As the talented couples duked it out on the dance floor, ETonline.com covered all the action in real time -- from the night’s biggest numbers, best scores, wildest wardrobes and craziest moments.
ET is live now recapping the show during the East Coast broadcast each week this season, as the hopeful athletes try to show that they’ve got what it takes to take home the Mirrorball trophy. Find out which couples wowed the judges and which ended up on the chopping block as we reach the mid-way point of this super-short season.
This week's double elimination really hurts
Kareem and Lindsay, Arike and Gleb, and Chris and Witney all turned out to be in jeopardy -- which is surprising for so many reasons. However, it was Chris and Witney who get to dance again another day.
Which means we have to wave goodbye to Arike and Kareem. However, Arike seemed to take it in stride.
“I mean, it’s okay. It was fun while it lasted,” the basketball star told Tom and co-host Erin Andrews after the elimination.
Clearly, Chris and Witney are going to have to amp up their chemistry even more to make sure they don’t end up in the bottom three next week.
Arike, Adam, Mirai and Jennie lent their impressive skills to Team ‘70s Football, and there really wasn’t a weak link in the group despite no one being a football player (or being alive) in the 1970s.
However, you’d never know it as they rocked out to the 1978 disco classic “Instant Replay” by Dan Hartman, wearing sparkling silver pseudo-jerseys and afros. Jennie threw that pass like a boss, and an afro-wigged Adam impressed with his catch -- but can you imagine how embarrassing that could easily have been?
From the judges’ wildly enthusiastic responses to their number, it was clear which team won the showdown, and the team’s total score of 37 out of 40 made it official.
Team '50s Tennis gives it their best shot
Chris, Josh, Tonya and Kareem donned some sweater vests and picked up their old-timey rackets for a Freestyle set to an awesome retro-cover of “...Baby One More Time” by The Baseballs, and it was pure fun.
While Len and Bruno admitted that there were some minor issues, they also said that a few of the people on the team are almost locks for making it to the finals.
Also, we gotta agree with Rashad’s comments about how impressive it was that the athletes were able to learn two huge dances in one week -- a feat usually achieved much later in longer seasons.
Team ‘50s Tennis ended up earning a formidable 33 out of 40, but it’s going to be interesting to see how Team ‘70s Football -- with frontrunners Adam and Mirai -- stacks up.
Adam Rippon & Jenna Johnson are both all style and all substance
While they are frontrunners for the Mirrorball trophy, theymight also need to make a separate trophy for ‘General Awesomeness,’ which would go to Adam for his style alone.
Rocking a perfectly tailored red and black suit, Adam was a perfect style compliment to Jenna’s sparkling crimson gown -- oh, and their Quickstep -- set to “Make Way” by Aloe Blacc.
Len couldn’t say enough nice things about the performance, but it was Bruno who truly loved the “impeccable” dance -- since he gave out the night’s second ‘10’ and the flawless couple took home a 37 out of 40 -- tying Mirai and Alan at the top spot.
Arike Ogunbowale & Gleb Savchenko ask 'What About Us?'
The basketball star showed off her vulnerable and delicate side with a Foxtrot set to Pink’s heartbreaking anthem “What About Us,” and the judges really appreciated seeing a new side to the competitive athlete.
For their efforts, the couple earned a score of 33 out of 40, which is a huge improvement over their scores in the premiere and landed them near the top of the leaderboard.
We also loved the footage of Arike showing her mom her “princess” transformation. It was powerfully touching, and made us appreciate the college athlete even more than we already did (if that’s possible).
After taking home the Mirrorball trophy on season 24, the NFL star still has the moves.
He’s been a great guest judge all night, but he blew us all away when he reunited with his former partner and hit the dance floor while rocking the golden outfits they deserve. It was such a great reminder of why he won in the first place.
Mirai Nagasu & Alan Bersten dance happily ever after for epic score!
Aaand we have out first ‘10’ of the season, as well as two new DWTS frontrunners!
The Olympic figure skater brought some much-needed magic to the dance floor with a beautiful Disney-themed Foxtrot. (Although getting “It’s a Small World” stuck in our heads for the rest of the night isn’t ideal.)
But the beautiful number -- which included a full Cinderella-themed carriage on stage -- showcased Mirai and Alan’s enviable chemistry and won them quite a bit of love from the judges. Nabbing an amazing 10 from Rashad and three other ‘9’s, the couple are in the clear lead with 37 out of 40.
Also, it was nice to see former DWTS champs Meryl Davis and Bindi Irwin back in the theater!
Meryl was cheering Mirai on from the stands, and hopefully Tom wasn’t joking when he said she might be hitting the dance floor sometime this season.
We’d also love to see Bindi came back to show her skills! Maybe an All-Stars season is in order?
Tonya Harding & Sasha Farber dance with a bear?!
After finding herself in jeopardy and almost going home last week, the former figure skater came back with a Quickstep that saw her chopping wood with an axe while Sasha fished in an imaginary river.
Oh yeah, and there was a bear! They danced with a man in a bear costume almost the whole time, and it’s hard to tell if it was fun or just insane. Although there’s no denying that Tonya’s skills were insanely fun.
“I absolutely loved it,” Rashad gushed, before praising Tonya for trying to change her life’s narrative with her performance. Meanwhile, Bruno made the inevitable connection between the dancing bear and Leonardo DiCaprio’s The Revenant.
In the end, they became the second couple of the night to earn a ‘9’ and tied Chris and Witney with a score of 33 out of 40. Maybe, this time, a good score will be enough to keep Tonya out of jeopardy.
Chris Mazdzer & Witney Carson score big with romantic routine!
Before they hit the dance floor, we got the chance to get to know a little more about the Olympic luger in a pre-taped package -- including the fact that he struggles with ADD.
However, he managed to keep his head in the game as the two pulled off a beautiful and emotional Viennese Waltz set to “Next To Me” by Imagine Dragons.
Witney looked stunning in a flowing pink number, while Chris kept things very sharp in a crisp grey suit, and the little touches of class made the number even stronger.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was blown away by their connection, while Rashad and Len had some very specific praise for Chris’s heel leads.
The pair snagged the season’s first ‘9’ from Carrie, and ‘8’s acorss the board from the other judges for a total of 33 out of 40, and placing them at the top of the leaderboard (for now, that is).
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar & Lindsay Arnold win over the crowd but not the judges
The 71-year-old NBA legend pulled off a brilliantly choreographed Salsa set to “La Malanga” by Eddie Palmieri, with Lindsay managing to finally dance eye-to-eye with the 7’2” Kareem by virtue of riding on another dancer’s shoulders!
The big, bombastic Salsa earned the couple a 26 out of 40, with two '6's and two '7's, a marked improvement over last week’s routine. But will it be enough to keep them in the game?
Jennie Finch Daigle & Keo Motsepe cha cha in leather!
Leather, black catsuits and an awesome biker vibe permeated every minute of Jennie and Keo’s super sassy Cha Cha set to "Do It Like This" by Daphne Willis -- and it couldn’t have been more fun!
As Len said, it was a "very competent performance," which, coming from him, is almost glowing praise, however judge Bruno Tonioli dinged the dancers for their timing -- a lot of that may have stemmed from a last minute change of song.
Ultimately, the couple earned a 26 out of 40, but it’s hard to know where that will score will leave them on the leaderboard.
Josh Norman & Sharna Burgess rule the dance floor
As host Tom Bergeron put it, the couple provided “a dynamic start for the night” with an amazing Paso Doble set to “The Plaza of Execution” by James Horner.
The passion and the romance was apparent in their steamy routine. We cannot get over Sharna’s amazing steampunk-inspired pirate gown and Josh’s power was apparent to the judges, who felt the whole performance was strong.
The pair received a 30 out of 40 for their efforts -- which included a surprisingly high ‘8’ from the toughest judge, Len Goodman.
‘DWTS’ Week 2 kicks off with a blast from the past!
Former DWTS champ Rashad Jennings returned to the theater to serve as this week’s guest judge, and was introduced with DJ Khaled’s “All I Do Is Win,” which is super appropriate.