Will DWTS judges low scores get Drew Scott eliminated?

Elimination finally catches up with Nick Lacey. Terrell and Cheryl prove to be contenders placing top three. Did judges rob Drew Scott with low scores? Is Jordan Fisher and Lindsey Stirling leading up to a collision clash for the finals?

So many story lines from last week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars, season 25. With Nick eliminated competition last Monday it is now down to eight couples. Along with Nick and Peta, both Terrell and Cheryl were in the bottom two last week. But after a performance a bit short of “00 Heaven” as Len Goodman put it, a score of 37 placed them third on the leader board and now seen as contenders in this season’s competition. Ever since Terrell’s performance dedicated for his grandmother he’s shown significant improvement each week.

“I think your determination was very, very clear…the attention to detail was so gorgeous…I just enjoyed the class and the eloquence of the two of you together,” guest judge Shania Twain said of Terrell and Cheryl’s performance last Monday before giving them a 10.

While it looks like that couple saved themselves from elimination this Monday it seems that Drew Scott and his partner Emma Slater maybe in jeopardy. A week after hearing Carrie Ann Inaba call them contenders they are now at the bottom of the leader board with last Monday’s score. With a performance that had many fans and even their competition looking impressed, including Jordan, the judges gave it bad reviews.

Dancing to the action theme Drew was criticized for being to aggressive.

“Well I’m pleased your safe for next week, however, I’m not over convinced you’re going to be safe for next week. That was an awkward looking routine,” Goodman said. “The finesse was lacking.”

After receiving sevens from the usual three judges he got a nine from Twain who voiced her appreciation for the routine beforehand who seemed to be the only judge to understand what Drew was going for.

“I thought all the drama was captured and the balance between the feminine and the masculine strength was very well executed…this is all about a power struggle and love and violence and intensity…I thought it was all captured and the timing was excellent,” Twain said.

Coming in second last week was Jordan and Lindsay Arnold who came within one “A ten from Len” away for a perfect score. Coming off a perfect score performance Jordan’s next challenge was to dance to a drama theme, one that stressed him so much that he lost sleep over it. When it was showtime he once again showed he’s good enough to win it all.

“Gripping, magnetic storytelling. What you did is amazing, you stretch every movement to the maximum extent, and yet it feels effortless. It springs out of you and it’s wonderful dancing,” Bruno Tonioli said. “Its heaven.”

To close the night out Lindsey Stirling and Mark Ballas topped the leader board dancing an Argentine tango to a science fiction theme.

“Professor Ballas you created another work of genius…it was an absolutely superb Argentine tango…it is the best dance of the season,” Tonioli said.

Inaba said as competition upped their game that night Lindsey brought it to the next level.

“Beyond everybody…you upped your game to something phenomenal. This is a side of your that I’ve never seen, so grounded, so strong, so deep in a different artistic way. You slayed that dance. Well done,” Inaba said.

While she’s the first to receive a perfect score with a guest judge in attendance, there’s a possibility her journey may end early as she’s sustained an injury Sunday that may force her to forfeit, according to TV Guide’s website.

Episode eight begins 8pm EST Monday.

Read about Terrell Owens reflecting on performance dedicated to his late grandmother.

By Gino Terrell

Originally published in MCXV.


Gino Terrell is the Director of Content at Hidden Valley Culture Blog/In-Depth section. Terrell covered local artists and reviewed mainstream shows in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area under the Twin Cities Daily Planet (2014-15). He also freelanced for MinnPost and interned at Pioneer Press, KSTP TV (the Minneapolis ABC News Affiliate) and American Public Media Group. He's accumulated over 30 awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Black Journalists and founded award winning student-magazine Pipers In-Depth at Hamline University (St. Paul, Minnesota). He was once the sports editor for the school newspaper, The Oracle. Follow him on Twitter: @Gin026

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