It’s officially ’90s Night on Dancing With the Stars! Salt-N-Pepa and And Vogue kicks off the throwback episode with an incredible performance of “Whatta Man.” There are 8 couples left, and they will be performing some of the biggest 90s hits. At the end of the night there will be a double elimination.
Before the performances begin, Tyra Banks and Alfonso Ribeiro take a moment to remember season 9 contestant Aaron Carterwho died on November 5 at 34. Tyra says Aaron brought “energy and fun” to the show during his time in the ballroom.
Trevor Donovan and Emma Slater starting with an epic salsa to “Barbie Girl” by Aqua dressed up like Ken and Barbie. There is one insane elevator in the room that they nailed. Len Goodman calling the performance “so much fun” and “full of rhythm.” Derek Hough admitted there were a “few awkward moments” but noted Trevor’s “confidence”. Bruno Tonioli saying that the “choreography and structure” was like watching a sitcom set to music. He adds that it was Trevor’s “most worked” performance yet. Trevor and Emma’s scores: Carrie Ann = 8; Len = 9; Derek = 8; Bruno = 9. Total score = 34 out of 40.
Shangela and Gleb Savchenko return to the ballroom after their first perfect score last week. They rock the room with their exciting samba performance to “Spice Up Your Life”. Spice Girls. Derek raves about their “amazing, amazing” performance, but points out that Shangela’s “footwork is still a little sloppy in places.” Carrie Ann Inaba giving Shangela and Gleb a standing ovation. “It was lit!” she says. Len notes that Derek is right when it comes to the footwork, but says the show had that “wow” factor. Shangela and Gleb’s scores: Carrie Ann = 10; Len = 9; Derek = 9; Bruno = 9. Total score = 37 out of 40.
Wayne Brady and Whitney Carson killing it with their salsa to “Motownphilly”. Boyz II Men. “When you get into the groove, you’re unstoppable,” Bruno declares. Carrie Ann tells Wayne that this is his “best dance yet”. Len calls the performance “really, really outstanding.” Wayne and Witney’s scores: Carrie Ann = 10; Len = 10; Derek = 10; Bruno = 10. Total score = 40 out of 40. His first perfect score since Prom Night!
Daniel Durant open for Brit Stewart about his birth mother, who unfortunately passed away after they reconnected. Daniel and Britt amaze the ballroom with their powerful performance to “Enjoy The Silence”. Depeche Mode. Halfway through the dance the music is turned off to show what it’s like for the deaf.
Carrie Ann says that the performance was not only “educational and profound,” but that a “new Daniel came out.” Len tells Daniel, “You never fail to amaze me.” Derek cries over the performance, calling it “sensually powerful.” Bruno raves the performance was “like magic…we felt the sound of silence.” Daniel and Britt’s scores: Carrie Ann = 10; Len = 9; Derek = 10; Bruno = 10. Total score = 39 out of 40. His first 10’s of the season!
Heidi D’Amelio and Artem Chigvintsev don’t want to be in the bottom two again. Heidi tries to let it all out during her contemporary too “Ironic” through Alanis Morissette. Len admits that the contemporary is not a dance that suits her personality. Derek follows Len’s comments and tells Heidi that he actually felt her “emotion” in the performance. Carrie Ann adds that there were “moments of absolute beauty and vulnerability”. Heidi and Artem’s scores: Carrie Ann = 9; Len = 8; Derek = 9; Bruno = 9. Total score = 35 out of 40.
Gabby Windey and Val Chmerkovskiy set the ballroom on fire with their rousing samba to “Livin’ La Vida Loca”. Ricky Martin. Derek, before pulling out, stands up and says it was the “best samba ever.” Bruno points out that the “technique and the amount of content” Val gives Gabby is “insane.” He thinks Gabby’s skills are “some of the best we’ve seen.” Gabby and Val’s scores: Carrie Ann = 10; Len = 10; Derek = 10; Bruno = 10. Total score = 40 out of 40.
Vinny Guadagnino and Koko Iwasaki jam out with their tango to “What Is Love” by Haddaway. Bruno remarks that there is “no skipping in the tango,” and Vinny slips through it. Carrie Ann appreciates how Koko pushed Vinny this week, but there is “still technique that needs work.” Len says he likes the “night amount held back.” Vinny and Koko’s scores: Carrie Ann = 8; Len = 7; Derek = 7; Bruno = 7. Total score = 29 out of 40.
Charli D’Amelio and Mark Ballas take the competition to a new level with their tango to “Song 2”. Faded. Carrie Ann gives Charli and Mark a standing ovation. She says “it was more than anything I feel like I’ve ever seen” on the show. She adds the performance “had all the light and shadow of a masterpiece.” Len tells Charli that “for a young lady, you dance with great maturity.” The judges have been preaching all night about the “quality of movement,” and Bruno says “that’s it.” Charli and Mark’s scores: Carrie Ann = 10; Len = 10; Derek = 10; Bruno = 10. Total score = 40 out of 40.
Now it’s time for the relay dances! Shangela/Gleb and Daniel/Britt are up first. They perform a cha-cha to “Ice Ice Baby” by Vanilla ice cream. Len gives 5 points to Shangela. Next up are Vinny/Koko and Trevor/Emma, performing “My Lovin’ (You’re Never Gonna Get It)” from En Vogue. Carrie Ann gives 5 extra points to Trevor. Heidi/Artem take on Wayne/Whitney with a samba to “Shoop” by Salt-N-Pepa. Bruno gives 5 points to Wayne.
The final relay of the evening is between the leading pairs Charli/Mark and Gabby/Val. They dance the salsa to “Ain’t Gonna Hurt Nobody”. Kid ‘N Play. Derek chooses Charli to receive the extra 5 points.
A shocking double elimination to end the night
After individual dances and relays, it’s time for the 90’s Night results. The first couple to dance in the semi-finals is Wayne and Witney. Other safe couples are Daniel and Britt, Gabby and Val, Shangela and Gleb, and Charli and Mark. The bottom three couples are Trevor and Emma, Vinny and Koko, and Heidi and Artem.
The first pair to be eliminated due to votes alone are Heidi and Artem. It’s up to the judge to save Trevor and Emma or Vinny and Koko. One of these couples will be sent to the semi-finals. Derek chooses to save Trevor and Emma. Bruno follows Derek’s lead and rescues Trevor and Emma. Carrie Ann agrees with her colleagues, which means Vinny and Coco was also eliminated.