Week eight of "Dancing With The Stars" starts and ends with standing ovations. But come on, you've GOTTA give an icon like Cher a standing ovation! Even though her actual dance critiques from the judges table weren't exactly sharp and scintillating ... she's Cher! She's a fan! And not only did Cher sing (twice), the couples danced to Cher songs, the troupe performed to Cher songs at the commercial breaks, and her son, "DWTS" veteran Chaz, was in the audience for support!
Although this was a Cher-centric and Cher-tastic week, we must address the business at hand: The seven couples who are still vying to stay in the ballroom for another round of dancing. They each did a different type of dance, plus one very confusing "dance off" round. Seriously, what was the point of that?
(Find out who was VOTED OFF the show here!)
P.S. Maybe it's budget cuts, but apparently they only gave Cher a "9" paddle! You get a 9! You get a 9! Everybody gets a 9!
Here's a recap of round eight, from highest score to lowest:
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke -- 27 out of 30 / 3 points in the dance off = 30 total points.
No one is more surprised about Jack's success than Jack. He's actually into this whole dance thing, and at the beginning of the competition, he didn't think that was possible. He and Cheryl Burke perform the Tango to the classic "The Beat Goes On."
Jack says the fact that Cher is in the ballroom adds a little bit of stress but he has a newfound confidence and is ready to "bring it." Carrie Ann called him smooth and in control; Bruno applauded how much he's grown and Cher said he looked like a pimp. Yes, it was a compliment!
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff -- 27 out of 30 / 3 points in the dance off = 30 total points.
We learn this week that Corbin's trying to produce a movie and apparently its crunch week for the project. He gets phone call after phone call during rehearsal and Karina Smirnoff is taking second position on his calendar this week.
They're doing an Argentine Tango to a song from Cher's movie "Burlesque" and Corbin's distraction in rehearsal was noticed by both Carrie Ann and Bruno. They gave him good marks, but knew he could do better! Loved when Cher turned her paddle around and instead of saying "Nine!" she said "Cher!"
Amber Riley and Derek Hough -- 28 out of 30
(As high scorer in the first round she was exempt from the dance off round)
Amber's got a bum knee; Derek Hough has back and neck issues. But this top scoring duo dances on no matter what. Amber was a little nervous about the Rumba; she gets all giggly when she has to show her sexier side. They get the great Cher song "Turn Back Time" and nail it.
Cher complimented Amber on walking into the ballroom and "owning it," Bruno Tonioli appreciates that Amber goes for it, no matter what and while Carrie Ann Inaba gave them a "9," she said she felt it wasn't her best dance and wants her to push a little more.
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani -- 25 out of 30 / 3 points in the dance off = 28 total points.
Leah is thrilled to have Cher in Len Goodman's seat for a week. She's hopeful that Cher will look at their Viennese Waltz as an artist and view the "whole" routine -- that means no nit-picking! Their song is Sonny and Cher's "I Got You Babe" and the story of the dance mirrors when the couple actually met oh-so-long ago. It touched Cher, and she said she was enthralled with the beautiful and sweet Waltz.
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd -- 27 out of 30
The real world steals a few days away from the rehearsal room for Brant and he has to work on the set of "Pretty Little Liars." He and Peta Murgatroyd have the Foxtrot and their song is Cher's "Shoop Shoop Song (It's in His Kiss)" from the movie "Mermaids."
Brant struggles with the timing of the Foxtrot during rehearsal, but figures it out and brings a solid routine and fabulous smile, to the ballroom. Cher talked about star quality, and thinks Brant has "it." Carrie Ann and Bruno agreed, but also told Brant to work on his finesse.
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy -- 25 out of 30
Elizabeth and Val Chmerkovskiy also had a difficult week in rehearsal. Their Jazz routine was very physical, she got tossed around like a rag doll ... there had to be a lot of bruises this week! Her tapes piece included a lot of "Ow! Ow! Ow!" I think she's harder on herself than anyone else in this competition is, but Val is such a great coach and tells her simply to do her best, and that's it.
Cher told the couple she liked their rough and tough routine, then got BLEEPED by the censors for saying something like she likes strong women who don't take (expletive) from men. Bruno and Carrie Ann both thought the routine was a little one dimensional.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater -- 24 out of 30
Bill really, truly thought last week was the end of the line for him and "DWTS" so he is thrilled to be back for another round. And he gets Disco! He lived through Disco! Bill is also a true Cher fan; like play the cassette in your car LOUD and drive around singing at the top of your lungs fan.
He and Emma Slater do a fun, fast, not necessarily award worthy routine to "Strong Enough." He once again gets high marks for performance value and personality, but not so much for actually staying on the beat.
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