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But on Monday night, Season 17 sent its first star out of the glitterverse, a casualty of having the lowest combined total of judges' scores and viewer votes.
Turns out the latest entrant into the Losers’ Club were
And though Keyshawn was short on votes and scores, this commentator was not short on words. "For a guy who's never even bobbed his head in the car, the fact that I can have the experience to dance and learn what dancing is all about, and Sharna teaching me, is something amazing to me," he said.
“Don’t let them give you too hard of a time on
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy were saved from having to walk down the green mile grand staircase, and Bill Engvall and Emma Slater was the other couple in jeopardy (though not necessarily in the bottom two).
Before the elimination, we got an eyeful of Latin Night performances. Here's how Week 2 played out:
Coming up on top of this week's leaderboard (though second in total points) were Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff. Though let's be honest: This routine was right in the "High School Musical" alum's wheelhouse. Corbin really hearkened back to his Wildcat roots in his jive. Corbin's the baseball star who jives straight into nerdy-hot Karina's heart. To say Corbin's jive wasn't all sorts of fun would be to call apple pie un-American. "Do it again!" Carrie Ann squealed (too bad encore dances are out in this one-day-a-week format!). "I love your athleticism, your musicality is spot on. You turned every movement out, but there's this raw edge to it … exciting!" Len said there was no doubt Corbin can dance, "for me not quite a home run, but you got to third base," the head judge announced without a hint of irony. "A little sharper near the end on the footwork." "This was a performance of dazzling brilliance," Bruno announced. "The way you hit the beat like HD 3-D." What team? Wildcats! Jive: 26. Total: 50 out of 60.
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy had the unenviable task of going first in the competition. Their second dance was the samba, which Val described as a lot of "booty-shaking" and Elizabeth immediately translated to Twitter-speak: #thrustit. And the whip fast routine, impressive turns, and Val's open-chested lace ensemble gave Lizzie a leg up at the end. Steven Tyler liked it. "That was so close," Len beamed. "Just a tiny little thing, but … it was absolutely fantastic." "I think I'm coming down with scarlet fever!" Bruno swooned. "You are in your element," Carrie Ann approved. "You are just this strong sensuous dancer who's so in charge of your body." The routine had Val all hot and bothered as well. "Around such a gem like Elizabeth, I have to do my best," the media-friendly Chmerkovskiy demurred. All together now: Aw! That just about made up for last week's Kapowski kerfuffle. Samba: 25. Total: 49.
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Jack Osbourne can be his own worst critic. “I got the worst genes in the family. Fat,
Leah Remini has been plagued with a slew of negative thoughts since her exodus from Scientology. "I'm going through a personal big change for me and my family," and she's taking a lot of negativity on herself. The actress hopes "DWTS" "will get me out, out of my head, out of beating myself up, out of these bad habits." And the glitterverse is nothing if not all-embracing. From Tony Dovolani saying "Ooh, you hot!" to the great big pink ruffle on her bustle, everyone and everything under the glitterdome seems to have Leah's back. This includes the judges. "Lovely hands," Len approved. "You were working your hips, full of content." "Who is this saucy Latin beauty?" Bruno wondered. "Tonight, you were resplendent.... No more doubts!" "You unleashed your samba goddess," Carrie Ann remarked. "This is what we've been waiting for!" No wonder Leah wants to stay, even just to give people water. Samba: 24. Total: 45.
Brant Daugherty + Peta Murgatroyed + rumba = CHEMISTRY. Talk about "being connected with one another." The "Pretty Little Liars" actor performed a scorching routine in front of his mom and "PLL" costars to Shakira's "Underneath Your Clothes" that got so up close and personal, one [almost] had to look away. And it ended up, as rumbas do, in the horizontal position. "Why stop at the jacket?" Bruno complained after the only item of clothing Peta stripped from her partner. Other than that, Bruno credited Brant for doing "the hardest dances incredibly well." "The chemistry that you guys have is fun to watch," Carrie Ann the voyeur said. "But you can move! When you hit it, you hit it." Len liked it, but refused to "go into ecstasy about it." "Your feet are pigeon-toed, I can see through that fog," he harrumphed. Rumba: 23. Total: 45.
Bill Engvall took issue with the judges’ scores last week: He didn’t think the comments correlated with his and Emma Slater’s scores. The comments and the scores took a step closer to each other with their jive, however. The comedian tried not to let the other two couples doing the jive psych him out, despite the fact “that they’re 30 years younger than me and have flexibility of rubber bands.” And turned out doing his own thing (or whatever it was that Emma “nicked” from Derek Hough) and keeping it character and age-appropriate was the best thing for him. Set to
Valerie Harper seemed a little bit out of her element with her paso doble. But it was all worth it to see her working through her steps, and watching Tristan "watching her work through her mistakes … it's very inspiring for me." How do you not love this man, America? So his "marchings" sound like Martian. He is a joy and a delight, and his partnership with Valerie Harper is nothing short of a ballroom miracle. "You're an amazing person, Valerie Harper, do you know that?" Tristan admired. Valerie started the routine strong with flamenco, but the dance lost some steam as it went on. Len liked that Valerie "came out with total commitment" but thought she was a bit nervous "about getting into the character of it." Bruno, also, loved "the way you captured the grandeur of the great lady of Spain" but said she lost timing a couple of times. Carrie Ann thought the beginning was "fantastic" but felt she forgot about a third of her routine in the middle. Paso doble: 19. Total: 40.
Former NFL star and ESPN commentator Keyshawn Johnson is not going to start to cry. He's not like that. But in a revealing moment at the judges' table on Monday, the NFL star revealed that his partner Sharna Burgess helped him feel confident to do this. "I don't even bop my head in the ... car," he confessed. And credit Sharna for a vast improvement during a shimmylicious samba on the ballroom floor. "Some of the things you did with her -- I don't think they're actually legal," Bruno said. But he cautioned Keyshawn to "please count .... that keeps you in time." Carrie Ann "definitely saw the confidence go way up" but said he was "still a little rough around the edges." Len gave Keyshawn points for effort: "You were working your assets," he said. "For me that was better than last week." Samba: 18. Total: 35.
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What do you think, ballroom fans? Agree with the first elimination of the season? Are you as mad about Bill Nye as those Mensa members in lab coats?