John Schneider and DeMarcus Ware are no longer in the running for the Mirrorball Trophy. After seven weeks of Dancing with the Stars competition, the two men were eliminated from the ABC reality series last night.
With just minutes left of the live country-themed episode, it was announced by co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews that the men were in jeopardy alongside fellow competitor Evanna Lynch — but it was the actor and NFL star who were sent home.
Despite being sent home, Ware still felt like a champion. "I feel like I won every week. I learned something every single week, it was amazing," he said with pro partner Lindsay Arnold standing by his side. Earlier in the night, he and Arnold earned a 27/30 for their Viennese Waltz to "Tennesse Whiskey" by Chris Stapleton. Carrie Ann called the routine dynamic and poetic, but Len criticized the footwork and demanded a little more content in the dance. Bruno complimented the partnering of the dance.
Meanwhile, the Dukes of Hazzard alum, who played Bo Duke on the comedy series from 1979-85, was also thankful for his time with pro partner Emma Slater on DWTS. "I am so grateful you were my partner and my coach through this whole thing. This was truly one of the best experiences of my life," said Schneider, who earned a 25/30 for his Jazz routine to "Thank God I’m a Country Boy" by John Denver - his highest score ever. "That’s the way to open a show. It was full of fun, full of energy, and I’m full of admiration," Len praised. Bruno said country brought the best out of him and the routine was custom made to make him shine. The few steps that he missed were easy to overlook because of how much fun he had with the routine.
Meanwhile, all eyes have been on the brewing romance between Alexis Ren and pro partner Alan Bersten and the couple did not disappoint. During a pretaped package, the Sports Illustrated swimsuit model and Bersten went on a horseback ride to get in character for this week’s dance. Bersten finally admitted to Ren, "I am falling for you," and the couple shared a kiss onscreen.
Here’s a breakdown of how the other celebs did:
Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe danced the Rumba to "Every Little Thing" to a live performance by Carly Pearce. The judges went gaga over the routine. "You have shape-shifted into this kind of sultry, sexy, mature irresistible women. That was a pure proper rumba," Bruno said. Carrie Ann loved the technique and how easily Evanna adapted to the style. Len loved the attention she paid to her hands and her feet. They scored a perfect 30.
Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke danced the Charleston to "One Shot" by Hunter Hayes. Carrie Ann asked if there was anything Juan Pablo can’t do. Len loved the mix of Charleston and country. Bruno pointed out that the beat of the song was so dangerously fast that he was actually surprised Juan Pablo was able to keep up. They also scored a perfect 30.
Joe "Grocery Store Joe" Amabile and Jenna Johnson danced the Tango to "Burning Man" by Dierks Bentley ft. Brothers Osbourne. Len didn’t love Joe’s footwork, but he did commend Joe for putting his whole heart into it. Bruno made a confusing Mad Max comparison. Carrie Ann once again praised Joe for never giving up. They scored 21.
Milo Manheim and Witney Carson danced the Foxtrot to "Born to Love You" to a live performance by LANCO. Bruno praised Milo’s versatility over the course of the season, but Len was critical of the legwork this week. He sympathized with the predicament Milo was in considering he’s so much taller than Witney, but he still wanted more polish. Carrie Ann called Milo the one to beat. They scored 29.
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten danced the Samba to "Ladies in the ‘90s" to a live performance by Lauren Alaina. Len called it the best dance of the night. Bruno pointed out that a lot of "good" dancers can get into a step but fail to finish the motion by getting out of it, which was a problem Alexis does not have. Carrie Ann claimed Alexis was ahead of the beat and dancing on top of the floor at times. They scored 29.
Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess danced the Viennese Waltz to "Can’t Help Falling in Love" to a live performance by Chris Janson. Bruno commended the footwork and the effort to get the technique right, though he mentioned Bobby lost the steps twice, and he said Bobby delivered exactly what they wanted. Carrie Ann saw the strain and the tension Bobby felt, and Len saw it too, especially in the shoulders. They scored 24.
The dancers also had to perform team dances. #TeamHayNow, consisting of Bones and Burgess, Lynch and Motsepe, Schneider and Slater, and Manheim and Carson, performed to Dolly Parton’s "9 to 5." They scored 29/30.
#TeamJoeDown danced to Luke Bryan’s "Country Girl." The team included Ren and Bersten, Ware and Arnold, Amabile and Johnson, and Di Pace and Burke. They scored 26/30.
The other dancers already eliminated are former Olympic gymnast Mary Lou Retton, comedian Nikki Glaser, alpine skier Danelle Umstead, actress Nancy McKeon and singer Tinashe.AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS ALAN KISSES ALEXIS REN
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS BRUNO ON DEMARCUS WARES VIENNESE WALTZ PERFORMANCE
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS CARRIE ANN ON EVANNA LYNCHS RUMBA PERFORMANCE
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS JOHN SCHNEIDER AND DEMARCUS WARE ARE ELIMINATED
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS THE JUDGES ON JOHN SCHNEIDERS JAZZ PERFORMANCE