The pro dancers and the Troupe kicked off tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars with a large group dance number to “Sing, Sing, Sing (With a Swing),” which was choreographed by Lacey and Benji Schwimmer.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater were up first, with a Tango to Jimmy Buffet’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” (Quite the awkward pairing). Len thought it was sharp, had a lot of content, and was well-done overall. Bruno said it had plenty of beef on the top, but Bill went a bit cheesy on the bottom – there were a few timing issues, and Bill lost some of the smoothness of the footsteps. Carrie Ann said it was a strangely odd combination of humor and passion. She saw all the elements of the Tango, and it was thoroughly entertaining. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 7/10; Total: 23/30)
Elizabeth Berkley and Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced the Cha Cha this week, after Elizabeth got emotional during their rehearsals over the place she came from and where she is today. She started their dance out alone at a bar up on the stage. Bruno told Elizabeth she’s still got it bigtime, and it was so sexy, it just killed him. He added that it was clean, sharp, well-placed, and brilliant. Carrie Ann said Elizabeth was like a white panther and had so much confidence. Len agreed and said Elizabeth is consistent. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 30/30) The couple received the first perfect score of the season.
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani were determined to recover after finding themselves at the bottom of last week’s leaderboard as they danced the Quickstep this week. Carrie Ann thought that might be the biggest turnaround she’d ever seen – it turned Leah into having elegant confidence. Len warned everyone he was going to be harder on them for not staying in hold with the Quickstep, but Leah shot back up the ladder this week. Bruno said Leah proved she can do it, and she was so Ginger Rodgers. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Next up were Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, who danced the Tango. Just when Brant was worried about a small fan base, his Pretty Little Liars co-star, Janel Parrish, who plays Mona, stopped by their rehearsal for some encouragement and promised to tweet their fans. Len thought the dance was like a glass of dry, white wine – sharp, crisp, tasty, and no gimmicks or messing about. Bruno loved to see the aggression and Brant driving the dance, but there were a couple of stumbles. Carrie Ann agreed with both of her fellow judges. She explained that it was incredible technique-wise, but she had also noticed a couple little stumbles. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 28/30)
Amber Riley and Derek Hough had a tough week this week as they rehearsed their Samba. Amber admitted she cried a lot, and Derek said he tried to keep things calm and doesn’t get stressed. Bruno said that apart from Amber’s performance value, she did everything! Carrie Ann told Amber she nailed every move, and it was insane. Len listed off various steps from the routine before going on to say he found it a tad bit repetitive, although it was fantastic. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 28/30).
Jack Osbourne and his partner, Cheryl Burke, danced the Pasodoble after receiving some interesting advice from Val during their rehearsal. Carrie Ann loved that Jack put his heart and soul into it. She went onto say he had the intensity, but he was so locked in that he had difficulty with timing. Len thought it was full of intent and purpose, but there was a little mistake. Bruno said Jack channeled the pride and dignity, but his timing wasn’t as good as usual. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 25/30)
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and her partner, Sasha Farber, danced the Foxtrot this week. Len said it was happy hour – he was happy, she was happy, and the audience was happy. Bruno said Snooki had never been so sweet and elegant, and it was wonderful. Carrie Ann thought Snooki improved the most out of anyone and looked like a graceful ballerina. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff danced a Viennese Waltz, strongly driven by Corbin’s favorite television show, Game of Thrones. Bruno scolded Corbin for his lines not being continuous, and it lost the flow. Carrie Ann thought what they did worked – there could have been more hold, but the passion sold the story. Len liked the theme, but he had to point out there wasn’t enough in the ballroom hold, and it didn’t seem like a Viennese Waltz. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 7/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 23/30)
Round Two of dancing was the first-ever “Switch-Up Challenge,” which put four couples against each other out on the dance floor. As the music changed, they had to change their dancing styles to match, without any rehearsal or dances prepared ahead of time.
All the couples picked a paddle to randomly divide themselves into two groups. Snooki and Sasha, Bill and Emma, Corbin and Karina, and Jack and Cheryl were in the first group. Bill and Emma were out first and only received one extra point, followed by Jack and Cheryl, who received two extra points. Corbin and Karina won and received four additional points, meaning Nicole and Sasha received an additional three points.
Next, Brant and Peta, Elizabeth and Val, Amber and Derek, and Leah and Tony took the floor for their turn at the Switch-Up Challenge. Leah and Tony were tapped out first, receiving one point, followed by Elizabeth and Val, who received two extra points. Brant and Peta received three extra points, making Amber and Derek the winners, with an additional four points.
- Elizabeth and Val: 32
- Amber and Derek: 32
- Brant and Peta: 31
- Nicole and Sasha: 30
- Leah and Tony: 28
- Jack and Cheryl: 27
- Corbin and Karina: 27
- Bill and Emma: 24
Tom and Brooke revealed that Elizabeth and Val, Amber and Derek, Brant and Peta, Leah and Tony, Corbin and Karina, Nicole and Sasha, and Jack and Cheryl were all safe…and so were Bill and Emma. As expected, after the technical difficulties with the numbers for last week’s voting, they decided not to eliminate any of the couples, so everyone is safe and will be back next week.
This week should proceed without any technical difficulties, so your votes really will carry over to next week’s elimination. Make sure you vote to keep your favorites! What did you think of tonight’s show? Do you have any favorites? Who do you think will go home next week? Leave a comment below!