'Dancing with the Stars' cuts Kenya Moore and partner Brandon Armstrong as Iman Shumpert delivers jaw-dropping performance
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/26/2021
Dancing with the Stars eliminated reality TV star Kenya Moore and her professional partner Brandon Armstrong on "Horror Night," which featured one of the best dances in 30 seasons of the show during Monday night's episode on ABC.
The Real Housewives of Atlanta star and Brandon landed in the bottom-two couples along with Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee and pro partner Sasha Farber based on the combination of judges' scores and home-viewer votes cast live asDancing with the Stars aired in the Eastern and Central time zones on Monday night.
Carrie Ann voted to save Suni and Sasha, Derek voted to keep Suni and Sasha in the competition, and Bruno also opted to give Suni and Sasha another chance.
Since three judges was enough to carry the vote, Len did not need to cast his vote. However, Len revealed the vote would have been unanimous if his vote counted and he would have also chosen to save Suni and Sasha.
"I just want to say thank you so much for this opportunity," Kenya said in her final words.
"This has been a dream come true and I have so much respect for [the judges, cast and fans]. I love you guys so much!"
Prior to Kenya and Brandon's elimination, each of the 10 remaining celebrity and professional pairings performed one dance inspired by a famous horror movie or TV show.
Although two couples topped the leaderboard and tied for first place with perfect scores of 40 out of 40 possible points, NBA champion Iman Shumpert and pro partner Daniella Karagach had the breakout dance of the season and arguably one of the best performances Dancing with the Stars has ever seen.
Iman and Daniella took the stage with a contemporary routine inspired by the movie Us, and Daniella essentially pretended to be Iman's shadow on the dance floor.
Iman and Daniella received a standing ovation from the judges, and their routine was called "brilliant" and "genius."
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Carrie Ann called the dance "sheer perfection," and Derek -- who actually stood on the judges' table to clap and cheer -- said he would have scored the dance an 11 if he could.
Iman and Daniella tied for that top spot with pop star and Dance Moms alum JoJo Siwa and pro partner Jenna Johnson, who also received 40 judges' points.
JoJo and Jenna danced a jazz routine that paid tribute to the movie It. JoJo, dressed as a scary clown, earned her second perfect score of the season.
Two couples also tied for third place on the judges' leaderboard with 38 points apiece: country singer Jimmie Allen and pro partner Emma Slater as well as talk show host Amanda Kloots and pro partner Alan Bersten.
Jimmie and Emma paid homage to the film A Quiet Place by performing a contemporary routine.
Amanda and Alan danced an Argentine tango paying homage to Jigsaw from the movie series Saw.
Fifth place turned out to be a three-way tie for the following celebrities at 36 points: Suni, social-media sensation Olivia Jade, and Peloton instructor Cody Rigsby.
Suni and Sasha took the stage with a tango routine paying homage to the TV show The Vampire Diaries.
Olivia and pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy performed a paso doble inspired by the movie The Purge.
And Cody and pro partner Cheryl Burke danced a spooky cha cha drawing inspiration from the film American Psycho.
Eighth place on the judges' leaderboard also represented a tie for two couples.