There was a weird feeling backstage at “Dancing with the Stars” on Tuesday night. On the one hand, we were celebrating the 300th episode of the ABC reality show. On the other, it had just been announced that next season, “DWTS” would be downsized to airing only once a week. Boo hoo! But as we looked forward to a leaner, meaner show in the future, the winner of season 16 was still to be decided. And it looked like “General Hospital” star Ingo Rademacher would be the one of the remaining celebrities not making it to next week’s finale. He had the lowest cumulative score and looked like an amateur compared to the other dancers. But part of me was still hoping for an upset. Two guys and two gals would be great gender balance for the finals.
The results show began with an incredible opening number with 22 current and returning pros giving it their all. Then Jacoby Jones and his partner Karina Smirnoff quickly were deemed safe! Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough thrilled us again with an encore of their super cool Argentine tango, bathed in a red light. We were introduced to Sophia Lucia, 10, who just broke the Guinness World Record for consecutive pirouettes and was interacting with Chelsie Hightower. Little Sophia had a cute little chipmunk voice and did a big number with four pro dancers where she showed off her pirouetting skill—how amazing! She was like a little spinning top.
Aly Raisman was busted by her partner, Mark Ballas, who said she liked to steal bangles from “DWTS.” After a performance by The Wanted, warbling their new single, “Fill A Heart,” Avril Lavigne was in the house singing “Here’s to Never Growing Up.” Backstage footage from last night showed Pickler in the parking lot saying she could have done better – but it didn’t matter, as she was told she was going to the finale with Derek! But Zendaya Coleman and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy were called in jeopardy.
Gleb Savchenko and Sharna Burgess hit the floor (and the sheets) for a pro dance that reminded us backstage of Maks Chmerkovskiy and Erin Andrews’ infamous bed dance way back when. Either that or a Calvin Klein perfume commercial!
“Those are the biggest hip roles I’ve ever seen,” Carrie Ann Inaba sighed about Ingo’s Monday night samba that got the lowest score from the judges. The soap star was indeed called in danger while Aly was told she was going to the finale.
So it was Ingo and Zendaya as the bottom two this week. And the celebrity going home was….INGO! No surprises this season! The soap hunk was gracious in leaving and he said it had been an “amazing experience.” But even more sadly, we wouldn’t see his son Peanut anymore, I guess! Well, it’s on the finals for the rest. Maybe we’ll see Ingo again on “General Hospital”?