Dancing with the Stars And the First to Go is….September 23 (Review)

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Dancing with the Stars will have its first elimination tonight. Though Bill Nye and his dance partner,  Tyne Stecklein,  had the lowest scores last week, they got a lot of support from the voters of America, who obviously consider Bill Nye to be a fan favorite, despite his rather…unorthodox dancing style. But, if not Nye and Stecklein, then the question remains: “Who will be the first pair to go?” Tonight, we find out!

The theme for the night is Latin-inspired music and dancing. The opening number was an awesome show-stopper. Sharna Burgess and Henry Byalikov did the choreography for it.

The competitors must either perform a Jive, Rumba, Paso, or Samba-style dance. At the end of the episode, we will learn who the first couple voted off are going to be. The couple voted off will be determined by the scores of the judges from the first two weeks, as well as America’s votes from last week.

The first celebrity and dancing partner to compete tonight are Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val (Valentin Chmerkovsky). They danced the Paso Doble, and gave a great performance.

Len: “I’m telling you that was close; Paso Doble is tough.”

Bruno: “I think I’m coming down with scarlet fever — for week two, that’s incredible.”

Carrie Ann: “You were in your element; I loved it!”

Their scores were an 8 from Carrie Ann, Len gave them a 9, and Bruno gave the couple an 8. This week, they earned 25 points. Combined with last week’s 24 points, their overall score is 49/60 possible points.

The next couple up, also dancing the Paso Doble, are Christina Milian and Mark Ballas. They danced it to the Lady Gaga song, “Applause.”

Bruno said of the performance: “You are an intriguing monster you.”

Carrie Ann told them:  “That was insane, like night and day from last week, you nailed every line, killed it.”

Len agreed with the other two judges, saying about the performance that: “It was lovely, with a contemporary twist.”

Carrie Ann’s score was a 9, while Len gave them a 8, and Bruno, a solid 8, to equal 25. That, added to their score last week of 22, gives them an overall score of 47/60.

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Bill Engvall and Emma Slater performed a Jive dance to “Crocodile Rock” by Elton John. It was a rockin’ number, and they did a pretty good job. Bruno said that “it was incredible, it was so enjoyable.”

Len gave them a sort of backhanded compliment, saying “I like that there were a lot of basic steps.”

Carrie Ann said that “it was jam packed with depth, fantastic fun!”

Carrie Ann gave them a 7, Len a 7, and Bruno gave them another 7, for a score of 21. That, and last week’s score of 18, gave them an overall score of 39/60, the lowest of the night so far. Will they be the pair to go first, or will some other couple get an even lower overall score?

Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke were the next couple, and they danced the Rumba. The song they danced to was “Mad World.” It was a very romantically performed dance, and Jack was really good, as he was last week.

Bruno told them that “I can’t believe how romantic you were; what you have done in two weeks is just incredible!”

Len said that “I liked your style; your hands were a bit bizarre, but I liked it!”

Carrie Ann said that when she watches them dance, she’s “carried away to another time.”

She gave Jack and Cheryl an 8; Len gave them another 8; and, Bruno also gave them an 8, for a score of 24. That and last week’s score of 23 makes their overall total 47/60.

Elizabeth and Val are still the leaders, with a total of 49/60.

Up next are Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess, dancing the Samba to the song “Get Up Offa That Thing.” They danced perhaps better than last week, but the judges still weren’t impressed.

Bruno said of the performance: “You went for it all the way, some of the things you did I don’t think are legal.” He added that they looked “overwhelmed,” and that “You need to learn how to count the music.”

Carrie Ann said: “You are still rough around the edges.”

Len told them that they were “better than last week.”

Keyshawn and Sharna earned straight 6’s from the judges, for a score of just 18. Combined with last week’s score of 17, they only have an overall total of 35/60.  putting them in last place so far.

Next were the couple who danced last the first week, Snooki and Sasha Farber. They danced the Rumba to “Just Give Me a Reason.” They did fairly well, but not as good as they did the first week.

Carrie Ann told them that “I wanted more dimension and there should have been more lifts.”

Len said that he thought it was “a little sharp and placed. It should have flowed more, but it was pretty and nice”.

Bruno seemed a bit disappointed, and said that “the Rumba is dance that never stops and you can do better.”

Carrie Ann gave them a 6, Len gave them a score of 7, and Bruno gave them another 7, to equal 20.  Added to last week’s score of 23, they have an overall total of 43/60.

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Leah Remini and Tony Dovolin followed, dancing the Samba to “Un Doz Tres Maria.” This was another pretty good performance from the pair, somewhat improved over last week’s.

Len said that “That was terrific,” and added “you were working your hip and full on content, that was great.”

Bruno agreed, saying that “Who is this saucy Latina?” and “you were splendid and have to believe in yourself.”

Carrie Ann said that Leah had “unleashed your Samba goddess.”

Carrie Ann scored them with a 8, Len gave them a 8, and Bruno made it three 8s, for a score of 24. That, combined with the first week’s score of 21, gives them an overall total of 45/60.

Bill Nye  the Science Guy and Tyne Stecklein danced the Paso Doble to Beethoven, of all songs. They did much better, according to the judges, than the first week, though their score was still kind of low.

Bruno declared that they “definitely stepped up,” and that “there was actually some Paso Doble there.”

Carrie Ann said pretty much the same thing, but criticized Nye’s footwork, telling him “your feet are going the wrong way, you need to work on that.”

Len said that he thought he’d been “too harsh” in his assessment of how they’d done last week.  He add that “some parts were missing in your dance, but I love the fun you brought to it.”

Carrie Ann scored their performance with just a 6, Len gave them a 5, and Bruno gave them a 6, to make 17. Last week’s score was just a 14, so together, they have an overall total of 31/60.  They have the lowest scores so far, but America’s votes might have saved them for maybe one more week.

Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff danced the Jive to “Take Me Home” by One Direction. They are great dancers, and gave a fantastic performance. Carrie Ann said that “Every movement was spot-on and really exciting.”

Len told them that they were “a little sharp with your footwork, but it was fabulous.”

Bruno really enjoyed it, saying that their performance was “dazzling” and that “you managed to rock it and anticipate it.”

Carrie Ann gave them a whopping 9, Len a respectable 8, and Bruno  gave them another 9 for a score of 26.  26 and the first week’s score of 24  gives the couple the lead with 50/60 total points.

Next to dance is another fan favorite, Valerie Harper, and her dnace partner, Tristan McManus. They danced the Paso Doble to “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood.”

I thought that they performed the dance well, but the judges thought it wasn’t quite as good of a performance as that of the first week. For instance, while Len said he loved how “you started the dance,” he then said he felt that  “you were not comfortable.”

Bruno said that they had “a few mistakes in the footwork, but there was so much content and you didn’t take the easy way and I loved it.”

Carrie Ann said of Valerie that she is “in awe of your courage,” because of Valerie’s battle with brain cancer, but that “you looked lost in a third of the way into the routine. ” Valerie and Tristan got 6 apiece from Carrie Ann and Len, while Bruno gave them a 7, to make 19.  that, and last week’s 21, makes an overall total of 40/60.

Brant  Dougherty and Peta Murgatroyd danced the Rumba to “Underneath Your Clothes,” by Shakira.  They did really well — I enjoyed the performance.

Bruno told them that it was “done incredibly well, but you still need to work on caressing your feet on the floor.”

Carrie Ann said “you can move, you wowed us.”

Len added “you are a terrific looking couple, but your feet are pigeon toed.”

Carrie Ann and Bruno gave them 8s, while Len just gave them a 7, for a score of 23. Combined with last week’s score of 22, they have an overall total of 45/60.

Amber Riley of Glee and Derek Hough are the last couple of the night to perform. They danced a Jive dance to “She’s So Fine.” It would be almost impossible to beat their score from last week — but, will they?

Carrie Ann told them that “you had a little problem tonight.”

Bruno said that “your footwork was a little flat.” 822x (50)

Len said “Watch your footwork but you were terrific.”

They received straight 8s from the judges, for a score of 24. The 24 plus the 27 from the first week equals an overall score of 51/60. They are still the leaders!

So, with everyone having danced, who will stay and which couple will be the very first one to go?

Corbin and Karina are the first couple that is announced as being safe. We then learn that Christina and Mark, Bill Nye and Tyne, Brant and Peta, Leah and Tony,  Jack and Cheryl,  Valerie and Tristan, Amber and Derek,  and Snooki and Sasha, are all safe.

With just three couples left, one will be the first to go home. Elizabeth and Val is the next couple who is safe.  Either Bill Engvall and Emma Slater will be going home, or Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna.

The first couple to go, to be eliminated from Dancing with the Stars, is Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna.


Written by: Douglas Cobb

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