This episode of Dancing With the Stars we will see who the first two couples to be eliminated are, in a shocking DOUBLE ELIMINATION, and we’ll also get to see some more awesome dancing as the remaining couples strive to continue in the competition!
The episode began with a pretty cool opening number that the entire cast took part in. Mandy Moore choreographed it. But then, the whole atmosphere of the episode got intense, when it was announced that there would be a DOUBLE ELIMINATION. What’s more, this DOUBLE ELIMINATION could take place at any time tonight!
Also tonight, “The Switch-Up” began. America, for the first time ever, through your votes, you can change which pro dance partner the celebrities are dancing with. This could drastically affect the outcome of the entire season for the worse for some of the celebrities, or it could even possibly help out the chance of a particular celebrity who is not doing very well with his/her current dance partner.
On Dancing With the Stars, Drew Carey and his pro dance partner, Cheryl Burke, danced the Jive to open up the evening. The song they performed to was “You Can’t Sit Down” by The Dovells. They gave a really good performance, IMHO, but the judges didn’t give them very high scores.
Len: “There was a lot of Jive content. It was fun to watch.”
Bruno called Drew “the consummate stage animal,” and added “that was a good jive, a few mistakes but good job.”
Carrie Ann said that Drew “did excellent,” but then said that they would be “surprised at your scores.”
I’m sure she meant not in a good way, as the judges gave Drew and Cheryl scores of straight 7s, for a total of 21/30. But, at least that makes them Safe, for this week, anyway.
The second couple up on the dance floor were Danica McKellar and professional dancer Valentin Chmerkovskiy. They performed a Samba to the song “All Nite (Don’t Stop)” by Janet Jackson. Danica and Val did an excellent job, and the judges awarded them with a fairly respectable score.
Bruno compared Danica to a “Gorgeous jangle,” whatever that is, and said that she danced well, but that she made some mistakes “on the transitions.”
Carrie Ann called Danica “sexy,” but added that Bruno was right, saying “you do get lost a bit.”
Len told Danica that she needed “to straighten your legs a bit,” but then said “you keep doing what you’re doing. ” Hmm….which is it, Len?
The three judges gave Danica and Val straight 8s, for a total of 24/30 points. They are also Safe this week.
The third pair of the night on Dancing With the Stars was Billy Dee Williams and professional dancer Emma Slater. They danced a Tango to the “Peter Gunn Theme,” by Henry Mancini.
Billy Dee Williams and Emma did lousy last week — well, Billy Dee did, anyway. The couple only got a score of 15/30 then. They didn’t do much, if any, better this week.
Carrie Ann told Billy Dee Williams that she knew he had “hip problems,” and added that there were many men his age who were probably “jealous” of him. She also said “you handled the choreography well” and “you did not miss a step.”
Len: “Keep having fun and come back next week.”
Bruno told him “You went to the stylized minimum approach. ” I’m not sure what he means by that, but, oh, well….
The three judges gave them the same exact score as last week, straight 5s, for a total of just 15/30 or 30/60. though that was the lowest score in both episodes, believe it or not, Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater were not the ones eliminated tonight. They were, surprisingly, declared Safe.
The fourth couple of the evening on Dancing With the Stars, dancing a Swing dance to the song “Big and Bad” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, was Meryl Davis and professional dancer Maksim Chmerkovskiy (Maks).
They were like a “palate cleanser” after watching Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater perform.
Len: “That was great music, it was great dancing.”
Bruno called it a “swinging, acrobatic dance,” and said “You made a couple of mistakes, but that was because it was difficult.”
Carrie Ann said that she appreciated Meryl’s “athleticism” and added “You are a star in these athletic programs.”
Carrie Ann and Bruno gave Meryl and Maks 8s, while Len gave them a big 9, for a total score of 25/30 points. They were declared Safe from being eliminated.
Diana Nyad and her pro dancing partner Henry Byalikov were the first couple eliminated from Dancing With the Stars. They did not earn any score tonight.
Candace Cameron Bure and professional dancer Mark Ballas danced a Rumba next on Dancing With the Stars to the song “Say Something” by A Great Big World (featuring Christina Aguilera). I thought that they did a pretty decent job, but their scores weren’t very high.
Carrie Ann complained that she “felt it was a little too contemporary. ” However, she tempered this somewhat by adding: “ You are a beautiful dancer, I love watching you.”
Len gave them a sort of back-handed compliment when he said: “For someone with no dance background you did well.”
Bruno gave Candace and Mark about he same sort of response, saying they’re done a “great job,” but also said that “ I am sure when you are back next week you will correct the small faults. “
The three judges awarded them with scores of straight 7s for a total of 21/30 points. Candace and Mark were also declared Safe this week.
Next, dancing a Swing dance to “Swing Set” by Ani DiFranco, was Amy Purdy and Derek Hough. They were very impressive, IMHO, and the judges gave them a decent score, like last week.
Len told Amy and Derek that they “used every nuance in that music” and added “You are amazing, well done.”
Bruno agreed, saying he liked the performance, but he gave them the criticism that “The only thing you missed was the arm change.”
Carrie Ann said that their movements were “completely synchronized.” and said that it was “mind-boggling.”
Amy and Derek got scores of straight 8s from the three judges, for a total of 24/30 points. They were also Safe this week from being eliminated.
Then, the next couple was James Maslow and professional dancer Peta Murgatroyd. They danced the Salsa to “Follow the Leader” by Wisin & Yandel (featuring Jennifer Lopez).
Bruno said he wanted to see “more of that,” and said that James had “come out of his shell.” he complimented Maslow’s abs.
Carrie Ann was also impressed by the skill of the dancing and how sexy it looked to her. She said: “To me there is a sexy hall of fame of all the former dancers, with that dance you just joined that hall of fame.”
Len said that they certainly didn’t “hold back.” But, he added that “it is like driving the car, ease off the gas and you can get more.”
Len and Bruno gave them scores of 8s, and Carrie Ann gave them a 9, for a total of 25 big points — they were also Safe this week.
Then, Olympic ice dancer Charlie White and professional dancer Sharna Burgess danced the Tango to the Avicii song “Addicted to You.” They gave one of the strongest performances of the night on Dancing With the Stars, and dazzled the audience.
Carrie Ann told Charlie White: “You looked like Mikhail Baryshnikov out there.”
Len was not as impressed, saying to Charlie that he “broke the rules.” He continued, saying “You broke the rules, you left me no where else to go.” He must not be going to give them a high score.
Bruno said to Charlie “don’t worry,” and added “what I saw coming out of you was the predatory killer instinct.”
Carrie Ann and Bruno gave the pair high scores of 9s, while Len just gave them a 7, for a total of 25 points out of 30. This score was more than enough to ensure that they were Safe this week, leaving three couples to go.
NeNe and her pro dance partner, Tony Dovolani, were the next to perform on the dance floor of Dancing With the Stars. They danced the Jive to the song “Do My Thing” by Estelle. They also danced very well, but the judges awarded them lackluster scores.
Len told NeNe she had a “little mistake” on the stage. He added, though, that it was “a cute routine.”
Bruno slammed them, saying that “You went wrong, a jive has to be much sharper.”
Carrie Ann called the pair “fun to watch.”
Sean Avery and his pro dance partner, Karina Smirnoff, danced the Salsa to “Dance Bailalo” by Kat DeLuna. They did a pretty good job, I thought, though I know very little about ballroom dancing.
Bruno said that Sean was “light on his feet,” though there were “a few timing issues.”
Carrie Ann told the pair that they were “very authentic when you dance.”
Len told them that the “secret” to winning on Dancing With the Stars was to get higher scores every week — duh! Really, Len? Really?
The judges gave them scores of straight 7s for a total of 21 — but, guess what? That was not enough to save them; they were eliminated!
The last couple of the night on Dancing With the Stars to perform was Cody Simpson and professional dancer Witney Carson. They danced the Tango to “Yeah 3x” by Chris Brown. SAFE
Carrie Ann said that, while she liked it, she would like to see Cody dancing “with someone taller.”
Len: “Anyone who can fit a moonwalk into a tango, well done!”
Bruno told them that they were “hypnotic,” and added that he “loved the moon walk.”
Carrie Ann and Len gave them scores of 7s, and Bruno gave the pair an 8, for a total of 22/30 points. They were declared Safe.
That was the end of tonight’s Dancing With the Stars. What did you think of the Double Elimination, and the fact that Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater were not one of the two couple eliminated? What do you think about “The Switch-Up,” and who do you think would be hurt the most, or benefit the most by this potential game-changer?
Personally, I liked tonight’s episode of Dancing With the Stars, but I think that the Double Elimination took out at least one of the couples it shouldn’t have taken out, and that Billy Dee Williams and Emma Slater should have been one of the couples leaving tonight.
While I know that the voting of fans greatly influences the outcome of who is eliminated on Dancing With the Stars each week, it makes me think why have the judges give their scores at all, if they might not count for very much? What do you think, America? Please leave your comments below!
Written by: Douglas Cobb