‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: No One Is Eliminated; Elizabeth Berkley Gets First Perfect Score
Dancing With The Stars returned on Monday absent last week’s best performers – Christina Milian and Mark Ballas – who were eliminated by the voters. The top eight couples not only had to dance their planned routine of the week, but also had to participate in the Switch-Up Challenge, where the couples had to improvise a dance to a randomly selected song.
After an ensemble number choreographed by Benji and Lacey Schwimmer, Bill Engvall and Emma Slater took on a Tango, awkwardly choreographed to Jimmy Buffett’s “Cheeseburger in Paradise.” Due in part to the song choice, the timing of the dance was often off, but the judges felt Bill’s commitment still made it enjoyable to watch and gave them 23 points.
Dancing the Cha-Cha-Cha were Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy. Casting aside the gimmicks of last week’s “I’m So Excited" routine, Chmerkovskiy choreographed a technical Cha-Cha that showed Berkley has some commendable skills on the dance floor. The judges scored the duo straight 10s, making Elizabeth and Val the recipients of the first perfect score of DWTS season 17.
Next up were Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani with a Quickstep. Coming off a rough week last week where she received the lowest scores and seemed likely to go home, Leah decided to have some fun this time around. Her relaxed and poised demeanor saw her soar through the ballroom dance and earn 9s from the judges for a total of 27 points.
Brant Daugherty and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd danced a tango, one far more intense than Bill and Emma’s. Brant, who was surprised that Christina went home last week, was nearly flawless in the sexy Latin dance, earing 28 points from the judges after getting a 10 from Len Goodman.
While Len is a fan of Brant’s, the same cannot be said for how he feels about Derek Hough. Derek choreographed Glee actress Amber Riley in a technically difficult and passionate Samba that saw the pair tear up the dance floor. While Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli felt the dance deserved a score of 10, Len gave Derek and Amber only an 8, citing repetitive movements.
Out of his element slightly, Jack Osbourne took on a Paso Doble with Cheryl Burke. While Jack had trouble mustering up the intensity of a matador, he still managed to pull of the Latin dance reasonably well. He received 25 points.
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff performed a Game of Thrones themed Viennese Waltz, where the former Disney star got to channel his inner Khal Drogo and Karina his Khaleesi. There was a lot of drama in the dance, including Khal Drogo’s death at the end, but it was lacking in Waltz technique. Corbin ultimately received his worst score of the competition – just 23 points.
Mika and Ariana Grande sang a Wicked-inspired number called “Popular Song” about being outcasts before the celebrities began the Switch-Up Challenge. In the first round, Jack, Corbin, Bill and Snooki competed and switched it up between “How in Here” and “Let’s Get it On.” Corbin came in first, followed by Snooki, Jack and Bill. In the other round, switching up between “Sexy and I Know It,” classical musical and two other sound clips, Amber was deemed the winner, followed by Brant, Elizabeth and Leah. The winners got four points each, the runner-ups three and so on.
At elimination time it was revealed that a voting glitch last week made it impossible for the show to determine who received the least amount of votes. Everyone will return to dance next week, where it’s more than possible two celebs will be sent home.
Dancing With the Stars airs Mondays on ABC at 8/7c.
– Chelsea Regan
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