Ray Lewis and Cheryl Burke did not compete last night on Dancing With the Stars after the former NFL linebacker suffered an injury.
As Monday’s show kicked off, host Tom Bergeron noted Lewis’ absence, saying “an old injury flared up that’s taken him out of the competition.”
In a video package, Lewis was seen training to dance the cha-cha in a tribute to Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. But during rehearsals, an old injury flared up. After admitting that he “dealt with pain every practice,” the NFL star revealed that he’d torn three tendons in his foot, requiring surgery, and that his doctor had advised him to drop out of the competition. “This was probably one of the hardest decisions of my life,” he admitted.
Even though Lewis won’t be advancing in the competition, fans still got a glimpse at what could have been, when Bergeron brought out Season 24 mirror ball winner and NFL star Rashad Jennings, who cha-cha-cha-ed in to perform Lewis’ number for the audience.
Last night’s was fan-favorite Movie Night – featuring performances themed after beloved cinematic classics.
ABC previously announced that Movie Night would conclude with season’s second elimination, but Lewis’ surprising withdrawal meant the rest of the dancers are safe this week.
As it turns out, the bottom two vote earners were Kel Mitchell and Witney Carson and Lamar Odom and. Peta. Murgatroyd
As far as last night, Ally Brooke and Kate Flannery had the highest scores. After getting praised by the judges and one of the highest scores in Week 2, all Flannery performed the Quickstep with partner Pasha Pashkov to “9 to 5.” Once again, she wowed the judges with her impressive technique. “So precise, so synchronized,” Carrie Ann Inaba said. “Like the movie, this is a big hit,” Bruno Tomioli added. The Office star brought in three 8s, totaling 24.
Ally Brooke and her partner Sasha Farber paid tribute to the movie Selena with their Rumba performance to “Dreaming of You.” The former Fifth Harmony singer admitted she’s been looking up to the late Selena since she was a little girl. “I’m going to put my entire heart into this,” she said. The judges were blown away by the singer’s technique. “You really put all of your heart and soul into
that dance and we all felt it,” Bruno said. “It’s like you have an alter ego that just came out,” Carrie Ann joked. Ally also pulled in three 8s for a total of 24.
Lamar Odom was once again at the bottom. The athlete admitted he feels “lucky” to still be in the competition after last week’s disastrous performance. This week, he honored the movie Risky Business with his Cha Cha alongside partner Peta Murgatroyd. Once again, the judges weren’t too impressed with the NBA star’s performance. Though they praised him for his confidence and stage presence, it was clear his dance was riddled with mistakes. Lamar brought in the same score as last week, with 4s across the board, totaling 12.
Just above Lamar was former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer and pro partner Lindsay Arnold, who paid tribute to Saturday Night Fever with their Cha Cha performance to “Night Fever.” “I don’t know about Saturday Night Fever, it was more like Monday Night Luke Warm,” Len Goodman said, adding that Sean is “so pigeon-toed.” Bruno agreed with Len’s sentiment, calling it a “disaster.” The couple earned 5s across the board, totaling 15 out of 30.