Dancing With The Stars: Week 8 Results
The results show has always had to fight the problem that they only have about two minutes of actual results for their 60 minute show. Right now, it's as good as it has ever been. It's always going to be behind the performance show, because the star's performances are what it's all about, but the producers deserve credit for how much work is going into the results show. Enough about that though, we have results to get to.
Of course, the big question coming into the show was whether or not the Billy Ray fans could get him through for one more week. Second to that, who would join Billy Ray in the bottom two was also of some interest. With a limited amount of results to give though, we had to wait until after the encore.
As expected the judges chose Apolo & Julianne for their paso doble. It was even better the second time around. Julianne got the big slide in the opening right this time, and the rest of the performance went off without a hitch. They were followed up by the musical guest of the week. For me, the show has really been on a roll with the musical guests these past few weeks. Joss Stone, Meatloaf, and now Nelly Furtado. She sang "I'm Like A Bird" while Tony and Elena danced.
Samantha interviewed some of the stars backstage next. The highlight of that was a calmed Billy Ray who seemed to have put the events from performance night behind him. That took us to the fan reaction segment which found Chris Kirkpatrick on NSYNC duty this week. He was joined by Marilu Henner, who I think would be perfect for Dancing With The Stars. And I'm just guessing, but was that Melanie Brown from the Spice Girls in the fan segment? That was followed up by the first of the results. Surprising nobody, Billy Ray & Karina were in the bottom two.
The first big pro number of the night was next. Maksim was joined by his brother for a dance off. They shared the floor with Karina and Valeria. That was a crazy performance. The difference in speed when they put the pros together is sometimes shocking. As Tom said, "How 'bout that?" Very well done.
Nelly came back out to perform her song "All Good Things." Another pro exhibition went along with it as Cheryl and Louis danced. I like that they keep all of the pros involved even if they are not competing. Hopefully we'll get to see Edyta again before the season is out. It was another good song, and another good dance number.
Jimmy and Guillermo were up next. They were tasked with teaching the waltz this week. Unfortunately neither of them knew how to do the waltz, so Guillermo called on the dance fairy to help them out. In an odd bit of casting, Master P returned as the fairy, having a laugh at just how bad he was when he was on the show. It all ended with Guillermo squashing the fairy Master P. It was probably my favorite of the Jimmy segments so far.
Tom took us back to the results after that. In what was something of a surprise, they announced that Ian & Cheryl would be moving through to the next round. I was leaning toward them being in the bottom two with Billy Ray & Karina, so that started to make things a little murky.
And then the show kind of lost me. They went to another of the behind the scenes packages about the pressure of eliminations. I couldn't help but feel that I had seen that segment before. At this point, we get it. With the uncertainty of the fan vote, the red light is a scary thing. It's time to put that one to rest for the season.
With that out of the way though, we got down to the nitty gritty of the results. Laila & Maksim were safe, as were Apolo & Julianne. That meant that Joey & Kym were in the bottom two. I think Apolo was as shocked by that as Joey was. And so was I. I hadn't even considered the idea that Joey would be in the bottom two.
In the end, Billy Ray & Karina are heading home. I think it's for the best. It's become clear that Billy Ray isn't going to get to the level that the other teams are performing at. He had a nice long run on the show, but it's time for this thing to get serious.
Where does that leave us? I have no idea. The fact that both Ian & Laila finished ahead of Joey, despite being behind after the judges scores tells me that they have serious fan followings, so this is now anyone's ballgame. Any of the four teams could win it all, which should make for an exciting run to the finish. Overall, a solid results show with just a couple speed bumps along the way. I'm giving it a 5, out of 7.
Erin will be back for the semi-finals next week. Until then, you can always vote for your favorite celebrity dancers in AOL's Dancing With The Stars poll!