After last night's three-person dance routines, two celebrity couples are eliminated.
Monday's dance round featured another perfect score, an expert wardrobe malfunction recovery, and a thoroughly underappreciated jive. Donald and Peta are quickly and justly passed through to the semi-finals tonight, but Katherine and Mark are the first to fall victim to jeopardy.
The big results reveals, however, are upstaged by a filler segment for once, as Kenny Mayne returns to Dancing with the Stars for his annual installment of DanceCenter, featuring jokes from Mayne, analysis from Len, and largely silent reactions from Jerry Rice. The segment recurs throughout the evening, with highlights including a salute to Maria's crazy laugh, a spot-on analysis of Cherly's conspicuous William lust, and heretofore mercifully unseen footage of Len in a speedo.
Turn Up the Music!
That fun segment is followed by a performance from Chris Brown, a singer who, according to police records, brutally assaulted his ex-girlfriend Rihanna in the February of 2007. The incident arose from a verbal argument the couple had while driving, which turned violent when Brown attempted to expel her from the vehicle and then knocked her head against the passenger window. He then punched her in the face repeatedly while driving, causing Rihanna to call her personal assistant and request police assistance. Brown then threatened to kill her and put her in a headlock, after which he proceeded to punch her in the face, arms and legs repeatedly until a neighborhood resident heard Rihanna's screams for help and called 911. He performs the song "Turn Up the Music," available now on RCA Records.
After that comes the first of two eliminations: Roshon and Chelsea are out of the competition, while William is promoted to the semi-finals. Roshon has had some solid performances in the last few weeks, but given how tough the competition has become, it's definitely his time. Though his hamminess was initially a bit much for me, his growth process on the show has largely been about reigning in his attitude and honing his considerable skill--all the best to him.
The final batch of filler segments includes a tribute to the late Dick Clark and a performance from Dmitry Chaplin and Anya Garnis; after that, it's time for the second elimination. Three remaining celebrities are in jeopardy: Maria and Ketherine move on to the semi-finals, while Melissa and Maks are eliminated.
I don't have any particular grudge against Melissa, but I will say as a viewer that her elimination is a big load of awkward off my back. Her unreciprocated adoration of the disappointed, disengaged and borish Maksim Chmerkovskiy was never much fun to watch, and I won't miss cringing through their rehearsal footage one bit. Bad romance aside, Melissa has always been a spirited and enthusiastic contender, and I'm glad she got the chance to participate.
There isn't much Dancing with the Stars left after this; tune in next week for the semi-final showdown.