It’s all fun and games until someone gets eliminated. The remaining six Season 20 contestants of “Dancing with the Stars” rocked the ballroom floor with laughter and smiles on Monday night to the Week 8 theme “America’s Choice.” But unfortunately for the participants striving for the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy, two of them will be sent home on Tuesday in a double elimination.
With the stakes at their highest, the 2015 competitors brought their A-game to Monday night’s show, hoping to impress the judges and fans with a final routine before the big elimination round. So, which couple came out on top and which dancing duo fell flat?
Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy earned the highest praises of the night, receiving two perfect scores. (One was for their steamy rumba and another for their fiery trio paso doble performance with Artem Chigvintsev.)
"This was the Rumer and Val that we met at the beginning of the season,” judge Julianne Hough said, adding that with the double elimination coming up, they needed to keep performing equally impressive dance numbers to stay in the competition. “You got back on track. That was the best dance you’ve done," she said.
But not everyone left the ballroom floor feeing as confident as Rumer and Val. Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson received a 62 out of 80 -- the lowest score of the night. Although their contemporary routine earned them high praises from the judges, their trio performance (which was danced to the samba) was a bit of “a shamble.”
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba critiqued that it looked like Robert forgot the steps, and Len Goodman agreed that the trio routine was sloppy. Not exactly what you want to hear before a big elimination round. But Robert and Kym may just find themselves safe on Tuesday due to their big kiss.
Robert and Kym hit the streets to find out what America wanted them to do during their Week 8 routine. And from their responses, it turned out that America really wanted to see them lock lips in a romantic routine -- so they did!
“Throughout the journey, you haven’t been the most consistent scoring wise, but it only matters what you do tonight for tomorrow’s elimination. So tonight I thought that kiss upped your game a lot!” Carrie Ann noted.
But will that moment of passion be enough to advance them to Week 9? Or could their kiss actually be the kiss of death?
Sound off in the comments section below who you think should be eliminated in Tuesday night’s double elimination when “Dancing with the Stars” returns on May 5 at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC.