By Katie Murray

The stars get rowdy on the ballroom floor this week with some unforgettable routines for Country Night! Plus, a double elimination that no one expected!

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Evanna & Keo

Evanna Lynch and Keo Motesepe performed a stunning rumba routine this week. Country star, Carly Pearce accompanied these two by singing a live version of her song, “Every Little Thing.” The judges were impressed with Lynch for coming out of her shell. This routine was scored 10’s across the board – 30/30!

 

Juan Pablo & Cheryl

Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke have done it again! The two performed a lively charleston that was spot on for country night. Week after week this team outdoes themselves – and this week was certainly no exception! Judges had no critiques, so obviously these two received another 30/30!

 

Milo & Witney

A foxtrot was executed beautifully by #TeamWitlo this week. Milo Manheim and Witney Carson consistently show us that dance can be both graceful and effortless. The routine clearly had Carrie Ann Inaba’s stamp of approval. She told Manheim that he’s the one to beat. The routine was scored a 29/30.

 

Demarcus & Lindsay

Demarcus Ware hasn’t been given enough credit this season! Every week he and Lindsay Arnold put on a true performance with their routines and somehow their scores never equate to their greatness. This week the duo performed a Viennese waltz to Chris Stapleton’s, “Tennessee Whiskey.” Although Ware might not be the most technical dancer of the bunch, he has a presence on stage that no one can compare to! #TeamWaresOurMirrorBall was scored 27/30 this week.

 

Alexis & Alan

Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten have been shot by Cupid’s arrow! The two finally admitted on-screen that they’ve caught feelings for one another, which makes watching them dance all the more enjoyable. The chemistry they bring to the stage is undeniable and we can’t forget about their talent?! The judges gave them an almost perfect score of 29/30!

 

Team Hay Now

Bobby Bones chose John Schneider, Manheim and Lynch join his team for this week’s group performance. Lynch danced with the pros for majority of the routine and blended right in! The fellas showed their skills with their synchronization and dedication to the theme. The judges loved the routine and scored it 29/30.

 

Team Joe Down

When it came to Joe Amabile, he had a strategy to choose his team based off of their apparent strengths. Ware, Di Pace and Ren joined Amabile’s team for a routine set to Luke Bryan’s, “Country Girl.” The stage was the epitome of everything country and each dancer helped to create a hot routine! Despite their efforts, this team did not receive as much praise from the judges and was given a score of 26/30.

 

Other scores from the night:

John & Emma – 25/30

Joe & Jenna – 21/30

Bobby & Sharna – 24/30

 

Each and every duo committed to their routines this week, which makes it so much harder to say goodbye to two couples. When it came time to announce the couples in jeopardy, #TeamSuperDuke, #TeamWaresOurMirrorBall and #TeamKevanna were called to the stage. Lynch and Motsepe were told that they are safe, which unfortunately meant saying goodbye to both Schneider and Ware.

The remaining six couples will return next Monday to continue on with their quest for the mirror ball trophy. Who will continue on in the competition? Tune into ABC at 8/7c next Monday to find out and make sure to check in with Inside Dance for a recap of the show!


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Katie Murray is an undergraduate student at Appalachian State University majoring in Communication Studies with a focus in Media and minoring in Dance. Outside of dance team practice and class, she enjoys drawing, listening to Beyoncé and walking her dog.