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'Dancing with the Stars' recap, 'Hollywood Night'

By Amy Watts

For The Baltimore Sun

10:03 AM EDT, October 1, 2013

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It's "Hollywood Night" which of course means an opening number to a Bjork song. Bill Nye has a "badly torn tendon" in his leg. I bet that's him out.

Leah Remini & Tony Dovolani
Rumba

"Skyfall," from the James Bond film of the same name, originally sung by Adele

Len loved the chemistry but would've liked to see more fluidity in her arms. Bruno likes that she left her comfort zone but agrees with Len's critique of her arms. Carrie Ann disagrees about the arms but points out a particular move that didn't go as it should.

Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 8

Brant has hurt his foot and has had to wear a boot for it, but he'll be dancing tonight sans boot. Bill Nye tore 80% of his quadricep, which sounds terrible. He's shown backstage with crutches and his partner clarifies that he was told not to dance on it.

Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff
Quickstep

The routine starts with a sepia filter over the lens, but luckily it doesn't last long. The footwork in this is SO incredible, especially with Corbin wearing knee-high riding boots. I'm impressed.

Bruno says maintaining synchronicity at the speed they were attempting is almost impossible but they did it. Carrie Ann compliments his sharp footwork. Carrie Ann talks about how his hip hop background sometimes sneaks in. Len says it was a bit hectic at times, with speed replacing style. He admired the speed but thought it was overbalanced toward speed instead of style.

Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 8; Bruno: 9

My German guest informs me that the music playing behind the announcement of the scores is the same in Germany as it is here.

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren & Val Chmerkovskiy

Foxtrot

"Come Fly with Me"

Val is dressed as a pilot and Elizabeth in a suggestion of a stewardess uniform.  It's graceful, but I didn't find it engaging.

Carrie Ann goes for the pun with a "taking to new heights" comment, but points out a "boo boo" in the middle of the program. Len loved the routine. Bruno mentions the "turbulence," but loved it anyway. Carrie Ann talks over Bruno and I can't understand either of them.

Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 9; Bruno: 8

Brant Daugherty & Peta Murgatroyd

Quickstep

"Crazy in Love" as a jazzbaby jam

Brant's had a rough week with an injured foot, a lost phone, and a mugging. Poor guy.

Hurt foot or not, Brant's really selling the routine with personality.

Len says it had speed and control, despite an occasional issue with his right shoulder. Bruno says he was the perfect "matinee idol." Carrie Ann says he's fantastic, with great musicality and great lines. She tells him to go ice his foot now.

Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Bruno: 9

Valerie Harper & Tristan MacManus

Cha cha

Their premise is Grace Kelly and Freddie Mercury dancing together. OK, sure.  

Tristan is sporting a Freddie Mercury mustache and some very, very tight pants. I am actually not complaining about either.  There is more than one visible mistake on Valerie's part and you can see Tristan telling Valerie the steps.

Bruno says it looks like Grace and Freddie never met before tonight. He acknowledges there were many mistakes. Carrie Ann says she lost her way through most of the routine, but she still gave it star power.

Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 6; Len: 5; Bruno: 5

Fair enough. She forgot most of the routine. When she agrees with the scores, Tom tells her she's the most understanding contestant they've ever had.

Bill Engvall & Emma Slater

Paso Dobl

"William Tell Overture," AKA "The Lone Ranger" theme song

Bill's going to be the Lone Ranger, because that was his hero when he was a kid.  It's a fun routine, but somewhat surprising for lacking the cape element in any form.

Carrie Ann says he nailed the paso. She adds that their synchronization was perfect. Len says he loved the Lone Ranger as a kid and that if Bill had come out on Silver, he'd have gotten a 10.

Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 8

Amber Riley & Derek Hough

Charleston

Some weird song from the "Great Gatsby" remake that flopped earlier this year.

Derek talks about how the Charleston is really cartoon-y and over the top. Amber had a very busy week and we see a montage of her yawning.

The dance veers from Charleston to hip hop at some points, which is appropriate for the song, but weird as a Charleston. Len says something that is drowned out by the crowd. Bruno agrees with it, and it was apparently something about the feet. He also thinks she lost a step once. Carrie Ann agrees on the feet.

Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 8; Bruno: 8

Jack Osbourne & Cheryl Burke

Cha cha

"Hollywood Swinging" by Kool & the Gang

Tom asks Jack if he almost slid during the opening and Jack confirms he did "overcook" it. Bruno liked the entrance, but says the cha cha needs more hip action.  Carrie Ann explains why he's having trouble with the hips -- it's that he's taking too big a step. Len does want more hip action too.

Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 7; Bruno: 8

Christina Milian & Mark Ballas

Charleston

Mark's wearing a face full of makeup in a harlequin/clown motif. It will haunt my dreams. But seriously, this is my biggest problem with Mark -- he seems to always do whatever it takes to pull focus from his partner. Christina is LITERALLY dancing in her underwear and yet how many people were like me and couldn't stop looking at Mark's weirdo clown face?

Carrie Ann loved it. Len liked the addition of Lindy Hop and other '20s steps, but would have liked sharper Charleston feet. Bruno is enthusiastic as well.

Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 8; Bruno: 9

Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi & Sasha Farber

Quickstep

"Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend," from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

Len says he's surprised with how good she is at ballroom. Bruno says she was on fire but does note some footwork mistakes.

Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 8; Bruno: 8

Bill Nye & Tyne Stecklein

"Jazz"

There's a lot of medical talk about Bill's injury. It boils down to -- he tore the heck out of his thigh muscle. The doctor says he shouldn't dance. Bill says, "People don't regret what they do, they regret what they don't do." Oh, Bill. I regret lots of things I've done. About 80% of them are the third glass of wine.

Bill IS going to dance tonight, wearing a brace that immobilizes his leg. Therefore, Tyne has to come up with "peg leg" choreography.

Bill gives it his all, but it's understandably awkward. Tyne is dancing enough for TWO women.

Carrie Ann says tonight they've seen great dances and great spirit, and Bill showed great spirit. I love how much the judges are praising Tyne's creative choreography given the limitations.

Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 6; Len: 5; Bruno: 5

Len clarifies that his score does not reflect his admiration for the man. Bruno echoes that sentiment.

Tonight's Scores

Brant & Peta: 27

Corbin & Karina: 26

Christina & Mark: 26

Elizabeth & Val:  25

Nicole & Sasha: 25

Leah & Tony:  24

Bill Engvall & Emma: 24

Amber & Derek: 24

Jack & Cheryl: 22

Bill Nye & Tyne: 16

Valerie & Tristan: 16

Those scores count with the votes from last week. I don't like this -- it makes the fan votes even more explicitly about popularity, instead of the merit of the performances.

Elimination:

Christina & Mark, Brant & Peta, and Bill & Tyne are all in jeopardy. Everybody else is safe.

WHOA. There are WAY more people voting for Valerie Harper than I expected.

I hope Brant & Peta stay, simply because Brant is funny. And, YAY, they're the next couple announced as safe. Peta looks completely gobsmacked.

Boo - there's no way Mark's going home this early, so it's probably time to say goodbye to Bill Nye.

Brooke points out that these two couples are not necessarily the bottom two.

To not-much-surprise, it is Bill & Tyne that are eliminated. Bill says his biggest regret in being eliminated is that Tyne won't get to continue in the competition in the season.

Predictions:

Personally, I'm ready to see Valerie go home, but if she's still mobilizing votes, I'm guessing it's Jack that goes home next week. At least, I hope tonight's spot "in jeopardy" will motivate Brant's voting bloc. He's smart, funny and a good dancer. Let's keep him around, America.