Tonight on ABC the glitz and the glitter returns to the ballroom as Dancing With The Stars and continues with an all-new Monday, October 24, 2016, season 23 episode 7 and we have your Dancing With The Stars recap below! On tonight’s DWTS Season 23 episode 7 “Eras Night” the eight remaining celebrities dance to a song from a different era. Also: Team dances are performed.
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On tonight’s DWTS episode as per the ABC synopsis, “The eight remaining celebrities will dance to some of the most popular songs throughout the decades, as “Eras Night” comes to “Dancing with the Stars. Len Goodman returns as head judge for this special night of dancing, which showcases popular music throughout the eras from the 1920s through the 1990s. Each celebrity will perform either a quickstep, rumba, Charleston, jive, tango, foxtrot, samba or jitterbug.”
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It’s “Eras Night” tonight on Dancing With the Stars! Hosts Erin Andrews and Tom Bergeron take the stage and introduce this season’s remaining couples and of course the esteemed DWTS judges. Good news DWTS fans, judge Len Goodman is back! Since there are only couples remaining, starting this week, the celebs will be dancing twice every night.
The first couple to dance tonight is Laurie Hernandez and her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy, (VIDEO HERE) they were given the 60’s. Since Laurie never got to go to a prom in high school, Val jokes that this is her prom because every teenager should get to experience prom at least once. Val and Laurie take the DWTS stage and dance the 60’s Quickstep to “One Fine Day.” Now, it’s time to hear what the judges think.
Len: Dance is a balance between performance and technique. I have no argument with the performance, but you lost a bit of the technique. Quickstep is about dancing quickly, but not being in a hurry. You rushed a little and you lost some of the technique. Great job though, well done!
Julianne: What I am going to say is you obviously didn’t miss out because my prom did not look like that. That’s what quickstep is about, it’s about character, you were light on your feet, well done!
Bruno: I bet you never thought you were going to prom with Austin Powers! She was swept off her feet, hardly touched the ground. You are such a zesty and luminous performer, you really light up the room.
Carrie Ann: I thought it was really great. It was light, but that typical Laurie strength that we all hunger for. But, why did you start with a lift and end with a lift. What’s up with that?
Scores: Len: 8 Julianne: 9 Bruno: 9 Carrie Ann: 8 Total: 34/40
The next couple to perform tonight on Dancing With The Stars is Olympian Ryan Lochte and his pro partner Cheryl Burke. (VIDEO HERE) They were given the 1990’s era. Throughout rehearsals this week, Ryan had a tough time “being sexy.” And, Cheryl says the only way this dance will work is if he can pull off sexy. Ryan and Cheryl take the stage and perform the Rumba to the classic hit 90’s song, “Don’t Want To Miss A Thing” by Aerosmith. Now, it’s time for the judges to share their thoughts.
Julianne: first of all, that song is like epic, it’s an anthem and unfortunately I felt like there could have been more dynamic there. Your effort has been amazing throughout the competition so far, but we have to start getting in to heel leads and bent legs and more energy. You have the potential, and you have to start getting the technique going. You have to match the song, and that song was epic.
Bruno: The great moon is rising, the blood is boiling, the music inspires tides of passion. You have to act in that way. I know technique is not your forte, but act it! Look at that girl, give me something! Come on Ryan, just listen to the words of the music. That’s it!
Carrie Ann: I actually thought you did well with the acting, this is so far from what you are comfortable with. Bruno and Julianne are right though, there is a connection to the missing that is missing. You are doing what Cheryl taught you, but it all feels like you are just doing what Cheryl told you. Take what she is giving you and make it organic to you.
Len: You know, swimmers are not known for their acting skills to be honest with you. I gave you an extra point tonight, because you came out straight in to the dance and I admire that. There weren’t any strings, flowers, and backdrops – it wasn’t brilliant, but I admiring your plot for not adding all that stuff that gets on my nerves.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7 Julianne: 7 Bruno: 7 Len: 7 Total: 28/40
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough are up next, and tonight they are taking us back to the 1920’s with the Charleston. Luckily, Marilu actually performed in the show “Chicago” and has some experience under her belt with the dance already. Marilu Henner and Derek take the stage and perform for the DWTS judges, then they wait for their critiques.
Bruno: The spirit of the roaring 20’s! Reckless attitude and cartoonish, I loved the beginning but you missed the ending. Too much gin? What happened? It was fine my darling.
Carrie Ann: Lifts are okay, but you didn’t go in to them or out of the very gracefully. I felt like you could have been a little bit looser in your body, you were tense, when you were side by side you weren’t matching lines very well. I’m sorry, that’s just how I felt. Len: It was fun, it was entertaining, it was energetic. You absolutely kept it that 20’s vibe.
Len: It was fun, it was entertaining, it was energetic. You absolutely kept it that 20’s vibe.
Julianne: I was going to say the same thing, I definitely felt like I was transported to the 20’s which was one of my favorite eras. There was a little bit of a mistake in the end. I think we should all take a minute, I think we overlook this and I don’t mean it in a bad way, but you are the oldest person in this competition. And, you are putting everything you have in this competition, so well done. Scores:
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 7 Julianne: 8 Bruno: 7 TOTAL: 29/40
Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold are up next. They were given the 1950’s era, and tonight they will be dancing the jive for the DWTS judges. Calvin has been impressing the judges with his lifts, but tonight they have to work on their feetwork, which is easier said than done because Calvin has had so many ankle injuries. After their jive, Calvin and Lindsay wait to hear what the judges have to say. Carrie Ann: I loved it. What was so fantastic is you make it your own. You took that dance and you made it “
Carrie Ann: I loved it. What was so fantastic is you make it your own. You took that dance and you made it “Calvanized.” It was energetic, it was effortless, and it was very easy on the eyes. Well done!Len: Like a car, it was polished and high-octane. You surprised me, you have improved so much in those weeks I have been away. You’re good!
Len: Like a car, it was polished and high-octane. You surprised me, you have improved so much in those weeks I have been away. You’re good!
Julianne: it was a proper jive, Lindsay was right, if you put energy in your toes we will see it, and we saw it! All I need now is a milkshake and a burger, thank you very much!
Bruno: Big, bright, optimistic, spot on with the style and feel of the era where everything is possible, even your footwork.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9 Len: 9 Julianne: 9 Bruno: 9 Total: 36/40
Next up on Era’s Night are Maureen McCormick and her pro partner Artem. (VIDEO HERE) They were lucky enough to get the 1980’s, which would generally be a simple era to recreate, however, Artem and Maureen seemed to have slept through the 80’s. Maureen and Artem take the DWTS stage and perform the Tango to the classic rock song “You Give Love A Bad Name” by Bon Jovi. Now, it’s time to hear what the judges thought.
Len: I loved the rock chick attitude, that suited the Tango very well. I don’t know who caused the blunder there were a few of them here and there. But I liked your attitude, you came out and sold it, well done.Julianne: Maureen look at me, I would take that outfit home for sure. I know you did slip or something happened, but I have to give you
Julianne: Maureen look at me, I would take that outfit home for sure. I know you did slip or something happened, but I have to give you credit because you kept it going and you sold the dance. Work on being a little bit more grounded, you have the attitude in your face, but transfer it to your body and get grounded, then you are golden.
Bruno: I loved the way she started, like a hell-raising rocking rolling Dominatrix and you went for it. I think it was Axle Rose there that lost the wheel. So blame him, you have to just work on the positive. You started very well, things go wrong, do it right next time.
Carrie Ann: This is exactly why people love you, you stumble and you keep going. But I want to give you some constructive criticism, when you are on hold I think you can be a little closer. For your next dance coming up, a group dance, that is my constructive criticism.
Scores Carrie Ann: 7 Len: 7 Julianne: 7 Bruno: 7 Total: 28/40
Terra Jole and her partner Sasha are up next. (VIDEO HERE) Sasha and Terra were assigned the 1930’s era , they hit the dance floor and perform the Foxtrot to the song “Cheek To Cheek” for the DWTS judges. After their performance, they wait to hear their critiques from the judges.
Julianne: I am so excited because this is the Terra that we fell in love from the get go and you brought it back. You completely embodied the character. When you guys look at each other, the connection that you have, that is what we are looking for. Tonight is the first time I felt like we really had a connection and a performance on this stage.
Bruno: You have the sparkle of a little Jean Harlow, it was really like capturing these moments when Hollywood dance and movie musicals rule the screen. You really have a knack for getting it right, lovely!
Carrie Ann: I absolutely agree with Bruno and Julianne, I love the way you commit to every movement and moment. You don’t waste a single second of the dance doing nothing. Everything is fully committed, including the match made in heaven between you two. Magical!
Len: The 30’s is the years of the Great Depression, but there was nothing depressing about that dance. You put the all in small because you come out and give it everything, that class and sophistication. And I must say, Sasha you are doing a fantastic job.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9 Len: 8 Julianne: 9 Bruno: 8 Total: 34/40
Jana Kramer and Gleb had a stressful week of rehearsals, Jana is feeling overwhelmed because she is also on tour while competing on DWTS, and after last week’s scores she is feeling a lot of pressure. Jana Kramer and Gleb hit the DWTS stage and perform a 1970’s era Argentine Tango.
Bruno: That girl can get down! She can get up! She can get in to everything in between, including wonderful shadow rolls. Where did that come from? And, she can do a mean wash in case you get too dirty. She’ll take care of you, but never too dirty for me.
Carrie Ann: Just a reminder, no lifts. I know there was like an “I’m going to lift you up here.” You took the risks. I know you had creative reasons. You are a great dancer, each week we see you sparkling more and more. You have a few problems with musicality but I don’t want that to discourage you because I see your star growing brighter and brighter.
Len: it was nice and clean and nice and crisp, I must say. It needed more content in there, there was so much larking about on the tub and in between. You know it is the truth Gleb, it needed more of it. But, im back until the final and I will be surprised if you are not there. [Gleb interrupts] I saw what you did don’t tell me what you did. Just listen to what I am telling you and get on with it.
Julianne: All right, what do I say now? You guys broke out at just the perfect time, this is week 7. I believe in you guys, I know when you did those shadow rolls you were doing them properly. It is the 70’s era night and they put some fun in to it, and it worked!
Scores Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 8 Bruno: 9 Julianne: 9 Total: 34/40
Rounding out the first round of tonight’s performances is James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess – this week they were assigned the 1940’s Jitterbug. And, they can’t wait to show off their lifts for the judges, although Sharna did injure her knee in rehearsals right before the show. Sharna and James hit the stage and perform the Jitterbug, then wait to hear what the judges have to say.
Carrie Ann: what is so spectacular about you is the way you immerse yourself like a really good actor, you do that with every dance, you disappear in to the world that Sharna has created doing all the right nuances and special effects. I know there were some things that might have been lifts, there were some adaptations that I think were happening and you were like “Is this it?” But, well done.
Len: GI Joe, you are a major contender in this competition. You came out and you interrupted the music very well, I would have liked a little more Jitterbug than Jive. I enjoyed it very much, you are going to get a lovely high score.
Julianne: Sometimes when people come out, they do their dance and you are like “ohh I wanted more.” Then some people come out and you are like “I wanted more, don’t ever stop, that was amazing.” And, that’s you guys every time. You guys always do it like its your last dance, and it’s so appreciated. Thank you.
Bruno: Private James and the Jitterbug Brigade are unstoppable. What you put in to it is amazing, the mood, the look, the style and storytelling – you just watch it as if you are watching a film. Every single frame is at its most effective. It just wasn’t as synchronized as it could have been because of a few issues, but I love watching you two.
Scores: Carrie Ann:9 Bruno:9 Len: 9 Julianne: 9 Total: 36/40
Now it’s time for the first Team Dance of the season.
Laurie Hernandez and James Hinchliffe were the team captains. James chose Calvin Johnson, Maureen McCormick, and Ryan Lochte. Laurie’s team is made up of Jana Kramer, Marilu Henner, and Terra Jole. Since it is Era’s Week, the teams were divided in to “Past” and “Future”.
James’ team, aka “Past” is up first. They take the stage with their pro partners and dance a beautiful Viennese Waltz for the judges. Len: I thought it was very brave to do the Viennese Waltz ad you came together terrific. No one stood out because it was a perfect team dance.
Len: I thought it was very brave to do the Viennese Waltz ad you came together terrific. No one stood out because it was a perfect team dance.
Julianne: I literally wrote the same thing Len just said. It was so refreshing to see something like this for a team dance, it was clean, the pictures you guys choreographed, it was executed beautifully.
Bruno: I felt like I was experiencing a lush and romantic dream. You were so in tune and synchronized, there was one instance that James and Calvin were passing the floor in total synchronization, it was gorgeous!
Carrie Ann: The formations, the lines, it was as well executed as a professional and all pro dance. It was absolutely haunting and my favorite dance of the night.
Scores Carrie Ann: 10 Len: 9 Julianne: 9 Bruno: 10 Total: 38/40
Laurie Hernandez’s team, aka “Future” is up next. Laurie’s all women team and their pro partners decided to stage it in an apocalyptic future. There were some issues with rehearsal because Terra couldn’t do some of the dance moves that the other women are doing. She gets a little emotional because she doesn’t want to hold her team back. After a rough week of rehearsals, they take the stage to perform for the DWTS judges.
We are running short on time and the judges rush through their critiques.
Julianne: First of all, I felt like I was in divergent, it was such a cool concept and I loved your approach. What was cool about yours is we got to see more individual performances. And then when you guys were together it was fantastic, but there were a few moments out of synch. Overall I loved that concept and I thought it was really beautiful.
Bruno: Beam me up Scottie! For me it was like the team from Stark Trek Tangoing their way to Pandora. I loved all of that, I am a sci-fi geek. The dancing was very good, when the music slows down, it really brings out the details. The synchronizing wasn’t really there, but beautiful concept.
Carrie Ann: I love that you went for the challenge. You didn’t use a lot of expression, and that made it challenging because all we had to look at was your shapes. And Marilu are you okay, I noticed you fell? Well you are a trooper, you got right back up and went through to the end!
Len: Well can I say, it is great to be here! The standard of dancing is fantastic. Its not just the skill to win, it’s the will to win. I thought it had great imagination. I thought it was a great job and I congratulate you.
Scores Carrie Ann: 8 Len: 9 Bruno: 9 Julianne: 9 Total: 35/40
Now, it’s time for this week’s results. Maureen McCormick and Artem and Jana Kramer and Gleb are in danger of elimination. After tallying their scores and the people’s votes, Maureen McCormick and Artem are officially eliminated from DWTS.