Dancing With the Stars Season 27 Episode 9 Review

This season of Dancing with the Stars has nearly reached its end, but luckily, we've still got a few weeks. This week is country week, which should make for a diverse variety of dances. Plus, the team dances return, presumably to help boost Joe's scores.

Milo Manheim and Witney:
This wasn't one of my favorite dances from Milo, but it was still great. It didn't seem quite as clean as his typical dance, but all of the elements were there and they were all perfect. Milo and Witney work so well together, and I'm very sad to see this partnership ending soon. Their dances are always a real treat, and this one was no different.
Score: 9

Evanna Lynch & Keo:
Evanna has really grown into a fantastic dancer, and that was especially apparent tonight. This was such a graceful and elegant number, and it was easily one of the night's best, not that that's much of a shock. Evanna is always one of the better dancers of a given night, and she's definitely one of the most improved of the season. This is my favorite dance of hers so far.
Score: 10

Bobby Bones & Sharna:
I have to give Bobby credit for always trying so hard, but it's pretty clear that he's not one of this season's better dancers. Despite this, this was a very admirable effort. It wasn't at all perfect, but it was it was his best effort so far and it really was enjoyable.
Score: 8

Juan Pablo Di Pace & Cheryl:
Juan Pablo has never been my favorite dancer on the show, but I thought this was a spectacular dance. It was an energetic and truly a fun number. The music given to them really didn't fit the Charleston all that well, but they made it work excellently and gave us a beautiful country-inspired Charleston with the flare of Nashville.
Score: 10

Alexis Ren & Alan Bersten:
This was a lot of fun. I don't think this was their best work so far, but it was the most enjoyable to watch for me so far. Also, they're totally my favorite couple on this season of the Bachelor. So sweet.
Score: 10

John Schneider & Emma:
Was this the most technically advanced dance? Obviously not. But I loved it. It was just so much fun, and it was definitely my favorite dance of John's so far from both an entertainment and technical standpoint. He had a great amount of energy and genuinely looked like he was enjoying himself. It was a pure delight.
Score: 9

Grocery Story Joe Amabile & Jenna:
I definitely wasn't expecting a knockout dance from Joe, because, well... However, I was a little disappointed in this dance. Last week showed great progress, but this one had some more issues. It was just a little sloppy, and it was certainly the weakest dance of the night. However, it was still one of Joe's better dances.
Score: 7

DeMarcus Ware & Lindsay:
Without a doubt, this was DeMarcus's best dance. He's fixed a lot of the issues I had with his dances previously and even though he's still in the middle of the pack, he's still a very strong dancer.
Score: 9

Team Joe-Down:
This was a very enjoyable dance, but there was something missing here. I can't really put my finger on it, but I didn't like this one nearly as much as the other team dance. It was still fun to watch for sure, but it could have been something more.
Score: 8

Team Hay Now:
This was such a spectacular number, because the entire team worked so well together. The other dance felt a bit disjointed to me, but this one had everyone, even the "weaker" dancers, working together as one. Obviously, some were more technically perfect than others, but everyone was great.
Score: 10

Dancers of the Night: Juan Pablo & Cheryl
Honorable Mention: Evanna & Keo

Worst of the Night: Joe & Jenna
(Dis)Honorable Mention: Bobby & Sharna

Rankings for the Week:
1- Juan Pablo & Cheryl
2- Evanna & Keo
3- Team Hay Now
4- Alexis & Alan
5- Milo & Witney
6- John & Emma
7- DeMarcus & Lindsay
8- Team Joe-Down
9- Bobby & Sharna
10- Joe & Jenna

This was another wonderful episode, filled with a ton of great dances. While I was again disappointed in the eliminations, the episode as a whole was great. I'm really looking forward to the Semi-Finals and the Finals, because it's really anyone's guess as to who will win this one.
Score: 9/10
Grade: A-

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