Dancing With The Stars S29 Power Rankings (Round 10)
Nov 23, 2020
- We finally see two routines from each couple, which not only brought some challenging routines, but some AMAZING comebacks (looking at you Nelly). Unfortunately, it also saw us part ways with Johnny/Britt and Skai/Alan. I think Skai and Alan were right to go home at this point, but I am shocked Johnny and Britt went home. If the judges had a say, we may be seeing a different top 4, but America spoke, and Johnny just didn’t have nearly as big of a fan base as Nelly, Nev, or even Kaitlyn. Let’s rank these twelve routines after a particularly strong night of dancing.
12. Nelly and Daniella Karagach (First Dance)- I do think Nelly brought some power to this paso, but this was clearly the weakest of the night. It just seemed like Nelly was referring back to the stiffness of his past. If this were one of the first two weeks, fine. But for a semifinal, I just don’t think this was at the same level.
11. Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart (First Dance)- I don’t know what it necessarily is, but I just don’t particularly love Johnny in the salsa. It gets a bit too messy and uncoordinated at times. I do think he knows how to put on his game face and really commit to the passion and energy of the dance. I do think this was one of the weaker performances of an otherwise magnificent night of dancing.
10. Justina Machado and Sasha Farber (First Dance)- I was someone that didn’t necessarily think her redemption dance should’ve been for her tango. I thought this was honestly not as good as her Carrie tango, which was one of my favorite dances of the season. This was good, but not as memorable as the rest of the night. It didn’t matter though, as her second dance was (spoiler alert) the highlight of the night.
9. Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvinstev (First Dance)- I do think this was a much improved paso, but I don’t necessarily think it was perfect score worthy. There was still a tad bit of attack missing, to where I really don’t think it was completely achieved. The moves were all there, they were just missing the passion, which is why Skai (who had three 9s) ranks above her for this round.
8. Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten (First Dance)- I think Skai brought a new energy and confidence to her Cha Cha this time. This was a lot of fun, rebounding even when the slightest moment was off. She just cruised across the floor and had a great cha cha.
7. Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson (First Dance)- Nev is just such a poised, elegant dancer at this point, it’s unfair to call him anything less than perfect. It was so stunning and perfect that it almost seemed like they weren’t working at all. I think their second dance was overall more exciting and memorable, but this was no doubt excellence.
6. Nelly and Daniella Karagach (Second Dance)- Why was this so GOOD? I was blown away by Nelly this week. I don’t think he necessarily outranked anyone in the second dances (he is Nelly, and there are still a few trouble spots here and there). But this was clearly committed, and so well rehearsed. I really don’t think Nelly has ever been better, and while I think the others just had better dances, this is totally finals worthy.
5. Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten (Second Dance)- This was the most Skai ever completely and wholly emoted to a dance, at it really paid off. She really connected and put all the intention behind every step and turn. It was absolutely resonant, and astoundingly beautiful.
4. Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvinstev (Second Dance)- How beautiful this was. It was a great tribute to a friend that I think ACTUALLY showed some emotion from Kaitlyn. Like Skai, it’s just so refreshing to see her commit 100% emotionally. She may have finally won me over with this dance, to where I wouldn’t be upset if she won the whole damn thing.
3. Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart (Second Dance)- I’ll just say first and foremost, Britt is an incredible teacher and choreographer. This routine was so much fun, with the skating motifs and beautiful glide across the floor. This was Johnny’s best dance this season, and should’ve clearly given himself a spot in the semifinals. It was really great.
2. Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson (Second Dance)- Like I said with Britt, I think Jenna’s choreography is the true star here. She really knew how to create such a powerful story. Nev had a perfect night, and while I think he’ll really bring the wow-entertainment factor next week, this was a beautiful note of sentimentality to end on. Finals here he comes. Front runner.
1. Justina Machado and Sasha Farber (Second Dance)- This was my absolute favorite dance of the night. It was exceptional. It was told with the utmost passion and emotion, with so much graceful footwork to match. The partnership was on full display, and Sasha and Justina really connected like peas and carrots. Enchanting.
How do I even rank these four for next week? Nelly’s fan base is clearly so big, but is he going to really beat Nev, Kaitlyn, AND Justina? Justina did land in the bottom 3 tonight, so maybe I can rule her out. I think Nev is the clear front-runner, but we’ve seen crazier things happen in the past. I’m going to say Nelly almost wins the audience vote, but enough audience members make the right call and give professional dancer Nev Schulman the mirror ball.
Winner- Nev Schulman and Jenna Johnson
Second Place- Nelly and Daniella Karagach
Third Place- Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvinstev
Fourth Place- Justina Machado and Sasha Farber
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