Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

Dancing with the Stars Episode: "Dancing With the Stars"

Season 10, Episode 17
Episode Synopsis: The ninth-round results show. Included: Miley Cyrus and Sarah McLachlan perform. Also: Melissa Rycroft and Joey Fatone dance the tango; and dance teams from Utah Valley University and Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey compete against each other in a ballroom showdown.
Original Air Date: May 18, 2010
Guest Cast Sarah McLachlan Miley Cyrus

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Tuesday, May 18, 2010 Season 10, Episode 17

Dancing with the Stars' final three is set as one last couple is bounced from the ballroom. Find out who falls short below. Plus: Design-a-Dance returns and the College Dance Championships continue.

This is the 100th elimination episode, people, so who will the unlucky couple be? We know who it's not right away.

First finalist:

Evan and Anna

Hardly a shocker there. Len recaps Monday next. He wants Erin to conquer her nerves and says Nicole needs to be in the final on the strength of her Argentine tango and cha-cha. Chad, he ways, was a revelation and would be a shoo-in for the final in any other season. Really? He could compete against Shawn and Gilles? Joey and Apolo? Evan and the paso were genius, Len says, and of course, they get the encore! It's well-deserved and I would choose them too, although this means Erin and Maks never got an encore this season.

Pro Bios
Flipping the switch from Monday, we now get bio packages on the pros.

Maks: Baby Maks was such a chubster! Doesn't his pops looks like he could be Maks' brother? (His just turned 50 last month, if you've read Maks' blog.) Maks moved to the U.S. from "behind the Iron Curtain" when he was a kid, and that meant he could start ballroom dancing.
Cheryl: Whoa! Cheryl's the spitting image of her mom. The Bay Area native was very shy when she was a kid, leading her mom to think she was deaf. Dancing changed all that, of course.
Anna: More youthful-looking Russians! Anna's mom could pass as her sister. Jonathan thought Anna was cold and standoffish when they first met; of course, they're married now. Anna feels great being in the semis since she hasn't been back since Season 2.
Derek: Derek, the "Ken doll" of the Hough clan, started dancing because his parents made him go to classes with his sisters. We all know what happened after that: He moved to England to train with Corky and Shirley Ballas and became BFFs with Mark. What we didn't know until now: Corky would take Derek's hair gel away as punishment.

Sarah McLachlan follows to perform "Angel" and "Loving You." She's accompanied first by Anna and Jonathan, who perform a gorgeous waltz, and later by Dmitry, Lacey, Damian and Kym.

Macy's Design-a-Dance
Melissa Rycroft and Joey Fatone: Tango

Who knew you could tango to Kiss? One thing's for sure, Joey's definitely put back on the weight he lost on the show. The pleather ensemble isn't helping matters either (great going there, humorless designer-guy). Melissa's still looking hot and hasn't lost a step. The whole routine would look better if Joey didn't have the lame Kiss makeup on ... and if another guy had won the vote. (Why wasn't Apolo an option?)

College Dance Championship

Rutgers University Scarlet Knights: Cha-Cha
The formation team was only formed a month ago, so they consider themselves the underdogs. Why do all these guys look like they're 12? Are they even in college? They do a solid job, but they fall out of sync at certain points and look nervous. Still, a job well done for a bunch of newbies. Len loves the pattern changes and notes some mistakes. Bruno and Carrie Ann, ditto.
Score: 21

Utah Valley University Wolverines: Cha-Cha
It's the only place that offers a bachelor's for ballroom dancing, so these guys are hardcore. The team starts rehearsals at 6:40 a.m. These guys are 10 times sharper and technical right off the bat. Their routine is also faster and the choreography is top-notch, especially when you take into account the endless formation changes for five couples. (Rutgers only fielded four couples.) They end with the guys carrying the ladies upside-down by the leg. Poor Rutgers. This is no contest. Bruno calls it fantastic. Carrie Ann calls it effortless and high-impact. Len loves the degree of difficulty.
Score: 29

Unfortunately for, well, all of us, we must suffer through most tragic performance ever from the cage-dancing "bird" Miley Cyrus before we get more results. Lip-sync, much? I don't think they even tried not to pass the vocals off as a track. I averted my eyes for most of this to save myself. "Billy Ray, your little girl's all grown-up," Tom quips.

Second finalist:

Nicole and Derek

That leaves Chad and Erin. Chad's still got a smile on his face, while Erin looks depressed and defeated. Len maintains that under "normal circumstances," both would already be in the final, since this is the strongest season — and would-be final three — ever.

Third finalist:
Erin and Maks

So it's bye-bye Chad and Cheryl! Chad's pleased with what he's done and thanks Cheryl and the judges for their criticism, which has made him stronger. Cheryl calls him "the most humble guy you'll ever meet" and "the most amazing, soft gentle man in the world." And despite all the flirting and jewelry-giving, they're just friends. "I'll be here — as a professional next year," Chad says.

What do you think? Did Chad deserve to go? Are Evan, Nicole and Erin a good final three? Did you like the bio packages on the pros? Do you feel bad for the Rutgers dance team? Did Joey go overboard with the Kiss makeup? How do you plan on recuperating after Miley's performance? Are you excited for next week's freestyles? Who's your current pick to win? Vote below!

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