A staple in the DWTS franchise, “Eras Night” has returned! The popular theme gives the stars the chance to perform dance routines inspired by specific decade. Of course the favorites (Nastia, Rumer, Riker and Willow) continue to please the judges—no matter the era.
But that’s not to say everything went off without a hitch this week. Derek had to bow out of the contest after suffering an injury, leaving Nastia with a new partner. And that wasn’t the only injury this week: Rumer was hurt too, just hours before competing.
Despite the setbacks, the stars took to the floor to compete, for the first time, for immunity, as well as beginning to go head-to-head in dance-offs. Let’s look at how it turned out…
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker
“Wiggle,” Jason Derulo | ’20s Quick Step
A swing and a hit! Last week’s top scorers, Riker and Allison unsurprisingly scored with their baseball-themed quick step. Something that did surprise? Their soundtrack: a jazzed-up version of Jason Derulo’s hit “Wiggle” (which is apparently less raunchy than Missy Elliott’s “Work It,” which they refused to dance to last week). Not quite as inventive as his Disney Night and Spring Break Night choreography, Riker still kept up with pro Allison, smiling throughout—and it paid off. Going into the routine, the pop star’s goal was to get the first 10 of the season from Len, and he got it. Bruno said it best, dubbing the night’s first performance “twinkle toes on the field of dreams.”
Chris Soules & Witney Carson
“Five Minutes More,” Frank Sinatra | ’40s Foxtrot
After last week’s success, underdog Chris kept the momentum up for “Eras Night,” playing a smitten sailor about to head off to war. The whole thing was cutesy and surprisingly sweet, from his heel-clicking to the costumes (Witney made for a convincing flapper) and benches. Most Improved, maybe, but the technicality still isn’t there for him. Like Len said: “You’ve got to polish up the little moments.”
Rumer Willis & Val Chmerkovsky
“Dear Future Husband,” Meghan Trainor | ’60s Jive
After an encouraging visit from dad Bruce Willis (who told Val “I wouldn’t make it” if he were to do the show), the video package jumps to their Sunday rehearsal: Val throws Rumer into a dip like a ragdoll, and her neck snaps, and she’s left in tears. Fast-forward a day, and it wasn’t quite as dramatic as the clip would suggest, and Rumer pops out in the malt shop-decorated dance floor and throws herself into character. The star kept up with the intense choreography, but something didn’t click, and her personality and edge (which she had on full display with her “Bootylicious” set last week) appeared to be missing a bit. “I feel like we lost a little something that makes you so spectacular,” said Carrie Ann. “It just felt a little bit safe.”
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