Week five of "Dancing with the Stars" proved to be one of the best weeks of the season so far. (And we're not just saying that because Mickey made a cameo debut on the piano during one of the routines—although that certainly didn't hurt!) Everyone brought their A-game, and with such a fun theme the contestants were able to really let their guards down. There was true sincerity in their dancing that we hadn't seen before. But not all Disney stories end with a "happily ever after," and one couple still had to hang up their dancing shoes.
If there's one week you should watch all the routines of it's undoubtedly this one... But, ICYMI, scroll below for our highlights of the night.
Helloooo, and happy Wednesday! Did you realize there was a special bonus episode of "DWTS" last night? If you missed it, fear not—we've got you covered, as always. Right off the bat, we will say that the show's wasting no time this season. Just barely recovered from Monday's elimination, we then had to bid adieu to a second couple last night 😭. But that's the name of the game, and like I said yesterday, anything goes when there's a Mirrorball at stake 🏆. On to the dancing!
"Dancing With the Stars" doesn't mess around—we're only two weeks in and the eliminations have already begun. Not to mention, it seems like everyone is injured. But the show must go on, as it did last night. After all, there's a Mirrorball at stake! From the rhinestones, to the spray tans, to the first elimination (gasp), here's what went down last night.
It's fall! The leaves are changing, everything everywhere is pumpkin-spice flavored—and "Dancing with the Stars" is back on the air. For the 25th time. Season TWENTY-FIVE, y'all: Here we go.
If it wasn't already clear that a decades theme is never wrong, this week's "Dancing with the Stars" episode officially proved it. Eras Night was just so fun to watch (the costumes! the stories! the group dances!). The couples performed pieces based on various time periods—from the Roaring Twenties alllll the way to the 90s—and it was everything you'd hope a time-traveling "DWTS" ep would be. Let's take a look at the historical highlights:
Our fave of the night was the adorable and bubbly 1940s jitterbug from James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess. Hinchcliffe has had a tendency to be a tad flat acting-wise throughout the season, but last night he wowed the crowd (and the judges) with his believable commitment to the dance's love story. (Those insane somersault lifts he pulled off didn't hurt either.) Also, major props to Burgess for pushing through an injury.
Next on our best-of-the-night list is Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold's '50s-inspired jive. Long story short: When Len Goodman calls your dance a "polished, high-octane performance," you know you've done something right.
Our eternal faves Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy grooved their way to prom with a '60s-style quickstep, which was adorable, technically on point and super high-energy. Hernandez also sweetly admitted that this was her first prom because she's been home schooled. Aww.
Then there were those insanely awesome group dances. The dancers were split into Team Past and Team Future—and Team Past (Maureen McCormick, Artem Chigvintsev, Hinchcliffe, Burgess, Johnson, Arnold, Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke) ultimately stole the night with their haunting, soft and graceful Viennese waltz to the "Outlander" theme song.
Alas, someone had to be sent packing—and last night that was Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev. What do you think? Did the right pair go home? Let us know!
If you've ever tuned in to any given season of "So You Think You Can Dance" or "Dancing With the Stars" (which, duh, you have), or you've been to a competition or convention lately, you've probably noticed a similar trend: The dancers from Utah are dominating the dance floor.
Consider "DWTS" pros like Witney Carson and Allison Holker, "SYTYCD" contestants like Sabra Johnson, Lindsay Arnold, Jenna Johnson, Alexia Meyer and Mollee Gray, all-star convention faculty members like Joey Dowling-Fakhrieh and Hailee Payne, and all of the dancing DelGrosso sisters. They're the best of the best, and they all hail from the Beehive State.
Now, BFFs turned belles of the ballroom Arnold and Carson are collaborating to celebrate all the talent Utah has to offer with a one-night-only show: Born & Raised Utah.
Arnold and Carson. (Photo by Jessica Janae Photography)
Arnold and Carson will headline the night of dancing, which will include solos and group performances in all styles and will include loads of cameos from other big-name celebs from Utah and beyond. (Think "SYTYCD" stars, Carson's former "DWTS" partner and champion Alfonso Ribeiro and students from local studios including The Dance Club.)
The show is Friday, July 15, at 7pm, and tickets are still available! Click here to get yours.
Last night's "Dancing with the Stars" had all the ingredients that make this show so delicious: Minor drama! Major sparkles! Inter-partner flirting that may or may not have been real! (Work that romance angle, Alek Skarlatos and Emma Slater.)
Yes, it was switch-up night on "DWTS," and as usual, the partner swapping generated a flurry of worries about chemistry and familiarity. But before we saw how each new star-pro pairing played out, we were treated to a delightful little opening number that made clever use of some aggressively glittery doors on wheels. The newly engaged (!) Witney Carson and newly preggers (!!) Allison Holker looked especially fabulous:
As it turned out, neither Mr. nor Mrs. PenaVega had any need to fret about their swaperoos. In fact, Alexa's post-apocalyptic tango with golden boy Derek Hough earned the first perfect score of the season. The end of the world looks good on these two:
Not far behind was Alexa's hubby Carlos, who teamed up with the fantastically fringed Lindsay Arnold for a sweetly retro quickstep that earned them a solid 39 points. Rock those saddle shoes, Carlos!
And no "DWTS" recap would be complete without an update on America's (not to mention Australia's) sweetheart, the too-cute-for-words Bindi Irwin. Her sunny cha cha with Val Chmerkovskiy may have lacked a little polish, but it had us grinning like fools—and landed Bindi in third place for the evening.
What did y'all think? Were you 100% obsessed with Hough's amazing French man-braid? Do you wish you'd seen 100% less of Paula Deen's booty? Let us know in the comments—and tune in next Monday night for the elimination that's been two weeks in the making.