Being the best dancer doesn’t necessarily get you to the finals. Monday night, 27 April 2015, was Willow Shield’s last on “Dancing with the Stars” Season 20. A part in a blockbuster movie franchise doesn’t guarantee the votes.
Co-host Tom Bergeron called it “a spray tan stroll through time.” This episode did feature Len Goodman’s first ten and it didn’t go to Willow Shields, Nastia Luikin or Rumer Willis. It went to Riker Lynch and his partner Allison Holker for their baseball-themed 1920s quickstep. Surprisingly, the other judges weren’t as charmed and gave them nines for a total of 37.
Chris Soules & Witney Carson went for an elegant 1940s foxtrot but only were rewarded with a 31.
Judge Julianne Hough loved the whole production.
Bruno Tonioli told Soules he was turning into a real dancer, but cautioned him to watch his posture in hold. :
Carrie Ann Inaba said that while he was truly the underdog, he is at the right place at the right time.
Goodman commented that his fluidity was good and unlike trains in England you were right on time.
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy performed a 1980s jive for a 35.
Tonioli called it wholesome as homemade apple pie and completely different in character from last week. He did caution that her hand hangs a bit behind the beat
Inaba called the routine really pristine, but felt Willis lost a little something. For Inaba, the routine felt a little bit safe.
Goodman commented that it was better to be safe than sorry. He said Willis had nice technique but could have had a tad more flair.
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess were up next. In the rehearsal footage, we saw the lovely Amy Purdy giving him advice and noting the difference between being an amputee above or below the knee. The emphasis this week was bringing character to the dance and Galloway performed a jazz piece to the music “Super Bad.”
Burges really adds some funky hair for that 1970s flair. Galloway was a pimp/gangsta.
Inaba thought the routine was insane.
Goodman felt it was strong and clean twice and said, “It’s as good as any dance as I’ve seen you do.”
Hough noted that Galloway did have swag and did great isolations.
Tonioli announced that Galloway was “bad ass hot and so cool you gave me chills.”
Gallloway and Burgess were awarded one ten (from Inaba) for a total of 36.
Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson performed an Argentine tango of the 1980s for a 31. Herjavec showed he could also be a shark on the dance floor.
Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough had a setback when Hough was injured during rehearsals last week. He broke a toe and sprained an ankle. Liukin danced with Sasha Farber but Hough was still on the stage for a very cute piece that takes place on a subway train.
Julianne Hough said Liukin “killed” the dance.
Tonioli called it the “best subway ride” you’ll ever take and felt there were so many elements that it was “a revelation of a dance.”
Willow Shields & Mark Ballas went ninjazz. Yes it was weird and sort of wonderful in a hokey way. Inaba made her comments in a thick American accent.
So the way it works this week is the top couple get immunity. They will not be eliminated. The remaining couples must do a dance off. The top scoring couple get to choose their opponent and the chosen couple get to choose the dance. The winner of the dance off gets 2 extra points.
The Leader Board
Nastia Liukin & (SashaFarber) Derek Hough: 38
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: 37 + 0
Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: 37 + 2 ELIMINATED
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess: 36 + 2
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 35 + 2
Chris Soules & Witney Carson: 31 + 0
Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson: 31 + 0
Chris Soules & Witney Carson:
- 31 (8, 7, 8, 8)
- Foxtrot (1940s)
- “Five Minutes More”—Frank Sinatra
Nastia Liukin & (Sasha Farber) Derek Hough: Immunity
- 38 (10, 9, 9, 10)
- Charleston (Modern)
- “Honey, I’m Good”—Andy Grammer
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess
- 36 (10, 8, 9, 9)
- Jazz (1970s)
- “Super Bad”—James Brown
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: Last to be called safe.
- 37 (9, 10, 9, 9)
- Quickstep (1920s)
- “Wiggle”—Jason Derulo feat. Snoop Dogg
Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson
- 31 (7, 8, 8, 8)
- Argentine tango (1980s)
- “Word Up!”—Cameo
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy
- 35 (8, 9, 9, 9)
- Jive (1980s)
- “Dear Future Husband”—Meghan Trainor
Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: ELIMINATED
- 37 (9, 9, 9, 10)
- Jazz (Futuristic)
- “Electric Feel”—MGMT
Willow Shields & Mark Ballas defeats Riker Lynch & Allison Holker in salsa to “Temperature” by Sean Paul
Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess defeats Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson in cha cha cha (tie broken by Len Goodman) to “Dance with Me” by Kelly Clarkson
Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy defeats Chris Soules & Witney Carson in foxtrot to “Orange Colored Sky” by Nat King Cole
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