The scores (harsh, for some, as they may have been
) are in, and so are the votes. Tonight, another couple will see their Mirrorball Trophy dreams go up in smoke. Who's going home?
Well, it's clear who you, the BuddyTV buddies, think will be shown the door. According to your votes last night and this morning, 43% think Jake is the worst dancer, with Niecy close behind at 31%
. And you have faith that America will vote for talent, not over-enthusiasm or jiggly parts, because 46% of you think Jake will get the boot, with Niecy again close behind with 23%
.If you're just joining us today, allow me to point you to what you may have missed since last night's samba and swing exhibition: Maks called Len "too old"
(and "one billion percent wrong"), I thought Erin's purple feather duster was delightful
(but some of you disagree, which is fine, although you are wrong), and, for the first time this season, someone who isn't Nicole or Evan hit #1 in my Performance Rankings
(where, again, some of you disagree, but that's what's great about America/anonymous comment threads: we're all entitled to our opinions, wrong as they may be).
In fact, if these disagreements teach us anything, it's that Dancing with the Stars
is one heck of a subjective show, with something (and someone) for everyone, and there's just no telling who will get the high points and the big votes! Which makes these Results Shows so exciting. And nerve-wracking.
Even more exciting about tonight's show? Melissa Etheridge is here to sing "Come to My Window," and world-class Flamenco/Spanish guitarist Benise will play "Salsa Salsa." One song I know all too well, and one song I know not at all. See? Something for everyone!
Now, on to the show ... "Liiiiiiiive!"Tom and Brooke give their recap:
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Last night saw a leader board shake-up, with Nicole joined by Chad and Erin toward the top of the board, while Evan fell alongside Jake and Niecy at the bottom. RESULTS:
The first SAFE
couple: Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy.
(Good work, America! You saved the shirtless wonder and his sassy, improving partner.) Then Len gives his stodgy but supreme recap:
Nicole and Derek were "all sizzle but no sausage" (is that a jab at "little Derek"?), and Evan "fell from heaven." Jake gives "100 percent commitment" (which Len likes) and Pam isn't precise in her footwork (which he doesn't). Niecy interrupts Len to ask what he thought of her dance, and he says he "thoroughly enjoyed" her tango despite his dislike for "gags." Chad and Erin were the "breakout pair of the night," and Chad's tango was Len's favorite dance of the evening.Encore, Encore!
Chad and Cheryl perform their Argentine tango once again, proving that Maks may not like it, but what Len says goes.
Melissa Etheridge performs
the title track of her new album, "Fearless Love." Tony Dovolani's back to dance with Chelsie Hightower, joined by Maks and Anna on the floor as well. RESULTS:
couple is: Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke.
(The shameless...ly entertaining flirt lives to dance another day! He may have gotten denied for a celebratory kiss, but at least he's got another week to work on it.)Benise performs
"Salsa Salsa" with a full band and his own group of dancers backing him up. Special Segment:
Sports Science analyzes the physical movements of Dmitry and Edyta. They strap each dancer with wireless data-collecting bio-strap thingies to track the strength, balance and precision it takes to be a master ballroom dancer. The result? Behold, Edyta in The Matrix
They also discovered that Dmitry and Edyta could hit the same moves with such precision that their average time difference was less than the time it takes for a hummingbird to flap its wings. Crazy!Melissa Etheridge performs
"Come to my Window" as the lovely couple Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo dance.Celeb Spotting:
Sam Neill (of Jurassic Park
awesomeness and Happy Town
unfortunate decision-making) is sitting in the front row tonight. MORE RESULTS:
couple: Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough. Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower
are ... still in limbo.
couple: Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood
Which leaves Jake, Evan and Niecy
still wondering where they stand. For now, they stand together, awaiting the red light of death:FINAL RESULTS:
The Bottom Two
couples are: Jake & Chelsie
and Niecy & Louis.
ELIMINATED TONIGHT:Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower And, to a certain extent, his fiancee, Vienna Girardi:
"I have loved every second of this. I love you," Jake says to Chelsie. He also thanks his fans, and Vienna looks heartbroken as Jake holds back tears and then dances his final dance with Chelsie.
What do you think? Did America make the right decision? Are you sad to see Jake go? Dd you think he could have made it all the way?
I'll definitely miss Jake's enthusiasm, though I think it was his time. All the remaining couples are so strong and multi-dimensional, I wasn't ready to see any of them go.Next Week: The cha-cha challenge!
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