‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Brant Daugherty Eliminated, Cher Performs & Judges
Dancing With the Stars returned on Monday with Cher taking head judge Len Goodman’s place on the judge’s table, sandwiched between Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. The contestants, fittingly, danced their routines to Cher’s greatest hits.
Jack Osbourne finally seems to have embraced the Latin dances with his surefooted and passionate tango with Cheryl Burke to “The Beat Goes On.” Cher loved the performance by Ozzy Osbourne’s son, telling him, “You’re a tango-dancing pimp!” He received straight 9s for the dance, plus three more for his disco dance off versus Bill Engvall and Emma Slater.
Balancing producing a documentary and honing his dance skills this week, Corbin Bleu took on an Argentine Tango to “Welcome to Burlesque.” It was far from the High School Musical star’s best performance, and the judges called him out on his sloppy footwork. Despite the less than stellar routine, he received 27 points from the judges. He received three points for winning his dance off as well.
Next up was Amber Riley, who had to take a break from rehearsals to pay a visit to the hospital for her knees this week. Not surprisingly, the multitalented Amber rose to the occasion for her Rumba with the shirtless Derek Hough. For the routine, set to “Turn Back Time,” Amber received the only 10 of the night – from Bruno – and two 9s for a score of 28. She received 1 extra dance off point.
Leah Remini, dancing again in front of her BFF Jennifer Lopez, danced a Viennese Waltz with pro Tony Dovolani. The routine began with a skit reminiscent of Sonny and Cher’s first meeting in a coffee shop before Tony twirled Leah along the dance floor. The judges scored her 25 points, plus 3 for her dance off battle.
With Pretty Little Liars costars Ashley Benson and Lucy Hale cheering him on from the audience, Brant Daugherty took on a technically clean Foxtrot with Peta Murgatroyd to “The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss.)" Daugherty received a set of 9s from the judges’ table.
Coming off some impressive scores was Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy. As the rehearsals foretold, the jazz routine was definitely out of Elizabeth’s comfort zone. Set to “Bang Bang,” the judges felt like the dance was lacking fluidity and that Elizabeth over-acted a bit too much. She received 25 points.
Finally it was Bill Engvall and Emma Slater’s turn to show Cher what they’ve got, dancing a Disco routine to “Strong Enough.” Yet again Emma played up Bill’s personality, which serves to mask the fact that he technically struggles with the dances. They were scored the night’s low of 24 points.
On the night that included two performances by share – “I Hope You Find It” and “Believe” – it was the end of the line for one dancing celebrity. Despite consistently landed near the top of the leaderboard, Brant was eliminated.
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays on ABC at 8/7c.
– Chelsea Regan
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