‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: Ginger Zee and Paige VanZant Earn Perfect Scores, Two Stars Go Home

Stars take on icons — again! In Dancing With the Stars' Monday, May 2, episode, the celebrities danced to songs by legendary artists for the second week in a row. There was also a shocking double elimination after the dancers performed not just once but twice: first with their partners, and again in group dances pitting the male celebs against the females.

The night saw some fiery performances, leading to the first perfect scores of the season, as well as a reversal of fortune for a couple of dancers.

Kim and Von Get the Boot

Super Bowl 50 MVP Von Miller and Kim Fields finished at the bottom of the leaderboard, despite Kim, alongside partner Sasha Farber, pulling down all 9s from the judges for their performance to the Jackson 5’s "ABC." Kim and Von both finished in the bottom three last week, but this time around, they were unable to edge out fellow in-jeopardy couple Wanya Morris and Lindsay Arnold. To make matters even worse, it was Sasha’s mom’s birthday! How’s that for a birthday present?

Perfect Scores for Ginger and Paige

After bottoming out in the standings last week, Good Morning America’s Ginger Zee nabbed the first perfect score of the season — 30 out of 30! — with a heartfelt performance to Whitney Houston’s "I Have Nothing." Not to be outdone, UFC fighter Paige VanZant lit the room on fire with an exuberant jive routine to Tina Turner’s "Proud Mary," which had her going head over (high) heels in a cartwheel with partner Mark Ballas. Bruno Tonioli deemed the performance “almost illegally hot.” 

Ginger, who received some tough love from partner Val Chmerkovskiy during rehearsals, told Erin Andrews that the crowd helped carry her through her routine. Meanwhile, Paige admitted she “definitely had a Red Bull before I came out.”

Wanya Dips Following Last Week’s Top Performance

After topping the leaderboard last week, Boyz II Men star Wanya and partner Lindsay put forth another solid routine, this time to Aretha Franklin’s "Say a Little Prayer." But it wasn’t enough to maintain the top spot, as they got straight 9s from the judges. 

The 27 was nothing to scoff at, but after last week’s pair of 10s, it wasn’t quite what Wanya was looking for. Maybe the fact that he had to miss out on Friday’s rehearsal for a gig with his group had something to do with the lower score?

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The cast of 'Dancing With The Stars.' Adam Taylor/ABC via Getty Images

Nyle Bounces Back From Last Week’s Criticism

Following Nyle DiMarco’s comments last week that his biggest competition wasn’t fellow celebs but professional dancer Val, partner Peta Murgatroyd said the hunky America's Next Top Model winner was “deeply affected” by Len Goodman’s remark that his confidence would “annoy people.”

Nyle — supported from the crowd by Switched at Birth costars Lea Thompson and Marlee Matlin — came back strong after last week’s criticism with an energetic foxtrot to Irish rockers U2’s “Beautiful Day," which earned the duo a 28. There was a bit of controversy concerning Bruno’s initial 10, which was reviewed and changed to a 9, as he originally wrote it down as such. Tough break, Nyle!

Tell Us: Did Von and Kim deserve to go home? And who is the current front-runner?

Dancing With the Stars airs on ABC Mondays at 8 p.m. ET. 

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