DWTS Week 6: Spring Break Highs and Lows

Last night was Spring Break night on "Dancing with the Stars." And just like spring temperatures seem to be rising and falling at whim, the competition had a lot of high and low points, too. But let's skip right to the best parts, shall we?

The highs:

The outfits. Erin Andrews looked especially stunning (per usual), this time in a one-shoulder white jumpsuit. Then there was Witney Carson's prom-ready braided hair crown and Patti LaBelle's joke during her video package: "Patti, will you be wearing a bikini?" "Yes I will be wearing a bikini...PSYCH!" Love her.

I'm gonna need to borrow that number, Erin.

Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough (again). Though Nastia's body is starting to tire—after all, she's been traveling across the country on a weekly basis (to rehearse with New York Spring Spectacular star Hough in NYC)—she didn't let it show on the dance floor. I'm going to forget about that weird full-body floor spin and put these two on a direct route to the finals.

Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy's "Bootylicious" jazz routine. In short: Watch out, Bey. Rumer is, well, just watch her. I was a little shocked the performance scored as low as it did (a 7, Julianne? Yikes). Sure, the choreography wasn't spectacular, but that's not Rumer's fault. She nailed what she was given. Take a look:

#TeamTrouble. With Allison Holker channeling "Baby One More Time" Britney, Rumer dressed as an end-of-Grease Sandy and Patti, straight up doing her thang, Team Trouble clearly won the team dance competition:

Team Trouble should have scored higher than Team YOLO (imo), who relied way too much on fancy tricks, beach balls and wacky facial expressions. Which brings me to the lows...

The lows:

The dancing Shark Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson. How are these two still in it? Last night's jive was so off musically, I'm beginning to doubt Robert's counting skills in the board room. Not even the dancing crabs could have saved this performance.

The "dramz" between Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess. The pre-performance package revealed a small dispute—or as Bruno called it, a "leetle inceedent"—over the choreography. But then they performed, Noah teared up and the judges got to keep talking about the whole non-issue for waaaay too long. Can we get back to the dancing please?

In the end, the great Patti LaBelle and her partner, Artem Chigvintsev, were sent packing. Are you as disappointed as I am to see her go? Will Willow Shields ever recover from learning about her extra ribs (?!) on national TV? Let us know in the comments and we'll see you back here next week!

Latest Posts


Photo by Jayme Thornton

How Paloma Garcia-Lee Manifested Her Dream Role, in Steven Spielberg’s "West Side Story"

On a rainy day in November 2018, Paloma Garcia-Lee got a call from her agent that brought her to her knees outside her New York City apartment: She was going to play Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.

The call came after a lengthy audition process with Spielberg in the room, and the role, originated by Wilma Curley on Broadway in 1957 and later portrayed by Gina Trikonis in the 1961 film, was her biggest dream. In fact, it's something Garcia-Lee says she manifested from the day plans for the movie were announced in January 2018. "I wrote in my journal: 'I am playing Graziella in Steven Spielberg's West Side Story.'"

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo by @mediabyZ

Am I Less Committed to Dance Because I Have Other Passions? (Spoiler Alert: NO!)

Let's face it—dance is HARD, and in order to achieve your goals, you need to be committed to your training. "Still, there's a fine line between being committed and being consumed." Dancers can, and should, have interests outside of the studio.

Not convinced? We talked with dance psychologist Dr. Lucie Clements and two multifaceted dancers, Kristen Harlow (a musical theater dancer pursuing a career in NYC and Kentucky) and Kallie Takahashi (a dancer in her final year at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts), and got the inside scoop on how having hobbies outside of dance can inform your artistry, expand your range and help prevent burnout.

Keep Reading SHOW LESS
Photo courtesy of Brittany Conigatti

Go Behind the Scenes of Annie Live! With Brittany Conigatti

Unwrap your candy canes, pour the hot chocolate and round up your fellow theater lovers: NBC is kicking off the Christmas season with its latest live-broadcast TV musical. Annie Live! premieres December 2 and features a star-studded cast, including Harry Connick Jr., Tituss Burgess, Megan Hilty and, as the title character, young phenom Celina Smith.

Luckily, people got a taste of what the special will entail when the cast kicked off the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade with a performance last week. But since you’re never fully dressed without a Dance Spirit exclusive, we caught up with Brittany Conigatti, one of the young orphans and adult ensemble members in the show, to learn what it was like putting together a large-scale live production for the small screen.

The cast of Annie Live! poses for a group photo. The cast of Annie Live!Photo courtesy of Conigatti


Keep Reading SHOW LESS

Editors' Picks

contest
Enter the Cover Model Search