The Nov. 4 episode of “Dancing with the Stars” was all about Cher, who not only performed twice, but also served as a guest judge. After a grueling night of individual routines and the return of the dreaded Dance-Off, Amber Riley won not only the night and the sprint, but she’s also winning the marathon and once again topped the combined “DWTS” leaderboard after eight weeks of competition. Here’s how it all played out on Monday night.
Cher opened the night with a live performance of her hit song, “Believe.” Dressed in a sparkly silver mini dress, she brought the house down and earned a standing ovation. Tom Bergeron announced that all of the dances would be performed to Cher’s extensive play list. He also revealed that the winner of the individual dance round would be exempt from the Dance-Off and automatically advance to next week.
The “Huffington Post” reported that Cher was nervous to be a guest judge this week, but she was able to keep her nerves under control and did a good job flashing the score paddles. She said that she was looking for star quality in the dances and “that special thing.”
Round One: Individual Dances
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff were the first to hit the dance floor on Monday night. They danced an Argentine Tango to “Welcome to Burlesque.” Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli loved the passion of the routine, but noticed a few small issues with footwork and passes. Cher added, “I thought it was amazing. Judges’ score: 27.
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani danced a Viennese Waltz to “I Got You Babe.” They focused the routine on when Sonny and Cher first met at a coffee shop many, many years ago. Bruno liked their side-by-side movements, but remarked on Leah’s hold. Carrie Ann, on the other hand, liked her frame, but thought Leah got behind the music. Cher was the most complimentary and stated, “I was enthralled.” Judges’ score: 25.
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd performed a Foxtrot to “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)” from Cher’s movie, “Mermaids.” Carrie Ann liked the routine, but said that Brant has to work on finessing his lines. Bruno stated that it was time to go the extra distance and get to the next level. Cher added that Brant and Peta have “star quality.” Judges’ score: 27.
Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy switched their music at the last minute to “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)". The aggressive jazz routine received mixed comments from the judges. Carrie Ann said Elizabeth was one-dimensional and Bruno compared the routine to “The Hunger Games,” but added that she missed quite a few musical cues. Cher said that she liked the rough part, but was then bleeped for about 2-3 seconds. Judges’ score: 25.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater performed a disco dance to “Strong Enough.” The comedian declared that he is a huge Cher fan and puts her right up there with Farrah Fawcett. Bruno and Carrie Ann loved the routine’s humor, but noticed several mistakes. Cher stated, “I thought it was brilliant.” Judges’ score: 24.
Armed with new confidence after receiving his first “10” last week, Jack Osbourne was ready to tackle his Tango with Cheryl Burke to “The Beat Goes On.” Carrie Ann remarked, “What a difference!” Bruno added, “You’ve grown so much as a dancer." Cher compared Jack to a dancing pimp. Judges’ score: 27.
Amber Riley, last week's overall leaderboard winner, wanted to unleash her “girly side” with this week’s Rumba with Derek Hough to “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Cher stated, “It was great. You owned it.” Bruno said that Amber was in charge, but Carrie Ann added that it wasn’t her best dance. “I want to see more!” Judges’ score: 28.
Amber and Derek achieved the highest judges’ score in Round One, meaning they were exempt from elimination this week and could ride out the Dance-Off. Riley exclaimed, “I really do love being here. This is the best experience ever!” Cher then took the stage to sing “I Hope You Find It” and received her second standing ovation of the night.
Round One “DWTS” leaderboard on Nov. 4:
- Amber Riley: 28
- Corbin Bleu: 27
- Brant Daugherty: 27
- Jack Osbourne: 27
- Elizabeth Berkley: 25
- Leah Remini: 25
- Bill Engvall: 24
Round Two: Dance-Off
Because Amber Riley was exempt, the six remaining couples had to compete in a toe-to-toe Dance-Off. The next three top scorers of the night were Corbin Bleu, Brant Daugherty and Jack Osbourne. They were able to pick their competitors, while the chosen ones had to pick the style of dance.
Cobrin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff chose to dance against Elizabeth Berkley and Val, who chose the Cha Cha. Bruno said, “One was tight and clean, the other was salty and sexy.” Carrie Ann added, “You both nailed the routine." However, in the end, all three judges voted for Corbin, who added three points to his score.
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgratroy chose to dance against Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani, who in turn picked the Rumba. Carrie Ann and Cher awarded their votes to Leah, while Bruno picked Brant. In the end, Leah won the coveted three extra points.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke went against Bill Engvall and Emma Slater and both couples danced a disco routine in the Dance-Off. All three judges voted for Jack, meaning he was able to add the three extra points to his score.
Below is the combined “DWTS” leaderboard after two rounds on Nov. 4.
- Amber Riley: 28 + 3 = 31
- Corbin Bleu: 27 + 3 = 30
- Jack Osbourne: 27 + 3 = 30
- Leah Remini: 25 + 3 = 28
- Brant Daugherty: 27 + 0 = 27
- Elizabeth Berkley: 25 + 0 = 25
- Bill Engvall: 24 + 0 = 24
Below is the “DWTS” combined leaderboard after eight weeks of competition:
- Amber Riley: 27 + 24 + 24 + 27 + 26 + 32 + 59 + 31 = 250
- Corbin Bleu: 24 + 26 + 26 + 27 + 28 + 27 + 59 + 30 = 247
- Elizabeth Berkley: 24 + 25 + 25 + 27 + 26 + 32 + 54 + 25 = 238
- Brant Daugherty: 22 + 23 + 27 + 21 + 27 + 31 + 57 + 27 = 235
- Jack Osbourne: 23 + 24 + 22 + 24 + 27 + 27 + 57 + 30 = 234
- Leah Remini: 21 + 24 + 24 + 24 + 22 + 28 + 53 + 28 = 224
- Bill Engvall: 18 + 21 + 24 + 21 + 24 + 24 + 50 + 24 = 206
Monday night’s elimination was yet another shocker. Jack Osbourne and Brant Daugherty stood in the glare of the “Bottom 2” spotlight. In the end, Brant was surprisingly eliminated and stated genuinely, “I learned a lot about myself and I’m very grateful for the opportunity." Peta looked at her partner and said, “Thank you for making every day a pleasure.”
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