'Dancing With The Stars' Season 17, Week 9: Dance By Dance Recap
Another week ... another shocking exit! Find out who was booted from the ballroom this week here.
During the course of the quarterfinals on "Dancing with the Stars," we saw each of our six remaining celebrities dance twice: Once with their season-long partner, and again in a "trio challenge." That means we get to see Mark Ballas, Peta Murgatroyd and others taking part in the competition! It also means the celebrities are pushed even harder because for one dance, they have TWO coaches trying to teach them!
Here's a rundown of the night's scores, from highest to lowest:
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff -- 28 out of 30 / 30 out of 30 for the trio = 58 total points.
The Viennese Waltz was Corbin's downfall this season. He and Karina Smirnoff got their lowest score for their "Game of Thrones" themed extravaganza. So this time, the duo plans to play it "by the book" and cater to what the judges expect to see.
Carrie Ann said the dance was dreamy and close to perfection; Len called it poetry in motion; and Bruno's words were enchanting and breathtaking.
The trio challenge sees troupe member Whitney entering the rehearsal room. All three contribute to the Jazz choreography of this routine. They mix several styles but with the underlying theme of Bob Fosse. They absolutely knock if out of the park and the judges can't say enough good things about the number. Perfect score!
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy -- 26 out of 30 / 30 out of 30 for the trio = 56 total points.
Elizabeth felt like she lost some footing last week so she decided to take an entirely new bend this week in rehearsals: She's going to shut up and dance. Apparently, her constant questioning had been a problem! Val Chmerkovskiy loves being in control again, and enjoys that she's listening and following his lead on the Viennese Waltz.
Carrie Ann loved the connection, choreography and Liz's lines; Len wasn't as wowed and didn't think the dance was quite his cup of tea.
However, for the trio challenge, Liz was pouring the right flavor, and not just for Len, but for all three judges. She and Val were joined by troupe member Gleb for a sexy Salsa. The choreography was very intricate. And, oh yeah, the guys were very quickly shirtless! Triple "10s"!
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke -- 29 out of 30 / 25 out of 30 for the trio = 54 total points.
Cheryl Burke is thrilled to have another ballroom dance in the Viennese Waltz because we've all seen this is Jack's forte. But the down side to that is the judges expect a lot out of him! Jack had a birthday this week, and Cheryl gave him an adorable mini mirror ball to celebrate their partnership. The dance was darn near perfect; tens from Len and Carrie Ann and a 9 from Bruno.
Jack's trio attempt wasn't quite as successful with the judges' scores, even though it ranked very high in the "fun" department. Sharna Burgess joined Jack and Cheryl for a "Jungle Book" themed Samba. They asked Jack to go way over the top with his performance and shakes things he's usually not too used to shaking. He came through with the fun factor, even though he may have missed a step or two.
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani -- 27 out of 30 / 27 out of 30 for the trio = 54 total points.
Learning the Tango is not what Leah expected. Tony Dovolani has choreographed a tough routine, but he's done it on purpose -- he thinks she's a contender. And she loves that he believes her so much!
Bruno called the routine a "badass proper Tango"; Carrie Ann is impressed with her growth over the season; and Len said he liked Tony's "ingredients" and the fact Leah brought the "flavor" to the recipe.
Tony wanted troupe member Henry for the trio challenge because he's superstitious; he "trio'ed" with Henry when he partnered with Melissa Rycroft and they got a perfect score! They come up with a very fun take on playing the judges, to the tune of "We're Not Gonna Take It." The routine earns a standing ovation from Carrie Ann, Len and Bruno and triple "9s" for the score.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough -- 24 out of 30 / 27 out of 30 for the trio = 51 total points.
You can almost feel Amber's pain through the TV set. The poor young woman's knees are shot. And she has two FAST dances this week, the Quickstep and the Salsa. Amber's confidence is soaring but her knees are not cooperating. Len complimented the choreography of the dance, but felt Derek Hough was trying to hide her injury/lack of rehearsal.
For Amber's trio dance, she and Derek invited Mark Ballas to join them in the salsa. She did get a little confused every so often with two choreographers talking at once, but they worked it out. And she knows most fans would kill to be in her place between these two guys!
Luckily, Amber's knees didn't seem to be as big of an issue with the Salsa. The judges wanted a little more hip action, but didn't have too much to complain about and gave them triple "9s" for the trio dance.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater -- 21 out of 30 / 21 out of 30 for the trio = 42 total points.
Bill is over the moon to still be in the competition. I think he knows he's the weak link on the dance floor, but he obviously has connected with the fans in a big way. He and Emma Slater get the fun and quirky Charleston and they make it a bit of a comedy routine. The judges don't hold back now that we are in the quarterfinals: a trio of "7's" across the board.
The duo invited Peta Murgatroyd in for their Salsa trio. Carrie Ann said it best: it was weird. The "Willy Wonka" meets Candyland theme colorfully distracted from the lack of rhythm and timing. Again, triple "7s" from the judges table.