Dancing With the Stars season 29 continued with week 9 on Monday, November 2, featuring the final celebrity contestants and their professional dance partners. At the end of the night, another couple saw the end of their DWTS journey.
So, who was sent home? And who rose to the top of the leader board? Read on to find out.
BEWARE OF SPOILERS BELOW. Scroll to the end of the article to learn which couple was eliminated.
‘Dancing With the Stars’ Season 29 Week 9 Recap
After Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko were eliminated last week, the couples still in the competition for week 9 were: Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem, Nev Schulmann and Jenna, Justina Machado and Sasha, Nelly and Daniella, AJ McLean and Cheryl, Skai Jackson and Alan, and Johnny Weir and Britt.
This week, the couples paid tribute to the celebrities’ music icons.
Justina Machado and Sasha Farber were up first, paying homage to Machado’s icon Madonna. They danced the rumba to “Crazy For You.” The judges thought her dance was technically correct, but there was nothing “shocking.” They got three 8s for a total of 24 out of 30.
Nelly and Daniella Karagach danced in tribute to Tupac, performing jazz to “California Love.” For the performance, Nelly recorded a cover of the song to dance to. They earned 24 points out of 30.
AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke danced for Queen’s Freddie Mercury, pushing McLean to dance “loud,” like Mercury did on stage. They performed the Viennese waltz to “Somebody to Love,” which McLean dedicated to his grandmother, who he called his “biggest fan” before she passed in 2001. They got a 23 out of 30 after Carrie Ann Inaba gave them a 7 and Bruno Tonioli and Derek Hough each scored them 8 out of 10.
Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev danced the tango to “Toxic” by her icon growing up: Britney Spears. Bristowe credited her love for Britney Spears with inspiring her to pursue her own music career and release a single that went to #2 on iTunes. The judges loved her powerful performance, and Inaba (who’s been hard on her all season) even gave her a standing ovation. They got a perfect score – 30 out of 30.
Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart paid tribute to Amy Winehouse as his music icon. They danced the quickstep to “Valerie,” and the judges called his quickstep and embodiment of the character “excellent.” They earned a perfect score for 30 points out of 30 for their first dance of the night.
Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten danced the paso doble in homage to her icon, Janet Jackson. The judges applauded her attack on such a mature dance and scored their performance a 27 out of 30.
Nev Schulmann and Jenna Johnson‘s jive performance was inspired by his icon Elton John. His jive was energetic and full of stage presence, and Tonioli said it was a “fantastic” theatrical number. They got a 27 out of 30 and won immunity from the dance-off for their top leaderboard score from last week. They also automatically earned 2 points.
For the dance-off portion of the night, Justina Machado and Sasha faced off against Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem, dancing the Cha-Cha to “Telephone” by Lady Gaga and Beyoncé. The judges were split in their decision but chose Justina and Sasha as the face-off winners, earning 2 bonus points.
For the second dance-off, Skai Jackson and Alan danced the salsa to Ricky Martin against Nelly and Daniella. The judges praised both couples but gave the bonus points to Skai and Alan.
Last but not least, Johnny Weir and Britt and AJ McLean and Cheryl faced off to dance the jive to “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” by Wham!. The judges picked AJ and Cheryl for the bonus two points.
At the End of the Night, the Couple Eliminated Was…
… AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke.
With the viewers’ votes and judges’ scores combined, the bottom two for the night were AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke and Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart.
Bruno Tonioli chose to save Johnny and Britt, and Derek Hough saved AJ and Cheryl, splitting the vote. In the end it was up to Carrie Ann Inaba, who chose to save Johnny and Britt from elimination. AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke‘s elimination meant they finished just shy of the semifinals.
The semifinalists competing next week are Skai and Alan, Kaitlyn and Artem, Nev and Jenna, Justina and Sasha, Nelly and Daniella, and Johnny and Britt.
New episodes of Dancing With the Stars season 29 air on Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.