Dancing with the Stars, Season 27, Week 4: Trio Night
Some surprises in the scores as Milo & Witney take the lead with Riker Lynch’s aid; an extremely painful elimination as Tinashe & Brandon fail to get enough votes.
Last week was Most Memorable year and saw the first perfect score of the season-and no one in DC was able to watch, because it got preempted for football. But we’re back to normal this week-except we’ve already reached trio night! They usually don’t do this at least until the couples are doing two dances each night. But they’re raising the hype on this one, with trio-themed opening choreography and the trios walking out together.
This time, the third members of each are celebrities rather than pros, including past contestants, but not limited to them! Although we start out with a trio featuring the All-Star winner:
Juan Pablo, Cheryl Burke, & Melissa Rycroft: Cha Cha Cha; “Wavey” CLiQ feat. Alika
After the perfect score last night, they get a little anxious in the rehearsal footage, especially when the opening includes a fancy trick. But he also interrupts the cha cha chaing for a lot of sexy posing. Combine that with the techno feel, and this isn’t that cha cha-y. Nor is it entirely clean; he has a slight misstep at one point. It’s pretty hot, though; Melissa fits in enough with the chemistry. “Your bottom is the tops,” Len informs them, though he of course wanted more cha cha cha. Carrie Ann actually thinks he was holding back. The scores are only Eights this week, for 24.
Tinashe, Brandon Armstrong, & Amy Purdy: Tango; “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” Pat Benatar
It’s not that easy to cope when high scores don’t keep you out of jeopardy. It’s even harder, Brandon advises us, to cope with three people in the tango-it’s really something that only sets itself up for two. He actually does create a routine that works as a tango. But the accompanying storyline, with the ladies as lawyers seducing the him as the judge, is more weird than anything else. It also puts Brandon at the center at Tinashe’s expense. But the judges are too impressed with his choreography to care, and Carrie Ann and Bruno break out the Nines, though quibbles about execution keeps Len’s score to Eight, for 26.
John Schneider, Emma Slater & Joey Fatone: Argentine Tango; “Torn” Nathan Lanier”
Not the first contestant he or anyone else would’ve thought of, but they get along extremely well in the studio, even as Emma makes them do pushups! She’s declaring them they’re Greek Gods, and the routine has them fighting over her. Things go wrong at the start when her hair gets caught on his shirt, though the dance gets a better later in it. If here, too, the pro is a little bit at the center of the routine, that’s probably for the better in this case. Meanwhile, Carrie Ann praises both men for going against type. The scores are only straight Sevens, though, so they total 21.
Evanna Lynch, Keo Motsepe, & Scarlett Brynne: Salsa; “Black Magic” Little Mix
Scarlett Brynne played mean girl Pansy Parkinson in Harry Potter, but she and Evanna are really close friends. The fluff is full of all the warmth and joy of that, and it carries right over to the routine. The two girls power their way through the retro setting and have the time of their life together, and their connection is there even when Keo comes in between them. There are a few technical issues, though, with the judges raises their concerns about them getting all their moves in sync and also about their hip action. That ultimately translates to another set of straight Eights and 24 in the scores.
DeMarcus Ware, Lindsay Arnold, & Rashad Jennings: Paso Doble; “Fire” Barns Courtney
A football player in a paso doble trio naturally should be joined by one of those who’s won in the past. So Rashad Jennings shows up and he and DeMarcus share a very manly welcome-which leave DeMarcus’s finger broken. But he’s more or less fine tonight. They men barrel through it, handling Lindsay and facing off against each other, and it’s all very macho and aggressive and shirtless, and Bruno gets swoony. But while choreographically it’s a paso as well, all three judges agree too much of the flavor didn’t make it in. They get an Eight from Bruno, but only Sevens from Len and Carrie Ann, for 22.
Mary Lou Retton, Sasha Farber, & Nastia Liukin: Charleston; “V.E.S.P.A.” Dimie Cat
Apparently these are two gymnasts that go some way back; Mary Lou even describes Nastia as a daughter to her. But Sasha ends up stealing the routine as the waiter dancing back and forth between two customers, and doing more tumbles than them. They do their charlestoning instead, and they both do that extremely well, both in terms of moves and in matching each other. Though the most impressive part is when he lifts both of them for extended periods of time. Twice. The judges are all extremely impressed, and it’s another Eight from Len and Nines from the other two for 26.
Milo Manheim, Witney Carson & Riker Lynch: Salsa; “Adrenalina” Wisin feat. Ricky Martin & Jennifer Lopez
At the beginning of the fluff, Riker declares he wants a ten. They start the routine with a rave setup, with drums and the audience out with glow sticks. They continue it with the highest energy we’ve maybe seen so far, and nailing the moves so well you don’t even worry when one them tosses Witney behind him to the other. From there it gets better still. “Blown all my fuses” Bruno declares, and Carrie Ann describes it as “Perfect.” But while Len agrees it was the best of the night, to everyone’s dismay, he still wanted more hip action. So his score is only a Nine, but they get two Tens, and ultimately lead with 29.
Joe Amabile, Jenna Johnson, & Jordan Kimball: Salsa; “I’m Too Sexy” Right Said Fred
Jordan was one of Joe’s fellow bachelors on both his shows, and like him is pretty. So instead of trying to get either of them to dance, Jenna turns them both into sexy mechanics, and does the all actual cha cha chaing, with the aid of Gleb Shevchenko and Val Chmerkovskiy in the background, while they lose their shirts, move around sexily with her, and take showers at the end. Although even then Jordan can’t get his shirt off completely! Bruno expresses confusion as to whether that was “Magic Mike, Tragic Mike, or Mike and the Mechanics” as the judges let them off with straight Fives and 15.
Alexis Ren, Alan Bersten, & Maddie Ziegler: Tango; “Move Your Body” Sia
Hey, Maddie Ziegler is used to dancing to Sia, even if they too have the problem that tango really is not suited for this. They start with a stunning music video-esque opening opening surrounding them with fancy lights. The choreography ultimately works, the feel of the dance really works, the quality of their dancing also works, and everyone is blown away. And then Carrie Ann starts going on about how she didn’t feel like they were truly dancing together, stunning everyone too much to boo her properly! Len has his more predictable reservations, and they both give Eights, while Bruno gives them a Nine for 25.
Bobby Bones, Sharna Burgess, & Lindsey Stirling: Cha Cha Cha; “Can’t Touch This” MC Hammer
Bobby listened to MC Hammer obsessively when he was young, so he gets all excited. Lindsey frets in the fluff about getting it right, but she dances just fine, and it’s not like that was the important part. The important part was Bobby going crazy MC Hammer style from the audience to the stage to the floor to the judges’ stand. He absolutely is perfect when it comes to that part. But while he tries to say otherwise afterwards, there’s not really much cha cha cha involved. “You took a sledgehammer to the cha cha cha,” Bruno observes, and he and Carrie Ann are nice with Sevens, but Len keeps it to Six for 20.
The couples line up, and Tom and Erin call out two of them as in jeopardy: Tinashe & Brandon and Evanna & Keo! Everyone expresses their dismay as we realize that either way, this is going to be awful. You even start to wonder if maybe it should just be Tinashe & Brandon to go now, because with lowered scores this week, they’d probably leave next week anyway.
Not that it isn’t an outrage when Tom confirms that they’re out. He repeats a line Brandon said in the fluff: Sometimes the best dancers go home early. But this is a particularly bad combination of a new pro without a fanbase, a celebrity who didn’t have enough of her own in the end, and the weaker dancers getting too many votes. This doesn’t bode well for the rest of the season.