Dancing With The Stars shocker: Couple with perfect score leaves, Derek Hough replaced next week

The popular Hough's departure is temporary due to injury, but tonight's elimination is for good and truly a jaw-dropper. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

SAN DIEGO, October 30, 2012 – It was a results show full of twists on Dancing With The Stars All-Stars.

Two of the couples likely to leave this week due to low scores were saved by the fans to start the show: Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy, and Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke. Suddenly things looked pretty grim for Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy.

But no, they were safe and will be back next week, along with Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd, and Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough. However, Hough said he would be taking Week 7 off due to a back injury. Various news reports named Johnson’s Season 8 partner Mark Ballas as Hough’s replacement. On Twitter, Ballas wrote: “Guess I’m filling in for @derekhough next week.. Just hope he feels better.. Looking forward to dancing with @shawnjohnson again. #donthate

This left Melissa Rycroft, Apolo Ohno, and Sabrina Bryan in jeopardy. Rycroft and partner Tony Dovoloni were spared. Left standing on stage are the two couples with perfect scores of 30 for their dances Monday night, now in danger of leaving.

The shocker: history repeated itself as Sabrina Bryan and partner Louis Van Amstel leave the show far too prematurely. Fans took immediately to Twitter to express their outrage. Mark Ballas’s reaction on Twitter said it all: “NOT AGAAAAAAIN. WTF!!!!!!!!!!”

Not even the top score could save Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel from elimination without enough fan votes. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor.

Fans speculated that Hurricane Sandy must have prevented a lot of East Coast fans from voting and no one should go home this week. The role of fan votes can’t be overstated. Bryan’s fan base is younger and probably watching “The Voice” instead of “Dancing With The Stars.” Van Amstel is among the most talented dancers and choreographers on the show but he doesn’t have the rabid fans that Hough and the Chmerkovskiys enjoy. It’s a shame to see Bryan eliminated this early.

Show producers have created a new twist for the Week 7 dances. Next Monday night, the seven remaining competitors will perform a routine that is a “fusion” of two styles. The couples picked out the styles for their competitors from a list as they did for Guilty Pleasures week. Each combination is unique, no duplications.

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni: tango and cha cha cha
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd: tango and samba
Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy: quickstep and samba
Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas: tango and paso doble (what a shame as Derek Hough is the paso doble king)
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: rumba and samba
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy: cha cha cha and foxtrot
Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff: cha cha cha & paso doble

Keep your eye on Twitter this week, the stars and professional dance partners always have plenty to say. Follow my DWTS List to keep up with all of them. 

Dancing With the Stars Season 15: All-Stars airs next Monday, November 5 at 8 p.m. Eastern and Pacific Time on ABC.


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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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