The competition is nearing the finish line on Dancing with the Stars, which means the first of two double eliminations.  Eight days from now we’ll go from nine couples to five, and that work starts tonight.  With a double elimination, a dance-off and Taylor Swift, there’s no time for interruptions, and unlike Tom Bergeron, I promise to keep the Kanye West jokes to a minimum.

Last week I correctly predicted the shocking elimination of Natalie Coughlin, so I’m feeling good about my Dancing with the Stars prowess.  Tonight, I predict Melissa Joan Hart goes home at the bottom, and Kelly Osbourne will defeat Louie Vito in the dance-off to eliminate him as well.

Am I right?  Let’s find out.  Live, from Hollywood, it’s Dancing with the Stars!

As a reminder, here are the judges’ scores, combining their solo and Mambo Marathon totals:

-Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough: 36
-Mya and Dmitry Chaplin: 33
-Aaron Carter and Karina Smirnoff: 33
-Mark Dacascos and Lacey Schwimmer: 32
-Donny Osmond and Kym John: 31

-Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel: 25
-Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower: 24
-Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas: 24
-Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova: 22

Louie and Chelsie’s awesome handshake and point to the camera during the intro makes me smile every time.

The show kicks off with Taylor Swift.  Against my better judgment, I kind of like her music.  She’s like a prettier and less trashy version of Miley Cyrus.

Ooh, Donny is wearing a suit that makes him look like a watermelon while Joanna and Derek are in hot pink.

Aaron Carter reveals that he views Len Goodman as his absentee father figure.  Just when I thought I couldn’t dislike Aaron any more he brings his daddy issues onto the screen.

Also on my bad side is Michael Irvin, who keeps saying how scared he is that, in a dance-off, his fans can’t help him.  Heaven forbid he be judged on his dancing ability and not the number of fans he has.


Joanna and Derek are SAFE.
Mark and Lacey are SAFE.

No duh.


Donny and Kym are SAFE.
Aaron and Karina are SAFE.

Again, no duh, but I still want to see Aaron go home already.  Maybe next week.

The celebrities are helping to design their costumes for next week, leading to hilarity.  Joanna wants to put Derek in a rhinestone Speedo.  You go, girl!


Mya and Dmitry are SAFE.
Kelly and Louis are SAFE.

Huzzah, that means Michael Irvin is in the bottom, which means he’s probably going home!  I underestimated Kelly’s fans.


Melissa Joan Hart and Mark Ballas are ELIMINATED!

Woohoo, I called it!  But that means Michael Irvin and Louie Vito will face off in the dance-off.  Even though I predicted him to go home, I’m rooting for Louie all the way.


Michael Irvin and Anna Demidova: Samba
Wow, he has no rhythm, but a ton of charisma and personality.  Still, it’s kind of weak.

Loue Vito and Chelsie Hightower: Jive
For me, it’s more fun, sexier and edgier, but to be fair, Louie is NOT a good dancer.


Bruno votes to save Louie and Chelsie
Len votes to save Michael and Anna
Carrie Ann votes to save Michael and Anna


Louie Vito and Chelsie Hightower are ELIMINATED!

This is total BS!  Louie and Chelsie were at least entertaining, and Michael is truly terrible.  I will deeply miss those two.  But on the bright side, it means my predictions were true again.

Next week is another double elimination, and if they don’t finally get rid of Michael, Dancing with the Stars has officially jumped the shark.

-John Kubicek, BuddyTV Senior Writer
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John Kubicek

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

John watches nearly every show on TV, but he specializes in sci-fi/fantasy like The Vampire DiariesSupernatural and True Blood. However, he can also be found writing about everything from Survivor and Glee to One Tree Hill and Smallville.