DWTS' Nick Carter's baby news gave fans something to cheer about
Nick Carter's emotional performance, baby news and a live gender reveal proved to be a turning point on Dancing with the Stars' Icon Night, which got off to a slow start.
Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson kicked off Dancing with the Stars' Icon Night with a solid salsa dedicated to singer Marc Anthony, but the next few dances featured some mistakes, and the judges offered up technical notes and small criticisms. Given the expectations this many weeks into the competition, it was a little anti-climactic and fans were beginning to feel let down.
Nick Carter chose his wife, Lauren, as his inspiration. He explained that he considers her to be his savior and talked about how they had been trying for a year to conceive a child and his devastation when they suffered a miscarriage. Carter then announced that his wife was 16 weeks pregnant. He danced a flawless contemporary routine in her honor that left him (and Carrie Ann Inaba) in tears and that Bruno Tonioli called "poetry."
After the Dancing with the Stars judges awarded Carter and partner Sharna Burgess a perfect score, Erin Andrews announced that there would be a live gender reveal. Carter and his wife found out along with everyone watching that they would be having a boy! Fans were over the moon about the new little "Backstreet" boy, as were Carter's former bandmates.
After the remainder of the Dancing with the Stars solo dances, which included an elegant and energetic foxtrot from Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough in honor of Grace Kelly, and a commanding and impressive paso doble by Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy dedicated to her sister, Toni Braxton, Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess topped the leaderboard and won immunity from elimination.
The DWTS couples without immunity had a chance to earn extra points by competing in a dance-off. They only found out what style of dance they were performing right before they went on. The audience helped to choose the winner by voting live.
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough challenged Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson for jive. Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson got the extra two points.
Tamar and Val challenged Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas for cha-cha. Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas got the extra two points.
Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold challenged Andy Grammer and Allison Holker for samba. Andy Grammer and Allison Holker got the extra two points.
Andy Grammer and Allison Holker, who were at the bottom of the Dancing with the Stars leaderboard tonight, ended up in jeopardy along with Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson. Andy Grammer found out he was going home.