Live from Hollywood ... Dancing With the Stars, and I predict Chelsie Hightower and Ty Murray will go home. But before that, we gotta whole lotta results show to get through. First up, Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani repeat their smashing samba, which earned a perfect score of 30 Monday.
Next up, we get DanceCenter, a spoof on SportsCenter, which is always on on ESPN (Go Boston Red Sox!). Kenny Mayne is joined by judge Len Goodman and Jerry Rice. They discuss the dancers, and ... snooze. I'm not sure what they're telling us in these "key statistics" that we haven't already heard. Len looks especially tan, and the segment is a bit too long. I begin to fast forward on the DVR.
Now let's get to some results ...
Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke are the first couple through to the semi-finals. No surprise there! My dad is probably excited.
Now ... more DanceCenter. Really?
The Macy's Stars of Dance performance is to Coldplay's "Viva la Vida." The dance is done in and around a large metal and Plexiglas-like star that rotates.
Now, our potential DWTS pros will dance with past contestants as part of the pick-the-next-contestant competition. It's down to three possibilities. First, Afton DelGrosso and Cody Linley dance the samba to Wyclef's "Dance Like This."
Shakira's "Hips Don't Lie." I think Afton is fabulous. Len says she makes Cody "less wooden," and judge Bruno Tonlioli says she helped Cody sell himself. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba thinks Afton would bring a nice, youthful energy. (Vote for Afton with the correct number! They put up the wrong on at first.)
The next couple safe are Melissa and Tony.
Now, potential DWTS pro Mayo Alanen, who will dance with Lisa Rinna, is up. The height difference is interesting. He's 6 feet 3, she's 5 feet 6. Lisa makes an analogy to ... well, something a bit more personal than dancing. They do a quickstep to Katrina and the Waves' "Walking on Sunshine." Bruno says Mayo knows how to work it and makes the most out of a situation. Carrie Ann says they sometimes got out of control. Len says they pushed the boundaries. He gives them a "well done."
Anna Demidova and Maurice Greene will do the tango. He picks the dance because he hasn't done it before. I'm really impressed with Maurice. Carrie Ann calls the traditional routine great. Len says Anna brought the most out of her celebrity. Bruno calls her a miracle worker; he says Maurice has never danced better.
The next current couple safe are Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas. (Cheer!)
After a commercial break, we learn Lil' Kim and Derek Hough are ... going home! WHAT? I'm in shock. With several good finishes, it's not deserved. Don't get me wrong; Ty is fabulous. He's really grown. But Kim is the better dancer. (I can see how Ty's charm appeals to the fans.)
Lil' Kim mentions she has brought different viewers to the show, then Tom mentions it was a shock when he announced her name, and that he doesn't think he's offending Ty by saying that. Chelsie is nodding. Derek talks about how much he loved working with his partner.
Goodbye, Queen B! (I'm pretty sure DWTS still thinks that's "bee." Wrong!)