The hit ABC reality dancing competition continued on Monday, with celebrity contestants and their professional dance partners taking routines to the tunes of the 1978 classic film musical, which starred. John Travolta And Olivia Newton-John.
But it wasn’t all smiles and extremities.
In a shocking turn of events, Olivia Jade, one of the season’s highest scorers, found himself in the bottom two at the end of the night, leaving his fate in the hands of one nail biting judges vote. And Amanda Kloots, who has consistently mesmerized with her technique, missed out on getting her first perfect score of the season, thanks to Derek Hough.
Here’s who hit “Grease” with the highest score of the season… and who sparked the ballroom dropout.
Olivia Jade Lives Out High School Memories She Never Had
Before his performance, Jade confessed to his pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy that “Grease” is his “favourite movie of all time” and that he has seen it “probably over 45, 50 times”. But because she went to a girls’ high school, Jade said she never had a high school romance like Sandra Dee and Danny Zuko.
So he channeled that fantasy into “Summer Nights” in a bouncy foxtrot that impressed all four judges.
“Your frame is incredible,” said Derek Hough. “What a great way to open the show.”
Len Goodman said Jade is becoming “one hell of a dancer”, while Carrie Ann-Inaba commented on the YouTuber’s technique “was amazing.”
“Your starry nights are more than summer nights,” said Bruno Tonioli. “You captured Sandy’s sweet innocence … Oivia (Newton-John) would be proud of you.”
Routine earned a total of 36 out of 40 points from the judges. But was the high praise enough to keep Jade safe from elimination?
Amanda Kloots misses out on first full score thanks to Derek Hough
clots came Therefore Close to getting his first perfect score of the season, but Huff stood in his way.
“The Talk” co-host and his collaborator Alan Burston practically appeared on the dance floor as a “beauty school dropout” in a soaring Viennese waltz. And to make it even more special, the song was sung live by Frankie Avalon, the former teen idol who played Francie’s guardian angel in the original “Grease” film.
Kloots also got some advice on channeling Frenchy from Didi Con, who played her in the film.
“The French just want everyone to be not only beautiful on the outside, but to know that they are loved,” Conn told Kloots over video chat.
Inaba called the performance “magic,” while Goodman quipped, “You’re not going to be a ‘Dancing with the Stars’ dropout, because I thought it was just fantastic.”
But although Huff congratulated Kloots on his leg extension, he was the only judge to give him a 9 instead of a 10, one point shy of the first perfect score of the season.
Jojo Siwa dislodges clots for highest score of the season
Still, Kloots and Burston had the season’s highest score of 39 out of 40… until JoJo Siwa and her pro-partner Jenna Johnson performed a foxtrot on the dance floor with “Look at Me, I’m Sandra Dee (Reprise)”. took. .”
The show’s first gay dance pairing reflects on their friendship and the confidence Siwa has gained from working with Johnson.
“When I came here the first week, I came in full pants, a full hoodie, a full jean jacket,” Siwa confessed before the performance. “I was very self-conscious about myself.”
But Johnson “gave me the confidence and courage to be more okay with myself,” Siwa said. Johnson said that she had come to see Siwa as a younger sister.
“It’s the most connected I’ve ever felt with a partner,” said the pro-dancer.
And the two didn’t budge on the judges, who awarded them a full 40 out of 40 of the season. Even the normally stern Goodman stood up and stood on his feet to cheer.
“You struck my brain with the quality of the technique,” he said. “You touched my heart with the artistry you created. It was fantastic.”
Tonioli continued: “It was the perfect explanation of the importance and power of friendship.”
Olivia Jade lands in the bottom two in a shocking twist. But was he eliminated?
The night’s most dramatic twist, however, came at the very end, which saw Jade and Chmerkovskiy land in the bottom two next to former “Spice Girl” Melanie C. and her pro partner Gleb Savchenko.
Hough voted to save Jade, while Inaba casts her vote for Melanie C. Although Tonioli called Jade the “wonder of the season”, he opted to save Melanie C.
That meant it all came down to Goodman, who decided to give Jade another chance. And because Goodman’s chief justice, her vote broke the 2-2 draw, meaning Melanie C. was eliminated.
“Don’t let success go to your head, and don’t let disappointment get to your heart,” he told contestants just before casting their vote as the credits rolled.
“Dancing with the Stars” will return for a horror movie-themed episode (ABC, 8 EDT/PDT) on October 25.