Another Tuesday, another celebrity dancer banished from television. There is, as always, an hour of "encore" footage, but the evening kicks off in earnest with guest singer Seal, performing his own version of "Lean on Me." After that we have encore encore footage of our first four pairs on the chopping block, followed by results: Catherine, Maria, and Roshon are all safe, but Gavin is left in jeopardy.
The next performance is thoroughly in keeping with emotion week: professional dancers Jonathan Roberts and Anna Trebunskaya waltz a tribute to dear friend and cancer victim Julia Ivleva. It's a touching performance accompanied by a stripped down string instrumental, and it perfectly complements the week's theme.
Saved From on High
From there we have another slew of results. William and Jaleel are safe this week, but Gladys is left in Jeopardy. The routine is then broken up a little bit, as the DWTS hosts announce that dance pairs can now be saved by judges and producers. The first beneficiary of this new rule is Sherri. Going forward, the bottom two pairs will perform encore dances, and the judges will then decide who goes home, adding an electoral college-like twist to the elimination process. We can't let things get too democratic, here.
Bottom of the Heap
After that we have performances from a company of TV and movie dancers, as well as a song from pop-country group Rascal Flatts. Lead singer Gary LeVox makes a point of giving his friend Gavin DeGraw a complimentary shout-out, apparently unaware that Gavin is consistently one of the lower scoring performers.
The next wave of results brings safety for Donald and Melissa, but jeopardy for Jack. With the bottom three in place, it's at last time for the evening's elimination. Gladys and Gavin squeak through to next week, and soap actor Jack is sent home.
Getting it Right
As nice a guy as Jack seems to be, this is the second week in a row that the eliminators got it right. Even at his best, he's always sort of blended in with the crowd. One nice thing about having "celebrities" on the show is that the departures tend to be graceful: anyone successful enough to make it on has probably faced some sort of rejection along the way, and the contestants are held in enough esteem that they're let down as nicely as possible by the showrunners.
Next week will provide a welcome break from all this emoting, as KISS guest star on rock week this Monday.