‘Dancing with the Stars’ review: Taylor Swift performs, and an elimination shocker
It’s been a full two weeks since we have actually seen a “Dancing with the Stars” results show, but we came back Tuesday night with one key question: was Kirstie Alley going to find a way to survive on the show yet again? The good news this time around is that it was Kelly Monaco who actually had the lower combined totals between the three judges over the course of the past three nights. The bad news? She was still the second-lowest on the leaderboard despite being an inspiration and a source of constant entertainment.
Surprisingly, Kelly and Val did not have to wait very long to find out their fate, as the voting public declared the two parties to be safe very early on in the results show along with Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke, who arguably have the biggest fan following out of everyone.
In the midway point of the show, the good news for Kirstie as she and Maksim Chermovskiy were also declared safe along with two other popular pairs: Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough and Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd. Ultimately, we were left with a trio of people who, at least when it comes to scores, were somewhat surprising choices: Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani, Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff, and Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel. When we saw this group, there was really just one thing that we thought about: Melissa was probably going home, since she had the smallest support base of any of them.
However, we were wrong! The two in trouble at the end were none other than Sabrina and Apolo, who each had perfect scores the night before. Once again, we had the craziest stunner of all in that for the second time, she just didn’t have to fans to keep her around. Has there ever been someone at the top of the leaderboard to go home? We’ll have to check the history books on this one.
What did you think about the episode, and did the right person end up going home? Be sure to share your thoughts below, and you can also see if we got this exit right in our rankings over at the link here.
Update: Taylor Swift’s performance is now here.
November 3, 2012 @ 11:00 am
Kelli has a big following from the soap fans and she was the very first champ plus she and Vat are adorable and have a awesome chemistry. Melissa and Tony are dispelling the rumors that she made it as far as she did in her season because people felt sorry for her. She is extremely talented and she and Tony have a great chemistry. Shawn is an american icon much like Apollo and Emmitt.
October 31, 2012 @ 6:32 pm
I’ve watched nearly every season and no, the scoreboard leader has never gone home. The closest was Roshon last year who got eliminated at #2, but that was double elimination and the scores were much closer. This was probably why Sabrina was cut: this never happened to #1 before, she was just too safe for both weeks, probably had the safest lead in the history of the show at a 2 point to perfect score after two weeks, 10 points ahead of Kelly, and actually had the highest cumulative score of the season and one of the highest averages in the whole series at this point.
Which is why voters thought, “Why waste my vote on someone completely safe when I can save someone in trouble?” Unfortunately, that thinking makes the safest person in trouble.