'Dancing with the Stars' Season 17 results: Snooki eliminated from DWTS on Oct. 28

ssorich@ledger-enquirer.comOctober 28, 2013 

After delivering consistently strong performances on "Dancing with the Stars," Snooki had just one question when she was eliminated from the show Oct. 28.

"Why am I leaving as a zombie?"

To add insult to injury, Snooki had to brave her elimination while flaunting fake blood after a Halloween-themed group dance. Not exactly the most glamorous exit.

But it was still surprising, especially since Snooki seemed like one of this season's stronger contenders. I assume most viewers thought Bill Engvall would be eliminated Monday night.

You'd think Snooki would have a relatively strong fan base, given the lingering popularity of "Jersey Shore." But I assume the kinder, gentler, more mature Snooki confused some fans. Her dance last week was certainly a stark departure from old-school Snooki.

Seven celebrities remain in the competition.

Monday's show also included team dances. Two teams of four competed against each other.

Amber Riley topped the judges' scoreboard at the end of Monday's show, while Bill Engvall was at the bottom of the scoreboard. Those standings are based on last week's scores and this week's scores.

Here's a full recap of the episode.

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Big news: Cher will be a guest judge next week! Yes, I believe in life after love.

Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy kick off the show with a quickstep to "Dance Apocalyptic." The dance has a cool '50s/'60s retro vibe that involves a story about aliens and UFOs possibly taking over our planet. Once again, ballroom dancing totally makes sense in that scenario. Elizabeth and Val stress out during rehearsal since they're fresh off the pressure of their perfect score from last week. Overall, it's an enjoyable performance.

Len: "That's the way to start a show." 9

Bruno: "What a good job." 9

Carrie Ann: "It was fantastic." 9

Final score: 27/30

Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd dance a jive to "Tutti Frutti." The dance has an ice cream shop theme. Brant says it's their hardest dance so far, and we see some footage of him practicing his dance homework beyond rehearsal. The final product is an energetic routine that's fun to watch. Well, there's just one problem. At one point, Brant removes part of Peta's wardrobe and tosses it on the floor. Too bad he nearly trips on the garment moments later.

Bruno: "That was a fully loaded, full of confidence jive." 9

Carrie Ann: "I think the routine was just a hair too challenging for you." 9

Len: "What I love is your energy, your attack and your enthusiasm." 9

Final score: 27/30

Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani dance the salsa to "I Know You Want Me (Calle Ocho)." We get the usual rehearsal footage story about Leah gaining more confidence on the dance floor. Tony says he's choreographing a technically difficult routine that will even impress the pro dancers. The end result is heavy on lifts, which Leah does very well. That's especially impressive, since we later learn she's dealing with a rib injury.

Carrie Ann: "You are in the zone...That was like going to the hottest salsa club." 9

Len: "You came out and really gave it everything." 8

Bruno: "Go for it." 9

Final score: 26/30

Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke dance a jive to "Going up the Country." In the rehearsal footage, we learn Jack isn't doing too well. He has some serious fatigue, which could either be a result of his MS or standard exhaustion. Cheryl thinks he still has a chance of winning. He actually delivers a pretty solid jive. It's not your traditional rapid-fire jive routine, but Jack inserts some personality and I'm entertained.

Len: "You've got great musicality." 8

Bruno: "There's a great charm in what you do." 9

Carrie Ann: "Everything was done with perfection." 10

Final score: 27/30

Amber Riley and Derek Hough dance the paso doble to some cool instrumental music. In the rehearsal footage, we learn they're both dealing with injuries. Amber has some knee issues and Derek's back hurts. Despite those setbacks, I think they deliver one of their best routines of the season. It seems technically solid without the extra tricks that sometimes dominate Derek's choreography. The mood lighting is pretty cool, too.

Bruno: "You danced with the attack of a demon." 9

Carrie Ann: "You slayed the beast again." 10

Len: "You are back in the game." 10

Final score: 29/30

Bill Engvall and Emma Slater dance the quickstep to "Viva Las Vegas." The song choice works out well, since Bill is fresh off a comedy performance in Las Vegas. As usual, Bill brings lots of personality to dance, but there's one major problem. This quickstep isn't exactly quick. It seems to lack energy at points and it doesn't seem like the most challenging choreography. That said, I still have a serious crush on Bill.

Carrie Ann: "That was your most challenging routine to date." 8

Len: "Well done to you." 7

Bruno: "Most of the steps were right." 8

Final score: 23/30

Snooki and Sasha Farber dance the samba to "Hey Mama." Snooki is dealing with some nervousness this week. In a pre-performance interview, she says she's a chihuahua on the dance floor. Then, during rehearsal footage, she says she's channeling Beyonce. As her frustration increases, she says she simply wants to be someone who knows the dance moves. She's worrying too much. She's still a good dancer, but this routine is a bit boring at points.

Len: "I think to dance at that speed and still show rhythm and control is terrific." 9

Bruno: "Once you got into the samba groove, it just was flowing." 9

Carrie Ann: Tells her to be a Great Dane, rather than a chihuahua. 9

Final score: 27/30

Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff dance the cha-cha to "Pumpin Blood." Like many of the other couples, they're also dealing with some frustration this week. Remember, they got some especially low scores during that ill-fated "Game of Thrones" dance last week. Karina tweaks this week's choreography up until almost the last minute. It works. This is maybe my favorite dance from Corbin this season. It's just so happy.

Bruno: "Back in sparkling form...Immaculate, brilliant." 10

Carrie Ann: "That was the tightest cha-cha I've ever seen." 10

Len: "Lovely, crisp footwork." 9

Final score: 29/30

TEAM DANCES!

Team Spooky Bom Bom includes Snooki, Elizabeth, Leah, Bill and their partners. They perform a Halloween-themed routine to "Bom Bom." This dance is pretty amazing. It's set in a cemetery scene and Bill is the grave keeper. Among the highlights: Snooki flies up in the air in a cool cheerleader move at the end. But hands down, Bill is the best part of this dance. He's being especially awesome tonight.

Carrie Ann: 9

Len: 9

Bruno: 9

Team Foxing Awesome includes Amber, Jack, Corbin, Brant and their partners. They dance to "The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)" Yes, really. And yes, animal costumes are involved. As much as I love Team Spooky Bom Bom, this dance is pretty amazing. Wow, wow, wow. The highlight? Well, I'm a big fan of Corbin and Karina in this routine. But all the couples do a really great job.

Carrie Ann: 10

Len: 10

Bruno: 10

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