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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Who Went Home?

The dancers went from New York City to Las Vegas Tuesday night as Dancing With the Stars turned up the heat and had all of the competitors perform a second routine in one week. 

Yes, the stakes were higher than ever before!

But who managed to stay in the game, and who was given the boot following another awkward dance? 

Let’s break down the performances, and the results, shall we?

Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke  

Juan and Cheryl danced the Foxtrot to “Why Don’t You Do Right?” by Peggy Lee. It was a sultry performance that continued to keep them in good standing with the judges. 

The minor niggle came from Len, and it was all about Juan’s frame, but who the heck cars when you can dance as well as Juan does?

Judges’ Score: 26/30

Milo Manheim and Witney Carson

“Put on your heels, the sky’s the limit,” said Celine Dion ahead of the duo dancing the Tango to “Ashes.”

Milo and Witney took that quite literally because they went all out with their latest number, and the judges were even shocked by it. 

Judges’ Score: 26/30

Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev

Danelle and Artem went with the Quickstep to “Luck Be a Lady,” and it highlighted what could go wrong for Danelle. 

Her disease rendered her blind, so she was scared of the Quickstep because it was a high energy and high stakes routine. 

While the other couples are improving every performance, it seems these two have already peaked. 

Judges’ Score: 19/30

Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten

Despite being the surprise success of the season, Alexis was blindsided by how demanding this routine actually was, and she left Alan in rehearsals. 

Their Tuesday performance that included the Salsa to “Booty” by Jennifer Lopez took a hit as a result, but it was still solid when compared to some of the others. 

Judges’ Score: 24/30

John Schneider and Emma Slater

John has struggled since the season premiere because he’s rather wooden. His Jive to “King Creole” by Elvis Presley was not all that. 

He has a lot of energy but he struggles actually to put that into the performance, and that’s what could ultimately cost him his place in the competition. 

Judges’ Score: 20/30

DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold

After building up a lot of momentum with their first two performances, that all slowed down with the Quickstep dance to “Ladies Man” by Boyz II Men. 

There was something really off with this performance, and it could be down to the height of DeMarcus. They look mismatched as a result. 

Judges’ Score: 23/30

Joe Amabile and Jenna Johnson

Joe may be improving, but there’s still a lot wrong with his dance moves. He lacks the skill, and Jenna wants to try and drum into him the fact that they’re skating around the bottom of the leaderboard. 

The Jazz to “The Gambler” by Kenny Rogers highlighted the fact that these two might be ready to dance out of the ballroom. 

Judges’ Score: 18/30

Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe

Evanna and Keo are going from strength-to-strength and their high energy Jive to “Heat Wave” by Martha Reeves & The Vandellas was excellent. 

Judges’ Score: 24/30

Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess

It turns out, there is such a thing as too much energy in the ballroom! The judges were not all that enthused by the Quickstep Bobby, and Sharna went with to “That Old Black Magic” by Sammy Davis Jr. 

Could their exit be on the horizon?

Judges’ Score: 19/20

Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy

Nancy is another middle of the pack performer who seems to have fizzled out early on. Her Paso Doble to “Storm from KA” by Cirque du Soleil was not her best dance yet. 

She needs to adapt quickly if she wants to remain in the competition. 

Judges’ Score: 20/30

Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong

Tinasha has already performed with Britney Spears, so it was unsurprising that she went with “Circus” by the Queen of Pop. 

Tinashe and Brandon have the chemistry sorted, so that was a huge positive. They could actually win, you guys!

Judges’ Score: 26/30

Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber

Mary Lou continued to build on her early success with the Samba to “Copacabana” by Barry Manilow. It was a rock-solid performance that proved she was willing to take risks. 

The judges were happy with it so that reflected in the scores. 

Judges’ Score: 24/30

At the end of the night, it was Danelle and Artem and John and Emma that were in danger. Danelle and Artem were sent packing. 

It’s surprising Grocery Store Joe gets to dance again, but he could be leaving in the next week or two. 

What are your thoughts on this?

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Dancing with the Stars Recap: Who Got Booted First?

When ABC scheduled four hours of Dancing with the Stars for premiere week, many thought that meant four hours of dancing. 

However, Tuesday night’s installment consisted of just five performances.

The reason? 

ABC opted to plug Dancing with the Stars: Juniors by announcing with kids would be appearing on the upcoming spin-off. 

Yes, the network is actually pressing on with a spin-off despite the parent series slumping almost 40 percent in the rating year-to-year. 

But which couples actually had to dance again for a nice dose of safety? 

Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber, Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev, Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko, Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten, and Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy.

No, your eyes are not deceiving you here:

Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile and Jenna Johnson managed to evade the danger zone despite their paltry 14/30 score on Monday. 

It turns out, viewers voting at home are buying into that smile the former The Bachelorette contestant seems to be donning in every single scene. 

It’s frustrating because this is supposed to be a dancing competition, not a popularity one. 

In any case, let’s break down those five performances and find out who got the boot from Season 27 first. 

Mary Lou Retton and pro Sasha Farber (Cha-Cha)

Mary Lou built on her success from Monday night with a performance that was more polished, and very pleasing to the eye. 

The audience lapped it up, and the improvement was reflected in the score. 

Judges’ Score: 21/30

Danelle Umstead and pro Artem Chigvintsev (Foxtrot)

This Tuesday night performance from Danelle was much of the same. There was nothing much different from her previous night’s performance, and that could come back to bite her down the line. 

Judges’ Score: 18/30

Nikki Glaser and pro Gleb Savchenko (Salsa)

Nikki was very rusty on Monday night, but she was much more at ease during her second performance of the season. 

With fast-paced moves, it really elevated her to a new level, but was it too late?

Judges’ Score: 18/30 

Alexis Ren and pro Alan Bersten (Jive)

Despite being part of the most random cast ever, Alexis Ren continues to impress. With a flexible body, she owned the ballroom on Tuesday night, and she has a lot left to give. 

Judges’ Score: 23/30

Nancy McKeon and pro Val Chmerkovskiy (Quickstep)

Like most of the others, Nancy opted to switch things up in order to prove that she could adapt to the feedback from the judges. 

With a perfectly rehearsed routine, she moved up the ranks. 

Judges’ Score: 21/30

The audience was given just five minutes to vote for their favorite routines before it was revealed which couple was first out of the battle for the mirrorball trophy. 

The unlucky couple was… Nikki and Gleb. It was a real shame because they were the most improved couple night-to-night. 

“I hope that I just proved that I did the scariest thing I’ve ever done, and I tried my best,” Glaser said following her elimination. “It was so fun. Thank you for having me.”

What are your thoughts on the first big goodbye? 

Hit the comments below. 

Dancing with the Stars continues Monday on ABC. 

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Dancing with the Stars Season Premiere Recap: Who Surprised?

A new set of celebrities hit the floor Monday night as Dancing with the Stars Season 27 got underway. 

This is usually the point we talk about which of the celebrities are notable, but it’s difficult to do that when the show has such a random bunch who probably should not have made the cut. 

But they did. 

Let’s break down the performances on the season premiere to find out which members of the cast actually stand a chance at winning. 

Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber

We liked Retton’s chances heading into the season because of her stint in the Olympics. Athletes are more flexible than most, and cutting some shapes on the dance floor is the name of the game on this series. 

They dance the Cha Cha to “Treasure,” and there were some glaring issues. It could be a case of it being the first performance, but she will need to loosen up if she wants to remain in the game. 

Len Goodman did say she was “pretty nifty for fifty,” so there’s that. 

Judges’ Score: 19/30

Milo Manheim and Witney Carson

We had no idea who the heck Milo was when the cast was revealed, but after one episode, we’re sure he’s going to make it very far. 

The Disney star performed the Cha Cha to “Free Free Free,” and there was instant chemistry between him and Witney. 

There was some criticism, but most of that stemmed from him moving around at a breakneck pace. It turns out these judges want him to straighten his legs a little bit more. 

Okay then. 

Judges’ Score: 20/30

Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe

Evanna was memorable as Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter movies, and if she manages to battle the nerves, she could carve out a dancing career. 

She was fast and tried any of the routines set out for her which is no easy task. She was rejected from dance college and is now looking to dance her way to victory. 

She and Keo danced the foxtrot to “Do You Believe in Magic.” It’s unclear whether Evanna does actually believe in magic. 

Judges’ Score: 18/30 

Danelle Umstead and Artem Chigvintsev

Danelle danced the foxtrot to “Rise Up” with Artem. Despite being completely blind, she aced the number. 

The judges seemed to think so as well, calling the duo’s bond “magical.”

Judges Score: 18/30

Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess

This radio personality went with a jive to “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” and it was a surprisingly fresh performance. Granted, there were some issues, but for the most part, it was solid. 

Judges’ Score: 20/30

Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke

Did anyone actually think this Fuller House actor was going to be bad? The moment he appeared on the dance floor with Cheryl and danced a salsa to “Dinero,” it was evident he was one to watch. 

Len even went as far as calling him “the hunk with the junk in the trunk.”

Judges’ Score: 22/30

Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko

This was one of the more frustrating performances on the night. The comedian went with a salsa to “Yes,” but it was far too rusty. 

It felt like an early rehearsal, and the judges pointed that out through their critiques. 

Judges’ Score: 17/30

Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten

Was this the biggest surprise of the night? Model, Alexis Ren who we had never heard of before her casting strutted her stuff in a poignant jive to “Good Golly Miss Molly.”

She dedicated the performance to her late mother, and the judges were shocked by her dancing ability. 

Judges’ Score: 21/30

John Schneider and Emma Slater

At one point, John Schneider was very famous. Somewhere along the way, he disappeared out of the public eye. 

He returned on Monday night with a solid foxtrot to “Good Ol’ Boys from Dukes of Hazzard.” We’re struggling to conclude whether the song choice was smart or desperate. 

The judges were divided on whether there was something there, but we’ll need to stay tuned to find out if he dances to the Smallville theme tune next. 

Judges’ Score: 18/30

Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong

Tinasha is the only member of the cast who is still semi-relevant. It makes sense then that she would prove why she was still relevant with her dance routine. 

Her jive to “I’m a Lady” oozed elegance and was filled with showstopping moments. Do we already have our winner? 

Judges’ Score: 23/30

Nancy McKeon and Val Chmerkovskiy  

This The Facts of Life star turned in a surprisingly solid quickstep to “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” and the judges had a mixed response to it. 

She was by no means the best or the worst performer of the night, but there’s potential. 

Judges’ Score: 18/30

Joe “Grocery Store Joe” Amabile and Jenna Johnson

We still have no idea why Joe is part of the cast, but he kept a smile on his face while performing the quickstep to “Fish Out of Water,” and it was a resounding failure. 

Will he self-evict or will he be headed home Tuesday night?

Judges’ Score: 14/30

DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold

This former NFL pro closed out the season premiere with an awesome cha-cha to “Sweet Sensation.” All three judges were enamored with his ability. 

Judges’ Score: 23/30. 

What are your thoughts on the performances? Who should go? 

Dancing with Stars continues tonight at 8/7c on ABC. 

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Dancing with the Stars: The Odds are Out! Who Will Win?

Dancing with the Stars with the Z-List Stars will premiere on Monday, September 24.

We've amended the title of this long-running ABC reality series because the recently announced cast simply has to be the most anonymous and random yet.

There are your usual professional athletes from various sports, along with your various actresses, actors and singers…

… but just who ARE these people?

There's not a single interesting name in the bunch.

Still, they will be competing against each other this fall — and ABC has just confirmed with whom each so-called star will be partner.

This makes it easier to forecast who may win, as we've included the championship odds for each tandem below.

Scroll down and pick a betting favorite now!

1. Joe Amabile and Jenna Johnson

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Can nice guys finish first? Joe Amabile from Bachelor Nation sure hopes so! ODDS: 300-1.

2. Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong

Tinashe and brandon armstrong
She can sing. But can Armstrong help show the world that Tinashe can also dance? ODDS: 7-1.

3. Nikki Glaser and Gleb Savchenko

Nikki glaser and gleb savchenko
She’s funny. He’s handsome. Together, they hope to be champions of the reality show world! ODDS: 30-1.

4. Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber

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Can the Gold Medal-winning gymnast add a mirrorball trophy to her resume? Maybe. ODDS: 3-1.

5. DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold

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He won a Super Bowl. She wins over the hearts of most male viewers. Can they win the whole thing as a tandem? ODDS: 25-1.

6. Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess

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We’re be honest here: we have no clue who these people are. But we wish them luck! ODDS: 1,500-1.

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Honey Boo Boo: I’m Joining Dancing With The Stars!

Olympics darling Adam Rippon and dance partner Jenna Johnson won Dancing With The Stars in the series’ first athlete-centered season.

We now know what the reality dance competiion series’ next gimmick will be: young stars.

And who better to reportedly join the new season’s list of competitors than one of the world’s most famous child stars, Honey Boo Boo.

Honey Boo Boo’s real name, of course, is Alana Thompson. She was just a little girl when she first rose to fame, but now she is 12 years old. She’ll become a teenager later this year.

And, according to The Blast, Alana Thompson is joining Dancing With The Stars.

They report that Alana has been in Los Angeles for the past week to train for the series.

She has been spotted going in and out of practice over these last several days.

According to all reports, she is apparently taking this very seriously.

This new season will be called Dancing With The Stars: Juniors, and will feature other famous kids.

According to Just Jared Junior, a bunch of familiar dancers headed into the DWTS studio to mentor these young stars.

Per their report, these dancers were Cheryl Burke, Hayley Erbert, Jenna Johnson, Lindsay Arnold, Artem Chigvintsev, Keo Motsepe, Sasha Farber, Gleb Savchenko, Whitney Carson, and Emma Slater.

Just Jared Junior also revealed that a slew of younger professional dancers will be actually dancing with the young stars.

These dancers were Rylee Arnold, Hailey Bills, Brightyn Brems, Artyon Celestine, JT Church, Kami Couch, Tristan Ianeiro, Lev Khmelev, Jake Monreal, Kamri Peterson, Sage Rosen, and Eliana Walmsley.

Mama June Shannon is reportedly in L.A. to support Alana on her Dancing With The Stars journey.

We’ve heard June explain that she has been regaining weight because she’s going blind.

She has recently been living in North Carolina so that she can receive world-class eye treatment at Duke Hospital to save what little eyesight she has left.

If she’s well enough to travel across the country to L.A. to support Alana in her foray into a reality dance competition, then hopefully she is doing better.

It would be nice if she can put that particular health scare behind her.

In recent episodes of From Not To Hot, Alana has seemed to bristle at being coached while preparing to enter a beauty pageant with her mother.

There’s no telling how much of that is Alana being 12, how much of that is her being experienced in pageants, and how much is just for the show.

(Face it, folks — people behave differently when they know that they’re on camera, and it’s not always for the better)

So some fans and viewers are wondering how well Alana will take to being coached on dancing for the series.

But maybe, since she has less experience with (professional) dancing, she’ll be more inclined to heed the advice that she’s given.

To be clear, ABC has not officially announced any part of this upcoming season’s cast list.

But new episodes of Dancing With The Stars: Juniors should air this September at 8pm.

We don’t know which other young stars will be competing alongside Alana, but we are excited to find out!

And, of course, we’ll let you know when we know.

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