SAN DIEGO, October 14, 2013 – Early during this week’s edition of “Dancing With The Stars,” host Tom Bergeron told the competitors and viewers that a female star would be going home from Monday’s show.
The two stars at the bottom of the leaderboard still in the competition were Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni, and Bill Engvall and Emma Slater. It seemed all but certain that Leah and Tony would be the ones eliminated from the show.
This is an especially hard week for any of the stars to go home. The theme is “The Best Year of My Life,” and many of the routines are emotional tributes to loved ones and significant emotional experiences past and present. Every competitor always wants to perform well, but they feel extra pressure to give their best on this night.
For the most part, everyone performed well and many received their highest scores of the competition. At the top of the leaderboard were Christina Milian and Mark Ballas and Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff. Both scored 28 points and both received a perfect score of 10. Len Goodman gave Christina and Mark a ten for their sassy Cha Cha Cha; Bruno Tonioli gave Corbin and Karina the 10 for their heartfelt Foxtrot.
Carrie Ann Inaba said she deducted a point for a lift from Corbin and Karina which isn’t permitted in the Foxtrot; otherwise it would have been a second 10. I saw no life in a video review, but the judges’ points stand. It won’t be a game changer; Corbin Bleu is the best overall dancer in the competition.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough also received a score of 10, but there was a judging controversy over their Foxtrot to the Glee cast version of “Try A Little Tenderness.” Len Goodman complimented Riley on her performance skills, but said there was not enough time in hold as required by a Foxtrot, and gave her a seven. Bruno Tonioli dished out a 10. Adding a nine from Carrie Ann Inaba, the pair received a 26.
The rest of the couples scored mostly from 24 to 27. At the bottom were Leah and Tony for their Contemporary routine, which had a head-scratching opening to Katy Perry’s hit “Roar.” The rest of the routine showed how strong Dovoloni is; that’s not a compliment.
After Elizabeth Berkeley and Val Chmerkovskiy dance the Jive to the Pointer Sisters’ “I’m So Excited” as the final performers, they were informed they were in the bottom three. They were joined by Christina and Mark, and Leah and Tony.
To the shock of everyone including her, Christina Milian’s name was called. It may be the first time ever on “Dancing With The Stars” that a person who received the season’s first score of 10 went home the same night. It might top the elimination of Sabrina Bryan, who went home in Week 6 after getting a perfect score during Season 5, and again in Week 6 during the All-Stars Season 14. Christina, you’re in very good company with Sabrina, who didn’t deserve to leave so early either time.
But the fans get half the say with 50 percent of the score from their votes, and for whatever reason Christina and Mark didn’t win enough fan support to keep them around. If the results matter to you, you need to vote.
What did you think of the elimination? Watch the dance in the video above, then tell us in the Comments section.
Competitors and fans were promised a “new challenge” on the show next week. Eight couples remain to take on the new twist in week 6.
The results in Week 5:
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas, Cha Cha Cha: 9/10/9 = 28 points
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Foxtrot: 9/9/10 = 28 points
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Waltz: 9/9/9 = 27 points
Nicole Snooki Polizzi and Sasha Farber, Jazz: 9/9/9 = 27 points
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, Contemporary: 9/9/9 = 27 points
Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Foxtrot: 9/7/10 = 26 points
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy, Jive: 8/9/9 = 26 points
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Viennese Waltz: 8/8/8 = 24 points
Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni, Contemporary: 7/7/8 = 22 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. A couple will go home at the end of each Monday show until the season finale on Monday, November 25.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday, October 21 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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