"But based on seven weeks of competition, Melissa should stay and Chuck should go." Although they had been in fourth place on the judges' leaderboard after receiving 26 out of 30 points for the cha cha routine they had performed on Monday night's show, Wicks and Hough had ended up finishing next-to-last on the overall judges' leaderboard when their team dance received only 25 out of 30 points from the judges.
Wicks and Hough had competed on "Team Mambo," which also included Olympic gold medalist gymnast Shawn Johnson and partner Mark Ballas as well as Dovolani and professional dancer Lacey Schwimmer, who served as a last-minute substitute for Rycroft.
"In the last three weeks we've gotten standing ovations from the crowd and that's really what matters." "We're still here!
" Hough shouted after host Tom Bergeron noted that the couple's relationship had managed to survive competing on the show together.
(The moment was a little reminiscent of those times on “America’s Next Top Model” when Tyra Banks shows her pupils the difference between posing “high fashion” and posing “hoochie.”) Sadly, in their performance, Chuck did the move like a student, and throughout he lacked in grace and polish.
The male judges saw a big improvement: Len Goodman praised Chuck for having “come out of hibernation,” and Bruno Tonioli said, “Check [he probably meant “Chuck”], you’re emerging from the shadows of beautiful Julianne.” Carrie Ann Inaba, however, called the couple on a questionable lift (big surprise), and said that Chuck was failing to live up to his potential.
Johnson and Ballas had also received 27 out of 30 points from the judges for their samba routine, however given their weaker team dance score, they had only finished in third place on the overall judges' leaderboard with 52 out of 60 points.
Murray and Hightower had finished in fifth place on the initial judges' leaderboard after receiving 24 out of 30 points for their salsa routine, but had finished in fourth place on the overall judges' leaderboard with 52 out of 60 points due to their dance team's stronger team dance score.
The judges erred on the side of kindness, all finding something nice to say. Fortunately for him and them, he may not be going home soon; his score from the judges was up one point from last week, with Carrie Ann giving him a 6, Len a “se VEN! (Note: Longtime “DWTS” fans may be forgiven if they think that the paso doble—the so-called dance of the bullfight—was just made up in season 1 so John “J.So thank you guys and thank you fans." winner Melissa Rycroft and her professional partner Tony Dovolani had finished last on Monday night's judges' leaderboard and were the other couple still in danger of elimination when Wicks and Hough's ouster was revealed, however co-host Samantha Harris had been careful to note that they were not necessarily the week's second-lowest ranked couple.Rycroft and Dovolani had finished last on the judges' leaderboard due to a rib injury that had forced Rycroft to miss Monday night's performance show and resulted in the judges having to base their scores on footage of rehearsal performance that the couple had performed while rehearsing with the show's band on Monday morning.) She praised Shawn and Mark for keeping it simple.Bruno, agreeing with Carrie Ann about the simplicity, matched her score of 9, while fussy old Len came up with an 8."To all the critics that thought we weren't going to last through this: We did it," Wicks added."We're still on top of things, and I'm going to go back on tour and enjoy doing what I love and that's country music.Peterman” O’Hurley would have something to do with those eyebrows.But in fact, a Google or You Tube search will produce evidence that the dance existed before then.) Coming off bad marks last week for including too many gymnastics tricks in their routine, Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas danced a very traditional waltz full of classic moves that one might assume would have pleased the very traditionalist Len, ending in a blatant lift that one might assume would have angered the lift-phobic Carrie Ann. Len criticized Shawn because she didn’t step forward on her heels, which is evidently a requirement in the Viennese waltz.Judging by the studio audience’s ecstatic reaction to Gilles’ paso doble tonight with partner Cheryl Burke, that outcome seems unlikely, and it’s currently hard to imagine anyone else catching up with him this season.RELATED: 'Dancing With the Stars': The Judges' Scorecards Perhaps the producers could even things out by forcing Gilles to dance to music that’s completely at odds with the spirit or even the rhythm of the genre he’s assigned, as they did this week to Melissa and to Ty Murray, with predictably bad results.