Once again, America is not throwing any curveballs when it comes the “Dancing with the Stars” eliminations and the third couple to go home were no exception.
As somewhat expected, another pair toward the bottom of the leaderboard will dance no more.
Tuesday night, the “heart of the show” Sugar Ray Leonard and his partner Anna Trebunskaya were eliminated from the competition, after scoring a 21 (the second to lowest score of the night) for their Viennese Waltz.
“I will cherish this moment,” Sugar Ray told the crowd upon leaving. “That’s life, I put up a good fight, and I will cherish this … great friends, great people, great show.”
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We caught up with Sugar Ray and Anna after the show and the two were in the same good spirits they’ve been in all season. “Being a fighter, there’s a part of me that’s screaming,” he told reporters. “No question about it. I’m screaming inside. But I’m also a gracious loser if you will. I’ve had the most phenomenal experience ever with a show that I was totally afraid of. I’ve met friends, met an incredible staff and a wonderful lady who taught me what I thought I couldn’t be taught. I had a great time.”
We won’t miss Anna for too long as she’s coming back to dance next week for American Week with her husband Jonathan Roberts.
Also in jeopardy this week were Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas, who took another risk with alternative choreography for a “Harry Potter”-themed Viennese Waltz, which got mixed comments from judges but the high score of the night (26). Chelsea’s look of confusion and sadness was a wee bit hard to watch. “This girl has the potential to make the final and she is in jeopardy,” noted judge Len Goodman, who then picked the pair to re-dance their Viennese Waltz. Despite their unsafe status, the two danced flawlessly.
Joining Chelsea and Mark under the red lights of doom – and, keep in mind that “in jeopardy” does not always mean they are in the bottom – were Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin, who are lingering around the middle of the leaderboard with a 23 after Monday’s performance. The super happy supermodel giggled at the news.
And, here’s another person in jeopardy: The writer for Len Goodman’s silly skit where he dressed as a lieutenant and gave the kids dancing advice amidst an American flag backdrop. Huh? American week is next week, folks.
Meanwhile, former “American Idol” contestant and Grammy and Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson looked amazing as she belted out her new songs “Don’t Look Down” and “Feeling Good.”
Lastly, we’ve got two awards to give out: The T.M.I. Award goes to Kendra, who told Brooke Burke – and millions of viewers – that her bad mood Monday night was due to, er, womanly issues. And, The What Did She Just Say? Award goes to Brooke for mispronouncing the word “incomparable” when introducing Jennifer Hudson. She said “in-compare-able” instead of pronouncing it properly as “in-comp-rable.”
Here is where the remaining 8 couples stand on the leaderboard for all four weeks’ scores combined
Hines and Kym: 94
Ralph and Karina: 91
Chelsea and Mark: 88
Kirstie and Maks: 86
Chris and Cheryl: 86
Romeo and Chelsie: 85
Petra and Dimitry: 84
Kendra and Louis: 78
Sugar Ray and Anna: 75
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