"Brady Bunch" mom Florence Henderson and partner Corky Ballas were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" after five weeks of competition. They earned the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes, though Disney star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer and Alaskan teen mom Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas earned lower scores from the judges.
The 76-year-old was gracious about leaving the show. "I have been in television for over 50 years and I have to say, in all honestly, this is one of the best produced shows I've ever been on." She thanked the crew, the hosts, the musicians, "even" the judges and, of course, her "darling" partner Corky Ballas.
In the first five minutes of the show, viewers were surprised to learn that two lowest scoring couples — Disney star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer and Alaskan teen mom Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas — received enough viewer votes to return to next week's sixth competition episode. Also safe were the highest scoring couple singer Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy. NFL star Kurt Warner and partner Anna Trebunskaya and reality star Audrina Patridge and partner Tony Dovolani will also dance next week. Also returning are actress Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough, who have consistently been judges' favorites, and Rick Fox and partner Cheryl Burke.
Here's a recap of the performance show:
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After the performance show, singer Brandy and partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy were the leaders with 27 judges' points. Earning the fewest points were Alaskan teen mom Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas with 18 points.
Singer Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy earned 27 points (straight 9s), out of 30, for their quickstep to the theme of "Friends."
Len Goodman, 9: "I'm so impressed... It was full of energy... It was without a doubt your best dance."
Bruno Tonioli, 9: "You found the right formula... You were on it."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 9: "I see such an amazing new bond. Not only are you trusting yourself, Brandy. You're trusting your partner... You're at a whole other level now."
Florence Henderson and partner Corky Ballas danced a tango to (what else?) "The Brady Bunch." They earned 21 points. Barry Williams, aka Greg Brady, appeared in rehearsals to motivate Florence. Florence said her now-56-year-old friend always had a bit of a crush on her. She would neither deny or confirm a "relationship" with the actor who played her son on the show.
Bruno Tonioli, 7: "The beginning... you played it classic, straight it was a beautiful tango... You've got the means to do something great."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 7: "I liked it... You are a sexy senior and you worked it."
Len Goodman, 7: "I wish I was a sexy senior." he was rewarded with a kiss from Florence. "You've got to week five on merit... parts of that tango were excellent. A couple of bits were a little too frantic."
NFL star Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya earned 24 points for their to quickstep to "Bewitched."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 8: "I think I just saw the spirit of Gene Kelly enter the ballroom.. It thought it was wonderful."
Len Goodman, 8: "After last week the only way was up, and up you have gone."
Bruno Tonioli, 8: "The magic is back. I like it when you're bewitched."
Reality star Audrina Patridge and partner Tony Dovolani earned 23 points for their rumba to "The Hills" theme song. Tony encouraged Audrina to eat garlic and onions before rehearsals to get over the awkwardness of practicing the romantic dance. (Warning: Don't try that on a first date.) He said Richard Gere gave him the tip.
Len Goodman, 8: "Lovely feet and legs... Good hip action going."
Bruno Tonioli, 8: "Don't be plastic. Be fantastic because you can."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 7: "Everything was gorgeous from the hips down... from up above... it was sort of still and dead."
Disney star Kyle Massey and partner Lacey Schwimmer earned 20 points for their 1970s style foxtrot to "Charlie's Angels"
Bruno Tonioli, 7: "You bring on the feel-good factor because just watching you is a joy... This was a foxtrot possessed by disco fever... I was expecting a joke... There wasn't enough foxtrot in it."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 8: "I loved the way you were leading with full-body contact.. I like the disco fever."
Len Goodman, 5: "It started bad and it gradually got worse and worse... That was a joke... I thought it was terrible."
NBA star Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke earned 24 points for their rumba to the "Hill Street Blues" theme. They went to visit the Lakers and Rick's former teammate Kobe Bryant and former coach Phil Jackson during rehearsals. Phil had one demand: "Don't let Kurt Warner beat you."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 8: "Officer, officer, I'd like to report a crime. It should be a crime that you can look that good and rumba so well. You turned it on tonight. It just got hotter and hotter."
Len Goodman, 8: "There's an ease and elegance about your dancing... I didn't really get the feeling of a developing romance. It was more like a couple staying together for the sake of the children."
Bruno Tonioli, 8: "The children are going to be gorgeous... In a week you went from mega-tron to mega-smooth."
Alaskan teen mom Bristol Palin and partner Mark Ballas earned 18 points for their jive to "The Monkees." They came out in monkey suits which the judges applauded, but the technique suffered.
Len Goodman, 6: "I liked the monkey suits. In fact I would like you to have kept them on a bit longer... They were good fun... I think I saw a high degree of performance from you."
Bruno Tonioli, 6: "I think you tried to perform and it worked but the technique went down the Swanee."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 6: "This show is about making a transformation and trying something new, and I saw a real transformation."
"Dirty Dancing" actress Jennifer Grey and partner Derek Hough earned 26 points for their foxtrot to "Married with Children."
Bruno Tonioli, 9: "It was like watching the perfect housewife... Beautifully danced."
Carrie Ann Inaba, 8: "It was good... It wasn't nearly your best."
Len Goodman, 8: "The actual dance is lovely... It was all a bit too theatrical... You're such a nice dancer that I don't think you need to waste 12 bars or whatever with a feather duster. Just get out there and show us how you dance."
Eliminated week four:
Mike 'The Situation' Sorrentino, the "Jersey Shore" star and partner Karina Smirnoff were eliminated on the week-four results show of "Dancing with the Stars." They were the couple who received the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers votes. They received just 28 out of 60 judges' points for their dance on the week-four performance show that aired Monday.
"I put it all on the floor last night... It is what it is. I tried my best and at the end of the day someone's gotta go home," The Situation said.
When DWTS host Tom Bergeron pointed out that The Situation seemed different on DWTS than he was on "Jersey Shore," the reality star agreed. "I give what is needed at a particular situation... I'm not a dancer, and I tried to practice... It's definitely hard. On 'Dancing with the Stars', you really got to see the whole Situation," he said.
In previously filmed footage, The Situation said: "I've definitely learned a lot about myself and that I'm able to, sort of, go out of my comfort zone and try new things."
Eliminated week three:
Comedian Margaret Cho and partner Louis Van Amstel were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" on the week three results show. The couple received the lowest judges' points on the performance show with 18. Their combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes was the lowest of the contestants.
"I thought the judges were really hard on me, but I think you were hard on me because you could see that I am a dancer for real," Margaret said. "Thank you for the opportunity to let me dance." In rehearsals, Margaret said: "I've experienced every emotion on this journey just from heartache and sadness to intense joy and celebration. It's really taken me for such a ride."
Louis said: "For her to put her heart out here on the dance floor... I love you, and our journey hasn't finished."
Eliminated week two:
Singer Michael Bolton's jive to "Hound Dog" with partner Chelsie Hightower needed a "pooper scooper" to clean up all the mistakes, according to "Dancing with the Stars" head judge Len Goodman. And that wasn't even the meanest comment given during the week two episode of Season 11. Judge Bruno Tonioli told the Grammy winning singer that his dance was the worst jive performed in any season of the show's existence. Ouch. Bolton received the lowest score of the evening with just 12 points.
Eliminated week one:
Actor David Hasselhoff and partner Kym Johnson were the first couple to be eliminated from Season 11 of "Dancing with the Stars." The 58-year-old former "Baywatch" star and previous host of "America's Got Talent" said "I feel bad for Kym 'cause she worked so hard to try and get me where I was going. I'm just so proud that my daughters are here."
Recap of the week one performance show:
Judges awarded 24 out of 30 points to "Dirty Dancing" star Jennifer Grey, making her the week one leader but judges weren't sure she'd be the leader for long. Len Goodman said "This is a dance that really suited you... I'm waiting for next week to see how you can do a jive."
Earning the fewest judges' points — 15 — were The Situation, Margaret Cho and David Hasselhoff. Michael Bolton was slightly ahead with 16 points. Florence Henderson and Bristol Palin had 18 points each while Kurt Warner and Audrina Patridge received 19 each. Rick Fox got 22 points and Kyle Massey and Brandy received 23 points each.