It's that time once again, dance fiends and ballroom queens: elimination day.
Last night, the top ten Dancing with the Stars
couples told us stories with their routines, and now it's up to the judges' scores and our votes to decide whose story won't
have a happy ending.Want a synopsis of the stars' toe-tapping tales?
Revisit last night's episode recap
, and check out my picks for best and worst in the Week 3 Performance Rankings
. Who do you, the BuddyTV DWTS fans, think will go home tonight?
Judging from our poll
on the subject today, 67% of you hope Kate Gosselin will get the boot for her "super bitch"-y paso doble, with 27% rooting for Buzz to waltz away
from the stage.
Well, it's a common refrain, but I'm with you: Kate may give herself props for trying her hardest these past three week, but--what's that expression? Oh yes: "Three strikes and you're out!"
. But of course, anything can happen on a Dancing with the Stars
results show! And tonight we'll be treated to more than just results, as Reba McEntire will grace us with her country crooning, and Mark Ballas will return with an "acoustic paso doble," whatever that is.
It's time for RESULTS:
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The first SAFE
couple is ... Aiden Turner & Edyta Sliwinska
. (YAY! And Edyta looks legitimately shocked.)
are ... Erin Andrews & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
. (YAY again! Love Maks.)Encore! Encore!
Evan and Anna perform their lively Chicago
-inspired quickstep for Len once again. I don't think I could love this routine any more unless I actually lived in the 1920s, when dancing was considered sex-ed. We saw her knees--how risque! REBA:
I must have missed the memo when Reba McEntire went the way of Madonna and Beyonce and erased her last name from the marquee.
A square-dance with two
Chmerkovskiys is sexiness squared:
This is the kind of math I like
are ... Niecy Nash & Louis van Amstel.
(Hooray! Their dance meant a lot to a lot of people, and that clearly meant lots of votes as well.) Derek, Chelsie and Mark's (on guitar) Acoustic Paso Doble:
Next week: it's the DOUBLE SCORE SHOWDOWN!
Getting torrid on the judges' table.
Each dance will get two scores: one for performance, and one for dancing. There will also be specific moves the judges want to see. "Season ten is turning into season tension
," says Len. Yuck, yuck.RESULTS:Nicole Scherzinger & Derek Hough
are ... SAFE.
And then it's time for ... more Reba McEntire.
Oh, excuse me, I meant ... REBA!
The song's called "Consider Me Gone." Funny, because she's not going
Just kidding. Country music isn't my cup o' tea, but I can still appreciate that she's one of the best.Design a Dance Update:
I guess it's about time I mentioned this promotion. Per ABC.com votes, Melissa Rycroft and Joey Fatone will dance to "Rock and Roll All Nite" by KISS. Want to help design their costumes? Head over to ABC and vote.RESULTS:SAFE
tonight are ... Evan Lysacek & Anna Trebunskaya
. (Well, DUH.)SAFE
as well are ... Chad Ochocinco & Cheryl Burke
. (Woohoo! The saga of "Chad flirts with Cheryl, Cheryl turns down Chad" continues.)
Which leaves Pam, Kate, Buzz and Jake wondering where they stand. Who do you think will be in the bottom two?Buddy Montage:
Now it's time for a little video to show how close the DWTS cast has become over the past six weeks. Niecy force feeds cookies to the group, Aiden and Jake are developing a bromance, and Erin is the resident goofball. Oh, and Kate and Erin are textually active together? Weeeeird. RESULTS
are ... Pamela Anderson & Damian Whitewood.
(Pamela's kids voted this week!)
Remaining are Jake, Buzz and Kate. One of them will get the boot: who do you think it is? Crossing my fingers once more that it's Kate!Finally, it's time for the real RESULTS: the Bottom Two.
Jake Pavelka & Chelsie Hightower: BOTTOM TWO.
Buzz Aldrin & Ashly Costa: BOTTOM TWO.
Kate Gosselin & Tony Dovolani: SAFE.
Oh, COME ON you guys! Kate was clearly worse than Jake. And worse on my heart than Buzz. America, you have some 'splainin' to do! Unless, America, you are just keeping Kate around so you can laugh at her terrible dancing. Oh, America, you are a cruuuel
. And I kind of love you for it. Eliminated
are ... Buzz Aldrin & Ashly Costa.
Okay, phew. I am surprised at how much I didn't want to see Jake and Chelsie go. He just took being in the Bottom Two so hard
, I didn't want to see him cry. I hope he takes this and comes back with his "Aha!" dance next week.
And while Buzz was inspirational, it was becoming painful (and painfully repetitive) to see his patriotism praised while his ballroom dancing was so consistently criticized. He did a great job, and warmed hearts without overstaying his welcome. Yay Buzz! I'll miss you, but you deserve to relax for the next several weeks. You earned it.
That's it for Dancing with the Stars
Week 3. Next week: Rumba, the dance of love
. Our Dancing questions of the night: