Dancing with the Stars cuts the field down to six couples as one more pair goes home. Did Chaz's number finally come up? Did Maks' blowup come back to bite him and Hope in the butt? Or did someone else take a hike? Find out below!
For the record, I think Hope and Maks are fine. Whether you're Team Maks or Team Len, his outburst would only spur his fan base to mobilize. They will probably land in the faux bottom two as punishment though. Len makes no mention (yet) of engaging in World War III with Maks and instead selects J.R. and Karina for the encore.
First safe couple:
J.R. and Karina
After a performance by Kristin Chenoweth (how catchy was that single?), the next two top scorers, Ricki and Derek, and Nancy and Tristan, hit the stage. But that's not before the requisite footage of each star, after getting raves, apologizing last night for having been difficult in rehearsal. You know, guys, you should always apologize for being surly, good scores or not. "You're not Hitler. You're not the Third Reich," Nancy told Tristan. "You're not Mussolini." "She didn't say he wasn't Stalin," Tom quips.
Next two safe couples:
Ricki and Derek
Nancy and Tristan
Because we can never have too many Broadway tributes, the Macy's Stars of Dance pay tribute to New York's theater district with a medley choreographed by Kenny Ortega and featuring Corbin Bleu (he starred in In the Heights). Am I the only one who misses the 'fro? And who thinks of The Beautiful Life when they hear his name? Yes? Thought so. Martina McBride follows because if there's one name that screams "Broadway," it's — oh, wait. It's cross-promotion time. She'll be on the CMA Awards next week.
And now the real drama begins! Footage rolls of Chaz venting about the judges in the confessional last night (guess we know whose side he's on!) after their routine.
"If you're an overweight woman losing weight, they love you," he fumed. "If you're an overweight man... they penalize you and [compare] you to penguins ... like I'm some fat troll dancing with this beautiful woman every week." OK, no one likes or deserves to be compared to animals, I'll give him that (and Bruno is geting more and more ridiculous with it), but the fact is you're not a good dancer and you know that. If you could move like Kirstie did, then you'd be seeing higher scores. But the judges have also been generous with your scores when they could (and should) have been harsher and always gave an A for effort. Len gives Bruno a "tsk, tsk" finger wave, but he just unapologetically brushes it off, like a "who me?" Don't play dumb now, dude.
Next safe couple:
David and Kym
Chaz and Lacey are in jeopardy.
After a pre-Halloween dance with kiddies, the time has finally come! Maks speaks! He tells Brooke the judges are entitled to their opinions and so are the pros. "The one thing I really want to apologize for is — I had this idea in my head and it [came out wrong] — it's not my show. I'm part of a very large cast and crew." So what was this "idea"? He wishes it was his show? He made the show what it is? "Damn. I was going to ask him for a raise," Tom jokes.
It wasn't all smiles and laughs last night — all three judges' mouths dropped when Maks made that comment, and all three concurred that Hope's dance "was no better" than Chaz's. "I'm tired of having her judged on meticulous footwork while someone else is being judged on effort," Maks reiterated in the confessional. "I am starting behind many of these people. ... I don't give a sh--," Hope said. So maybe we should vote you off then? Also, there isn't a ringer in this group, Hope, so the former comment doesn't hold.
Next safe couple:
Rob and Cheryl
Hope and Maks join Chaz and Lacey in jeopardy, but are not necessarily the bottom two.
And the couple going home is... Chaz and Lacey.
"I took so much away from this. This was an amazing journey that really pushed me and showed me I could do so much more than I thought I could," he says.
Tom asks if he has any regrets, and Chaz immediately says no. "I wanted to show America a different kind of man. If there was somebody like me on TV when I was growing up, my whole life would've been different," he says, dedicating his appearance to struggling LGBT youths.
This one was a long-time coming, and it's unfortunate better dancers left before Chaz, but I don't begrudge him his run. It's about being America's favorite dancer, not the best, which Kristin and Chynna apparently only realized post-boot. Plus, had Chaz not stayed this long, we may never have seen Cher in all her glory. Silver lining, people.
What did you think? Did the right person go home? Or did you want Hope and Maks to go for his outburst? Will Bruno be getting a Christmas card from Chaz? Will Bruno stop with his animal comparisons? Will Maks and the judges kiss and make up? Does Tom deserve a raise? (The correct answer is yes, duh.)
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cuts the field down to six couples as one more pair goes home. Did Chaz's number finally come up? Did Maks' blowup come back to bite him and Hope in the butt? Or did someone else take a hike? Find out below!