind.” She remembers Mel B and Maks dancing to this, and it’s killing her trying to meet up to those expectations. It’s just hard to see her and think “tough girl” like the paso needs. Carrie Ann Inaba, though, thinks it’s the first time she found her power. Her scores are 9, 8, 8, 8.
Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd – Their boy band goes back a long way, the Beach Boys’ “Fun, Fun, Fun” to the jive. He was looking forward to it, but then she scared him into losing his confidence. He does pretty well with the jive after a shaky start. Nick Carter thinks Nick Viall fits the profile for being in a boy band but also thinks he needs to work on the moves more. His scores are 7, 7, 7, 7, the lowest so far tonight.
Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy – They’re doing a salsa to “When I Grow Up” by The Pussycat Dolls. She admits when she was little she’d sit on the computer and try to pick up the choreography of this very song. It’s not very salsa-ish, and her solo is even less so. Len Goodman thinks it showcased what a great dancer she is but not what a great salsa dancer she is. Her scores are 10, 10, 8, 10.
David Ross and Lindsay Arnold – After being on the bottom of the leaderboard last week, they’ll be doing an Argentine tango to “I Want You Back” by NSync. They spend some time arguing about him being defeatist. I feel like Len, but he seems to flat-footed. Bruno Tonioli calls him out for nearly dropping Lindsay during his lifts. Their scores are 7, 8, 7, 7, just one point above Nick Viall.
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater – They’re taking on the tango to “Reach Out I’ll Be There” by Four Tops. With all this going on, he’s also worried about his career, as right now he’s currently a free agent. This guy is back after a disappointing week last week! Wow! Carrie Ann thinks he’s now dancing with style and technique. He gets scores of 9, 10, 9, 9.
Heather Morris and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – For his first week back they’re doing a rumba to TLC’s “Waterfalls.” He promises to get her her first 10 this week and plans to do so with a storyline of him winning her back from Alan Bersten. It’s hard to watch how well she’s doing, though, as my eyes are just fixated on him. Nick calls it his favorite dance of the night. Their scores are 10, 10, 10, 10, the first perfect score of the season.
An entire team will be safe for next week, and that honor goes to the guys. All of them are safe. That means it will be either Simone, Normani, Nancy, or Heather going home this week.
For the first group dance of the night it’s Team Boy Band. For at least twenty seconds, Bonner, Nick, Rashad, and David have to dance together as a boy band. They’ll be dancing to a boy band medley. They even fit a little Magic Mike into their dance. Len says it was full of gimmicks and crowd-pleasing moves. Their scores are 8, 9, 8, 8.
Team Girl Group are also dancing to a medley, and one of those songs is by Fifth Harmony meaning if Normani doesn’t do well on that part, it could be really bad. They dance nearly flawlessly, and it will be a shame to see any of them go home. Oddly, Carrie Ann is a bit underwhelmed. The scores are 8, 9, 8, 9.
It’s between two Olympic gymnasts, a backup dancer for Beyoncé, and a member of a girl group as to who is being eliminated. That’s a tough one.
The first couple declared safe are Simone and Sasha. Also safe to dance next week are Normani and Val. The couple leaving are Heather and Maks, shockingly on his first week back and after the first perfect score for the season.
She says it’s a hard competition and is really happy she got to do exactly what she got to do. Tom Bergeron says it’s the most vocal reaction they’ve ever had for an elimination. Maks thinks Alan did an amazing job.
There are at least three men who deserved to go before her. But this is also a popularity contest, and that’s why Heather is going home. Had she been dancing with the more popular Maks last week, she’d still be there. However, she was also a bit of a ringer since she’s already a dancer, so maybe the fans were reacting to that.
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