Dancing with the Stars Recap – Perfection Doesn’t Always Get You to the End

Last night’s DWTS had the final six couples partnering up for the team up challenge with some help from the judges.  The competition is heating up and one couple who had the night of their lives ended up going home.  Let’s get to the recap!

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Images Courtesy of ABC

Wanya and Lindsay (Jive) – The couple wanted to go over the top with the routine to get that “YEAH” moment from the judges they didn’t get last week with their adorably sweet foxtrot.  The jive was so entertaining and full of great attitude and energy.  Unfortunately, Wanya ended up slipping on a prop bandana that wasn’t cleared off properly and fell behind in his steps.  The singer recovered like a pro and was able to finish strong, but the damage was done.  Poor Lindsay felt so guilty because even though it was not her fault, it was her bandana he slipped on.  Score: 25/30

Antonio and Sharna (Viennese Waltz) – Antonio is starting to show a real dedication to winning the mirror ball trophy.  He is getting to rehearsals early and working on the small details that can really make the routine pop. It is not easy to dance after being told you are in danger of being eliminated, but all that hard work and dedication paid off.  The NFLer looked comfortable and graceful with a beautifully romantic waltz.  That magic Carrie talked about last week was present.  Score: 27/30

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Images Courtesy of ABC

Paige and Mark (Viennese Waltz) – After the perfect scores from last week’s jive, Paige is finally feeling like she belongs in the competition.  The UFC fighter has formed a great connection with Mark and she knows she will be able to dance a romantic routine and give it all her emotion.  I thought I was going to cry during the waltz, it was so beautiful and full of such passion.  Paige really let go and gave herself over to all of it.  There was a lot of risk in having broken moments throughout the routine as if they were fighting the ice to keep moving, but it really worked to help tell the story of two people braving the cold to be together.  Score: 28/30

Nyle and Peta (Paso Doble) – Nyle really wanted to put everyone in his shoes and show how difficult it is to dance without music.  To help show what Nyle goes thru, Peta choreographed a section of the paso for Nyle and a group of male pros to dance when the song cuts off in the middle of the routine.  It was a big adjustment for the pros.  What a risky and brilliant way for everyone to get a small glimpse into what it is like to try and move in sync without any kind of cues.  It is really a marvelous occurrence when we as the audience get to share in something with the dancers and it all paid off with two 10s from the judges.  Score: 29/30

Jodie and Keo (Jive) – Keo feels like he is holding Jodie back from being as good as she could be and with his misstep from last week, the pro is really working to make sure the jive for this week is spectacular. Not too long before the couple was to take the stage, they were told they were in danger of elimination.  The actress didn’t let the news hold her back from giving an amazingly high energy performance and wowing the crowd with her great chemistry with Keo.  The jive was so joyful and I couldn’t quit smiling throughout.  After the couple’s first perfect scores, the doubters can’t say Keo was holding her back this week.  Score: 30/30

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Images Courtesy of ABC

Ginger and Val (Argentine Tango) – Becoming a sex bomb was not easy for the GMA meteorologist and the stress caused her to be too rigid with her movements in rehearsals and created tension with her partner.  Ginger took the stress and pressure from her and Val’s run through and used it to create the good kind of tension in the dance.  Every movement was on point and there was an angry chemistry between the two partners that really helped to sell the sex, without the sex.  It all paid off with perfect 10s two weeks in a row.  Score: 30/30

After the individual dances, where the women again walked away with perfect scores, the competitors had to show off how well they could work together for the team up challenge. For the first time, the judges got to pick which dancers they want to see together and choreograph the dances.  Also for the first time on the show, we at home got to log in and vote in place of the working judge.  America was very tough on all three teams.

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Images Courtesy of ABC

Team Bruno with Nyle and Jodie.  The enthusiastic judge had the couples dancing a very dirty Argentine Tango.  Another first for DWTS as Bruno wanted to see some same sex dancing.  Jodie and Peta then Nyle and Keo partnering up (Nyle and Keo even had a little lift) before Nyle and Jodie finished out the team dance together.  It was a great concept that really translated into something that was so much fun and sexy to watch.  Everyone was perfectly in sync which is not easy considering there were multiple pros dancing with the couples.  Jodie and Nyle really finished the tango with flair.  Score: 29/30

Team Len with Ginger and Wanya.  It was the perfect team up, the two happiest dancers getting the grumpiest judge, but Len had fun working with them and managed to finagle his way into the Caribbean themed Samba.  It added a nice little bit of amusement to the end of the routine and show that Len might not be so grumpy.  When the two couples were dancing with their pros, the samba was terrific and had a lot of energy.  When Ginger and Wanya had to partner up in the middle, the two seemed unsure of one another and their routine didn’t have as much of an attack to it.  All was forgiven when the two men tore their shirts open.  Val revealed his amazing abs and Wanya showed off his painted on six pack.  Score: 29/30

Team Carrie Anne with Antonio and Paige.  Carrie wanted the two athletes because she wanted a chance to show how much their athleticism could be used in a Paso Doble.  Antonio gave Carrie a gorgeous bouquet of yellow roses (yellow is for friendship) for some positivity and promised to get her red ones if they received great scores.  It was beautiful hard bodies doing a beautifully intense dance.  Antonio and Paige really got to show off what two athletes who can really dance could do when they team up.  Score: 29/30

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Images Courtesy of ABC

After all of the fun of the team dances, one couple still had to be sent home.

Endangered Couples:  Wanya & Lindsay, Antonio & Sharna, and Jodie & Keo

Eliminated Couple:

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Images Courtesy of ABC

Jodie and Keo

Perfect scores for the night can’t save a dancer from having bad scores the week before, but at least the couple got to go out on a really high note.  The actress took the elimination in stride and revealed that filming for Fuller House season two begins this week.  She may be leaving one family, but she has her other family to comfort her.

Next week things don’t get any easier as the remaining competitors are entering the Semi-Finals.  To add on to the stress, next week also sees another double elimination.

What did you think of last night’s DWTS?  Did you enjoy the couple’s team up this year?  Do you think the right couple was sent home?  Let me know what you think in the comments section below.

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