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Janel Parrish & Val Chmerkovskiy close out the round. America wants them to kiss, so they start with a will-they-or-won't-they teaser and end with a big smackeroo. On the way to the judges' table, Val apologizes for messing up. But Janel says he's still really cute and it was a blast and she got kissed, so it was all good.
Julianne guesses correctly that the messing up was Val's patent leather shoes sticking together, but she doesn't care, that was the best dance of night so far. Bruno praises the detail of the choreography and Carrie Ann praises their full-body performance when other quickstepping couples are too worried about the dance to use their faces. Len says Janel had hold, posture and movement.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 10; Julianne: 10; Bruno: 9.
Janel and Val are at the stop of the standings, but could Janel be the one going home? Sometimes the fan base means more than the dancing.
It's the trio round next, with an eliminated pro or troupe member added to each celebrity couple. Alfonso, Witney and Lindsay are dancing a Paso Double; Alfonso thinks the Paso is so manly he'll need two girls. The girls might be humoring him a bit, but he does pretty well.
Len's a fan; Julianne is screechy. Bruno demands WHO'S THE MAN? and Carrie says DAY-um.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10; Len: 10; Julianne: 10; Bruno: 10.
Tommy and Peta are joined by Sharna. Tommy says he'll be using the Michael Waltrip formula, surrounding himself with beautiful women and hoping no one looks at him.
The dance starts with a welcome to Chong Airways, thanking us for flying high. (Dear DWTS: We get that joke. Really.) Peta and Charna are flight attendants and Tommy is a cheerful frequent flyer. The big airplane set limits them to a small stage, which means Tommy doesn't have as many steps to forget.
Bruno is having a coughing fit and the Julianne can't judge for giggling. Carrie Ann says it was good entertainment and Len is changing his ticket to London to Chong Air.
In the skybox, Erin says it's every man's dream to have to beautiful women dancing with him and asks Tommy how it was for him. He says is was very hard, and Dear DWTS: we get that joke too.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 7; Len: 7; Julianne: 7; Bruno: 7.
Lea and Artem will be working with Henry, who looks like a young Chmerkovskiy brother, and I mean that in the best possible way. The boys will be cool dudes being bossed around by a real woman. Lea says it's good to have them on their knees. In the Paso they are shirtless except for some accent straps, so their scores will automatically be one point higher. I'm doubting it will be traditional enough for Len, and since you can only be in hold with one person at a time, the guy left out looks a bit awkward capering about on his own.
Bruno comments on the inadequacy of his own chest and tells Lea she has enough prime beef to last her for a lifetime. Carrie Ann says it was a good strategy for Lea to be dancing with such a matched pair and Len says it kept the flavor of the Paso Doble and the focus on Lea. Julianne says job well done.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Julianne: 9; Bruno: 9.
Bethany and Derek will be dancing the Argentine Tango with Tony Dovolani. In practice, Derek is complaining of a back injury and says he's depending on Tony to step up with the tricks. The dance must be set in a steampunk dystopia because everyone's wearing leather corsets (I think I saw Bethany's on corsetstory.com). The guy not in hold doesn't look awkward at all, so well done Derek for the choreography.
Carrie Ann loves that performance, but dares to criticize Bethany's connection with her partners and is booed because that's what the audience likes to do. Len thought the connection was great. Julianne and Bruno compliment the change in style from the waltz to the tango, done with equal authority.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 10; Julianne: 10; Bruno: 9.
Sadie and Mark will be dancing with Emma, the first time a female celebrity will be working with a female pro, and the first time a foxtrot will be done as a trio (nothing says complicated like the foxtrot). Mark and Emma are dancing when Sadie strolls on the floor, and the Mine! No, Mine! story gives Emma action when Mark is in hold with Sadie. Mark is wearing wingtips, not spats, and his tattoos are covered, so -- and I can't believe I'm saying this -- well done, Mark.
As they go to the judges, Sadie tearfully tells Tom she forgot the last part, but Len says that it was the best of the trios and wishes he had an 11 paddle. Julianne tells Mark it was worth the risk to add a woman partner. Bruno says movie-star stunning and Tom cuts Carrie Ann off for time.
Scores: Carrie Ann: 10; Len: 10; Julianne: 10; Bruno: 10. I have no love for the whole "Duck Dynasty" thing, but Sadie's just a really genuine kid and is doing very well. I hope she goes to college and dates a beardless vegetarian who reads Sartre.
Janel and Val are dancing with Keo, doing Salsa as a tribal dance, apparently from the tribe of shirtlessness and posturing and crazy scary lifts. Judging is rushed for time, but Julianne says there wasn't a lot of Salsa content but that doesn't matter because she's in a really good mood. Bruno calls Janel the jungle queen and invokes Josephine Baker before Tom cuts him off. Carrie Ann calls her a superstar and Len, predictably, wants more Salsa even though he thought it was fantastic.
They don't have time to go to the skybox to get the scores: Carrie Ann: 10; Len: 9; Julianne: 10; Bruno: 10.
The couples are lined up for results: Alfonso and Witney are safe, and so are Bethany and Derek. Janel and Val are safe, too.
Down to Lea and Artem and Sadie and Mark: it's not such a surprise, then, that between the two of them, Lea is eliminated. She went out on two great performances, though.
Alfonso and Witney and Janel and Val are tied for first; Tommy and Peta are at the bottom of the leader board.