Dancing With The Stars: Double trouble, end of the road for one star

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas just missed a perfect score as Adam and Eve dancing a Contemporary routine. Photo: ABC
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas just missed a perfect score as Adam and Eve dancing a Contemporary routine. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, November 3, 2014 – In his first critique of week 8 on “Dancing With The Stars,” judge Len Goodman said, “You gotta risk it to be the biscuit.”

Goodman also referenced sausages, hot dogs and hot sauce during Monday night’s show. Some of the “Dynamic Duos” dance routines were tastier dishes than others. They were followed by three dance-offs, two with clear winners and one razor close.

One more couple made their exit, leaving a half dozen competitors going into week nine. Find out who it was by scrolling to the end of this review.

While tonight’s theme might not have been as successful as “Disney Week” or the Trios, live chat fans had fun thinking of additional couples for next time: Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Thelma and Louise. But we’re getting off track here.

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy scored a perfect 40 points for an ethereal Contemporary routine as “Romeo and Juliet.” It won them immunity from elimination, although they didn’t need the help.

Right behind tied for second with 38 points were Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas with an Earth Mother approach to a Contemporary routine as “Adam and Eve,” and Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson as “Batman and Robin” with a surprisingly sassy, successful Cha Cha Cha considering the theme. Witney Carson was the sexiest Robin ever.

Just one point behind at 37 points were Bethany Mota and Derek Hough, channeling the beloved Lucy and Ricky Ricardo with character and energy dancing to the show’s classic Cuban theme song “Babalu.”

Some distance behind were Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev, who started off the show dancing Jazz as “Bonnie and Clyde.” It was fun but lacked a little snap, for 32 points. Tommy Chong continues to amaze and set records as the most successful older contestant to date, dancing a Paso Doble with Peta Murgatroyd as Johnny and June Cash for 26 points. Then there was Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater, gamely giving their best shot to a Foxtrot as “Tarzan and Jane” for 25 points.

After the individual round, competitors paired off for a Dance Off in the same style to the same song. The winner as chosen by the judges was awarded an extra three points. It swapped up the final leaderboard a bit, but it isn’t likely to change the results next week. Winning the bonus points: Alfonso and Witney over Lea and Artem dancing Cha Jive; Bethany and Derek over Sadie and Mark dancing a Cha Cha Cha; and Tommy and Peta over Michael and Emma dancing Rumba.

It was the two senior gents left standing at the end of the show. This time, the NASCAR Nation couldn’t save Michael Waltrip, who was eliminated. Waltrip’s colleagues at Michael Waltrip Racing posted a collage of photos from his run on the show congratulating his run on the show. Although he wasn’t the most successful dancer, Waltrip improved and has said in several interviews that being on the show “made me a better person.” That is a win any way you slice it.

Michael Waltrip's colleagues at Michael Waltrip Racing posted this photo collage on Twitter after his departure from DWTS tonight.
Michael Waltrip’s colleagues at Michael Waltrip Racing posted this photo collage on Twitter after his departure from DWTS tonight.

Week 8 Leaderboard

Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson: Cha Cha Cha as “Batman and Robin”
Scores: 10-9-9-10 = 38 points plus three points Jive danceoff vs. Lea and Artem = 41 points total

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Contemporary as “Romeo and Juliet”
Scores: 10-10-10-10 = 40 points (IMMUNITY, no dance off)

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Salsa as “Lucy and Ricky Ricardo”
9-9-9-10 = 37 points plus three points Cha Cha danceoff vs. Sadie and Mark = 40 points total

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Contemporary as “Adam and Eve”
Scores: 9-9-10-10 = 38 points plus zero Cha Cha danceoff vs. Bethany and Derek = 38 points total

Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Jazz as “Bonnie and Clyde”
Score: 8-8-8-8 = 32 points plus no Jive danceoff points vs. Alfonso and Witney = 32 points

Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Paso Doble as “Johnny and June Cash”
Scores: 6-7-7-6 = 26 points plus three points Rumba danceoff vs. Michael and Emma = 29 points

Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: Foxtrot as “Tarzan and Jane” (ELIMINATED)
Scores: 6-7-6-6 = 25 points plus zero Rumba danceoff point vs. Tommy and Peta = 25 points

Viewers can vote via phone starting at the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT the next day. These votes count toward the following week’s elimination.

“Dancing With The Stars” returns for week 9 on Monday, November 10, at 8 p.m. ET on the ABC Television Network.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +


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