SAN DIEGO, October 21, 2013 – Perfection hit the dance floor in Week 6 on “Dancing With The Stars.” While there were a handful of tens last week, viewers saw the first perfect score of 30 of Season 17 for a Cha Cha Cha.
It was earned by Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy for a sharp, sassy Cha Cha Cha that Len Goodman called “hip-notic.” See video of the routine above.
At the other end of the spectrum, two unconventional approaches to traditional ballroom styles were entertaining for fans but not so successful for the judges.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater danced one of the most unusual Tango routines ever on DWTS, full of bright tropical colors and humor set to “Cheeseburger in Paradise” by Jimmy Buffett, or “bu-fay” as Slater said.
Corbin Blue and Karina Smirnoff indulged themselves in the world of Westeros, dancing a Viennese Waltz to the theme from the popular series “Game of Thrones.” The judges enjoyed the humor of Bill and Emma’s tango, and the passion and style of Corbin and Karina’s waltz, but both tied for the bottom of the leaderboard with 23 points. It’s Week 6, and a 23 is a low score at this point of the competition.
The remaining couples scored between 25 and 28 points for their individual routines. Once again Len Goodman docked Amber Riley and Derek Hough for style problems with an 8, while the other two judges gave them two 10s.
The “Switch-Up Challenge” seemed to be little more than a time killer. The couples were assigned to Group 1 or Group 2 by random draw. The music changed several times until the judges tapped out all four couples. The winning couple received four bonus points, second received three points, third received two points, and fourth received one point.
The winners of both groups were Corbin and Karina, and Amber and Derek. Brant and Peta and Nicole and Sasha were second; Elizabeth and Val and Jack and Cheryl were third; and Bill and Emma and Leah and Tony were last In each of their groups.
The elimination came down to Jack and Cheryl, and Bill and Emma. Host Tom Bergeron announced Jack and Cheryl were safe … and quickly added Bill and Emma were safe as well.
The explanation? No one was eliminated due to technical problems with phone numbers and voting in the East and Central Time Zones last week. So all fan voting last week was thrown out. Judges scores from Week 5 and Week 6 will be added to fan votes this week to decide who goes home in Week 7.
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The results in Week 6:
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy, Cha Cha Cha: 10/10/10 = 30 plus 2, 32 points
Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Samba: 10/8/10 = 28 plus 4, 32 points
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, Tango: 9/10/9 = 28 plus 3, 31 points
Nicole Snooki Polizzi and Sasha Farber, Foxtrot: 9/9/9 = 27 plus 3 points, 30 total
Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni, Quickstep: 9/9/9 = 27 plus 1 point, 28 total
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Paso Doble: 8/9/8 = 25 plus 2 points, 27 total
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Viennese Waltz: 8/8/7 = 23 plus 4, 27 total
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Tango: 8/8/7 = 23 plus 1, 24 points total
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 28 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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