‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Elizabeth Berkley Gets Eliminated, Corbin Bleu Takes The Top Of The Leader Board
Dancing With the Stars, down to its Top 6 couples, required each pair to perform two dances – the last of which added a second professional dancer into the mix.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough were the first to hit the dance floor. They took on a Quickstep that despite Derek’s best efforts showed Amber’s ongoing struggle with her knee pain. With the finals just two weeks away, the judges didn’t pull any punches. Amber and Derek were given straight 8s by the trio for 24 points. For their next dance, which included Mark Ballas, they danced a Salsa for 27 points.
Dancing the Tango were Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani. Leah has made noticeable improvements week after week and Monday was no exception. Although the dance could have had a little more snap, the judges appreciated it enough to give her 27 points. Leah and Tony, with Henry Byalikov, later took on a Jive inspired by the judges for another 27 points.
For the second time this season, Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff had to perform a Waltz. While last time they went with a Game of Thrones gimmick, this time they were all about tradition. They received two 9s and a 10 from Bruno Tonioli. They later received three 10s for their Jazz routine with Witney Carson.
Also dancing a Waltz were Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke. Jack, another contestant to make definite improvements week after week, may have delivered his best dance on Monday. Both Carrie Ann Inaba and Len Goodman gave him 10s, while Bruno elicited the displeasure of the audience by giving him a 9. Jack faired less well in his Samba with Cheryl and Sharna Burgess, receiving just 25 points for the jungle-themed dance.
Once again Emma Slater made her celeb partner Bill Engvall's routine more about his personality than his dancing skills. In their comedy sketch-inspired Charleston, they amused but didn't satisfy the judges. They received straight 7s for 21 points. For their threesome Salsa with Peta Murgatroyd, Emma choreographed a Willy Wonka-esque routine and they received 21 again.
Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy were assigned a Viennese Waltz for the night, which Val gave a contemporary spin. The break from tradition, as would be expected, didn’t go over well with Len, who have them an 8. They ended up with 26. With Gleb Savchenko in the mix for the Salsa, the trio put on a sultry routine that proved Elizabeth is one of the best out there. The judges gave them the second perfect score of the night.
Unfortunately for Elizabeth and Val, who placed second on the Leaderboard this week, votes from last week indicated that they’re the latest pair to be eliminated.
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays on 8/7c.
– Chelsea Regan
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