DWTS: Top 6 performances from a night of iconic dances

Oct 20, 2015 at 12:10 a.m. ET
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Fans loved the Dancing with the Stars pros' and celebrities' recreations of famous dances — and the night ended with a widely predicted elimination.

The Dancing with the Stars Famous Dances episode began with an air of excitement, as guest judge Olivia Newton-John watched Hayes Grier and Emma Slater perform one of her own iconic dances. It was a favorite, as were five other dances that seemed like flawless recreations of dances everyone knows and loves.

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"You're the One That I Want" from Grease

Hayes Grier and Emma Slater's jazz routine was incredible considering Grier admitted in practice that he had never seen the movie! Nonetheless, Grier did his best Danny Zuko and it was very entertaining, although he took a bit of technical criticism from the judges and only scored 32 out of 40.

"Good Morning" from Singin' in the Rain

Andy Grammer and Allison Holker met with Gene Kelly's widow prior to recreating the iconic dance from Singin' in the Rain, complete with the couches. Grammer did a solid job, the crowd gave them a standing ovation and the judges awarded a perfect score!

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"I've Had the Time of My Life" from Dirty Dancing


Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough tackled the famous rumba performed by Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey at the end of Dirty Dancing. Grey visited during practice to give tips on the lift, and Hough and Irwin later tried it in a smelly lake, which was also straight out of a scene from the popular film. Hough, who admitted he'd never been more nervous on Dancing with the Stars, and Irwin performed the dance flawlessly, including the difficult lift.

"Pony" from Magic Mike

Carlos PenaVega told Witney Carson in practice that, due to the changes he had made in his life, he wasn't comfortable being raunchy, but regardless, his rendition of Channing Tatum's famous dance to "Pony" from Magic Mike was smoking hot. Carson played the part of a girl from the audience in the rumba, which had fans raving about PenaVega's sexiness.


Saturday Night Fever dance

Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess brought disco back with their samba in tribute to John Travolta's iconic dance from Saturday Night Fever. From Burgess' wig to Carter's hip thrusts, it was the height of entertainment. Carrie Ann Inaba criticized it, which totally set her apart from the other judges, who all thought it was brilliant. Fans concurred.


Janet Jackson's "Rhythm Nation" dance

Tamar Braxton fully brought it to the dance floor with partner Val Chmerkovskiy as they recreated Jackson's famous tightly choreographed routine to her song, "Rhythm Nation." Despite missing two whole days of Dancing with the Stars practice due to illness, Braxton and Chmerkovskiy were fantastic, and the judges raved that Braxton was indistinguishable from the professional dancers who performed behind and beside her. The effort earned a perfect score.

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It was a three-way tie for the top of the DWTS leaderboard, with Andy Grammer, Bindi Irwin and Tamar Braxton all earning perfect scores of 40 this week, and Nick Carter right behind them with 39 points. Paula Deen and Louis Van Amstel were at the bottom with 24 points.


Paula Deen and Louis Van Amstel, along with Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas, were in jeopardy. Deen and Van Amstel, who have consistently been at or near the bottom of the leaderboard, were sent home tonight.

What was your favorite of the famous dances? Were you surprised to see Mark Ballas and Alexa PenaVega in jeopardy? How did you feel about Paula Deen's elimination?