Tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars kicked off with a big dance number from the entire cast and Troupe. Then, they got right to the dancing.
First up for the night were Elizabeth Berkley and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, with the Samba. Len told Elizabeth it was so close and absolutely fantastic, but there was just one tiny little thing. Bruno called it scarlet fever and commented she missed a couple of passes. Carrie Anne loved the “oozy, oozy moves.” (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 25/30)
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas danced the Pasodoble next. Bruno loved a quirky Paso, but he wondered if she had missed a step. Carrie Ann said it was insane, and she nailed every step. Len said it was a Pasodoble with a contemporary twist, they kept traditional steps throughout, and it was terrific. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 25/30)
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater danced the Jive. Carrie Ann thought it was the most entertaining routine of the evening, but the footwork was a little spunky. Len liked that there were a lot of basic steps in there, and he thoroughly enjoyed watching it. Bruno said they hit the performance value. (Carrie Ann: 7/10; Len: 7/10; Bruno: 7/10; Total: 21/30)
After a visit from his mother, Sharon Osbourne, Jack Osbourne and his partner, Cheryl Burke, were ready to dance the Rumba. Len thought some points were a bit bizarre, but he did a great job. Bruno didn’t think Jack would get up from doing the splits, but what he has done in two weeks is incredible. Carrie Ann felt he had a nobility and cultivated presence they hadn’t seen on the dance floor in a long time. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 24/30)
Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess worked around Keyshawn’s ESPN schedule to get their rehearsals in. The couple danced the Samba. Bruno said he went for it all the way and joked that he wasn’t sure everything they did was legal – Keyshawn interjected that the experience has been amazing for him. Carrie Ann saw the confidence go up this week, but he is still rough around the edges. Len admired the effort and told Keyshawn he was working his assets. (Carrie Ann: 6/10; Len: 6/10; Bruno: 6/10; Total: 18/30)
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber danced the Rumba. She was nervous about touching and being sexual and even joked she would get pregnant doing these moves. Their dance seemed stiff and calculated. Carrie Ann thought Nicole made pretty pictures, but she didn’t feel the fluidity or the story. She warned the couple about lifts as well. Len said it was neat and very clear, but it seemed a little sharp and placed – it was still pretty, neat, and nice. Bruno told Nicole she has great potential and needs to learn to sustain the character through the performance. (Carrie Ann: 6/10; Len: 7/10; Bruno: 7/10; Total: 20/30)
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani were up next, with the Samba. During rehearsals, Leah was hard on herself and worried about failing, since that’s what the Church of Scientology would want for her after her family’s departure. Len said it was great and loved the hands and Samba stuff going on. Bruno said Leah was splendid and came out of herself – she didn’t go wrong. Carrie Ann said Leah unleashed her Samba goddess. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 24/30)
Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” and Tyne Stecklein danced the Pasodoble. The dance was a bit better than last week, but poor Bill tripped at the very end of the routine and ended things on his knees. Bruno thought Bill stepped up so much he nearly blew a gasket, and there was actually some Pasodoble there. Carrie Ann thought Bill worked his assets, but he needed to work on his feet. Len admitted he felt he slightly under-marked Bill last week and apologized, but his dance tonight was still missing certain parts. (Carrie Ann: 6/10; Len: 5/10; Bruno: 6/10; Total: 17/30)
Tom sat down with Julianne Hough briefly and explained that Len and Bruno also judge on a show in England called Strictly Come Dancing, which inspired this show, and go back and forth between the two shows. During that time, Len will be taking a couple weeks off, so they will have guest judges, and Julianne will be one of them.
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff danced an incredibly energetic Jive. Carrie Ann said it was so much fun – she loved Corbin’s athleticism and musicality. Len told Corbin he could dance, even though it wasn’t quite a home run. Bruno said it was a performance of dazzling brilliance and couldn’t believe how Corbin managed to hit the beat. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 26/30)
Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus struggled during rehearsals because Valerie has a strained knee, which she noted has nothing to do with her illness. Tristan was brought to tears as he watched her work through her mistakes to figure out the Pasodoble. Unfortunately, Valerie lost timing and missed quite a few steps during her live performance. Len liked that Valerie started the dance on her own, but he could tell she wasn’t comfortable with the dance. Bruno loved the way Valerie capture the grandeur of a great lady from Spain. He did notice she lost steps and timing, but he couldn’t believe the content she produced. Carrie Ann felt it was difficult to judge Valerie because of her admiration for her, but she knew that wasn’t what Valerie wanted, so she admitted she forgot about one third of the routine in the middle. (Carrie Ann: 6/10; Len: 6/10; Bruno: 7/10; Total: 19/30)
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd danced the Rumba. Bruno felt Brant danced incredibly well, but he needed to work on his walks. Carrie Ann commented on the chemistry Brant and Peta have, but she told him he can move and wowed them. Len liked it, but he wouldn’t go into ecstasy over it. He thought his feet were pigeon-toed, and there wasn’t fluidity of movement. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 7/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 23/30)
Amber Riley and Derek Hough (fresh off his Emmy win) danced the Jive. Amber was not excited for this dance “because I have breasts,” she said. Those didn’t seem to stop her, as the two pulled off another fun and entertaining routine. Carrie Ann told Amber she continued to wow them, but she was a little flat-footed. Len called Amber a great big bundle of joy to watch, but she needed to work on her footwork. Bruno agreed with Carrie Ann and Len. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 24/30)
- Amber and Derek: 51/60
- Corbin and Karina: 50/60
- Elizabeth and Val: 49/60
- Jack and Cheryl: 47/60
- Christina and Mark: 47/60
- Brant and Peta: 45/60
- Leah and Tony: 45/60
- Nicole and Sasha: 43/60
- Valerie and Tristan: 40/60
- Bill and Emma: 39/60
- Keyshawn and Sharna: 35/60
- Bill and Tyne: 31/60
Next up, it was time for this season’s first elimination. Tom and Brooke revealed that Corbin and Karina, Leah and Tony, Bill and Tyne, Christina and Mark, Amber and Derek, Valerie and Tristan, Nicole and Sasha, Jack and Cheryl, and Brant and Peta were all safe. That left Elizabeth and Val, Keyshawn and Sharna, and Bill Engvall and Emma – Tom revealed Elizabeth and Val were safe, so Brooke asked the remaining two couples to come down the staircase. Tom announced that it was Keyshawn and Sharna who were eliminated first this season.
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