'Dancing with the Stars' recap: Ray Lewis and partner Cheryl Burke withdraw due to injury, two new couples top leaderboard
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/01/2019
Dancing with the Stars couple Ray Lewis and his professional partner had to withdraw from the Season 28 competition due to a flare-up of one of Ray's old football injuries, while two new couples rose to the top of the leaderboard during Monday night's live broadcast on ABC.
Although Lamar Odom and partner Peta Murgatroyd and Kel Mitchell and partner Witney Carson were declared the bottom-two couples based on the combination of judges' scores from Monday night and the home viewer votes cast throughout the episode, no one was eliminated due to Ray and Cheryl's unexpected and premature departure.
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"But right now, I gotta make sure I don't damage something enough to where I can't walk. I've had some of the best experiences of my life on this show," Ray shared.
"I met an entirely new family, and I have experienced what I've always wanted to experience -- what dancing on the stage with Dancing with the Stars felt like. It was absolutely incredible. I'll never forget this.... God doesn't make mistakes, and he taught me to dance again!"
Those couples were pop star and Fifth Harmony member Ally Brooke and partner Sasha Farber, who performed the rumba as a way to remember Selena, as well as actress Kate Flannery and partner Pasha Pashkov, who danced a quickstep routine in memory of the movie 9 to 5.
The Bachelorette star Hannah Brown and partner Alan Bersten placed fifth on the judges' leaderboard with 21 points after they danced the rumba inspired by the movie Bridesmaids. Hannah, a frontrunner in the competition, apparently needed more "hip action" in her routine.
Sixth place also represented a tie between two couples at 20 points on the leaderboard.
Kel, a comedian and actor, and partner Witney executed a 20 point-worthy rumba in honor of the iconic movie Titanic.
Country music star and former American Idol runner-up Lauren Alaina and partner Gleb Savchenko also earned 20 points after performing a tango that paid tribute to Pretty Woman.
Queer Eye star Karamo Brown and partner Jenna Johnson finished in eighth place on the leaderboard with 16 points. They took the stage with a jive set to the music from Rocketman.
On their heels were former White House press secretary Sean Spicer and partner Lindsay Arnold with 15 points on the leaderboard. Sean and Lindsay danced the cha cha in a tribute to Saturday Night Fever.
And finally, Lamar, who previously starred on Khloe & Lamar and was an NBA champion, and Peta landed in tenth -- and last -- place on the leaderboard after taking the stage with a cha cha routine paying tribute to the movie Risky Business.