'Dancing With the Stars' results recap: You got served
It's so sad someone had to leave the party.
Obviously, the whole point of these “Dancing With the Stars” results shows is to whittle down the contestants until one sequined and supreme ballroom champion remains. But who really wants to get his or her Mirrorball dreams shattered when everyone is having such a blast? Particularly this season: Stars and pros alike seemed to really enjoy each other’s company, and there were good vibes and high spirits throughout. Sherri Shepherd shimmying with sheer pleasure and raising her hands to the Mirrorball gods after learning she was safe for another week? Pure gold. This isn’t a dance competition -- it’s a dance party! Who would want to leave early when Season 14 is still shiny and sparkly and fun and going strong?
Unfortunately, someone had to exit this wonderfully sparkly ballroom universe. And this week, that fate befell …
… Martina Navratilova and her partner Tony Dovolani. And while the ouster wasn’t surprising, it was still sad to see the tennis powerhouse go. Ultimately, the Grand Slam champ found herself outmatched in kicks and flicks and arm extensions, and not even Jimmy Connors could have helped Martina out of the point hole she found herself in. She admitted that she “blew it” during Monday night’s jive. And she seemed to take it so hard in the sky box. Bless lovely Irish treasure Tristan MacManus for his attempt to console the celebrated athlete when she sat unhappily in sparkly netting and fringe like a fish out of water. Bless fellow chapeau'd bottom dweller Gavin Degraw for telling her it was an honor to compete alongside her. And bless Albanian stallion Tony for being such a nice and gracious partner throughout. May the ballroom gods grant him a fighting chance at the Mirrorball trophy soon.
The program kicked off with a rousing routine by our pros and the “DWTS” Troupe that started on the grand ballroom steps and extended all over the dance floor. Later, we got an extended introduction to the Troupe when they performed their own number choreographed by Jason Gilkinson. As we know, the Troupe is made up of young upstarts on the farm team who are trying to make it to the big show like Peta and Tristan. This season the group included new kids Emma Slater and Henry Byalikov. Grabby Katie Couric liked the performance, but not enough to give it a standing ovation like “Dancing With the Stars Live” in Las Vegas performers Sabrina Ryan, Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer across the way. Maybe because she was trying to get the right angle to pinch Tom Bergeron’s posterior. “Katie Couric keeps grabbing my butt,” Tom complained. “She’s worse than Maks!”
Matt Nathanson brought sexytime to the results hour by singing “Run” with Sugarland, which was accompanied by a slow burn of a rumba by Peta, dressed in a tailored bedsheet, and Irish pot o’gold Tristan. Sugarland came back to perform the more upbeat “Find the Beat Again,” with lucky Troupe tumbler Sasha ably tackling all three Troupe ladies by his lonesome self.
All the stars assembled for a segment about how they didn’t want to be the first to go home. Jaleel White admitted he wasn’t ready to leave the party. William Levy said he didn’t even have a chance to go topless yet. Two broken ribs won’t keep Maria Menounos from being sidelined. And Sherri Shepherd promised ungracious tears, boo-hooing and a restraining order to get her off the dance floor.
What do you think, ballroom fans? Were you sad to see Martina go? Are you having as much fun as the contestants seem to be having this season? Do you think one day that caliente William Levy will, in fact, get panties thrown at his face like Cheryl Burke predicted?
-- Allyssa Lee
Photos: (top) Martina Navratilova and Tony Dovolani. Credit: Adam Taylor / ABC
(bottom) Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower. Credit: Adam Taylor / ABC