“Dancing With The Stars” Season 21: "Hometown Glory Week: Part 1" burned the dance floor last night despite not winning the Emmy for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. While other couples excelled, a pair was eliminated.
Failed to catch “DWTS” Season 21: “Hometown Glory Week: Part 1? Here’s a recap.
Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess — Jive
“Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by Bette Midler
Dominating the leaderboard last week, Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess started the night with a Jive. Nick Carter dedicated his performance to a dear teacher he had while growing up in his hometown Tampa, Florida.
Unfortunately, during the dance, he had a fall due to the slippery shoes he wore, Judge Bruno Tonioli said he loved Nick Carter’s confidence despite him forgetting some footwork. Carie Ann Inaba said it was “rough” and “out of sync.” Julianne Hough remarked it was a “great start to the night” but a “bit messy,” as per Hollywood Life.
Paula Deen and Louis van Amstel — Rumba
“Midnight Train to Georgia” by Gladys Night and the Pips
Paula Deen’s hometown was Savannah, Georgia. She said while rehearsing that she wanted to redeem herself. That, she did — her performance last night was such an improvement from last week's. The judges were impressed with Carrie Ann even exclaiming, “You looked amazing out there, I am really impressed,” while Julianne said, "Those are some really good legs.”
Hayes Grier and Emma Slater — Foxtrot
“This Is How We Roll” by Florida Georgia Line ft. Luke Bryan
The pair danced to an unconventional Foxtrot. Carrie Ann gushed, “You can dance!” Bruno even likened him to a younger Tom Cruise in ”Risky Business,” while Julianne said her smile didn’t leave her face while they were dancing.
Chaka Khan and Keo Motsepe — Foxtrot
“Chicago” by Frank Sinatra
Chaka Khan paid a tribute to her hometown of Chicago. Bruno said that their performance can be compared to taking a cruise in Lake Michigan. “You hit a rock or two in the middle but you didn’t sink.” Carrie Ann, however, told the singer to really imbibe the choreography so she could offer something special to the audience.
Andy Grammer and Allison Holker — Jive
“Only the Good Die Young” by Billy Joel
They danced to a super fast tempo to which Bruno commented that his steps were off time with the music. Carrie Ann said the dance had a “lot of potential” but turned out to be a “mess.”
Kim Zolciak Biermann and Tony Dovolani — Quickstep
“Queen Bee” by Rochelle Diamante
“RHOA” star Kim received a compliment from the judges. The three agreed in unison that their performance was much better than week 1 and that she’s back in the game.
Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold — Jazz
“Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey
Alek Skarlatos stated that Journey’s song reminded him of his childhood days in Sacramento, California. The lift that Alek and Lindsay did was reminiscent of “Dirty Dancing” moves according to Entertainment Weekly. Carrie Ann called the train hero magical.
Alexa PanaVega and Mark Ballas — Salsa
“Robi Rob’s Boriqua Anthem” by C + C Music Factory
Alexa PanaVega’s performance plus her sexy leopard costume earned them one of the highest points of the night. Bruno stated it was wonderful and wild.
Victor Espinoza and Karina Smirnoff — Jive
“La Bamba” by Los Lobos
Victor Espinoza’s hometown of Hidalgo, Mexico set his dancing with so much enthusiasm that led to Bruno saying he was a “jumping bean.”
Tamar Braxton and Valentin Chmerkovskiy — Cha Cha
“We Are Family” Sister Sledge
Tamar’s hometown is Maryland. Her dance this week allowed her to shine and leave a mark on the judges and audience.
Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya — Foxtrot
“Wouldn’t It Be Nice” by The Beach Boys
Gary’s adorable nieces and football coach were all cheering for him when he stepped on the dance floor. Although slow on his feet, he still maintained his smile.
Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson — Foxtrot
“Home” by Blake Shelton
Carlos performed the Foxtrot with his on point arm extensions. Although not the night’s favorite, the couple’s dance was enough to survive the “Hometown Glory Week: Part 1.”
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough — Tango
“You Shook Me All Night Long” by AC/DC
Bindi Irwin’s affinity for heavy metal was the reason why Derek wore a guyliner. Her arms were stiff during the Tango-like part, but then loosened up to enjoy the music. The couple got the highest score for the season.
TV Guide has rounded up the pairs’ summary of scores from highest to lowest. Here's “DWTS” Season 21: “Hometown Glory Week: Part 1 results.”
Bindi Irwin & Derek Hough – 25/30
Carlos PenaVega & Witney Carson – 24/30
Tamar Braxton & Valentin Chmerkovskiy – 24/30
Alexa PenaVega & Mark Ballas – 24/30
Alek Skarlatos & Lindsay Arnold – 23/30
Hayes Grier & Emma Slater – 22/30
Andy Grammer & Allison Holker – 21/30
Nick Carter & Sharna Burgess – 21/30
Kim Zolciak Biermann & Tony Dovolani – 19/30
Paula Deen & Louis van Amstel – 19/30
Gary Busey & Anna Trebunskaya – 18/30
Victor Espinoza & Karina Smirnoff – 17/30
Chaka Khan & Keo Motsepe – 15/30
Finally, "DWTS" Season 21: "Hometown Week: Part 1" results revealed Chaka Khan and Keo Motsepe got the lowest score and were the first pair to be eliminated.
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