The ballroom was full of positive energy on Monday night, as Cher took over judging duties for Len Goodman on Dancing with the Stars.
At the end of the night, which was themed around the Burlesque star, Bill Engvall and Emma Slater ended up with the lowest score of 24 points out of 30 for their fun-filled disco to “Strong Enough.”
So did the funny man and his partner end up getting the boot? Read on to find out.
In another surprise elimination, Engvall was saved – following a number that all three judges found entertaining, but Carrie Ann Inaba critiqued for being “off the beat” – and it was Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd who went home, following a foxtrot that Inaba critiqued because of the actor’s knees.
“I’ve learned something I never thought I’d be able to learn in my life,” Daugherty told the audience as his eyes began to tear up. “I learned a lot about myself.”
An equally sad-looking Murgatroyd said, “He’s just an amazing guy … thank you so much for everything.”
Other highlights from the night included the following:
• Karina Smirnoff and Corbin Bleu danced a 27-point Argentine tango to “Welcome to Burlesque” that Cher called “amazing,” but Inaba and fellow judge Bruno Tonioli critiqued for its footwork.
• Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani danced a Viennese waltz to “I Got You Babe” with Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Casper Smart in the audience.
The routine, which captured the moment Cher met Sonny Bono, was called “very sweet” by the superstar, and landed 25 points overall.
• Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy danced a powerful jazz number to Cher’s “Bang Bang (My Baby Shot Me Down)” that the singer praised – even using an expletive – for its roughness. The act got 25 points.
• Cheryl Burke and Jack Osbourne received 27 points for their tango to “The Beat Goes On,” that Inaba loved because of the former reality star’s confidence.
“I thought it was great,” Cher said. “You look like a pimp!”
• Amber Riley and Derek Hough closed out that part of the competition by landing the only 10 – and highest score – of the evening, with 28 points for a rumba to “If I Could Turn Back Time.”
Although Inaba said the routine “was not your best dance,” Cher “thought it was fabulous.”
The evening concluded with three two-couple dance-offs. Bleu and Smirnoff beat Berkley and Chmerkovskiy. Remini and Dovolani beat Daugherty and Murgatroyd. Osbourne and Burke beat Engvall and Slater.