Dancing With the Stars: a ballroom Game of Thrones; who went home?

No after prom for one couple on DWTS. For the remaining ten couples, they can look forward to one of the show’s favorite theme nights. Photo: Dancing With The Stars, Week 3 Cast / ABC Adam Taylor

SAN DIEGO, April 2, 2013 – Forget the false dramatic tension over which couple would be eliminated tonight on  “Dancing With The Stars.” All America knew there were only a few in real contention for ending their run on the show tonight.

Sure, there was the vote for DWTS Prom King and Prom Queen, which added two points to the scores of those chosen. But it mattered not, as two of the three highest scoring competitors took the titles. Announced at the start of the show, the Prom King is Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones, and the Prom Queen is Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman. The pair were seated in two thrones on stage to watch the profesional dance troupe accompanied by Huey Lewis and the News.

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Zendaya and Jacoby were also announced as safe and returning next week. 

So what would producers do with the remaining 50 minutes of the hour? Fans were treated to a bonus during the encore dance. the fun Cha Cha Cha by Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd to “YMCA.” Special guest backup dancer Bruno Tonioli got out from behind the judges’ desk to put his outsized, outrageous personality on full display. Tonioli went for the leather look with a studded jacket sans shirt. Fans may not know that Tonioli was a dancer in his younger years in numerous shows and music videos.

DL Hughley tweeted his gratitude to the fans who saved him from elimination during Dancing With The Stars. Photo: Twitter screen capture.

Comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke were at the bottom of the judges’ scoreboard last week, but were saved. Would they get a second bailout by the fans thanks to DL’s relentless campaigning for votes? Yes! DL and Cheryl were told they were safe and not going home. This proves the importance of fan votes can’t be overestimated. DL tweeted his thanks to the fans a few minutes later.

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Of the remaining couples clustered at the bottom of the leaderboard, Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko and Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess were the first named at risk of going home; and finally, the last couple to learn their fate, Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovoloni were also in jeopardy. 

With fan votes counting for 50 percent of the score, it was all coming down to those fan votes since none got the two point bonus.

Giggy the Pom, your mom Lisa Vanderpump will be returning to the ballroom next week. We assume you will be back too along with your dad, Ken. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor.

Giggy the Pom will be coming back, as Lisa and Gleb were saved first. So would it be Andy or Wynonna? In this case, the lowest scoring couple was eliminated, no controversy: Wynonna and Tony. Wynonna made a gracious exit, saying, “I faced one of my biggest fears and I have made a life time friend out of Tony, he’s a champion. I’m a singer not a dancer, I did the best I could.”

Next week ten couples will be back, dancing to a theme used in previous seasons, “The Best Year of My Life.”

“Dancing With the Stars” returns with Week 4 of Season 16 on Monday night, April 8, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, on the ABC Television Network.


Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +


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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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