Now that everyone's had a chance to perform, it's time to get to the "competition" part of this celebrity dance competition: one famous amateur dancer is leaving tonight. Going in, my money's squarely on the arrhythmic and seemingly unpleasant D.L. Hughley, though I wouldn't be terribly surprised if Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump were to make an early exit either.
Let's find out who's first to go:
A pro dance showcase kicks off the evening, demonstrating for some of the lesser contestants what elite dancing looks like--if Victor wants to knock Len's socks off, this is what he'll have to bring to the table.
With a little bit of recapping, we get our first results:
Ingo and Kym
Sean and Peta
Wynonna and Tony
Victor and Lindsay
Speak of the devil. I guess Victor didn't knock many audience members' socks off either.
This year, encore performances are determined by audience tweets. It seems like a fairly transparent way to drum up free viral marketing without really affecting anything of substance on the show, but the DWTS nation picks the excellent Zendaya & Val routine, so I can't complain.
From there, some more results:
Aly and Mark
D.L. and Cheryl
Lisa and Gleb
Huge surprise to see D.L. squeak through. Here's hoping he continues to apply himself a little more going forward, and leaves those formless Dad's-still-cool moves behind.
We then have a montage showcasing how much harder dancing is than any of our celebrities thought, apparently--after sixteen seasons you'd think they'd know what the show involves by now, but whatever.
Icona Pop then performs a song called "I Love It," reminding me how long it's been since I've listened to the radio.
We do have four new dancers this season, and the next segment takes a moment to introduce them: So You Think You Can Dance alumnus Witney, a Brit named Julian, another SYTYCDer named Lindsay, and Gleb, a young Russian man who has some vocal fans in the comments.
And now some more results:
Zendaya and Val
Kellie & Derek
Jacoby & Karina
All great performances, no surprises there. After that we have a performance from DWTS favorite and Icon of Epic Voice, Josh Grobin. Sorry if there was a delay in the recap there; Grobin inspired me to go climb a mountain.
Only two more celebrity dancers left after that:
Dorothy and Tristan
Andy & Sharna
If Andy's eliminated, I'll be sorely disappointed; he was a big hook for me this season.
Andy & Sharna
We then have a twist elimination:
Dorothy Hamill withdraws due to spine injury.
That leaves the bottom two, Lisa and Victor, safe for another week. That's two big surprises tonight, as a promising act leaves while the lowest scoring pair escapes jeopardy. There is no justice in Danceville tonight.
Kudos to Dorothy for making a difficult decision with class, poise, and empathy for those around her. Maybe next year, Tristan. Maybe next year.
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