It was a night of firsts on “Dancing With the Star.” In Season 24, Week 6 viewers saw the first ever boy/girl group themed show, the first perfect score of the season and a shocking first during the elimination round.

During Monday night’s show, the cast was split into two gendered groups. The men worked with the female “DWTS” pros to create a boy band performance while the women did the same with the male pros. Backstreet Boys member Nick Carter also appeared on the show as a guest judge, taking the place of Julianne Hough.

In addition to the group performances, which came at the tail end of Week 6, each Season 24 celebrity was tasked with performing with their partner. Each of the eight remaining pairs danced to a song by a girl or boy group. While the performances were supposed to be fun, behind-the-scenes footage proved the pressure was getting to the stars.

How did they do? Here’s a rundown of all the Week 6 performances and who was on the chopping block at the end of Monday’s “DWTS” episode:

Team Golden Giggles

Simone Biles and Sasha Farber stepped into the ballroom first, performing Samba to “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child. For the second week in a row, the Olympic gymnast struggled to find her sexy, but it didn’t show in the Week 6 performance. Although their timing was slightly off, the pair scored an impressive 35 out of 40 for their girl power-packed routine.

Team Denim N Diamonds

Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess followed after with a sexy, sensual Rumba to The Backstreet Boys hit single “I Want It That Way.” The performance was a vast improvement over some they’ve done in the last few weeks. Some of the judges called it “jagged,” noting that the professional bull rider appeared to be elsewhere while dancing.

Guest judge and former boy bander Nick suggested that he just “let go” and trust the process. When asked about the comment later, Bonner admitted that it wasn’t bad advice at all. When all was said and done, Bonner and Sharna walked away with a score of 30 out of 40.

Team Blades of Glory

Nancy Kerrigan and Artem Chmerkovskiy performed a Paso Doble to “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue. Their package showcased the former figure skater’s struggles with perfection and confidence, though there was hardly any trace of that in their performance. Nancy was a force to be reckoned with on the floor and that reflected in the score she and Artem received.

Team Blades of Glory scored a 33 out of 40. They were also highly praised by the judges and beloved by audience members. Here’s hoping Nancy finds her confidence in Week 7.

Team Baby Got Bach

Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd also struggled with confidence issues. Nick’s performances have been marred by mistakes, and he thought that in Week 6 he’d have it easy. The former “Bachelor” star learned that he and Peta would be dancing the Jive to “Fun Fun Fun” by the Beach Boys -- little did he know the fun, fast dance is such a challenge.

“I want this to be easy for me right now,” Nick exclaimed during one of many practices with Peta.

Their routine was fun and captured the essence of the song, but the judges weren’t wowed. Once again Nick made a number of minor mistakes and their score and the judges’ critiques reflected that. They left the ballroom dance floor with the lowest score of the night at just 28 out of 40.

Team Valmani

Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy were feeling pressure of their own. The pair have been scored high and praised by judges and fans alike. Couple that with Normani’s background as a performer and you’ve got quite a stressful spot to be in.

In Week 6 on “DWTS,” Normani and Val danced a Salsa to “When I Grow Up” by the Pussycat Dolls. The song resonated with Normani, who grew up trying to learn the choreography. Their performance was fun, told a story and was near flawless and the judges -- sans Len Goodman -- were blown away.

They scored a 38 out of 40 and secured their spot toward the top of the leaderboard. Hopefully it’ll be enough to keep them in the competition as the weeks go on.

Team Lady And The Gramp

David Ross and Lindsay Arnold bounced back from a rough performance in Week 6. They put in a lot of hard work preparing to dance an Argentine Tango to “I Want You Back” by N*Sync and were hopeful that it would payoff -- especially David. The former Major League Baseball player reached his breaking point during practice, unsure that all this hard work was worth it.

While they struggled to nail the footwork and being sexy with one another in practice, David and Lindsay performed the best they ever have on Monday night. They worked death-defying lifts and tricks into their routine and appeared to finally be finding their way in the competition. Team Lady and the Gramp scored 29 out of 40 for their performance in Week 6.

Team Shad Squad

Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater had a lot to prove in Week 6. During last week’s show they saw a major drop in their leaderboard position. The NFL free agent and his “DWTS” pro partner channeled that negativity into something positive during their Tango to “I’ll Be There” by the Four Tops.

There were minor issues with the routine, but the judges were impressed overall. Rashad and Emma heard major praise for their pairing, their dancing and their dedication to the competition. They scored 37 out of 40 points during Week 6.

Team Maksimum Heat

Heather Morris hit the “DWTS” ballroom alongside Maksim Chmerkovskiy for the first time in several weeks. The pair performed a Rumba to “Chasing Waterfalls” by TLC and absolutely killed it. The dance was without flaw, as was their score of 40 out of 40.

Bruno Tonioli said, at one point, that Heather “danced like a champion,” suggesting the odds of winning may be in her favor. Carrie Ann Inaba praised Maks for coming back “grounded,” and couldn’t get enough of their routine. Even Len, who has been an outspoken hater of any dance evoking hip hop moves or sounds, enjoyed Team Maksimum Heat’s Week 6 dance, which is saying a lot.

Team Performances

After each of the eight individual teams performed, the cast split up and prepared to take the stage with their boy/girl group. Team Boy Band went first after learning that each member on their team was safe from elimination in Week 6. Their performance wasn’t technically sound, but it sure was fun.

The judges were divided. Half were on their feet dancing -- OK, maybe just Carrie Ann’s. The others were wiping away tears of laughter. When all was said and done, Team Boy Band scored an extra 33 out of 40 points and won over the hearts of all who watched.

Team Girl Group went after and, while most expected the best from them the performance was underwhelming. There appeared to be timing issues and, as Len pointed out, a lot of sitting. Although the judges weren’t as blown away as they were by the men on the “DWTS” Season 24 cast, the women won the overall challenge with a score of 34 out of 40.


The four “DWTS” Season 24 pairs with a female celebrity in them took their spots on the podium to await final judging. Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron first announced that Team Golden Giggles and Team Valmani would live to see another dance. Team Maksimum Heat, however, was not so lucky.

In a shocking turn of events, after the first perfect score of the season, Heather and Maks were sent home. They said very little at the end of the show, but they will delve deeper into it during “Good Morning America” on Tuesday.

What did you think of the “DWTS” Week 6 elimination? Tune in next Monday at 8 p.m. EDT on ABC to find out which duo will be the next to leave the ballroom.