Conrad Green, it’s so good to have you back as executive producer Dancing with the stars! First, Derek Hough runs around like a spy and rappels into the ballroom before Peta Murgatroyd helped launch a fiery opening number to “Live and Let Die.” Just like in the old days when DWTS was with ABC in its glory years.
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Cheryl Ladd and Louis Van Amstel. The veteran actress thought she was gone last week, but Goodman — thank God — saved her for another day. So she dug up an old photo of her and Sean Connery for inspiration to be “the Bond girl I never had to be” while performing a rumba. Elegant! “That was your best dance,” said Judge Hough, who was particularly impressed by the graceful way she held her arms. “It couldn’t have gone better. You look beautiful by the way. Let’s go, Cheryl!” Score: 24 out of 40
Jessie James Decker and Alan Burst. The country music star took it a step further by dousing herself in gold for her rumba on “Goldfinger.” But some of the judges didn’t like the otherwise solid performance. Were they hoping she would sink to the bottom two or what? “You have to work on your legs,” Judge Len Goodman said. “Your footwork wasn’t great.” Score: 26 out of 40
Joseph Baena and Alexis Warr. Too bad man: His partner Daniella Karagach was still out having tested positive for Covid ahead of last week’s show. So Warr got another chance to dance with the bodybuilder, who showed off his strength by lifting her over his head during their Argentine tango. “It was a bit lacking in fluids. I didn’t really like that lift, it was out of character,” Goodman said. “But bottom line, I think it was your best dance yet.” Score: 29 out of 40
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Sam Champion and Cheryl Burke. The former weatherman recalled how he and his father didn’t speak to each other for years after he came out of the closet. But the dear old dad eventually expressed his pride in his son, which gave Champion the confidence he needed — like whenever he has to perform a samba in front of a studio audience (including GMAby Robin Roberts). “You have this natural joy that I think worked against you a little bit in this dance,” said judge Carrie Ann Inaba. “Let your body go a little more.” score: 25 out of 40
Vinny Guadagnino and Koko Iwasaki. The Jersey party boy was sent to mini etiquette class so he knows how to play his Thunderbolt rumba slickly. In all honesty, the best part of his otherwise unforgettable performance came when the cameraman cut to two unrecognizable women in the audience, dubbed simply “Vinny’s friends.” “You have to start getting the details,” Inaba said. “Pay attention to the nuances of your hands, which means you might have a few more hours of practice to do. No diss, that’s full of respect.” Score: 23 out of 40
Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater. That 90210 The actor got the hang of this whole sexy ballroom dance thing: He started his tango with a backstage somersault before falling down to Slater and grabbing her neck. And did he later hold up her leg and pretend it was a gun? By God, I think he did. “They tried their hand at a very difficult routine,” said Judge Bruno Tonioli. Score: 27 out of 40
Selma Blair and Sasha Farber. The actress admitted her “MS leg” was frozen during her jive last week. So why not make it harder and blindfold her this week? Aside from Farber’s odd choice of props, the actress made her sexy by engaging her hips and repeating the splits. “As inspired as ever. very romantic,” said Tonioli. “It was a bit daring, darling. I have a Nicole Kidman vibe.” score: 28 out of 40
Jordan Sparks and Brandon Armstrong. The singer’s rumba was a little overwhelming and her sleepy “Licence to Kill” music didn’t really help. “You need a faster spot and close your feet closer together,” Hough said of her spins. “There are so many twists and turns in all your dances. Work on it.” Score: 29 out of 40
Shangela and Gleb Savchenko. The drag queen opened her rumba with a steamy solo before moving into a terrific rumba to Tina Turner’s “GoldenEye.” Under the mirror ball, Shangela was finally in her element. “Damn girl, that was intense!” said Inaba. Score: 30 out of 40
Daniel Durant and Britt Stewart. The deaf actor was still ranking high after earning his top 8 last week. But his confidence was tested with this week’s rumba, which isn’t so easy to count while trying to come across as mysterious and suave. Still, the judges are impressed by his endurance. I mean who wouldn’t? “I will say what I loved took over this dance. I could see you leading that dance, you weren’t just holding on and hoping for the best,” Goodman said. Score: 31 out of 40
Heidi D’Amelio and Artem Chigvintsev. The Hulu reality star looked plump tired halfway into her Argentine tango, but her body showed no signs of wear and tear. She stunned the judges with her tight and sultry moves. “That was your best dance yet!” said Hough. “It was so good, so strong, it played to your strengths. That was so fantastic.” score: 32 out of 40
Gabby Windey and Val Chmerkovskiy. The Bachelorette felt like an imposter, especially in the face of trained dancers like Wayne Brady and Charli D’Amelio. But her cha cha was certainly skilled enough to let her perform the last number of the evening. “You made your choice! It had power, it had attack, it had strength,” Hough said. “Overall great cha-cha.” score: 33 out of 40
Wayne Brady and Witney Carson. That let’s make a deal Presenter, who isn’t exactly happy about how old age is taking its toll on his increasingly sore knees, was allowed to tango to the classic Bond theme song. Quit bitching, game show man: your trains hurt so good. “It was the first ballroom dance and I was worried about how you would handle it. I congratulate you. I thought you did great with that,” Goodman said. score: 33 out of 40
Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas. The social media star should be feeling great after sitting at the top of the leaderboard for two weeks. But it’s not good enough! Luckily, her experienced partner choreographed a killer rumba that ended with him drinking a poisonous potion and “dying” at the end of the number. Viewers Kourtney Kardashian and husband Travis Barker seemed to like it! “We’ve been watching you dance for three weeks and you’re dancing fantastic for three weeks. Pretty feet. Nice legs. It had a beautiful finish,” Goodman said. score: 33 out of 40
The bottom two pairs were Champion and Burke and Van Amstel and Ladd. Tonioli, Inaba and Hough voted to save Champion so it was time for Ladd to go.
“Louie is the best. He was a great teacher and a lot of fun. If you’re a legend, you’ve lived a long time. And I had a lot of fun,” said Ladd.
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