'Dancing with the Stars' ousts 'Tiger King' star Carole Baskin and partner Pasha Pashkov on "Disney Night"
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 09/29/2020
Dancing with the Stars eliminated Tiger King star Carole Baskin and her professional partner Pasha Pashkov after the 14 remaining couples of Season 29 each took the stage and performed a new dance during Monday night's episode on ABC.
Carole and Pasha landed in the bottom two along with TV and film actress Anne Heche and pro partner Keo Motsepe 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.
Derek voted to save Anne and Keo, and then Bruno also voted to save Anne and Keo. Although two votes was enough to carry, Carrie Ann revealed she would have voted the same way as her fellow judges.
"My husband is going to be so happy I'm coming home," Carole said following her ouster.
Prior to Carole and Pasha's elimination, each celebrity and professional pairing performed one time for "Disney Night" -- and two couples won the night by topping the leaderboard.
Catfish creator and host Nev Schulman and pro partner Jenna Johnson tied for first place on the judges' leaderboard with figure skater and Olympic medalist Johnny Weir and pro partner Britt Stewart after both couples earned 24 out of 30 possible points from the judges.
Nev and Jenna performed an Argentine tango inspired by Pirates of the Caribbean.
Bruno gushed Nev had maintained the Argentine tango all the way through the routine, and Derek said the TV star was "cooking with hot sauce" and it was "so good."
Johnny and Britt danced a rumba dressed like characters from Mulan.
Carrie Ann said Johnny had made the transition from being a figure skater to a ballroom dancer, and Bruno added that his shapes and extensions were "exquisite."
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Season 11 The Bachelorette star Kaitlyn Bristowe and pro partner Artem Chigvintsev finished in third place on the judges' leaderboard with 23 points despite Kaitlyn's ankle injury.
Kaitlyn and Artem took the stage with a Moana-themed rumba.
"Best dance of the night -- by miles. That was so good!" Carrie Ann shouted. "I was elated watching it."
Derek wished Kaitlyn had done the dance in heels, but Bruno thought it flowed beautifully.
On her ankle injury, Kaitlyn revealed after her dance, "It's better this week. I finally got [MRI] results back. It's not a fracture. It's just tendinitis, shin splints and it's a little swollen."
Fourth place represented a tie amongst three celebrities at 22 points: Former NFL football player Vernon Davis, The Real co-host and fashion correspondent Jeannie Mai, and Selling Sunset star Chrishell Stause.
Vernon and pro partner Peta Murgatroyd performed a quickstep dressed like characters from Beauty and the Beast.
Derek said Vernon showed so much joy and energy onstage that he almost missed the "foot fumbles" during the dance, and Carrie Ann noted Vernon has found his balance with Peta.
Jeannie and pro partner Brandon Armstrong danced a Viennese waltz set to music from the movie UP.
Derek called Jeannie's dance "beautiful" and said her frame was "fantastic" and she breathed through her movement. Bruno added that Jeannie captured the essence of the Disney film and she was "perfectly in tune" with Brandon.
Chrishell and pro partner Gleb Savchenko took the stage with a waltz inspired by Cinderella.
Bruno called Chrishell "the belle of the ball" and said she looked gorgeous and he could feel the romance. Carrie Ann said the pair was like "magic together" but Chrishell made some "ugly lines" with her body along the way.
Seventh place on the leaderboard turned out to be another tie at 21 points between CHEER head coach Monica Aldama and pro partner Val Chmerkovskiy as well as Backstreet Boys member AJ McLean and pro partner Cheryl Burke.
Monica and Val earned 21 points for their Viennese waltz set to music from The Little Mermaid.
Bruno said she exuded confidence and sex appeal onstage and was fluid; however, she needs to work on her posture.
AJ and Cheryl performed a foxtrot inspired by the movie Aladdin.
Derek complimented AJ's frame and Bruno compared him to actor Vin Diesel in this dance. The judges agree he is "improving and refining" week to week.
Actor Jesse Metcalfe and pro partner Sharna Burgess claimed ninth place on the judges leaderboard after they earned 20 points for their jive set to music from Newsies.
Derek admitted Jesse didn't look comfortable with the routine timing-wise and the judge wasn't really feeling this routine.
But Bruno argued, "I felt it big time!" Carrie Ann said Jesse's musicality in this dance was "less than favorable."
Actress Justina Machado and pro partner Sasha Farber finished in tenth place on the leaderboard with 19 points for their Mary Poppins-themed Charleston dance.
Carrie Ann said she loved the dance and Justina was "perfectly in sync" with Sasha although there could've been "a little more energy." Derek agreed Justina's moves could've been sharper.
Two celebrities tied for eleventh place on the leaderboard with 18 points: Disney Channel actress Skai Jackson and rapper Nelly.
Skai and pro partner Alan Bersten danced a jive set to music from The Princess and the Frog.
Derek said Skai looked like a beautiful princess but he wasn't head over heels for her performance because she looked stiff.
"Tonight wasn't my favorite," Derek admitted.
Nelly and pro partner Daniella Karagach received 18 points for their foxtrot inspired by the movie Soul.
Derek said Nelly's performance was really "smooth" but he got a little ahead of the music at one point. Bruno saw a "slow, proper foxtrot" but noted Nelly's shoulders need to stay down.
Carrie Ann also asked Nelly to break out because his dances have been "safe" so far.
Anne and Keo finished the night in thirteenth place on the leaderboard after receiving 15 points for their quickstep routine in which they were dressed like characters from Hercules.
Carrie Ann said the dance started out strong but "lost control" and they were both on different choreography at some points. Anne admitted she slipped and it tripped her up, but she didn't want to make any excuses for herself.
And finally, Carole and Pasha landed in fourteenth -- and last -- place on the judges' leaderboard with only 12 points after they took the stage with a samba inspired by The Lion King.