The first couple to take the dance floor for “Showstoppers Night” is Marilu Henner and Derek Hough, dancing the samba to “December, 1963 (Oh, What a Night)” from “Jersey Boys,” featuring Mark Ballas and The Four Seasons.
Guest judge Idina Menzel says she is inspired by Marilu, adding that she did an amazing job. Julianne Hough agrees, saying that it looked like she had a lot of fun and “what a night” it was for her. Bruno Tonioli says is was bright and sizzling, adding warmth and joy to the performance. Carrie Ann Inaba says she loves their partnership, adding that she really gave it her best. They score a 36 out of 40.
Watch Marilu Henner and Derek Hough’s Jersey Boys-Inspired Samba
“Showstoppers Night” brings the glitz and glamor of Broadway to the dance floor tonight. Couples will dance to shows that are currently playing, as well as those that have ended their run. They will also all perform a second song as part of the “Team-Up Challenge.” Dance styles include the samba, paso doble, contemporary, waltz, Charleston and jazz. Scores from the challenge will be added to the final judges’ scores from the first round of competition. Idina Menzel joins the judging panel tonight as a guest judge and will also perform her new single “Queen of Swords.” Other performers include Leona Lewis and Mark Ballas (former pro) and The Four Seasons. One couple will be eliminated tonight, as five couples near the semifinals.
Dancing with the Stars Social Media Reactions
LOVE seeing @MarkBallas ugh I miss him so much #dwts
— brittany (@brittrosenthal) November 8, 2016
MARILU AND DEREK AND MAAAAAARK! #DWTS
— Julianne Hough Fan! (@jahfan1) November 8, 2016
Derek is such a sweetheart #DWTS
— ~Jamaica~ (@JamaDJamaica) November 8, 2016
It's cute that @derekhough is dancing to Jersey Boys @MarkBallas☺️☺️ #DWTS
— Erika (@erikateich) November 8, 2016
Derek can handle anything that's why he's my favorite pro dancer #DWTS
— Steph✨ (@StephilynXo) November 8, 2016
I'll also take pretty much anything w/ @MarkBallas in it! Can't wait to hear him do some Jersey Boys! #dwts
— Kelsee Hankins (@kelsee422) November 8, 2016
According to ABC, “With the energy of a teenager, the wisdom of a sage, and the memory of a superhero, Marilu Henner has deservedly earned the nickname ‘Perpetual Motion.’ Along with starring in over thirty films, six Broadway shows, and two hit classic sitcoms, Taxi and Evening Shade, this five-time Golden Globe nominee is also a New York Times best-selling author of 10 books on health, parenting, memory, and lifestyle improvement. Her books include the recent bestseller ‘Changing Normal: How I Helped My Husband Beat Cancer,’ ‘Total Memory Makeover,’ ‘Total Health Makeover,’ ‘Healthy Life Kitchen,’ ‘I Refuse to Raise a Brat’ and ‘By All Means Keep On Moving,’ and have changed the lives of millions in her quest to make the world a healthier place.”
Now in its 23rd season, “Dancing with the Stars” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The judging panel is composed of ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine who gets to stay and who is sent home each week as couples vie for the coveted Mirrorball trophy.
This season’s star-studded line-up includes Olympic gymnast Laurie Hernandez with Val Chmerkovskiy, actress Marilu Henner with Derek Hough, former NFL wide receiver Calvin Johnson Jr. with Lindsay Arnold, reality TV star Terra Jolé with Sasha Farber, country singer Jana Kramer with Gleb Savchenko, and IndyCar driver James Hinchcliffe with Sharna Burgess. Jake T. Austin, Rick Perry, Vanilla Ice, Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Amber Rose, Maureen McCormick and Ryan Lochte have since been eliminated from the competition.
“Dancing with the Stars” airs every Monday night starting at 8 p.m. on ABC.
What did you think of their performance tonight? Sound off in the comments section below!
Photo credit: ABC
Read more: Dancing with the Stars: Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess Dance Timeless Charleston to ‘A Little Party Never Killed Nobody’