DWTS sent Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy home this week, in a double elimination show that allowed only five pairs to make it through to the semifinals.
At the start of the evening both judges and competitors were worried and anxious to find out who the two celebrities going home would be. Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy had the lowest score and were at the bottom of the leaderboard, making the first guess somewhat easier to make. However, which couple was more likely to join them in packing their bags and leaving the show was still a close call.
Kylie Minogue, wearing a short white sexy dress very well suited for dancing a samba, opened the show with a performance of her 1988 hit “Locomotion”. Her act was followed directly by the first results: Melissa Rycroft and Shawn Johnson were through to the semifinals!
Two more performances came in line: the “Newsies” Broadway cast and Ne-Yo, who sang his brand new “Let Me Love You (Untill You Learn to Love Yourself) song.
And then it was time for the first elimination of the night which had Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy face Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy. Even though Kirstie was feeling lucky and said that “the opportunity to do this the second time around is nothing short of a A) a miracle, and B) sort of stunning!”, Tom Bergeron sent her and her partner home. The 61-year-old actress made a classy exit smiling and thanking the fans, the judges and Maks for his patience.
Next, the themes and dances for the semifinals were picked for each team. As such: Kelly and Val picked “Caveman Hustle” for Melissa and Tony Dovolani, Emmitt And Cheryl Burke picked “Knight Rider Banghra” (Indian folk dance) for Shawn and Derek Hough, Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff picked “Mad Monk Merengue” for Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd, Gilles and Peta then picked “Big Top Jazz” for Apolo and Karina, Shawn and Derek picked “Espionage Lindy Hop” for Emmitt and Cheryl and
Kelly and Val were left with the “Surfer Flamenco.”
The evening was closed by the final results and last elimination that had Emmitt moving forth to next week’s show and Apolo and Gilles facing the possibility of leaving the dancing competition. Even though he was the dancer who received the highest scores up until last week, Gilles had to go home. “I tried my very best. Peta was an angel out there,” he said, “and I want to thank my wife. …, Without her, I’m really nothing,” he said.