Kicking off the team dance round is Team 1950s Tennis, featuring Chris Mazdzer, Josh Norman, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Tonya Harding. They are dancing a jive/swing to “… Baby One More Time” by The Baseballs. The team’s overall score will be added to each couple’s individual score from the night.
Watch Team 1950s Tennis Perform Jive/Swing Team Dance
Len Goodman likes the tennis references, adding everyone did a “lovely job.” Bruno Tonioli predicts that some of the couples will definitely make the finals, while Carrie Ann Inaba says it looked effortless for some athletes. Guest judge Rashad Jennings says he had a great time watching the dance. They score a 33, but ultimately fall to Team 1970s Football.
The competition is heating up in the ballroom as the eight remaining couples hit the dance floor tonight. On Monday, the athletes will dance a quickstep, foxtrot, Viennese waltz, cha cha, salsa or paso doble in round one, in addition to performing a team dance in round two. Season 24 Mirrorball champion Rashad Jennings serves as a guest judge tonight. Two couples will be eliminated at the end of the episode. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Lindsay Arnold are currently at the bottom of the leaderboard with 17 points. At the top of the leaderboard are Josh Norman and Sharna Burgess and Adam Rippon and Jenna Johnson, who earned 24 points for their dances during last week’s premiere.
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“Dancing with the Stars: Athletes” is hosted by Tom Bergeron and sports broadcaster Erin Andrews. The judging panel is composed of ballroom experts Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Their scores, along with America’s votes, determine who gets to stay and who is sent home as couples vie for the coveted Mirrorball trophy during the special, four-week season.
The current contestants include Olympic figure skaters Adam Rippon and Mirai Nagasu, NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Notre Dame basketball player Arike Ogunbowale. The remaining athletes competing this season include Chris Mazdzer, Jennie Finch, Josh Norman and Tonya Harding.
The all-athlete edition of “Dancing with the Stars” airs every Monday night at 8 p.m. on ABC.
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