On Dancing With the Stars on ABC tonight, the theme is Most Memorable Year. The dance routines this episode will include Quickstep, Samba, Contemporary, Jive, Jazz and Rumba. Bethany and Derek Hough and Janel and Val were the two highest-scoring couples from last week’s episode. Besides judges Bruno Tonioli, Carrie Ann Inaba, and Julianne Hough, America will get their votes counted and collectively act as the fourth judge while Len Goodman is absent from the show.
There were just 10 celebrities left in this season of Dancing With the Stars at the beginning of this episode. By the time it was over, yet another celebrity was eliminated. Last Monday, Randy Couture was the celebrity with the lowest overall point total and he and his professional dance partner, Karina Smirnoff, were eliminated.
Like usual, Dancing With the Stars began with a big choreographed dance number including the celebs and their dance partners. It was entertaining and was a fantastic way to start off the episode. The consensus among fans seems to be that, of the celebrities remaining, either Betsey Johnson or race car driver Michael Waltrip are the most likely ones to be going home tonight. They have both had their moments and have entertained America, but someone has to be cut tonight, and these two head up the likely possibilities.
On Dancing With the Stars tonight, Janel Parrish and Val Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced a Rumba to the Sam Smith song, How Will I Know. They did an amazing job, getting straight 9s from the three judges and from the viewers of America, for an overall total score of 36/40 points. That score ensured that they were safe tonight.
Jonathan Bennett and his pro dance partner, Allison Holker, performed a cool Samba to Milkshake by Kelis. The judges were not that impressed with their performance, though, and they got straight 6s, for an overall total of 28/40 points. That score placed them in danger of going home tonight.
Then, the third couple of the night on Dancing With the Stars, Betsey Johnson and her professional dance partner, Tony Dovolani, danced a Jive dance to the Captain & Tennille song, Love Will Keep Us Together. They actually did a terrific job, possibly the best performance that they have done so far this season — but, the fans of fans are also included, so even though the judges gave them three 7s and one 8 for a total of 29/40 points, anything can happen.
The fourth couple on Dancing With the Stars was Bethany Mota and Derek Hough. They gave an incredible performance tonight, dancing a Rumba to Try by Colbie Caillat. Their scores from the judges and viewers of America were three 8s and one 9, giving them a total of 33/40 points. This score combined with the votes of their fans across America made them safe for tonight.
Next, dancing fifth on Dancing With the Stars, was race car driver Michael Waltrip and his dance partner, Emma Slater. They danced the Quickstep to Delbert McClinton’s hit Givin’ It Up for Your Love. They did a pretty good job, but only managed to earn scores of three 6s and one 7, for a total of 25/40 points. This score placed them in danger of being the ones sent home tonight.
Couple number six on Dancing With the Stars was Lea Thompson and her professional dance partner, Artem Chigvintsev, new to the series this season. The dance they performed was a Contemporary one, to the Luther Vandross song Dance with My Father. They KICKED BUTT and gave perhaps the best performance of the show so far tonight! They received scores of three 10s and one 9, for the highest point total of the night, 39/40 total points. Needless to say, this score was more than good enough for them to move on to next Monday’s episode.
The seventh couple on the dance floor was Antonio Sabàto, Jr. and his pro dance partner, Cheryl Burke. They danced a wonderful Samba to the Janet Jackson song, Love Will Never Do (Without You). They earned scores of three 7s and one 8, for an overall total of 29/40 points. They were safe from being eliminated, as well.
Dancing eighth on Dancing With the Stars was comedian Tommy Chong and his dance partner, Peta Murgatroyd. Chong has proven to be a better dancer than many people thought he might be at the beginning of the season, and he might even go the distance and claim the Mirror Ball Trophy with Peta, though he is a long shot to do it. They performed a Jive dance to Elvis Presely’s hit, Jailhouse Rock. They did a pretty decent dance, and got scores of straight 7s from the judges and viewers of America for an overall total of 28/40 points. Tommy and Peta were safe for tonight with that score.
The ninth couple on Dancing With the Stars was Sadie Robertson of Duck Dynasty and her dance partner, Mark Ballas. They have gotten consistently good scores so far this season. Tonight, they danced a romantic and hot Samba to Hunter by Pharrell Williams. Their performance was easily one of the best of the evening. They received three 9s and one 10, making for a total of 37/40 points.
Finally, the tenth celebrity on Dancing With the Stars was Alfonso “Carlton” Ribeiro. He and his dance partner, Witney Carson, were…well…perfect tonight. They danced a Jazz dance to the Tom Jones standard It’s Not Unusual. They totally NAILED their performance, and really got the audience into it, as well. They earned scores of straight 10s, giving them the highest point total of the night with 40/40 points!
At the end of the evening on Dancing With the Stars, the last couple to be called safe was Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater. Though they received 29/40 points, that score was not enough to save Betsey Johnson and her pro dance partner, Tony Dovolani. Betsey became the fourth celebrity of the season to be eliminated.
What an exciting episode of Dancing With the Stars! With Betsey and Tony giving such a great performance tonight, comparatively speaking, it is especially a shame to see her leaving the show. Now, only nine celebs remain. If Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater do not improve next week, they might be the next ones to get sent home. Be sure to tune in next week to find out who stays and who goes!
Written By Douglas Cobb