Tinashe’s time on Dancing with the Stars has come to an end. When the reality dancing competition series returned for its fourth week of competition last night, the celebrity and pro dancer duos were each paired with a celebrity or DWTS alum for their Trio Night number.
Tinashe, 25, and pro partner Brandon Armstrong were teamed up with DWTS alum Amy Purdy for week four, when they performed a tango and earned a 26/30 from judges. Despite their solid score, it wasn’t enough to keep the singer in the competition.
At the wrap of the episode, it was announced by co-hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews that two Season 27 couples were in jeopardy: Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe, and Tinashe and Armstrong. "Evanna and Keo, Tinashe and Brandon, on this fourth week of competition, the couple leaving is: Tinashe and Brandon," Bergeron said, which was met from boos and surprised exclamations from the audience. "Brandon, you actually said it in the package," said Bergeron. "Sometimes the best dancers go."
Last week, the pair received their highest score of the season (27/30), but faced jeopardy. "I never want to be in that position again," Tinashe said in her rehearsal video package on Monday’s episode. Although the pair was eliminated, Armstrong praised his partner before they took their final bow at center stage: "I’m super proud of Tinashe. She did amazing this season." "Brandon did amazing," added the singer, who noted his first season as a DWTS pro. "Thanks guys!"
Here’s a breakdown of how the other celebs did:
Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke with Melissa Rycroft danced the Cha Cha to "Wavey" by CliQ featuring Alika. Len told Juan Pablo, "Your bottom is the tops!" Both he and Bruno caught a small mistake though, that Juan Pablo went on the wrong foot once which threw things off a bit. Carrie Ann thought Juan Pablo was holding back and trying to be too controlled, which she attributed to the pressure to keep the routine together with two "hottie-totties" dancing around him. They scored 24 out of 30.
Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong with Amy Purdy danced the Tango to "Hit Me with Your Best Shot" from Rock of Ages. Bruno enjoyed the courtroom drama of it all, finding this trio "GUILTY... of brilliance of the first degree!" Carrie Ann spent a lot of time talking about Brandon's choreography and the technique but Len took issues with some of the holds. They scored 26.
John Schneider and Emma Slater with Joey Fatone danced the Argentine Tango to "Torn" by Nathan Lanier. "It was a bit of a Greek tragedy to start with," Len critiqued. Carrie Ann also admitted that the whole thing started off rough, but she thought things kind of picked up when the violins came in. She also appreciated that Emma picked a routine that gave some seriousness to Joey and John. They scored 21.
Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe with Scarlett Byrne danced the Salsa to "Black Magic" by Little Mix. Len called it a polished performance, and Bruno couldn’t stop singing Evanna’s praises: "Every week you seem to become brighter, livelier, and more confident. It’s like finding a new side of yourself out here on the stage every week!" Despite the gushing, Bruno and Carrie Ann did find issues with their synchronicity at times. Carrie Ann thought they were too loose and casual with it, and she brought back a note from earlier in the season that Evanna was getting ahead of the music. They scored 24.
DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold with Rashad Jennings danced the Paso Doblé to "Fire" by Barns Courtney. Bruno had a very difficult time focusing on the dance with two hot, shirtless men standing in front of him. The "robustness" of the performance wasn’t enough to distract the judges from the missing technicality though, and Carrie Ann noted that DeMarcus seemed like he was trying to match Rashad rather than dance to his own style. "You’ve got the guns, but not always the ammunition," Len said. They scored 22.
Milo Manheim and Witney Carson with Riker Lynch danced the Salsa to "Adrenalina" by Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez & Ricky Martin. Len compared Witney to a Frisbee getting tossed back and forth the whole time. When he said that he wanted more hip action at times, Carrie Ann screamed and made sure to point out how none of them ever had to look at each other to check that they were on the beat, which is a sign of what a perfect trio they make. They scored a 29.
Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber with Nastia Liukin danced the Charleston to "V.E.S.P.A." by Dimie Cat. "Last week you were really great, but this week... you were better!" Carrie Ann said. Len thought the choreography could have used a little more Charleston in there, but Bruno argued that Sasha showcased the girls’ abilities perfectly. They scored a 26.
Joe "Grocery Store Joe" Amabile and Jenna Johnson with Jordan Kimball danced the Salsa to "I’m Too Sexy" by Right Said Fred. Bruno called it a mix of Magic Mike and Tragic Mike, saying "The timing – non-existent." Carrie Ann praised Jenna for trying her very best, and Len agreed that this show often gives pros celebs who have been on stage and danced or acted in some capacity. Jenna... she had none of those things as her disposal, so kudos to her. They scored 15.
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten with Maddie Ziegler danced the Tango to "Move Your Body" by Sia. Carrie Ann called it very strong, but she also thought it felt more like three solos than a unified Trio. Len was similarly disappointed in some of the holds, but Bruno loved it. He called it elegant, sophisticated and brilliant. They scored 25.
Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess with Lindsey Stirling danced the Cha Cha to "U Can’t Touch This" by MC Hammer. Len looked like he wanted to push Bobby off the judges’ table during the routine and Bruno pretty much agreed, "You took a sledgehammer to the Cha Cha Cha." He softened it by saying that the Cha Cha just got lost in translation amidst the performance. Carrie Ann was slightly nicer about it, complimenting him for not missing a single step of the routine, even if he didn’t master the technique. They scored 20.AUDIO: DANCING WITH THE STARS BRUNO ON EVANNA LYNCHS SALSA PERFORMANCE
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