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Dancing With The Stars: Week 7 results

by Erin Martell, posted Apr 29th 2008 11:51PM

Def Leppard and the pros

(S06E14) Going into tonight's Dancing With The Stars results show, fans had one question on their minds. Would Cristián continue to dance after his injury, or would he withdraw from the competition? Naturally we had to wait until the very end of the show to have that question answered. The ballroom kids were replaced by Kenny Mayne and Def Leppard--definitely an adults' night.

Our hosts started things off with a recap. Marissa was bouncing off the walls after she received nines for her tango, and was glad that she put her sexuality on the line for the rumba. Cristián took issue with Carrie Ann's criticism; his sweat spoke for his energy level. Everyone was worried about his injury during the Latin round. Kristi rolled with the punches after her waltz took some hits. She admitted the difficulty of pleasing all three judges after her hip-hop cha cha earned her an eight. Mario said that his foxtrot was his worst dance, and praised the band for making his mambo fun. Shannon made a second apology for last week's remarks. She added that her fake hair worked well with her bionic bum. Edyta called Jason her superhero after their quickstep earned some tens. Jason dedicated his paso doble to Cristián.

Jason and Edyta's quickstep got the encore this week. Len's paperwork was spared this time around. Afterward, we got a look at the overall leaderboard. Cristián was in sixth place, with Mario and Shannon tied for fourth. Marissa and Tony landed in third place. For the first time ever, Kristi was in second place; Jason and Edyta took the lead. I was beginning to think Kristi would keep the top spot going into the final weeks of competition. Way to go, Jason and Edyta!

When Len began his comments about the lift rule, I was sure we were in for another judges' lecture. Imagine my surprise when he announced that each couple was allowed to do one lift next week! The only condition was that the lift had to be consistent with the character of the dance. I didn't see that coming at all. In the first phase of elimination, Kristi and Mark were put on the safe list.

DanceCenter is back! I've been waiting weeks for this. Kenny Mayne, Jerry Rice, and Len sounded off on Shannon, Mario, and Cristián. Kenny took shots at Mario's good looks, Derek and Shannon's chemistry, and Len's advanced age. Classic DanceCenter at its best.

Musical guests Def Leppard performed "Pour Some Sugar On Me." Pros Tony, Karina, Mark, Anna, Louis, and Cheryl accompanied them. It's hard not to like this song, and the pros' routine made it even better. They wore black leather costumes to show that they meant business. Backstage, Kristi said it was only a matter of time before she lost the lead. Jason thanked Kristi for letting him have the spotlight for a week.

The second segment of DanceCenter took aim at Kristi, Marissa, and Jason. Kenny called Jason out for re-using moves in his routines. Jerry revealed his crush on Kristi with a flirtatious wink. I couldn't stop laughing when they teased Tony about his super-white teeth and Marissa for her speed talking.

The second elimination stage put Mario and Karina on the safe list. Def Leppard performed their new single, "Nine Lives." They were joined by U.S. National Rhythm champions Jose DeCamps and Joanna Zacharewicz. Do any dance professionals have names that are easy to spell? Where's Jonathan Roberts when you need him? Samantha's attempt at a hard rock introduction for Def Leppard was hilarious.

Before the final elimination announcement, we got a 24 style walk-through of the contestants' week. Conclusion: it's hard to learn two dances in six days. Cristián finally explained what happened with his arm and his intentions for the remainder of the show. He had a ruptured tendon in his bicep and would need surgery to repair it. After getting an MRI the doctor decided that they could delay the surgery. Cristián wanted to continue competing if the voters wanted to keep him around. This sounds like a dangerous risk to me. I'm a fan of Cristián and Cheryl, but he could aggravate his injury by pushing himself too hard. They were immediately put on the safe list, as were Jason and Edyta. This left Shannon, Derek, Marissa, and Tony in the bottom two. Finally, Shannon and Derek were sent home.

I'm wondering if this was part of the backlash after last week's interview. Shannon went out of her way to apologize several times, but was it enough? Did Cristián get an influx of sympathy votes from concerned fans? Shannon took the loss gracefully and said that she had a lifelong friend in Derek. I was way off with my predictions this week, but I don't mind a bit. That's what makes the show exciting.

Next week, Brett will review the final five couples' performances and the show's 100th episode. In the meantime, check out AOL's extensive Dancing With The Stars coverage, which includes photo galleries, polls, and a live chat.

Why were Shannon and Derek sent home?
It was part of the interview backlash.325 (37.2%)
Cristian's sympathy votes kept him safe.270 (30.9%)
They were the worst dancers this week.248 (28.4%)
Other (elaborate in comments).30 (3.4%)

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I am extremely glad that Shannon is gone. I was really tired of all the crying. Who will go next week is a toss-up between Cristian, Mario and Marissa but I think Marissa will go next. I find her somewhat annoying. All three have been in the bottom two at one time. I always vote for Kristi.

May 01 2008 at 7:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Linda Vourlogianes

Did anyone else take offense at Kenny Mayne's calling Kristie Yamaguchi "a China doll?"

May 01 2008 at 5:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't think it Shannon was sent home because of anything to do with her candid remarks previously. She's a beautiful woman, but she just isn't that great at dancing and I don't think her lack of physical stamina was helping things either. I will miss seeing her relationship with Derek though-- they're really cute together!

April 30 2008 at 9:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

Your poll needed an "All of the above" answer because I think it was a combination of factors that got them sent home.

Note to the producers: Ditch "DanceCenter", bring back the kids. Don't Like Kenny Mayne - if I want comedy I'll listen to Len and Bruno argue.

April 30 2008 at 4:17 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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No, no, no! Dance center was great.

The kids were cute the first time. They were ok the second time, but then...meh....over it.

April 30 2008 at 5:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Def Leppard didn't do anything for me, but I did crack up everytime they flashed that wacky camera angle on the drummer. Can anyone say "high degree of job satisfaction"? Man, he looked so incredibly bored!

LOVED LOVED LOVED Dance Center. I look forward to that every season now. Kenny Mayne rocks!

I have to agree with Kenny that Jason is using the same poses in each dance. I think Jason's good, but I also feel he looks kind of repetitive. I put that on Edyta's shoulders because she's choreographing that way. She needs to branch out from the "pose" aspect.

I'm kind of glad Shannon's gone. Yeah, she tried hard blah blab blah, but she never had that fluidity in her dance that you need to be at the head of the pack. She always looked rather stiff to me. I mean, look at how Kristi and Jason move with the music. Shannon just never demonstrated that she "felt" the music. She reminded of the sister in "Dirty Dancing" at the end of the movie, where she's trying to learn to dirty dance. You gotta bob'n'weave, not be so inflexible!

OK, my two cents!!

April 30 2008 at 12:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I was not impressed by Def Leppard. Shannon and Derek went home because people were mad about their comments last week. I liked them and will miss them. But, good to see Marissa in the bottom two. I am so sick of her and hopefully, it will be bye bye Marissa next week!

April 30 2008 at 10:31 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The only reason I tuned in to tonight's show was to see Def Leppard. I'm sure they lip-synched "Pour Some Sugar on Me". I'm very disappointed. I hope that was the producer's decision and not the band's. Having seen this band live several times, they are very good live performers. I also think that in the second song "Nine Lives", the singing was live but the instruments were not. Perhaps the producers didn't want to go through the hassle of plugging in the instruments. Either way, lip-synched performances on any show suck.

April 30 2008 at 10:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I couldn't decide if they were lip synching or not -- it was one of the first things that popped into my mind when the first performance started because it was too well sung. What made me unsure was the significant amount of ambient noise from the audience the microphones were picking up.

I'm glad Shannon and Derek went home. They were the worst dancers this week, in my opinion.

April 30 2008 at 9:11 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Def Leppard was certainly lip synching. Washed up gutless tools.

April 30 2008 at 8:18 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I voted for Jason and Edyta as I do every week. Jason's wife Katina and her family are from my area.Jason is working very hard to learn his dances so deserving to win and to receive your votes!

April 30 2008 at 8:15 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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