There is no point in even speculating who is going home anymore. It’s week five on the show, and the eliminations are just downright mysterious. Insiders and fans alike are still scratching their heads over the early dismissals of Kristin Cavallari and Chynna Phillips. Tonight’s “Dancing with the Stars” provided another one of those moments. Maybe not as dramatic, but it still put the ballroom in a sour mood. But before getting to the big moment, let’s just quickly recap.
This was ’80s week, with seven eager, enthusiastic couples left in the competition. J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff earned the top score, followed by David Arquette and Kym Johnson and Rob Kardashian and Cheryl Burke. None were in danger of receiving a trip home, though Arquette and Johnson ended up in the bottom three. One could’ve reasonably expected them to be joined by some of the weaker dancers, say, Nancy Grace and Tristan MacManus and Chaz Bono and Lacey Schwimmer. But no. This not a reasonable or predictable season – take a look at what the dancers themselves had to say.
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So who did join them in the bottom three? Who was kicked off?
The other two couples in the bottom three were Hope Solo and Maksim Chmerovsky and Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya. Then…drum roll, get out the tissues…Carson and Anny were dismissed. And you know what? The backstage area erupted in boos.
But Kressley was a good sport. At least he showed good sportsmanship. (And remember, he was a last minute sub after Ryan O’Neal bowed out.)
“This has been pure joy for me and I hoped that I could make people smile and laugh and have a good time,” said Carson. “It was great being here. I’ll be back every week cheering for my cast mates!”
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Other highlights from week 5’s results show…
J.R.’s Pre-Show Fun: ABC seats the audience an hour before the show. So what do they do to pass the time? Dance! There’s an audience warmer upper guy who gets their juices flowing and tonight he even had the entire audience on their feet to dance to the Village People’s “Y.M.C.A.” and none other than J.R. Martinez jumped onstage to dance with the crowd. Good times! (And, more good times when the show kicked off with the pros dancing to a medley of Madonna tunes!)
Musical Treats: Kelly Clarkson delivered a top-notch performance of her new single “Mr. Know It All” from her upcoming album “Stronger.” She also delivered a crowd-pleaser with her old hit “Walk Away”. The Band Perry also performed, making the crowd well up with their sad ballad “If I Die Young.”
What You Didn’t See Last Night: The Monday night segments that serve up intimate moments with the couples are delicious additions, and tonight’s was excellent. We saw Maks scream at Hope to “straighten!” during their dance; theirs is clearly a difficult partnership. Afterward, the soccer star had a mini meltdown in the hallway, telling her frustrated partner, “I don’t think I can do this anymore.” Topping that? Seeing Chaz’s fly was open when he went up on the judges’ table last night. Didn’t see that the first time around!
Kelly Clarkson – Dancer? After her first of two numbers, she told co-host Tom Bergeron that she was distracted by the amazing dancers (Kym Johnson and Tristan McManus) doing their thing right before her eyes. “If I could dance like that,” she said, “I would be on the show.”
Tear-Jerk Moment of the Night: The show aired a package of a dancer named Charm Ladonna, who grew up in the rough ‘hood of Compton, California, only to go on to dance for Madonna and to currently teach dance to elementary school children. “I can say that dancing saved my life,” she said. Charm then danced with Mark Ballas and Derek Hough to Britney Spears‘ ” Til the World Ends.” (What? Isn’t it ’80s week?)
Oopsie of the Night: After Carson and Anna were put in jeopardy, the ballroom booed loudly. Yet co-host Brooke Burke said there was a “hush” in the ballroom. Oh well…