Every results show begins (and ends) with an encore performance from the previous night. This week, Kim and Derek opened the show with their Viennese Waltz, and they did beautifully again.
The couple swirled around the ballroom in perfect harmony. It wasn’t hard to tell during the dance that Kim is having a lot of fun with the competition. They were so into the dance that they kept waltzing after the cameras focused on the hosts.
It was a short night for the couple; they were the second couple saved from elimination, so they didn’t have to sweat it out on the dance floor too long.
We still can’t tell you how it takes a whole hour to dismiss one couple, but the producers are pretty good at filling time. For example, they have a quick recap of Monday’s episode, just in case anyone missed it.
The judges were a bit confused by Lawrence’s Paso Doble, but that didn’t bother him. "I had the aggression going; I had the steps going, and I thought we flowed pretty well," he said in a post-show confessional, yet another tool used to stretch out the show.
David Alan Grier wasn’t feeling the love for all the work he put into his Viennese Waltz. "It continues: I feel like a step child," he laughed after Monday’s show. "They [the judges] treat me like an old wet dog."
But what would an elimination night be without performances? We couldn’t wait for Etta James to come out and sing "At Last," as Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff danced along. We’re not exactly sure what dance they were doing — it looked like a mash up of the Waltz and Samba — but whatever it was, they piulled off some impressive steps and lifts.
Of course, the focus was Miss Etta and she was amazing! She didn’t have to be jumping all over the band stand, she just sat and delivered a wonderful performance. It didn’t really compare to the original recording, but it came close.
But who went home?! Well, it came down to DAG and Lawrence for the dance off because they’d received the least amount of votes. David looked pretty shocked when he got hit with the red light.
Each of the guys had to do their dances again and the judges agreed that both men did much better on Tuesday than they did Monday night. They even gave Dave and his partner, Kym Johnson, a 24 out of 30, which is a better score than they got last night.
Sadly, that was not enough to save them from elimination. They are the fifth couple who have had to hang up their dancing shoes. We’re sad, and a bit surprised, to see Dave go. Who else is going to bring all that funny to the show now? Those faces he was pulling during the farewell comments were pure comedy!
On the upside, Kim and Lawrence have survived to swing another day, and we’re excited to see what they come out with next. Check them out when "Dancing With The Stars" airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.
– Sonya Eskridge