Maya’s Mirrorball: Whitney Houston Night

In this weekly blog, senior Maya Silberman shares her favorites and flops for each episode of her favorite show, Dancing With the Stars.
In this weekly blog, senior Maya Silberman shares her favorites and flops for each episode of her favorite show, Dancing With the Stars.
Maya Silberman

Fans all around the world were graced with another episode of the hit show Dancing With The Stars on Tuesday. This week, the pros and their celebrities showed out with dances to hit songs from Whitney Houston. Billy Porter was another in a line of guest judges this season, bringing the sass and a little too much snark to the judge’s bench.

Harry and Rylee hit the dance floor with another dance that showed Harry’s vast improvement. While his dancing skills are not at the same level as other dancers, he has grown each week and shows an earnestness and vulnerability that is like a magnet for viewers and voters.

Jason and Daniella brought the heat with a samba. The choreography was great, but it didn’t seem to match the song they were given well. Jason also got docked points for singing along, which while it isn’t a good look, others are still mouthing counts and haven’t been called out for it.

Alyson and Sasha seemed to have a breakthrough week, delivering a wonderful contemporary. It still wasn’t perfect, but Alyson has grown tons throughout the season and showed true emotion with this dance.

Barry and Peta were up next, and there dance was good, but nothing special. Barry has been a solid performer throughout the season, but seems to move at a slightly slower pace. 

Charity and Artem performed a smooth Viennese Waltz, which was right in Charity’s wheelhouse. She strives when she is in frame and dancing elegantly, which she did a great job of this week.

Ariana and Pasha delivered another dance in their series of hits. She is one of the strongest competitors of the season, consistently killing it. She did a great job on their Paso Doble, hitting it hard and strong.

Val and Xochitl hit it hard tonight with their Tango, bringing the first perfect score of the season to the ballroom! They were amazing, with Val’s fantastic choreography and Xochitl’s poise, they’re a high pick for winners. 

The dance battle ended up being almost the battle of the underdogs. Barry came out on top when going against Jason, and Charity won against Xochitl. Harry lost to Alyson, which was not unexpected, although Harry performed very, very well.

The couple sent home was Barry and Peta. Many fans are upset over Harry remaining, yet his fan base is strong, which is a big part of the show. Barry and Peta were a good couple, but never rose to the top of the leaderboard, and were a hit with a niche group of fans.

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