Blind skier Danelle Umstead eliminated on star-studded ‘Dancing with the Stars’ "Las Vegas Night"
ABC(LAS VEGAS) — Tuesday night was Las Vegas night on Dancing with the Stars, but Paralympian skier Danelle Umstead’s luck ran out. Dancing with the Stars‘ first-ever blind contestant was sent home Tuesday night, along with her partner Artem Chigvintsev.
Danelle and Artem danced a quickstep as Las Vegas star and DWTS season 9 champ Donny Osmond crooned “Luck Be a Lady.” They received a 19 out of 30; combined with their Monday night scores, they had a total of 37/60. It wasn’t the lowest score of the two-night competition — that dubious achievement once again went to grocer Joe Amabile — but obviously, Danelle didn’t have the equivalent of Bachelor Nation voting for her.
Before Danelle was voted off, we learned that she can see a little, but only little bits of blur between a black center and a black outer ring. We also learned that she’s able to look like she’s making eye contact by focusing on people’s voices, and then looking “above” the voice.
The other couple in jeopardy Tuesday night was John Schneider and Emma Slater, who had one of the most creative dances of the night: They both dressed as Elvis impersonators and danced a jive to Elvis Presley’s “King Creole.” Their score was 20/30, for a total of 43/60 for both nights.
Tuesday night’s show aired the day after the one-year anniversary of the Route 91 Harvest Festival shooting in Las Vegas, where 58 people were killed and more than 800 injured. Host Tom Bergeron paid tribute to the city’s residents during the show. And in addition to Donny Osmond, other Las Vegas stars made appearances throughout the night, including Blue Man Group, Boyz II Men and, via video, Celine Dion.
Celine wished Milo Manheim and Witney Carson luck before they tangoed to her song “Ashes,” and it worked: They scored a 26/30, for an overall two-night score of 52/60.
At the end of the night, Milo and Witney, plus two other couples — Tinashe and Brandon Armstrong and Cheryl Burke and Juan Pablo Di Pace — were all tied for first place with the same 52/60 score.
Boyz II Men sang “Ladies Man” while DeMarcus Ware and Lindsay Arnold danced a quickstep. Boyz II Men member Wanya Morris was Lindsay’s partner on season 22 of DWTS — they came in fourth. DeMarcus and Lindsay scored a 23/30, for a two-night total of 47/60.
We also learned that DeMarcus was in a boy band called Mirage during high school, and they sang all Boyz II Men’s hits, which is why the football star was so nervous to hit the ballroom floor last night.
Here’s how the rest of the contestants scored:
Alexis Ren, Sports Illustrated swimsuit model, with Alan Bersten 24/30, 49/60
Evanna Lynch, Harry Potter films star, with Keo Motsepe 24/30, 48/60
Mary Lou Retton, former Olympic gymnast, with Sasha Farber 24/30, 46/60
Nancy McKeon, former The Facts of Life star, with Val Chmerkovskiy 20/30, 41/60
Bobby Bones, country radio personality, with Sharna Burgess 19/30, 39/60
Joe Amabile, The Bachelorette contestant, with Jenna Johnson 18/30, 35/60
The theme of next week’s show, airing Monday night at 8 p.m. ET on ABC, is “Most Memorable Year,” and one couple will be voted off at the end of that show.
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