Tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars was Hollywood-themed. The cast was introduced in the same grand fashion it has been each week, with a large group number to start the show in place of the former taped introduction.
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani kicked off the night with a James Bond-themed Rumba. Len loved the chemistry and interplay between the couple, even though he would have liked a tad more fluidity in Leah’s arms. Bruno said he was going straight after Leah’s “sexy face.” He enjoyed seeing her growing out of her comfort zone, but he did agree with Len on the continuation of movement. Carrie Ann disagreed and thought Leah’s arms were creating very cool passion – she said she turned up the steam notch to full steam ahead. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 24/30)
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff were up next, with the Quickstep. Karina really amped up the choreography, and Corbin was overwhelmed and struggled during rehearsals. The troubles didn’t affect their live performance – Corbin kept up and didn’t miss a step. Bruno was dizzy and said maintaining synchronicity at that speed is almost impossible, but they did it. Carrie Ann felt Corbin nailed the footwork, but she warned him to watch his form. Len admired that it was full-on and fast, but he thought the speed caused him to lose technique and frame. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 26/30)
Elizabeth Berkley and Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced the Foxtrot. During their rehearsals, they blindfolded Elizabeth to help her feel the steps. Carrie Ann thought there was one mis-step in the middle, but the rest of it was flawless, and she had taken her performance to new heights. Len called it chicken soup to the eyes – delicious, satisfying, and good just to watch it. Bruno commented on the one wrong step, but said Elizabeth is a brilliant dancer. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 25/30)
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd discussed his rough week during rehearsals – he sprained a ligament in his leg, lost his phone, and was robbed at gunpoint. (Don’t worry – the guy only got away with his Latin dance shoes and a t-shirt). The couple danced the Quickstep, and Brant’s injury wasn’t even noticeable. Len told Brant he just went through it, and it had speed and control. Even though it might have been painful to dance, it was painless to watch. Bruno said it was perfection, and Brant played the part so well. Carrie Ann told Brant he wasn’t who she thought, and he is a fantastic dancer. She couldn’t believe he was hurt. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus were up next, with the Cha Cha. Valerie struggled to remember the steps fast enough during rehearsals, and it was clear she still struggled during their live routine. Bruno felt Valerie got the look absolutely right, but he admitted Valerie went wrong so many times, and there were a lot of mistakes. Carrie Ann agreed that Valerie lost her way throughout the dance, but she didn’t give up. Len thought it was like flying coach on a cheap airline – she was a little uncomfortable and bumpy, but she landed safely and got through it. (Carrie Ann: 6/10; Len: 5/10; Bruno: 5/10; Total: 16/30)
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater were thankful they weren’t eliminated first. The couple danced the Pasodoble, which Bill admitted he had never heard of prior to dance rehearsals. They also took their rehearsals on the road this week, as Bill traveled to his comedy shows. Carrie Ann told Bill he nailed the Paso – their movements were perfectly in sync. Len thought Bill came out all guns blazing, and it was his best dance. Bruno said there was so much attack, and he loved it. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 24/30)
Amber Riley and Derek Hough danced the Charleston. They squeezed rehearsals in around her album recording and Glee schedule. Len called it razzle dazzle and glitz and glamour before telling them it was well-done. Bruno told Amber she can create rip-roaring excitement in the room, but she needed to be sharper. Carrie Ann said it was another great performance, but Amber’s bottom half was not as banging as her top half. (Carrie Ann: 8/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 24/30)
Next up were Jack Osbourne and his partner, Cheryl Burke, who danced the Cha Cha in a 1970s Hollywood theme. Bruno loved the rock star opening and said it was a very ambitious routine – he kept his timing all the way through, but he needed to watch his hip action. Carrie Ann felt it was good, but not his best. Len loved the commitment, but he needed some hip action going. (Carrie Ann: 7/10; Len: 7/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 22/30)
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas danced the Charleston. Christina had a tough time getting the routine down during rehearsals, so she brought her daughter in to watch. For their live performance, Mark dressed as a clown. Carrie Ann said it was incredible – Christina had an incredible range of emotion and made it a full-body performance. Len liked that the dance mirrored the music, but he wanted more of the Charleston parts. As a performance, he thought it was top notch. Bruno said it was so inventive, visually inspiring, and Christina performed better than she ever had. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 26/30)
Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber were up next, with the Quickstep. Sasha put a one-handed cartwheel in their routine, and Snooki had a hard time with it during rehearsals, but she nailed it during the live performance. Len thought Nicole came out and surprised him for her first ballroom dance. Bruno told Snooki she was on fire, and he admired her hard work. Carrie Ann was blown away and thought Nicole deserved a star on the Walk of Fame. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 8/10; Bruno: 8/10; Total: 25/30)
Bill Nye, “The Science Guy,” suffered a leg injury (torn quadricep) at the very end of his routine last week. Despite the doctor’s advice, he went through quite the medical treatment to get to a point where he could dance tonight, keeping his leg immobile. Bill and his partner, Tyne Stecklein, danced Jazz to Daft Punk, with Bill dressed as a robot. There wasn’t much dancing in the routine, but he still got the regular “Bill! Bill! Bill!” cheers from the audience. Bruno didn’t see any Jazz, but it was very entertaining. Carrie Ann thought what Bill did was absolutely astounding, he didn’t give up, and Tyne did great choreography. Len also thought Tyne did a great job choreographing the routine, and it took guts to perform with that type of injury. (Carrie Ann: 6/10; Len: 5/10; Bruno: 5/10; Total: 16/30)
- Brant and Peta: 27/30
- Corbin and Karina: 26/30
- Christina and Mark: 26/30
- Elizabeth and Val: 25/30
- Nicole and Sasha: 25/30
- Leah and Tony: 24/30
- Bill and Emma: 24/30
- Amber and Derek: 24/30
- Jack and Cheryl: 22/30
- Valerie and Tristan: 16/30
- Bill and Tyne: 16/30
Finally, it was time for tonight’s elimination. Tom told Christina and Mark, Brant and Peta, and Bill and Tyne that they were all in jeopardy, while Brooke revealed the remaining couples were all safe. Bill tried to raise his hand to speak, but the elimination went on, and Tom revealed that Brant and Peta were safe. Tom then announced that Bill and Tyne were indeed the couple eliminated 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!
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