‘DWTS’ Surprise: A Strong, Charismatic Couple Says Goodbye

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

Dancing With the Stars (ABC)

What happens when you land at the bottom of the leader board? Nothing good – especially on this season of “Dancing with the Stars.”

Previous seasons had low-scorers still managing to make it through, but the voting public must be paying more attention to the judges’ scores and comments this season. Have you noticed? For five weeks in a row, the couple in last, or second to last, place has been sent packing.

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Such was the case Tuesday night when wrestler Chris Jericho and his partner Cheryl Burke, who whose Tango to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin'” scored them a meager 22 on Monday night, were the fifth couple voted off the show.

“It’s actually good timing that I got eliminated because I have to fly over for the royal wedding,” said Chris, jokingly. “I haven’t seen my kids in four weeks so it’s time for Chris Jericho the dancer to step aside and Chris Jericho the daddy to come home.”

Backstage, following the show, the mood was different. “It’s an upset because I really think Chris had the potential to actually go all the way,” said Cheryl. “I think having that one mess up really messed up everything else too. it was just an off night, and that’s what happens.”

“It was starting to get to me,” said Chris. “It’s hard. You have to put everything you have in this show. But it was a great experience and like I said earlier, at this point in the competition, every dance has to be your best. And last night i was happy with it – but it wasn’t our best.”

As for future plans, Chris added that he’d like to act and maybe even host a game show. “The sad thing is i don’t know if I’ll ever ballroom dance again. It was a blast every moment of it.”

Elsewhere on the show…

Quote of the Night: Brooke Burke strikes again! She announced that Pia would be “singing a spectacular dance.” I don’t know why I enjoy her mistakes. But I do.

Relieve Kirstie and Maks’ out-there performance one more time.
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“American Idol” Hearts “DWTS” Hearts “American Idol”: The much anticipated performance of Pia Toscano with her new rumored love interest Mark Ballas dancing lived up to the hype. She sang “I’ll Stand by You,” accompanied by Mark and Karina Smirnoff. And, another “Idol” alum Constantine Maroulis graced the “DWTS” stage with a “Rock of Ages” double shot of Poison’s “Nothing But a Good Time” and Whitesnake’s “Here We Go Again.” And, yes, that was Jordin Sparks in the audience.

Sexiest Moment of the Show: Other than Kendra shaking that booty again in a Samba with Louis for the encore dance, the sexiest moment also came in hour two, during the results show portion of the evening, when Mark Ballas took Pia Toscano on the dance floor and dipped her down low. Cute couple, eh? Pia – who, by the way, seemed shy in the Rebecca Black “Friday” “cover” video clip with Chelsea, Romeo, Chelsie, and Mark, right?! – skipped the press line, most likely to avoid questions about her new boo. But that’s what we have Tom Bergeron for. He joked that he wouldn’t ask Pia about dating Mark, so instead he asked her, “Is he a good kisser? “He’s a wonderful person,” she replied. Boring.

Talk About Guilty Pleasures: Hanson! New Kids on the Block! Backstreet Boys! It doesn’t get much guiltier than that. Hanson performed “Give a Little,” NKOTBSB performed “Don’t Turn Out the Lights” with pros Lacey Schwimmer and Tony Dovolani and members of our “DWTS” Troupe, which I still don’t care for, by the way; and a medley of hits “Step by Step” and “I Want It That Way” with Anna Trebunskaya and Peta Murgatroyd. Girls and boys squealed in the audience and backstage.

The Road to the Finals: Sure it was nice to see Jennifer Grey, Donny Osmond, Drew Lachey, and Kyle Massey (Bristol Palin, not so much), but this was one waste of an hour. Sorry, ABC! Did you notice how different Bristol looked? Over-waxed eyebrows, perhaps, or did she pull a Jennifer Grey? Look closely…

Judges’ Favorites? Carrie Ann Inaba chose Hines Ward for his technique and Kirstie Alley for her technique and stamina. Think we’ll see those two in the finals? I’ll call it now: top three will be Hines, Chelsea, and Kirstie or Ralph. Okay, I cheated. That’s my top four.

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