DANCING with the Stars is back again this week, with Janet Jackon the theme of the night.
Tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars, airing on November 8, is a tribute to the iconic pop star.
Couples will be busting a move to some of Janet Jackson’s most famous hits, including “Nasty,” “That’s the Way Love Goes,” and “Together Again,” according to E!
It comes after viewers were shocked last week when fan-favorite JoJo Siwa landed in the bottom two.
Despite almost going home, the pop star survived until next week’s episode of the ABC competition as the judges unanimously decided to save her and send The Miz home.
Earlier in the evening, NBA star Iman Shumpert impressed with a strong Paso Doble to the legendary song, Another One Bites The Dust.
Week 7 of the show saw Iman perform alongside contestants including Olivia Jade, Amanda Kloots, Jimmie Allen, and more.
DWTS airs Monday’s at 8pm ET on ABC.
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SUNI, MELORA, AND AMANDA IN THE LEAD
With three perfect scores, there is a three-way tie for first place so far tonight.
DANCE OFFS NEXT
Now that the individual performances are complete, the couples will now compete in dance offs. This is the dance off lineup:
- Salsa to “Made For Now” judged by Bruno Tonioli
- Jimmie and Emma vs Suni and Sasha
- Rumba to “That’s The Way Love Goes” judged by Carrie Ann Inaba
- JoJo and Jenna vs Olivia and Val
- Foxtrot to “Again” judged by Derek Hough
- Iman and Daniella vs Melora and Artem
- Cha Cha to “Together Again” judged by Len Goodman
- Amanda and Alan vs Cody and Cheryl
- Salsa to “Made For Now” judged by Bruno Tonioli
‘THIS IS AMAZING’
“This is the most intense competition we have ever seen,” said Carrie An. “And a lot of this has to do with you.”
“You are an excellent dancer,” said Len. “However, there were a few gimmicks in there that didn’t sound like a salsa.”
Derek complimented the opening lift. “That was just, I’m speechless.”
“Drop. Dead. Sexy,” said Bruno.
“Tonight I feel like Jenna really pushed me for strength,” said Jojo.
The pair scored three 10s and a nine from Len, totaling a 39 out of 40.
STARTING IN MID AIR
Jojo started off her dance holding Jenna up in mid air, where she lowered her leg and did a spit in mid air.
The pair wore matching sparkling black jumpsuits, and Jojo mouthed the lyrics to the song as she danced with Jenna.
JENNA AND JOJO HAD A CLOSE CALL LAST WEEK
Jojo said she hopes to avoid the bottom two this week, as last week caught them by surprise.
The pair will dance the Salsa to Janet Jackson’s “Feedback”
Jojo said the song is her favorite of the pop icon’s.
IMAN AND DANIELLA DANCE CONFIDENTLY IN ALL BLACK
Daniella sported knee-high heeled boots, and Iman wore a cap to go with his outfit.
“Respect, respect, respect,” said Bruno. “It was a great tribute to a great artist.”
Carrie Ann said Iman will go down as the tallest person to dance to “Rhythm Nation.”
Len Goodman said the dance had its moments, but there “weren’t enough of them.”
The couple scored a out of 35 out of 40, with three nines and an eight from Len.
IMAN SHUMPERT AND DANIELLA KARAGACH UP NEXT
Iman said his mother is good friends with Janet Jackson, and his wife is a huge fan of the pop icon.
The couple is dancing a cha cha to “Rhythm Nation.”
Iman struggled with his footing during rehearsals.
EDGY LOOK, PERFECT SCORE
Amanda and Alan both wore edgy black outfits, as they confidently danced to “Miss You Much.”
“Amanda, oh my goodness, you were just a leading lady from start to finish,” said Derek.
“You were in charge of this dance from the beginning until the end,” said Bruno. He went on to say that she made the dance her own.
Carrie Ann went on the dance floor to hug Amanda.
“Amanda, amazing,” said Len Goodman.
The couple scored all 10s, making the third perfect score of the night and the first for the couple.
AMANDA KLOOTS AND ALAN BERSTEN UP NEXT
The couple is dancing a Jazz to Janet Jackson’s “Miss You Much.”
Amanda said she is determined to get to the semi finals, after she said the judges were a bit hard on her last week.
Her an Alan also fought during rehearsals, and Amanda said they “had trouble understanding each other.”
“I think the judges are harder on Amanda because they see something special in her,” said Alan.
Cody Rigsby and Cheryl Burke scored two 10s and two 9s.
The couple got their first 10s of the season.
SUNI CALLS HER PERFECT SCORE ‘INSANE’
The star shared a tweet, and encouraged fans to vote.
DEDICATED TO HIS MOM
Cody dedicated his dance to “Black Cat” to his mother.
Cody was wearing a sparkling black jacket with no shirt underneath, and Cheryl wore a high-low black dress.
“It was big, it was bold, it was no nonsense dancing,” said Len Goodman.
Len went on to say “it was a man’s dance,” and that he didn’t see Cheryl.
Derek also remarked on Cody’s power during the dance. Bruno said Cody “unleashed the beast.”
The couple will receive their scores after the break.
CODY RIGSBY AND CHERYL BURKE NEXT
The pair is performing a Paso Doble to Janet Jackson’s “Black Cat”.
During rehearsals, Cody talked about his childhood. He revealed his father died when he was four months old, and spoke very fondly of his supportive mother.
“I would love to dedicate this dance to my mom,” said Cody.
FANS ENJOYING JANET JACKSON NIGHT
One fan on Twitter called it “a mini Janet Jackson concert.”
‘IT WAS A BEAUTIFUL PERFORMANCE’
Carrie Ann Inaba said she would have liked to see “a little more heat.”
Bruno called the dance an “argentine beauty.”
Olivia and Val scored all nines, totaling a 36 out of 40.
DRESSED IN GREEN
Olivia was dressed in a sparkling green dress as she danced to Janet Jackson’s “Any Time, Any Place,” and her hair was tied in a high ponytail.
Her partner, Val, was wearing all black.
OLIVIA JADE’S DAD IN A JANET JACKSON MUSIC VIDEO
“Last week was so incredible,” said Olivia. “The relay was a big surprise to me.”
Olivia revealed that her dad was in a Janet Jackson music video.
“I will push myself to the limits,” said Olivia.
OLIVIA JADE UP NEXT
Olivia Jade and Val Chmerkovskiy will be dancing the Argentine Tango to Janet Jackson’s “Any Time, Any Place.”
The couple received the highest combined score last week after winning all of the votes in the first set of the dance-off competition, following the individual performances.
SECOND PERFECT SCORE OF THE NIGHT
“The beauty was there,” said Bruno Tonioli.
“Great performance!” said Len Goodman.
“You absolutely slayed that Paso,” said Derek Hough.
Melora thanked everyone on the show for their contributions.
The couple is the second pair of the night to score a perfect 40.
SPARKLING IN BLACK
Melora and Artem confidently walked on stage wearing black outfits.
The couple was joined by backup dancers and finished the dance with Melora spinning on the ground.
MELORA HARDIN AND ARTEM CHIGVINTSEV UP NEXT
The pair will be dancing the Paso Doble to Janet Jackson’s song “If.”
The couple appeared to be having some trouble during rehearsals.
“It makes sense there are going to be hiccups,” said Melora.
SUNI LANDS A PERFECT SCORE
“You were so vibrant!” said Derek Hough. “The samba is a tough one and you did it so beautifully.”
“I see you for the first time in HD,” said Bruno Tonioli.
All of the judges praised Suni’s performance, highlighting her newfound confidence.
“I just need to let go,” said Suni.
Suni and Sasha scored the first perfect score of the night, landing all 10s.
SUNI LEE ALL SMILES DURING DANCE
The gymnast appeared in much brighter spirits this week, as she reported that she is feeling much better than last week.
Suni wore a gorgeous dress with a pattern that matched her partner’s shirt.
SUNI LEE FEELING ‘A LOT BETTER’
“Last week was rough,” said Suni. “After the dance I had to run off the stage to throw up.”
Suni said she was “more embarrassed than anything.”
However, she said she is feeling much better this week.
SUNI LEE AND SASHA FARBER TO PERFORM NEXT
The pair will dance a samba to Janet Jackson’s “All For You”.
Rashad Jennings and Emma Slater scored a 32 out of 40 just before the show’s commercial break.