LaBelle and “Shark Tanks”’s Robert Herjavec were both in jeopardy of going home tonight based on their performances from last week’s show. Dancing with an injured knee on April 13, the 70-year-old singer earned 27 points for her waltz, which placed her at third-to-last on the leaderboard. She was voted off because she had the lowest combined total of viewer votes and judges’ scores.
“I am honored to be here as long as I have been,” she said after learning her fate. “I’ve learned so much about me.”
Before tonight’s elimination, each star danced routines to classic spring break-inspired tunes, including “Hopelessly Devoted to You” by Olivia Newton-John and “Tequila” by Xavier Cugat.
Willow Shields: Judges had high praise for the 14-year-old actress’s salsa. Tonioli said the routine was “high-spirited high school,” but he cautioned her about not shaking when she transferred weight from one leg to the other. Inaba said she loved that the dance was “sassy” but remained appropriate for the theme and didn’t verge on sexy. Goodman liked the energy, saying the routine was “full of fun and enjoyment,” and he cautioned the actress about keeping her legs flexed. Hough agreed with Goodman. Shields earned two 9s and two 8s, for a total of 34 points.
Robert Herjavec: Even though the performance had flaws, judges told the “Shark Tank” star that his jive tonight was an improvement over last’s week performance that landed him at the bottom of the leaderboard. “You didn’t miss a step, you just didn’t do it at the right time,” Inaba told Herjavec. Goodman said there was “a lot of content” in the routine. “It’s better than last week,” he said. Hough praised Herjavec for going “full out every single time,” while Tonioli urged the business mogul to keep on track and on time with his partner. Herjavec earned four 7s, for a total of 28 points.
Noah Galloway: The Army veteran and double-amputee’s rumba was praised by judges, although he himself seemed a big dejected at the end of the routine. Goodman mentioned an incident on the dance floor where Galloway’s movements came to a complete stop, but told Galloway that the performance had “lovely action and reaction.” Hough called Galloway’s hip action “fantastic,” but encouraged him to work on his arm movements. Tonioli said Galloway and his pro partner, Sharna Burgess, worked together so well that their partnership was “intuitive” and “magnetic.” Inaba told Galloway that he deserved to be in the competition and to keep his head up. Galloway earned three 7s and an 8, for a total of 29 points.
Chris Soules: Judges praised Soules’ smooth Viennese waltz. “It’s a spring awakening for Chris,” Tonioli told the Iowa farmer who received disappointing reviews for his performance last week. Inaba said the women in the audience loved the dance. “You wooed us all, this engaged, musical dancing man,” she said. Hough said she was “blown away” by Soules’s confidence tonight. Goodman wasn’t as enthusiastic. “I loved the feel of it. I liked the romance of the whole affair, but Chris, once you got into hold your footwork … you’ve got to work on the details,” he said. “The whole feeling was great; it just lacked technique.” Soules earned three 8s and a 7, for a total of 31 points.
Riker Lynch: The R5 bandmember’s samba found favor with three of the four judges. Inaba told Lynch he made her “want to be a teeny bopper again because I’m totally fangirling out,” while Hough said she thought it was “fantastic.” Tonioli said the performance has “vibrancy, the vitality, the visual impact of the best samba, yet you still manage to put some striking individual touches,” but Goodman wasn’t as pleased. “Riker, you dance like I cook -- chuck it all in and hope for the best,” he said, adding: “What I love is your enthusiasm. I can’t give this a huge mark because – you’re moving across the floor like Spiderman some of the time. It was good. I can’t say it’s great.” Lynch earned two 10s, a 9 and an 8, for a total of 37 points.
Team Dances The score for each team was added to each individual member’s score. The scores will help determine who goes home next week in a double-elimination.
Team YOLO: Shields, Galloway and Herjavec, with Liukin as team captain, earned three 10s and a 9, for a total of 39 points for their beach routine set to “Wipe Out.” “You guys killed it! That’s the spring break I want to have every time,” Inaba said.
Team Trouble: Team captain Willis and Lynch, LaBelle and Soules danced a classroom-inspired routine set to “Trouble”. The team also earned 39 points, along with rave reviews from the judges.
Tonight’s Scores (Individual Routine, Team Dance. Grand Total)
Riker Lynch and Allison Holker: 37; 39. 76
Willow Shields and Mark Ballas: 34; 39. 73
Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough: 34; 39. 73
Rumer Willis and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 32; 39. 71
Chris Soules and Witney Carson: 31; 39. 70
Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev: 29; 39. 68 (They were sent home tonight.)
Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess: 29; 39. 68
Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson: 28; 39. 67