What a fine thank you this is. Chris Jericho introduces Dancing With the Stars pro Mark Ballas to American Idol’s Pia Toscano and then he gets dumped on the night they perform together. That’s harsh, man! Having said that, would you mind sliding our digits to Dmitry Chaplin, next time you see him? Or Maksim Chmerkovskiy, if he isn’t engaged? Or anyone with NKOTBSB? Just if you have a minute...
It really wasn’t too much of a shock to see the wrestler go home since he had the lowest score of Guilty Pleasures Week — a 22 out of 30 for his Tango to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’.” (You’re just tempting fate with a song like that.) He said he was grateful that the judges weren’t even more harsh with him, so at least he’s not delusional about how he performed. Speaking of Kendra Wilkinson, she was in the bottom three with Chris and Ralph Macchio. It came down to Chris vs. Ralph and at that point it was no contest. We love Chris, but it’s a capital crime to not support Ralph — especially after he helped pro partner Karina Smirnoff recover from her mishap.
Read on for a full recap of the two-hour Tuesday night special.
Hanson is back: At the start of Dancing With the Stars: The Road to the Finals, Hanson performed their new song, “Give a Little” as the DWTS Troupe danced. The new troupe members are great, but it’d be nice to see more eliminated pro dancers at times like this. We need our Dmitry fix.
Dancer dissection: Hines Ward — The judges and past stars talked about each remaining DWTS contestant’s strengths and weaknesses. Hines is a natural, Len Goodman says. He was really into Hines’ Viennese Waltz and they replayed it with Len’s commentary. Last season’s winner, Jennifer Grey, said Hines makes it look easy and she knows it’s not easy. (She made it look easy, too.) Kyle Massey said Hines seems like the kind of great guy who would give him a ride somewhere. Don’t be taking rides from strangers, Kyle!
Dancer dissection: Chelsea Kane — Bruno Tonioli said Chelsea is cute and sweet with an underlying level of sexuality. He’s so creepy sometimes. Chelsea has great precision and timing and she’s very versatile, Bruno added. Donny Osmond said when he watches Chelsea, it’s almost like watching a professional dancer. Drew Lachey likes how Chelsea & Mark Ballas keep experimenting with choreography. Kyle says Chelsea has great facial expressions while she dances. Bristol Palin’s advice to Chelsea is to make it to the finals because she wants to see Chelsea’s Freestyle. Bruno says Chelsea’s breakthrough dance was her Cha-Cha-Cha on Story Week.
Dancer dissection: Chris Jericho — Len said Chris treats every dance like a wrestling match, going full on and knocking out couples. Something that sets him apart is the beautiful lines that he makes. They’re always clean, making beautiful shapes. Drew said Chris is probably the biggest surprise this season. Gilles Marini said Chris has a great advantage ‘cause he’s dancing with Cheryl. Awww! Gilles is an angel. Len thinks Chris’ best dance was his Viennese Waltz from American Week.
Dancer dissection: Kendra Wilkinson — Len calls Kendra “the survivor.” Donny said Kendra has what it takes to win, she just has to listen to the judges and Louis van Amstel. Drew said Kendra doesn’t have much of a filter. Bristol said when she was on the show she realized what the judges said wasn’t everything (yes, we remember) and if Kendra is doing what her fans want, they’ll keep her around. Jennifer said Kendra has earned her place there. Len thinks Kendra’s American Week Foxtrot was her best dance.
Rock of Ages: The cast of Rock of Ages — starring former American Idol star Constantine Maroulis and Rebecca Faulkenberry — sang a special medley of the show's hits created specifically for DWTS. They’re wearing the kind of horrible ‘80s costumes we were hoping to see on last night’s Guilty Pleasures Performance Show. Tom Bergeron talked to Constantine and he discussed how being eliminated feels on Idol, which literally shoots down the hall in the same studio.
Dancer dissection: Romeo Miller — Carrie Ann Inaba said when Romeo gets on the dance floor, you know you’re going to see some swagger. The dance floor heats up. Kyle said Romeo knows his music and his musicality is great. Drew likes Romeo’s athleticism. Donny said Romeo has such an ego, but he has the goods to back it up. Jennifer likes his transformation from a tough kid to a sensitive, romantic man. Bristol knew he could make Latin dances look cool, but he also made the Foxtrot look cool. Carrie Ann gave commentary through Romeo & Chelsie Hightower’s American Week Foxtrot. Last night’s Titanic dance gave Chelsie her first 10 in five seasons? That’s a surprise.
Dancer dissection: Ralph Macchio — Bruno said Ralph has the ability to inhabit a role. We feel and believe everything he’s going through in the dance. When Ralph came out on the very first show, Kyle was very surprised at how good he was. Bruno said Ralph is better at ballroom than Latin. Donny said Ralph needs to learn to gyrate. Did you ever expect to hear Donny Osmond chide Ralph Macchio on his hip gyrations? Life is weird. Bruno loved Ralph’s Classical Week Waltz. That really was one of the most beautiful dances of the season. The Romeo & Juliet routine!
Dancer dissection: Kirstie Alley — Carrie Ann said Kirstie is a force of nature. She is all confidence and sensuality. She owns the dance floor. None of the other women have that self-assurance. She also has great foot placement. Bristol said Kirstie is the one person she looks forward to seeing when she turns on the TV. Drew said Kirstie has a great ability to rebound. Carrie Ann said Kirstie’s best dance was her Week 1 Cha-Cha-Cha. She loves the famous Kirstie Alley “boob pop.”
NKOTBSB performs: They launched the actual 9 p.m. Results Show with “Don’t Turn Out the Lights,” accompanied by DWTS pros Lacey Schwimmer & Tony Dovolani and members of the new DWTS Troupe. Did you know that Jonathan Knight of New Kids on the Block is Kirstie Alley’s “good luck charm”? What’s up with that? Is it weird that we started to squee like Justin Bieber fans when we first saw the New Kids and Backstreet Boys backstage? It’s a total time warp. They look gooooood — especially Nick Carter. His brother, Aaron, competed on Season 9. Tom reminded us that Joey McIntyre performed on Season 1. Forgot about that! He made it to third place, but there were only six competitors that first season. Later in the night, NKOTBSB performed a two-song medley of “Step by Step” and “I Want It That Way,” accompanied by DWTS pro Anna Trebunskaya and troupe member Peta Murgatroyd. “I Want It That Way” is really hard to sing. Brian Littrell struggled in the beginning. But we still love him.
Encore dance: Len said he wanted to see Kendra & Louis’ Samba again, because it was so hot he was surprised the sprinklers didn’t kick in. So we saw it again and Len loved it just as much. Bruno even fanned him in the end.
More about the DWTS Troupe: OK, they’re hot and their accents are really cute. We do like them. Wanna know more about them? Find it here.
"Macy’s Stars of Dance" performance: Because absolutely no one is allowed to escape the Royal Wedding this week, a wedding-themed “Macy’s Stars of Dance” number portrayed a fairytale love story throughout the ages. The number was choreographed by and starred Chris Scott. The whole thing was set to “Stand By Me.” It was a touching little number. The older couple were especially cute.
Pia Toscano performs: The beautiful and insanely popular Pia Toscano sang "I’ll Stand by You" as DWTS pros Mark (Pia’s rumored boyfriend) & Karina danced. It was cute backstage when Karina pretended to feel left out as Mark and Pia stood with their arms around each other. Pia does look a bit too pageant, though. When does Mark even have time to date her? He’s always rehearsing. They just seem to have dinners together … and she did help make that silly “Friday” parody. But Chelsea, Chelsie and Romeo were there, too. Pia sounded great, though. She had no trouble with her notes. Mark had a nice solo showcase and they split the screen to show Mark dancing as Pia sang. No one loves this couple more than the producers. Tom asked Pia if Mark is a good kisser and she said he’s a good person. Aww!
Who goes home? It came down to the bottom three on the judges’ leaderboard: Kendra & Louis, Ralph & Karina and Chris & Cheryl. In Ralph vs. Chris, Chris was pinned on the mat.
Chris’s parting words: How shocked is he? It’s good timing, he said, because he has to fly over to England for the Royal Wedding. (Ha ha!) He said it wasn’t his best dance this week, but he’s proud of getting this far. He’s a wrestler and a rock star and he did a great job, but now he can go back to being Chris Jericho the daddy. He also thanked Cheryl for being a great partner and a great friend. He’s a big talker. Cheryl said Chris exceeded her expectations and she’s so proud of him.
Coming next week: Two dances for each of the final six couples!