DWTS began with seven celebrities still in the running for the Mirrorball trophy. This week, a select number of couples were required to perform their individual routines followed by a dance-off routine in order to score bonus points from the judges and earn votes from viewers.
Lauren Alaina and her pro partner, Gleb Savchenko, danced twice. They first pleased onlookers with a sassy jive set to “Hound Dog,” originally made famous by Elvis Presley.
Alaina, who dedicated her jive to her grandmother, began the routine with a big entrance. She appeared on a flight of stairs and made her way to the floor after showing off a few of her moves with the help of some backup dancers.
Alaina looked perfect for her role, sporting a flirty ponytail and pompadour, while Savchenko donned a greaser outfit. Together, Alaina and Savchenko incorporated a few leg kicks, high knees, and hip twists into their performance before earning a praiseworthy round of applause from the studio audience.
After the dance, judges noted a few mistakes but gave the pair a collective score of 24/30. Despite receiving a better than average score, Alaina and Savchenko weren’t done yet. They had to face-off against fellow competitors, The Bachelor star Hannah Brown and pro partner Alan Bersten.
As part of the final dance-off of the night, the two couples went head-to-head with a spicy Salsa set to Gloria Estefan’s hit “Rhythm Is Gonna Get You.”
“You guys brought the A-game. It’s like the battle of the titans,” Carrie Ann Inaba said. “You guys, I can’t believe neither one of you have done these dances before. That was an amazing showcase. The girls are in it to win it.”
“I wish I could give you one point each,” Len Goodman added. “It was [so] fantastic.”
Bruno Tonioli also added, “I have steam coming out of my ears! You both are so good in your own way. You both have improved so much.”
Even though both ladies gave it their all, it was ultimately Brown who won the dance-off, earning votes from all three judges. Luckily, neither couple went home though, as they both earned enough votes to get them through another week.
As for The Office actress Kate Flannery, her DWTS journey was cut short. She and her partner Pasha Pashkove landed in the bottom two, and judges ended up saving Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber.
Fans can tune in to DWTS Monday nights at 8:00 p.m. ET on ABC.