On Dancing with the Stars tonight, Len is back as a judge. Julianne Hough took his place last week when he was absent taking care of business, or on vacation, or for whatever reason. The show this week is meant to commemorate or celebrate The Most Memorable Year of Their Life. The celebrities will get to choose whatever song they like that reminds them of an important and memorable moment in each of their lives.
Aloe Blacc (never heard of him) begins Dancing with the Stars singing his popular song Wake Me Up (never heard it before) at some point during the episode. Professional dancers dance to the song as he sings it. It’s a great performance, and I’m looking forward to the rest of the episode.
Who will be the celebrity to get sent home tonight? Whoever he/she is, will be the fourth one to get sent home so far this season, after fan favorite Valerie Harper was sent home last week. Host Tom Bergeron announces that the celebrity going home will be one of the women; but, which one? It can’t be Amber, as she and her dance partner have generally received high marks.
The first couple up are Christina Milian and Mark Ballas. They will be performing the Cha Cha Cha to Forget You by Cee Lo Green. They did a great job! I don’t know what the judges’ scores will be, though….
Len: “That was a fantstic Cha Cha Cha, great technique.”
Bruno said, “You painted the perfect picture of a hot Latina.. I’m flustered, and don’t know why.”
According to Carrie Ann: “It was different and the moves were all great.”
Carrie Ann gave them a 9, Len gave them the first 10 of the season, and Bruno gave them a 9, for a total of 28/30, the highest score of the year so far!
Maybe the judges are feeling a bit generous tonight. The second couple to dance are Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, and they will dance the Waltz to I’m Kissing You by Des’ree. I really like this performance, and Jack has proven to have some great dance moves.
Bruno said that “We are all lost in admiration for your strength and character.”
Carrie Ann: “There is something magical about you; the whole thing was great.”
Len told them: “Just work on your hands a bit.”
The judges gave them straight 9s for a total score of 27/30, so they really appreciated how well Jack and Cheryl performed.
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani will be performing a contemporary dance to Roar by Katy Perry.
Carrie Ann said that she “loved the concept and the message” but “it was a little rough.”
Len thought that the concept was “terrific,” but the “lifts were labored and not great.”
Bruno told Leah that “It is a lot to take on and you did well,” and added that “the story telling was very, very good.”
Carrie Ann awarded them 7 points, as did Len, while Bruno gave them an 8, for a total of 22/30 points.
Up next, dancing the Foxtrot to My Wish by Rascal Flatts, are Corbin Bleu and his dance partner, Karina Smirnoff.
Len commented first, saying to Corbin that “what I love is whatever dance you get, you get the character,” though he did say that “the last lift was out of character.”
Bruno said that “You could be the love child of Fred Astaire and Ben Vereen.” I’m not exactly sure how that could even be possible, but….maybe in Bruno’s world, it is.
Carrie Ann didn’t like the “last two lifts,” but she said: “Overall great dance.”
The judges scored them as follows — Carrie Ann and Len gave them 9s, hwile Bruno gave them a 10, for a total of 28/30, the second score of 28 so far tonight! It looks as if they will be safe from being eliminated, for sure.
Comedian Bill Engvall and his dance partner, Emma Slater, are going to dance the Viennese Waltz to Billy Joel’s She’s Always a Woman. I doubt if they will go much further, but I thought their dance tonight was pretty good.
Carrie Ann said that “Dancing is about touching our souls and you did it, but you were a bit off.” She seems to enjoy giving a compliment with one part of a comment, and slamming a contestant with the rest of her remark.
Len said that he “liked the romance of the dance and your framework.”
The judges gave them straight 8s, for 24/30, the lowest score so far of the night.
Nicole (Snooki) Polizzi and Sasha Farber are next. They will dance a Jazz dance to Work Bitch by Britney Spears. It seems to be an unlikely song to dance to, but Nicole and Sasha do a fantastic job.
Carrie Ann tells them “you surprise me every week,” and she added “I love it.”
Len says “the lifts were clean and it was fun to watch.”
Bruno stated that “it was wonderful.”
The judges gave the couple straight 9s, for a total of 27/30 points, one of the best scores of the night.
Brant Daugherty and his dance partner, Peta Murgatroyd, performed a Contemporary dance to Elton John’s Your Song. It’s a beautiful song, and they do an awesome job of dancing to it.
Len stated that he “loved the passion and the interaction.”
Carrie Ann agreed, saying that “every movement was driven from a true piece of passion.”
Bruno said “it was wonderful.”
They, also, were awarded straight 9s by the three judges for a total of 27/30.
Amber Riley from Glee and Derek Hough are next, and they will dance the Foxtrot to the cast of Glee singing Try a Little Tenderness.
They really seem to be having a lot of fun with the dance, and they are doing a great job.
Bruno tells them: “One thing is for sure, you’re here to stay.” He says of Amber: “you are a star.”
Carrie Ann says “you guys are always in perfect sync.”
Len likes the performance, also, but adds that: “I have to say, the hold was lacking; there wasn’t enough.”
Carrie Ann liked their performance enough to give them a 9, but Len only gave them a 7. Bruno, however, gave them a 10, for a combined total of 26/30.
The last couple of the show to perform are Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerovsky. They are going to dance a Jive dance to I’m So Excited by The Pointer Sisters.
They also gave a really superb performance, but Carrie Ann tells them that the “kicks are little off.”
Len told them that he thought Carrie Ann’s comment was “only an opinion” and he said: “I thought you did a great job.”
Bruno said “you brought me back and it was incredible fun.”
Carrie Ann gave them an 8, while Len and Bruno gave them both 9s, for a total of 26/30 points.
The scores are close tonight, making it kind of difficult to figure out who will be sent home. Last week, both Brant Daugherty and Bill Engval were at the bottom of the overall scores for that night, with 21/30 each.
Tom Bergeron told Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val that after their Jive dance, they are in danger of leaving, but later, they are announced as being safe for this week.
Finally, it’s narrowed down to two couples who potentially face being eliminate: Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani, or Christina Milian and Mark Ballas.
The couple eliminated this fifth week are Christina Milian and Mark Ballas.
The competition is slowly but surely eliminating couples and narrowing down the field. I’m surprised that Bill Engval has lasted as long as he has, but if he isn’t eliminated next week, now that will be very strange. Nothing against Bill — he’s a great comedian — it’s just that he is facing pretty tough competition.
Were you expecting Milian and Ballas to be sent home tonight? Do you think that the judges are scoring the contestants well, or would you score certain couples differently? Please leave your comments below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb