Last week on Dancing With the Stars, Vanessa Lachey and Nikki Bella were both sent home in a surprise elimination, which means that this week, another contestant will be sent home. Tonight airs a new episode and, to get an idea of what to expect from the contestants, we have the details on last week’s scores for the remaining contestants. Drew Scott and Emma Slater received a 27 out of 30, Victoria Arlen and Val Chmerkovskiy had a 27 out of 30, Terrell Owens and Cheryl Burke received a 25 out of 30, Frankie Muniz and Witney Carson got a perfect score, Jordan Fisher and Lindsay Arnold had a perfect score as well, and Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas received a 27 out of 30. Last week, Stirling suffered an injury, which definitely affected her performance, but she was still able to pull off a brilliant routine with pro partner Mark Ballas.
Tonight’s episode is made up of two dances per couple, and the official ABC synopsis of what to expect reads, “The six remaining couples are prepping for a special night of dancing, in which they will perform two numbers – a regular couples dance and a special trio dance, in which one past season winner or finalist will be paired with each couple to compete, on Dancing with the Stars, live. Rashad Jennings (season 24 champion) will be joining Drew and Emma, Laurie Hernandez (season 23 champion) is teamed with Victoria and Val, Kristi Yamaguchi (season six champion) joins Lindsey and Mark, Alfonso Ribeiro (season 19 champion) teams up with Frankie and Witney, Corbin Bleu (season 17 runner up) partners with Jordan and Lindsay, and Kelly Monaco (season one champion) joins Terrell and Cheryl on the dance floor. The trio dance scores will be combined with the celebrity’s individual dance scores for a final tally.”
When it comes to eliminations, it’s really anyone’s game, especially since there are several very talented contestants in the competition. There have also been a couple episodes where high-scoring contestants have ended up in the bottom of the votes. This means that there could potentially be a surprise elimination tonight. Cross your fingers that your favorite contestants make it through to next week, but if we had to guess based on scores and previous results, we would say that contestants on the chopping block include Victoria Arlen and Drew Scott, you never know. After Vanessa Lachey’s departure on last week’s show, she posted the following heartfelt message on Instagram, “My Heart is FULL. Last night and the past 7 weeks have been one heck of a ride for me on @dancingabc. Thank You to the show for an incredible experience. Thank You @maksimc for some amazing routines and teaching me how to truly dance, not just memorize steps. Thank You to the fans for your Love & support. You made this Mama feel like a rockstar! But most importantly, Thank You to my husband @nicklachey. Your constant unconditional Love is what keeps “us” going. You are the rock to our family and you have given me three perfectly Beautiful babies! Maybe we didn’t get the mirror ball… but I think we definitely won! I Love You!”
And, cast-off Nikki Bella had some kind and thoughtful words as well, writing this message on her own Instagram account, “Goodness where do I begin Bella Army. I just LOVE you all so much! … I wouldn’t have been on DWTS from the start and till last night without you all! So thank you thank you! Secondly, my @dancingabc family. My goodness I didn’t know I could gain so many new family members so quickly! This has been one of the most incredible journeys of my life! From the crew, to the producers, to the staff, to the wardrobe team, to catering, to the hair and makeup team, the cast and dancers wow I just love you all so much! You create such a positive environment it’s so empowering! I couldn’t have done any of this without you all piecing me together and turning me into a dancing competitor! I will miss you all SO much!”
She also took the time to thank her pro partner Artem Chigvintsev, saying, “Had to of course save the best for last, my @theartemc. You are truly a one of a kind! Such a sweet, gentle soul. I hope the world gets to know you like I have. Thank you for pushing me beyond my limits, going so out of my comfort zone that I didn’t think it was possible, making me vulnerable, brave, and truly fearless … I will miss putting you in wrestling moves constantly haha, having our coffee talks, rehearsals, laughing and just having so much fun! You truly made this journey for me UNFORGETTABLE … and I will never ever thank you enough for that! Love you DWTS family! Always and forever!”