'Dancing With the Stars' Week 8 Preview: Trio Night, Bonner Bolton & Normani Kordei's Injury Updates & More!
Only five couples are left on season 24 of Dancing With the Stars!
In week eight of the dance competition show, the celebrity contestants will be dancing two full routines — one with their pro partner, and another with their pro partner AND a member from the troupe. At the end of Monday night’s show, one pair will be eliminated, and the remaining four will continue on to the highly anticipated semi-finals.
Now, ET’s breaking down everything you need to know before the stars strut their stuff in the ballroom!
Who’s on top of the leaderboard?
1. Normani Kordei & Val Chmerkovskiy: 40/40 (received immunity from Dance-Off)
2. Tie! Rashad Jennings & Emma Slater, Simone Biles & Sasha Farber: 37/40 (+2 points for Dance-Off)
Who’s in danger of elimination?
While receiving the top scores from the judges doesn’t necessarily save them from elimination, we have a feeling all three couples on top of the leaderboard will advance to week nine of the competition.
That being said, we think it will be Bonner Bolton and Sharna Burgess and David Ross and Lindsay Arnold in the bottom two, with one of them going home. It all comes down to who has the better fan base — #TeamDenimNDiamonds or #TeamLadyAndtheGramp?
Who’s paired up with who for Trio Night?
Each remaining celebrity will perform a trio routine with their pro dancer and a troupe dancer handpicked by the judges. The official pairings and their assigned dance styles are as follows:
Simone & Sasha + Brittany Cherry
Paso Doblé, “Don’t Let Me Down” by The Chainsmokers featuring Daya
Bonner & Sharna + Britt Stewart
Jazz, “That’s What I Like” by Bruno Mars
Rashad & Emma + Witney Carson
Argentine Tango, “Dreams” by Gabrielle Aplin & Bastille
Normani & Val + Alan Bersten
Jive, “Feeling Alive” by Earl St. Clair
David & Lindsay + Hayley Erbert
Paso Doblé, “Gangsta’s Paradise” by 2WEI
Will there be a special performance?
Yes! The pros and troupe dancers will be giving viewers a sneak peek of what to expect on the DWTS Live! – Hot Summer Nights tour, which kicks off June 16 in Atlantic City, New Jersey.
According to the press release, a few “surprise” guests have yet to be announced, but we’re crossing our fingers one of them may be Heather Morris, who was shockingly eliminated during week six after receiving a perfect score (the first of the season!) from the judges.
When the former Glee star stopped by ET’s studio in Los Angeles last week, she said she’d totally be down for hitting the road with her DWTS family.
“I would personally love to [do the tour],” she exclaimed. “I’m not against it, and I would really love to just dance on the stage one more time.”
Bonner and Normani share injury updates with ET.
Backstage at last week’s Dancing With the Stars and during their rehearsals for Trio Night, we asked Bonner and Normani to give us the scoop on their health. The professional bull rider, who suffered a near-fatal incident last year when he was bucked off the back of a bull, was feeling intense pain in his neck during week six, while the Fifth Harmony star has been suffering back and hip pain since week seven.
“My body is starting to feel a lot better,” Bonner said at the time. “I thought I hurt myself last week, but I got a little bit of rest.”
Sharna chimed in, telling ET that her partner went in for a doctor’s check-up to make sure everything was OK.
“It was a really bad spasm, but nothing was really bad, put out of place and no injury to his existing injury,” she said. “So, we know we’re safe, but he does have to manage the pain still every day.”
Moving into week eight of the competition, Bonner is just excited to have made it this far.
“I’ve gone way beyond what I knew I would,” he gushed. “Thanks to all of the fans out there for voting. All of the fans are inspiring me — just the belief that you have in me to come back week to week. I’m ready to keep stepping up to the challenge, if you guys want.”
As for Normani? She’s still pushing through!
“It’s getting better. Honestly, yeah. I can actually get up out of bed by myself now,” she explained. “My mom had to help me, but, yeah. My medicine is really kicking in, and I’m killing it, I hope.”
“She doesn’t know where she is, but she’s feeling better,” joked Val, who said it’s normal to suffer an injury around this point in the competition. “There are a couple of places that are just typical injury spots, which is around the ribs. In partnering and lifting especially, that’s where most of the pressure is.”
Sharna felt “anxiety” while choreographing this week.
ET also caught up with the red-headed beauty at the 24th Annual Race to Erase MS Gala in Los Angeles, where she admitted creating Bonner’s trio dance didn’t come easy.
“It’s going to be exciting!” she teased to ET’s Lauren Zima. “Our trio is actually a lot of fun. I had a lot of anxiety about the song, it was really slow and really groovy, but somehow we’ve made it work.”
“Our Argentine tango is a different kind of Argentine tango — it’s not your typical man and woman sensual chemistry, it’s more a relationship between Bonner and his adversities and the pain that he faces every day,” she continued. “He’s always in pain … I commend him for how much he’s pushing through.”
“I represent those adversities and pain, so it’s gong to be interesting,” she added.
David doesn’t want another “sexy” dance — but can he do funny?
Fans of the dance competition show LOVED the former MLB star’s Magic Mike-inspired moves during Vegas Night — which were brought out again for Team Boy Band’s week six routine! — but while chatting with ET, he admitted he hopes that was the last time he had to bring out his sexier side.
“As long as I don’t have to do any sexy dances [I’ll be OK],” he shared. “The sexy part is not good on me.”
We thought that particular quote was interesting, because this week, he and Lindsay will be dancing to “Gangsta’s Paradise” with Hayley. We’re not expecting a shirtless David, but we are expecting some hilarious moments as he attempts to go gangster. Will he be able to pull it off and avoid elimination?
“I’m having so much fun with [Lindsay] and each week is hard work,” he said. “I’m enjoying the show and I think the hardest part for me is — I just want to continue to grow and learn.”
“I [don’t] want it to end, man,” he added. “You sign up for something to have some fun and, all of a sudden, you’re like stressed out.”
What other songs and dance styles will the pairs be taking on Monday night?
Unlike the trio dances, the pro dancers got to choose both the song and dance style that they thought best suited their partner for this segment of the show.
Simone & Sasha
Foxtrot, “What Makes You Beautiful” by One Direction
Bonner & Sharna
Argentine Tango, “Believer” by Imagine Dragons
Rashad & Emma
Jive, “Shake a Tail Feather” by Blues Brothers
Normani & Val
Contemporary, “Freedom” by Anthony Hamilton and Elayna Boynton
David & Lindsay
Waltz, “Humble and Kind” by Tim McGraw
Social media teases.
Below, see more of the best moments the stars have shared over Twitter and Instagram as they gear up to take the stage to perform again on Monday:
Which trio are YOU most excited to see hit the ballroom this week? Which four pairs do you think will advance to the semi-finals? Let me know on Twitter (@desireemurphy_ ) or in the comments section on our official Facebook page! And be sure to follow all of our DWTS coverage all season long, right here on ETonline.com.