Not since Season 5 on “Dancing with the Stars” has there been so much drama for a certain celebrities’ health and missing status Monday. On Season 5 Marie Osmond fainted during a critique from one of the judges. Monday night’s episode of Showstopper Night was certainly that and more. Instead of an opening number from the pro dancers and troupe members, the celebrities and their partners were immediately introduced. When it came to Val Chmerkovskiy and Tamar Braxton, it was Tamar who was MIA (missing in action). ABC’s host Tom Bergeron informed the studio audience and television viewers Tamar was in the hospital and may return to the dance floor. In the meantime the show must go on.
Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold opened the couple’s dances with a “Miami Vice” inspired salsa Latin dance to Prince Royce’s “Back It Up” featuring Jennifer Lopez and Pitbull. Alek may have lacked some hip action, though he always delivers on those breath-taking lifts with Lindsay. Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas performed a powerful and vulnerable contemporary about her darkest secret of struggling with an eating disorder. They received a standing ovation and perfect score of 30. Alexa’s husband Carlos PenaVega did a moderate Argentine tango with his partner Witney Carson. Bindi Irwin was blindfolded for her Viennese Waltz with Derek Hough that was simply beautiful and emotional to the end. She tied with Alexa for a perfect score.
Tamar was still missing from “Dancing with the Stars,” so the judges, audience, and viewers were privy to watching a dress rehearsal film clip. It was very clear Tamar was not 100% in excellent shape for her contemporary with Val. The judges gave her the lowest score thus far of 22. Tampa Bay’s Nick Carter and his pro partner Sharna Burgess came out with a quickstep that lacked a great deal of being in hold for most of the dance. Instead, it focused primarily with Nick’s solo.
The latter part of the show was dedicated to team-up or duet dances. These pairs included Alek and Lindsay with Carlos and Witney, Bindi and Derek with Alexa and Mark, and Nick, Sharna, Val, and Tamar who was still unavailable. First up Alek and Carlos went on a Royal Caribbean Anthem of the Seas cruise going out from New York. Their showstopper inspiration was the popular London rock musical onboard the ship of “We Will Rock You” based on the music of Queen. Boys will be boys saw Alek and Carlos having a blast with bumper cars and going at it in the game room, while Lindsay and Witney waited impatiently. They all rocked the ballroom with their paso doble to this famous rock anthem still played at sports arenas. One of the stipulations for this pairing required the celebrities to dance together on their own for 30-seconds. Alek at one point lifted Carlos as he then landed on his feet. Bindi and Alexa went to New York City’s famous attraction, Broadway, to see the iconic musical “Chicago.” Their solo Charleston was an excellent tribute to the show’s era where they received a perfect score.
In dramatic reality TV style Tamar Braxton made it onto the stage property and was ready in time for their rumba to the Beatles Love by Cirque du Soleil showstopper. They went to Las Vegas to see the highly popular show and met with the Cirque du Soleil dancers and aerialists. Some of the members were even present on the DWTS ballroom floor as they relived the show’s finale of “Hey Jude.” This pair did lack rumba content, though it was interesting to see Tamar actually bonding a lot more during her celebrity partnership with Nick instead of Val.
In a not so shocking elimination, the couples that were safe in calling out order were Bindi and Derek, Nick and Sharna, Alek and Lindsay, and Tamar and Val. In jeopardy were the married couple of Alexa and Carlos. Even though she had a perfect storm of performances and scores, Alexa PenaVega had been in jeopardy before, and was thus eliminated prior to the semifinals.