This season of Dancing with the Stars has been a season of superlatives. We’ve had the largest cast, the youngest star, the oldest star, and this year was the first time everyone has had to prepare two dances in the very first week of competition. And this week, the stars had to perform two of the most difficult styles in the second week – the earliest these styles have appeared in the history of Dancing with the Stars.
Last night’s scores show the diversity in talent this year, with some very high scores and some very low scores. The audience votes have all been tallied, and we’ll soon find out whose dancing journey ends tonight.
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As usual, we start with a lengthy recap of last night’s performance show, but you all can just read my recap or my live thoughts.
For the encore tonight, Len Goodman requests to see Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson‘s paso doble tonight. Yay! This was one of my favorites from last night. It’s totally Spanish bullfighting-meets-The Matrix.
The elimination process begins thusly: Having combined the judges’ scores and the audience votes, the first two couples, in no particular order, who will be continuing to the next round are Toni Braxton and Alec Mazo, and Rocco DiSpirito and Karina Smirnoff.
Uh oh, Jessica Simpson takes the stage to perform her latest country single. Is it me, or is her heart not in the performance. Her eyes are all glazed over.
And the next two couples who are safe are Cody Linley and Julianne Hough, (“those crazy kids,” according to Tom Bergeron), and Brooke Burke and Derek Hough.
After the break, we learn that Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli are jet setting between Los Angeles and London, taking an 11-hour flight back and forth every week to juggle Dancing with the Stars and the U.K. version of the show. I hope these judges are doing something to offset their carbon emissions.
For the Macy’s Stars of Dance performance, we have a Brian Friedman-choreographed performance featuring Pussycat Doll Carmit Bacher and Jenna Dewan of Step Up. It’s all glitzy with these light saber things and skeleton-esque costumes.
OK, more Jessica Simpson. Excuse me while I tune out.
The next couple to be safe, in no particular order, is Susan Lucci and Tony Dovolani.
This is actually interesting: Tom and Samantha gives us a tour of the red room, the backstage room where the teams receive their scores. It seems like a big, chaotic whirlwind of action back there. The cutest thing is that Cody always gets lost backstage. Aww! Misty seems like a really cool tomboy chick who can hang with the big boys, and Rocco is one of those annoying people who is always on his phone. Of course, Cloris is the loose cannon of the group.
Two more couples who have been saved are: Maurice Greene and Cheryl Burke, and Warren Sapp and Kym Johnson.
After the final commercial break, we are down to only four couples. The first two couples who are safe are Lance Bass and Lacey Schwimmer, Misty May-Treanor and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Kim Kardashian and Mark Ballas, and Cloris Leachman and Corky Ballas are left, but they are not necessarily both in the bottom two. (By the way, Cloris is hilarious waiting for the results.)
Kim and Mark are the two who are going home. That means that Cloris and Corky still has at least one more week left on Dancing with the Stars.
-Debbie Chang, BuddyTV Staff Writer
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