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'Dancing with the Stars: Athletes' loses basketball heroes Arike Ogunbowale and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/08/2018 

Dancing with the Stars: Athletes eliminated two couples following individual dances and team performances during Monday night's two-hour broadcast of Season 26 on ABC.  

The two couples who were eliminated were female college basketball hero Arike Ogunbowale and her professional partner Gleb Savchenko as well as NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and partner Lindsay Arnold.

Arike and Kareem became the third and fourth celebrities ousted from Dancing with the Stars' mini, four-week season based on the combination of judges' scores they had received on Monday night and the home-viewer phone and online votes cast during last week's premiere performance show.


The other pair in jeopardy prior to Arike and Kareem's departures was Olympic luger Chris Mazdzer and partner Witney Carson; however, they were not necessarily one of the bottom-three couples this week based on the judges' scores and America's votes.

The Dancing with the Stars judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Bruno Tonioli were joined this week by guest judge and former Dancing with the Stars mirrorball-trophy champion Rashad Jennings.

Monday night's broadcast featured each of the eight remaining celebrity and professional pairings taking the stage with an individual dance followed by a "Team Dance." The highest score a pair could receive was 80 points.

The "Team Dance" round made a huge difference in the standings given one team received four more points than the other.

"Team Tennis" featured Kareem, Chris, NFL star Josh Norman, disgraced Olympic figure skater Tonya Harding, and their respective pro partners. This team earned 33 out of 40 points from the judges for their performance.

"Team Football" on the other hand -- which was comprised of Arike, Olympic figure skater Adam Rippon, Olympic figure skater Mirai Nagasu, Olympic softball player Jennie Finch, and their respective partners -- received 37 points from the judging panel.

Mirai and partner Alan Bersten topped the judges' leaderboard on Monday night and tied for first place with Adam and partner Jenna Johnson. Both couples received a total of 74 points from the judges, which included their individual dance and Team Dance scores.

Mirai and Alan earned 37 out of 40 points for their individual foxtrot routine -- including a score of 10 from Rashad -- while Adam and Jenna received 37 points for their individual quickstep dance. Adam and Jenna also received a score of 10 from Bruno.

Third place went to Arike and Gleb, who received a total of 70 points for the night. They initially danced a 33-point worthy foxtrot routine.

Two couples tied for fourth place on the leaderboard with 66 points apiece.

Tonya and partner Sasha Farber danced the quickstep and received 33 points, while Chris and Witney performed a lovely Viennese waltz that also earned 33 points during the first round.


Sixth place also represented a tie at 63 total points between two couples. Josh and partner Sharna Burgess danced a 30-point worthy paso doble, while Jennie and partner Keo Motsepe performed the cha cha and received 26 points from the judges. Jennie's Team Dance therefore really helped her score.

And finally, Kareem and Lindsay landed in eighth -- and last -- place on the judging leaderboard with a total of 59 points. The pair first took the stage with a salsa routine that received 26 points from the judges.

Next week, three couples will be sadly be eliminated from Dancing with the Stars: Athletes, and former DWTS finalist David Ross will serve as a guest judge.

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