‘DWTS’ Power Rankings Week 7 – The Post-Patti Era

Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson (Photo: ABC)

The ballroom was shocked last Monday when fan favorite Patti LaBelle and her pro partner Artem Chigvintsev became the fifth team eliminated from season 20 of “Dancing with the Stars.”

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How did the other duos fare? Here is a recap of the celebrity scores from “Spring Break Week,” including the 39 points everyone scored for team dances, in descending order: Riker Lynch – 76, Nastia Liukin – 73, Willow Shields – 73, Rumer Willis – 71, Chris Soules – 70, Noah Galloway – 68, Robert Herjavec – 67.

For tonight's episode, each of the remaining couples have choreographed their routine with a dance style and song from a specific era, such as the '20s quick-step and the '60s jive. The highest-scoring couple will earn immunity from tonight's elimination, while the other six couples compete in a dance-off to earn additional points. Got it?

Below are the Week 7 predictions and rankings from XFINITY.com editors Chelsea Badeau and David Onda, who are teaming up with #DWTSAllAccess host and former “Strictly Come Dancing” contestant Gethin Jones for a weekly dissection of the competition.

How Does It Work? Each week before the live performances, Chelsea, David and Gethin will rank the “Dancing with the Stars” couples from best to worst based on how they think the duos will finish in judges’ points and audience votes.  This week, no. 1 will be the safest couple, and no. 7 will be the couple most likely to be eliminated. The ranking of the eliminated couple will determine how many points Chelsea, David and Gethin will earn.

No one correctly predicted Patti’s ousting last week. Chelsea maintains her lead with a total of 46 points, David drops one point for a second-place total of 44 points, and Gethin is gaining with a third-place tally of 37 points.

Here are the power rankings for Week 7:

Chelsea’s Score = 46

Any questions for Chelsea? Drop her a line on Twitter: @ladybugchels

David’s Score = 44

Any questions for David? Drop him a line on Twitter: @david_onda

Gethin’s Score = 37

Any questions for Gethin? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gethincjones

1. Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: Despite having a bit of an off week with her “Bootylicious” jazz routine, Rumer is still tops for me. I think she did the best she could with the dance style and song she was given. She’ll get right back on track with a ’60s jive tonight. 1. Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: Last week, Riker and Allison sat high atop the scoreboard, but found themselves in the bottom three thanks to the audience vote. I know I’m risking everything by putting them in first place, but there is simply no denying that they are the best team in this competition. Tonight, they perform the quick-step, which should complement Riker’s fast feet and crisp moves. I think they’ll capture the top spot for a second week in a row and earn immunity. I’m counting on it. 1. Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: Putting the girls in their place last week, top of the board in his own! If he repeats that, and I fully expect him to, he will “wiggle” his way through to “America’s Choice” next week! Clever tactics by the R5 man, he’s been talking up getting a first 10 of the season from Len – maybe putting the idea in his head. He definitely has the ability to prompt Len to dust off the cobwebs from his 10 paddle, especially with a quick-step. A 1920s baseball routine for this dynamic duo. Home runs all ’round. This dance will play to his many strengths.
2. Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: Last week, Willow and Mark transformed into jazz band members in a “Whiplash”-inspired salsa. Tom Bergeron quipped that it was “all that and an extra rib, too.” Willow is getting better every week, and her personality is infectious. She and Mark will perform a futuristic jazz routine tonight. I’m sure they’ll pull out all of the stops.  2. Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: If there’s one thing you can say about Willow Shields, it’s that she’s consistent. Week after week, she puts it all out on the dance floor (including extra ribs) and dances without fear and without regret. If she works on straightening her legs for a tighter, snappier form, I’ll be hard-pressed to find any faults. I will say that I thought she looked a little uncomfortable with all the “sexy” hip swivels and shakes in last week’s routine. Tonight’s “futuristic jazz” is back in her wheelhouse. 2. Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: “This is a ballroom, not a bedroom,” Len said after last week’s “Bootylicious.” I love Len, I’ve just been chatting to him about last week’s show, actually, and I think he’s crazy. I loved the dance. She showed her incredible sassiness and sexiness. Val has put a real variety into this season, and this week is another gear change. “Dear Future Husband” is the song! Has there been a “DWTS” marriage?! Anyway, I think she’ll be terrific at the kicks and flicks the jive demands. Really difficult to separate her and Riker at the top for me.
3. Nastia Liukin & ??????: Things are not looking so hot for Nastia right now. Her tango to “Summer” by Calvin Harris was not a hit with the judges and it seems that an injury this week may possibly take her partner out of the competition. If Derek can’t dance, will she be able to stay near the top with a new partner? 3. Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: It’s always refreshing when a team takes criticism well, but even more refreshing when they wholeheartedly agree with it. “We were stuck with the song,” Val said after Len slammed the “raunchiness” of their “Bootylicious” performance. There was nothing particularly wrong with Rumer’s performance, but her strengths clearly lie in traditional ballroom styles where she can really show off her polished control and technique. Tonight’s jive should do the trick. 3. Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: Come Tuesday morning, despite eight years on the show, Mark still has that boyish excitement when it comes to preparing for the next dance, choosing music and working on the production! He’s especially excited because, during those eight years, he’s always wanted to perform a ninja number! Yes, ninja in the ballroom! As usual, Willow has responded enthusiastically and with everything she’s got. But something inside me says Len and the judges may not like this. As usual, I could be wrong!
4. Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: Apparently, practice is overrated. Riker and Allison had a song change and almost no practice time before last week’s performance, but still managed to pull a fantastic little number out. Riker approaches each week with enthusiasm, and I’m sure their ’20s quick-step will be no different. We already know he’s got quick feet, so I think this could be a match made in dance heaven. 4. Nastia Liukin & ??????: Who will Nastia Liukin dance with tonight? After suffering an injury during a rehearsal last week, pro Derek Hough has been sidelined with a broken toe on his right foot and a sprained left ankle. I wish Derek nothing but this best, but this could end up being a boon for Nastia, whose chemistry with Derek has been lacking to say the least. According to reports, Nastia has been prepping for tonight’s modern Charleston routine with pro Sasha Farber. 4. Nastia Liukin & ??????: …or should I say, Sasha?! It’s been a tough assignment for Nastia. Just when she thought she’d have a bit more time to train with Derek, now his commitments have lessened, he injures himself. He can’t dance. Frustrated beyond belief, but as involved as ever. I’m excited to see what they have planned. Fair play to Sasha as well – to come in last minute showcases his undoubted talents. So who is the partnership? Who will dance? Three on the dance floor? Surely that’s cheating!
5. Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess: The judges asked for more content from Noah and they got it last week with his rumba. He struggled during practice, and was truly upset that his disagreement with Sharna might have come across worse than it was. To his credit, he didn’t let the package affect his performance. Seventies jazz could provide some interesting choices for Sharna’s choreography. Can’t wait for this one. 5. Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess: For being a relatively slow routine, I was thoroughly captivated by Noah and Sharna’s rumba last week. I was most impressed by Noah’s hip movements and leg extensions, considering how difficult those elements are on his prosthetic leg, and didn’t even notice the mid-dance hiccup mentioned by the judges. I was also surprisingly touched by Noah’s frustration over the video footage of his argument with Sharna. It’s clear he truly cares for Sharna, and I believe the feeling is mutual. 5. Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess: Is there nothing this man can’t do? Every week, he’s winning more and more hearts, and inspiring just as many on the dance floor! This week sees his wicked sense of humour come out, which only makes us love him more! On the dance floor, he knows he has physical limitations, but that doesn’t bother #noexcuseNoah. The only thing that’s stressing him, is having to learn his main dance and three others for “Immunity Week.”
6. Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson: My favorite “Shark’s” Beach Boys jive last week worked for him. He needs to continue to improve his timing, but his footwork was right on. This is your week, Robert. I feel it. Show them how an ’80s Argentine tango is done!  6. Chris Soules & Witney Carson: Last week, I was 100% positive that Chris Soules was going home. Hours after writing my farewell to “Prince Farming,” he not only gave his best performance of the season, but he avoided elimination as well. Don’t get me wrong, Chris’ dance wasn’t amazing, but it was leaps and bounds about his previous performances. He improved his form, fixed his hold, had content to work with and connected with both his partner and the music. I still can’t believe he wasn’t eliminated. 6. Chris Soules & Witney Carson: As you know, I’m a big fan of this man, a total gent. I also have massive admiration for the way he’s been battling in this competition. A few people thought the last few dances may have been his last – but no – despite a disappointing cha-cha and a pretty bad calf injury, America wasn’t ready for him to return to farming just yet! They are going back to the 1940s, a fox-trot to “Five Minutes More.” It’s all set up for a beautiful performance. I have a feeling he’ll be here for longer than five minutes.
7. Chris Soules & Witney Carson: “Prince Farming” did make some strides last week. He worked hard on improving his musicality, and looked solid in his performance. His lines were good and his spins were on point. Tonight, he dances a ’40s fox-trot, which could work well with his strengths. 7. Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson: For the second week in a row, “Shark Tank” guru Robert Herjavec was out of sync with his partner (and supplemental dancers) for most of the performance. Last week was probably worse. To boot, the whole concept set to “Surfin’ Safari” was far too schmaltzy for my taste. Robert never looks like he’s in control on the dance floor or leading Kym, but rather waiting for his partner to make her next move with wide, adoring puppy dog eyes. Tonight’s tango is his chance to step up and take charge. 7. Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson: They know they are in trouble after last week’s results. When the scores were read out (28/40), you could see them both looking for the positives, as you’d expect. He’s a successful “Shark,” and she – whilst being a lovely person – has that dancer competitiveness. He says he woke up Tuesday morning with a new lease on life and has put his heart, soul, arms, legs, hands and,  erm, lips into Kym… I mean, the tango. If nothing else, I promise you this will be the most authentic and passionate dance of the night. Maybe the season. He has to stay cool, not get over excited, and dance!

Check out Gethin Jones live tonight on #DWTSAllAccess on abc.com starting at 8:00 p.m. ET. Gethin and his co-host will be interviewing the stars, couples and many more guests, as well as providing live commentary throughout the show.

 

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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