Betsey Johnson Was Sent Home on Dancing with the Stars
Alfonso Ribeiro thrilled the judges with his Carlton while one star was sent packing
It was “Most Memorable Year” night on the dance floor – though it should have been called let’s gets super sad and personal because of all the teary-eyed video packages. But even a moving tribute to her adult daughter couldn’t save designer Betsey Johnson on a night that gave America (or at least those on the East Coast) a chance to vote in place of the still-missing judge Len Goodman.
“Thank you, thank you, mostly to Tony, to my fans, this has been the best wonderful thing,” said Johnson at the end of the show. “It’s just been a trip, a big trip!”
The designer who started the night out in jeopardy earned a fairly respectable 29 after performing a panty-flashing handstand in her number with Tony Dovolani. “I think I saw your Victoria’s Secret!” quipped judge Bruno Tonioli.
Here were the rest of the scores:
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy. The Hawaii native danced a smooth-as-silk rumba in honor of a deceased pal named BJ. “I wanted to commend you so much for your technique,” said judge Julianne Hough. “You took me to the Garden of Eden,” added Tonioli. Score: 36 out of 40
Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker. The Mean Girls actor paid tribute to his breakout role in the Lindsay Lohan film by performing a number that was more hip-hop than samba. “You could never get that easy bounce,” said Tonioli. “It has to have the kind of quality of foot placement that wasn’t there.” “I love the way you attack, but you should have more elegance and more technique,” added judge Carrie Ann Inaba. Score: 24
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough. The YouTube star not only had Colbie Caillat serenading her rumba, she garnered the judges’ sympathy for how she was bullied as a ‘tween. “What you stand for is so beautiful,” said a teary-eyed Hough. “You are looking good to me, kid,” added Tonioli. Score: 33
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater. The race car driver who began the night in danger paid tribute to the late Dale Earnhardt with an underwhelming quickstep. “You went wrong so many times,” said Tonioli. “It started so strong and you puh-puh-putted out,” added Inaba. Score: 25
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev. The actress performed a goosebump-inducing contemporary number in honor of her late dad. “Exceptional quality of movement, my darling,” said Tonioli. “You are an exquisite performer.” Score: 39
Antonio Sabato, Jr. and Cheryl Burke. The shirt comes off (finally!) in the actor’s samba tribute to his mom. “I feel like we are watching a preview of Magic Mike Two and a Half,” said Tonioli. Score: 29
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd. The celebrity looked back at his time in the big house by performing a jive to Elvis Presley. “There is no chain in the world that can bind your free spirit!” said Tonioli. Score: 28
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas. The Duck Dynasty star performed a pretty impressive samba, despite wearing a fairly heinous dress. “It was like Natalie Portman in Black Swan!” said Tonioli. Score: 37
Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson. The Fresh Prince actor pulled out his best Carlton moves in a jazz number to a Tom Jones song. “I’m so glad you made us wait for the Carlton!” said Hough. “All I can say is, finally,” added Inaba. Score: 40