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Dancing With The Stars: Week 8 Results

by Brett Love, posted May 9th 2007 3:00AM
Joey Fatone, Kym Johnson(S04E15) I thought that Mandee made a great comment on the post for last week's results show. She said, "You know, the Results show has been morphing into a terrific '60s style variety show, with comedy segments, guest musical performers, and, of course, lots of dancing. A slice of retro-cool, for the whole family, from grandma to pre-tweens." I completely agree with that.

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.

5 out of 7Where 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!

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chbivens

how many people couldn't get through to vote last night? I tried from the moment it came on till the hour afterwards and all I got were busy signals or message saying the line was no longer in service. Is this how ABC controls who wins?

May 22 2007 at 10:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mary White

I have watched Dancing since its inception. However, I quit watching when, about 2 weeks ago, Tom and the other two were shown in bed together. I have no idea why three men in bed together should be funny, nor what it had to do with the program. Bad idea. I will not watch again, and many of the people I have talked to agree. I don't care what the men's sexual orientations are, abut I wanted to watch a show about dancing, not a political statement.

May 15 2007 at 10:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
jo

Leila was very good during the first show..she has not improved as much as the other three semi-finalist and am turned off by her haughty attitude ( talk about cocky) Ian has made great strides he is in his head but you must admire him for that... he is a student. Apollo and his wonderful partner are a joy to watch. However, I think that Joey has done it all. He has entertained us and has improved each week. The comments about his being cocky are absurd. He is a funny guy...so take him for what he is...a wild and crazy guy.

May 15 2007 at 10:06 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Suzette

Ugh! It was so upsetting to see Joey and Kym in the bottom two. I think he has so much more stage presence and is a LOT better of a dancer than Ian. I think if Ian wasn't with Cheryl he wouldn't have even made it this far... All I know is that if Ian makes it to the finals and Joey or any of the others are kicked off before him I don't think I'll want to watch the show anymore.

May 10 2007 at 12:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Allan

Okay, everyone, listen up. Here's the explanation for Joey's surprise appearance in the bottom two.

It was all about strategic voting.

We the audience, you see, all recognized that Ian was the most likely candidate to slip into that spot alongside Billy Ray. So, to guarantee that Ian wouldn't be knocked out by our country music friend, a huge number of us switched our votes in his favor. And we succeeded -- even more that we expected!

But next week, we'll revert to our old favorites, and Ian will be out the door.

May 10 2007 at 12:07 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Allan

I can't tell you how much I disliked Apolo at the start. Could hardly wait for him to get voted off.

Well, that kid has totally earned my respect and admiration.

And while Laila still comes off as a bit too headstrong sometimes, there is no question that her dancing skills are wonderful as well.

Sometimes it's hard to remember that they are both just amateurs.

By the way, Brett, thanks for the good synopsis/review.

May 09 2007 at 11:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arch 2

Oh, I forgot. Humans don't have pedigrees!!!

May 09 2007 at 10:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arch 2

Lalia has it guys. Keep your eyes open, and it has nothing to do with who her father is!

May 09 2007 at 10:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gillianne

The question of fairness and who should still be there and the surprise bottom placement of Joey Fatone alongside Billy Ray cannot be answered by talent or fan base alone.

Laila is good but the judges' love affair with her and the audience, too perhaps, has more to do with her pedigree than her actual talent, risk-taking, or improvement every week. She's Muhammed Ali's daughter!

Enough said.

Len mentions her father often. But the somewhat shameless display of Parkinson's disease-ridden Ali in the audience to boost her chances, shows Laila's workin' it to be the Greatest this time.

I do think the judges have been tilting it towards Laila by over-critiqueing of Joey Fatone and Apolo.

Let's face it. A 9 for Ian cannot be measured against a 9 for Joey or Apolo. But there you have it. Not about talent.
After all, it's telecast from Los Angeles--The town whose power brokers years ago said when viewing a 35-year old Fred Astaire's 1932 screen test, "Can't act, can't sing, can dance a little..."

May 09 2007 at 8:00 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John

I think the reason Ian and Cheryl avoided the bottom two has more to do with Cheryl's fanbase than Ian's. I think in the end it'll be Joey and Apolo in the final anyway.

I will go to my grave swearing that Mario got robbed last season. In finals of that season, the judges decided to take themselves out of it and let the fans decide. The Cowboys fans outnumbered the Saved by the Bell fans and Emmitt won. I think that led to the judges realizing that they have to be more judgmental. That's why we've seen much more separation in the scores and harsher comments.

This year, it won't be tied going into the final fan vote.

May 09 2007 at 6:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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