'Dancing With The Stars' season 27 week 2 recap: Two city-inspired nights see improvements, maniacal performances, and an emotional elimination

Last week, DWTS stars took the show to an all new level with two major city-inspired episodes: NYC for Monday night, and Las Vegas for Tuesday night


                            'Dancing With The Stars' season 27 week 2 recap: Two city-inspired nights see improvements, maniacal performances, and an emotional elimination

ABC's hit reality TV show 'Dancing with the Stars' is set to air season 27 episode five in a few hours. And as much as the contestants may be gearing up for the upcoming show, what keeps coming back to mind is the stellar performances they put up last week. The New York City-inspired episode saw contestants performing to songs celebrating the life of the city. And if you think that was beyond amazing, things got even spicier the next episode. Tuesday night saw participants dancing to songs celebrating Las Vegas in full glittery, a toast to the glamorous vibes of Sin City.

From foxtrots to Argentine tangos, the two episodes from last week were full of surprises, vastly improved performances, some old maniacal ones too, and of course - an emotional elimination. Here's a roundup of all you missed:

DeMarcus and pro Lindsay: Judge Len Goodman was all praise for DeMarcus Ware's Foxtrot on New York City night, earning them a total of 24 out of 30 points. On Vegas night, even though the judges had some complaints about DeMarcus' form, they still landed a solid 23 out of 30.

Lindsay Arnold and DeMarcus Ware from season 27 of 'Dancing with the Stars' (ABC/Lou Rocco)
Lindsay Arnold and DeMarcus Ware from season 27 of 'Dancing with the Stars' (ABC/Lou Rocco)

Danelle and pro Artem: With Danelle's cane choreographed into her cha-cha prop to help calm her nerves, and even after a slight misstep at the beginning, the two ended up scoring 18/30. Sadly, their Vegas night performance the following day wasn't able to raise them to a secure spot and with a score of 19/30, Danelle was the one leaving the dance show last week. 

John and pro Emma: The judges were confused about the duo's Monday night Charleston, with remarks ranging from polished to demands of more Charleston needing to be there on the dance floor. But all in all, their performance was labeled a joy ride, helping them score a solid 23 out of 30. For Vegas night, the two did their best twin-Elvis impersonations, earning a total of 23 out of 30 points.

Nancy and pro Val: Despite Nancy's fractured foot, the cha-cha she and Val put up was pretty up to the mark on the Monday night episode and helped them score 21 out of 30. However, the judges were in two minds about the following Vegas night performance, disagreeing on Nancy's Paso Doble technique; The two ended up scoring 20 out of 30 points.

Alexis and pro Alan: It was easily the best week for these two as their Monday night's performance helped them score a whopping 25 out of 30, after being labeled "The best dance so far" by judge Len Goodman. The next night, the judges praised their performance once again with a solid total of 24 out of 30.

Joe Amabile with Jenna Johnson
Joe Amabile with Jenna Johnson

Grocery Store Joe and pro Jenna: The judges agreed in unison about Joe Amabile's vast improvement in the second week, after his poor first-week performance. But sadly, their score remained pretty abysmal, with just a mere 17 out of 30 on Monday night. For the Vegas night, the judges once again had issues with the technical aspect of Joe's dancing, but his improvement was duly noted. The duo scored 18 out of 30.

Tinashe and pro Brandon: Probably the most consistently brilliant performer so far, Tinashe once again managed to wow audience and judges with her brilliant, a bit 'too far' yet 'futuristic' Argentine tango on Monday night, earning a solid 26 out of 30. On Vegas night, her circus inspired cha-cha performance helped the duo score 26 out of 30 once again!

Milo and pro Witney: The best way to describe the 'Zombies' actor's Monday night performance is judge Bruno remarking "It was like New York itself, it never ceases to amaze me!" Something that contributed to them earning 26 out of 30. For Vegas night, their tango was every bit as spicy and sassy as it should be and once again they tied for first place with a total of 26 out of 30.

Milo Manheim joins Witney Carson this season on DWTS (Facebook)
Milo Manheim joins Witney Carson this season on DWTS (Facebook)

Mary Lou and pro Sasha: Their Waltz to a live performance of '(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman' was so beautiful and genuinely awe-inspiring that the two earned a combined total of 22 out of 30. Their Vegas night Samba the following day was equally brilliant and helped them score 24 out of 30.

Juan Pablo and pro Cheryl: Their Monday night quickstep was "a smash hit of 42nd Street!" as certified by judge Bruno. They scored 26 out of 30, mirroring their next night's Vegas-inspired foxtrot's score which was again 26 out of 30.

Evanna and pro Keo: "There is a little devil in you that's starting to come out!" judge Bruno exclaimed for their fierce and energetic samba which earned them 24 out of 30 points. And for their Vegas night performance, Bruno claimed: "You've cooked up a pretty tasty Jive!" and they once again earned 24 out of 30.

Bobby and pro Sharna: This week saw radio personality Bobby Bones once again at his maniacal, energetic finest as he performed a foxtrot to a Frank Sinatra classic for New York City Night. Despite going against the choreography and pulling his own flossing end to their routine, he earned a total of 20 out of 30 points. The next night's performance is what led judge Carrie Ann to ask Bobby to tone it down a little and focus more on his dancing, as the duo ended up with a total of 19 out of 30 points.

ABC's description of the show reads: "The competition begins with an all-new cast of celebrities who will be paired up with the show's pro dancers and brave the dance floor for the very first time. Each week these celebrities will leave their comfort zones and endure hours of grueling rehearsals to master new dance styles and technical choreography to perform a dance, which will be judged by a panel of renowned ballroom experts as well as voted upon by viewers. In the end, only one star will rise above the rest to be crowned champion and win the coveted Mirrorball trophy."

Episode five of DWTS titled 'Most Memorable Night' will see the 11 remaining celebrities stroll down memory lane and celebrate through dance a time in their lives that left a lasting impression. It will air on Monday, October 8, 8pm ET/PT.