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'Dancing With the Stars' results: No more tears

117798_4012_pre He’d staved off elimination for so long, it seemed as though he had figured out how to stay simmering under those red heat lamps without being kicked out of the running. But alas, fate caught up with Aaron Carter, and he, his bulging forehead vein and his partner,  Karina Smirnoff, were all eliminated from the Season 9 competition. And bravo to the singer for not shedding any tears! The producers must be patting themselves on the backs for creating such a nice story arc for Aaron, as over the course of eight weeks, the unbridled, emotional teen pop star had grown into a poised, gracious dancing man. Crusty Len Goodman shed his gruff and continued with his fatherly praise, even bucking convention and speaking out when the 21-year-old was voted out of the competition. “The dedication that you’ve shown week after week is absolutely fantastic,” the head judge said. “If you were my son, I would be so proud of you. But more important, you’d be proud of yourself.”

Such endearing words from someone Kenny Mayne called “the old wanker.” While Aaron was a better dancer and earned more judges’ points than fellow bottom-two dweller Kelly Osbourne, the young Carter just never seemed to secure the voter support that the Princess of Evil commanded, and his time in the Rectagon was up.

It was a bittersweet end to another jam-packed results show. After some guffawing, Len revealed the encore dance performance was not Mya and Dmitry’s perfect 30 samba, but Joanna and Derek’s paso doble, because it offered “a glimpse of how it could look in the future.” And it was fun to see the dance again without Joanna’s distracting silver bob of a wig and matching eye makeup (though Derek’s blue eye stripe had made its way up into his faux hawk of hair). Certainly, Hugh Hefner liked it, and came out in support of his cover girl.

Michael Bublé came on the scene, singing two songs during this hour. “Haven’t Met You Yet” was a fun romp from his latest album made even more delightful by some fancy stepping from Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Jonathan Roberts, Cheryl Burke and Anna Trebunskaya. And then the singer returned on the stage and belted out the brassy “Feeling Good,” accompanied by two dancers whose names were drowned out in a sea of applause.

“Britain’s Got Talent” sensation Susan Boyle also graced the Rectagon stage and sang “I Dreamed a Dream” from “Les Misérables,” while Tony Dovolani and Chelsie Hightower acted as modern-day ballroom Jean Valjean and Fantine, respectively. Kudos to Boyle for making it through not one but two potentially awkward pre-commercial camera pans with an enthusiastic amount of waving. And while her performance didn’t pack as much punch as the first time I saw it on the Internet (nor the 300 or so subsequent times I clicked on it afterward), her voice was still so sonorous and rich, and I loved how her sequined dress matched the sequin strands hanging on the stage behind her.

117798_4151_pre And then we had the popular Design a Dance performance, in which Season 5 star Sabrina Bryan was paired up with old partner Mark Ballas to do a paso doble to “Eye of the Tiger” wearing striped cat costumes designed by a fellow viewer (who also outfitted himself in the orange and black of a tiger -- rowr).  And their dance was, dare I say it, fierce. High energy, great, sharp moves and nice unison, full of verve and movement, and I loved how both Sabrina and Mark totally got into the performance. At one point they were grappling like two feral minxes on the dance floor, and then Mark totally pounced and made it seem like he devoured her at the end. Front-row attendee Jane Seymour sure did like it. And why wouldn’t she? Other than the somersault move, which was cool but somewhat tentative, the performance moved as stealthily and as fierce as a tiger itself. It was, as Tony would say, grrrrreat!

Also great: DanceCenter! The Kenny Mayne-hosted spoof of ESPN’s SportsCenter is one of my favorite segments on “DWTS,” and this season did not disappoint. Well, Season 2 finalist Stacy Keibler’s role as special correspondent interviewing Rocky Horrorific Donny Osmond in a fauxmance with Bruno Tonioli was a tad superfluous, and I was a bit disappointed that neither Kenny nor Jerry Rice decided to pretty themselves up with makeup or face decals this time around. Still, their commentary was spot-on hilarious. Loved the Joanna needing Polish/polish joke, and how Kenny called out Derek’s questionable bobbing for crotches strategy in the group mambo dance (Jerry: “I taught him that move”).

The DanceCenter crew also pointed out Osmond #7 Donny’s timelessness. “How old is this guy anyway?” asked Kenny. “He acts like he’s 3 years old on sugar.”

They also listed “Cry baby” as one of Aaron Carter’s stats. “Don’t confuse crying with being emotional,” defended Len. “When tears come out, he’s crying,” asserted Kenny. “There’s no crying in ballroom!” said Jerry. “This guy Aaron has the lowest pain threshold of any man I’ve ever seen in my life,” continued Kenny, which prompted another bon mot from former 49er Rice: “He’s so fragile, like a snowflake resting on a lily.” Ha! Also thought it was funny how Kenny so slyly mistook Dmitry as the star contestant (“Was he on a soap opera or something?”) rather than his partner Mya. And how they brought out the toy hockey rink and had each team slide across the dance room floor (“No crying on the ballroom floor!” “Earthquake!”). Bravo to Kenny Mayne for taking his week-long “DWTS” stint and parlaying it into one of the highlights of the season. Can’t wait to see what he has in store next year.

What did you think of the results show? Did the right person go home? How about that Design a Dance performance? Is Kenny Mayne the best Week 1 elimination ever?

-- Allyssa Lee

Photo (top): Karina Smirnoff and Aaron Carter. Credit: ABC / Adam Larkey

Photo (bottom): Derek Hough and Joanna Krupa. Credit: ABC / Adam Larkey


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Sabnrina Bryan and Mark Ballas outdid themselves with this dance. It was more than amazing!! Sabrina Bryan really proved why she deserved to come back and dance on the show. Sabrina you rocked it!! The best Paso Doble ever and even best dance ever on that show.

Sabrina and Mark is all I could focus on after that dance. Those two are meant to dance togheter. This performance deserves an Emmy Nod.

Sabrina was incredible tonight, their dance was sexy and fierce it had everything to make it one of the best Paso Doble's ever on the show and that last pose was HOT!!!Sabrna is a incredible dancer and performer, love her!!!

I never watched Season 5 of DWTS, so I had no idea who Sabrina Bryan was before this week's show. I have to say, that paso was riveting. The choreography and costuming really complemented each other, and I loved the original moves such as the somersault and the end pose. (I rewinded just to see the somersault again, it was so intriguing to watch.)

All in all, a great results show (for a change). Nice to see the producers step it up for the end of the season.

Y'know what I really like about having fewer contestants to wade through now? There's more time to let the professionals dance. Tony Dovolani Monday AND Tuesday this week! Heaven!

What did you think of the results show? Just like all the resst of them, they stretched out with filler what could have been a half hour program. At least their guest entertainers were entertaining this time. Did the right person go home? I would rather Mya the professional dancer/cheographer go home. How about that Design a Dance performance? Didn't like Sabrina on sesaon five and didn't like her last night either. Is Kenny Mayne the best Week 1 elimination ever? Who?

It was inevitable that Aaron was the next to go. Not because he didn't dance well but because of poor fan support. I thought he should have made the Final Four instead of either Donnie or Kelly, but they are just too popular.
I didn't understand Len's fatherly chat with Aaron. Where did that come from? It's like he singled Aaron out and took him under his arm.
I enjoyed Joanna and Derek's paso doble.
I thought Michael Buble and Susan Boyle were excellent. What a tremendous voice Susan Boyle has.
As for Kenny Mayne, I can't stand him. I don't think he is funny at all. Moronic to me.
It seemed to me the show diector didn't want to give Jerry Rice many talking lines. He was terrible and I didn't understand why he was even on the show. I know he danced and won on a previous season.
Mya is the frontrunner for the best dancer.

Sabrina was spectacular! Loved the dance and the outfits.

So glad to see Ms. Boyle make her US debut, but girl, sing me something else! I know you can!!

Glad Aaron's gone. Crybaby.

It is clear that Kelly should have gone home before Aarron, he is a much better dancer. I think the show would be much better if the judges score counted for 75% instead of 50%.
Kenny Mayne is a no talent guy who 's 15 minutes of fame have lasted way too long I find it painful to watch him bumble through his routine. He is as poor a comedian as he was a dancer.
I love the show and watch every week.

There's no accounting for (bad) taste! That paso doble by Sabrina/Mark B was a mess, racing about angrily and then contorting themselves on the floor in kama sutra moves. We've seen beautiful paso's -- this wasn't one. What a forced pretense ABC made to feature their Disney Child once more. The other professional dancers were delightful, and the performances by Michael Buble and Sharon Boyle were simply beautiful. Loved Kenny Mayne et al but missed the eye shadow and mascara noticeably. By and large, the season 9 run has been a yawner with far too many contestants to allow their learning and fan support to build -- robbing us of the best fun of the show. Hope to see far much more of Maksim, Tony and more contestants like Gilles in the future if it survives the viewership loss of this season.

Mya and Dmitry should have had the encore. Their routine was flawless and fun. They gave us two flawless routines. Another attempt for ABC to stack the deck in Derek's favor. Derek's ego is out of control this season. Joanna's footwork is a sloppy mess.

I am English and you certainly would not hear the word 'wanker' on our family shows, it is an offensive word - not sure what Americans think it means.

I phoned the number for donny but the vote went to derek and joanne. Fixed?

i like the show

Who is the designer for the grey/silver dress worn by Samantha Harris on the November 11, 2009 show?

As usual, this is a popularity contest instead of a dancing contest. The best dancers get voted out by the sloppy dancers who can act the dumbest. This has happened to many times to count. The finalists should have been Derek and Joanna and Mya and Dmytry, and NO ONE else! I'm done watching this show.

I will never watch this show again in no way was that right Donny was bad on the show he messed up every week he should have did the right thing and gave the ball to Mya she did such a great job . Well Job Mya you are the star. They shouldn't have let Donny take that ball that was not good you lost a lot of fans lot's of my friends said they won't watch it again it was not fair.


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