Ok, let’s get this out of the way right now: Mya and partner Dmitry Chaplin, who took the top spot on Monday night, were safe from elimination last night on “Dancing With the Stars.” They took home the first 10s of the season, and they weren’t even close to being in danger of having their dance card pulled. That means we get to see them burn up the ballroom next week! We can all breathe a sigh of relief.
The show kicked off with MMA fighter Chuck Lidell and Anna Trebunskaya’s Samba to "Mas Que Nada." That dance didn’t rank highly last night, but the crowd loved. And how could you not? Chuck may not be the best dancer, but he tries really hard and we definitely heart that. And the song was hot, too! We just had to download it.
But, since Tuesday night was about narrowing the field of competitors, someone still had to go home. While yesterday’s results show was not a double elimination, two couples did go home. We’ll tell you which ones in a bit.
Before we could find out who got the ax, Queen Latifah and the Jabbawockeez had to do their thing on the dance floor.
The Queen actually came out twice to perform “Fast Car” from her new album, Persona, and “Ease On Down The Road” from The Wiz. We still can’t figure out why she did that number, full of energetic and explosive dance moves, but we liked it. We have to say it was a little uncomfortable to watch since the in-house crowd was a little stiff. It just didn’t seem to move the audience, even when the pros dancing to the song tried to get them pumped up. Awkward.
Oh well. We still think you did amazingly, Queen Latifah. Work it!
The Jabbawockeez really turned it out with their routine to “Singin’ In The Rain.” We fell in love with them on the first season of “America’s Best Dance Crew,” and they reminded us why last night.
The crew, was performing as part of the “DWTS” Macy’s Stars of Dance segment (’bout time!). Their choice of music made us pause, but they were able to put a little Fred Astaire in their swag with the dance they choreographed. And they added a whole new dimension to their tricks by suspending themselves from the ceiling. That was so sick we don’t know what else to say, so we’ll let you see what we’re talking about. Too much!
Now, it’s time to get down to the voters’ Tuesday victims.
Debi Mazar and Maksim Chmerkovskiy, who we adore, were cut! We couldn’t believe it. They didn’t perform up to snuff on Monday, only earning 17 points from the judges, but they certainly weren’t the worst couple on the floor last night.
Then there’s Republican politician Tom DeLay, who was paired with perennial “DWTS” favorite Cheryl Burke. Being paired with her is almost seen as a ticket to the elite eight, but this season it was not to be.
Tom was actually saved from elimination Tuesday, but stress fractures in his feet caused him to bow out. His doctors had been advising him to sit out this season, advice he ignored until Monday when the injury in one foot had really gotten bad. He was only able to make it through the Samba on sheer adrenaline.
“It was hard enough dancing with one sore foot. I don’t know if I can do two,” he said before resigning from the show. “You can’t practice. If you can’t you make a fool out of yourself out here.”
With that, Tom said he was tapping out. Next week he would have been doing the Texas Two Step.
– Sonya Eskridge