With the season already over halfway complete, nine couples remain and will face a doulbe elimination this week.

After narrowly avoiding elimination last week, Jeannie Mai announced that due to health issues, she is withdrawing from the competition. With that announcement, eight couple remain and only one couple will be eliminated this week.

And for the first time this season, the couples will have to perform two dances.

Kaitlyn and Artem get the night of dancing off with a Jive to “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen. Derek noted again that they always so much content in their dances; adding that Kaitlyn is amazing. Bruno said that Kaitlyn has what it takes but wants more passion and attack in her performances. Carrie Ann said that Kaitlyn came back with grace; adding that it was one of her better dances. Kaitlyn and Artem scored 25 points for their dance.

Nev and Jenna follows up the first perfect score of the season with a Viennese Waltz to the music of Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. Bruno said that he could see the confidence; adding that he was oozing charm and charisma. Bruno said that Nev was very musical. Carrie Ann said that the dance was beautiful and elegant. Derek said that Nev danced a beautiful and smooth Viennese Waltz. Nev and Jenna scored 27 points for their dance.

Justina and Sasha dance a Samba and Justina dedicates it to Rita Moreno – the person who got her interested in performing. Carrie Ann said that Justina is so fierce; adding that she makes them feel good when she dances. Derek loved the dance; adding that she is so fun to watch. Bruno said that he loves watching Justina; adding that she makes every hour look like happy hour. He noted that all the content needed for a Samba was there. Justina and Sasha scored 27 points for their dance.

Nelly and Daniella dance a Rumba to one of his sister’s favourite songs. His sister Jackie died in 2005 as a result of leukemia. Derek appreciated Nelly sharing his story. Bruno said that in the Rumba the man is the frame for the lady…and Nelly did that. Carrie Ann said that she is proud of Nelly for how far he has come; adding that she wants more from him. Nelly and Daniella scored 21 points for their dance.

Chrishell and Gleb dance a Viennese Waltz to “Love on the Brain” by Rihanna. Carrie Ann called the dance graceful and sexy. Derek said that he can see Chrishell improving each week. Bruno said that Chrishell had some very good moments in the dance. Chrishell and Gleb scored 24 points for their dance.

Skai and Alan dance a Salsa to the music of Missy Elliott. Carrie Ann noted that Skai was really aggressive with the dance. Derek noted that Skai was more grounded in this dance. Bruno was screaming during the dance with all of the lifts. Skai and Alan scored 25 points for their dance.

Johnny and Britt dance a Foxtrot to the music of Shawn Mendes. Derek said that Shawn Medes would be proud; adding that he had a great frame. Bruno said that Johnny had a wonderful sweeping movement that covered the stage. Carrie Ann said that Johnny dances with so much artistry. Johnny and Britt scored 27 points for their dance.

From her hospital bed, Jeannie spoke on why she had to leave the show. She had to have emergency surgery for an infected abscess in her throat.

Closing out round one of the dances, AJ and Cheryl dance a Rumba. Bruno said that he was so captivated by the dance; adding that there wasn’t much Rumba content. Agreeing with Bruno, Carrie Ann said that the dance moved them but didn’t have enough content or hip action. Derek appreciated AJ’s story; adding that this was a dance for himself. AJ and Cheryl scored 24 points for their dance.

Round one dances:
Nelly and Daniella – 21
Chrishell and Gleb – 24
AJ and Cheryl – 24
Kaitlyn and Artem – 25
Skai and Alan – 25
Nev and Jenna – 27
Justina and Sasha – 27
Johnny and Britt – 27

For their second dance of the night, the couples will perform a relay dance. Divided into three groups and will dance in a relay for bonus points.

Carrie Ann judges a Cha Cha between Nev and Jenna, Chrishell and Gleb, and Nelly and Daniella. Carrie Ann called the performance fun; saying that Neve started off a little weak, Chrishell and Gleb had more content, and Nelly had the most improvement.

Carrie Ann awarded…
Nev and Jenna – 3 points
Chrishell and Gleb – 2 points
Nelly and Daniella – 2 points

The points will be added to their first round scores.

Next up Derek will judge Justina and Sasha and Johnny and Britt dancing a Viennese Waltz. Jeannie and Brandon were also supposed to be in this group. Derek sent wishes for a speedy recovery to Jeannie, Justina and Sasha performed a beautiful Viennese Waltz but he wanted a little more energy; Johnny and Britt were phenomenal.

Derek awarded two points to Justina and Sasha and three points to Johnny and Britt.

Last up, Bruno will judge AJ and Cheryl, Kaitlyn and Artem, and Skai and Alan in a Samba. Bruno was in a party mood. AJ got into the feel of the dance and was very rhythmical, Kaitlyn was well placed and sexy, Skair and Alan were much improved.

Bruno awarded…
three points to AJ and Cheryl
three points to Kaitlyn and Artem
and two points to Skai and Alan


Total scores:
Nelly and Daniella – 21 + 2 = 23
Chrishell and Gleb – 24 + 2 = 24
AJ and Cheryl – 24 + 3 = 27
Skai and Alan – 25 + 2 = 27
Kaitlyn and Artem – 25 + 3 = 28
Justina and Sasha – 27 +2 = 29
Nev and Jenna – 27 + 3 = 30
Johnny and Britt – 27 + 3 = 30

After all of the votes and scores have been tabulated…
Nelly and Daniella
Justina and Sasha
AJ and Cheryl
Kaitlyn and Artem
Johnny and Britt
and Nev and Jenna
are all safe for another week.

Skai and Alan and Chrishell and Gleb are in the bottom two and in danger of going home.

Carrie Ann chose to save Skai and Alan
Bruno chose to save Skai and Alan
Derek chose to save Skai and Alan

Chrishell and Gleb have been eliminated form the competition.

Next week the remaining seven couples will dance to music by some of the biggest icons in music.