SAN DIEGO, March 26, 2013 – For the stars who muster the courage to get out on the ballroom floor in front of millions of people on “Dancing With The Stars,” there is still no getting past the cold reality that someone will go home without getting another chance to wear any more spandex or sequins or shake their moneymaker for America, having received the lowest combination of judges’ scores and fan votes.
With one contestent far behind in last place, it seemed like an obvious choice unless fans voted in large numbers to save comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke.
After an opening performance by the pros and troupe which shows what quality ballroom dancing is supposed to look like, we learned several of the couples in the middle of the pack were safe: Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson, Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd… and then somewhat surprisingly, Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovoloni were saved by fan votes to dance again in Week 3.
But boxer Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold were the first named as being “in jeopardy” (cue the ominous stinger music).
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy performed the first encore of Season 16 based on the new Twitter hashtag voting system, and it was a fun number to see again.
The next group of couples safe: Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, and in the shock of the show, D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke are safe! Fan votes can really make a difference, and Hughley worked his network on Twitter to perfection. Instead, one of the remaining likely candidates for elimination is in danger, Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko. Vanderpump’s offer to sleep her way to the top with Len Goodman was declined.
DWTS goes through the motions putting the no-brainer choices through: Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy, Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, and Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff.
Professionals Dmitry Chapin and Chelsie Hightower perform to Josh Groban, enjoyable enough for a time killer to create a little suspense and fill the hour.
Then we learn which of the remaining couples are at risk for leaving: and it’s Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess, with Dorothy Hamill and Tristan McManus being saved by fan votes and moving on to week 3. But not to worry, Andy and Sharna are the first couple to be saved among the bottom three.
It’s between Victor Ortiz and Lisa Vanderpump facing elimination… until Dorothy Hamill and Tristan McManus emerge from offstage. Hamill announces that due to her injuries, her spine specialist has advised her against continuing on the show. She is withdrawing.
Whoever was going home gets a reprieve, and with Hamill’s depature, no one is leaving the show involuntarily having been voted off.
The three couples facing elimination aren’t necessarily the three who receive the lowest combination of judges’ scores and fan votes. But the show producers will often place a couple in the bottom who they feel needs more fan votes, to motivate the couple and their fans to work a little harder.
The show is careful to announce te couples facing elimination do not necessarily have the lowest scores of all the couples. Only the couple leaving is at the very bottom, which would be either Victor Ortiz or Lisa Vanderpump. It’s likely D.L. Hughley was in the bottom three as well due to his horribly low judges’ scores. Some couples are put in jeopardy deliberately and then saved in order to scare their fans and make sure they vote in the following weeks to save their favorites.
Next week is Prom Night, which sounds like a group train wreck in the making, save perhaps for Zendaya Coleman who is actually young enough to still be looking forward to going to the prom.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns with Week 3 of Season 16 on Monday night, April 1, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, on the ABC Television Network.
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