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Dancing With the Stars recap: Double Elimination

Two stars have to go home to get us to the semi-finals.

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Dancing With the Stars

TV Show
Reality TV
run date:
Tom Bergeron, Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, Erin Andrews, Julianne Hough
Current Status:
In Season

Even though all six remaining stars turned up the heat Monday, nothing could stop Tuesday: the dreaded double elimination. As we learned with last week’s shocker of a sendoff that found Willow Shields packing, high scores from the table can only do so much and at-home voters can make all the difference.

After a reprise of Rumer and Val’s dramatic pasadoble (by judge’s request), the frontrunner was the first to find out she was in the clear, and rightfully so. The girl’s been a standout week after week, and with her routines this week, it looked like she was just dancing, and not necessarily on a dancing competition.

Up next, we were treated to the second coming of “Dance Center,” DWTS‘s Sports Center spoof. Len returned to the faux news desk with Jerry Rice and Kenny Mayne, delivering commentary on the current contestants.

Highlights from reel No. 1: Cameras capture lovebirds Robert and Kym—who finally shared their first onscreen kiss in episode 8—cozying up and sharing some sweet pecks (and was that an L-word Robert threw out?!), followed by meathead Chris struggling to count to the beat. Seriously, bless Witney’s heart for putting up with that goon.

Once Chris and Witney find out they’re in jeopardy of being sent home, Carly Rae Jepsen of “Call Me Maybe” fame delivered a live performance of her similarly earworm-y new single “I Really Like You.” For the record, with its mindless repetition—67 “really”s in under four minutes—and throwback synths, it’s, like, really catchy.

After the break, the first elimination was announced. It was between Noah and Robert, and it set a promising precedent for the night: The more talented star stayed in play, with Robert being sent home. Despite his and Kym’s insane chemistry, their sparks weren’t enough to keep them in the competition. But would they finally confirm their rumored relationship? The Shark Tank star played coy when asked about their assumed romance, to the chagrin of everyone—but mostly Tom, who told the exiting star, “You may not have won a Mirrorball trophy, but I’m suspecting you’ve won someone’s heart.” But Robert was having none of that, shutting him down saying, “Tom, I’m not sure I feel that way about you.”

To cut the tension after the first goodbye of the evening, it was time for the second round of “Dance Center.”

Highlights from reel No. 2: The trio lampooned Noah’s disdain for his “Spring Break” Night video package (which left him visibly shaken and distraught when viewers saw him yell at pro Sharna) and zoomed in on various views of his junk during practice.

Up next, Nastia joins Rumer and Noah to compete in the semi-finals, leaving Riker in jeopardy with Chris. Before the big reveal, the night’s second musical guest, Josh Groban, took the ballroom floor to sing The Wizard of Oz classic “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” Because he and his buttery-smooth baritone are a national treasure—and because that enchanting little Maddie Ziegler, a.k.a. Sia’s music video mini-me, a.k.a. the girl from Dance Moms—no one can or should be upset about this performance.

Finally, after the last commercial break, it’s time to say goodbye to … Chris. Yes, Prince Farming had his charming moments. And yes, he probably was the “Most Improved” throughout the season. And no, I can’t complain about the amount of times he didn’t wear a shirt. But it’s the semi-finals, and it’s surprising the guy made it as far as he did, even with a boatload of fans from his Bachelor days. With Chris out, Riker’s in and deservedly so. The pop star puts it all out there every week and has a great chance at nabbing the Mirrorball trophy in a few weeks.

So, what do you think of the final four dancers? Were you surprised by who was sent home? Sound off in the comments.