‘DWTS’ Double Elimination: Did Bristol the Pistol Shoot Down Two More?

Tom Bergeron, Chelsie Hightower, Helio Castroneves (ABC/ADAM TAYLOR)

Tuesday night’s “DWTS” results show was going to be more than interesting, with a double elimination hanging over the heads of our beloved All-Stars. Once again, Bristol Palin had received the lowest score and once again, I was going to predict her safety. After Bristol’s televised rehearsal blowup with partner Mark Ballas, and some improvement in her dancing this week, I doubted she’d be leaving the ballroom. I was worried about one of my favorite All-Stars, Helio Castroneves, who suffered a wardrobe malfunction when he stepped on partner Chelsie Hightower’s dress on Monday night. But I was guessing Indycar nation would pull him through and Drew Lachey and Kirstie Alley would go home as both only received a not-so-iconic 24 points for their dances.

When the show began, Judge Len Goodman declared that he thought it was the best night of dance he had ever seen on the show. Of course, Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough got the encore dance tonight for their reboot of Helio’s old quickstep and once again, they dove into the crash mats in the “DWTS” orchestra pit. But this time, they seemed to have difficulty getting out of it.

See How Tuesday Night’s Double “DWTS: All-Star” Elimination Went Down:

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The show unfurled its traditional behind-the-scenes footage and Emmitt Smith was singing Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani’s praises. Gilles Marini, when he was on the “DWTS” trip wires ready to fly, told Emmitt he realized his pants “fly” was undone. Cute! Bruno Tonioli really got into Maks Chmerkovskiy’s rock star look for his dance with Kirstie Alley–he laughed that Maks looked like an ugly woman. After sliding through Cheryl Burke’s legs in one of the big moments of the night, Emmitt gave the ABC cameraman a happy peace sign.

Melissa and Gilles and Emmitt were then declared safe! What about Kirstie and Maks? They were in jeopardy and the Cheers actress let out a surprised squeak.

Look who was back! Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer were in the ballroom to do a high-energy exhibition number. Was this the season 11 couple’s consolation prize for Kyle not getting the viewer’s choice slot on All-Stars?

Watch a Quick Highlights Clip of Week 3’s Best Dances:

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Back to backstage footage fever and Derek busting a water bottle he was so excited about his dance with Shawn. “Should we do something spectacular?,” Apolo Anton Ohno vamped to partner Karina Smirnoff before their dance. Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy shared a sweet moment after getting their big score—the nice C brother thanked the soap star for being his partner. Aww. Apolo and Shawn were then called safe. Drew and partner Anna Trebunskaya were called in danger, while it was Kelly and Val who would dance again. Val was so happy he lifted Kelly off the floor “like a jar of cookies,” my friend in the press room said.

So what was happening? Suddenly, without warning, they were ready to kick off one dancer right then! Wow, I hadn’t expected this until the end, having forgotten double elimination rules. Drew Lachey was kicked off while Kirstie would stay. Poor Drew! I actually thought he and Anna had their best dance this week. Viewers decided the season two champ couldn’t keep up, I guess.

Watch “The Dancers Confess”:

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After Drew said his goodbyes, host Tom Bergeron showed a big list of dances and the couples were supposed to pick styles for the other pairs for next week. Bristol was picking for Gilles and she chose Bollywood. Kirstie was selecting for Sabrina and took disco. Helio had to pick for Shawn and it was mambo time for the ex-gymnast. Kelly got to select a routine for Emmitt—bolero. Melissa picked hip hop for Apolo while Apolo selected jitterbug for Melissa. Emmitt picked for Kelly—contemporary. Shawn picked Broadway for Helio which the race car driver seemed happy about (hope he survived tonight! One more elimination to go). Sabrina chose Charleston for Kirstie, which is a very fast dance and the actress reeled in mock outrage. That meant Bristol got the last dance available, which was rock and roll. But one of these couples would be going home and not having to perform anything at all so they wouldn’t start practicing their new routines just yet. Ha.

Oooh. We got treated to a shot of Sarah Palin looking nervous in the audience before Bristol performed. Bristol and Mark, that previously squabbling pair, were so elated backstage when they pulled off their chessboard number. The argument was over.

Finally, time for the second elimination of the night. Bristol and Mark were declared safe so Sabrina and Louis and Helio and Chelsie were the bottom two. The second star leaving the show was—Helio! Oh, I was so disappointed! He was my favorite. Too bad. The race car driver was always so much fun.

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