With Jack Osbourne landing two 10s for his Viennese waltz – and regular frontrunner Amber Riley scoring just 24 points for a quickstep that was critiqued for footwork and had “a few mess-ups,” according to judge Carrie Ann Inaba – the competition was shaping up to be anyone’s game.
So, at the end of the night, did Engvall and partner Emma Slater pack their bags? Or did the evening follow in the path of recent weeks with another surprise elimination? Read on to find out …
It was yet another shocker: Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy said their farewells, to Slater’s surprise. The pro dancer was already tearing up as she expected to be sent home with Engvall.
“I’m sad,” Berkley told the audience after learning her fate. “There was more we wanted to do, but I am honestly beyond grateful for this … I want to thank everyone – especially Val. I’ve learned so much … It is something I’ll hold with me forever.”
Here are the other notable moments of the night:
• Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani danced a 27-point tango that had the actress calling herself a “contender.”
The pair followed up with a 27-point trio dance that mocked the three judges. Impersonated critic Bruno Tonioli called the number “the most witty dance routine I have seen in a very long time.”
• Weeks after dancing a poorly judged Viennese waltz, Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff danced a slow waltz that landed them 28 points and had Tonioli raving that it was “perfect.”
Up next, they danced a jazz number that got them the first perfect 30 of the night. Inaba called the choreography “insane” and said, “That may be the best routine I’ve seen in all 17 seasons.” The couple ended the night at the very top of the leader board.
• Berkley and Chmerkovskiy danced a 26-point Viennese waltz that Inaba admired for the actress’s “breathtaking” lines. Goodman wasn’t a big fan of the number, but the pair came back with a vengeance for their second routine, a 30-point salsa with Gleb Savchenko, that Inaba said was her favorite routine of Berkley’s.