Tonight was another live episode of Dancing With the Stars 2019 and, after no eliminations last week, it was time for at least one couple to be sent home, right?
For season 28 of DWTS, there is live voting throughout the show, with the bottom two contestants revealed at the end of the episode. Then, the judges cast their own votes to choose just one of the bottom two contestants to stay in the competition. Read on below for the spoilers on the show tonight, along with a live recap of the performances.
Tonight’s DWTS Performances & Scores
Ally Brooke was the first contestant to perform tonight and her mom dropped in on rehearsals this week. With the influence of the 1980’s, she and Sasha Farber performed the Quickstep. The two appeared to have a flawless performance, filled with traditional steps. Head judge Len Goodman said, “First out, first-class,” showing delight over the energy and technique in the performance. Together, the couple received a score of 25 out of 30.
Kate Flannery from The Office has been killing it lately in the competition, even though she’s currently one of the oldest contestants on the show. For tonight’s performance, she danced the Viennese Waltz. The judges gave Flannery favorable reviews and had no idea that Flannery suffers from vertigo. In fact, she suffered an episode this past week. With or without the vertigo, she and her partner attained a 27 out of 30, with three “9’s”.
Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson were the next pair to hit the dance floor and they danced the Quickstep to “Part-Time Lover” by Stevie Wonder. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba said the two were so in-sync but there was a tiny little misstep. Goodman congratulated Mitchell on his dancing but noticed the mistake, which Carson said was her fault, as she slipped on her dress. Judge Bruno Tonioli gushed over the performance. Carson became emotional over her misstep, prior to receiving their scores. Their overall score was a 26 out of 30.
Karamo Brown took on a Contemporary routine with partner Jenna Johnson for tonight’s performance and Brown talked about issues he had with his father over his sexuality. He said that he and his father didn’t speak for 10 years after he came out as gay, but they were, fortunately, able to reconcile. And, his father appeared in the audience tonight, to watch his son perform. The judges commented on the fluidity of the performance, as well as the passion and emotion. Tonight, the two received a 25 out of 30 for their score.
In between the performances, the cast of the upcoming DWTS Live Tour gave fans a taste of what to expect on the tour.
Then, Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten were up. For Brown’s Samba routine, she wanted to have a reminder of “home”. The judges noticed that Brown wasn’t quite on the rhythm tonight, though she had great dancing moments throughout the performance. Ultimately, they ended up with a 24 out of 30 for tonight.
Sailor Lee Brinkley Cook and Val Chmerkovskiy then took on the Jive for their dance this week. Inaba said that they were so animated and Goodman said the performance was full of flavor. Goodman also commented that Chmerkovskiy appears to be “really enjoying himself” this season. It clearly showed in the couple’s scores, with a 27 out of 30.
Sean Spicer and partner Lindsay Arnold were the next duo to hit the ballroom and tonight, they performed a Viennese Waltz in honor of Spicer’s wife, Rebecca. Their 15-year anniversary is coming up soon and they have two children together. And, at the end of his performance tonight, Spicer handed his wife a bouquet of roses. Goodman said that he admires Spicer’s hard work, despite dancing not being his forte. Inaba said that there was a nice tenderness to the performance. And, their score tonight was a 21 out of 30.
James Van Der Beek was the next performer and he had to deliver a Samba dance with pro partner Emma Slater. Van Der Beek was killing it with the hip action and the duo hit the floor with rhythm and sexy moves. The audience and the judges went crazy for the performance. Tonioli jumped out of his seat in excitement. Inaba said that the performance was “off the charts” and so great that it was “ridiculous”. Goodman’s comment was “tooty fruity, what a booty” and Van Der Beek couldn’t help but laugh. The duo got their highest score yet, rising to the top of the leader board with a 27 out of 30.
Each couple’s scores were combined with last week’s scores since there was no elimination last week.
For the final performance of the night, Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko went on to dance a special Contemporary routine in honor of Alaina’s late stepfather, as it’s the one-year anniversary of his death. She said she wrote a song to pay tribute to him and she wanted to dance to this song for the performance. Alaina’s stepdad, Sam, was only 47 years old when he died of cancer. Alaina’s mom flew in for the performance and to spend the anniversary of her husband’s death with her daughter.
Alaina was clearly emotional during the performance but managed to make it through, despite breaking down crying towards the end. She immediately ran to hug her mother when the performance was over and cried through the judges’ comments, after a hug from host Tom Bergeron. Inaba said that the performance was beautiful, full of raw emotion. Goodman said that it was “such a brave thing to do”.
Who Got Eliminated on DWTS Tonight
After the performances concluded, it was time to find out the bottom two couples.
The first couples announced as safe were Lauren Alaina with Gleb Savchenko and Karamo Brown with Jenna Johnson. Also revealed to be safe were Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov, followed by Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson. The next safe couple was James Van Der Beek with Emma Slater, with Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold announced as safe right after … Then, the final safe couple was revealed to be Hannah Brown with Alan Bersten.
This left two very talented couples in the bottom two – Ally Brooke with Sasha Farber and Sailor Lee Brinkley Cook with Val Chmerkovskiy. Cook broke out in tears as she waited to hear her fate from the judges. Inaba was the first to vote and she went with Brooke, as did Bruno Tonioli. This meant that Sailor Lee Brinkley Cook and Val Chmerkovskiy were voted off the show.