Dancing With The Stars Season 21 Finals: Night 2 Recap!

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What an AMAZING night! I can’t believe season 21 is over already, these past several weeks have flown by!

There were some fantastic performances and dances by past contestants as well as a look back on different moments that happened during the competition before we finally got to see the couples perform one final dance: The Fusion Dance.

The show opened in The Grove with a dance number performed by the pros and most of the past contestants from this season.

Chaka Khan returned and sang one of her hit songs, “I’m Every Woman” and Andy Grammer was also back to sing his hit single “Good To Be Alive (Hallelujah)”.

Kim and Tony finally got to perform their I Dream of Jeanie number that they didn’t get to do in the competition after Kim was forced to withdraw due to health reasons. Paula Deen and Louis also got to perform one of their numbers again and they chose their dance inspired by Gilligan’s Island.

Personally, I was just excited to get to hear the Gilligan’s Island theme song again.

Carlos danced his Magic Mike number again with several of the male pros and let me tell you, they set The Grove on fire!

Victor Espinoza returned with Karina Smirnoff to perform his wonderful number from Week Two, a Jive to “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens. The hat was back, the hip shaking was back, and oh my goodness I forgot how adorable he is.

Gary Busey and Anna danced a Cha-Cha-Cha to “Dancing in the Street” which was their number in Week One. Also performing again tonight was Hayes and Emma who danced their Contemporary number to “Stitches” which they originally danced during Week Four.

Shortly after that Alexa and Mark took to the dance floor to recreate their Jazz number from Week Three which was inspired by the Breaking Bad theme. I loved getting to see this again.

There were many look backs on this season and so many of these moments got me emotional again. There was also a hilarious blooper reel which is something I always look forward to during the season finales!

Elle King came on and performed her hit number, “Ex’s and Oh’s” while several of the pros performed on the dance floor.

All three finalists got to perform one of their favourite numbers from the season again, starting with Nick and Sharna who chose their Viennese Waltz from Week Three to the theme song from Downton Abbey. It was just as beautiful as the first time they did it.

Alek and Lindsay were next and chose their Jazz number from Week Two to the song “Don’t Stop Believing”. The dance was great and the song always puts me in a good mood so I really enjoyed watching this one again.

Finally, it was Bindi and Derek’s turn and they chose their Viennese Waltz from Week Nine to the song “Roses and Violets”. This number was beautiful and I loved watching it again. It was even more beautiful as the song was performed live by Mark Ballas and BC Jean.

Finally it was time for the Fusion Dances. Here are those scores:

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dances: Salsa and Tango
Song: “Turn up the Music” – Chris Brown
Score: 30
*Second Place*

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Rumba and Tango
Song: “A Sky Full of Stars” – Coldplay
Score: 27
*Third Place*

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Argentine Tango and Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “All The Way” – Timeflies
Score: 30
*Winner!*

All three couples did an amazing job this season, but there can be only one winner.

Alek and Lindsay placed third and then it was down to Nick & Sharna and Bindi & Derek. Both these couples have had perfect scores for the past two nights and have had some truly fantastic dances this season, so who had the votes?

After a suspenseful wait it was announced that Bindi and Derek had won! Wooooooooo!

Bindi and Derek

Congratulations Bindi and Derek! Anyone who follows me on Twitter or has been reading these recaps knows that I was rooting for Team Crikey from the start and I am so happy they won!

They did a phenomenal job from Week One and they deserved this so much. I am so proud of them and I am so excited to see where life takes Bindi next and for Season 22.

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Dancing With The Stars Week Eleven Recap: Finals Night One!

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It’s finally (ha, see what I did there?) here! The Finals! I can’t believe eleven weeks have passed already and that we’re down to the final four couples (final three after tonight).

Last night the couples had two dances to perform: The Judge’s Choice and The Freestyle.

It was a crazy, amazing, emotional night with some amazing performances from Meghan Trainor, Ariana Grande, and Who Is Fancy, as well as wonderful dances by the pros and the couples!

Here are the scores for the first night of finals:

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “The Hills” – The Weeknd
Score: 30
Judge: Bruno
*Perfect Score*
*Perfect Night*
*Eliminated*

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Rumba
Song: “The Pieces Don’t Fit Anymore” – James Morrison
Score: 27
Judge: Carrie Ann

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Jive
Song: “Runaway Baby” – Bruno Mars
Score: 30
Judge: Julianne
*Perfect Score*
*Perfect Night*

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Dr. Bones” – Cherry Poppin’ Daddies
Score: 30
Judge: Carrie Ann
*Perfect Score*
*Perfect Night*

But like I said before, it wasn’t just the Judge’s Choice dances they had to perform. Each couple also had their Freestyle which is really the dance that will make or break the competition.

Here are those scores:

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
Dance: Freestyle
Song: “WTF (Where They From)” – Missy Elliott feat. Pharrell Williams
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*
*Perfect Night*

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Freestyle
Song: “Marchin On” – OneRepublic
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Freestyle
Song: “Larger Than Life” – Backstreet Boys
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*
*Perfect Night*

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Freestyle
Song: “Footprints in the Sand” – Leona Lewis
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*
*Perfect Night*

Three of the couples had a perfect night with scores of 60! Alek and Lindsay were close behind with a score of 57!

Once again Bindi and Derek killed it and their Freestyle absolutely blew me away. I was in tears the whole time and I wasn’t the only one. There wasn’t a dry eye in that audience and even Bindi broke down at the end when a picture of her and her dad appeared, something she’d had no idea was going to happen.

Unfortunately, one couple did need to go home. After Bindi & Derek and Alek & Lindsay were called safe, it was down to Carlos & Witney and Nick & Sharna. In the end, Carlos & Witney were eliminated and Nick & Sharna will be joining the other two in the finals.

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There is only one night of competition left and it’s tonight! That’s right, Dancing With The Stars concludes tonight with more amazing dances and someone will be going home with the Mirrorball Trophy!

Who do you think it will be?

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Dancing With The Stars Week Ten Recap: Semi-Finals

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It’s the semi-finals on Dancing With The Stars and boy is there a lot going on!

There’s four dancers left as Tamar unfortunately was forced to pull out of the competition after finding out that she had blood clots in both her lungs. I wish her all the best and hope she recovers soon.

As for the four remaining couples, they had their regular dances to do, as well as a dance-off to add some points to their scores AND a trio dance to do tonight. So they had a lot of dances to learn.

Here are the scores for the couples dances:

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Salsa
Song: “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile” – Sia
Score: 27
*In Jeopardy*
*Safe*

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Waltz
Song: “America the Beautiful” – Ray Chew
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*
*Safe*

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Drag You Down” – One Direction
Score: 28
*Safe*

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dance:
Song: “Scars” – Alessa feat. Ryan Tedder
Score: 24
*Lowest Score*
*In Jeopardy*
*Safe*

Next up came the dance-off in which two couples competed against each other for an additional three points.

Scores for the Dance-Off:

Carlos & Witney .vs. Alek & Lindsay
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Fun” – Pitbull feat. Chris Brown
Judges Votes: Alek & Lindsay (Carrie Ann), Carlos & Witney (Julianne), Carlos & Witney (Bruno)
Winner: Carlos & Witney (+3 Points for a total of 31)

Bindi & Derek .vs. Nick & Sharna
Dance: Samba
Song: “Lean On” – Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MO
Judges Votes: Bindi & Derek (Carrie Ann), Bindi & Derek (Julianne), Bindi & Derek (Bruno)
Winner: Bindi & Derek (+3 points for a total of 30)

Two dances down, but they aren’t done yet! Each of the couples had to choose another pro to dance with for the trios dances and boy was this an adventure!

Scores For Trios Dances:

Bindi, Derek, & Mark Ballas
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Resolve” – Nathan Lanier
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*

Alek, Lindsay, & Emma Slater
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Ex’s & Oh’s” – Elle King
Score: 27

Carlos, Witney, & Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Charleston
Song: “Booty Swing” – Parov Stelar
Score: 29

 Nick, Sharna, & Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Salsa
Song: “No Doubt About It” – Empire Cast feat. Jussie Smollett & Pitbull
Score: 30

After those three dances the scores for the couples are as follows:

Bindi & Derek: 60
Alek & Lindsay: 57
Carlos & Witney: 60
Nick & Sharna: 54

Unfortunately, this is the semi-finals and there needs (usually) to be an elimination.

There were two couples in jeopardy this week: Nick & Sharna and Bindi & Derek (are you kidding me?!).

However, because Tamar & Val were forced to drop out of the competition both couples were safe and all four moved forward to the finals.

What did you think of the semi-finals?

Who are you rooting for next week?

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Dancing With The Stars Week Nine Recap: “Showstopper Night”

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We’re almost at the end of the competition! Next week is the semi-finals! What? How did that happen?!

Showstoppers night was full of amazing dances and some incredibly heartbreaking moments. Here are the scores for last night:

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Salsa
Song: “Back it Up” – Prince Royce feat. Jennifer Lopez & Pitbull
Score: 24

Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Make it Rain” – Ed Sheeran
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*
*Perfect Night*
*Eliminated*

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “What Do You Mean” – Justin Bieber
Score: 27
*In Jeopardy*

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Roses and Violets” – Alexander Jean
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*
*Perfect Night*

Tamar Braxton & Val Chmerkovkiy
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Wicked Game” – James Vincent McMorrow
Score: 22
*Lowest Score of the Night*
*It should be noted that Tamar and Val’s score is actually based on a video of their dress rehearsal as Tamar wasn’t there for the actual dance. She was taken to the hospital during dress rehearsal to be treated for pneumonia. She returned later for the Showstopper number and if she hadn’t they would have been eliminated for the same reason as Kim & Tony.*

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “A Cool Cat in Town” – Tape Five
Score: 28

But it wasn’t just the one dance the couples had to do.

They also had their Showstopper numbers to perform in which two of the couples teamed up to recreate a number from a well known show or musical.

Not only that, but the celebs in each team had to dance with each other for thirty seconds without their pro dance partners.

Here are those scores:

Alek & Lindsay and Carlos & Witney
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “We Will Rock You” – Queen
Show: We Will Rock You
Score: 24
*Lowest Showstopper Score*

Alexa & Mark and Bindi & Derek
Dance: Charleston
Song: “All That Jazz” & “Hot Honey Rag” – Kander and Ebb
Show: Chicago
Score: 30
*Perfect Score*

Nick & Sharna and Tamar & Val
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Hey Jude” – The Beatles
Show: Love by Cirque du Soleil
Score: 27

This was such an emotional show. Alexa and Mark’s dance had me tears, it was so beautiful and Alexa sharing her story was absolutely magnificent.

Many of the couples were feeling the pressure, Alek and Lindsay were trying to prove that they deserved to go the semi-finals while Bindi and Derek were trying to deal with all the extra pressure added from being on top of the leader board so often.

Next week is the semi-finals which means a couple had to leave tonight. After a lot of waitoing to see who would be called safe it came down to two couples: Carlos & Witney and Alexa & Mark.

alexa and mark

It was husband against wife and it was heartbreaking. In the end, Alexa & Mark were eliminated and Carlos’s reaction broke my heart. Alexa said she was glad to go out on such a great night, but that didn’t make it any easier for her husband.

What did you think of this elimination? Who do you think will be making it to the finals?

Let me know below!

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Dancing With The Stars Week Eight Recap: “Icons Night”

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It’s Week Eight on Dancing With The Stars and the competition is more intense than ever. This week the couples had their normal routine to learn and three more dances to learn for the Dance Off.

Not only that, but the couples were also dancing for immunity. A lot of pressure.

Week Eight Scores:

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
Dance: Salsa
Song: “Valio la Pena” – Marc Anthony
Score: 27
Icon: Marc Anthony
*In Jeopardy*

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Holding Out for a Hero” – Ella Mae Bowen
Score: 25
Icon: Chris Kyle
*Safe*

Andy Grammer & Allison Holker
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Isn’t She Lovely” – Stevie Wonder
Score: 22
Icon: Stevie Wonder
*In Jeopardy*
*Eliminated*

Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Viva la Vida” – Coldplay
Score: 25
Icon: David
*Safe*

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Can’t help Falling in Love” – Haley Reinhart
Score: 30
Icon: His Wife, Lauren Carter
*Won Immunity*

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Grace Kelly” – MIKA
Score: 28
Icon: Grace Kelly
*Safe*

Tamar Braxton & Val Chmerkovkiy
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “Born This Way” – Lady Gaga
Score: 28
Icon: Toni Braxton
*Safe*

This week may have just been the hardest week yet for the dancers as they not only had to learn their idol’s dance, but also three other dances for the Dance Off!

Since Nick and Sharna won immunity they didn’t have to participate in the Dance Off, but the other six couples did. They would go head to head with one couple challenging another couple to a dance off and the second couple chooses the style of dance: a cha-cha-cha, jive, or samba.

The winner of each Dance Off will get an additional two points added to their score.

Dance-Off Scores:

Bindi & Derek .vs. Carlos & Witney
Dance: Jive
Song: “Travelin’ Band” – Credence Clearwater Revival
Judges Votes: Carlos & Witney (Carrie Ann), Carlos & Witney (Julianne), Carlos & Witney (Bruno)
Public Vote: 64% for Bindi and Derek
Winner: Carlos & Witney (+2 to their score, giving them 29)

Alexa & Mark .vs. Tamar & Val
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Fun” – Pitbull feat. Chris Brown
Judges Votes: Alexa & Mark (Carrie Ann), Tamar & Val (Julianne), Tamar & Val (Bruno)
Public Vote: 76% for Alexa & Mark
Winner: Alexa & Mark (+2 to their score, giving them 27)

Andy & Allison .vs. Alek & Lindsay
Dance: Samba
Song: “Lean On” – Major Lazer and DJ Snake fear. MO
Judges Votes: Andy & Allison (Carrie Ann), Andy & Allison (Julianne), Andy & Allison (Bruno)
Public Vote: 54% for Andy & Allison
Winner: Andy & Allison (+2 to their score, giving them 24)

Tonight was intense! I can’t believe each couple had to learn four dances this week, they all did such an amazing job!

I would like to say congratulations to Nick and Lauren Carter who are expecting their first baby! Nick did a beautiful dance tonight honouring his wife and it had me in tears it was so beautiful.

There were two couples in jeopardy this week, Carlos & Witney and Andy & Allison. Unforunately, the couple eliminated was Andy & Allison.

Andy and Allison

I was so sad about this! Andy performed what I think was his best dance of the competition and I really wish he hadn’t been eliminated, but I’m so proud of far he made it and so excited to see what he does next.

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Dancing With The Stars Week Seven Recap: “Halloween Night”

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It’s “Halloween Night” on Dancing With The Stars and oh my gosh did everyone look amazing!

The competition is getting more and more intense as the weeks go by and week seven the pressure is on. Not only did each couple have to perform an original dance this week, it was also the group dance!

I would also like to thank Sasha Farber for his amazing pranks on everyone as it was definitely the best part of the night.

Once again, Leah Remini stood in for Erin Andrews as host.

Here are the scores for Week Seven:

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Bring Me To Life” – Evanescence feat. Paul McCoy
Score: 24
Frankenstein and Frankenstein’s Bride
*Tied Lowest Score*

Hayes Grier & Emma Slater
Dance: Waltz
Song: “Once Upon A Dream” – Lana Del Rey
Score: 26
Werewolf
*In Jeopardy*
*Eliminated*

Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “Hora Zero” – Rodrigo y Gabriela
Score: 27
Edward Scissorhands and Kim
*In Jeopardy*

Tamar Braxton & Val Chmerkovkiy
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “People Are Strange” – The Doors
Score: 24
Carnival Theme
*Tied Lowest Score*
*In Jeopardy*

Andy Grammer & Allison Holker
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “The Beautiful People” – Marilyn Manson
Score: 26
Vampires

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Cry Little Sister” – Gerard McMann
Score: 30
Vampires
*Highest Score*

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Haunted” Beyonce
Score: 25
The Woman in Black

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “O Fortuna” – Carl Orff
Score: 28
As the Phantom from Phantom of the Opera

It wasn’t just their couples dances they had to learn this week though! This week was also the team dances and the scores from these dances would be combined with their individual dances.

Team Nightmare
Team Captain: Nick
Team Members: Nick & Sharna, Tamar & Val, Andy & Allison, and Hayes & Emma
Dance: Freestyle
Song: “This is Halloween” – Danny Elfman
Score: 30

Team Who You Gonna Call
Team Captain: Bindi
Team Members: Bindi & Derek, Alexa & Mark, Carlos & Witney, and Alek & Lindsay
Dance: Freestyle
Song: “Ghostbusters” – Ray Parker Jr.
Score: 28

This week there were three couples in jeopardy and they were Hayes & Emma, Tamar & Val, and Alexa & Mark. This is the second week Alexa & Mark have been in jeopardy, but it was Hayes & Emma who ended up being eliminated.

Hayes and Emma

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Dancing With The Stars Week Six Recap: “Famous Dances”

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So I worked for about thirteen hours yesterday which meant by the time I got home and watched Dancing With The Stars I could barely keep my eyes open.

The key word there being barely because I definitely saw all the amazing dances that happened last night. So amazing that there was a three way tie in which three couples all received perfect scores!

Last night was crazy with each of the couples performing iconic dances! Not only that, but Olivia Newton-John was there as a guest judge and Leah Remini was filling as host for Erin Andrews.

The scores for week six are as follows:

Hayes Grier & Emma Slater
Dance: Jazz
Song: “You’re the One That I Want” – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John (Grease)
Score: 32

Andy Grammer & Allison Holker
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Good Morning” – Debbie Reynolds, Gene Kelly, and Donald O’Connor (Singing in the Rain)
Score: 40
*Tied Highest Score*
*Perfect Score*

Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “I’m a Slave 4 U” – Britney Spears
Score: 30

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Rumba
Song: “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” – Bill Medley and Jennifer Warnes (Dirty Dancing)
Score: 40
*Tied Highest Score*
*Perfect Score*

Paula Deen & Louis van Amstel
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Vogue” – Madonna
Score: 24
*Lowest Score*
*Eliminated*

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Pony” – Ginuwine (Magic Mike)
Score: 38

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Samba
Song: “You Should Be Dancing” – Bee Gees (Saturday Night Fever
Score: 39

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Jive
Song: “Jailhouse Rock” – Elvis Presley
Score: 30

Tamar Braxton & Val Chmerkovkiy
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Rhythm Nation” – Janet Jackson
Score: 40
*Tied Highest Score*
*Perfect Score*

Week six was insane! There were so many great dances and so many of the couples really pulled out their best dances and did such amazing jobs on these iconic numbers.

I did feel that some of the couples got a bit of an unfair score like Alek & Lindsay and Alexa & Mark. Both couples did amazing! I even think Alek and Lindsay’s dance might have been one of their best and yet these two couples were near the bottom of the leader board.

However, it is a competition which means someone has to go home. This week the two couples in jeopardy were Alexa & Mark (are you freaking kidding me?!) and Paula & Louis.

Paula and Louis were the couple eliminated.

Paula and Louis

Guys! Guys! We don’t want another incident like last season where Willow and Mark were eliminated so make sure you vote! Alexa and Mark are amazing and there’s no way they should have been in the bottom two after the past couple weeks!

Next week is Halloween Night and it looks amazing! I am so excited to see what each couple comes up with and also to see the team dances!

Make sure you check back next week!

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