'Dancing With The Stars': Buzz Aldrin, Jake Pavelka face elimination in Week 3
Much like last week, hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke waste little time and kick the show off with some results. Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinska and Erin Andrews and Maksim Chermikovskiy are both safe, as they should be.
Head Judge Len Goodman walks us through the recap of last night's action with his commentary. Niecy Nash explains in confessional that she was so surprised by how emotional she was, it distracted her from the dance at the begininng. What I appreciate about Chad Ochocinco is he's very honest about his personal critiques - he admitted he was crappy last week and this week he felt he was on point. Len believes he overscored Erin Andrews last night with a 7, feeling she deserved a 6 based on being short on content. Tom says Len was "retroactively cranky."
Evan Lysachek and Anna Trebunskaya's Quickstep to "Hot Honey Rag" from "Chicago" got the encore nod. Deservedly so. And that cartwheel by Evan, despite being simple, is still impressive.
After the first commercial break, Reba McEntire performs "I Want A Cowboy" accompanied by the high-stepping of Edyta, brothers Maks and Val, and the same blonde from last night's demo (I thought Tom said Shauna last night but now I don't think that's right - I'll have to investigate). I liked the Line Dance/Ballroom fusion they did and you've just gotta love Reba. After the performance, Tom asks who her favorites are so far and she answers Erin, Evan, and Nicole. Then Tom pokes fun at her hurting the other celebtestants feelings.
Next, more results. Tom saves Niecy and Louis Van Amstel from the Red Light of Doom. Excellent.
After more adverts, Derek Hough, and Chelsie Hightower perform a Paso Doble with Mark Ballas providing some guitar along with another guitarist (Jeremy Silver) and a violinst (Songa Lee). This was a really cool number on all accounts. The music was really good (no percussion, just rhytmic guitars) and it was, naturally, well danced. Thumbs up. Though I don't buy Derek with the slight stuble. It made him look like a high school sophomore.
There was a backstage interview but...I wasn't paying attention. Moving on. Tom then enlists the judges to explain next week's gimmick - a Double Score plus special assignments. Each couple will receive a seperate performance and technique score as well as be tasked to do specific moves in their dances. Len calls it "the most demanding test of their abilities so far." I like the surprise assignments and changes this season a lot better than last season. Though we are only three weeks in so I won't set that in stone.
Nicole Scherzinger and SweatyPostPerformance!Derek are given a pass to next round before the another commercial break. Obviously the rule-breaking last night didn't hurt them any, not that they should've been eliminated because of it.
Reba returns to sing "Consider Me Gone" from her new album. Lacey Schwimmer and Dmitry Chaplin are our pro dancers this time around. I was disappointed that they weren't among this season's pros but I'm glad they're popping up in these types of numbers. And wow for Lacey doing a split leap into Dmitry's arms. Oh yes, she landed on them in the splits and that was impressive.
So last night Tom announced that Joey Fatone will be dancing the Tango with Melissa Rycroft for the Macy's Choose Your Own Adventure Dance. It's further revealed that they'll be performing to "Rock And Roll All Night." Eh on the song, yay for Joey!
The first bit of official filler is Melissa showing us what it's like to be in the audience for the show. It includes audience interviews and the warm-up shenanigans while the audience waits. I kinda wish she was the co-host. Oh well, maybe next season.
Evan and Anna and Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke are saved next. The remaining four couples are who I thought would be left at this point. Here's another backstage interview and oooo...something shiny...
Filler #2: A piece about how all the couples are becoming the awesomest of bestest, bestest friends and how it sucks to say goodbye to the eliminated celebtestants.
Okay, so Pamela Anderson and Damian Whitewood are safe which I'm very happy about. She definitely deserves to move on and I've always kind of liked her. It seems like she gets the joke, you know?
One more commercial break and the last of our results are getting served up. First up, Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa are in the Spotlight of Potential Banishment as are ex-"Bachelor" Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower. Len a bit surprised and a little disappointed since, like me, he thinks Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani should be bathing in some red lights (though he didn't actually say that).
Huh...so it's Buzz and Ashly's swan song. Jake looked fairly shocked and Ashly tells him how proud she is. Buzz was as classy as you'd expect, stating he wanted to experience the challenge and reignite interest, appreciation and support of space exploration.
That's right voting public. You just disappointed a freakin' American treasure. As they take their last dance, the rest of the couples salute him from the stage.
*Sigh* I can't say Buzz shouldn't have been eliminated at this point but he's just so darn cute. How do you feel about the results? Did you enjoy the packed show (way less filler than usual, thankfully)? Any other thoughts?