Dancing with the Stars Recap: Eras Night
The stars danced their way through the decades – but whose time was up this week?
A staple in the Dancing with the Stars franchise, “Eras Night,” returned Monday, and the stars danced routines inspired by a specific decade. The favorites (Nastia Liukin, Rumer Willis, Riker Lynch and Willow Shields) continued to please the judges, but who won immunity this week – and who was (shockingly!) sent home?
Riker Lynch & Allison Holker
Song: “Wiggle” by Jason Derulo
Era and Genre: ’20s Quick Step
A swing and a hit! Last week’s top scorers, Riker and Allison unsurprisingly scored with their baseball-themed quick step. Something that did surprise? Their soundtrack: a jazzed-up version of Jason Derulo’s hit “Wiggle” (which is apparently less raunchy than Missy Elliott‘s “Work It,” which they refused to dance to last week). Not quite as inventive as his Disney Night and Spring Break Night choreography, Riker still kept up with pro Allison, smiling throughout – and it paid off. Going into the routine, the pop star’s goal was to get the first 10 of the season from Len, and he got it. Bruno said it best, dubbing the night’s first performance “twinkle toes on the field of dreams.”
Chris Soules and Witney Carson
Song: “Five Minutes More” by Frank Sinatra
Era and Genre: ’40s Foxtrot
After last week’s success, underdog Chris maintained his momentum by playing a smitten sailor about to head off to war. The whole thing was cutesy and surprisingly sweet, from his heel-clicking to the costumes (Witney made for a convincing flapper) and benches. Most improved, maybe, but the technicality still isn’t there for him. Like judge Len Goodman said, “You’ve got to polish up the little moments.”
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays (8 p.m. ET) on ABC.