It's Disney Night!
We're halfway through Season 24 of Dancing With the Stars — and the stakes for fan-favorite competitors Nancy Kerrigan, Rashad Jennings, Simone Biles, and more are getting higher and higher!
DWTS alums Alfonso Ribeiro and Donny Osmond guest-star!
Hey, Alfonso! The Dancing With the Stars alum — he won Season 19 with pro partner Witney Carson — performed a brand new song during the show's amazingly magical opening. "Love Disney night!" one fan wrote on Instagram with another adding, "What an opening number!"
Later in the show, Season 9 champion Donny Osmond live-performed "I’ll Make a Man Out of You" from Mulan during Normani Kordei and Val Chmerkovskiy's fierce Paso Doblé. So cool!
Fans are bummed by Rashad Jennings' low score
Rashad has been a highly-praised dancer all season long — so it's no surprise fans were upset when he earned a lower-than-normal score on Disney Night! After performing a Foxtrot to Josh Groban's song "Evermore" from Beauty and the Beast, Rashad and his pro partner, Emma Slater, received a much-criticized seven from judge Carrie Ann Inaba.
"I'm honestly shocked about the scores Rashad received for his dance," one person wrote on Twitter. Another added, "I personally thought Rashad and Emma were flawless." The couple ended the night with a score of 32/40.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy is returning to the ballroom next week!
Maks is (almost) back! After a three-week hiatus, Maksim announced he will perform with his celeb partner, Heather Morris, on next week's new episode. "Alan [Bersten] is officially fired... I'm taking over as of tonight," the pro joked, referring to Heather's stand-in dance partner.
Maks was sadly sidelined following the first week of DWTS after suffering a debilitating calf injury. He later underwent surgery and has been recovering — while still choreographing Heather and Alan's dances — the past few weeks.
Normani Kordei earns the highest score of the night!
You go, girl! Normani and her partner, Val, received a nearly-perfect 39/40 for their awesome Mulan-themed Paso Doblé. "That was brilliant!" judge Julianne Hough gushed. Carrie Ann echoed, "That was epic. Your dancing was perfection!" Simone Biles and Sasha Farber got the second-highest score — a 38/40 — for their contemporary dance to "How Far I'll Go" from Moana.
David Ross receives the lowest score of the evening
Oh no! Chicago Cubs star David Ross unfortunately earned a mere 29/40 — the lowest score of the night — for his Cars 3 jive with partner Lindsay Arnold. Luckily, the MLB player is safe and will return to dance next week. Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess received the second-lowest score of the evening with a 30/40 for their Wreck-It Ralph-themed tango.
SPOILER: Erika Jayne is eliminated
Say it ain't so! After hosts Tom Bergeron and Erin Andrews announced Erika Jayne and Gleb Savchenko and Nick Viall and Peta Murgatroyd were the two couples in jeopardy this week, Erika was sadly send home.
"[Tonight] was incredible. I did have a breakthrough, I've had a wonderful time, thank you all so much... It was great, it was an incredible experience," Erika said. The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star earned a 32/40 — her highest score of the season! — tonight for her last dance, a Viennese Waltz to "Unforgettable" from Finding Dory. We'll miss you, Erika!