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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: 'Spring Break Night'

Sink or swim: A few stars are in hot water after tonight’s ‘spring’ splash.

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Dancing With the Stars

TV Show
Reality TV
run date:
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, Erin Andrews, Julianne Hough
Current Status:
In Season

Even though “Spring Break Night” had some skin-baring outfits, unlike many co-eds’ wild getaways, it was something we’ll all remember. Frontrunners like Riker, Nastia, and Rumer continued to pull ahead, but not all of the competition did so hot individually. Luckily for the underdogs, there’s strength in numbers, and this week’s group performances gave everyone a boost.

Here’s who surfed their way to the top of the leader board—and who was sent packing.

Patti LaBelle & Artem Chigvinstev

“Heat Wave,” Martha and Vandellas | Quickstep

Surrounded by her younger, more scantily clad competitors and backup dancers, Ms. Patti (in her flowing white pant-and-tunic combo) appeared to be better suited for a senior citizen resort than a Spring Break night—until she started dancing. The diva proved she could keep up, and then some, visibly having fun as she trotted across the floor (as always, surprisingly light on her feet), and not even wavering when she lost a shoe. A smile beaming on her face throughout the routine, Patti was praised by the judges. Carrie Ann termed it best: “Effervescent.”

Score: 29/40

Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough

“Summer,” Calvin Harris | Tango

The gymnast’s laser-like focus and formidable technical skills are impressive—but can we talk about how a tango can be perfectly choreographed to an EDM hit? Nastia and Derek’s dramatic, regal, staccato-like tango steps paired seamlessly with Harris’s pumping synths and the club lights. Add in the major wow moment of her spin on the floor and their dip at the end, and it’s a surprise the favorites didn’t score better. (Julianne blamed a “disconnect in your bodies.” But like, whatever.)

Score: 34/40

Willow Shields & Mark Ballas

“Tequila,” The Champs | Salsa

“Tequila” (or what this millennial recapper imagines was the “Shots” or “Party Rock Anthem” equivalent of 1958) was the perfect PG-rated jam for young Willow, who (hopefully!) hasn’t yet had a ratchet weekend in PCB. After finding out in her video package she has some spare ribs, literally, Willow and Mark hit the floor for an age-appropriately choreographed salsa—think mild to medium. That boded well with Carrie Ann: “What I loved was that it was sassy, but you didn’t turn up the heat; you didn’t go sexy.”

Score: 34/40

Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson

“Surfin’ Safari,” the Beach Boys | Jive

Landing in jeopardy after last week’s messy quickstep, Robert was basically being circled by sharks. “I hate being at the bottom; it burns every fiber in my body,” he said in his opening clip. Those nerves showed in his performance, too—but they didn’t hold him back too much. Their jive, which played out like a scene straight out of Grease, was full of some fun and flirty action with pro Kym. His steps were still a little off, but he had fun and made up for last week’s flub at least enough for Bruno to call him a “frisky pony.”

Score: 28/40

Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess

“Waves,” Mr Probz | Rumba

After disappointing Disney night scores, “the pressure is really on this week,” Noah says in the video package before the clip jumps to him and partner Sharna getting into a tiff during practice this week. Regularly a pair with great chemistry, something didn’t connect during their rumba, and it looked as though they were still fighting, despite the romantic routine they gave. (Broody vibe aside, the Army vet sure knows how to shake his hips.) Talking to Tom, Noah vocalized that having the video upset him, which may explain the disconnect. “That was one five-minute moment of our week: We have a wonderful friendship,” Sharna chimed in. Pro alum Julianne got it: “We know the connection you guys have,” she said. “It’s really hard to watch and dance again.”

Score: 29/40

NEXT: It’s getting hot in here…