Los Angeles was alive with the melodies of Taylor Swift on the latest episode of 'Dancing with the Stars,' which not only celebrated the icon's music but also marked a milestone in the show's history with an unprecedented number of votes.
Host Alfonso Ribeiro revealed that this special night attracted more votes than any other episode this season, showcasing the immense popularity of Swift among the show's audience. The evening commenced with a stunning performance by the show's professional dancers to Swift's hit "Love Story." Adding to the night's authenticity, guest judge Mandy Moore, known for her role as the lead choreographer on Swift’s 'Eras Tour,' shared her expertise.
Fans also received a delightful surprise with a pre-recorded message from Taylor Swift herself, who expressed her regrets for not being able to attend due to her tour in Brazil, sending her love and encouragement to the contestants.
Swift Song Showdown
The competition heated up as the remaining six couples each performed an individual dance to one of Swift's songs. The excitement didn't stop there; following their solo performances, the couples competed in a head-to-head relay challenge.
Each winning pair in the relay earned an additional three points to their overall score. The pairings for the relays were as follows: Ariana and Pasha vs. Xochitl and Val dancing to "Lover," Harry and Rylee vs. Alyson and Sasha in a jive, and Jason and Daniela vs.
Charity and Artem performing a cha-cha to "Lavender Haze." Victorious in the relays were Xochitl, Alyson, and Jason, which significantly impacted the leaderboard. Jason Mraz emerged as the frontrunner, closely followed by Xochitl Gomez, Charity Lawson, and Ariana Madix.
Despite the viewer votes usually playing a significant role in the outcomes, this week's lowest score led to the elimination of Harry Jowsey and his partner Rylee, leaving fans and the couple themselves in a state of surprise and gratitude.
Harry expressed his appreciation for the journey, noting how special it was to have come so far. As the show heads into the semifinals next week, anticipation builds for the grand finale where the ultimate winner will be awarded the coveted Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy. With the stakes higher than ever, fans eagerly await to see who will emerge as this season's champion.