‘DWTS’: America Sends Home a Frontrunner

by | October 11, 2011 at 9:32 PM | Dancing With The Stars, RealityTV, TV News

Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani (Photo: ABC)

Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani (Photo: ABC)

With the contestants still rattled from last week’s shocking elimination of Kristin Cavallari and Mark Ballas, the tension was thick during Tuesday’s fourth “Dancing with the Stars” results show.

Judging by last week, even the best of the remaining nine contestants didn’t really feel safe when we chatted them up Monday night. It’s still anyone’s mirror ball trophy to win.

“DWTS” Backstage Tidbits

So, was it another shocker? Or did a not-so-great dancer (uh, Chaz Bono? Nancy Grace?) go home?

***SPOILER ALERT***

After freezing up on the dance floor Monday night, Chynna Phillips and Tony Dovolani were eliminated from the show.

“I’m sad but I have to take responsibility. I have an amazing partner,” Chynna said in parting. Chynna and Tony had been strong contenders since the premiere, usually placing near the front of the pack, but it looks like voters were unforgiving of last night’s troubled Tango.

The other two couples that were in jeopardy were Rob and Cheryl and Nancy and Tristan.

Watch Monday Night’s Performance Episode Now:

As for the highlights of the rest of the show…

Chynna Chokes: We finally got a look into Chynna’s ballroom blank-fest from Monday night where she spaced out and got off track. In Tuesday’s footage that features what the dancers say to each other during and after their dances, Chynna is heard saying to Tony, “I don’t know what’s happening” when she first froze up during the routine. He replied, “I got you, don’t worry” and proceeded to literally talk her through the dance. “Point your toe,” “Ronde,” “Now run to Len,” he coached her. Before the judges’ remarks, when Chynna’s disappointment poured over her face, Tony instructed her to “keep your composure.” Afterward, a very serious and visibly upset Chynna said, “I blanked. I knew that routine. I just blanked.”

Chynna’s Mirrorball Reflections:

Julianne Gets Emotional: Julianne Hough returned to the ballroom for the first time since Season 8 for a “Footloose” dance with her costar Kenny Wormald, and a fun Jive with brother Derek Hough. Nice to have her back, if only for this one special night. The darling dancer got all choked up, too, after her first dance. When co-host Tom Bergeron commented after the performance, “You’re out of breath,” she corrected, “No, I’m emotional… This is my home. Thank you so much for having me back on the show.” As for the Jive to “Shake a Tail Feather,” the dynamic duo really showed us how to do it right. Great loopty-loops, flips, kicks, and tricks going on there.

PHOTO GALLERY: “DWTS’s” Most Emotional Moments

Stars! Stars! And More Stars! Country star and “The Voice” coach Blake Shelton belted out his rockin’ cover of the “Footloose” theme song, while Raphael Saadiq kicked off the show with a get-up-and-dance performance of “Soul Man” that got the crowd on their feet and Carrie Ann shaking her tail-feathers big time! If that weren’t enough, Susan Boyle gave us chills with her moving rendition of “Unchained Melody” with booted pros Val Chmerkovskiy and Peta Murgatroyd dancing along.

Quote of the Night: “He looked really cute. Maybe I like cowboys,” Hope Solo said about partner Maks in his cute “Toy Story” cowboy outfit.

Best overhead judges’ comment from Monday night: Len said to Carrie Ann and Bruno, “They’re not committed,” referring to his analysis that Hope and Maks aren’t giving it their all.

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