For the second week in a row, the trend that previously existed on this season of Dancing With the Stars fell by the wayside as the lowest-scoring competitors were saved by viewers’ votes, and therefore, were not eligible for elimination. Instead, two of the strongest celebridancers found themselves facing the chopping block, as Jennifer Grey -coming off her worst performance of the year – and Audrina Patridge – who endured harsh commentary from head judge Goodman for continuing to lack passion and character despite good technique – stood in front of millions of viewers and awaited their fate.
It was Patridge whose Dancing career ended, and the judges were horrified. When given the opportunity (before the identity of the eliminated couple was announced) to air their thoughts and feelings about the situation at hand, there was – for once – a consensus among the members of the panel: the prospect of losing either Grey or Patridge was “ridiculous,” as stated by Goodman. For two women who have routinely been at or near the top of the leaderboard to be the ones facing elimination while those who have dwelled near the bottom for the duration of the competition so far were safe was shocking, and, unfortunately, the mark of the power of the audience’s votes.
Such is life.
The Hills‘ star’s departure is disappointing on many levels, because she was good, and had she stuck around, there’s every chance that she would have made it to at least the top four. Perhaps her elimination, however, will have the same effect as Florence Henderson’s did, and will prompt the remaining competitors to really up their game next week.
In addition to the elimination, the episode also featured a performance by rock duo Heart, who sang “Barracuda,” one of their signature songs, while Louis Van Amstel, Derek Hough, Damian Whitewood, Karina Smirnoff, Chelsie Hightower, and Peta danced a routine choreographed by Van Amstel. Kylie Minogue also performed, and overall, the performances were enjoyable and didn’t feel like they existed only to prolong the episode. Also featured were some pre-taped segments in which famous rockers weighed in on their favorite celebridancers, and seeing the likes of Bret Michaels and Alice Cooper critiquing ballroom dancing – quite ably, actually- was brilliant. It was a good way to round off “Rock and Roll Week,” even if the elimination was definitely one that rocked the competition…and not in a good way.
This is the point when competitors understandably start getting nervous – it doesn’t matter how good you are, or where you place on the leaderboard. If you don’t get those votes from the audience, you go home.
You never know who’s next.