Dancing with the Stars season 21 continued Sept. 28 on ABC as the remaining pairs took part in TV Icons Night, an evening of performances inspired by a wide variety of hit television shows, including True Blood, The Jeffersons, and Downton Abbey, among others. By the end of the two-hour live show, two stars were tied for the top spot on judges' Carrie Ann Inaba, Julianne Hough, Bruno Tonioli, and guest Alfonso Ribeiro's leaderboard, and another was unexpectedly sent packing after suffering a health crisis.

Here's a look at how they all fared.

DWTS week 3 leaderboard standings

  • Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas, 36. The Spy Kids alum and her insanely creative pro partner kicked it into high gear with their Breaking Bad inspired jazz number, and the panelists lavished the duo with high praise. The dance was so well-executed that Bruno said they looked like two pros.
  • Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess, 36. The Backstreet Boy and his Aussie partner's emotionally stirring, almost ethereal Viennese waltz to the Downton Abbey theme was gorgeous. Nick wore his heart on his sleeve, partnered like a bona fide Mirrorball champion, and justly earned a tie for the week's top score.
  • Tamar Braxton and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, 33. Carrie Ann called their Mad Men tango "must-see TV" and Alfonso proclaimed the Grammy-nominee a DWTS frontrunner. Although they lost the top spot on the leaderboard, they didn't slip far in the rankings as they settled into a tie for second place.
  • Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold, 33. The judges went absolutely gaga over the train hero's True Blood themed tango, which successfully showed off his previously concealed bad-boy side.
  • Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough, 32. The 17-year old wildlife conservationist's The Jeffersons-inspired quickstep drew a mix of compliments and criticism from the judges. Although they appreciated her enthusiasm and energy, they knocked her for making what Carrie Ann termed "a few tiny mistakes." Thirty-two may be a good score, but they deserved better.
  • Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson, 31. The Big Time Rush star opened the show with an absolutely adorable jazz piece set to the iconic Golden Girls theme song, Thank You for Being a Friend, but the judges were left wanting more than their senior-citizen attire delivered. The writing may be on the wall for the two, because no matter what they do, they can't seem to get fully into the judges' good graces.
  • Hayes Grier and Emma Slater, 30. Hayes closed out the show with a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles jive. It was good, but not great, and the scores were fair. The Vine star proved during previous weeks that he can do better, and there's zero reason to believe that this won't go down in DWTS history as a minor hiccup.
  • Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya, 25. Gary was born to play the kooky Gomez Addams, and he and Anna proved it with their Addams Family tango. He was on-point with the choreography, he obviously enjoyed himself, and he fully embraced the role.
  • Paula Deen and Louis Van Amstel, 20. Given the scores awarded to the other couples, the judges were too hard on Paula and Louis' Gilligan's Island samba. It's true that there wasn't a lot of samba content, but the celebrity chef did quite well with the steps she was given, and the routine was adorable.

Although Kim Zolciak and Tony Dovolani were to perform an I Dream of Jeannie samba, a mini stroke sidelined the reality star at her Atlanta home, and citing the rules, the show summarily dismissed her during the live broadcast.


Had they not gotten the boot, either Andy and Allison or Paula and Louis would've been eliminated. Both Dovolani and Zolciak --who had no previous knowledge that they would be forced to withdraw-- immediately reached out to fans via social media to help them plead their case for reinstatement.

Will they succeed in earning a second chance? Will Alex and Nick stay atop the leaderboard or will another new leader emerge? Watch Dancing With The Stars season 21 when it continues on Oct. 5 to find out.