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Dancing With the Stars recap: America's Choice

It was a night full of fan-picked performances, trios, and an on-screen kiss.

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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

Our apologies for the delayed DWTS recap—hopefully it’s just given you, America, more time to think of suggestions for your favorite dancing duos such as “lots of candles” and “y’all gonna be kissing?” That’s not to discredit America’s suggestions for hairstyles, costumes, music, and dance style, which shaped the first of each couple’s two dances tonight; giving the people what they wanted on Monday pulled out some of the best dances of the season, resulting in one perfect score, one near-perfect score, and a finally happy (and still bare-chested) Bachelor.

And on top of making these beautiful people dance like the waltzing Barbies you never had, the second dances of the evening were trios! Sure, for Nastia that’s just another day in Derek’s neighborhood—if you’re going to bogart Nastia’s post-dance hugs, Derek, please at least bring precious Sasha into your loving embrace, as well—but I think Sharna said it best for the rest of the tonight’s trios: “With all those extra limbs around, there’re just more possibilities.”

It was double the dances in preparation for a double elimination on Tuesday night. So hopefully America served its valued stars and pros well…

Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess

“Geronimo” Sheppard | Tango

America originally wanted a military costume, but when Noah said that wasn’t an option (so there is a line on gimmicks!), America switched to a slick white suit and classic tango. Well, as classic as Sharna and Noah can get when they have to work around classic Tango elements like flexing knees and staccato. But work they did, and while the result was a little blocky, it was an elegant sort of blocky. 31/40

TRIO: “Mr. Put It Down” Ricky Martin | Salsa

I really wish that Carrie Ann hadn’t said, “two girls, one arm.” But in the context of adding Emma to the already-innovative duo, it’s true that the extra limbs added dynamics to their salsa—and those silhouette sculpture moments where Noah was lifting both women at once were nothing short of Mirrorball magic. 32/40

TOTAL: 63/80

Chris Soules & Witney Carson

“Lay Me Down” Sam Smith | Contemporary

You’d think the Bachelor would have finally been in his element when he was surrounded by multiple women later in the night—but no, leave it to Chris to be a total romantic and fall for the sweeping movements and candlelit atmosphere of his Contemporary number. The dance had intimate lifts for days, and as Julianne said, the upswing in performance is coming at just the right time. 34/40

TRIO: “Outside” Calvin Harris | Pasadoble

So it’s too bad that Chris’s underwhelming trio will be the lasting impression of the night. Chris really has improved, but he hasn’t quite improved to the point of being able to front a dance with two pro powerhouses in the form of Witney and Lindsay. 30/40

TOTAL: 64/80

NEXT: A little classic Rumba never killed nobody…