‘DWTS’ Recap: Epic Dances, Highest Scores But Who Went Home?

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Seven became six last night on Dancing With the Stars, as we had to say goodbye to yet another couple. But on the upside, we did get to see some AMAZING dances and the highest scores of the season!

‘DWTS’ Routines

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ed9WTFptpCY
Sean Spicer and Jenna Johnson dance a jazz on Dancing With the Stars Season 28

Sean and Jenna

No, we didn’t make a mistake! Lindsay’s mother-in-law unexpectedly passed away over the weekend, so she took some time off to be with her family. Jenna stepped in this week (though we we wondering why it wasn’t Daniella, since she’s the female “rotating pro”) and somehow managed to get Sean Spicer to stay on time for once with this jazz routine. The dance as a whole was very bare-bones, though, and once again he just kind of walked through it.

Carrie Ann: 7
Len:
7
Bruno:
6
TOTAL:
20/30

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGyiYpAb89g
Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko dance a jive on Dancing With the Stars Season 28

Lauren and Gleb

The former American Idol finalist continued to fight through her rib injuries this week, and managed to do a pretty good jive. However, like with a lot of her other dances, there were flashes when she seemed totally lost as to what to do next, as if she was completely taken out of the dance a couple of times.

Carrie Ann: 8
Len:
8
Bruno:
8
TOTAL:
24/30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AImv1HcvUsA
Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson dance a salsa on Dancing With the Stars Season 28

Kel and Witney

“This Is How We Do It” isn’t a very fitting song for a salsa, but these two somehow managed to not only make it work, but deliver an amazing enough routine to get a “10” paddle out of Bruno! Kel has been improving a lot over the course of the season, and at this ate we may be seeing him in the finale!

Carrie Ann: 9
Len:
9
Bruno:
9
TOTAL:
28/30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=31tpPl2_Ksc
Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber dance a Paso Doble on Dancing With the Stars Season 28

Ally and Sasha

Ally danced a Paso Doble to her own song, “Higher”, this week…and it was totally and completely on POINT! We could feel her connection to the music and her technique was also strong. And her tearful reaction to her perfect score was such a special moment!

Carrie Ann: 10
Len:
10
Bruno:
10
TOTAL:
30/30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PxBlsDc-i0Q
Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten dance a quickstep on Dancing With the Stars Season 28

Hannah and Alan

After the comments she received last week, Hannah was determined to come back stronger, and that she did! She had amazing energy and just the right amount of power in this quickstep. But best of all, joy was absolutely radiating from her as she danced it!

Carrie Ann: 10
Len:
9
Bruno:
10
TOTAL:
29/30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IEJFZIv5Bac
Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov dance a jive on Dancing With the Stars Season 28

Kate and Pasha

Kate’s jive this week was dedicated to her sister, Nancy, who passed away shortly before Kate signed on to do DWTS. The majority of the dance was fantastic, but there were several instances when Kate was noticeably off time or awkward.

Carrie Ann: 8
Len:
8
Bruno:
8
TOTAL:
24/30

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MEWE__o7Uk
James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater dance a contemporary on Dancing With the Stars Season 28

James and Emma

For this week, James danced a contemporary that evoked tears from his family who was in the DWTS studio audience watching him dance it live. The judges clearly loved it as well! In addition to his great scores, he was also awarded two extra points and was exempt from the dance-off round due to having the highest cumulative total scores of the season thus far.

Carrie Ann: 10
Len: 10
Bruno: 10
TOTAL:
30/30

‘DWTS’ Dance-Offs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MlEiu44Z288
Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber vs. Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson in a Dancing With the Stars jive dance-off

The other six couples were paired off and assigned a style to battle each other head-to-head in for the judges, who would subsequently vote for a winner to receive two extra points. First up were Ally and Sasha vs. Kel and Witney dancing the jive. Both did very well, but Ally danced “smaller” and seemed a little unsure of herself at time, while Kel was always on it and just let go.

Carrie Ann: Kel and Witney
Len: Ally and Sasha
Bruno: Kel and Witney
WINNERS: Kel and Witney (new score 30/30)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WA63w-6VCiU
Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov vs. Sean Spicer and Jenna Johnson in a Dancing With the Stars cha-cha dance-off

Next up was a cha-cha battle between Kate and Pasha and Sean and Jenna. We don’t even think we need to tell you who won that one, but here’s a hint: it was the only couple who actually danced a true cha-cha!

Carrie Ann: Kate and Pasha
Len: Kate and Pasha
Bruno: Kate and Pasha
WINNERS: Kate and Pasha (new score 26/30)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIF-euSOnng
Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten vs. Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko in a Dancing With the Stars salsa dance-off

Finally, Hannah and Alan salsa battled against Lauren and Gleb. Hannah continued her amazing night by jumping right into the dance and never letting up, while Lauren continued her so-so night by dancing decently, but with less power and purpose (and with weaker choreography).

Carrie Ann: Hannah and Alan
Len: Hannah and Alan
Bruno: Hannah and Alan
WINNERS: Hannah and Alan (new score 31/30)

‘DWTS’ Elimination

The Dancing With the Stars Season 28 Week 8 elimination

At the end of the show, the bottom two couples were revealed to be Ally and Sasha and Kate and Pasha. (Yes, Sean was safe again. Yes, seeing strong dancers leave every week is getting straight-up depressing. But no, we aren’t shocked this keeps happening. Particularly bad dancers are notorious for making it far on this show, especially in recent seasons.) The judges unanimously saved the former (though not with some name confusion between the two pros) meaning Kate and Pasha were eliminated from the competition in seventh place.

What was your favorite dance from this week’s episode? Let us know in the comments below!

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Julia Delbel
Julia Delbel

Julia is a writer at Talent Recap and hails from the Greater Toronto Area. She is currently pursuing a degree in Media Studies. When not sharing her latest reality TV hot takes she's likely enjoying a game night with friends, collecting enamel pins, or spending time with her cat, Zoey.

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