Eleven couples entered the foray on Monday night, dancing their hearts out. Closing in on the midpoint of the season, those with less than average skills are falling by the wayside. Dancing with the Stars began weeding out those whose idea of dance involved stomping on another Tuesday night elimination round.
Tom Bergeron narrated a video recap of the stars’ performances and the judges’ scores from Monday night. This week’s repeat performance selected by the judges was the Charleston performed by Melissa Joan Hart and partner Mark Ballas. Hart’s score of 28, nine points higher than her score last week, represented the largest one-week increase in the history of Dancing with the Stars.
Shakira entertained her hit Did It Again.
The first three stars were told their fates and we learned that Mya and Melissa Joan Hart, both tied for first place this week, were safe. No real surprise there. Aaron Carter and his over-the-top performance landed in the bottom two.
Professional dancers, Cheryl Burke, Edyta Sliwinska, Karina Smirnoff, Dmitry Chaplin, Alec Mezo and Louis Van Amsteldemonstrated the proper way to dance the Argentine Tango and the Paso Doble, Both are the dance styles the stars will be competing with next week along with a group hustle number.
The next five stars who were safe were revealed to be Kelly Osbourne, Natalie Coughlin, Joanna Krupa, Mark DeCascos and Michael Irvin.
Following a short break, the top scoring men learned their fates: Donny Osmond, Louie Vito and Mark DaCascos were spared but Aaron Carter was in jeopardy.
Shakira returned to the stage to sing Hips Don’t Lie.
A vignette of some of the stars being visited by their children while rehearsing was shown. Mini interviews disclosed that some of the kids were embarrassed by their dads dancing while other were adorable and supportive. Backstage interviews with the stars exposed their fears, frustrations and anxiety at having to learn new dances, juggle aspects of their lives and wait under the spotlights in front of millions to find out if their fans still love them.
The next two stars saved were Donny Osmond and Louie Vito, leaving Chuck Liddell in the bottom two.
Following the tension-building drumming associated with the final elimination; my prediction was fulfilled as Chuck Liddell was sent to the locker room one last time.
To see a recap of earlier performances or elimination rounds, check out these articles:
Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Premiere – Night 1
Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Premiere – Night 2
Season 9 Dancing with the Stars Week 2 Performances
Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Week 3 Performances
Dancing with the Stars Season 9 Week 4 Performances
Dancing with the Stars Season 9 – Week 1 Elimination
Dancing with the Stars Season 9 – Week 2 Elimination
Dancing with the Stars Season 9 – Week 3 Elimination
Source: Personal Viewing