Tonight was the Halloween episode of Dancing With the Stars and each couple had to learn a total of four dances. All the contestants learned their individual performance. Then, they had to prepare for a dance-off, which covered any one of three dance styles – Jive, Cha Cha, and Salsa. Only six couples had to participate in the dance-off as James Hinchcliffe won immunity through the judges’ scoring and opinions. Hinchcliffe was dancing with pro Jenna Johnson as his normal partner Sharna Burgess has injured her knee. Even with immunity tonight, however, there was still a chance Hinchcliffe could have been sent home. But, who was the contestant who had the fewest votes? The contestant who went home was … Ryan Lochte with pro partner Cheryl Burke. Check out Lochte’s final individual performance below.
For the dance-off, Val Chmerkovskiy and Laurie Hernandez faced off against Lindsay Arnold and Calvin Johnson in a Jive routine. Earlier in the episode, Hernandez had earned a perfect score. When it came to the dance-off, Calvin had a minor slip-up, but both contestants excelled. Even so, Hernandez won the battle.
Next, Gleb Savchenko and Jana Kramer took on Terra Jole with Sasha Farber for a Salsa dance competition. Both teams appeared to do very well in competitions that were filled with lifts and fun moves. The judges gushed over the dance-off, but the couple who ended up taking the win was Kramer and Savchenko.
Lastly, Marilu Henner and partner Derek Hough were up against Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke in a Cha Cha dance-off. In the end, two of the judges felt that Henner and Hough played it a little safe, which meant that Lochte and Burke won.
Following the dance-offs the couples in jeopardy were announced and one giant surprise was that Henner and Hough were safe. Hernandez and Chmerkovskiy were next to be announced as safe, and then Calvin Johnson with Lindsay Arnold. The next couple revealed as safe was Kramer with Savchenko, leaving Terra Jole and Ryan Lochte in the bottom two.
In the end, Ryan Lochte was sent home and, upon his exit, the crowd gave him a standing ovation.