SAN DIEGO, October 28, 2013 – In Week 7 on “Dancing With The Stars, the overall level of ballroom dancing skills means even the couples in the middle are performing good routines and scores are much closer. Fan votes play an ever bigger role in who goes home.
Yes, unlike last week, one couple did leave the show.
Individual scores were bunched fairly tightly. Amber Riley and Derek Hough scored 29 for their fierce Paso Doble, tied with Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff who performed a tight, perfectly timed Cha Cha Cha. Couples scoring 27 points included nearly everyone else: Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd’s Jive, Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke’s Jive, Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy’s energetic Quickstep, and Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber’s sassy Samba.
Rounding out the individual routines were Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni with 26 points for their Salsa, and Bill Engvall and Emma Slater with 23 points for their Elvis-themed Quickstep.
Before the group routines, host Tom Bergeron told the competitors the couples with the lowest scores to this point of the Week 7 were both on Team Spooky Bom Bom. No pressure.
The group freestyle dances were surprisingly successful, both set to quirky hits of the moment. Up first was the Zombie themed routine by Team Spooky Bom Bom, consisting of Bill and Emma, Leah and Tony, Elizabeth and Val, and Nicole and Sasha. The DWTS costume designers did a wicked good job with costuming, the Walking Dead meeting DWTS. Judges gave the participants 27 total points to add to their individual scores.
The judges left room for Team FoxingAwesome, led by Emmy winning choreographer Derek Hough. Hough has never lost a group challenge. Along with Amber and Derek, the group included Corbin and Karina, Jack and Cheryl, and Brant and Peta. It was clever, Carrie Ann Inaba called it an “acid trip” which is fairly accurate. Bergeron said he hoped there was someone watching who had never seen the show before and turned it on just in time for this routine. The judges gave it a perfect 30. See video above.
The pair left standing together in danger of elimination at the end were Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber, and Bill Engvall and Emma Slater. Nicole’s seven million followers on social media combined with Bill and Emma’s low scores made the result seem inevitable. But Bill and Emma’s fans must be voting in droves; they were safe and it would be Nicole Polizzi going home.
Adding to her shock, Nicole had to endure the nightmare of going home and saying her tearful goodbyes dressed as a zombie. Halloween came early for the Jersey Girl.
The remaining competitors will see a new judge next week. Performing on the show and sitting in Len Goodman’s chair on next week’s show will be Cher. Cher is no stranger to Dancing With The Stars. Her son Chaz Bono competed in Season 13 two years ago.
The results in Week 7:
Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Paso Doble: 10/10/9 = 29 plus 30 group score: 59 points
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, : 10/9/10 = 29 plus 30 group score: 59 total
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, Jive: 9/9/9 = 27 plus 30 group score: 57 points
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Jive: 10/8/9 = 27 plus 30 group score: 57 total
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy, Quickstep: 9/9/9 = 27 plus 27 group score: 54 points
Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni, Salsa: 9/8/9 = 26 plus 27 group score: 53 total
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Quickstep: 8/7/8 = 23 plus 27 group score: 50 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 www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars 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, November 4 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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