SAN DIEGO, October 24, 2016 – Eras Week is the tossed salad of “Dancing With The Stars,” and sometimes the different ingredients work well together. Others aren’t so tasty. The couples take a ballroom style and place it in a specific decade. It can be challenging to make sense of it. When the pro partner comes through with a great concept and choreography, it can be exciting. But there is also a big risk of a flop.
Who had a hit and who had a miss this week? If you want to know who went home, scroll past the recap report for the results.
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy drew the opening assignment this week for the first time all season. Val gave Laurie the prom she never had in their 1960s era Quickstep. The routine played to Laurie’s lovely effervescence but judge Len Goodman thought it felt a little rushed, and judge Carrie Ann Inaba called Val on two lifts which aren’t permitted in the traditional rules. The judges gave them 34 points.
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke followed with one of the tougher assignments of the night, a 1990s era Rumba. Ryan is improving and it wasn’t terrible, but this is faint praise with so many strong competitors this season. The judges told Ryan he needs to feel the dance for himself, and not simply do what Cheryl is telling him to do. They received all sevens, for 28 points.
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough danced an energetic Charleston with a true 20s vibe. Derek packed the routine with a lot of detail and Marilu had trouble keeping up at time, especially in the side by side work. But as judge Julianne Hough pointed out, Marilu is the oldest competitor at 64 years old and performing well. She managed to give Marilu and Derek an eight, but the other judges gave them sevens, for a total of 29 points.
The Jive is a tough dance style when you’re tall and have long legs, and no one faces more of a challenge with the Jive this season than Calvin Johnson Jr. No sweat for “Megatron,” he danced his 1950s era Jive with energy and style, not a kick or flick out of place and a smile on his face. The judges were impressed and rewarded Calvin and pro Lindsay Arnold with 36 points.
Maureen McCormack and Artem Chigvintsev had loads of fun with their 1980s Bon Jovi Tango, and they looked the part. There was an obvious error, and Artem took the blame for stepping on Maureen’s skirt. Give Maureen credit for going for it even when things go a little wrong. Still you have to imagine what Calvin and Lindsay or James and Sharna could have done with this. They scored 28 points.
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber came off a tough week to tackle a 1930s Foxtrot. Their era and style matched up nicely. The height difference is challenging when dancing in hold, but give Sasha credit for customizing the choreography and always making it work for Terra. Terra sparkled and said it was easy to embrace her character this week. She was the spitting image of a glamorous Jean Harlow. They scored 34 points.
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko had a lot to live up to after a perfect score for their smoking hot Argentine Tango last week. They may have felt the pressure, but their funky disco era Samba set in a laundry was good clean fun. There were terrific Samba rolls and other good content but judge Len Goodman said there was too much 70s and too little Samba. They received 34 points.
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess closed the individual dances playing a soldier and a hot dame in their 40s Jitterbug. They were assisted by several men from the DWTS troupe and it was a delightful routine. James is the best performer this season, and the judges praised the way he immerses himself in his roles. Sharna injured her knee in rehearsal earlier in the day and was wearing a knee brace. It got in the way slightly and that combined with some small synchronization issues prevented perfect scores. But they were tied for first after the individual dances with 36 points.
Following the individual dances, the couples faced off in two teams of four couples. With Calvin and James on the same team in the Team dances, there was no way for either to beat the other this week or for anyone else to pass them on the leaderboard.
Team Past (James and Sharna, Calvin and Lindsay, Ryan and Cheryl, and Maureen and Artem) danced a surprisingly beautiful Viennese Waltz to a traditional Scottish folk song with gorgeous red ball gowns on the women and even more gorgeous lines and synchronization. It received 38 points.
Team Future (Marilu and Derek, Laurie and Val, Terra and Sasha, and Jana and Gleb) combined Tango and Paso moves into a story that seemed a cross between the Hunger Games and Divergent, perhaps even a little Blade Runner on top. The judges loved the concept, but obvious synchronization errors hurt and the total score was 35 points.
No couple danced during the show knowing they were in danger this week. The bad news was held until the end (thank you, producers). Left standing in jeopardy were Maureen and Artem, who were at the bottom of the leaderboard, along with Jana and Gleb (seriously). No third couple this week, just the two stood waiting under the red spotlight. Not much suspense here, Maureen and Artem made their exit. Maureen said “The coolest, most loving people work on this show, I love you guys.”
Next week it’s Halloween, so bet on bringing the crazy and the costumes to the show. But the couples can’t fool around or they will be tricked into going home.
Week 7 Results:
Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold: Jive (1950s), 9-9-9-9 = 36 (+38) = 74 points
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess: Jitterbug (1940s), 9-9-9-9 = 36 (+38) = 74 points
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: Foxtrot (1930s), 9-8-9-8 = 34 (+35) = 69 points
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: Samba (1970s), 8-8-9-9 = 34 (+35) = 69 points
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: Quickstep (1960s), 8-8-9-9 = 34 (+35) = 69 points
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: Rumba (1990s), 7-7-7-7 = 28 (+38) = 66 points
Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev: Tango (1980s), 7-7-7-7 = 28 (+38) = 66 points 1-800-868-3409 ELIMINATED
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: Charleston (1920s), 7-7-8-7 = 29 (+35) = 64 points
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