With only five points separating first from last place, will “Dancing With the Stars” deliver a shocking elimination?
Hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke kick the show off by bringing Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough and Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy to centerstage. Tom says one of them is in the Bottom Two. Hmmm. As I suspected, Erin and Maks have to bathe in the Red Light of DOOM for the first time this season.
Next Len gives us the recap from last night. He starts off doing a happy spin because everyone did so well (he called it “gorgeous”). Afterward, Tom tells us that the encore will be Team Gaga’s Cha Cha to “Telephone.” The part of Pamela Anderson will be played by Chelsie Hightower because Pamela injured herself somehow. I hope it’s not serious. Meanwhile, clap it up for Chelsie nailing the performance at the last minute. Also I think Nicole did a better job this time around, probably because she was more relaxed.
After the commercial break, Train comes on to perform their latest hit “Hey Soul Sister.” The pros dancing with them are Chelsie, Dmitry Chaplin, Lacey Hightower, Toni Dovolani, Cheryl Burke, and hey! Mark Ballas is back! Good to see his knee has healed. I liked the choreography – it was a mostly modified Jive. It was also good to see Lacey again. Heart her.
It’s time for Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl and Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya to get their results. Evan and Anna are safe but Chad and Cheryl are left fate-less.
Brooke is interviewing the two couples with no results backstage and hmm…I think I’ll get a manicure tomorrow.
Filler Package #1 is the pros talking about how hard the next few weeks are going to be, how to keep focused and win. At one point Maks says people remember the winners, not who came close. That’s not exactly true in reality shows because there’s always people who disagree with the results, especially with shows involving actual talent.
Niecy Nash and Louis Van Amstel and Pamela and Damian Whitewood are the last couples to find out where they’ll be standing towards the end of the show. Niecy and Louis are safe meaning Pamela and Damian are still on the hook.
Melissa Rycroft returns for Filler #2. She does different jobs to show what it’s like to air the show – production assistant, band leader, hair & make-up department, stage manager, and director. Eh.
Former celebtestant Priscilla Presley is in the audience to see Cirque du Soliel perform a number from their “Viva Elvis” show first hand. One of the dancers is uber-blonde and kind of reminds me of Draco Malfoy from “Harry Potter.” If they ever do a Broadway show, I know where they should look. I enjoyed the number a lot more than I expected to (I’m not really into the idea of the show). The cast is fantastic thought.
As I’m sure you expected, Train returns to sing “Drops of Jupiter,” the song that will surely pay for their kids’ education through graduate school. Our pros this time are Louis and Karina Smirnoff. Loving her hair. That slow, tandem split they did at the end was majorly impressive.
Between our two spotlight-less couples, Chad and Cheryl are safe meaning Pamela and Damian are in the bottom with Erin and Maks.
Each judge speaks on the celebtestants on the chopping block. Bruno says Pamela wasn’t just a dancer but a fantastic performer, Carrie Ann thinks Erin shouldn’t be in the bottom at all, and Len opines that they both should be dancing next week.
When all is said and done, Pamela and Damian have been eliminated. In her exit interview, Pam says this is one of the best experiences of her life adding, “That says a lot, I’ve had a lot of good experiences.” Tom says they’ve been trying to get her on the show since probably Season 1 and were thrilled she finally said yes.
Both she and Damian took it very well and smiled and laughed through the farewell package despite being disappointed and a little sad. Aw.
Did they get the results right this week? Are you surprised Erin and Maks were in the bottom? Further, are you as surprised as I am that I’ve been right about the eliminations the last few weeks?