SAN DIEGO, November 5, 2013 – The presence of Cher this week on “Dancing With The Stars” seemed to have the competitors, pros and even the production crew a little undone. The show started off with a sloppy opening number, and the routines all seemed a little off kilter, not up to the standards we’ve become used to seeing this season.
But it wasn’t the cause of an earlier than expected elimination in Week 8. Skip to the end if you want to know the results, and let us know what you think in the Comments section.
Individual scores were bunched fairly tightly. The judges are looking more critically at each dance and perfection is hard to come by. Eights and nines were the norm. The lone perfect 10 of the night came from Bruno Tonioli for Amber Riley and Derek Hough’s Rumba with attitude to “If I Could Turn Back Time.” They led the individual scores with 28 points. It also meant they were safe and did not have to participate in the second round dance-off.
Scoring 27 points: Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff’s sloppy Argentine Tango, Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd’s light-hearted Foxtrot; and Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke’s clean, classic Tango, which might have earned tens if the first head snap had been in sync. Otherwise it was the class routine of the night.
Couples scoring 25 points included Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy’s Jazz routine, not their best effort; and a gentle Viennese Waltz by Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni.
Rounding out the individual routines were Bill Engvall and Emma Slater with 24 points for their Disco routine. It may have received the lowest score, but this routine exemplified why Bill Engvall is still competing in Week 8. The Blue Collar Comedy star brings a level of sheer enthusiam no one else can match this season. As judge Carrie Ann Inaba said, “You make my day better.” To his credit, Engvall performed some impressive lifts in his routine, but his timing was off so the judges had to downgrade him.
Week 8 featured a second round dance-off. One couple would choose an opponent; the opponent then selected a dance style. The head to head winner received three bonus points.
Corbin and Karina chose Elizabeth and Val, who picked the Cha Cha Cha. The judges unanimously gave the points to Corbin and Karina. Brant and Peta picked Leah and Tony. Leah and Tony selected Rumba as the style. It was a split decision for Leah and Tony.
Jack and Cheryl were left with Bill and Emma and a Disco dance-off. It was Jack’s night all the way and he picked up the bonus. Then host Tom Bergeron asked Bill Engvall to read the teleprompter, which told him he and Emma were once again saved by their fans and would return next week.
The pair left standing together facing elimination at the end were Brant and Peta, and Jack and Cheryl. It came down once again to the fans, and Brant’s “Pretty Little Liars” fans didn’t come through.
The results in Week 8:
Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Rumba (“If I Could Turn Back Time”): 9/9/10 = 28 points (immunity, no danceoff)
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Argentine Tango (“Burlesque”): 9/9/9 = 27 plus 3 danceoff bonus: 30 points
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Tango (“The Beat Goes On”): 9/9/9 = 27 plus 3 danceoff bonus: 30 points
Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni, Viennese Waltz (“I Got You Babe”): 8/9/8 = 25 plus 3 danceoff bonus: 28 points
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, Foxtrot (“It’s In His Kiss”): 9/9/9 = 27 points
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy, Jazz (“Bang Bang”): 8/9/8 = 25 points
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Disco (“Strong Enough”): 8/8/8 = 24 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 three weeks left until the season finale on Monday, November 25.
Next week sees the return of the Dance Trios, one of the show’s best innovations. Couples will add another pro to their individual routines. Past season Trios have been entertaining and impressive. The fans could use a good week.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday, November 11 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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