October 26 was “Villains Night” on Dancing With the Stars, and each of the 10 remaining celebrities and their professional dance partners performed dance numbers inspired by iconic pop-culture villains. At the end of the night, another couple was eliminated from DWTS season 29 and sent home.
So, what happened on “Villains Night?” Which stars rose to the top of the leaderboard with their spine-chilling performances, and who was, unfortunately, kicked out of the competition? Read on to find out!
BEWARE OF SPOILERS BELOW. Scroll to the end of the article to find out which couple was sent home.
‘DWTS’ Season 29 ‘Villains Night’ Recap
First up to perform for Villains Night was Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong, dancing a Hannibal Lecter-inspired paso doble to “Maneater” by Nelly Furtado. The judges, in full costume and character, loved her dance but critiqued some of her lines. They got two 8s and a 9, for a total of 25 points out of 30.
Next up was Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart, dancing the Viennese Waltz to “Creep,” dressed as Dracula. After landing in the bottom two last week and narrowly escaping elimination, Weir was ready to bounce back “with a vengeance.” They scored 27 out of 30.
Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko‘s dance was inspired by Maleficent, the villain from Sleeping Beauty. They danced the paso doble to “In the Air Tonight” by VonLichten. Inaba praised the performance for its storytelling, saying that while it was a simple dance but executed perfectly. They earned a 26 out of 30, Stause’s first 9s of the season.
After earning their highest scores of the season last week, Monica Aldama and Val Chmerkovskiy danced a Nurse Ratched-inspired jazz routine to “Fever” by Beyoncé. The judges critiqued the dance as not one of her best, and said they wished she danced the number with more attack in each of her moves. They scored a 22 out of 30.
In spite of a scary head injury sustained during dress rehearsals on Sunday, Cheryl Burke was cleared to perform a Psycho-themed tango with AJ McLean. The judges were impressed by McLean’s dynamic performance of a difficult routine and gave them a 26 out of 30.
Nelly and Daniella Karagach danced a Freddy Kreuger-inspired Argentine tango to “Can’t Feel My Face” by The Weeknd. Inaba called it Nelly’s “best dance.” All three judges gave them 9s for the dance, for his highest score yet: 27 points out of 30.
Dressed as Carrie, Justina Machado and Sasha Farber danced the tango to “Take Me to Church” by MILCK. The intense and powerful performance showed off Machado’s acting prowess as well as her development as a dancer in the competition; it earned her a 26 out of 30.
Nev Schulmann and Jenna Johnson danced the paso doble inspired by Black Swan. The judges loved the performance, and they earned the first perfect score of the season for a 30 out of 30.
After a rough dance last week and the lowest scores of the night, Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten came back fighting this week with a Bride of Chucky-themed Argentine tango to “Everything I wanted” by Billie Eilish. They bounced back, earning 27 out of 30 from the judges.
Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev performed the last dance of the night, a paso doble inspired by Cruella de Vil. The judges were all over the place in their scoring of the dance, and they got a 24 out of 30.
At the End of the Night, Another Couple Was Eliminated From the Competition
After a night of excitingly spooky dances, it was time for the results to be revealed and another pair to be sent home. Based on scores and viewers’ votes, the bottom two couples on “Villain Night” were Jeannie Mai and Brandon and Monica Aldama and Val.
In the end, the judges had to decide which couple to save and which to eliminate. Bruno Tonioli chose to save Jeannie and Brandon, while Derek Hough chose Monica and Val. Breaking the tie and making the final decision, Carrie Ann Inaba chose to save Jeannie and Brandon. That meant that this week, Monica Aldama and Val Chmerkovskiy were eliminated.
New episodes of Dancing With the Stars season 29 air on Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.