'Dancing with the Stars' Season 17 results: Keyshawn Johnson eliminated from DWTS on Sept. 23

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 23, 2013 

Former professional football player Keyshawn Johnson was eliminated on the Sept. 23 episode of "Dancing with the Stars." Keyshawn, who was paired with professional dancer Sharna Burgess, is the first celebrity to exit season 17.

Eleven celebrities remain in the competition.

Keyshawn didn't have the lowest judges' score on the first week of the competition. That distinction went to Bill Nye the Science Guy. I predict Bill will stick around for quite some time, due to the apparent strength of his fan base.

In week one, Keyshawn scored 17 points out of a possible 30. Going into the competition, I think he had one of the smaller fan followings out of this season's competitors.

Monday's episode marked the debut of the show's new format, which combines performances and results into one show. Keyshawn went home based on combined judges' scores and fan votes from last week, but he still performed a new routine early in the show.

Here's a recap of week one. Who stood out during week two?

Cumulatively, Amber Riley is still at the top of the scoreboard. But Corbin Bleu got the highest score of week two. Bill Nye remains at the bottom of the scoreboard.

Among the night's noteworthy moments: We saw rehearsal footage of Leah Remini discussing the aftermath of her decision to leave the Church of Scientology. She said, "The Church is looking for me to fail...they're waiting for me to fail."

Here's a full recap of Monday's performances.

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Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy kick off the show with a samba. They dance to a Latin song. Sorry, I don't know the name. This is a solid start to the episode. Elizabeth seems very polished on the dance floor. It's a fun, energetic, professional performance. No major flaws. The only thing that would improve this dance is Elizabeth's "Saved by the Bell" co-star, Screech. Side note: Steven Tyler is in the audience.

Len: "That was so close...it was absolutely fantastic." 9

Bruno: "This is going to be an incredible competition." 8

Carrie Ann: "You are in your element." 8

Final score: 25/30

Christina Milian and Mark Ballas dance a paso doble to "Applause" by Lady Gaga. Christina wants to stand out from the pack after a somewhat average performance last week. This dance has a very dark theme. It kind of reminds me of...vampires? Either way, Christina shows much more personality this week, which I appreciate. Another very strong performance.

Bruno: "I'm sure Lady Gaga would approve and so do I." 8

Carrie Ann: "You were on fire. That was insane." 9

Len: "It was lovely...You were focused, you were fierce." 8

Final score: 25/30

Bill Engvall and Emma Slater perform a jive to "Crocodile Rock." Bill is a little deflated after his mediocre scores last week. I must admit: Bill is taking this competition a lot more seriously than I expected. I really enjoy this dance. From a technical standpoint, it's not perfect. But once again, it's a lot better than what I expected.

Carrie Ann: "I thought you did a great job...The footwork was a little funky." 7

Len: "I thoroughly enjoyed watching you." 7

Bruno: "You definitely hit the performance value big time." 7

Final score: 21/30

Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke perform a rumba to "Mad World." We see footage of Jack being super critical of himself during rehearsal. He says he got the worst genes in his family. He's fat, he has heart problems, he has MS and he can't sing. His words, not mine. His mom, Sharon, visits during rehearsal. Anyway, Jack delivers another nice performance. I can't believe he almost goes into a full split.

Len: "I thought it had great control." 8

Bruno: "What you've done in two weeks, Jack, is unbelievable." 8

Carrie Ann: "It's almost like you're other-wordly." 8

Final score: 24/30

Keyshawn Johnson and Sharna Burgess perform a samba to "Get Up Offa That Thing." Keshawn has to balance DWTS rehearsals with his ESPN gig. Keshawn wasn't especially stellar last week. I still think he's in trouble this week. This dance is just OK. He seems a little stiff during most of the routine. It's a slightly shaky performance.

Bruno: "You went for it all the way...You have to learn to count music." 6

Carrie Ann: "Still a little rough around the edges." 6

Len: "That was better than last week." 6

Final score: 18/30

Snooki and Sasha Farber perform a rumba to "Just Give Me a Reason." Once again, I refuse to call her "Nicole." They're apparently telling a story about a guy who makes a mistake and the woman who tries to forgive him. Quickly, I learn Snooki is much better at the faster dances. This dance seems a little forced and cheesy. Last week, she was much better.

Carrie Ann: "There wasn't a lot of fluidity...I wanted more dimensions of emotions in you." She also penalizes them for lifts. 6

Len: "I thought it was a very pretty dance...It became a little bit sharp and a little bit placed." 7

Bruno: "You have to learn how to act and sustain a character." 7

Final score: 20/30

Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani dance the samba to a Latin song. Leah has a slight freak-out during rehearsal, due largely to her recent decision to leave the Church of Scientology. She says, "The Church is looking for me to fail...they're waiting for me to fail." Wow, now I really want Leah to succeed. Fortunately, she loosens up a bit this week and it seems like she's coming out of her shell. She's a pretty good dancer, too.

Len: "That was terrific." 8

Bruno: "You came out of yourself and you have to believe in yourself." 8

Carrie Ann: "You unleashed your samba goddess." 8

Final score: 24/30

Bill Nye the Science Guy and Tyne Stecklein dance a paso doble to Beethoven's 5th symphony. Bill had the lowest judges' score last week. This week, Bill is supposed to be a mad scientist...or a creepy piano genius...or something else. Once again, he relies a lot more on acting than dancing. But I doubt he's in trouble. The audience immediately starts chanting Bill's name post-performance. Some Mensa members even attended the show to cheer for Bill.

Bruno: "You stepped it up definitely." 6

Carrie Ann: "You worked with what you've got." 6

Len: "I liked your commitment...I like the fact you're on this show." 5

Final score: 17/30

Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff dance the jive to "Kiss You" by One Direction. The dance has a "High School Musical" theme, paying homage to what's perhaps Corbin's major claim to fame. It's a high-energy performance that seems technically solid. Corbin starts the performance by dancing on top of the judges' table. Very strong dance overall. He even gives a "Wildcats" shout-out after the performance. For the uninitiated, that's a "High School Musical" reference.

Carrie Ann: "You turned every movement out perfectly." 9

Len: "You can dance...not quite a home run, but you got to third base." 8

Bruno: "This was a performance of dazzling brilliance." 9

Final score: 26/30

Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus dance a paso doble to "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood." Valerie has some knee troubles during rehearsal. This is something completely separate from her terminal cancer. But once again, she stays determined. I always get a little teary while watching Valerie. Is this the best dance ever? No. It starts strong, but gets a little rough as it progresses. I still love Valerie and I want her to stick around.

Len: "You came out with total commitment." 6

Bruno: "A couple of mistakes on the footwork...I can't believe that you actually did what you did." 7

Carrie Ann: "You just sort of looked lost (in the middle)." 6

Final score: 19/30

Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd perform a rumba to "Underneath Your Clothes" by Shakira. Once again, Brant is clearly supposed to be this season's heartthrob. I'm totally OK with that. It seems like a pretty good performance. Brant reminds me of a younger, slightly more normal version of Tom Cruise. Some of his "Pretty Little Liars" co-stars are in the audience.

Bruno: Liked it, says Brant needs to work on his walks. 8

Carrie Ann: "You can move." 8

Len: "You're a terrific-looking couple." 7

Final score: 23/30

Amber Riley and Derek Hough perform a jive to "She's So Fine." Can they maintain their spot at the top of the judges' scoreboard? Amber's a little nervous about the jive -- particularly because of her, um, upper body assets. Fortunately, there are no major casualties. They deliver a high-energy performance that's very fun to watch. Might not be the night's best, though.

Carrie Ann: "You're still a great dancer, but there were some technical difficulties." 8

Len: "Work on your footwork." 8

Bruno: "Irresistible." 8

Final score: 24/30

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