Who went home on Dancing with the Stars Monday night and which three couples will compete for the Mirrorball trophy on Tuesday night? One couple said goodbye on the first night of the two-part season finale and three celebrities and their pro dance partners will face off tomorrow night with a final round of dancing and the announcement of this season’s winner.
Before host Tom Bergeron revealed who was eliminated from ABC‘s ballroom dance competition, all four couples performed two rounds of dancing including a Redemption Style dance and a freestyle dance. However, for one couple, the scores from tonight’s routines wouldn’t matter — the elimination was based on the scores and fans’ votes from last week’s semi-finals.
Who topped the leaderboard during the semifinals, who went home on Monday night, and who is expected to take home the Mirrorball trophy on Tuesday night’s finale? Here’s a recap of what happened during the first night of the DWTS finals.
Warning: Dancing With the Stars Season 23 Week 10 elimination results ahead.
Judge Len Goodman returned to the judges’ table on Monday night and in addition to two rounds of dancing by the final four couples, there was plenty of musical entertainment for fans to watch. Grammy Award-winning Train performed “Play That Song” and there a performance based on the upcoming movie “La La Land” choreographed by Mandy Moore.
Before we get to the elimination, here’s a recap of how the judges scored all four couples during the two rounds of dancing on Monday night.
Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold (Viennese Waltz): Len told Calvin he was the “most improved dancer” this season and said the dance had a “charm about it.” Score: 35 (8-9-9-9)
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko (Tango): According to People, Gleb was sick with the flu in the days leading up to the finals and Julianne said that it seemed to affect their performance, but Bruno disagreed. Score: 35 (8-9-9-9)
Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy (Paso Doblé): Bruno said the dance was “wicked in the best possible way” and Len “loved the focus” that Laurie and Val had on the dance floor. Score: 38 (9-10-9-10)
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess (Foxtrot): Len called James’ dance “fantastic” and Julianne said it was “the perfect Foxtrot.” Score: 37 (9-9-9-10)
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko danced to “Unstoppable” by Sia. Len said there were some “hiccups” but it was a beautiful performance. Julianne agreed there was “a bit of a stumble” but Jana and Gleb should be very happy with their freestyle dance. Score: 36 (9-9-9-9)
Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold danced to “Please Mr. Postman”/”I Want You Back” medley by The Marvelettes/Jackson 5. Julianne “absolutely loved” their performance and Bruno called it “Calvin’s hit parade.” Score: 40 (10-10-10-10)
Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced to “Brand New” by Ben Rector. What a fun dance — and Laurie’s gymnast skills came shining through. Bruno said there was “so much energy” and Carrie Ann said she Laurie is “so inspiring” and captured the essence of youth with her dance. 40 (10-10-10-10)
James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess danced to “Beethoven’s 5 Secrets” by The Piano Guys. Carrie Ann said “in 23 seasons I’ve never, ever seen a more well-danced Freestyle.” Len said the performance was “lovely to watch” and it was “great dancing that was well done.” Score: 40 (10-10-10-10)
- Laurie and Val: 38 + 40 = 78
- James and Sharna: 37 + 10 = 77
- Calvin and Lindsay: 35 + 40 = 75
- Jana and Gleb: 35+36 = 71
Who went home Monday night?
Before he announced the name of the couple who would be going home, host Tom Bergeron reminded viewers that fans’ votes are extremely important going into tomorrow night’s finale and tonight is the last chance to vote for this season’s champion by phone (numbers below), on ABC.com, or on Facebook (Facebook.com/VoteDWTS )
In the final moments of Monday night’s two-hour finals show, Tom announced that Jana and Gleb would be leaving tonight.
That means fans will see Laurie and Val, James and Sharna, and Calvin and Lindsay will face off during Tuesday night’s Dancing with the Stars season finale.
- Calvin Johnson Jr. and Lindsay Arnold – 1-800-868-3403
- James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess – 1-800-868-3405
- Laurie Hernandez and Valentin Chmerkovskiy – 1-800-868-3407
Tuesday night’s finale will take place at the Grove LA and it will be all decked out for the holidays. In addition to a final dance by the three finalists, there will be a musical performance by Andy Grammer. Season 23 contestants Vanilla Ice and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds will also perform and other eliminated contestants from this season will return to the dance floor.
Who will win the Mirrorball trophy this season?
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