Welcome back for week four of Dancing With the StarsSeason 28! It was Blast From the Past Night, and what's a better blast from the, well, you know, than former contestant Leah Remini returning to sit on the judges' panel? The dancing shoes were officially on the other foot, and who knew it was twice as hard to judge as it is to dance?
Leah ultimately turned into the champion of any and all celebrities who maybe didn't have the judges on their side, which is frankly not all that surprising. Anyone who's been on this show would probably do the same. Plus, she gave a few down-on-their-luck stars a nice bump in their scores!
Sean Spicer and Lindsay Arnold
"Bamboleo," Gipsy Kings
Last week, Sean Spicer blamed his complete and total lack of rhythm on his military training, so Lindsay decided a military-themed paso doble was the best way to convince the judges that his robotic movements were on purpose. And I fully believe Lindsay put those Flamenco claps in there specifically to make us all laugh. Technically speaking, the judges didn't think Sean improved much on the dancing -- you know, the thing this competition is based on -- but they praised him for trying to attack the dance. So basically, A for effort.
Ally Brooke and Sasha Farber
"Proud Mary," Tina Turner
After a truly hilarious package that attempted to imply that Ally Brooke, of all people, didn't have the stamina necessary for a jive, she and Sasha took the floor. The real problem seemed to be that she didn't have the sharpness necessary for all the kicks and retractions, but the judges are so in love with her at this point that no one had anything bad to say. When you get a "very, very good" from Len, you know you rocked it.
Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson
"If I Can't Have You," Shawn Mendes
It's kind of a mystery how Kel ended up in the bottom two after watching him cha-cha his way back into the judges' good graces. He just clearly has so much fun, and he's got decent rhythm! Carrie Ann actually gave him a standing ovation, and Len was about to give him a fair amount of praise before Leah interrupted him to remind everyone that none of these celebs are professional dancers.
Kate Flannery and Pasha Pashkov
"Can't Keep My Hands to Myself," Selena Gomez
Kate Flannery continued to dance circles around some of the stars 20 years younger than her. Sure, it wasn't as great as her routine last week -- and the judges had no qualms about telling her that. Though Kate didn't technically master the Argentine Tango, Leah had a pretty good note that sex appeal is a hard thing for a comedic actress to master. And yeah, she was totally on the money that these pros could be sexual with a refrigerator -- they're so hot on the dance floor.
James Van Der Beek and Emma Slater
"Walking on Sunshine," Katrina and the Waves
Can we get a round of applause for James Van Der Beek shedding some light on the fact that miscarriage is much more common than we think, which makes it unfairly stigmatized? And yeah, it was a damn good strategy to reveal you're expecting another kid on the show, because who's going to give bad scores to the new daddy? Clever move, James! In other more show-related news, the dancing was fantastic -- I'd watch James cartwheel all day -- no matter what Len says about staying in hold. Calling it now, James could run away with this mirrorball.
Hannah Brown and Alan Bersten
"I Love It," Icona Pop
Screw Dancing with the Stars, I'd watch an entire hour of formerBachelorcontestants taking their rage out on inanimate objects. Unfortunately, Hannah wasn't so much the embodiment of rage like Alan hoped after taking her to that Rage Room. Instead, she was the embodiment of a girl desperately trying not to giggle. Regardless, the judges liked her attempt at aggressive intensity and scored her appropriately.
Lamar Odom and Peta Murgatroyd
"Kiss From a Rose," Seal
Peta made a great choice slowing things down with a slow and sultry waltz that gave Lamar more time to get the steps down since he was criticized for basically having zero rhythm last week. And who doesn't love taking it back to the '90s with a good Seal song? He really doubled down on the emotional performance rather than the dancing, and it was enough to make Leah cry, so go Lamar!
Sailor Brinkley-Cook and Val Chmerkovskiy
"Ain't No Mountain High Enough," Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell
Honestly, Sailor's dancing has always been kind of middle of the road (not terribly bad but not anything to stop and stare at either), but watching her sing along to the music and have a BLAST cha-cha-ing her heart out made her stand out better than any show-stopping number could. The judges thought so too, and the only bad note was to watch her footwork. That's a win in my book!
Lauren Alaina and Gleb Savchenko
"Jolene," Dolly Parton
Lauren also came to play with a winning strategy -- getting last year's winner, Bobby Bones, to come stump for her in her opening package. As it turns out, she really didn't need too much help because not only was she on fire this week, but Gleb also choreographed a perfect heel turn to happen right in front of Len, and that is how you play the game, folks. "No more sixes, praise the Lord!"
Karamo Brown and Jenna Johnson
"Old Town Road," Lil Nas X
As a proud horse girl, I'm not mad at Jenna taking Karamo to ride horses, but as someone who likes entertaining video packages, that was maybe... not the best idea? Of course, if it works, it works! Karamo looked like a whole new dancer out there. Not only was the dancing better -- ask the judges, Bruno even said there were no mistakes -- he had that spice and simmer that makes everyone swoon. And so what if Carrie Ann dinged them for what was technically a lift.
All the obvious leaders were saved first, making the elimination round a game of "Who sucked the worst?" Ultimately, we all know Sean Spicer should have gone home, but Karamo Brown and Jenna Johnson
and Lamar Odom and Peta Murgatroyd were the two couples who ended up in the bottom. In the end, the judges saw more potential and improvement from Karamo over the past four weeks, so they chose to save him and send Lamar home. See ya, Lamar!
Dancing with the Stars airs Mondays at 8/7c on ABC.