Tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars opened with the standard group number for the season to introduce the cast and judges. Former pro, Julianne Hough, took Len’s spot at the judges’ table to cover for Len while he takes a couple weeks off. She talked to Tom briefly about her new movie, Paradise, before the show got started.
Jack Osbourne and his partner, Cheryl Burke, argued and bickered during rehearsals, since she was very serious and hard on him. This week, the couple danced the Quickstep. Julianne said it was such an improvement from last week, and ballroom is definitely Jack’s strong suit. She did comment on Jack needing to show he was having fun. Bruno thought the footwork was incredible, but he needed to be careful not to lose the frame. Carrie Ann felt Jack’s frame was good, and he was much more animated than last week. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Julianne: 8/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 24/30)
Elizabeth Berkley and Valentin Chmerkovskiy were up next, with the Argentine Tango. They stared longingly into each other’s eyes during rehearsal to get better connected for their dance. Bruno told Elizabeth she took him on a journey to the hidden depths of passion without going wrong. (Elizabeth nearly kissed Val out of excitement). Carrie Ann said every movement had meaning, and she cut through with a sharpness she hadn’t seen before. Julianne agreed and said she got chills. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Julianne: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd struggled to work the difficult moves Peta had planned into their Salsa, since Brant had sustained a shoulder injury in a bike accident a couple years prior. Before the live dance, Brooke asked Brant about the lifts, and he said some were in, but some were out. Peta explained she took out the one hurting Brant the most, and the two got to their dance, which (of course) involved Brant dancing shirtless. Carrie Ann said the lifts were fantastic, but Brant taking off his shirt was very revealing, and he should have worked more on the Salsa moves. Julianne said it was awesome when he took his shirt off, but she agreed with Carrie Ann – she thought it could have been tighter, and he was a little sloppy with his footwork. Bruno agreed with his fellow judges. (Carrie Ann: 7/10; Julianne: 7/10; Bruno: 7/10; Total: 21/30)
Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus were determined to improve their scores from last week with their Viennese Waltz this week. Once again, Valerie struggled to remember the choreography, but Tristan kept pulling her along as they danced to “Carry On.” Julianne was teary-eyed, and she said she felt like when they were together, it worked better than when Valerie was alone. Bruno said Valerie painted some pretty pictures and told her to cover up when she goes wrong and act over it. Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno and suggested she do a solo and sell it whenever she forgets her place. (Carrie Ann: 6/10; Julianne: 6/10; Bruno: 6/10; Total: 18/30)
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani danced the Cha Cha next. Bruno said Leah performed so well, but she needs to stretch through the ball of her foot to get the movement through the back of her knee and get sharpness to her moves. Carrie Ann wanted Leah’s movements to match to her face and be stronger. Julianne disagreed with Bruno and thought Leah’s footwork was strong. She agreed with Carrie Ann that there was a disconnect between the attitude on her face, and she needed to use her body to match. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Julianne: 8/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 24/30)
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff danced the Pasodoble. Corbin was determined not to let his Hip Hop influence creep into the dance and just wanted to learn the Paso. Carrie Ann loved the intensity and stunning movements, but she still noticed the Hip Hop dance moves at times. Julianne told Corbin he was brilliant and didn’t need any gimmicks, but she wanted him to bring his hips forward. Bruno said he had the pure essence of Pasodoble, but he did agree with Carrie Ann and Julianne’s comments. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Julianne: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber travel back and forth between the coasts each week, so she battled illness throughout this past week from being run-down. During rehearsals, she opened up to Sasha about her anorexic past from cheerleading in high school and wanted to make new memories with their cheerleading-themed Jive. Julianne called Nicole her little nugget and felt this was a performance, but she needed to be sharper on her kicks and flicks. Bruno agreed with Julianne, but he did say her performance level has grown beyond recognition. Carrie Ann thought it was the cutest thing ever, but she needed to watch her knees and arms. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Julianne: 8/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 24/30)
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas were up next, with the Foxtrot. Christina struggled with the dance during rehearsals and felt frustrated she wasn’t picking up on it as quickly as she wanted. Bruno said it wasn’t traditional, but it was fantastic. Carrie Ann loved the way Christina transitioned between the styles, and she needed to watch her shoulders. Julianne had hoped for more of a softer side and wanted to see a different side of Christina. Choreography-wise, she thought the two were dancing side-by-side instead of together. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Julianne: 8/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 24/30)
Amber Riley and Derek Hough danced the Tango. Derek knew Julianne would be tough on him, so they didn’t have a pass this week, and Amber’s knees gave her trouble during rehearsal. She even had to sit and watch Derek dance with Lindsay (from the Troupe) after having fluid drained out of her knees. Carrie Ann told Amber she was in fine form, and their hold was so connected that she and Derek were like one person. Julianne was hoping something would go terribly wrong, so she could give them a horrible score and she wouldn’t get in trouble for liking their performance. She told Amber she was like a tight little explosion and wonderful. Bruno said it was pure, unmistakably, classic, amazing Tango. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Julianne: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater had a slight slip-up during their dress rehearsal last week. Emma hit her head on the floor, and Bill told her he was determined not to ever let that happen again. This week, they danced the Samba, and Bill joked that he looked like a creepy old man. Julianne commented on how much the audience loves Bill. Bruno said he thought he was going to wet himself – it had everything you could wish for in a Samba, except timing and rhythm. (He thought that was a compliment). Carrie Ann wasn’t sure what kind of Samba it was, but it was really entertaining. (Carrie Ann: 7/10; Julianne: 7/10; Bruno: 7/10; Total: 21/30) Right away, Tom told the couple they were safe and through to next week.
- Corbin and Karina: 27/30
- Elizabeth and Val: 27/30
- Amber and Derek: 27/30
- Christina and Mark: 24/30
- Nicole and Sasha: 24/30
- Leah and Tony: 24/30
- Jack and Cheryl: 24/30
- Brant and Peta: 21/30
- Bill and Emma: 21/30
- Valerie and Tristan: 18/30
Tom and Brooke told Elizabeth and Val, Leah and Tony, Corbin and Karina, Amber and Derek, Jack and Cheryl, and Christina and Mark they were all safe and sent them backstage. Tom told Snooki and Sasha they were also safe, leaving Brant and Peta and Valerie and Tristan, though both were not necessarily the bottom two. Tom then announced Valerie and Tristan were the couple going home this week.
Once again, this week’s votes will carry over to next week’s elimination, so make sure you vote to keep your favorites! What did you think of tonight’s show? Do you have any favorites so far? Who do you think will go home next week? Leave a comment below!