SAN DIEGO, November 11, 2013 – Monday night’s quarterfinals on “Dancing With The Stars” featured two dances for DWTS fans to enjoy. They might not have enjoyed the results so much.
The first round featured individual dance routines in a style the competitor hadn’t performed previously. Then came the round everyone was eager to see, the Trio routines. All of the couples performed another new style, uptempo and all but one a Latin ballroom dance. They were more successful than the individual routines.
Longtime fans sharing comments on Twitter and fan blogs felt dismayed and more than a little puzzled by the odd scoring by judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli, and Carrie Ann Inaba.
If you’d like to skip the recap and find out quickly who went home, this is your cue to scroll to the end. Don’t spit anything onto the screen.
Three of the individual routines were waltzes. The most successful was a stylish Viennese Waltz by Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, nearly perfect with 29 points and at the top of the leaderboard for the first time this season after round one. Corbin Blue and Karina Smirnoff were just one point behind. Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy’s Viennese Waltz was less successful with 26 points. Judge Len Goodman wasn’t a fan of the nontraditional choreography, yet he called Elizabeth “his favorite dancer.”
Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni received 27 points for their Argentine Tango, which seemed too slow and lacked strength and stretch to this reviewer. The dance was Amber Riley and Derek Hough took some serious criticism from the judges for their Quickstep and received 24 points. The only reason they weren’t at the bottom of the leaderboard was a painful Charleston by Bill Engvall and Emma Slater for 21 points. Not quarterfinals worthy.
Corbin Bleu channelled Bob Fosse in his Jazz Trio with Karina Smirnoff and Witney Carson. Carrie Ann Inaba jumped out of her seat with excitement, calling it the best dance she’s seen in 17 seasons of DWTS. Watch our video of the routine at the top then tell us if you agree in the Comments section. It recevied a perfect score of 30 points, giving Corbin and Karina the lead of the night.
The other perfect 30 went to Elizabeth and Val with Gleb Savchenko for a sensational Salsa full of energy and style. Amber Riley and Derek Hough added Mark Ballas for their Salsa, and received 27 points. Jack and Cheryl danced a Jungle Book themed Samba with Sharna Burgess, and while it was clever and Jack gave it his all, they received 25 points.
Tony Dovoloni hoped Henry Byalikov would be a good luck charm for Leah Remini. Their Jive received 27 points for a witty routine danced to “We’re Not Going to Take It” as they played the three judges. It was a great strategy and the flaws in the dance quality were overriden by the entertainment value.
What to say about Bill Engvall’s routine with Emma Slater and Peta Murgatroyd other than it was just plain deranged, Willy Wonka on acid. They received 21 points.
With Bill and Emma far down the leaderboard, it seemed certain they would finally go home. Not the case. To the gasps of the studio audience, Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy went home, on a night when they received a perfect score.
Bear in mind the fan votes reflect the previous week, and Elizabeth and Val didn’t have a very good night in Week 8. Bill and Emma continue to show amazing fan strength. Will it carry them into the finals in two weeks?
The results in Week 9:
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Waltz: 9/9/10 = 28 points
Trio Jazz with Witney Carson: 10/10/10 = 30 points
TOTAL 58 points
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy, Viennese Waltz: 9/8/9 = 26 points
Trio Salsa with Gleb Savchenko = 10/10/10 = 30 points
TOTAL 56 points
Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni, Argentine Tango: 9/9/9 = 27 points
Trio Jive with Henry Byalikov: 9/9/9/ = 27 points
TOTAL 54 points
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Viennese Waltz: 10/10/9 = 29 points
Trio Samba with Sharna Burgess: 8/8/9 = 25 points
TOTAL 54 points
Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Quickstep: 8/8/8 = 24 points
Trio Salsa with Mark Ballas: 9/9/9 = 27
TOTAL 51 points
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Charleston: 7/7/7 = 21 points
Trio Salsa with Peta Murgatroyd: 7/7/7 = 21 points
TOTAL 42 points
Fans can vote via phone for one hour only afer the end of the show in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook will be open for 24 hours beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at the same time on Tuesday. Just two weeks left until the season finale on Monday, November 25.
“Dancing With the Stars: Semifinals” airs Monday, November 18 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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