ABC/Adam TaylorBoyz II Men‘s Wanyá Morris heads to the semifinals after Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars, but not before he landed in jeopardy.
The competitors performed two routines -– one with their respective pro partners, followed by a “Judge Team Up Challenge.” For that second dance, two stars and their pro partners were paired up by one of the judges, who coached them and chose their songs and dance styles. The teams competed for judges’ scores and viewer votes online.
Morris and his partner Lindsay Arnold earned a score of 25 out of a possible 30 for their jive to Aloe Blacc‘s “Can You Do This.” Judge Carrie Ann Inaba noted that Wanyá had some missteps during the routine, but said that even with mistakes he’s fun to watch. However, Len Goodman praised the singer for coming out with “guns blazing” and attacking it. Bruno Tonioli noted Morris was, “jumping and kicking like a wild pony at a rodeo,” adding, “If they ever do Blazing Saddles the musical, they’ll cast Wanyá.”
Morris and Arnold suffered a major malfunction during the dance, when he slipped on a bandana that was part of her costume. He recovered, but it took him a few seconds to find his place again, and that cost them some points. Backstage after the show he told ABC Radio what was going through his mind at the time.
“The dance is going so fast…there was no break in the dance in order to stop and think and figure it out,” he explained. “You have to actually go through it in your mind and pick up exactly where you remember to pick up. So that’s kinda like what I was trying to do.”
Later, Goodman teamed Morris and Arnold up with Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy, performing a samba to Harry Belafonte‘s “Jump in the Line.” The dance earned a perfect score from Tonioli and Inaba, plus a nine from America, for a score of 29, which was added to their earlier score, for a total of 54 and a last place finish.
Ginger and Val had the night’s top score with a combined total of 59. They were tied with Fuller House star Jodie Sweetin and her partner Keo Motsepe, who were later eliminated from the competition.
Dancing with the Stars continues next Monday on ABC.
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