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The DWTS cast was back in the ballroom on Tuesday, October 10 for Motown night! To add to the fun, DWTS had their first guest judge of the season – television personality and former NFL defensive end Michael Strahan. This definitely shook things up – especially since couples now had the chance to earn 40 points instead of the usual 30. Last Tuesday’s scores had a 14 point gap from highest to lowest couple, ranging from 34 points to 20. 

The Brady Bunch star Barry Williams opened the show with a Tango to “Get Ready” by The Temptations with his partner Peta Murgatroyd. After not getting the scores he hoped for during week two, Williams earned a 25 out of 40 last Tuesday – a 10 point jump from week two. Social media personality Lele Pons and her partner Brandon Armstrong were up next with their Cha Cha to “Super Freak” by Rick James. Despite a few missteps and nerves, Pons still earned 27 points, landing her in third place on the leaderboard.

After a few mishaps on the dance floor during week two, real estate broker and Real Housewives of Beverly Hills husband Mauricio Umansky had a comeback this time around with his partner Emma Slater. The couple danced a Foxtrot to “Working My Way Back to You” by The Spinners. Despite the judges praising Umansky for a stronger dance, he was only rewarded with a 23 out of 40. 

Grammy award winner Jason Mraz and his partner Daniella Karagach earned the first “9’s” of the season with their Jive to “Do You Love Me” by The Contours. After earning a 34 out of 40, the couple found themselves tied at the top of the leaderboard.  

Actress Alyson Hannigan danced a Foxtrot with her partner Sasha Farber to “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” by Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terrell. The judges commended her growing confidence and rewarded them with a 24 out of 40. Model Tyson Beckford and his partner Jenna Johnson danced a Foxtrot to “Master Blaster (Jammin’)” by Stevie Wonder. Despite Beckford’s best efforts to keep the momentum going after redeeming himself the previous week, the dance only earned the couple 20 points, ultimately landing them at the bottom of the leaderboard. 

Bachelorette star Charity Lawson and her partner Artem Chigvintsev were reunited for Motown night after not dancing together the previous week due to Chigvintsev unexpectedly testing positive for COVID-19. The couple danced a Foxtrot to “My Girl” by The Temptations, which Lawson shared is the song she hopes her and her father can dance to at her upcoming wedding. The routine earned the couple 32 points and had them tied for second place on the leaderboard.

Academy-award winner Mira Sorvino and Gleb Savchenko danced a Rumba to “Let’s Get It On” by Marvin Gaye, earning them a 26 out of 40. The judges are still encouraging Sorvino to open up, and Derek Hough added that her “mechanics are there,” but suggested she improve her “energy.”  

Vanderpump Rules reality star Ariana Madix and her partner Pasha Pashkov were up next with their Quickstep to “You Can’t Hurry Love” by The Supremes. Not only did Madix earn the “8’s” she hoped for the previous week, but she also earned two “9’s” giving the couple a score of 34 out of 40, having them tied at the top of leaderboard with Mraz and Karagach. Madix was also gifted with a hug from judge Carrie Ann Inaba who praised her for an “amazing” routine.

After escaping elimination the previous week, football star Adrian Peterson shared that he was disappointed for landing in the bottom two and doesn’t “ever want to feel that feeling again.” Peterson and his partner Britt Stewart danced a Quickstep to “I Want You Back” by The Jackson 5, earning them a 22 out of 40. Despite once again landing as one of the bottom two on the leaderboard, the couple didn’t find themselves as one of the couple’s up for the night’s elimination.

Too Hot To Handle star Harry Jowsey danced a Foxtrot to “Easy” by the Commodores with his partner Rylee Arnold, which earned the couple a 24 out of 40. Inaba said she was “impressed” by the routine, but added that Jowsey will have to work on his musicality. 

Finally, actress Xochitl Gomez and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy closed the show with their Foxtrot to “My Guy” by Mary Wells. The dance earned the couple a 32 out of 40, landing them tied for second place on the night’s leaderboard.  

It was now time for the most dreaded part of the night – the elimination. For the first time this season, there were three bottom couples up for elimination – Jowsey and Arnold, Hannigan and Farber, and Beckford and Johnson. After loaded suspense, it was revealed that Beckford and Johnson were going home.

A new episode of DWTS premieres tonight – and it’s Disney night! We can’t wait to watch our favorite couples celebrate 100 years of Disney and embrace the Disney magic.

Daniella is a sophomore at Hofstra University with a major in early childhood education. She is from Long Island, New York. In her free time she’s either reading, writing, scrolling on Instagram, watching Tik Toks, listening to Taylor Swift, catching up on pop culture, or spending time with her friends and sorority sisters.