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Dancing With The Stars: Week 8 results

by Brett Love, posted Nov 12th 2008 12:02AM

Lacey & Benji Schwimmer - Dancing With The Stars
(S07E17) It's crunch time. A trip to the semi-finals was riding on the results tonight. One couple would fall just short of that goal. Would it be the steady, season long leader, Brooke? Or the young, and sometimes erratic, Cody? Have fans warmed up to big Warren Sapp? Or do they prefer their championship athletes to be of the faster variety, and favor Maurice? And what of Lance & Lacey? Is it just Len, or have fans turned on them too? The answers, are after the jump, along with a rundown of the various performances and taped packages. Those include my favorite results show performance of the season, and my most hated piece of filler as well.

Dancing' Show Photos

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 After ten weeks of entertaining drama, camaraderie and dazzling performances, Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas, were crowned champion of "Dancing with the Stars," in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 After ten weeks of entertaining drama, camaraderie and dazzling performances, Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas, were crowned champion of "Dancing with the Stars," in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19 and concluding Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Samantha Harris, Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance - one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Samantha Harris, Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Tom Bergeron, Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 Kristi Yamaguchi and Mark Ballas star in the"Episode 610A" - The remaining two couples performed their third and final dance -- one of their favorite past routines from the season - scored by the judges. The judges' scores for Tuesday's dances were combined with the judges' scores and viewers' votes from Monday's performances to determine the winner, in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19, and concluding Tuesday, May, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 After ten weeks of entertaining drama, camaraderie and dazzling performances, Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas, were crowned champion of "Dancing with the Stars," in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19 and concluding Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

    ABC

    DANCING WITH THE STARS 6 After ten weeks of entertaining drama, camaraderie and dazzling performances, Kristi Yamaguchi and her professional partner Mark Ballas, were crowned champion of "Dancing with the Stars," in the two-part season finale, beginning Monday, May 19 and concluding Tuesday, May 20, 2008.

    ABC

Starting with the performances, I'd have to call it an outstanding night. Warren & Kym kicked things off with the encore performance of their tango. I would have picked the foxtrot from Cody & Edyta, but Warren & Kym were certainly a deserving choice. It was a good way to get things started, but the real fun came later.

ABC has never been shy about cross promotion, so we found Brad Paisley, host of Wednesday's CMA awards, as the musical guest this week. He came out to serve as the backing for the performance I was most looking forward to, Lacey & Benji Schwimmer. They were as good as advertised, delivering an incredibly fun performance full of energy and tricks. For his part, Brad Paisley played the song "Ticks." I'm told it's a hit, but man, I didn't get it. For me, it ended up being an odd combination of a terrible song and a fantastic performance. Fortunately, Lacey & Benji got a lot of camera time and carried the segment. I'll take it.

I thought that performance would be the highlight of the show, but then they brought out the Macy's Stars Of Dance number for the week. This was the performance put together through fan voting. The end result was Derek & Julianne dancing a jive to "Great Balls Of Fire." And it was fantastic. Their performance was full of great tricks. From Julianne dancing on the piano keys, to the reversal of Derek being on Julianne's shoulders, there was just nothing not to like. Even the reveal of Julianne from behind the piano was very clever. Clearly my favorite results show segment of the season.

Finally, they also started the promotion of the DWTS tour. Maks, Karina, Alec, Edyta, Kym, and (I think) Genya Mazo, came out to perform with Brad Paisley. This confirmed for me that I'm just not a Brad Paisley fan. That's fine though, we can't all like everything. The pro part of the performance was good, but a little short. Paisley got much more of the camera time in round two, which held it back a little. After the performance Tom asked Maks what fans can look forward to on the tour this time. He said it's going to be fresher, with pop music and new choreography. He also mentioned that Toni Braxton will be dancing and singing. You can find tour dates at the ABC site.

Before we get to the big results, a quick word about those 'other' segments. While Derek & Julianne doing the jive was my favorite results show segment of the year, Dr. Drew's might have been my least favorite. Good grief, where did that come from? Derek shouldn't demean and insult Brooke... Brilliant! Let me play. Cheryl shouldn't kick Maurice in the crotch. It's so easy, even a caveman can do it. It didn't help that it was followed by Dr. McNitt-Gray on the anatomy of the dancer. That one gets some points for getting Edyta & Alec all stripped down I suppose, but the conclusions left a little to be desired. Professional dancers are great athletes. Yeah, we got that a long time ago. Didn't really need fancy testing at USC to tell us. More puzzling was the part about the face and the contention that it's the only sport you have to perform from head to toe. Yes, the only one except, figure skating, gymnastics, ice dancing, rhythmic gymnastics, cheer leading, synchronized swimming... Please, more dancing, less of that.

Finally, the results. In no particular order, we learned that Warren & Kym and Lance & Lacey were moving on to the semi-finals in the first segment. Returning to the results, we found Maurice & Cheryl in jeopardy, Brooke & Derek safe, and Cody & Edyta in jeopardy. One tension building commercial break later, and Maurice and Cheryl are going home. It was a great run for Maurice and his spirit and enthusiasm will be missed. He said he's had a lot of fun and made a lot of new friends on the show. Cheryl chimed in, telling Maurice that out of all the seasons she's been on the show, he's been the hardest working partner she's had.

And there you have it. Our final four are Warren & Kym, Lance & Lacey, Brooke & Derek, and Cody & Julianne. They'll fight it out next week to see who makes it to the finals. At this point, it's too close to call. Any of these teams could end up in the finals, which should make for a fun week 9.


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FloJo


While I don't have to answer to Maria, please note that I VOTED FOR CODY all the way. However, Cody could have acknowledged Edyta. She is an excellent professional dancer - and he didn't acknowledge that during the interview.
NOTE: While you are entitled to your opinion, so am I.

November 13 2008 at 6:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Justin

Cody is still alive! C'mon, he should have been sent packing this week. Maurice is much better than Cody--much, much better.

Mainly I'm just sad to see Cheryl go. I love Cheryl.

November 13 2008 at 12:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jake

I really think that Warren only gets the votes because once again they want an NFL star in the finals and they are not always the best dancer -- this is the case this year. Brooke and Derek should win if there is any justice. And Lance should be in the finals too. I would love cody there too but I'm afraid Warren's unfounded fan base is too strong that he might win it all and that would be unfortunate.

November 13 2008 at 1:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Crispy7896

I really hope Lance and Lacey make it to the finals. I cannot wait to see what Lacey comes up with for the freestyle routine!

November 12 2008 at 7:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Eric

I'm not really a fan of Lance, but I would vote for him to stay, just because of his partner. Lacey is smoking hot.

November 12 2008 at 4:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Debbie

Hi Brett, I've a question for you....I'm confused about Lacey. What year was she on SYTYCD? (I never watched the show) So, she was not a professional before that, but her father & brother were?
Or has her brother recently become professional also?

November 12 2008 at 12:16 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Brett Love

Hi Debbie,

Lacey was on season three of So You Think You Can Dance and made it to the top four. They have since completed season four, with five set for the summer. I reviewed her season here, so you can find those posts if you dig through the archives. Benji was the season two champion.

When season five starts up, you should give it a look. If you like DWTS, chances are you will like SYTYCD. Kristin did a post with the readers favorite videos here (http://www.tvsquad.com/2008/07/02/so-you-think-you-can-dance-routines-reader-favorites-videos/) to give you an idea.

November 12 2008 at 1:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Debbie

Thanks Brett for the info

November 13 2008 at 11:53 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
FloJo

IMHO, Cody is a whiny 18 year old. What's with all that crying? So what if he had another partner for two weeks! That's life!

Edyta is an angel for stepping in.

Genya Mazo is Alec's twin? Superb dancer!

November 12 2008 at 12:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Maria

You have a heart of gold. Going for mother of the year with your compasion for Cody. He IS ONLY 18 years old-regardless that he is on TV. Do you remember when you were 18? Or are you still bitter you are no longer young?
He is 18, competing on a tough competition and all he said was he was WORRIED for her in the hospital. He was showing an emotion called compasion/and love for another human being. Try finding that in your own heart. You sound like you will be- if you are not already- a very bitter person.

November 12 2008 at 1:04 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dwtsfan08

I was pretty sure Maurice was headed home, but he seemed really positive about the whole experience. I think Warren and Brooke are in the top three, but I don't know whether it'll be Cody or Lance. The Official DWTS Blog has some great articles and videos fro DWTS fans, check it out: http://tinyurl.com/6y6f7a

November 12 2008 at 11:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
susanmterry

i am glad maurice is gone he did the best that he could. i still think its going to end up being brooke, cody, and warren. i think the bottom two this week is going to be hard to tell. I think the bottom two are going to be cody and lance. with lance leaving. i maybe wrong. i am still voting for warren i like him.

November 12 2008 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Karen

Personally, I like Warren a lot. I think that he has a great personality and for his size, he has some great moves. I think that Kym has done a great job with him this entire time. I will continue to vote for him as long as he is there. Since when has this show ever really been about who's the best dancer? If it was, we surely would not have had Cloris around for as long as we did.

November 12 2008 at 9:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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