Aloe Blacc kicked off tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars with “Wake Me Up,” as the pros performed on the dance floor. The couples were then introduced by Tom and Brooke, and Tom announced that based on last week’s viewer votes alone, a female star would be going home tonight – of course, this did not factor in the scores tonight, so he explained that could change by the end of the show. Then, the night of dances dedicated to the most memorable year of their lives began.
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas danced their Cha Cha to Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You,” which was dedicated to 2010 – the year Christina had her daughter and got divorced. Len was glad to be back after seeing that fantastic Cha Cha. He said there was fire in the performance, and ice cool in the attitude. Bruno said Christina painted the perfect picture of a hot Latina. Carrie Ann told Christina she is always great, but something was very special tonight. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 28/30)
Jack Osbourne and his partner, Cheryl Burke, dedicated their Waltz to his wife and daughter after a difficult last year, when Jack learned he had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. Bruno said they were all lost in admiration of his strength and courage, and his dancing tonight was wonderful. Carrie Ann told Jack the grace of his being always seems to slip into his dancing, and there wasn’t one moment where he didn’t look like he knew what he was doing. Len appreciated how much they danced in hold, but he instructed Jack to work on the musicality in his hands. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani discussed her difficult last year, during which she left the Church of Scientology. This week, the couple danced a Contemporary routine to Katy Perry’s “Roar.” Carrie Ann loved the concept and message of the dance, but she felt like the routine was choppy and not one seamless storytelling moment. Len agreed that he loved the concept and action between the two of them – it was good, but it wasn’t great. Bruno said the Contemporary is a lot to take on, but her performance and storytelling were good and effective. (Carrie Ann: 7/10; Len: 7/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 22/30)
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff dedicated their Foxtrot to Corbin’s younger sister, who was diagnosed with Scoliosis in 2011. Len told Corbin he is a terrific dancer and gets the character of every dance he does. Bruno told Corbin he could be the love child of Fred Astaire and Ben Vereen. Carrie Ann picked on the couple for their lifts and mentioned she noticed their first lift was a true lift, even though Karina kept her feet on the ground for the other lifts and insisted she had for the first one as well. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 28/30)
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater were up next – they dedicated their Viennese Waltz to Bill’s wife, who he married in 1982. Bruno said Bill wears his heart on his sleeve, but he did have some timing issues – he added he needed to watch his arms, because it wasn’t a bowling alley. Carrie Anne agreed, and Len felt Bill kept his hold well. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 24/30)
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi told her partner, Sasha Farber, he probably wouldn’t have liked her before she became a mother. They danced a Jazz routine to honor her son. Carrie Ann told Snooki she comes right out every week and surprises her – she loved it. Len said it was vibrant, the lifts were clean, it had energy and attack, and it was fun to watch. Bruno said he loved it, and it was an exhilarating bundle of fun. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Next to dance were Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd. Brant told Peta about his dad supporting him in acting and helping him move out to California before passing away in 2009. They didn’t want their Contemporary routine to Elton John’s “Your Song” to be depressing – they wanted it to be inspiring. Len thought the dance was terrific – he loved the passion, interaction, and the chemistry. Bruno told Brant he had no fear and just threw himself into it. Carrie Ann added there wasn’t much more to say, and she felt like every movement was driven from a true place of passion. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Amber Riley shared that she had auditioned for American Idol and was turned down before she ended up on Glee. She and Derek Hough danced the Foxtrot as a dedication to that time in her life. Bruno said it was absolutely and utterly sensational. He called Amber a performing powerhouse. Carrie Ann told Amber she danced the heck out of the routine. She added the couple was always in sync, but they did have one little slip. Len said Amber always comes out and lights the place up, but he didn’t see enough in hold for the Foxtrot. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 7/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 26/30).
Last up for the night were Elizabeth Berkley and Valentin Chmerkovskiy, who danced their Jive to “I’m So Excited,” a nod to Elizabeth’s time on Saved by the Bell. She connected that as her most memorable year professionally to her most memorable year personally, when she had her son. The couple took it a little far and even re-enacted her famous scene from the show, only with “Jive pills” this time around, instead of caffeine pills. Carrie Ann thought the kicks were soft, and Elizabeth fell out of her pirouette, but she thanked her for taking her back to why she loves dance. Len thought Elizabeth did a great job, and her kicks were clean and tight. Bruno also agreed that Elizabeth took him back, and it was incredible fun. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 26/30) Then, Tom went ahead and told Elizabeth and Val they were in jeopardy this week.
- Christina and Mark: 28/30
- Corbin and Karina: 27/30
- Nicole and Sasha: 27/30
- Jack and Cheryl: 27/30
- Brant and Peta: 27/30
- Amber and Derek: 26/30
- Elizabeth and Val: 26/30
- Bill and Emma: 24/30
- Leah and Tony: 22/30
Tom and Brooke told Corbin and Karina, Amber and Derek, Bill and Emma, Jack and Cheryl, Brant and Peta, and Nicole and Sasha that they were all safe before asking them to step backstage. That left Elizabeth and Val, Christina and Mark, and Leah and Tony. Elizabeth and Val were safe and also sent backstage. Tom then revealed that it was Christina and Mark, this week’s highest scorers, who were going home tonight. The couple and the ballroom were shocked, but Christina was happy to go out with a bang.
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!