Dancing with the Stars switched things up for Monday night's live telecast.
And no, we don't mean Joe Amabile somehow figured out how to bust a move without tripping over his dance partner a few seconds later.
A third dancer was added into the mix for each performance, and it actually made the performances fun. Some of these performers have barely mastered the art of dancing as part of a duo, so watching them adapt to being part of a trio was rather exciting.
Juan Pablo Di Pace and Cheryl Burke with Melissa Rycroft
Cha Cha, “Wavey” by CliQ featuring Alika
After their perfect score last week, Juan Pablo and Cheryl were affected big time by the addition of a Melissa. It was clear from the rehearsal that there were going to be some glaring issues heading into the live shows.
It wasn't as polished as we've come to expect, but that's what happens when you ruin a good thing. Melissa tried her best, but she just got in the way.
Judges’ Score: 24/30
Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong with Amy Purdy
Tango, “Hit Me with Your Best Shot” from Rock of Ages
Being in the bottom two last week, Tinashe and Brandon knew they had to switch things up to get some of the good old viewer votes before it was too late for them.
Before they really got a chance, they were tasked with working with Amy Purdy. Amy previously appeared in Season 18, and while she was a great dancer, she seemed out of place.
Maybe it was the nerves. Either way, it was a still a decent performance.
Judges' Score: 26/30
John Schneider and Emma Slater with Joey Fatone
Argentine Tango, “Torn” by Nathan Lanier
John has been circling the drain for much of the season, so adding a third person into this was either going to make it sink or swim.
Joey was a veteran from Season 4. Yes, that was several years ago, and he was pretty great. However, the overall performance was lacking, and that's not a good thing.
Judges' Score: 21/30
Evanna Lynch and Keo Motsepe with Scarlett Byrne
Salsa, “Black Magic” by Little Mix
Evanna's friend, Scarlett, with whom she appeared on the Harry Potter movies stopped by to help out with a robust performance.
Still, this killed the momentum Evanna and Keo have been building for weeks.
Judges' Score: 24/30
DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold with Rashad Jennings
Paso Doble, “Fire” by Barns Courtney
Rashad Jennings is a previous winner, so what could really go wrong with this performance?
A lot, apparently.
DeMarcus struggled because of how hectic things were on the dance floor, and who can blame him? It reflected in the scores.
Judges' Score: 22/30
Mary Lou Retton and Sasha Farber with Nastia Liukin
Charleston, “V.E.S.P.A.” by Dimie Cat
Mary Lou struggled to keep up in rehearsals because the Charleston is fast-paced. She was in floods of tears at one point because she thought this would be the week it got too much.
Thankfully, the performance was solid and proved why she was still in the competition. Nastia Liukin actually made this performance a solid one.
Judges' Score: 26/30
Milo Manheim and Witney Carson with Riker Lynch
Salsa, “Adrenalina” by Wisin featuring Jennifer Lopez & Ricky Martin
Milo, Witney, and Riker. Could they just become a trio for the rest of the season? I loved EVERYTHING about that show-stopping performance.
Judges' Score: 29/30
Joe Amabile and Jenna Johnson with Jordan Kimball
Salsa, “I’m Too Sexy” by Right Said Fred
In a blatant attempt to continue racking up the votes, Jordan Kimball, who recently claimed the woman he met on Bachelor in Paradise was cheating on him, appeared to help Joe.
The performance was embarrassing. Like, poor Jenna was run off her feet trying to show these two turkeys how to make it look like they cared about dancing.
Judges' Score: 15/30
Alexis Ren and Alan Bersten with Maddie Ziegler
Tango, “Move Your Body” by Sia
This will go down as one of the most surprising performances in the history of the show. Maddie, of Dance Moms and Sia music video fame, is a solid dancer.
Putting her together with Alan and Alexis was a winning move. Those moves were fast, flawless, and most of all, breathtaking.
Judges' Score: 25/30
Bobby Bones and Sharna Burgess with Lindsey Stirling
Cha Cha, “U Can’t Touch This” by MC Hammer
Lindsey returned to the floor, and we hate to say it, but she hindered Bobby and Sharna from doing what they do best: Dancing like they don't care who's watching.
It was slow, full of the wrong steps, and lacked the charm.
Judges' Score: 20/30
When all was said and done, Evanna and Keo and Tinashe and Brandon were revealed to be the bottom two.
We wish we were kidding here, but Grocery Store Joe managed to evade the bottom two. It's becoming increasingly clear that the novelty acts are doing well this season.
In the end, Tinashe and Brandon were sent packing.
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Dancing with the Stars continues Monday on ABC!