DWTS 2019 Recap: Week 9 - Boy Band and Girl Group Night

DWTS 2019 Recap: Week 9 - Boy Band and Girl Group Night

With only six couples remaining, everyone was feeling the excitement as Dancing with the Stars 2019 celebrated boy bands and girl groups. Each celebrity and their pro dance partners would need to dance two separate routines, making it an even tougher week. To help regular judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba keep up with all of that dancing, NSYNC's Joey Fatone joined the panel as a special guest judge. So which of your favorite couples gave the judges what they want—what they really, really want—and who went bye bye bye? Keep scrolling for the full recap and results of Dancing with the Stars 2019 week 9!

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James Van Der Beek & Emma
James and his partner Emma Slater were coming off of their first perfect score last week, but they were facing a tough challenge kicking off the show with a Jive, their first of two dances. Len acknowledged how tough the challenge was, but said it was "good." Joey told James that he "makes it look easy," but Bruno wanted to see more pumping in the legs.

Watch James Van Der Beek and Emma's Jive

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 9; Len – 9; Joey – 9; Bruno – 9; TOTAL: 36 out of 40

Sean Spicer & Jenna
Sean and his partner Jenna Johnson spent the week at the bottom of the leaderboard, so they knew it was time to turn it out this week. With the Argentine Tango for their first dance, Sean and Jenna thought a lift was just the thing to show the judges he's growing. The lift went fine, but it wasn't enough for the judges. Guest judge Joey Fatone pointed out that his frame and upper body were solid, but all of the judges agreed that his footwork was still lagging behind.

Watch Sean Spicer and Jenna's Argentine Tango

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 7; Len – 6; Joey – 7; Bruno – 6; TOTAL: 26 out of 40

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Hannah Brown & Alan
Hannah's pro dance partner, Alan Bersten, wanted her to go out and have fun on the dancefloor with their Salsa to TLC's "No Scrubs." The judges were happy to see her growing confidence, but Bruno and Len mentioned she lost the timing for a bit and Carrie Ann saw some problems with the lifts.

Watch Hannah Brown and Alan's Salsa

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 8; Len – 8; Joey – 8; Bruno – 8; TOTAL: 32 out of 40

Ally Brooke & Sasha
As a former member of girl group Fifth Harmony, Ally was right at home dancing a Salsa to the Spice Girls' "Wannabe" with her partner Sasha Farber. Carrie Ann called it "flawless," Len saw "plenty of recognizable Samba," Joey said they did an "amazing job," and Bruno demanded "more of that!"

Watch Ally Brooke and Sasha's Samba

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 10; Len – 10; Joey – 10; Bruno – 10; TOTAL: 40 out of 40

Lauren Alaina & Gleb
Lauren and her pro dance partner Gleb Savchenko were excited this week to be dancing to The Supremes' "You Can't Hurry Love," with fellow DWTS 2019 cast member Mary Wilson in the audience to see it. Lauren also felt a personal connection to the song, revealing she had just gone through a break-up right before starting the show. Len was a "sucker" for the Quickstep content, Bruno said they "captured the feel of a timeless classic perfectly," and Carrie Ann "thought it was fantastic."

Watch Lauren Alaina and Gleb's Quickstep

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 9; Len – 9; Joey – 8; Bruno – 8; TOTAL: 34 out of 40

Kel Mitchell & Witney
Kel and his pro dance partner Witney Carson have been on a hot streak the past few weeks, and they were hoping to keep it going with a fierce Paso Doble to En Vogue's "Free Your Mind." Bruno called it a powerful performance, Carrie Ann wanted to see bigger movements and pushing the space, and Len felt like there were "too many gimmicks and not enough Paso Doble."

Watch Kel Mitchell and Witney's Paso Doble

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 8; Len – 8; Joey – 9; Bruno – 9; TOTAL: 34 out of 40

James Van Der Beek & Emma
For their boy band performance, James and Emma has a Jazz routine set to NYSNC's "Bye Bye Bye." Len felt like the performance was a little too aggressive and Bruno felt like Emma wasn't involved enough in the routine, but most importantly, guest judge Joey Fatone thought it was amazing.

Watch James Van Der Beek and Emma's Jazz

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 9; Len – 8; Joey – 10; Bruno – 9; TOTAL: 36 out of 40; 72 out of 80

Hannah Brown & Alan
Hannah and Alan were feeling the pressure in rehearsals this week, so they were working hard to beat their earlier performance of the night with a Foxtrot to "Boy With Luv" from BTS featuring Halsey. Joey called it the "best dance of the night so far," Bruno called it "pure, undiluted pleasure," and Carrie Ann thanked Hannah for "bringing back her 'A' game."

Watch Hannah Brown and Alan's Tango

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 10; Len – 9; Joey – 10; Bruno – 10; TOTAL: 39 out of 40; 71 out of 80

Sean Spicer & Jenna
After having the lowest scoring dance of the opening round, Sean and Jenna had a chance to rebound with a Foxtrot to One Direction's "Story of My Life." Once again the judges called them out on Sean's challenges with fluidity of movement, but praised his level of effort.

Watch Sean Spicer and Jenna's Foxtrot

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 6; Len – 6; Joey – 6; Bruno – 6; TOTAL: 24 out of 40; 50 out of 80

Lauren Alaina & Gleb
Carrie Ann saw so much growth in Lauren and Gleb's Rumba to the Backstreet Boys' "I Want it That Way." Guest judge Joey Fatone had some tough words for his boy band rivals and their song, but he had plenty of nice things to say about Lauren and Gleb's dance.

Watch Lauren Alaina and Gleb's Rumba

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 9; Len – 9; Joey – 9; Bruno – 9; TOTAL: 36 out of 40; 70 out of 80

Kel Mitchell & Witney
Kel and Witney were determined to make it to the semi-finals, so they went all out for their Viennese Waltz to Boyz II Men's "I'll Make Love to You." Len called it "a really polished performance" and Bruno told Kel that he "danced like a perfect gentleman."

Watch Kel Mitchell and Witney's Viennese Waltz

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 10; Len – 10; Joey – 10; Bruno – 10; TOTAL: 40 out of 40; 74 out of 80

Ally Brooke & Sasha
Ally was so excited for her Jazz performance to New Kids on the Block's "Step by Step" that she even had some choreography ideas from their music video. Sasha wasn't quite so enthusiastic about that, but the routine came together beautifully anyway, earning them their second perfect score of the night.

Watch Ally Brooke and Sasha's Jazz

SCORES:
Carrie Ann – 10; Len – 10; Joey – 10; Bruno – 10; TOTAL: 40 out of 40; 80 out of 80

Sixth Elimination
With not one, but two dance performances done and scored, and America's votes counted, it was time to find out which couples would be in this week's bottom two. This week, Lauren & Gleb and, for the first time all season, Sean & Jenna found themselves facing elimination. Though it's never easy to eliminate anyone, Carrie Ann and Bruno both agreed to keep Lauren & Gleb in the competition, which meant it was Sean's final night in the ballroom.

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