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Tonight is a “boy band” and “girl group” theme on Dancing With the Stars 2019. In the spirit of the theme, former DWTS contestant Joey Fatone from NSYNC participated as a guest judge. He even danced in the show’s opening performance.

For season 28 of DWTS, there is live voting throughout the course of the show, with the bottom two contestants revealed at the end of the episode. Then, the judges get to cast their own votes to choose just one of the bottom two contestants to stay in the competition. Read on below for the spoilers on the show tonight, along with a live recap of tonight’s scores and the performances.

And, for those who just want to skip right to the spoilers on the contestant who was eliminated tonight, scroll down to the bottom of this post.

Tonight’s DWTS Performances & Scores

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After seeing #TeamVanDerSlate, we’re about to lose control and we definitely like it! Amazing first performance. #DWTS

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James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater were the first couple to perform tonight and they are coming off of a night of perfect scores from last week. For their first performance, the two performed a Jive to a song by The Pointer Sisters. Their performance was full of high-energy, technique and joy. The two even incorporated a little tumbling and splits. Head judge Len Goodman said he liked the speed and the sharpness of the moves in the performance. Their scores tonight for this dance were a 36 out of 40.

Sean Spicer was up next and he was without his usual dance partner for the second week in a row. Lindsay Arnold’s mother-in-law died and Jenna Johnson has had to step in to take over while she’s with her family.

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BALLER Argentine Tango from @seanmspicer and @jennajohnson for #TeamSweetAndSpicey! 💵 #DWTS

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Spicer’s first dance tonight was an Argentine Tango and it was performed to a Destiny’ Child song. Guest judge Fatone was critical about Spicer’s frame and his lack of fluidity. Judge Bruno Tonioli brought up the fact that Spicer does “try very very hard” in his performances. For his first scores tonight, Spicer ended up with a 26 out of 40.

Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten were up next, performing a routine to TLC’s “No Scrubs”. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba complimented the routine but said some parts of the dance got away from them. Goodman and Fatone also commented that the dance got a little sloppy, though it was good. The two got a 32 out of 40 for their score.

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Ally Brooke and her DWTS pro partner Sasha Farber took on “Wannabe” by the Spice Girls for their first performance tonight and they delivered a Samba. Judge Inaba said the two were so in sync and Goodman called the performance “a fantastic dance”. The two earned the first perfect score of the night with a 40 out of 40.

Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko decided to perform to “You Can’t Hurry Love” and Alaina opened up about going through a break up just a few weeks before starting DWTS. She said that being a part of the show has been a great cure for her break up blues. Goodman had a little criticism, but, overall he enjoyed the performance. Inaba said she didn’t know what any of the critiques were about because she thought the dance was amazing. For the couple’s first performance tonight, they received a 34 out of 40.

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Our love for #TeamTonkyHonk just grew by a million. Beautiful Quickstep! #DWTS

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Kel Mitchell was up next with his pro partner Witney Carson and he opened up about his life as a pastor, bringing Carson to church. Mitchell then put on an energetic performance to “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue. It was an intense routine, dark and sexy. Judge Bruno Tonioli jumped out of his seat, exclaiming over the power of the Paso performance. Inaba’s criticism was that she wanted Mitchell to dance “bigger” with his movements. As for head judge Goodman, he felt there was not enough “Paso Doble” in the routine. The duo got a 34 out of 40 for their first score of the night.

James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater’s second dance was to NSYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye”. He revealed that he has actually been friends with several members of the former band and even lent them his ID when they were younger. Van Der Beek’s performance tonight was full of classic NSYNC moves, as well as some body-bending action. Goodman said he would have liked a bit more of the couple dancing together, rather than apart so much, even though it was a boy band routine. Fatone said he thought the performance was awesome.

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In the words of @carrieanninaba, “hi, hi, hi!” 😜 We think @nsync would be very proud of #TeamVanDerSlate’s Jazz. #DWTS

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Tonioli couldn’t contain himself over Van Der Beek and Slater’s routine, though he did say there could have been more attention to each other as partners. And, Inaba gushed that Van Der Beek gives “300%” to all of his performances but to watch his elbows in his performances. Their score for this was 36 out of 40, making an overall score of 72 out of 80.

Hannah Brown performed a Tango to BTS’ song “Boy With Love” for her second performance of the night. She was having anxiety during rehearsals over the routine and was trying to get the routine down to the best of her abilities. The performance was filled with passion, sharp movements, and determination.

Fatone said their performance was the best of the night and Tonioli called the routine “pure pleasure”. The couple ended up with a 39 out of 40 for this routine, bringing their total to 71 out of 80.

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Reaching for the Mirrorball, Tango style. There’s nothing but passion in #TeamAlanbamaHannah’s faces! #DWTS

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Sean Spicer was up next with a Foxtrot routine and they danced to One Direction’s “Story of My Life”. Inaba noted some missteps that Spicer had but also said she loves that Spicer continues to try his best, though he’s not necessarily a great dancer. Their scores were a 24 out of 40, making a 50 out of 80 for the night for Spicer.

Lauren Alaina and Savchenko performed a Rumba routine to “I Want It That Way” and she is actually friends with Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean, who stopped into rehearsals to offer additional help. Inaba told Alaina her growth in this competition has been phenomenal. She also told Alaina to watch being so stiff in her dancing, though Alaina said her fitted corset may have contributed to the stiffness. Fatone said the dancing was amazing and Goodman enjoyed it as well. Tonioli called the performance “smoldering”.

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After the performance, Alaina said that she’s celebrating her “birthday week”. For her present tonight, she got a 36 out of 40 for her second performance. This totals a 70 out of 80 for the night.

Kel Mitchell took on “I’ll Make Love to You” by Boyz II Men for his Viennese Waltz with Witney Carson tonight. Mitchell appeared smooth in the routine and had a smile across his face for nearly the entire performance. Tonioli told Mitchell that he executed the routine with such confidence and a “soft touch”. Inaba said that Mitchell took her criticisms from earlier in the episode so well and incorporated them in his movements for the second dance, which was impressive. The duo got a perfect score for this routine, which brought their total for the night to a 74 out of 80.

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Then it was time for Ally Brooke to perform a Jazz routine to “Step By Step” by New Kids on the Block with Sasha Farber for the final dance of the night. It was a fun and spirited routine, a great way to round out all the performances. Fatone said the energy was amazing and he enjoyed the story-telling in the performance. Tonioli said that Brooke reminded him of his “dear friend”, icon Paula Abdul, in the performance.

Goodman called the routine “the whole package” and “so much fun”. This was definitely reflected in their scores, as they got a perfect 40 out of 40, totally a perfect 80 out of 80 for the night.

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Who Got Eliminated on DWTS Tonight

So, who got voted off the show tonight?

Before the results were revealed, Joey Fatone took a seat with the audience and left the judges’ table. Then, the first safe couple moving on to the semifinals was revealed to be Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber, followed by Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson. Joining them in the semifinals were James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater. And, the final couple revealed as moving forward was Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten.

This put Lauren Alaina and Sean Spicer in the bottom two. Spicer has been able to sail through each week because of a ton of at-home viewer support. Tonight, he was not able to escape his fate and the judges voted for Alaina to stay on in the competition.

Sean Spicer was eliminated tonight.

Next week is the season 28 semi-finals for DWTS, so be sure to tune in at 8 p.m. ET/PT and 7 p.m. CT, on the ABC network. And, when it comes to the finale in two weeks, DWTS host Tom Bergeron revealed that Cher will be participating.

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LOVE Island star Yewande Biala is the first celebrity to be voted off Dancing With The Stars tonight.

There were some amazing performances and no so great routines on tonight’s show.

2 Glenda performed the Cha Cha ChaCredit: Kyran O’Brien 2 Lottie danced the jive last weekCredit: Kyran O’Brien

Fr Ray Kelly earned the lowest marks tonight while Lottie Ryan earned the highest marsk.

The men’s performed for the first week and the standout dancer had to be Ryan Andrews who also scored 21 points so he is at the top along with Sinead.

Fr Ray Kelly was the lowest marked contestant on the show as he received only eight points from the judges.


Tonight will see the first star leave the show as the public will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite and who they want to see in the next episode.

Everyone will be performing tonight and there was some worry as to whether boxer Michael Carruth would be fit to dance as he had been injured during his training.

The 52-year-old did not take part in Sunday night’s show on the advice of doctors after tearing a calf muscle and a tendon in his leg while training.

He told the Irish Sun that his future as a contestant now hangs in the balance.

Former soldier Michael previously said: “It depends on me and no one else. If I burst this injury and make it worse I can the risk of eruption so I have to be clever and say I am pulling myself out of this because there is no point putting people up for elimination if I can’t go on with this.

“There is no point in me being the martyr and someone else going out. If I feel this is going to get worse I will pull myself out of this.


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“I’ll be devastated because I have been training for six weeks for this. But if I feel the leg is going to go again, I will talk to the producers and say this isn’t going to survive.”

However, it seems that he will be taking part in tonight’s show and he and his partner Karen Byrne are doing the samba to It’s Not Unusual by Tom Jones.

We will have all the latest gossip from tonight’s show right here.

  • That’s it for another week.

    Yewande is the first celebrity to be voted off the show by the public.

    Keep an eye out on The Irish Sun for all the latest Dancing With The Stars gossip.

  • Fans of the show were not happy that Yewande was voted off the show.

    So Michael and Fr Ray stay and Yewande goes. Are you for real Irish people??? I’m embarrassed for your Ma’s for having you. #DWTSIRL

    — Melanie Gibney (@Melanie_Gibney) January 19, 2020

    (Shame on ye who voted for the Priest over someone who actually had potential) #DWTSIRL pic.twitter.com/JDjNlf6xdg

    — Certus (@WriterofQueen) January 19, 2020

    Yewande definetly should not be going home, it’s scandalous! Father Ray Kelly didn’t get one dance move right and his first to be saved! Honestly so stupid!!! 😂😂@DWTSIRL #DWTSIRL

    — Carole Hogan (@CaroleHogan13) January 19, 2020

  • Yewande and Stephen have been voted out tonight.

    Mary and Brian have been saved for another week.

    Yewande seemed to be very disappointed that she was voted out.

  • We are down to our three final couples.

    Mary and John, Yewande and Stephen and Brain and Laura are all in the bottom three.

  • The first couple saved is Fr Ray and Kylee.

    The second couple is Lottie and Pasquale.

    Aidan and Emily are also safe tonight.

    Ryan and Guilia are also safe this week.

    Glenda and Robert have also been saved by the audience.

    Sinead and Ryan have also managed to stay in for next week.

    Michael and Karen are also saved for next week.

    Grainne and Kai have also been saved this week.

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Sean Spicer is out — again.

The former White House press secretary was voted off from “Dancing With the Stars,” after about a month and a half of performing on the show.

“To everyone who has voted & supported me over the past 9 weeks on @DancingABC thank u from the bottom of my heart. I made it to the quarterfinals bc of your votes. I had a blast,” the former Trump aide tweeted after he was sent home Monday night. He also thanked his family, his professional dance partners Lindsay Arnold and Jenna Johnson.

Spicer’s last dances on the show were an Argentine tango to Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” and a foxtrot to “Story of My Life” by One Direction. Spicer and Johnson earned a 26 out of 40 score.

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His average scores in past weeks have been relatively low, frustrating judges who have limited say in who stays and who goes due to an audience voting system.

Before Monday, Spicer’s team was never in the bottom two. But when he didn’t receive enough votes to keep him out, the judges seized and sent him packing.

Donald Trump Jr. and others on the right had encouraged viewers to vote for Spicer. “Guys get this going again for Spicy. The meltdown the Hollywood types keep having when he wins with your votes is soooo worth the time. Get on it!!!” Trump tweeted last week.

Team Trump: time to agitate the Hollywood leftist elites yet again!!!
Let’s get @seanspicer to the semifinals!
Send 20 votes tonight between 8-10pm. Text SEAN 10 times to 21523 and vote 10 times at https://t.co/ai0M5T92nn

— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) November 12, 2019

President Donald Trump had also been rooting for Spicer. He tried to urge his supporters to vote for Spicer Monday in a now-deleted tweet that was replaced with one that said: “A great try by @seanspicer. We are all proud of you!”

“Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump I can’t begin to express how much your continued support has meant, especially during my time on @DancingABC,” Spicer replied.

His six-month stint in the Trump administration was tumultuous, and his relationship with the press was fraught. He resigned in July 2017.

His casting on the 28th season of “DWTS” was met with a good deal of backlash, including from one of the show’s longtime hosts, Tom Bergeron.

And his first appearance, which included a ruffled neon green shirt and bongos, became the inspiration for dozens of mocking memes and gifs, though Spicer seemed to be in on the joke.

Country singer Lauren Alaina, singer Ally Brooke, “Bachelorette” contestant Hannah Brown, comedian Kel Mitchell, and actor James Van Der Beek will move on to the semifinals next week.

The competition was heating up as Dancing with the Stars 2019 moved into week 4, and the Top 10 looked to light a fire on the dance floor. With some tough critiques over the past three weeks, judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba have made it clear that they are looking for top-notch performances and, four weeks into the competition, are expecting to see some real growth and results.Joining them tonight was Dancing with the Stars guest judge Leah Remini. With the judges now deciding which of the bottom two pairings gets to keep dancing, the Dancing with the Stars cast set out to impress tonight. So which stars shined brightest in the ballroom and who went home on Dancing with the Stars? Keep scrolling for the full recap and results!

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Sean Spicer & Lindsay
Last week, Sean’s military training really affected his performance, and not in a good way. This week, his partner, Lindsay Arnold, went full drill instructor in rehearsals, but would it pay off in the ballroom? Len liked that Sean “attacked the dance” and Bruno said Sean “took the bull by the horns.” But Sean was still a little stiff, particularly in his core and his facial expressions, and his scores stayed about where they’ve been since Week 1.

Watch Sean Spicer and Lindsay’s Paso Doble

Bruno – 5; Len – 5; Carrie Ann – 5; Leah – 6; TOTAL: 21

Ally Brooke & Sasha
Ally and her partner Sasha Farber spent last week on top of the leaderboard, but they were challenged to stay there by facing one of the season’s toughest dances, the Jive. Bruno exclaimed that it was a “diva Jive” and Carrie Ann said Ally “nailed it.” With a score of 32—8s across the board—it looked like they may get to spend another week on top.

Watch Ally Brooke and Sasha’s Jive

Bruno – 8; Len – 8; Carrie Ann – 8; Leah – 8; TOTAL: 32

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Kel Mitchell & Witney
Kel and his partner Witney Carson were saved at the last moment in Week 3 when Ray Lewis and Cheryl Burke were forced to leave the competition due to injury. So this week, they needed to make some adjustments. Well, consider those adjustments made, as Kel and Witney Cha Cha’d their way to raves from the judges and the audience.

Watch Kel Mitchell and Whitney’s Cha Cha

Bruno – 8; Len – 8; Carrie Ann – 8; Leah – 8; TOTAL: 32

Kate Flannery & Pasha
After two weeks of high scores, Kate Flannery and her partner Pasha Pashkov have proven themselves to be serious contenders in this stage of the competition. But this week, they needed to bring the heat with a passionate Argentine Tango. Unfortunately, Len and Carrie Ann felt like Kate “struggled to get into character,” and Bruno saw several stumbles.

Watch Kate Flannery and Pasha’s Argentine Tango

Bruno – 6; Len – 6; Carrie Ann – 7; Leah – 7; TOTAL: 26

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James Van Der Beek & Emma
This week, James Van Der Beek and his partner, Emma Slater, had an extra reason to bring some joy to their Quickstep: James and his wife Kimberly are expecting another child! Perfectly set to “Walking on Sunshine,” it was impossible not to feel good in the ballroom after their performance, even if the judges had to call out some details for James and Emma to tighten up.

Watch James Van Der Beek and Emma’s Quickstep

Bruno – 7; Len – 7; Carrie Ann – 7; Leah – 7; TOTAL: 28

Hannah Brown & Alan
Hannah and her partner Alan Bersten needed to channel some passion and intensity into their Paso Doble. For Hannah, who has a hard time not smiling, it was a challenge. Bruno called the dance “drop dead gorgeous,” Carrie Ann called it “passionate and delightful,” and Len was impressed that “it had aggression, but with control.”

Watch Hannah Brown and Alan’s Paso Doble

Bruno – 8; Len – 8; Carrie Ann – 8; Leah – 8; TOTAL: 32

Lamar Odom & Peta
Lamar Odom and his partner Peta Murgatroyd have been working hard every week to bring their scores up, and this week they faced the challenge of a romantic, lyrical Viennese Waltz. Carrie Ann said the performance “touched her heart” and Bruno said “the connection with Peta was wonderful to watch.”

Watch Lamar Odom and Peta’s Viennese Waltz

Bruno – 4; Len – 4; Carrie Ann – 5; Leah – 7; TOTAL: 20

Sailor Brinkley-Cook & Val
Sailor and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy stepped up in a big way in Week 3, but would they be able to keep making that kind of progress this week with their Cha Cha? Len called it “another terrific performance” and Bruno told Sailor her “light is shining brighter every week,” but Carrie Ann did point out the need to work on some consistency with her footwork.

Watch Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Val’s Cha Cha

Bruno – 8; Len – 8; Carrie Ann – 7; Leah – 8; TOTAL: 31

Lauren Alaina & Gleb
After several weeks having to really stretch herself in terms of character, Lauren was thrilled to hear that she and her partner Gleb Savchenko would be dancing a Foxtrot to Dolly Parton’s “Jolene.” Len called it “very, very nice” and Bruno called it “classy.” Carrie Ann declared that Lauren has “arrived,” and guest judge Leah Remini “loved it all.”

Watch Lauren Alaina and Gleb’s Foxtrot

Bruno – 8; Len – 8; Carrie Ann – 8; Leah – 8; TOTAL: 32

Karamo & Jenna
This week, Karamo’s pro partner Jenna Johnson said she is over their low scores, and she was determined to get her and Karamo farther up that leaderboard. Bruno was excited to see Karamo “back on track” and Carrie Ann said it was “her favorite dance” of Karamo’s, though she did call Jenna out on what she felt was an illegal lift. Len kept Karamo guessing about his score, but everyone was delighted to see him lift that “7” paddle.

Watch Karamo and Jenna’s Tango

Bruno – 7; Len – 7; Carrie Ann – 7; Leah – 7; TOTAL: 28

Second Dancing with the Stars Elimination
Finally, it was time for the second elimination of the Dancing with the Stars 2019 season. With Ray Lewis having to step aside last week due to injury, this week’s bottom two was selected by lowest live votes and lowest combined scores for weeks 2 and 3. It came down to two couples: Lamar & Peta and Karamo & Jenna. Judges Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli both voted to save Karamo & Jenna, meaning it was time to say “goodbye” to Lamar Odom & Peta.

Watch the second Dancing with the Stars 2019 elimination

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Week 10 kicked off the semi-finals of Dancing With the Stars with five remaining couples left in the competition.

Tonight, the stars and their pro partners performed two dances each — including a “redemption dance,” where they got a second shot at their lowest scoring dance style from the season — to a variety of hit songs including Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger” and Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”.

Read on for all the highlights from Episode 10 including who went home in the most shocking elimination of the entire season.

Lauren Alaina’s first dance

Despite getting her highest scores of the season last week, she still landed in the bottom two. So tonight, she and pro partner Gleb Savchenko were ready to perform their redemption dance. Dancing the Paso Doble to Kelly Clarkson’s “Stronger,” she showed major improvement compared to her first Paso, which took place during Week 2.

The country singer earned 9s across the board, totaling 27 out of 30 for her first performance.

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Kel Mitchell’s first dance

The All That star danced the Tango to “Get Ready” by The Temptations as his redemption performance along with pro partner Witney Carson. He previously performed the Tango as his very first dance of the season, which Bruno said was a bit too “jumpy.” But his latest version of the dance style seemed to be a lot more in line with expectations.

Bruno was especially pleased, calling it a “pure, real, proper Tango.” Carrie Ann Inaba agreed, saying he has come the furthest of all the final contestants. “I thought it was fantastic,” she said.

The actor earned 9s across the board, totaling 27 out of 30 for his first performance.

Ally Brooke’s first dance

The popstar and her pro partner Sasha Farber received two perfect scores last week, but not all of her performances were as perfect. For her redemption dance, she performed the Viennese Waltz, which she originally performed in Week 2. Len told her that she needed to work on her framework and footwork in order to master the difficult dance style—and he was very pleased with the results.

“I thought it was a lovely dance. Much more rotation than we saw the first time around. The technique was far better,” he said, adding that she’s gone from a caterpillar to a butterfly. Bruno called the performance a “joy” to watch while Carrie Ann added that Ally is a “magical performer” because she dances with such strong emotion.

The singer earned two 10s and a 9, totaling 29 out of 30 for her first number.

Hannah Brown’s first dance

The reality star grinned when she found out she was performing the Rumba as her redemption dance which she originally performed in Week 3. In the original performance, Carrie Ann said the dance looked less like a Rumba and more like a “cheerleading dance,” so Hannah clearly had her work cut out for her. During rehearsals, the former Bachelorette broke down in tears as Carrie Ann tried to give her critiques on how to improve. Hannah ended up explaining to Carrie Ann that she felt attacked by her critiques, saying that they feel very “personal.”

Hannah’s emotions ended up making Carrie Ann choke up, “That makes me sad. I’m sorry. Because that’s not what we’re here for. My job is to help you,” she said. “That’s why I chose the Rumba as your redemption dance. I really want you to have this feeling of redemption and winning.”

After the performance, which she performed to “Dancing With a Stranger” by Sam Smith and Normani, Hannah apologized to Carrie Ann for getting emotional during rehearsals. She didn’t want her emotions to come across as “dismissive” of Carrie Ann’s critiques, as she understood she was just trying to help her be a better dancer.

And she did become a better dancer, which was proven with the latest critiques. “You improved a heck of a lot. I’m really proud of you, Hannah. Well done,” Carrie Ann said. “You definitely got those hips and body working to your advantage,” Bruno added.

Overall, she earned a 27 out of 30 for her first performance.

James Van Der Beek’s first dance

The Dawson’s Creek star danced the Cha Cha as his redemption dance to “Canned Heat” by Jamiroquai. While the technique was strong, Len wasn’t too pleased with the amount of “gimmicks” in the dance.

“There was too much messing about throughout the dance. I don’t want to be the nasty guy,” Len said as the crowd booed.

Bruno also called out a few critiques, saying that the timing was off several times throughout the dance, while Carrie Ann said the performance was “entertaining” but his posture needed work.

The actor pulled in a much lower score than he’s used to — 24 out of 30.

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Lauren Alaina’s second dance

The country star danced the Viennese Waltz as her final performance of the night to “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw and pleased the judges with the dance.

“So sophisticated, so classic,” Bruno said of the performance, before calling out the chemistry between Lauren and Gleb.

This performance earned 27 out of 30, bringing her overall total to 54 out of 60.

Kel Mitchell’s second dance

The actor danced a Contemporary performance to “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston for his second dance of the night. The song holds a near and dear place in his heart, as he opened up about losing a friend to gun violence.

Bruno praised the star for his fluidity, ease of movement, and sincerity in the performance. “Whatever happens, you’re a winner in my eye,” he said.

Carrie Ann was fighting back tears over the performance, saying that it’s a dance that stands out among all 28 seasons of the show. “You tell a story and express your feelings. You share your truth. It was riveting, it was pure and I am so grateful,” she said.

Len didn’t have to use his words to express himself, he simply stood up from his chair to give Kel and Witney a standing ovation, before the couple earned a perfect score.

Ally Brooke’s second dance

The singer danced the Charleston to “Sing Sing Sing” by Benny Goodman — and she really felt the pressure going into the performance. But it turns out, she had no reason to stress, as she totally nailed the high energy dance.

“If your goal was to set out to prove that you should be in the finals, consider it DONE,” Carrie Ann said. “That was a really hard, athletic routine.”

“It was fast, it was fun, it was fabulous,” Len added.

The energetic performance earned the singer a perfect score, bringing her total to 59 out of 60 for tonight.

James Van Der Beek’s second dance

It was Week 4 when James revealed that he and his wife Kimberly were expecting their sixth child, but tonight, we learned that they’ve sadly lost the baby. “The little soul we had expected to welcome into our family took a shortcut to whatever lies beyond,” he said through tears. I really didn’t think I’d be dancing tonight, but Kimberly from her hospital bed said, ‘I’m not done watching you dance.'”

Dancing the Foxtrot to “Take Me to Church” by Hozier, which has taken on a whole new meaning for him this week. “When words fail, you sing. When they are no words, you dance,” he said, before dedicating the performance to his wife.

“For you to come out and dance with so much feeling and emotion, I admire you so much. Well done,” Len said.

“You put so much heart into that dance, it was almost impossible to watch,” Bruno added. Carrie Ann, who critiqued James for his lack of posture in the previous performance, laughed as she said he improved in the latest dance.

While getting scores from the judges — which were 9s across the board, he carried his daughter, who sobbed on his shoulder.

Hannah Brown’s second dance

The reality star danced her final dance of the night, which was a Contemporary number, to “Lose You to Love Me” by Selena Gomez, which mirrored her previous relationship. During rehearsals, she opened up about her Bachelorette experience, which ended with losing fiancé Jed Wyatt after she found out he had lied about a secret relationship.

“I didn’t know what was next, really. Like, what just happened to my life?” she said through tears. “I never thought this would be where I was at. I truly did want to find somebody and I didn’t.”

Her pro partner, Alan Bersten, urged her to put that emotion into the dance — and she certainly did just that. “You move beautifully but what was most impressive was the trust. It paid off in this dance, well done,” Carrie Ann said.

The former pageant queen earned 9s across the board, bringing her final total to 54 out of 60.

Who went home tonight on Dancing With the Stars?

Somehow, James and Ally ended up in the bottom two tonight, despite being two of the strongest dancers throughout the entire competition.

“This is not easy. First of all this is not what I expected to see here. You both are amazing, both couples are fantastic,” Carrie Ann said, before voting for Ally and Sasha to stay. Bruno agreed with Carrie Ann’s chose, and voted for Ally and Sasha as well.

It was clear Ally was shocked by this choice, who asked through tears, “Can I give it to James please?”

Sadly, it was James who went home tonight.

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Sean Spicer’s strange reign on Dancing with the Stars is over. In the “Boy Bands and Girl Groups” theme night, Spicer wrangled up a total of 50 out of 80 possible judge points (20 points below the next lowest team) and landed himself in the bottom two for the first time. With the elimination decision left in the judges’ hands, Carrie Ann Inaba said, “When we get to this moment, it’s never easy to send anyone home,” which is the worst acting job on ABC since John Stamos was on The Little Mermaid Live! last week. Spicer and his Breitbart voting base were eliminated.

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That decision has been a long time coming. After nine weeks of a seemingly impenetrable voting block for Sean Spicer, there simply weren’t enough votes to save him. But for the two months leading up to his elimination, Breitbart-induced rage voting and an online campaign rallied for conservatives to vote for Spicer during the live show, making up for judge scores that typically spell elimination in week one. And hilariously enough, it appeared that when Spicer’s time came to an end, fanfare for the show and MAGA’s favorite dancer came to an abrupt end as well.

After nine weeks of far right troll campaigning to keep Spicer’s tenure alive, the former press secretary fell into the bottom two for the first time this week, spelling his inevitable demise. Staying out of the bottom two was Spicer’s safety next considering that this season implemented a “judges save” each week, with the panel deciding which of the bottom two will be eliminated each week until the finals. With Spicer’s base keeping him clear of the bottom, he was never subject to the judges’ building frustration. Staying as apolitical as possible, both Inaba and Bruno Tonioli issued statements saying that Spicer’s continued safety was frustrating, only because he clearly was not the best dancer. We’ll never know if Breitbart votes alone would have been enough to save him over Lauren Alaina, but let’s reflect on the whole of it—the far-right campaign to keep Sean Spicer on Dancing with the Stars.


Minutes after Spicer was eliminated from the show, Donald Trump deleted his tweet in support of his former press secretary. It’s a move that showed the far right is hilariously eager to immediately cut ties with a guy who can now add DWTS loser to a long, long list of failures. With Spicer out, we are left with some humiliating moments for the man, including the time he scored a 12 out of 30 for a Salsa while wearing a bell-sleeved blouse. Or the time he dressed like a big dumb Woody from Toy Story. But, throughout Spicer’s tragic time on DWTS, Conservatives fought for him to win—their silly little representative in the world of pop culture. His continued success on the show, they seemed to believe, marked their dominance over not just government, but the liberal-controlled institution of reality television.

As the season moved on, Spicer only became marginally better, but the viewer votes presumably grew stronger. Honestly, until this week, it appeared that Spicer would eventually take the trophy. But with two final dances—an Argentine Tango to Destiny’s Child’s “Bills Bills Bills” and a One Direction-inspired Foxtrot—no voting base or silk, pastel tuxedo could save him. With a season average of 18 out of 30 judge points, his shine finally faded. Spicer didn’t get the opportunity to say much because of timing, but even in his final moments standing next to Alaina waiting on results, he did seem resigned to the idea that this was the end.

In a TV genre that has produced many sad moments, Sean Spicer’s time on Dancing With the Stars has been uniquely depressing. This was a season that showed America’s malicious political divide runs so deep it permeated the fringe of a ballroom dancing reality show. Even our most sugar-filled entertainment is no longer an escape from the asinine dramas of the real world. And in the end, are there any real winners here? Millions of Americans hoping to unplug and enjoy some innocent—sometimes rejuvenating—dancing were forced to observe the dumbest of political theater play out on this stage. Far right trolls ridiculously wasted time and energy for a truly idiotic campaign that simply resulted in a participation trophy. No one really won. But, at least we got the chance to watch Sean Spicer embarrass himself on national TV for a few months.

Justin Kirkland Justin Kirkland is a writer for Esquire, where he focuses on entertainment, television, and pop culture.

Another bizarre season of Dancing With the Stars is swiftly approaching its end — and when I say bizarre, I don’t just mean the “Sean Spicer is still on?!” kind of bizarre (though that is still very much a thing… well, until you get to the bottom of this recap, that is).

Rather, this Dancing cycle has also been missing a few themes that had previously become staples of the show. I can’t be the only one bummed that there was no Most Memorable Years Night this time around, right? And no Trio Night? Even when it’s given us dances like the Lindsay Arnold-Jordan Fisher-Corbin Bleu salsa that I still watch once a week? For shame.

That said, Monday’s quarterfinals — aka Boy Band and Girl Group Night — were still a lot of fun, and not just because guest judge Joey Fatone prompted a lot of “You guys were so in sync!” jokes. Let’s recap the evening’s routines:

James Van Der Beek and pro Emma Slater
Each couple performed two routines on Monday night, leading off with James and Emma’s jive. Right out of the gate, I was nervous; the arm-and-hand movements that kicked off this jive didn’t seem synchronized, and I thought James would remain ahead of the music for the entire number. Fortunately, his timing got back on track, and the rest of the routine was full of energy and packed with content — and a dance-ending split that left my thighs burning. Judges’ Score: 36/40

Later, James and Emma performed a jazz set to ‘N Sync’s “Bye Bye Bye,” which they had the daunting task of performing in front of Fatone. Full disclosure: Nine-year-old Rebecca (and present-day Rebecca, for that matter) was fully obsessed with all things ‘N Sync, so I had a stupidly high bar for James to clear with this performance. But his showing was impressive nonetheless, full of power and the right amount of sass. Judges’ Score: 36/40

Sean Spicer and pro Jenna Johnson
An Argentine tango was up first for Sean and Jenna — and as soon as I heard those two words, I was scared. The legwork in this style is typically so fast and intricate that I was sure Sean couldn’t handle it… until I remembered that he’d probably just be standing still while Jenna danced around him. And that’s essentially what happened! At this point, we pretty much know what we’re getting with Sean, and I can accept that. What I don’t understand is why the judges keep giving him sevens when we’ve seen virtually no improvement; his work ethic and positive attitude are surely commendable, but come on. The guy isn’t doing anywhere near what Hannah Brown and Lauren Alaina are doing, but his numbers are approaching theirs, and that seems… silly. Judges’ Score: 26/40

Next, Sean and Jenna danced a foxtrot, which was unfortunately not as smooth as it needed to be. But I appreciate that the judges’ paddles seemed to reflect the quality of the routine this time. Judges’ Score: 24/40

Hannah Brown and pro Alan Bersten
Hannah and Alan showed off a salsa first — and while I agree with the judges that their lifts weren’t out-of-this-world, I’d argue that Hannah is still attempting more intricate and ambitious lifts than any other female competitor, and that’s worthy of more praise. (Lauren gets a pass, though, because girl’s got fractured ribs.) Anyway, lifts aside, this number was fast-paced and precise, and the attitude that Hannah delivered in that opening sequence with the troupe was everything. Judges’ Score: 32/40

Their second routine was a tango, which was fabulously sultry — though Hannah must have whiplash after that number, right? Judges’ Score: 39/40

Lauren Alaina and pro Gleb Savchenko
First up was a quickstep for this pair, which was pleasant enough, but totally forgettable. And I love Lauren! But I truly remember nothing about this routine, except those giant hearts that the back-up dancers were holding, like something out of a fever dream. Judges’ Score: 34/40

Fortunately, Lauren and Gleb’s rumba made a much stronger impression. I do wish Lauren would relax into her movements a tiny bit more — she tends to get a little deer-in-the-headlights when she moves to a new section of the dance — but on the whole, this routine was both heartfelt and sensual. Judges’ Score: 36/40

Kel Mitchell and pro Witney Carson
Kel and Witney started with a paso doble, which proved that Kel can hold his own, even without Witney next to him. That stepping section! Those knee slides! Witney careening toward the stairs (which sounds scarier than it was)! Len was disgruntled by the lack of true paso doble content, but the routine was fierce and fun nonetheless. Judges’ Score: 34/40

Next up was a Viennese waltz, which could have been an ice skating routine, it was so smooth. (I’m a sucker for a Boyz II Men soundtrack, too.) Judges’ Score: 40/40

Ally Brooke and pro Sasha Farber
Both of Ally and Sasha’s routines (a samba and a jazz) earned perfect scores — and don’t get me wrong, they’ve been very, very good all season long. But given how harshly the judges have criticized contestants like Hannah and Lauren, I’m surprised they didn’t have a single critique for this pair; some of Ally’s movements were on the sloppy side, including the final eight-count of her jazz, which didn’t quite land on the beat. Judges’ Scores: 40/40 and… 40/40

And now, the results:

Ally Brooke and pro Sasha Farber
Kel Mitchell and pro Witney Carson
James Van Der Beek and pro Emma Slater
Hannah Brown and pro Alan Bersten

Lauren Alaina and pro Gleb Savchenko
Sean Spicer and pro Jenna Johnson

Sean Spicer and pro Jenna Johnson

OK, your turn! Do you agree with Sean and Jenna’s elimination? (I think I know the answer!) Drop a comment below with your reactions.

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Sean Spicer Gets the Boot on ‘Dancing With the Stars’

Despite a presidential tweet that urged viewers to vote for him hours earlier, Sean Spicer was voted off ABC’s Dancing With the Stars on Monday’s show.

Spicer’s Dancing With the Stars days came to a close when the show’s panel of judges, along with low fan votes, gave him the boot after the former U.S. press secretary performed a foxtrot to Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills” with dancing partner Jenna Johnson. Spicer and Johnson’s performance earned a 26 out of 40 score.

“A great try by @seanspicer . We are all proud of you!” President Donald Trump tweeted several minutes after the latest DWTS episode ended.

Earlier in the night, Trump had tweeted that viewers should “vote for Sean” and that “He is a great and very loyal guy who is working very hard.” After Spicer was kicked off the show, that tweet was deleted.

“Thank you @POTUS @realDonaldTrump I can’t begin to express how much your continued support has meant, especially during my time on @DancingABC,” Spicer later tweeted.

During the season premiere, Spicer, whose casting received backlash, made his dancing debut donning a neon-green ruffle top and dancing to Spice Girls’ “Spice Up Your Life.” He and his partner Lindsay Arnold made a splash with their initial number, bumping premiere ratings 4 percent to 8 million viewers.

Over the course of the Dancing With the Stars season, Spicer has paid tribute to the John Travolta movie Saturday Night Fever and launched a mock campaign to gain votes for the show. “We need votes. I figured I’d go back to my roots. I’m going to run this like a campaign,” he said of the pseudo campaign during rehearsals. Spicer has also addressed the backlash to his appearance on the long-running competition show, telling The Hollywood Reporter, “I’ve been living this for a while. I expect it. We are where we are as a country,”

Besides Spicer, Queer Eye’s Karamo Brown, The Office actor Kate Flannery, model Sailor Brinkley-Cook, former NBA star Lamar Odom and Supremes singer Mary Wilson have been eliminated so far this season.

Watch Spicer’s final performance, below.

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Tonight was another live episode of Dancing With the Stars 2019 and it was “dance-off” night. Last week, Karamo Brown faced elimination, as he and partner Jenna Johnson were voted off of the show. Clearly, votes are very important.

For season 28 of DWTS, there is live voting throughout the course of the show, with the bottom two contestants revealed at the end of the episode. Then, the judges get to cast their own votes to choose just one of the bottom two contestants to stay in the competition. Read on below for the spoilers on the show tonight, along with a live recap of tonight’s scores and the performances.

And, for those who just want to skip right to the spoilers on the contestant who was eliminated tonight, scroll down to the bottom of this post.

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Sean Spicer was the first performer of the night and he performed with Jenna Johnson, rather than usual partner Lindsay Arnold, who suffered a death in her family. Arnold’s mother-in-law unexpectedly passed away. The two ended up with some of Spicer’s best scores yet, a 20 out of 30.

The individual round continued, with Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko up next. Tonight, they had a Jive routine to Elvis Presley’s “Houndog” song. Alaina did well but had a few mistakes. The judges noticed the issues with the performance but said Alaina pulled them off well. Alaina was overcome with emotion and thankful for her score of 24 out of 30.

Kel Mitchell, who has been climbing the leaderboard, was the next to perform with pro partner Witney Carson and they were dancing the Salsa to “This Is How We Do It” by Montell Jordan. For Mitchell’s performance, he had some backup dancers to compete with, but he both blended in and stood out well. Mitchell had a great time with the dance and showed confidence throughout his set. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba gushed over how Mitchell was leading Carson so well and head judge Len Goodman commented on Mitchell’s great rhythm. Judge Bruno Tonioli called Mitchell “the main attraction”. Mitchell got the first “10” of the season from Tonioli and ended up with a 28 out of 30.

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Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber danced to Brooke’s song “Higher”, performing a Paso Doble. Opening up the number, Brooke did her own singing. Tonioli said that the performance was filled with artistry. Inaba called Brooke a “superstar” who “commanded” everyone’s attention. With this performance, Brooke earned the first perfect score of the season, a 30 out of 30. The results brought Brooke to tears.

Hannah Brown was the next performer and she was dancing the Quickstep with partner Alan Bersten. Prior to the performance this week, Brown took Bersten back to her hometown in Alabama. Inaba said that she was so proud of Brown and that she made “the comeback of the season”. Goodman said that Brown’s feet were on-point and her frame was great. The performance earned Brown a “10” from Inaba and Tonioli. Her score ended up being a 29 out of 30, which is a big improvement.

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Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov were next and they were dancing the Jive in tribute to her late sister Nancy, who died from breast cancer. The song they danced to was “Heatwave”. Coincidentally, Flannery was driving home from Nancy’s funeral when she got the call about Dancing With the Stars. Carrie Ann Inaba had some critiques but said it was a good performance. Goodman went on to say that he looks forward to Flannery’s performances each week. The two ended up with a 24 out of 30 for the night.

James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater performed the final individual dance of the evening, which was a Contemporary routine to “Don’t Stop Believing”. Van Der Beek did a beautiful job, as always, and the judges commended him. The duo paid tribute to Van Der Beek’s parents with this performance and Slater was crying after Van Der Beek greeted them in the audience. They got a perfect score of three 10’s, plus an extra 2 points because they are exempt from having to perform in the “dance-off” round. So, their score tonight was a 32.

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The first dance-off was Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber against Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson to “Don’t Stop Me Now”. And, their dance was the Jive. Carson and Mitchell’s dance routine was a bit more high energy but both couples did well. Inaba and Tonioli voted for Mitchell, while Goodman picked Brooke, which meant Mitchell and Carson took the win.

The next two couples to dance against each other were Sean Spicer with Lindsay Arnold (replaced by Jenna Johnson tonight) and Kate Flannery with Pasha Pashkov. For their dances, they performed to “Everybody Dance Now”. Flannery, without a doubt, outperformed Spicer. Of course, the judges picked Flannery over Spicer.

Lastly, Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten performed against Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko, dancing to a Gloria Estefan hit. Both routines were full of stunts, and each of the men either opened or removed their shirts to add some extra spice. After the performances, Inaba said “there’s nothing like a girls’ night.” She also called it “an amazing showcase of I don’t know what”. Goodman, who told Savchenko to put his shirt back on, also gushed over the dances and Tonioli couldn’t contain himself, as usual. All three judges picked Brown over Alaina.

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When it was time to find out the bottom two, first those who were safe were revealed. The first couple safe tonight was San Spicer and Jenna Johnson, which was visibly a shock to some. Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten were next announced as safe, followed by James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater. Then, Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson. And, the last of the safe couples were Lauren Alaina with Gleb Savchenko.

This meant that Kate Flannery and Ally Brooke were the bottom two contestants. Which one ended up kicked off the show? It was up to the judges to choose between them.

Inaba went with Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber, as did Bruno Tonioli, which meant that Goodman’s vote was not needed.

And with that, Kate Flannery was eliminated.

Next week is girl group and boy band night on Dancing With the Stars, so former NSYNC’er Joey Fatone and a Spice Girl will help with the judging.

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Tonight was the semifinals on Dancing With the Stars 2019. And, each contestant performs two routines, one of which is a “redemption” dance.

For season 28 of DWTS, there is live voting throughout the course of the show, with the bottom two contestants revealed at the end of the episode. Then, the judges get to cast their own votes to choose just one of the bottom two contestants to stay in the competition. Read on below for the spoilers on the show tonight, along with a live recap of tonight’s scores and the performances.

And, for those who just want to skip right to the spoilers on who was eliminated tonight, scroll down to the bottom of this post, as the results are revealed live.

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The semifinals started out with the celebrity introductions and the redemption round was the first up for the night. Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko were the first pair to perform and they were joined by head judge Len Goodman. Goodman let them know that they were being given a Paso Doble for their comeback dance. The two carried out a fun, yet sexy performance and Goodman said the routine “had a lovely mix of expression and aggression”. Carrie Ann Inaba said that Alaina was “commanding” on the dance floor. For their scores on this dance, the two earned a 27 out of 30.

Kel Mitchell was next up, dancing with partner Witney Carson, and last week they got a perfect score. So, the pressure was on. For their redemption dance, Bruno Tonioli assisted them with a Tango. Tonioli said Mitchell has been inspiring to watch because he’s worked so hard and has improved so much in the competition. After the performance, Tonioli said he was so proud of Mitchell. Carson and Mitchell also got a score of 27 out of 30 for their first performance tonight.

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Ally Brooke was the next contestant to perform. She and her pro partner Sasha Farber were joined by Len Goodman, who let them know they would be dancing the Viennese Waltz. He previously felt their waltz was lacking in many ways. Brooke said she hopes viewers can see her growth from the start of the season to today. Brooke gushed over Farber after their performance and said that she is very grateful for Farber. Tonight, they received a 29 out of 30 for their redemption routine.

Hannah Brown was given Carrie Ann Inaba for her redemption coach with partner Alan Bersten and Brown told the cameras that Inaba has not been “a source of confidence” for her this season. Brown started to shut down and said she has felt attacked by Inaba. Both Brown and Inaba became emotional. For Brown’s redemption dance, she performed a Rumba, and after her performance, Brown apologized to Inaba for her emotions and reaction to Inaba’s criticisms. The two then shared a hug. Ultimately, Brown and Bersten ended up with a score of 27 out of 30 for their performance.

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James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater were the last to perform their redemption dance and Goodman was helping them. Goodman started by congratulating Van Der Beek on his dancing. For his redemption dance, Van Der Beek was taking on the Cha Cha, which earned him his lowest scores of the season. Van Der Beek flawlessly carried out the disco-themed routine. Even though the dancing was great, Goodman said he would have rather seen more Cha Cha in the routine. Tonioli said he liked the routine but saw Van Der Beek off-time a few times. Inaba said the performance was very entertaining but that Van Der Beek’s posture was “broken”. The two ended up with a 24 out of 30 for their performance.

For their second dance, Lauren Alaina performed to the song “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw. Alaina said she wants to dedicate the dance to her parents for always believing in her. Carrie Ann Inaba said that Alaina has really grown up in this competition. A 27 out of 30 was Alaina’s score for her performance.

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Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson performed a Contemporary dance to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You”. Mitchell said the song has always meant something to him and then he opened up about gun violence. He then revealed his friend Sam was murdered when he was just 16 years old. Mitchell said that instead of guns, “choose love”. The routine was emotional and powerful. Tonioli called the performance “pure art”. The two received a perfect score for this routine.

Brooke and Farber were taking on a routine where they could incorporate a lot of “tricks”. Brooke said that before being on the show, she was made fun of for her dancing. She also said that she has been worried about being eliminated after being in the bottom two twice on the show. For the duo’s second performance, they danced the Charleston. The judges gushed over the routine and gave them a perfect score, bringing their total to a 59 out of 60 for the semifinals.

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Before Van Der Beek’s final performance of the night, he revealed that he and his family suffered a great loss this week. He and his wife lost their baby. Their pregnancy was revealed on the show this season, even taking fans inside an ultrasound appointment. For Van Der Beek’s performance, he danced to Hozier and dedicated the performance to his wife, who is still in the hospital.

The routine was very emotional and Tonioli said that Van Der Beek “put so much heart” into the performance. Inaba was very emotional but managed to make light of the situation and make Van Der Beek laugh. One of Van Der Beek’s children was in the audience and was crying, so he picked her up and included her in receiving his scores. Van Der Beek held his crying daughter and gave a romantic shout out to his wife. For his scores tonight, Van Der Beek got a 27 out of 30, with a 51 out of 60 for his total scores.

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Hannah Brown’s performance with Bersten was a Contemporary routine and she opened up about the demise of her relationship of Bachelorette winner Jed Wyatt. Brown broke down crying. After the performance, Tonioli was the first to comment and he said that he liked the dynamic of the lifts and drops in the dance. Goodman said that normally he isn’t fond of Contemporary dances, but that he enjoyed the performance. The two earned a 27 out of 30 for this dance, totaling a 54 out of 60.

Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson were the first couple to be announced as moving on to the finale, followed by Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten. And, the last couple announced as definitely competing in the finale were Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko.

This left James Van Der Beek and Ally Brooke’s fates up to the judges. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba became emotional when picking Brooke to move forward. She apologized to Van Der Beek for her choice. Tonioli and Goodman both agreed with Inaba and Van Der Beek was sent home.

Van Der Beek’s partner Emma Slater was in tears, but it was Brooke who sobbed and asked if she could give her spot to Van Der Beek. The other contestants all showed their upset and shock over the elimination, as Van Der Beek was the front-runner this season. Just one night of unfavorable scores can take a contestant out of the mix.

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It has been a long season for “Dancing with the Stars” fans with Sean Spicer boosters keeping him on the show. But on “Boy Band and Girl Group Night” Spicer finally landed in the bottom two (with country singer Lauren Alaina), which finally gave the judges the opportunity to send him home. And the readers we polled breathed a sigh of relief. Scroll down to see our complete poll results and our video recap of this week’s show.

It was nearly unanimous: 97% of respondents said Spicer deserved to be eliminated. That left only 2% who thought Alaina should have been sent home instead, and 1% who thought someone should have been eliminated who wasn’t in the bottom two. Is this the only time this season fans have been happy with an elimination?

Not quite. The majority of our readers thought the show got it right when the judges sent home Lamar Odom in the third week of competition. The basketball star struggled throughout his time on the show due to his impaired memory and the drastic height difference between him and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd. He had the lowest scores of the season by far.

But that’s it. Our readers objected to every other elimination: Mary Wilson, Sailor Brinkley-Cook, Karamo Brown and Kate Flannery. Ray Lewis also went home early, but he withdrew due to injury and wasn’t eliminated, per se. That’s not exactly a glowing endorsement of this season’s voting system, which replaced overnight voting with live voting during the east-coast telecast and gave the judges the power to save one of the bottom two after the judges’ scores were combined with viewer votes.

But the judges can’t eliminate you if you don’t land in the bottom two, and viewer votes carried such disproportionate weight that Spicer partisans were able to keep him out of harm’s way for weeks no matter how low his scores were. Now that he has been eliminated, though, fans have a great lineup of semifinalists to choose from: Alaina, Ally Brooke, Hannah Brown, Kel Mitchell and James Van Der Beek.

What did you think of Monday night’s elimination? Are you looking forward to the semifinals now more than ever?

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Sean Spicer’s first month on ‘Dancing With the Stars’: Low scores, mockery — and no sign of being voted off

Lindsay Arnold and Sean Spicer perform a quickstep to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” on a Disney-themed episode of “Dancing With the Stars.” (Eric McCandless/ABC) By Emily YahrEmily Yahr Style reporter covering pop culture and entertainment October 15, 2019

So, a month into ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars” Season 28, how is the show’s most controversial contestant doing?

We speak, of course, of President Trump’s former press secretary Sean Spicer, who sparked outrage from fans and the network’s own employees when his casting was announced. In the premiere last month, Spicer’s professional dance partner Lindsay Arnold acknowledged “the Internet kind of broke” when the news was revealed — without elaborating that people were upset because a falsehood-prone White House official had landed a lucrative chance to redeem himself on a surprisingly powerful TV platform.

Despite the backlash, Spicer is doing just fine. Although he has consistently received some of the worst scores from the judges (he got the lowest score of any contestant on Monday’s episode) and lots of mockery on social media for his gaudy outfits, there’s no sign of him being eliminated anytime soon. Each week, the technical scores and viewer votes are combined, and the bottom two couples are placed in jeopardy — then the judges choose which pair is “saved.”

So far, Spicer hasn’t yet been in the bottom two, as singer Mary Wilson and NBA star Lamar Odom have been voted out and NFL star Ray Lewis withdrew due to injury. (No one went home Monday night, which was Disney-themed; producers didn’t want to ruin the mood after so much fun-filled corporate synergy.) The conservative fan base is known to rally around this show (see: Bristol Palin in Season 11) and Spicer is clearly getting a lot of audience votes, with the help of some high-profile endorsements:

Vote for good guy @seanspicer tonight on Dancing With The Stars. He has always been there for us!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2019

Not to mention:

Vote for @seanspicer on #DWTS28 pic.twitter.com/qc0KYw4JKc

— Scott Baio (@ScottBaio) October 15, 2019

While the judges get the final say in who goes home — a new twist this season, likely to prevent a beloved-yet-mediocre dancer from winning — they seem to be warming up to Spicer after an initially cool reception.

The first week, Arnold described his dance skills as “pre-preschool level,” and the judges looked deeply concerned by his attempt to salsa to the Spice Girls hit “Spice Up Your Life.” Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, the kinder judges, called it “strangely entertaining.” Len Goodman, the harshest, simply said, “I admire your courage coming on this show” — a sign he found the dance so terrible that he couldn’t muster the energy for a critique. Spicer scored 12 out of 30 points, the second-lowest of anyone except Odom, who scored 11.

Afterward, Spicer implied he was being unfairly maligned because of religion: “Clearly those judges aren’t going to be with me. Let’s send a message to #Hollywood that those of us who stand for #Christ won’t be discounted,” he tweeted. Perhaps realizing this wasn’t the best way to endear himself to the judges, he later deleted the tweet. Instead, he doubled down on the idea of turning the competition into a campaign, urging people to vote for “Spicer/Arnold,” complete with weekly emails to his supporters.

In Week 2, after a tango, the judges were slightly more encouraging. “I have to admit, it looked like a tango,” Tonioli said, sounding surprised, and Inaba added he was “super much improved.” Goodman deemed it “better than last week.” In Week 3, things didn’t go as well: Goodman cracked that Spicer’s cha-cha to “Saturday Night Fever” was “more like Monday night lukewarm,” and Tonioli said it was so bad (“a disaster blockbuster”) that it was almost good. Inaba chose the “A for effort” angle.

“You’re living your best life right now. And you’re having such a great time,” she said. “You have smiled from the moment you started until you finish, no matter what happened in between. I’d like to see you loosen up a little … because I don’t know, people seem to love you. So you might be here for a while.”

Week 4 brought relatively mild reviews yet with his paso doble — even though Spicer got the second-lowest scores again, and although the judges thought it wasn’t great, they gave actual technical criticism. Even guest judge Leah Remini got in on the act, saying while Spicer was clearly not a dancer, “You come out here, you’re committed, and you try your best.”

On Monday night, Week 5, Spicer received the most positive feedback yet, as he and Arnold performed a quickstep to “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” while dressed as Woody the cowboy from “Toy Story.” Spicer choked up during his introductory video as he dedicated the dance to his father, who died of cancer in 2016.

The judges were pleased with the performance, especially Goodman, who complimented his frame as “pretty good.”

“Don’t get overexcited, because there’s still a ways to go,” he cautioned. “However, it was a proper dance. Well done.”

Tonioli echoed similar praise, and Inaba added it was his best dance yet. “You did a really good job. I’m very proud of you,” she said. “I know this hasn’t been easy.” She awarded him a seven (his first of the season), while Goodman and Tonioli gave him sixes — for a total of 19, the lowest-ranked of the nine remaining dancers.

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