‘Dancing With The Stars’ Does ’80s Night + Tyra Explains Last Week’s Mix-Up

Jill O'Rourke | Talent Recap

Dancing with the Stars Season 29 continued on Monday night with the fifth week of competition. Tonight was ’80s Night, and the show opened with an aerobics-inspired introduction of the contestants.


The night also featured an explanation of last week’s results mishap. Host Tyra Banks explained that the votes were counted properly, but there was a technical error that led her to incorrectly announce Monica and Val as safe, when they were actually in the bottom two. She assured fans that the correct results were ultimately given.

Voting was once again open during tonight’s show, and at the end of the night, another couple was eliminated. Check out this week’s dances below, and find out who went home this time.

‘Dancing With The Stars’ ’80s Night: Watch The Performances

Justina Machado & Sasha Farber

This duo danced jazz to “Maniac” from Flashdance, with a set inspired by the movie. Justina even ended the dance with the film’s classic water moment! “You are a maniac,” Derek Hough said, adding that he meant it “in the best possible way.”

Score: 24

Jesse Metcalfe & Sharna Burgess

This actor and his partner danced the tango to “Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears. Bruno Tonioli said Jesse lost his steps and timing, and “it went a bit wrong.” Carrie Ann Inaba said he needed to “reconnect” to his partner.

Score: 19

Chrishell Stause & Gleb Savchenko

This pair danced the cha-cha to “You Got It (The Right Stuff)” by New Kids on the Block, Chrishell’s favorite band growing up. Carrie Ann said it was “entertaining to watch,” but didn’t have enough cha-cha moves. After the performance, NKOTB sent Chrishell a video message.

Score: 19

Jeannie Mai & Brandon Armstrong

This duo danced jazz to “Like a Virgin” by Madonna, with Jeannie wearing an outfit inspired by the iconic singer. Derek said it was “a simple but clean routine,” and Carrie Ann called Jeannie “the most exciting performer.”

Score: 24

Monica Aldama & Val Chmerkovskiy

This pair was in the bottom two last week, but were saved by the judges. This week, they danced the tango to “Tainted Love” by Soft Cell. Bruno told her she was “so on it,” and Carrie Ann called it “an incredible performance.”

Score: 26

AJ McLean & Cheryl Burke

This pair danced the waltz to “Open Arms” by Journey. Carrie Ann said AJ was in “the perfect place” for this stage of the competition. Derek said he had “great control with your feet,” but it looked like he was trying, and it needed to be “effortless.”

Score: 24


Skai Jackson & Alan Bersten

This Disney star and her partner danced jazz to “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News, from Back to the Future. Derek said it was “so fun,” while Carrie Ann and Bruno said to watch the dismount on their lifts.

Score: 24

Vernon Davis & Peta Murgatroyd

This pair danced the tango to “Living on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi. Bruno said the footwork was “a little bit flat.” However, Carrie Ann said she still liked the “quality movement,” and Derek said he wanted to see more of an “attack” from Vernon.

Score: 21

Kaitlyn Bristowe & Artem Chigvintsev

This pair danced the tango to “I Think We’re Alone Now” by Tiffany, ending with a break dance moment. Carrie Ann said their tango frame was “far superior” to other couples tonight. Bruno called it “an action-packed ’80s blockbuster,” saying it made him “happy.”

Score: 27

Nelly & Daniella Karagach

This pair danced the samba to “Rhythm of the Night” by DeBarge. Derek said it was Nelly’s best dance yet, and Bruno said he was “lighter on his feet” than usual, calling his footwork “nimble and precise.”

Score: 24

Johnny Weir & Britt Stewart

This duo danced contemporary to “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler. Carrie Ann said he “crushed” it, complimenting Britt’s choreography. Derek said he was watching for mistakes, but called it “perfect.”

Score: 29

Nev Schulman & Jenna Johnson

This duo danced the quickstep to “Take On Me” by a-ha. Carrie Ann said tonight’s dance felt “awkward” at times, and Nev’s movements were “smaller” than they should have been. However, Derek said it was a “great way to end the night.”

Score: 26

‘Dancing With The Stars’ Results: Which Star Went Home This Week?

After combining the judges’ scores with the audience votes, we learned that the bottom two stars this week were Jesse Metcalfe and Vernon Davis. The judges voted for which couple to save. They chose to save Vernon and Peta, meaning Jesse Metcalfe went home tonight.

What did you think of this week’s dances? Who was your favorite? Let us know in the comments below.


Jill O'Rourke
Jill O'Rourke

Jill O’Rourke is a contributor at Talent Recap, writing news stories and recaps for shows like ‘AGT,’ ‘The Voice,’ and ‘American Idol.’ She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in English and Film Studies, and has been writing about pop culture since 2012, with previous bylines at Crushable and A Plus. Jill spends her free time binge-watching sitcoms and daydreaming about life as a hobbit

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