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 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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Dancing With The Stars Week Five Recap: “Switch Up”

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Season 21 | Week 5 | Aired: October 12, 2015

It’s switch up week on Dancing With the Stars which means it was all new couples dancing tonight!

Tom was back as host this week and also returning as a guest judge was former profession, Maks Chmerkovkiy.

Tonight was crazy with all these new couples. Thankfully things will be back to normal next week. In the meantime, here are the scores for this week.

Week Five Scores:

Tamar Braxton and Louis van Amstel
Dance: Samba
Song: “End of Time” – Beyonce
Score: 29

Hayes Grier and Allison Holker
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Like I’m Gonna Lose You” – Meghan Trainor feat. John Legend
Score: 31

Paula Deen and Mark Ballas
Dance: Jive
Song: “Shake” – Otis Redding
Score: 26
*Lowest Score*

Alek Skarlatos and Emma Slater
Dance: Rumba
Song: “Let It Go” – James Bay
Score: 29

Bindi Irwin and Val Chmerkovkiy
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Hold My Hand” – Jess Glynne
Score: 37

Carlos PenaVega and Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Bossa Nova Baby” – Elvis Presley
Score: 39

Alexa PenaVega and Derek Hough
Dance: Tango
Song: “Pompeii” – Bastille
Score: 40
*Highest Score*
*First Perfect Score*

Andy Grammer and Sharna Burgess
Dance: Argentine Tango
Song: “Can’t Feel My Face” – The Weeknd
Score: 36

Nick Carter and Witney Carson
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “Don’t Look Down” – Martin Garrix feat. Usher
Score: 35

Everyone did amazing this week! Seriously, I think these are some of the highest scores of the season and, of course, congrats to Alexa and Derek on the first perfect score of the season!

Since the couples were switched this week there was no elimination. Instead, the scores from this week will be added to the scores from last week and play a part in the next elimination.

Make sure you guys vote for your favourites to keep them in the show!

Also, on a sadder note, anyone who watches the show knows Tom Bergeron was absent last week to be at his father’s bedside. Unfortunately, Tom’s father passed away and my heart goes out to Tom and his whole family.B

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Dancing With The Stars S21 Week Four Recap: “Most Memorable Year”

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Season 21 | Week 4 | Aired: October 5, 2015

It’s Week Four on Dancing With The Stars and once again it was an emotional week with the couples dancing to songs celebrating the celeb’s most memorable year.

From losses to life changing decisions, all of the celebs wore their hearts on their sleeves tonight as they danced.

Tom Bergeron was absent this week to be at his father’s bedside so Alfonso Ribeiro stepped in as guest host.

The scores for Week Four are as follows:

Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas
Dance: Foxtrot
Song: “Mama Said” – The Shirelles
Score: 21
Year: 2000, The year she signed on for Spy Kids

Gary Busey & Anna Trebunskaya
Dance: Jazz
Song: “That’ll Be the Day” – Buddy Holly
Score: 16
Year: 1978, The year he signed on for The Buddy Holly Story
*Lowest Score*
*In Jeopardy*
*Eliminated*

Tamar Braxton & Val Chmerkovkiy
Dance: Rumba
Song: “King” – Tamar Braxton
Score: 27
Year: 2012, The year she almost lost her husband

Hayes Grier & Emma Slater
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Stitches” – Shawn Mendes
Score: 27
Year: 2014, The year he became a Vine star

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Paso Doble
Song: “Wake Me Up” – Avicii
Score: 24
Year: 2015, The year he and his friends stopped the terrorist on the train heading to Paris
*Alek also dedicated this dance to everyone in his hometown of Roseburg, Oregan where they experienced a shooting at Umpqua Community College*

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)” – Backstreet Boys
Score: 27
Year: 1992, The year the Backstreet Boys started
*This was spectacular and holy moly my 90s fangirl was showing!*

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Amazing Grace” – Ray Chew
Score: 25
Year: 2012, The year he turned his life around post-BTR
*In Jeopardy*

Paula Deen & Louis van Amstel
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Respect” – Aretha Franklin
Score: 18
Year: 1989, The year she decided to turn her life around

Andy Grammer & Allison Holker
Dance: Cha-Cha-Cha
Song: “Good To Be Alice (Hallelujah)” – Andy Grammer
Score: 23
Year: 2009, The year Andy’s mother passed away and the year his career really started to take off

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Contemporary
Song: “Every Breath You Take” – Aaron Krause feat. Liza Anne
Score: 28
Year: 2006, The year her father, Steve Irwin, passed away
*Highest Score*
*First 10 of the season*

Tonight was crazy! There were so many amazing dances! I loved Nick and Sharna’s Jazz routine and felt like I had flashed back to the 90s.

Alek and Lindsay’s dance was so moving and my heart goes out to everyone in his hometown.

Bindi and Derek didn’t dance until the end and yet I was in tears every time they showed a preview of her package. Her dance was beautiful and I was in tears the whole time. She and Derek did an absolutely stunning job.

On a happier note, I would like to congratulate Allison Holker on her pregnancy and also Witney Carson on her engagement. Congrats ladies!

Unfortunately it is a competition and there does have to be an elimination. The two couples in jeopardy this week were Carlos & Witney and Gary & Anna.

The couple eliminated was Gary & Anna.

gary and anna

Next week the couples will be switching partners and I have no doubt that’ll be an interesting turn of events!

What did you think of the dances tonight? Who are you cheering for?

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Dancing With the Stars Week Three Recap: “TV Night”

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Season 21 | Week 3 | Aired: September 28, 2015

It was Week Three on DWTS and this week was TV Night which means each of the couples were dancing to theme songs from different shows!

There were many special guests this week including The Muppets and guest judge, season nine winner, Alfonso Ribeiro.

Having another judge means the total score has now gone from 30 to 40.

After their performance last week, Kim Zolciak returned home and while there she suffered a minor stroke caused by a blood clot. For obvious reasons she couldn’t fly out to dance this week which unfortunately meant that she and Tony were forced to withdraw.

The scores for TV Night were as follows:

Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Thank You For Being a Friend” – Cynthia Fee
Score: 31
Show: Golden Girls

Paula Deen & Louis van Amstel
Dance: Samba
Song: “The Ballad of Gilligan’s Isle” – The Eligibles
Score: 20
Show: Gilligan’s Island
*Lowest Score*
*In Jeopardy*

Tamar Braxton & Val Chmerkovkiy
Dance: Tango
Song: “A Beautiful Mine” RJD2
Score: 33
Show: Mad Men

Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas
Dance: Jazz
Song: “Breaking Bad Theme” – Dave Porter
Score: 36
Show: Breaking Bad
*Tied for Highest Score*

Andy Grammer & Allison Holker
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Bandstand Boogie” – Barry Manilow
Score: 29
Show: American Band Stand
*In Jeopardy*

Gary Busey & Anna Trebunskaya
Dance: Tango
Song: “The Addams Family Theme” – Vic Mizzy
Score: 25
Show: The Addams Family

Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold
Dance: Tango
Song: “Bad Things” – Jace Everett
Score: 33-
Show: True Blood

Jenna (Standing in for Kim Zolciak) & Tony Dovolani
Dance: Samba
Song: “Jeannie” – Hugo Montenegro
Show: I Dream of Jeannie
*Forced to Withdraw from the Competition after Kim’s Stroke*

Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough
Dance: Quickstep
Song: “Movin’ on Up” – Ja’net Dubois
Score: 32
Show: The Jeffersons

Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess
Dance: Viennese Waltz
Song: “Did I Make the Most of Loving You?” – Mary-Jess Leaverland
Score: 36
Show: Downton Abbey
*Tied for Highest Score*

Hayes Grier & Emma Slater
Dance: Jive
Song: “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Theme” – Chuck Lorre & Dennis C. Brown
Score: 30
Show: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

There were some truly wonderful dances tonight! Nick & Sharna and Alexa & Mark tied for first place with their scores tonight, while Paula and Louis had the lowest score.

While I understand the rules, I also feel it’s a little unfair that Kim has been forced to withdraw only because she wasn’t able to get on a plane. I hope that she makes a full recovery soon.

Week Three means there was another elimination and the couples in jeopardy tonight were Andy & Allison and Paula & Louis. However, because of Kim and Tony’s withdrawal, both the couples were safe.

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Come on guys! Remember to vote! Andy and Allison shouldn’t have been in jeopardy this week and we don’t want another Willow and Mark incident like last season!

What did you think of tonight’s dances? Who are you rooting for?

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