The results proved shocking, as we said goodbye to two former champions, neither of whom held the bottom score on the leaderboard.
Note: Spoilers ahead if you didn’t watch Tuesday’s episode.
Drew Lachey (Season 2) and Helio Castroneves (Season 5) were sent home on the season’s first double elimination week after their performance scores were tabulated with their viewer votes. Joining them in jeopardy, but saved were Kirstie Alley and Sabrina Bryan. While Helio did suffer a mishap in his quickstep, Drew did not. Drew’s cha cha was technically sound, energetic and entertaining, as seen in the video above. What might have hurt him is dancing first on Monday, a placement many see as a disadvantage.
Tied for second to last place on the leaderboard with Kirstie, Drew was given his walking papers first. His sadness was evident as he graciously said, “This was tough regardless of who went home, I would not change a thing… I had an amazing partner.” And with that Tom gave him a goodbye hug.
At the end of the hour, Helio was eliminated despite being tied in third place with three other couples. An upbeat Helio offered his gratitude: “I want to thank America, you guys voted for me… I couldn’t be happier, thank you.”
What does this mean for leaderboard bottom dweller Bristol Palin?
Despite a lack of dance skills and continually low scores, Bristol remains strong in the competition. Week after week, she earns enough votes to push better dances and higher scorers to the overall bottom. It tempts one to think Bristol could simply lie on the floor and still stay in the running. Is the Tea Party actively voting, or is that America just loves an underdog? Whatever the formula is, it works. And Bristol lives to dance another week.
Next week sees some new twists on Dancing with the Stars. The All-Star couples will perform for guest judge Paula Abdul, dancing a style chosen tonight by their competitors. The hook is that the dances are not common styles on the show.
Here’s the breakdown:
Bristol picked “Bollywood” for Gilles Marini
Kirstie picked “Disco” for Sabrina
Helio picked “Mambo” for Shawn Johnson
Kelly Monaco picked “Bolero” for Emmitt Smith
Melissa Roycroft picked “Hip Hop” for Apolo Ohno
Apolo picked “Jitterbug” for Melissa
Emmitt picked “Contemporary” for Kelly
Sabrina picked “Charleston” for Kirstie
Bristol gets the remaining dance from the list “Rock-n-Roll”
Do you agree with the double elimination of Drew Lachey and Helio Castroneves? Sound off below.
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