Dancing with the Stars Week 9 Recap – Bright Lights, Big Numbers

Last night was Showstoppers Night and our top six danced to some of the biggest Broadway shows as well as joined up for team dances.  When they said Showstoppers, they meant business as each couple really pulled out the stops and danced some of their best dances of the season.  But at the end of it all, one couple was sent home.

It just got real, guys.  Next week is the semi-finals!

Going from Lowest to Highest Scores:

Marilu and Derek (Samba) – The couple has been struggling the last couple of weeks.  With a little help from Mark Ballas singing with the cast of Jersey Boys, Marilu and Derek were able to find their love for dancing again.  The actress looked like she was enjoying herself on the floor and not working so hard to get the steps down.  She just let go and danced.  The samba may not have been a standout routine compared to all of the other dances that night, but it was entertaining to watch.  Score: 36/40

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James and Sharna (Jazz) – Sharna may have been cleared by her doctors to dance, but the nature of her injury is sensitive.  There is still a possibility she could land on it wrong and blow her knee out.  I think she did what was best and decided to sit it out another week, having James dance with Jenna.  With the exception of a couple of missteps (where he recovered like it never happened), James handled the jazz routine to The Wiz’s “Brand New Day” like a pro.  The man was made for theater.  He probably would have received perfect scores if it wasn’t for those small mistakes.  Score: 36/40

Calvin and Lindsay (Waltz) – When the NFLer commits to something, he really commits.  Wanting to prepare for their waltz to “Memories” from Cats, Calvin dressed up in the full costume and makeup (but not the dance belt) and met with some of the cast members.  This dude is game for whatever and it makes him so awesome.  And of course, he nailed it because he dedicates himself to the part.  Such an expressive waltz for an emotionally poignant song.  Score: 37/40

Terra and Sasha (Charleston) – To make the dance as good as it can be, Sasha had to change the variations of their dance from Sweet Charity for Terra to be able to keep up.  What I love about the reality star is she has made peace with her limitations.  What moves she can do, she will give it her all and own the stage with it.  The dance was fun and fearless, just like Terra.  Score: 38/40

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Jana and Gleb (Waltz) – Like Sharna, Gleb is dealing with a knee injury that could sideline him.  Unlike James, Jana is very dependent on her partner to help her get through the dance.  The two have an unshakable bond and that shines thru in their performances.  The song from the Broadway hit Waitress is very meaningful to the country singer.  Her connection to both her partner and the music really helped her standout this week.  It amazes me how she can leave it out on the dance floor like she does.  I may have teared up a bit.  Score: 40/40

Laurie and Val (Argentine Tango) – For the sexy dance to Chicago’s “Cell Block Tango,” Laurie once again had to tap into that womanly place she is not quite comfortable going into.  But the fact that she can be sexy by being confident in herself just takes her to a whole other level.  Sexiness doesn’t always mean being sexual, it just means being comfortable and poised.  The gymnast really got to show off the moves that helped her to win a gold medal, kicking, flexing, and bending in ways no human can.  Score: 40/40

Team Dances:

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Team Cubs (Terra and Marilu) – The two women have been at the bottom of the leader board the last couple of weeks and are looking for a comeback win.  Unfortunately, there were times when someone was a little off in the routine, but they had a big finish.  It was entertaining to watch, the blending of jazz, Charleston, and disco was perfectly done and showed off the strengths of the two stars.  They were stands outs in a group of pros because they were owning the dance floor.  Score: 36/40

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Team Last Men Standing (Calvin and James) – The producers must have been listening to my thoughts because pairing these two men up has been something I have been wishing for this whole competition.  The two biggest surprises this season are enjoying the competition and are having a blast playing old west cops and robbers.  If these two guys joined the DWTS tour, I’m getting my ticket now!  There was a couple of timing issues in the paso doble, but overall an entertaining and very masculine dance.  Score: 37/40

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Team Sisters (Laurie and Jana) – Due to scheduling conflicts, the two women had limited rehearsal time together.  But thankfully they would encourage one another and relied on their companionship to give such an emotionally significant performance.  Laurie and Jana’s bond was what really solidified the contemporary routine as something special.  They connected to one another, their partners, and the music.  It was magic.  Score: 40/40

Endangered Couples:

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Jana & Gleb and Marilu & Derek

Eliminated Couple:

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Marilu and Derek

Marilu was really getting back in the game and it really sucks to see the TV star go, but someone unfortunately had to be eliminated.

What did you think of last night’s performances?  Which one was your favorite?  Do you think the right couple went home?  Who do you think will make it to the finals?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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