There was a feeling of inevitability in the air on this “Dancing With the Stars” results show, but was it right?
The show kicks off with hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke bringing Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough and Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani from the steps to centerstage. Nicole and Derek are safe but Kate and Tony are the first to feel the burn of the Red Light of DOOOOOOOOM.
Next Len goes through the recap of last night, reiterating his dislike of Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood’s “9 to 5” Jive. For some inexplicable reason Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower got the encore nod tonight. Len blamed it on Bruno wanting to see the tidy-whities again.
After a commercial break, Maxwell sings his hit “Fistful of Tears” from the album “black summer’s night.” I’m not sure who the pro dancers are but that’s one acrobatic and athletic couple. Very impressive. Tom said their names but I couldn’t really hear them. And Maxwell was…well, Maxwell. Good times.
Next, Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke and Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel are brought to the stage. Tom and Brooke reveal that Chad and Cheryl are in jeopardy (but no red light) while Niecy and Louis are safe. Yay Niecy!
Filler Segment #1: Adam Corolla returns to review last night’s episode and crack wise. The amusement level peaked at mild for me.
The Macy’s Stars of Dance segment features salutes to four famous movie dance sequences choreographed by Margarite Derricks. It starts with Fred Astaire’s “Putting On the Ritz,” followed by five white-suited guys rocking out to “You Should Be Dancing.” Next is the opening sequence from “Austin Powers” with all those glorious tiny-fists. Then Debbie Allen makes a guest spot for the “Fame” sequence. I’m a little bummed that they’re using the modern version of the song/movie but I always love seeing Debbie. I’ll have to watch it again to see if I know recognize any of the dancers. It was a fun dance medley – I kind of wish it was longer. Couldn’t we have given them Corolla’s time?
Our next musical guest is Debi Nova who’s making her US television premiere. Her song is called “Drummer Boy” and Dmitry Chaplin, Damian, Tony, and Derek dancing around and with her. With their shirts open. I like her, she’s sassy.
Filler Segment #2: It’s time for the celebtestants to design costumes for their partners. Way funnier than Corolla’s outing this time through.
Evan Lysacek and Anna Trunbenskaya and Jake and Chelsie are brought out to learn their fates. It’s only half good news as Evan and Anna are given passage to next week. Jake and Chelsie, like Chad and Cheryl, are still in trouble but no red.
Another backstage interview with Brooke and the couples and oh…I think I chipped a nail. I may need a manicure.
Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Pamela and Damian are paired up for results next. Erin and Maks are safe buy Pamela and Damian are still in jeopardy. Really? I know we need to fill some time but having three couples still on the hook is kind of ridiculous. That’s more time that could’ve been used for the Stars of Dance number.
Instead of going through the scores and judges’ comments themselves, Tom and Brooke throw it to a brief montage of the four couples’ performances last night (which marks the third time we’ve had a recap I’d like to point out). Oh wait, Tom and Brooke go through the judges’ comments anyway. Really?
Jake and Chelsie are safe. Eh. Chad and Cheryl are safe too, though she didn’t hear at first. Sadly that means Pamela and Damian join Kate and Tony in the Red Light of DOOOOOOOM. As the judges talk about both ladies, Kate looks like she already believes that she’s going home.
After more to-do than usual, Kate and Tony are officially eliminated from competition. They get a standing ovation and, while Kate needs a moment to gather herself, Tony jumps in to say how proud he is of her and how much he admires her drive and desire. While sad, she had a gut feeling that this was the end. Aw, poor thing. But it was her time.
Tom, ever the fantastic, decides not to go to the farewell package in order to talk more to Kate. She admitted that she was scared to death to dance out her and, despite it seeming the contrary, she really did love being on the show.
Your thoughts on tonight’s inevitable elimination? Were you surprised to see Kate so sad? Did the results seem more drawn out than usual? Anything else you want add?