Dancing with the Stars Janet Jackson Night recap: Live Blog


The good news for the “Dancing with the Stars” contestants was that Monday night gave them the opportunity to perform to the music of Janet Jackson. The bad news was that it was also a double elimination night, which meant that a quarter of the remaining contestants had to go home when all was said and done. Who were the unlucky celebrities on the chopping block. And who qualified for the semi-finals next week? Scroll down for our live blog with all the minute-by-minute developments and commentary throughout the night.

The celebrities had to perform twice on “Janet Jackson Night”. In the first round, they performed new routines with their professional partners on classic Jackson hits: cha chas for Jimmie Allen (“Getaway”) and Iman Shumpert (“Rhythm Nation”), paso dobles for Melora Hardin (“If”) and Cody rigsby (“Black Cat”), salsa for Jojo siwa (“Feedback”), Argentine tango for Olivia jade (“Anytime, anywhere”), samba for Suni Lee (“All for You”), and jazz for Amanda kloots (“I miss you a lot”).

Then came the dance round where the celebrities competed against each other in the hopes of receiving two bonus points from the judges. Allen and Lee danced dueling salsas on “Made for Now” (judging by Bruno Tonioli). Siwa and Jade were pitted against each other over rumba over “This is how love goes” (judging by Carrie Ann Inaba), Shumpert and Hardin fought with foxtrots for “Encore” (judging by Derek hough). And Kloots faced off against Rigsby with cha chas at “Together Again” (judged by Len goodman).

And every point counted. Last week, Jade received four bonus points for her relay dance, which propelled her past Siwa to the top of the judges’ standings. The result: Jade was safe, while Siwa shockingly found herself in the last two. The judges voted to save Siwa and eliminate The Miz instead, but it wasn’t a double elimination night. So no one could count on safety in the Rhythm Nation. Follow below from 8:00 p.m. (the hours indicated are eastern).

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Cordell Martin, 8:00 p.m. – Let’s go, Janet Week!

Daniel Montgomery, 8:02 p.m. – Ooh, and kudos to Britt and Brandon for choreographing the opening! And Janet herself is on hand on webcam to say how “honored” she is to see celebrities dancing to her music tonight.

Jimmie Allen and Emma Slater (Cha Cha, “Getaway”)

SM, 8:05 p.m. – “It’s only fitting that we can honor him on ‘Dancing with the Stars’,” Jimmie said in their music video. They don’t exactly seem to have one genre in common, but he’s thrilled to perform to the music of the pioneer. And the package highlights Jimmie’s relationship with his “lifelong friend” Emma.

CM, 8:08 p.m. – A great way to start the night.

Jeffrey Kare, 8:09 p.m. – I found that excellent!

SM, 8:09 p.m. – Jimmie has really become a confident artist. He seems to totally agree with that.

CM, 8:10 p.m. – Expect the judges to go after male celebrities tonight.

Judges – Len didn’t like heels, and while he thought it was a nice dance, he’s still not sure if that’s enough to get him to next week’s show. Derek is once again wowed by the sparkly outfits, but he didn’t think it was Jimmie’s best performance. It was a little stiff. Bruno thinks his flow has improved, but he was also crazy about those heels. Carrie Ann thought it was “fun” and a great way to start the night, but the shoulders were up and the rib cage had to stay in place.

CM, 8:11 p.m. – I think he gets all 8.

SCORES – Carrie Ann (8), Len (8), Derek (8), Bruno (8) = 32

JK, 8:12 p.m. – And that’s exactly what he got.

Suni Lee and Sasha Farber (Samba, “Everything for you”)

DM, 8:15 p.m. – I still support Suni. She is so adorable and had to leave the live stage on TV to throw up after her dance. She did an amazing job for someone battling nausea, and now she has to do samba rolls. Apparently she had detractors online telling her that she didn’t deserve to be on the show? Don’t let the bastards get you down, Suni.

CM, 8:19 p.m. – Suni could get sympathy votes this week.

JK, 8:20 p.m. – And they would be really deserving. Great job this week.

CM, 8:20 p.m. – It was much better than I expected. It was fun, light and vibrant.

DM, 8:20 p.m. – Aside from that puff, I don’t think I’ve ever seen Suni look so smooth and comfortable.

Judges – Derek thought she had new self-confidence and did a difficult “so beautifully, so gracefully” samba. Bruno thought she was “high octane” and could have been one of the pros. Carrie Ann thinks it’s the Suni they’ve been waiting for all season. Len thought he would get an “A-one” health score.

SCORES – Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Derek (10), Bruno (10) = 40

CM, 8:21 p.m. – Wow, Melora better bring it.

Melora Hardin and Artem Chigvintsev (Paso Doble, “Si”)

DM, 8:22 p.m. – Uh-oh, Melora gets a tense edit where she argues with Artem about how hard he criticizes her during practice (and he’s a little harsh in these clips). A bunch of negative clips never help on this show, so hopefully she pulls this routine off, but maybe the tension will actually help on an aggressive paso doble.

CM, 8:24 p.m. – She brought warmth.

JK, 8:25 p.m. – Imaginative production values. Great use of backup dancers. Incredible performance.

CM, 8:26 p.m. – She even did the Skai spin LOL. I smell another 40.

DM, 8:26 p.m. – She really did this dance. I think the tension probably helped. She was one of the few celebrities this season to have the character of the paso doble.

Judges – Bruno thought she was a “fierce” “evil queen”, and she also had “art” and “beauty”. Carrie Ann thinks she’s getting her balls out of the ballroom, especially for a woman in her 50s. Len thought it was a “well done”, “a great performance”. Derek thought she “absolutely killed that paso.”

SCORES – Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Derek (10), Bruno (10) = 40

DM, 8:29 p.m. – I love Melora who brings the same passion to thank the makeup artists, hairdressers, costume designers and sound artists of the series. He is a television professional who appreciates everyone at the heart of the profession.

DM, 8:30 p.m. – With these scores, you can also feel a bit the judges trying to prepare for the semi-finals they want. But someone is going to go home, he doesn’t want to go home. I am almost certain of it.

Olivia Jade and Val Chmerkovskiy (Argentine Tango, “Any Time, Any Place”)

DM, 8:31 p.m. – Olivia didn’t think she would get this far, and she was thrilled to have such a big night out last week. She has even had a family connection to Janet since her father appeared in one of her videos in the early 1990s even before Olivia was born.

JK, 8:35 p.m. – Deliciously hot.

DM, 8:35 p.m. – The night was already going very well, and I think it was the best of the night so far. Such a beautiful musical interpretation and a perfect and fluid movement.

CM, 8:36 p.m. – Another solid routine from Olivia. Four 9.

Judges – Carrie Ann wanted to see more heat, but it was well danced. Len liked moments of speed and moments of sweetness, but he wasn’t a fan of the song on the table. Derek also thinks Len should try it on a table, and Derek can feel his joy in the “beautiful” dance. Bruno thought there was good legwork, but he also wanted to see more passion.

SCORES – Carrie Ann (9), Len (9), Derek (9), Bruno (9) = 36

JK, 8:37 p.m. – First non-perfect score of the night since the first.

DM, 8:39 p.m. – And the judges agreed on all the scores tonight. I thought Olivia’s routine was pretty perfect, while Suni had a little wobble that they forgot about. Looks like the judges had a good idea of ​​where they wanted to place the celebrities before the party started.

Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke (Paso Doble, “Black Cat”)

DM, 8:41 p.m. – Cody is a huge Janet Jackson stan, and it reminds him of his mom, who took Cody to his first Janet gig. But he has a lot of work to do on this paso doble since he has to follow Melora’s perfect dance in this style.

CM, 8:44 p.m. – I do not know.

DM, 8:44 p.m. – Not perfect, but I kinda expected Cody to have a hard time with that, and it was actually pretty good for the most part.

JK, 8:45 p.m. – It was probably the most exciting routine they have performed in the competition so far.

CM, 9:45 p.m. – I thought it was good but I’m afraid he’s about to be over-scored.

Judges – Len thought it was a huge, daring, no-frills dance, so much so that he didn’t even notice Cheryl. Derek felt he had stepped up this routine with his lines, his power and his presence. Bruno thought he “had unleashed the beast within”. Carrie Ann thought it was “fantastic” and it “brings it all together”.

SCORES – Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Derek (9), Bruno (9) = 38

CM, 8:50 p.m. – I agree with these 9

JK, 8:50 p.m. – I’m glad he didn’t get a perfect score, because that would have been a lot in my opinion.

DM, 8:50 p.m. – I don’t know where these 10 come from.

Amanda Kloots and Alan Bersten (Jazz, “I miss you a lot”)

DM, 8:51 p.m. – Another conflict modification. Amanda and Alan fight over guardianship during practice. And Alan looks tough, which is weird considering Amanda is a Broadway artist, and I’m pretty sure jazz is going to be in her comfort zone.

JK, 8:54 p.m. – All around amazing!

CM, 8:54 p.m. – Okay Amanda. She better have her perfect score

Judges – Derek claps slowly and stands up. He believes she was “a leading woman from start to finish.” Bruno thought she was in charge from start to finish, including Janet’s references but making them her own. Carrie Ann comes from behind the judges’ table to hug Amanda, telling her that she is so proud of her. And Len called it “amazing”.

JK, 8:55 p.m. – It’s a good sign with Len warming up with her.

SCORES – Carrie Ann (10), Len (10), Derek (10), Bruno (10) = 40

CM, 8:56 p.m. – About the time.

JK, 8:56 p.m. – Like they said when Susan Lucci finally won her Emmy, “The streak is over.”

CM, 8:56 p.m. – I think Olivia is in the bottom three.

DM, 8:56 p.m. – Yeah, if she hadn’t gotten a perfect score after the way the scores went tonight, she might never have gotten them LOL.

Iman Shumpert and Daniella Karagach (Cha Cha, “Rythm Nation”)

DM, 8:56 p.m. – No wonder Iman’s wife Teyana taylor knows Janet and is such a huge fan considering that she is also an R&B star. But the cha cha is going to be a challenge for Iman being very tall, and the judges were very hard on Jimmie Allen’s cha cha, so we’ll see what happens with that.

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