‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Keyshawn Johnson Gets Booted, Corbin Bleu Earns Highest Score
On Dancing with the Stars last night, Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff bested the rest of the duos with their energetic Jive. Bleu pitched the idea of making the dance theme a reference to Disney’s High School Musical, in which the 24-year-old actor made a name for himself along with Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. Garbed as cheerleaders, Bleu and Smirnoff earned 26 points from Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli.
Elizabeth Berkley exuded far more confidence and flare this week in her Samba with Val Chmerkovskiy. Impressing the judges with her dance floor transformation, she was awarded a score of 25 for a combined total of 49. Christina Miliian also stepped it up a notch, earning 25 points with Mark Ballas for their Paso Doble to the tune of Lady Gaga’s “Applause.”
Dancing the Rumba were Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke as Sharon, Ozzy and Kelly Osbourne all looked on from the audience. Though he admitted the sexy dance made him feel like he was “making a porno,” the judges found it tastefully sultry and gave them 24 points. Also in the 24-piont club was Leah Remini, who danced a smooth Samba with Tony Dovolani – after making a dig at her former church, the Church of Scientology.
Knocked down a few pegs from last week was Amber Riley, who put on an entertaining Jive performance with Derek Hough that the judges found lacking in technique at times. Despite finding the routine enjoyable, they gave the pair a 24 – leaving them with a combined score of 51.
Pretty Little Liars actor Brant Daugherty and his partner Peta Murgatroyd proved they had their dancing chemistry covered with their Rumba, which saw them awarded 23 points. Bill Engvall and Emma Slater danced the Jive, and while the judges appreciated the personality Engvall brought to the routine, they scored the pair just 21 points. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi was visibly irritated with the judges after they gave her only 20 points for her Rumba with Sasha Farber.
The bottom three in points were Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus with 19 for their Paso Doble, Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess with 18 for their Samba and Bill Nye and Tyne Stecklein with 17 for their Paso Doble. Despite their low scores from the judges, Harper and Nye avoid the bottom two; it came down to Johnson and Engvall. The former NFL wide receiver ultimately became the first celebrity eliminated from Dancing With the Stars’ 17th season.
– Chelsea Regan
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