Tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars opened with a performance by the pros and Troupe. Tom and Brooke explained that everyone would compete with their partners as usual, but they would also compete in two groups for team dances during Round Two.
Elizabeth Berkley and Valentin Chmerkovskiy were up first this week, with the Quickstep. Their dance was UFO/alien-themed. Len said it was a UFO – Utterly Full On. He felt that was the way to start a show. Bruno could tell they lost body contact at times because of how fast the steps were going. Carrie Ann could see how Elizabeth was becoming a ballroom dancer, but she does have a little bit to go in hold, body contact, and frame. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Next up were Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, who danced the Jive. During rehearsals, Brant struggled to remember the steps and even spent time rehearsing at home. Bruno thought it was a fully-loaded, full of content Jive, but Brant did lose timing a couple times. Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno and though the routine was just a hair too challenging, but he didn’t miss a step. Len said Brant came out and danced full-on, and he loved his energy, attack, and enthusiasm. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani danced the Salsa, which included plenty of lifts for Leah to redeem herself after her last lift attempts didn’t go over so well with the judges. Carrie Ann told Leah it was like going to the hottest Salsa club, and they were the hottest Salsa dancers there. Len didn’t think the lifts were quite clean enough, but Leah really came out and gave it a go. Bruno told Leah she really gave him a good Salsa and to go for it. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 26/30)
Jack Osbourne and his partner, Cheryl Burke, struggled with Jack’s bouts of fatigue during rehearsals this week, which he explained can be one of the symptoms of MS. This week, the couple danced the Jive. Len would have liked the Jive to be a little crisper in the feet, but it was well-done and always great to watch. Bruno told Jack he has such a wonderful ease of movement, sense of character, and the performance flow was absolutely perfect, but he needed to watch his kicks and flicks. Carrie Ann thought what they did tonight was perfectly suited to Jack and wanted to see it again. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Amber Riley and Derek Hough were up next, with the Pasodoble. Derek struggled with back problems, and Amber struggled with her knee, so the two were in rough shape during their rehearsals, but you couldn’t tell at all during their live dance. Bruno said it was like vintage wine – full of depth, flavor, and color. He did warn her to watch her shoulders. Carrie Ann told Amber she went from hot to cold to passion to intense and lit the ballroom up. Len loved that they captured the essence of the dance, and every nuance in the music was picked out. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 29/30)
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater danced the Quickstep. Carrie Ann said the good news was they didn’t break hold, but the hold wasn’t strong enough to hold the dance. She did mention she didn’t think Bill missed a step. Len thought the routine had speed and energy, but Bill lost his technique. Bruno told Bill it was a very good try. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 7/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 23/30)
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and her partner, Sasha Farber, struggled during their rehearsals as well. Tonight, they danced the Samba. Len commented on the slight mis-step at the beginning, but it was much better once she got going. Bruno agreed and said once Snooki got into it, she was good. Carrie Ann told her to extend her movements a little and not finish so quickly, where she is ahead of the music. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff were last to dance in the individual rounds, with the Cha Cha. Karina changed the choreography of the routine multiple times, since she kept finding she wasn’t happy with it. Bruno said the sun was shining, and Corbin was back in sparkling form – the timing, the shape, the finish – immaculate, brilliant. Carrie Ann said it was the tightest Cha Cha she had ever seen, his posture was in the right place, and it was hot. Len told Corbin he had lovely, crisp footwork, but he didn’t like the gyrating in the middle. It still fit in beautifully with the music, and he thought he did a wonderful job. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 29/30)
Next up were the team freestyle dances – Amber and Derek and Elizabeth and Val chose their own teams for this week. Amber and Derek selected Brant and Peta, Corbin and Karina, and Jack and Cheryl (Team Foxing Awesome). Elizabeth and Val chose Bill and Emma, Nicole and Sasha, and Leah and Tony (Team Spooky Bom Bom).
Team Spooky Bom Bom decided on a Halloween-themed routine, which featured everyone but Bill dress as zombies and moving around like the undead. Len thought the parts together were tight, Bruno thought it was put together well because they worked with each couple’s strengths, and Carrie Ann said it was thoroughly entertaining, but Bill was the glue that held the performance together. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Team Foxing Awesome derived their team name based on their incredibly obnoxious song: “What Does the Fox Say?” The group dressed as foxes and each wore tails throughout the routine. Bruno said it was so clever and inventive – the choreography gave him goosebumps. Carrie Ann felt like she was on an acid trip and loved that their choreography was completely in sync. Len added it was full of little touches that made it irresistible. He stood and saluted both teams for putting the work in for two dances this week. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 30/30) Tom then revealed that all four pairs from Foxing Amazing were safe, meaning one couple from Team Spooky Bom Bom would be going home this week.
Note: Keep in mind, they added tonight’s scores with last week’s judges’ scores as a result of not sending anyone home, so the point totals are much higher than usual.
- Amber and Derek: 91
- Brant and Peta: 88
- Elizabeth and Val: 86
- Corbin and Karina: 86
- Nicole and Sasha: 84
- Jack and Cheryl: 84
- Leah and Tony: 81
- Bill and Emma: 74
Tom and Brooke told Elizabeth and Val and Leah and Tony that they were safe. That left Bill and Emma and Nicole and Sasha, but it was Nicole and Sasha who were sent home this week, with Snooki in tears over not wanting to leave, especially not dressed like a zombie.
What did you think of tonight’s show? Did you have any favorite performances? Were you surprised to see Nicole and Sasha go home tonight? Leave a comment below!