From battling injuries to overconfidence — it was a night of overcoming personal challenges on Monday’s Dancing With The Stars!
WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD!
After suffering a VERY painful injury during rehearsal last week, we were nervous Jodie Sweetin was down for the count.
With partner Keo Motsepe, Sweetin brought the crowd to its feet with an empowering and incredibly daunting contemporary dance — and the judges responded well, awarding her 25 out of 30. Watch (below)!
After the performance, Carrie Ann Inaba said:
“You guys have had a struggle, so it feels all so real, but I think you transformed something aggressive ├óΓé¼┬ª into something really dynamic and artistic and beautiful.”
Later on, Nyle DiMarco donned a green prosthetic to channel Jim Carrey in The Mask with a crowd pleasing performance. While the judges loved the dance, they weren’t fans of the model’s cocky attitude during rehearsals.
In the video package, the America’s Next Top Model winner called himself the “frontrunner,” and after his performance joked that maybe there was a “pro dancer” under the green mask.
Though the judges awarded DiMarco 25 out of 30, Len Goodman blasted the contestant for his arrogant remarks, saying:
“You’re a good dancer, but don’t start saying, ‘I’m as good as Val [Chmerkovskiy],’ because you’re just annoying people. That’s ridiculous…You never cease to amaze me and a great performance.”
Though the 26-year-old took the criticism of his technique gracefully, responding:
“I think it’s fair criticism. The quickstep is very fast and it’s a lot for me to handle. I definitely understand. I accept all of the criticism and I’ll get better.”
But the judges’ favorite performance of the night went to Wanya Morris, who performed *NSYNC‘s Bye Bye Bye — right in front of Joey Fatone and Lance Bass!
After nailing the spot on choreography, the Boyz II Men star caused Fatone to burst into (fake) tears backstage. But then Joey got serious, saying he and his bandmates idolized the Motownphilly singer — who earned an astounding 29 out of 30 for his performance!
However, one couple did have to say Bye Bye Bye to the competition this week, and that was former NFL star Doug Flutie and pro Karina Smirnoff. The football commentator called DWTS an “amazing experience,” saying:
“I never thought I’d ever do anything like this. Obviously I would have loved to win, but it feels really good to have lasted as long as I did.”
Another couple down, but that means we’re one week closer to finding out who takes home the Mirror Ball Trophy! Catch Dancing with the Stars Mondays at 8 p.m. EST on ABC!
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