Dancing with the Stars Season 17 results: Bill Nye the Science Guy eliminated from DWTS Sept. 30

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comSeptember 30, 2013 

Some Mensa members probably weren't happy Monday night.

That's because Bill Nye the Science Guy was eliminated on the Sept. 30 episode of "Dancing with the Stars." Nye, who once attracted a Mensa cheering section in the DWTS audience, struggled with an injury during his final performance. In fact, some people speculated he'd withdraw from the competition Monday.

Nye, who was paired with professional dancer Tyne Stecklein, consistently earned low scores from the judges. But he had a certain intrigue factor among fans.

Under the new format, all the couples danced before the elimination ceremony. Nye was the final performer and struggled with a leg injury that happened when he tripped during last week's performance. He tried to work around the injury by doing the "robot," but the judges weren't too impressed.

Ten celebrities remain in the competition.

Monday's show had a Hollywood theme. "Pretty Little Liars" star Brant Daugherty got the best score of the night: 27 out of 30. Actress Valerie Harper tied with Nye for the worst score of the night: 16 out of 30.

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


Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani kick off the episode with a rumba to "Skyfall." Once again, we get footage of Leah being insecure in rehearsals. She's nervous about the sexiness the rumba requires. Nervousness aside, the dance turns out pretty well. It's an enjoyable performance, aside from Leah's odd facial expressions throughout the dance. The sexiness seems a bit forced.

Len: "I thought the interplay between the two of you was terrific." 8

Bruno: "I loved it." 8

Carrie Ann: "You have turned up the steam notch to, like, full steam ahead." 8

Final score: 24/30

Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff perform a quickstep to some retro music. They're conveying a weird storyline about a scandal between a film director and an actress. The producers even bust out the black and white -- er, brown and white -- screen filter for the beginning for the performance. Despite Corbin's fears, it's a fun, polished dance that looks very professional.

Bruno: "Maintaining your synchronicity at that speed is almost impossible and you did it." 9

Carrie Ann: "It was very impressive...I thought you nailed it." 9

Len: "It was a bit hectic at times for me." 8

Final score: 26/30

Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy dance the foxtrot to "Come Fly With Me." We see rehearsal footage of a weird trust exercise that involves Elizabeth dancing with Val while blindfolded. As much as I want to love Elizabeth, I'm getting really annoyed by her excessive use of "hashtag" in spoken conversations. The dance is nice, but the hashtag thing must go.

Carrie Ann: Says almost everything "was flawless and beautiful." 8

Len: "That was chicken soup to the eyes." 9

Bruno: "You're flying first class all the way." 8

Final score: 25/30

Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd dance a quickstep to the '20s version of Beyonce's "Crazy in Love." Brant had a rough week. He hurt his leg...lost his phone...and was robbed at gunpoint. WHAT?!? To make matters worse, I think Brant said the robber got away with his Latin dance shoes. Amazingly, they still deliver a very solid performance Probably my favorite so far.

Len: "It had speed, but it also had control." 9

Bruno: "I think the nation is going to go crazy for you." 9

Carrie Ann: "You are a fantastic dancer." 9

Final score: 27/30

Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus perform a cha-cha to "Grace Kelly," originally performed by Mika. The storyline? Grace Kelly dances with Freddie Mercury. As strange as it sounds, I actually love the concept. Unfortunately, Valerie struggles throughout the performance. She seems to forget quite a few of the moves. It's rough, but I hope she sticks around.

Bruno: "You went wrong so many times...You just did a lot of mistakes tonight." 5

Carrie Ann: "You lost your way throughout the whole dance." 6

Len: "You landed safely. You got through it." 5

Final score: 16/30

Bill Engvall and Emma Slater dance a paso doble to the Lone Ranger theme song. Unsurprisingly, the dance's storyline involves Bill playing the Lone Ranger. In rehearsal, Bill says he wants to win DWTS. Once again, he exceeds my expectations -- a lot. It's a great performance, even if the choreography doesn't seem as challenging as other dances we've seen. Way to go, Bill.

Carrie Ann: "You nailed the paso." 8

Len: "That was your best dance." 8

Bruno: "The Lone Ranger is a hit." 8

Final score: 24/30

Amber Riley and Derek Hough dance the Charleston to "Bang Bang" from "The Great Gatsby." Amber's been really busy, balancing DWTS with filming an episode of "Glee" and recording her album. It's a fast, high-energy dance that seems especially difficult. But they seem to pull it off well. Actually, I think the judges shortchanged them a bit with the scores.

Len: "Well done." 8

Bruno: "You just sell it like no one can." 8

Carrie Ann: "Your bottom half was not as bangin' as your top half." 8

Final score: 24/30

Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke perform the cha-cha to "Hollywood Swinging." The performance has a '70s theme and Jack kicks it off by sliding down a long flight of stairs. Fortunately, he doesn't get injured. There aren't any train wreck moments, but the performance seems a little boring. It's not quite at the quality that Jack delivered in previous weeks.

Bruno: "Very ambitious routine...you've got to watch your hip action." 8

Carrie Ann: "It was good." 7

Len: "I love your commitment." 7

Final score: 22/30

Christina Milian and Mark Ballas dance the Charleston to "Let Me Drown." Christina reminds us she's a single mom and we see footage of her daughter visiting their rehearsal. The dance has a strange storyline involving Mark dressed as a clown and Christina wearing lingerie. Somehow, it works. From a technical standpoint, the dance seems difficult and they pull it off.

Carrie Ann: "That was incredible." 9

Len: "As a dance and as a performance, it was top notch." 8

Bruno: "Absolutely brilliant." 9

Final score: 26/30

Snooki and Sasha Farber dance the quickstep to "Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend." Earlier in the show, Snooki said she thinks she was Marilyn Monroe in a previous life. I'm not sure she's kidding. Anyway, this dance is a significant improvement over last week's effort. Snooki seems much more comfortable with the faster dances. I love how she does a cartwheel during the dance.

Len: "For your first ballroom dance, you come out and surprise me." 8

Bruno: "You were in character." 8

Carrie Ann: "What you did out there blew me away." 9

Final score: 25/30

Bill Nye the Science Guy and Tyne Stecklein dance a jazz routine to Daft Punk's "Get Lucky." We learn a little more about Bill's leg injury, which happened when he tripped at the end of last week's dance. An expert advises him not to dance, but Bill focuses on choreography that involves immobilizing his leg. The result? A routine that centers on Bill playing a robot. It's actually pretty awesome and not that different from Bill's normal dancing.

Bruno: "It was very entertaining." 5

Carrie Ann: "I think what you've done is absolutely outstanding." 6

Len: "To perform with that type of injury takes guts...that shows a lot about the man." 5

Final score: 16/30

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