Tonight, on Dancing With the Stars on ABC, it’s Trio Challenge night! The competition is down to the final six couples, and, like the past few weeks, there will be two rounds of dancing involved. The first round, the competitors will perform a type of dance that they haven’t so far danced, and in the second round, they will participate in a Trio Challenge, incorporating one other dancer –either a pro who has been already eliminated or a dance troupe member. Which celebrity will face elimination at the end of tonight?
The first couple of the evening on Dancing With the Stars will be Amber Riley and Derek Hough, and they will be performing the Quick Step. They dance it to Diga Diga Doo, by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. They did a pretty good job, IMHO, despite an injury that Amber Riley had suffered; but, there’s no telling what the judges will have to say about their performance. They usually score fairly high.
Len mentions right away about that he knows about the injury, but that doesn’t seem to matter very much, as far as how he rates them tonight. He says that they were “a little loose in your top lines.”
Bruno tells them pretty much the same thing, saying that as they are now “getting to the semi-finals, you need to fix your top line otherwise it spoils the beauty of your face.”
Carrie Ann tells them that they “set the standard for this competition,” but they “need to keep it up to that level.”
The judges awarded them straight 8s, for a total of 24/30. That’s a low score for them. Will they face elimination tonight? I hope not; they are usually very good.
The second couple of the night are Leah Remini and Tony Dovolini. They danced the Tango to Love Me Again by John Newman. They do an excellent job — it was a great performance!
Bruno really liked how well they did, saying “That was a bad-ass Tango,” though he did add that there “are still a few moments where you are shaky.”
Carrie Ann says she was “truly impressed with your growth,” but she also said “watch your arms because they lack emotion.”
Len said the rather odd comment that he “liked the ingredients” and that “Leah brought the flavor.”
Their scores were straight 9s from the judges, for a respectable total of 27/30.
The third couple to perform on Dancing With the Stars was Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff. Both are usually stellar, dance well together, and get high scores.
The couple dance the Waltz to Apologize by OneRepublic. They give a great performance, possibly the best yet of the evening.
Carrie Ann commented that she thought they “weren’t on your centers, you were a bit off.”
Len told them the dance was “like poetry in motion,” but he “would have liked more in hold.”
Bruno called their performance “enchanting” and said that it “was breathtaking.”
Len and Carrie Ann gave them 9s, while Bruno gave them a 10, for a total of 28/30, the high score of the night thus far.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke were the fourth couple. They performed the Viennese Waltz to the song Let Me Go by Avril Lavigne. Jack seems to be getting better and better each week — their performance was pretty kick-ass!
Len said that he “loved it” and added “best dance you’ve had so far.”
Bruno told them that they needed to watch their hands, and “keep them under control.”
Carrie Ann said that they had “flair” and “it was just amazing.”
Carrie Ann and Len both gave the couple 10s, and Bruno gave them a 9, for a score of 29/30. That’s the new high score of the night.
The fifth couple of the night were Bill Engvall and Emma Slater. They have somehow managed to remain in the competition, despite getting low scores and being criticized by the judges. They dance The Charleston to Yakety Yak by The Coasters. They did great, I thought, but I’m guessing that the judges might have a different view of how well they did.
Bruno said that timing was “the most important thing; you were off.”
Carrie Ann said that while she enjoyed the dance, “you were better in practice.”
Len told them that he “loved” them this season, but added “you need to nail it on the next dance or you are going to be in trouble.”
The judges gave them straight 7s, for a total of 21/30, which is the lowest score yet of the evening.
The last couple of Round One are Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerovsky. The dance the Viennese Waltz to Young and Beautiful by Lana Del Rey. They are another couple who are favored to win the competition, and they put on an awesome performance.
Carrie Ann said that she “loved that you listened to us last week,” but also said that they were slightly out of sync, overall great.”
Len told Elizabeth that she was his “top dancer on the leader board,” but added “this wasn’t my cup of tea.”
Bruno liked their performance, stating that “I love the way you put the contemporary touches in it. Well done.”
Carrie Ann and Bruno scored them with 9s, while Len gave them an 8, for a total of 26/30 points.
After commercials, the second round began, the Trio Challenge or Trio Dance Round.
In this round, order the couples went in was the same. the first couple up was Amber Riley and Derek Hough. They chose Marc Ballas to be the third dance partner, and they performed the Salsa to Que Viva Vida by Wisin. They did much better, and looked impressive.
Len said of Amber that he thought “she was like a ray of sunshine.”
Bruno said that they were “irresistible” and “fabulous.”
Carrie Ann should that they were like the Dream Team” and added that she couldn’t believe that “Amber was injured and danced like that.”
The judges gave them straight 9s for a score of 27/30, or 57 for the night.
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolini selected Henry Byalikov for their dancing partner, and they performed the Jive to We’re Not Gonna Take It by Twisted Sister. The judges really liked how they did, and it was much better than their first round performance.
Bruno said that the dance “was the best dance routine,” but said taht they “missed a couple of kicks, be careful.”
Carrie Ann said “I love a man who takes control.”
Len commented that he loved both the concept and the routine, saying that “It was fantastic entertainment and good fun.”
The judges awarded them straight 9s for a total of 27/30, or 54 points for the night.
Next on Dancing With the Stars, Corbin Bleu and Kristina chose Whitney Carson as the third member of their trio. They performed a Jazz dance to Yeah! by Usher. They did a fantastic job!
Carrie Ann called it “maybe the best routine I have seen in seven seasons,” and compared how well they did to how Bob Fosse would do if he was alive today.
Len said that “The music, the routine, it was one fabulous hold.”
Bruno told them that they “lived up to Bob Fosse, you keep his legacy alive.”
The judges awarded them scores of straight 10s, for a total of 30, and a grand total for the night of 58.
Next up, Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Bourke picked Sharna Burgess as their third dance partner. They danced the Samba to I Wan’na Be Like You (The Monkey Song) by Louis Prima. It’s a cool Disney song, one of my faves, but the judges weren’t super impressed by how well they did.
Len said that it was a “clever routine” but he added “the technique was not there.”
Bruno said that he liked it: “I had so much fun watching you.”
Carrie Ann told Jack that he “looked overwhelmed with the two women. It wasn’t your best.”
Carrie Ann and Len gave them 8s, while Bruno gave them a 9, for 25/30, for a combined overall score of 54.
Then, Bill Engvall and Emma Slater chose Peta Murgatroyd. They danced the Salsa to Candy by Robbie Williams. The judges were not kind to them….
Bruno said that “I loved the slapstick, but you lack rhythm and timing. I have been telling oyou for five weeks.” Maybe so, but they are still in the competition, Bruno….
Carrie Ann told them “Bruno is right; there is no rhythm.”
Len added: “If you are back next week, you need to pick up those performances.”
The judges again gave them straight 7s, for a score of 21, and an overall total for the night of 42.
The final trio of the night was Elizabeth and Val, with their choice of Gleb Savchenko. They will perform the Salsa. They did a fantastic job!
Carrie Ann called Elizabeth a “Salsa superstar.”
Len said “that was fantastic; it was hot and spicy.”
Bruno told them it was “absolutely natural” and was “your best dance.”
The judges gave them scores of straight 10s, making 30. Their overall total for the night was 56.
On Dancing With the Stars, the couple eliminated tonight was a surprise to me — it was Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val! Why were they eliminated when Bill Engvall and Emma Slater got a much lower score of 42? Not even a perfect score in the second round tonight was able to save Elizabeth and Val! I haven’t yet heard or read a logical explanation for this decision, but, that’s how the night ended on Dancing With the Stars. Could it be that Bill Engvall and Emma Slater will go all the way? After tonight’s elimination, nothing would surprise me!
Written by: Douglas Cobb