'Dancing with the Stars' Season 17 results: Valerie Harper eliminated from DWTS on Oct. 7

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 7, 2013 

Well, that was rough.

It wasn't exactly shocking to see Valerie Harper eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" on the Oct. 7 episode. After all, Harper tied with ousted contestant Bill Nye for the lowest score on last week's show.

However, Harper's back story made it hard to see her go. This year, Harper announced she has terminal cancer. She seemed to tackle "Dancing with the Stars" fearlessly. She performed with memorable charisma and requested honest critiques from the judges.

Fittingly, Harper performed her final routine, a Viennese Waltz, to "Carry On."

"It was an opportunity for me to carry a message to folks," Harper said Monday of her time on the show. "It's really a great thing to get out and dance."

Nine celebrities remain in the competition.

Corbin Bleu, Elizabeth Berkley and Amber Riley topped the judges' scoreboard, all scoring 27 out of 30 points. Valerie Harper had the lowest score of this week's performances, with 18 out of 30 points. Bill Engvall and Brant Daugherty had the next lowest scores, both scoring 21 out of 30 points.

DWTS alum Julianne Hough was a guest judge on Monday's episode. She didn't mention her ex-boyfriend, Ryan Seacrest, but she did conveniently note she's single.

Here's a full recap of the episode.

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Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke kick off the show with a quickstep to "Man Like That." We see rehearsal footage featuring some (possibly staged) tension between Jack and Cheryl. We learn Cheryl is experiencing "that time of the month" and she's also apparently never heard the word "marionette." Those concerns aside, this performance is much better than what Jack delivered last week. His facial expressions seem a bit awkward, but I'll let that slide.

Julianne: "That is such an improvement from last week...You have to show that you're having fun." 8

Bruno: "I've never seen so many tricks in my life...The footwork was incredible." 8

Carrie Ann: "I thought you were way more animated this week than you were last week." 8

Final score: 24/30

Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy dance the Argentine tango to "Symphony #6: Fair the Well & the Requiem Mix" by Emily Wells. Their rehearsal seems quirky as usual, with Elizabeth initiating some strange exercise that involves staring into Val's eyes. Hey, at least she's stopped using "hashtag" in spoken conversations. This is probably my favorite dance from Elizabeth so far. It's elegant and intense.

Bruno: "You did it. Be proud of yourself." 9

Carrie Ann: "You have been from day one the most elegant and sensuous dancer." 9

Julianne: "You have been one of my favorites from day one." 9

Final score: 27/30

Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd dance a salsa to "Shake Senora" by Pitbull. They desperately want a "10" this week, but there's a problem. In addition to a hurt foot, Brant also has a hurt shoulder from a previous bike accident. He's worried about handling one of the lifts in the routine. Peta says she left some lifts in, but adjusted the choreography for Brant's health. Here's what you need to know about the dance: Brant removed his shirt. The routine was fun, but maybe a little choppy at points.

Carrie Ann: "The lifts were fantastic...but the actual salsa was a little broken looking." 7

Julianne: "It was a little bit loosey-goosey for me." Then she reminds Brant she's single. 7

Bruno: "You lost the technique." 7

Final score: 21/30

Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus dance a Viennese Waltz to "Carry On" by fun. Oh, man. I always get emotional watching Valerie, and this week is no exception. I'm bordering on full-fledged water works. And I don't even normally like this song! Despite this dance's emotional power, Valerie once again struggles with the choreography. Things seem a bit rough at moments. Her weaknesses are becoming much more apparent.

Julianne: "What you started out with was gorgeous...You were beautiful and I bow down to you." 6

Bruno: "You really hit the poses beautifully...don't show the mistakes...just act over it." 6

Carrie Ann: "There were some beautiful, beautiful moments." 6

Final score: 18/30

Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani dance the cha-cha to "Papi" by Jennifer Lopez. They're determined to improve their scores this week. They tell us they opted for some challenging choreography. The result? Well, the dance seems fine, but I always have difficulty absolutely LOVING any of Leah's dances. Something always seems a little...off. But I think she's improving and I'd like to see her stick around.

Bruno: Loved it, but says there were some footwork problems. 8

Carrie Ann: "You're in the zone...Some of the movements could be a little stronger in the beginning." 8

Julianne: "I feel like there's a little bit of a disconnect...you need to use that body to match your face." 8

Final score: 24/30

Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff dance a paso doble to some guitar music. They're determined to top the judges' scoreboard this week. They also want to overcome Carrie Ann's criticism that Corbin is inserting his hip-hop background into his dances. The bottom line? This performance is FIERCE. I love how it doesn't rely on tricks or special effects -- just really good dancing. Well, Corbin removes his shirt. That might be a slight special effect.

Carrie Ann: "The intensity was smoldering...just a little bit of the hip-hop still came in." 9

Julianne: "Thank you for doing no gimmicks because you don't need it." 9

Bruno: "It was an incredibly powerful performance." 9

Final score: 27/30

Snooki and Sasha Farber dance the jive to "Mickey" by Toni Basil. They had a tough week. Snooki has been traveling back and forth between coasts, and it's taking a toll on her health. She got sick. This routine has a cheerleader theme, which resurrects mixed emotions for Snooki. She liked cheerleading in high school, but she also developed an eating disorder while participating in the activity. She channels those memories into a strong performance and I'm still a Snooki fan.

Julianne: "That was so you...Amazing overall." 8

Bruno: "Your performance level has grown beyond recognition." 8

Carrie Ann: "That was the cutest thing I've ever seen." 8

Final score: 24/30

Christina Milian and Mark Ballas dance the foxtrot to "Sexy Silk" by Jessie J. Christina gets frustrated and discouraged while rehearsing. She pulls herself together for this routine, which has sort of a cool '20s vibe. As usual, Christina delivers tons of attitude during the performance. However, in my mind Christina is kind of like Leah. I haven't really seen the "wow" factor yet, but I'd still like her to stick around.

Bruno: "Fantastic." 8

Carrie Ann: "You perform the heck out of these numbers." 8

Julianne: "I would love to see a completely different side of Christina." 8

Final score: 24/30

Amber Riley and Derek Hough dance a tango to "Love Lockdown" by Kanye West. Derek maintains that even though Julianne is his sister, they're not guaranteed a good score. Plus, Amber is dealing with some knee issues. Despite that setup, they deliver a pretty amazing performance. It's nice seeing Amber in a performance that dominated so much by raw emotion. Her footwork seems fairly solid, too.

Carrie Ann: "You were like one person...I was just so crisp and clean and passionate and beautiful." 9

Julianne: "You were wonderful." 9

Bruno: "You're a magnificent dancer." 9

Final score: 27/30

Bill Engvall and Emma Slater dance a samba to "Cuban Pete." We learn Emma fell while rehearsing for last week's performance. Maybe it was slightly Bill's fault? Either way, he felt awful about it and never wants it to happen again. Once again, they deliver a fun, energetic routine. Yes, it seems a little goofy at times and Bill isn't the best dancer ever. Somehow, I'm still drawn to this guy. I don't know how this happened, but I'll embrace my Bill Engvall obsession. After the judges' scores, Bill and Emma learn they're safe from elimination this week. Bill gets super emo and I love it.

Julianne: "You are the heart of the show in my opinion...You have this quality about you that's kind of like my dad." 7

Bruno: "It had everything you can wish for in a samba, except timing and rhythm." 7

Carrie Ann: "It was really, really entertaining." 7

Final score: 21/30

More "Dancing with the Stars":

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

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

'Dancing with the Stars' Season 17 Episode 1 recap: Amber Riley impresses, Bill Nye struggles on DWTS premiere

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