Dancing With The Stars S29 Power Rankings (Round 6)
Oct 26, 2020
- Oo, Villains night is approaching (so fun), but we first have to rank this past week, which said farewell to Vernon and Peta. I liked them, but knew they weren’t going to be huge contenders in the end game. Let’s rank the remaining pairs for this week of dancing.
11. Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten- Poor Skai. Skai has been the most inconsistent dancer of the season. She had the highest score week one, had a bad lift that put her at the bottom (below Baskin?!) week 2, then she got a 10 with her Boyce tribute dance, and now she scored LOWEST of the night. The footwork was off for a while (she didn’t just slip..), and after recovering, she failed to really stay present in the dance with her energy and charisma. She has been so inconsistent, and I wish she was able to cement into a groove. As we saw between weeks 2 and 3, she let the slip up affect her dancing the next week. If she lets this week affect her dancing next week, then she might be in some trouble. People have been voting for her, so I don’t think she’ll go home, but she may not be able to top the leaderboard for quite a while.
10. Vernon Davis and Peta Murgatroyd- Vernon stood out earlier in the competition, but since everyone has been improving, Vernon started standing out less and less. This dance was fine, but I still think it was underwhelming, especially in comparison to many others throughout the night.
9. Chrishell Stause and Gleb Savchenko- Chrishell and Gleb were good this week, but I still feel like certain styles are just easier in general, the contemporary style being one of them. However, even in contemporary, I still feel like Johnny and Britt’s contemporary from last week was SO much better than this. This one had some good dancing, but there still seemed to be some sort of disconnect. She’s one of the lowest averaged scorers this season, and I truly think her time may be coming, to either emerge a contender for real or stumble and go home.
8. Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart- Johnny took a step back this week, but I do think this was way underscored, and he didn’t have any right being in the bottom 2 over someone like Chrishell or Skai. This was fine, it was clearly entertaining, but I do think it was a little less controlled and accurate as some of his other dancing. Not nearly the worst of the night though, and America needs to give him some more votes.
7. Jeannie Mai and Brandon Armstrong- Jeannie was good this week, but I do think her reaction to the 9 was more memorable than the dance itself. The dance was still really good, just not all that memorable, maybe because the song choice itself didn’t particularly excite me. I still think she’s in a good position.
6. Nelly and Daniella Karagach- Sure, this wasn’t the greatest dance of the night from a technical level, but seeing Nelly’s improvement is just so heartwarming to see. He’s really feeling more and more comfortable with dancing, and it’s showing in both his abilities and his confidence. Nelly has been growing on me, and now I’m fully in support of Nelly going deeper in this competition than I originally imagined. He did great, and I hope he gets his first 9 this week.
5. Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson- Nev obviously nails the technique each and every time, but I do think he could’ve done more with this jazz. It was fun and entertaining, but I feel like Nev was capable of showing a lot more. The jazz style allows for lots of interesting potential, and I just felt like it could’ve been kicked up a notch, in my opinion. Still a frontrunner, but this won’t be his most memorable dance this season.
4. Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvinstev- The judges want to see Kaitlyn push herself more, and I cannot agree more. She’s a great dancer, we know that. But now we need to see her excel beyond her potential. This was a great samba, but I do want to see her take that next step, similar to what I just said with Nev.
3. Justina Machado and Sasha Fraber- Justina has been fading into the middle for a little while, but I think she emerged once again tonight. Her dancing was elegant, beautiful, graceful. Was it a little simpler in comparison to others? Yes. But it was still such a well danced Viennese waltz. Glad to see her top the scoreboard again.
2. Monica Aldama and Valentin Chmerkovskiy- Monica and Val danced one of the most beautiful rumbas I’ve seen on the show. This was so simple, but oh so beautiful. I am not the hugest Val fan, but I think he really catered to her strengths so well. She’s bouncing back and really emerging as a force to be reckoned with.
1. AJ McLean and Cheryl Burke- Best of the night. Not only did AJ bring so much entertainment, but he really improved so much with his samba, showing great samba content itself and bringing such great energy and intricate footwork on the dance floor. He really came out of his shell with this dance, and this cemented him as someone to truly keep an eye on.
New people topping the list, with AJ and Monica taking the top 2 spots. I am also more and more impressed with Nelly. Then we have Kaitlyn, Nev, and Justina who have been contenders for a while. Everyone else could surely go home. Skai has been so inconsistent, and Johnny just landed in the bottom 2 this week. Then there’s Jeannie, who I love, but who I think is riding in the middle of the pack. Last, we have Chrishell, who hasn’t impressed me at all this season, and who keeps sliding by with votes. I think eventually, her luck will run out, and she’ll be in the bottom 2. Judging by the fact that this next week is VILLAINS week, I could see Chrishell and Skai struggling a bit, and I think the judges would send Chrishell home if she ends up in the bottom 2.
Going Home- Chrishell Stause & Gleb Savchenko
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