It was Most Memorable Year Night on Dancing With The Stars last night. The 11 remaining contestants and their pro partners performed routines inspired by a year that marked a truly significant time of their life.
Nancy McKeon’s Dancing journey came to an end last night. At the wrap of Monday evening’s episode, McKeon, who broke her foot last week, was the third contestant eliminated on Season 27 of the reality dance competition series.
After co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced that McKeon and Tinashe were both in jeopardy of elimination, it was the Facts of Life star that was sent home.
For her final performance on the show, McKeon, 52, and her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy performed a rumba in tribute to the year her family was complete, to a live performance of Lukas Graham’s "Love Someone." Len and Bruno both would have preferred more hips in the Rumba and Val called it a "conservative Rumba. The pair earned a 22 out of 30.
Juan Pablo Di Pace earned the season’s first perfect score. Di Pace commemorated the year he left Buenos Aires to follow his artistic abilities in the United States. The Grease actor revealed he fled because of bullying and found his life-long passion as a result. The actor chose to celebrate how far he’s come with a fiery samba to "Ni Tu Ni Yo" by Jennifer Lopez featuring Gente de Zona, alongside pro partner Cheryl Burke. Di Pace’s performance even earned a rare standing ovation from Len Goodman.
Here’s a breakdown of how the other celebs did:
Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber danced the Viennese Waltz to "We are the Champions" by Ray Chew Live. The judges had nothing but love for Mary Lou, and Len even praised her hand placement and poses. They noticed she corrected her shoulder issues they’d criticized in previous weeks, which always scores big points. Carrie Ann had the only negative note – "I saw more of the struggle tonight... even at the beginning of the number, you were out of sorts." – but she turned it into a positive by saying she recovered beautifully. They scored 24 out of 30.
Milo Manheim and Witney Carson danced the Jive to "Can You Do This" by Aloe Blacc. Bruno loved that Milo danced on top of their table, and Len predictably didn’t. He did love the sharpness of the routine though. He even called it terrific. Carrie Ann called out Milo’s "zombie arm," aka his tendency to keep his elbow tucked in, creating a kind of chicken arm look. They scored 27.
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten dance Contemporary to "How to Save a Life" by Ray Chew Live. Len found the dance to be too sharp sometimes, but he dismissed it as the emotion coming out. Bruno brought the tears again by assuring Alexis that her mother was her guardian angel and was always watching over her. Carrie Ann called this dance a beautiful gift and an elegant, poetic legacy for her mother. They scored 26.
Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe danced the Viennese Waltz to "Hedwig’s Theme" by John Williams. Carrie Ann loved how many sides we got to see of Evanna, from demure to strong and back. Bruno compared her fast footwork to trying to catch the golden snitch. Even Len couldn’t resist a Harry Potter pun: "Us muggles, we can’t be bewitched, but that was a magical performance!" They scored 27.
"Grocery Store Joe" Amabile and Jenna Johnson danced the Viennese Waltz to "You are the Reason" featuring a live performance by Calum Scott and Leona Lewis. Carrie Ann said she was touched and commented on how hard it was to judge him since she could see how hard he was trying and how sincere his effort was. Unfortunately, she still thinks he’s a work in progress, and Len agrees that he’s got a long way to go. Bruno liked that Joe at least got moving, he just now has to work on the quality of that movement. They got the lowest score of the night: 18.
John Schneider and Emma Slater danced the Waltz to "Smile" by Ray Chew Live. Bruno loved John’s "caring touch" enough to reach out and touch Len. Carrie Ann thought the emotion John was feeling actually took away from the form, and Len agreed he needed some polishing. He cut John a break though, saying it was actually a tough song to Waltz to. They scored a 21.
Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess danced a Contemporary to "A Million Dreams" from The Greatest Showman. Carrie Ann gushed, "Every once in a while on this show, we get to see real moment of authentic magic... That is what I love about art and dance, and thank you for tapping into it." Bruno called it honest, real and fantastic, praising Bobby’s inner child, and Len called this one Bobby’s best routine of the season. They scored a 23.
Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong danced the Rumba to "2 On" by Tinashe. Len called it her best dance, even though he was reluctant to say it. Bruno praised it for being sensuous and elegant at the same time. Carrie Ann called Tinashe unstoppable. They scored a 27.
DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold danced the Argentine Tango to "Lux Aeterna" by Clint Mansell & Kronos Quartet. Bruno called him DeMarcus the Titan. Carrie Ann said his Tango leaned more towards Paso Doble, but she was impressed with that because it resonated with the story Lindsay and DeMarcus were trying to tell. Even Len couldn’t find fault with anything. They scored a 25.AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS ALEXIS REN REVEALS WHEN SHE WAS TOLD HER MOTHER HAS CANCER
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS CARRIE ANN ON NANCY MCKEONS RUMBA PERFORMANCE
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS JUAN PABLO DI PACE RECEIVES A PERFECT SCORE
AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS NANCY MCKEON IS ELIMINATED
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