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Dancing With the Stars recap: 'Showstoppers Night'

A double perfect score leads to a shocking elimination

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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

We’re getting down to the wire and with only six couples left, anything can happen! And unfortunately for one of those pairs, a mid-rehearsal emergency left Tamar hospital-bound, while Val awaited the fate of his partner and their future in the competition. Did they get eliminated by default? And which duos are one week closer to that mirror ball trophy? Let’s get this recapping started!

Alek and Lindsay

Salsa “Back It Up”

Rather than worrying about this week’s routine, Alek and Lindsay are focused on getting our guy ready for his semi-shirtless debut, which apparently means a group chest wax. I’m pretty sure it breaks some health codes, but as Julianne says, he looks great! Although the dance is a little awkward at times — and I thought he was going to drop her on several occasions  I’m always in favor of stepping out of your comfort zone, which he certainly did.

Judges’ Score: 24

Alexa and Mark

Contemporary “Make It Rain”

While prepping for the week’s routine, Alexa opens up about a horrifying time when a casting director told her she was fat, which led to years of an eating disorder. The dance is powerful and shows not only some emotional depth, but a pretty incredible amount of physical strength, as well. I’m drained just from watching it, so I can only imagine how Alexa feels.

Judges’ Score: 30

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Carlos and Witney

Argentine Tango“What Do You Mean”

Witney is having a major freak-out this week, but Carlos refuses to go home before the finals, and together they vow to give it what they got. Right off the bat, the two get points for choosing my current song obsession. As for the dance, the parts in front of the door felt distracting and a tad offbeat, so I wish they had kept to the dance floor because that part of the routine was pretty good. As Carrie Ann said, they had a lot going on, and it didn’t quite come together.

Judges’ Score: 27

Bindi and Derek

V. Waltz “Roses and Violets”

Apparently when you’re Bindi and Derek, it’s hard being so perfect all the time. Derek is so worried he’ll let his girl down — he even references doing that last season, presumably when he got injured  but he’s lacking some inspiration. The two seem to pull it together for the routine, and sure, the number is a tad boring. But Bindi looks stunning, and that spin was to die for. Moral of the story? Bindi and Derek are still perfect.  

Judges’ Score: 30

NEXT: Will Tamar get disqualified?