Let's backtrack a little bit here before we get into the d-d-d-dancing. There have been nine hours of Dancing with the Stars so far this season, and four of those hours have been glorified clip shows. Just saying!
Tonight was one of those highlight reels disguised as actual television, featuring performances by Fitz and the Tantrums and Florida Georgia Line, a double dose of dancing Chmerkovskiys and pictures of Gleb in his underwear because ratings. But guess what! Those 119 minutes were worth sitting through because someone's star shone less brightly as tonight was elimination night!
Heading into the episode, the following couples were deemed not safe after losing the head-to-head dance-off in Monday's debate-shortened "let's get through this dancing as fast as we can" hour of hyper dancefest: "Babyface" Edmonds and Allison Holker, Rick Perry and Emma Slater, Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke, Terra Jolé and Sasha Farber, Amber Rose and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Marilu Henner and Derek Houg.
But based on their scores from the night before and previous weeks' performances, Babyface, Terra, and Marilu were almost certainly not joining Jake T. Austin in the losers' pool. That means Rick, Ryan and Amber were the likely ones sweating out the elimination.
And in the end it was Rick and Emma who can hang up their dancing shoes, as the judges' scores and America's votes cast them out. Will you miss Rick?
Dancing with the Stars returns Monday at 8/7c on ABC.