ABC/Adam TaylorBoyz II Men‘s Wanyá Morris is still standing after Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars, but not before landing in jeopardy.
The competitors delivered two separate routines: a solo performance saluting icons of music and a team dance. Morris and his pro partner Lindsay Arnold earned a combined score of 55 out of a possible 60, landing them in a three-way tie for second place with Good Morning America meteorologist Ginger Zee and her pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy and UFC fighter Paige VanZant and partner Mark Ballas.
Wanyá and Arnold performed a foxtrot to Aretha Franklin‘s version of “I Say a Little Prayer,” earning scores of nine from all three judges, for a total of 27. Len Goodman thought it was “full of whimsy and joy,” although he did have a minor problem with Morris’ posture during the routine. Carrie Ann Inaba also liked the routine, but demanded more, explaining this is the time in the competition when he needs to “put it on the floor and leave it on the floor.”
Morris picked up an extra 28 points following the team dance, in which the men beat the women. The ladies earned 25 points.
Backstage, the highly competitive singer told ABC Radio he wasn’t angry over not getting three 10s from the judges. “Never upset…what it does is just…gives us something to drive for,” he said.
When asked if juggling DWTS and his concert commitments are creating any tension between him and his Boyz II Men bandmates, Wanyá insisted, “If life hasn’t broken up Boyz II Men, Dancing with the Stars doesn’t have a chance.”
America’s Next Top Model season-22 champ Nyle DiMarco and his partner Peta Murgatroyd had the night’s top score, with a combined total of 56. In a double elimination, Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Kim Fields and her dance partner Sasha Farber, and pro football player Von Miller and his pro partner Witney Carson were sent home.
Dancing with the Stars continues next Monday on ABC.
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