'Dancing with the Stars' Season 17 results: Christina Milian eliminated from DWTS on Oct. 14

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 14, 2013 

Talk about bittersweet.

Nearly two hours after scoring the first perfect "10" of the season, Christina Milian was eliminated on the Oct. 14 episode of "Dancing with the Stars." Making things even more bittersweet, she tied with Corbin Bleu for the best judges' score this week: 28 out of 30 points.

But this week's elimination considered viewers' votes from last week, and Christina (who was paired with professional dancer Mark Ballas) clearly didn't have a strong enough fan base.

Discussion time: Did the right celebrity go home?

Eight stars remain in the competition. Leah Remini was at the bottom of the judges' scoreboard this week with 22 out of 30 points.

This week’s theme was “my most memorable year.” Each contestant based his/her routine on a life turning point. However, the song apparently didn't have to be from that year, so the concept was a little flawed...at least in my opinion.

Singer Aloe Blacc also performed on Monday's episode. Here's a full recap of the show.


Christina Milian and Mark Ballas begin the show by dancing the cha-cha to "Forget You" by Cee-Lo. This dance pays homage to 2010, a year when Christina had a child. She later learned her husband (The-Dream) was being unfaithful and got divorced. Heavy stuff. She chose the song to send a message of female independence. It's a fun routine, and Christina finally seems like she's very comfortable on stage.

Len: "Great technique...fantastic." 10

Bruno: "I'm all flustered. I don't know why." 9

Carrie Ann: "That was something special." 9

Final score: 28/30

Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke dance the waltz to "Kissing You" by Des'ree. Jack says his most memorable year was 2012. That's when he became a father, but was also diagnosed with MS. He instantly worried about his ability to provide for his daughter. He dedicates this dance to his wife and daughter and thanks them for their support. It's a nice, elegant routine that exudes heavy emotion.

Bruno: "Your dancing tonight was wonderful." 9

Carrie Ann: "There's something so magical about you." 9

Len: "Fabulous...well done." 9

Final score: 27/30

Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani dance a contemporary routine to "Roar" by Katy Perry. Leah lists the past year as her most memorable year. That's when she left the Church of Scientology. I don't think she ever directly says the word "Scientology," but the references are pretty darn apparent. "With challenges in life, you could either be a victim or do something about it," Leah says. In the dance, Leah plays a puppet escaping her puppet master. It seems a little choppy at points, but this is still somehow the most I've liked Leah all season.

Carrie Ann: "It didn't seem like it was one seamless storytelling moment." 7

Len: "It was good, but for me it wasn't great." 7

Bruno: "Your performance and the storytelling was very, very good." 8

Final score: 22/30

Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff dance the foxtrot to "My Wish" by Rascal Flatts. Corbin's most memorable year is 2011, which is when his sister was diagnosed with scoliosis. He admires the attitude she's kept while dealing with the condition. It's definitely an adjustment seeing Corbin dance to a slower song. He handles the dance very well and I love how he finds his sister in the audience at the end of the dance.

Len: "Your footwork was good...The actual dance I really appreciated." 9

Bruno: Loved it. 10

Carrie: Raises some questions about a lift. 9

Final score: 28/30

Bill Engvall and Emma Slater dance the Viennese Waltz to Billy Joel's "She's Always a Woman." Bill picks 1982 as his most memorable year...because that's when I was born. Just kidding. I seriously need to get this Bill Engvall crush under control. Actually, 1982 is when Bill got married. They've been married 30 years. The dance is nice and emotional, even if Bill's moves seem a bit off at times. Bill kisses his wife in the audience after the dance.

Bruno: "A couple of timing issues." 8

Carrie Ann: "You touched our souls tonight." 8

Len: "Lovely rotation...well done." 8

Final score: 24/30

Snooki and Sasha Farber dance a jazz routine to "Work Bitch" by Britney Spears. Snooki says she's dancing for her son. It seems a little weird, given her song selection. Snooki picks 2012 as her most memorable year because that's when she gave birth to her son. She says being a mom has completely changed her lifestyle. She delivers a very solid performance -- definitely one of my favorites of the night so far.

Carrie Ann: "I loved it." 9

Len: "Well done." 9

Bruno: "Loved it." 9

Final score: 27/30

Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd dance a contemporary routine to "Your Song" by Elton John. Brant picks 2009 as his memorable year. He had moved to California to become an actor a year earlier with his dad's assistance. In 2009, Brant's dad passed away at 57. OK, this is definitely a sad one. It's very emotional and I want to give Brant a hug at the end of the performance.

Len: "I thought that was terrific." 9

Bruno: "You throw yourself into it with such dedication and passion." 9

Carrie Ann: "I just wrapped my heart around that routine." 9

Final score: 27/30

Amber Riley and Derek Hough dance a foxtrot to "Try a Little Tenderness." If you remember, Amber had a big moment with this song on "Glee." Amber selects 2009 as her most memorable year. That's when she hit rock bottom after being rejected from "American Idol," but then got her role on "Glee." I really enjoy this performance, especially how Amber ends it by standing at a microphone.

Bruno: "Lady Amber is here to stay...You are a performing powerhouse." 10

Carrie Ann: "You danced the heck out of that routine." 9

Len: "You are a star." Adds that there wasn't enough "foxtrot" in the dance. 7

Final score: 26/30

Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy dance a jive to "I'm So Excited." Yes, this really happened. The dance even kicks off with a short acting scene in which Elizabeth and Val recreate this famous "Saved by the Bell" moment. Elizabeth sort of picks two most memorable years: 2012 (when she gave birth to her son) and 1989 (when she moved to Hollywood from Michigan to pursue acting). It's a solid dance that gives me many "Saved by the Bell" flashbacks.

Carrie Ann: "Thank you so much for taking me back to the best times of my life." 8

Len: "It was sharp, clean, fast and exact." 9

Bruno: "Incredible fun." 9

Final score: 26/30

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