“Dancing with the Stars” would send another celebrity home after Week 6 was devoted to the music of Stevie Wonder. I thought boxer Victor Ortiz had reached his final round after a Monday night rumba that only got a score of 18 and reminded Judge Bruno Tonioli of an airline safety drill. Was there an outside chance that comedian Andy Dick, who also earned an 18 on his individual dance, would go home instead? I doubted it, as Andy’s portrayal of a romantic mailman was endearing if not technically proficient. Actually, I wondered if “Bachelor” Sean Lowe could be in danger after an overly bouncy samba that was scored very generously by the judges.
Here was what happened on the Week 6 elimination show:
The show opened with Olly Murs performing his hit “Troublemaker.” Then we went into the start of the results. Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough were quickly declared safe, no surprise there; that was the best dance of the season in the opinion of Judge Len Goodman and me! That was followed by Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas being given the same good news. Stevie Wonder said in a pre-taped segment that he wanted to dance on the show! Was the blind singer serious? While we scratched our heads backstage, we were treated to a karaoke package with all the stars trying to sing Stevie’s songs. Host Tom Bergeron said the singer had told him he’d rather do “Splash” instead of “DWTS,” very funny. Team Paso Doble got the encore dance and I thought it was better than Monday night as all the stars were more relaxed.
The show unfurled its usual behind-the-scenes footage from the previous night and showed how everyone else loved Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy’s dance, which had earned a score of 29. “You killed it,” Val told the poised teen star backstage. Peta Murgatroyd was shown giving Sean some stern instructions before their Monday samba. Len sniffed to his fellow judges after their dance that it was “not much” better than Andy’s. Afterward, Sean joked that he had to sleep with Bruno to do better on the show — whoa!
Zendaya and Val were declared safe while Sean and Peta were called in jeopardy. Tom announced that next week, the show would be helping out a dancer who lost her leg in the Boston terror attacks. In another big production number, will.i.am performed his new song “#thatpower” while wearing a big hat before Victor and his partner Lindsay Arnold were told they were in danger (just as I had suspected). The show rolled a cute segment on Ingo Rademacher’s little son, Peanut, who shouted, “See you at the after party!” to the other celebrities in the parking lot — then the soap star, who celebrated his 42nd birthday Monday on “DWTS,” was declared safe with pro Kym Johnson.
“Come on, my old lover!” Len was heard shouting at Andy in more bizarre backstage footage from performance night before the comedian’s dance. Andy was later shown dancing in the parking lot after Monday’s show with his posse of friends — the parking lot is where everything happened this week — who knew? Anyway, Jacoby and Karina Smirnoff were declared safe, while Andy and his pro dancer Sharna Burgess were in the bottom three with Victor and Lindsay and Sean and Peta.
Then Andy was cleared to dance again, and everybody backstage cheered–so it would be Sean and Victor as the two bottom dwellers.
In the end, the celebrity kicked off this week was … boxer Victor Ortiz!
The professional athlete had given it his best shot (or punch) but was eliminated. Victor said he’d had a blast and loved the experience with partner Lindsay. He took some time to promote his next fight — and hopefully, Victor will also find a new girlfriend!
Next Monday, our stars will be required to perform red-hot Latin dances.
Watch Tuesday Night’s “DWTS” Results Show Below: