Well, that was anticlimactic.
Nobody was eliminated on the Oct. 21 episode of "Dancing with the Stars." Why? There was apparently a technical glitch with displaying last week's phone numbers on screen. The producers discarded last week's votes.
This week's votes will count, however. No word on whether we'll have a double elimination next week.
Monday's dances didn't have a theme, though we got the exciting "Switch Up Challenge" toward the end of the episode. Couples performed spontaneous dances to songs of varying tempos. Amber Riley and Corbin Bleu won the challenge.
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Elizabeth Berkley and Amber Riley got the highest scores of the night, considering both the traditional performances and the points from the Switch Up Challenge. In the first round of the night, Elizabeth got a perfect score.
Bill Engvall is at the bottom of the judges' scoreboard.
Will his fans pull through? Were you disappointed by the lack of an elimination? Read my full recap, then share your reactions in the comments section.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater kick off the show by performing a tango to "Cheeseburger in Paradise." Yes, you read that correctly. The dance involves a complex story about a couple vacationing. They go to a restaurant and there's some drama over an order involving a salad and a cheeseburger. Because that always inspires ballroom dancing. Bill calls it a "redneck tango." It's a fun performance, even if the choreography doesn't seem to challenging.
Len: "Overall, well done." 8
Bruno: "There were a few timing issues." 7
Carrie Ann: "Strangely odd combination of humor and passion...I thought that you did it well." 8
Final score: 23/30
Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy dance the cha-cha to "Put Your Hands On Me." During rehearsal, Elizabeth has a mini breakdown that's spurred by an identity crisis that somehow involves her role in "Showgirls." My response is divided between sympathy and "get over it." Anyway, the intense emotions fuel an especially stellar performance. Elizabeth is in her element this week. She's happy, energetic and apparently solid from a choreography standpoint as well.
Bruno: "You've still got it, big time...so sexy it just killed me." 10
Carrie Ann: "You have so much confidence...I loved it." 10
Len: "You are a formidable partnership...You're consistent." 10
Final score: 30/30
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani dance a quickstep to "Man Wanted." Leah is dealing with some serious frustration after last week's dance. Leah says she got a visit from "my friend Jen" during rehearsal. By "Jen," she apparently means Jennifer Lopez, who brings a boy toy to the DWTS rehearsal. Was that really necessary? Either way, Jenny from the Block helps resurrect Leah's inner dancer. She delivers a very strong performance this week.
Carrie: "That might be the biggest turnaround I've ever seen." 9
Len: Says it's a huge improvement over last week. 9
Bruno: "You can do it and you proved it tonight." 9
Final score: 27/30
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd dance a tango to "The Night Out." Brant also gets a visit from a friend during rehearsal. But sadly, it's not Jennifer Lopez, or her boy toy. It's Janel Parrish, who plays Mona on "Pretty Little Liars." Her appearance makes me envision a cool PLL/DWTS crossover series in which Derek Hough is "A." Think twice before dismissing the idea. Anyway, Brant gives an energy-packed performance. The strobe lights are a bit extreme, though.
Len: "Sharp, quick, tasty...no gimmicks." 10
Bruno: "I love to see that aggression. I love to see that side of you." 9
Carrie Ann: "That was incredible." 9
Final score: 28/30
Amber Riley and Derek Hough dance the samba to "Get It Right." We get the obligatory rehearsal footage, with an emphasis on some especially difficult choreography this week. The end result? It's an energetic performance, and Amber is consistent as usual. However, for some reason I don't like this performance as much as some of the dances Amber delivered in previous weeks. It just seems like something's missing. Maybe I'd have a different opinion if Mr. Shue visited during rehearsal.
Bruno: "The Amber magic unleashed." 10
Carrie Ann: "Every time I watch you I can only think of the word 'fierce.'" 10
Len: "It was a fantastic routine...I found it a tad repetitive." 8
Final score: 28/30
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke dance a paso doble to "Conquest." Jack's biggest struggle during rehearsal? Portraying the intense character this dance requires. The final product is actually pretty good. I'm not sure if Jack entirely masters the intense character, but at least this routine isn't boring. Hmm...I don't have much else to say about this one. In the end, I'd classify it as "fine." Not a major train wreck, but not incredibly memorable, either.
Carrie Ann: "I loved that you put your heart and soul into it...It felt one-dimensional to me." 8
Len: "I thought it was full of intent and purpose." 9
Bruno: "Your timing wasn't as good as usual. Today you were chasing the music." 8
Final score: 25/30
Snooki and Sasha Farber dance the foxtrot to "Build Me Up Buttercup." We get the usual comedy hour with Snooki in the rehearsal footage. When Sasha tells her to portray a character, she suggests a variety of promiscuous women. This routine exudes traces of anything but promiscuity. It's a throwback dance with lots of elegant moves. I don't enjoy it as much as Snooki's faster dances, but it's still pretty solid. Way to go, Snooki.
Len: "I'm happy, you're happy, the audience was happy." 9
Bruno: "You move so well...you extended your lines so beautifully." 9
Carrie Ann: "You have really truly improved the most out of everybody." 9
Final score: 27/30
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff dance a Viennese Waltz to the "Game of Thrones" theme song. Corbin is a huge "Game of Thrones" fan. He even speaks to the camera in Dothraki. Karina? Well, not so much. This performance includes GOT-inspired costumes and fire on stage. Jack Osbourne could learn a bit from this level of intensity. Overall, I like the dance. However, I'm not sure if I like the concept, the choreography or both. It's really hard to tell.
Bruno: Criticizes Corbin's lines. "Somehow, it lost the flow." 8
Carrie Ann: "I thought it worked." 8
Len: "I loved the lyrical movement of it." Says there wasn't enough in the ballroom hold. 7
Final score: 23/30
MUSICAL GUESTS! MIKA and Ariana Grande perform "Popular."
NEW CHALLENGE! The Switch-Up Challenge involves couples performing spontaneous dances on stage. It's all new music and contestants will be judged on their ability to adapt to change. Four couples are on stage at the same time. The first couple tapped out gets one point, second couple = two points, third couple = three points and final couple = four points. You want to be the last couple standing. The song/tempo changes throughout the session.
First group: Jack (2 points), Corbin (winner, 4 points), Bill (1 point) and Snooki (3 points).
Second group: Brant (3 points), Amber (winner, 4 points), Leah (1 point) and Elizabeth (2 points).