Tonight is a “boy band” and “girl group” theme on Dancing With the Stars 2019. In the spirit of the theme, former DWTS contestant Joey Fatone from NSYNC participated as a guest judge. He even danced in the show’s opening performance.
For season 28 of DWTS, there is live voting throughout the course of the show, with the bottom two contestants revealed at the end of the episode. Then, the judges get to 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 tonight’s scores and the performances.
And, for those who just want to skip right to the spoilers on the contestant who was eliminated tonight, scroll down to the bottom of this post.
Tonight’s DWTS Performances & Scores
James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater were the first couple to perform tonight and they are coming off of a night of perfect scores from last week. For their first performance, the two performed a Jive to a song by The Pointer Sisters. Their performance was full of high-energy, technique and joy. The two even incorporated a little tumbling and splits. Head judge Len Goodman said he liked the speed and the sharpness of the moves in the performance. Their scores tonight for this dance were a 36 out of 40.
Sean Spicer was up next and he was without his usual dance partner for the second week in a row. Lindsay Arnold’s mother-in-law died and Jenna Johnson has had to step in to take over while she’s with her family.
Spicer’s first dance tonight was an Argentine Tango and it was performed to a Destiny’ Child song. Guest judge Fatone was critical about Spicer’s frame and his lack of fluidity. Judge Bruno Tonioli brought up the fact that Spicer does “try very very hard” in his performances. For his first scores tonight, Spicer ended up with a 26 out of 40.
Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten were up next, performing a routine to TLC’s “No Scrubs”. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba complimented the routine but said some parts of the dance got away from them. Goodman and Fatone also commented that the dance got a little sloppy, though it was good. The two got a 32 out of 40 for their score.
Ally Brooke and her DWTS pro partner Sasha Farber took on “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls for their first performance tonight and they delivered a Samba. Judge Inaba said the two were so in sync and Goodman called the performance “a fantastic dance”. The two earned the first perfect score of the night with a 40 out of 40.
Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko decided to perform to “You Can’t Hurry Love” and Alaina opened up about going through a break up just a few weeks before starting DWTS. She said that being a part of the show has been a great cure for her break up blues. Goodman had a little criticism, but, overall he enjoyed the performance. Inaba said she didn’t know what any of the critiques were about because she thought the dance was amazing. For the couple’s first performance tonight, they received a 34 out of 40.
Kel Mitchell was up next with his pro partner Witney Carson and he opened up about his life as a pastor, bringing Carson to church. Mitchell then put on an energetic performance to “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue. It was an intense routine, dark and sexy. Judge Bruno Tonioli jumped out of his seat, exclaiming over the power of the Paso performance. Inaba’s criticism was that she wanted Mitchell to dance “bigger” with his movements. As for head judge Goodman, he felt there was not enough “Paso Doble” in the routine. The duo got a 34 out of 40 for their first score of the night.
James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater’s second dance was to NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye”. He revealed that he has actually been friends with several members of the former band and even lent them his ID when they were younger. Van Der Beek’s performance tonight was full of classic NSYNC moves, as well as some body-bending action. Goodman said he would have liked a bit more of the couple dancing together, rather than apart so much, even though it was a boy band routine. Fatone said he thought the performance was awesome.
Tonioli couldn’t contain himself over Van Der Beek and Slater’s routine, though he did say there could have been more attention to each other as partners. And, Inaba gushed that Van Der Beek gives “300%” to all of his performances but to watch his elbows in his performances. Their score for this was 36 out of 40, making an overall score of 72 out of 80.
Hannah Brown performed a Tango to BTS’ song “Boy With Love” for her second performance of the night. She was having anxiety during rehearsals over the routine and was trying to get the routine down to the best of her abilities. The performance was filled with passion, sharp movements, and determination.
Fatone said their performance was the best of the night and Tonioli called the routine “pure pleasure”. The couple ended up with a 39 out of 40 for this routine, bringing their total to 71 out of 80.
Sean Spicer was up next with a Foxtrot routine and they danced to One Direction’s “Story of My Life”. Inaba noted some missteps that Spicer had but also said she loves that Spicer continues to try his best, though he’s not necessarily a great dancer. Their scores were a 24 out of 40, making a 50 out of 80 for the night for Spicer.
Lauren Alaina and Savchenko performed a Rumba routine to “I Want It That Way” and she is actually friends with Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean, who stopped into rehearsals to offer additional help. Inaba told Alaina her growth in this competition has been phenomenal. She also told Alaina to watch being so stiff in her dancing, though Alaina said her fitted corset may have contributed to the stiffness. Fatone said the dancing was amazing and Goodman enjoyed it as well. Tonioli called the performance “smoldering”.
After the performance, Alaina said that she’s celebrating her “birthday week”. For her present tonight, she got a 36 out of 40 for her second performance. This totals a 70 out of 80 for the night.
Kel Mitchell took on “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men for his Viennese Waltz with Witney Carson tonight. Mitchell appeared smooth in the routine and had a smile across his face for nearly the entire performance. Tonioli told Mitchell that he executed the routine with such confidence and a “soft touch”. Inaba said that Mitchell took her criticisms from earlier in the episode so well and incorporated them in his movements for the second dance, which was impressive. The duo got a perfect score for this routine, which brought their total for the night to a 74 out of 80.
Then it was time for Ally Brooke to perform a Jazz routine to “Step By Step” by New Kids on the Block with Sasha Farber for the final dance of the night. It was a fun and spirited routine, a great way to round out all the performances. Fatone said the energy was amazing and he enjoyed the story-telling in the performance. Tonioli said that Brooke reminded him of his “dear friend”, icon Paula Abdul, in the performance.
Goodman called the routine “the whole package” and “so much fun”. This was definitely reflected in their scores, as they got a perfect 40 out of 40, totally a perfect 80 out of 80 for the night.
Who Got Eliminated on DWTS Tonight
So, who got voted off the show tonight?
Before the results were revealed, Joey Fatone took a seat with the audience and left the judges’ table. Then, the first safe couple moving on to the semifinals was revealed to be Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber, followed by Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson. Joining them in the semifinals were James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater. And, the final couple revealed as moving forward was Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten.
This put Lauren Alaina and Sean Spicer in the bottom two. Spicer has been able to sail through each week because of a ton of at-home viewer support. Tonight, he was not able to escape his fate and the judges voted for Alaina to stay on in the competition.
Sean Spicer was eliminated tonight.
Next week is the season 28 semi-finals for DWTS, so be sure to tune in at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT, on the ABC network. And, when it comes to the finale in two weeks, DWTS host Tom Bergeron revealed that Cher will be participating.