Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

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

Season 13, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: The third-round results show includes performances by Mary J. Blige and Estelle.
Original Air Date: Oct 4, 2011
Guest Cast Estelle Mary J. Blige

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011 Season 13, Episode 9

Dancing with the Stars hits the single digits as it cuts down to nine couples. Did Chaz make another comeback, or was there a shocking boot? Plus: Chubby Checker drops by.

So Cher the serial tweeter vows to come next week should Chaz survive tonight. Last-ditch voting ploy for her boy? Was she jealous he danced to a Sonny song and not one of hers? Will the show rig the results to snatch Cher? I kid, I kid. Sort of. Dance-wise, Chaz should be the one going, but bringing up the rear yet again ought to galvanize his fan base. And he's only three points off the second-lowest couple, Nancy and Tristan.

We get down to business after a wigged-out Mary J. Blige opens the show by going old-school with "Real Love" (yes, it's almost 20 years old, but Kristin might think it was also big in 2005).

First three safe couples:
J.R. and Karina
Ricki and Derek
Chaz and Lacey

ABC really wants Cher on the show. Again, I kid. So save a seat for Cher next week! Maybe Kris Jenner's?

Next two safe couples:
Rob and Cheryl
Nancy and Tristan

Carson and Anna, and Hope and Maks are in jeopardy.

At this point, I'm more concerned about Hope than Carson. He has the entertainment factor and constant wit ("I think I broke a cheekbone when I leaned in to kiss Bruno... or maybe I just moved some filler.") that easily wins over viewers. Hope, on the other hand, doesn't have that big personality and hasn't had a breakthrough performance yet. My favorite part of this whole segment, though, was a shot of Kris Jenner whispering to Kim last night that Rob did a good job, and Kim apathetically agrees, never turning from the camera. Priorities, people.

Next is, admittedly, one of the show's better time-wasters: a 6 Degrees of DWTS linking the stars. Some of the connections were obvious (Kristin dated Brody Jenner, stepbrother of Rob), while others were interesting (Ricki bought a house from Courteney and David) and others were so Hollywood (Chaz and Chynna had playdates because their moms were friends). It's a small world after all... fitting since this is ABC.

To gear us up for movie scores week — concocted to coincide with Julianne Hough's long-awaited homecoming next Tuesday to promote Footloose — Val choreographs a gorgeous number to the Gone with the Wind theme, one of my all-time favorites. At the risk of sounding like a total nerd, I'm a complete sucker for movie scores. And not that you asked, but my movie scores playlist is the most-listened to one on my iPod. But I digress. The Macy's Stars of Dance follows to mark the 50th anniversary of The Twist, with an assist from Estelle, Len... and Chubby Checker himself. I'm pretty sure he's wearing his Dungaree outfit from 50 years back, but still, it's a very cool, retro get for the show.

After another Mary J. performance and a semi-bearable group interview with Brooke — during which Nancy densely references "the twins" (aka her kids) without a hint of irony — the remaining three couples hit the stage.

Next two safe couples:
Chynna and Tony
David and Kym

Kristin and Mark are still in jeopardy.

Carson and Anna are declared safe, leaving Kristin and Mark, and Hope and Maks as the final two. Unlike last week, we won't learn the actual bottom two.

And the couple leaving is... Kristin and Mark.

Not that surprising once Chaz was safe. I still think Chaz should've gone, but I don't think Kristin would've lasted that much longer. Reality babes don't have a great track record, talent (Audrina) or not (Kim).

"I'm a little surprised, I'll be honest," Kristin says, before thanking Mark and the show.

Tom invokes The Legend of Sabrina Bryan, accusing viewers of thinking the two were safe and not voting. Or maybe they just didn't want to vote for them? She wasn't that great nor that well-liked. Mark is pissed and agrees. Of course. At least we'll be spared of his mugging and showboating now.

So that's all for Week 3. What did you think of the results? Did the right person go home? Will Cher really come next week? Did ABC rig the results? (I kid. Seriously.) Did you do The Twist too? Are you as excited for movie scores week as I am? Who's your current pick to win?

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Dancing with the Stars hits the single digits as it cuts down to nine couples. Did Chaz make another comeback, or was there a shocking boot? Plus: Chubby Checker drops by.
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