Tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars started off with a dance for which Ray Leeper did the choreography. Judge Len Goodman’s duties are being taken over this episode by two-time professional dance champion Julianne Hough. Will the tears flow tonight? Will we say good-bye to a television icon, or will Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus make it through another week?
Move from Dreamgirls was the song the celebrities and their partners danced to during the opening number. It wasn’t exactly the most energetic number, but it was not bad.
The first couple of the night to perform were Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke. They danced the Quick Step to the song Man Like That by Gin Wigmore, and Jack’s footwork was pretty amazing — he’s definitely improving as the season goes on.
The judges each gave them scores of 8, for a total of 24/30. I thought they deserved a higher score, but they did fairly well. The score keeps them safe from being eliminated this week.
Woo-hoo! Before Elizabeth Berkley Lauren’s dance with Val, we saw them kiss — is there some love connection blooming?
They danced the Argentine Tango to the song Symphony 6: Fair Thee Well & the Requiem Mix, by Emily Wells, and spectacularly — the judges and audience seemed to really like their performance!
The judges give them straight 9s, for a total of 27/30. They are definitely safe with that score.
Brant has been having ongoing problems because of an injured shoulder. Still, the show must go on — he and his dance partner. Peta Murgatroyd, perform the Salsa to the song Shake Senora by Pitbull.
The judges give them straight 7s for a total of 21/30. They are really being generous, as the dance wasn’t the best performance by Brant and Peta. Somehow, though, they are also safe from being eliminated for this week.
The next couple up are Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus. The dance to the Viennese Waltz to Carry On by Fun. Though Valerie is not the strongest of the celebrity dances, she makes up for this with her passion and her desire to be there.
The judges score them a low 6 from each judge, for a total of 18/30. Things are not looking good for Valerie and Tristan — will their score be sufficient to keep them in the competition another week? If not, will America’s votes be able to keep them in it?
The couple to perform next are Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani. They dance the Cha-Cha to Papi by Jennifer Lopez. Leah seems to be having a hard time with some of the dance moves, but she is still doing pretty well.
The judges give them straight 8s, for a total of 24/30. That is good enough to keep them safe this week.
Corbin Bleu and his dance partner, Karina Smirnoff, dance the Paso Dolbe to Zorongo by Paco Pena. They kick butt! I wouldn’t be surprised if they scored 10s!
The judges, however, give them straight 9s, for a total 0f 27/30. The judges seem to like giving out the same scores tonight, at least, so far. It’s an impressive score, but they deserved to get 30/30.
Snooki appears to have cold tonight, but she’s not letting that stop her — despite her coughing, at times, during the performance.
She and Sashs Farber dance the Jive to the song Mickey by Toni Basil. They do a pretty decent job, but get the same scores as Jack and Cheryl Burke — the judges give them straight 8s, for a total of 24/30. That score makes them safe, as well.
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas are next. They dance the Foxtrot to Sexy Silk by Jazzy J.
They also do a great job, and get scores of straight 8s from the judges, for a total of 24/30. They, as well, are safe for this week. More commercials…sigh….
Amber Riley is up next, with her dance partner, Derek Hough. They dance the Tango to Love Lockdown by Kanye West.
Though Amber has been having knee problems, she and Derek manage to perform an incredible dance tonight, and it earns them straight 9s from the judges! Their total is 27/30. They are also safe from elimination this week. Yet more commercials ensue….
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater perform after the break. They dance to the Samba, and the song they perform to is Cuban Pete by Jose Norman.
They do okay, but the judges give them somewhat low scores — straight 7s, for a total of 21/30. Still, we learn that they, also, are safe.
Which means, sadly, that the couple who are eliminated tonight are Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus. I am guessing that her performances so far have given many people hope and strength, and have been inspiring for people across the country.
Who will go next week? Do you agree or disagree with the scores that the judges gave this week? How do you think that Julianne Hough did filling in for Len? Please leave your comments below!
By: Douglas Cobb