There were some surprises when "Dancing with the Stars" top seven was announced Monday night, October 28. Brant Daugherty and pro dancer Peta Murgatroyd heated up the stage with a kiss, while another couple Snooki and Sasha Farber were sent home in a shocking elimination. "I can't even talk right now. I love everybody here, so it sucks," the former "Jersey Shore" star cried.
Brant and Peta danced the jive. "No more candy for you my darling, you were like a frisky school boy on a sugar high!" judge Bruno Tonioli said after the two kissed. Carrie Ann Inaba added, "I love seeing a hot hunky guy like you taking yourself lightly." Len Goodman chimed in, "You have to dance right on the edge and that's what you did." Each judge gave them a 9.
Prior to Brant and Peta, Elizabeth Berkley and Valentin Chmerkovskiy danced the quickstep. "I'm telling you that's the way to start a show!" Len raved. Bruno couldn't agree more as saying, "What a good job, it really was breathtaking." Carrie Ann told Elizabeth, "I see she is becoming the ballroom dancer...I'm so impressed with the growth." The couple got the same score as Brant and Peta.
The third contestant to take the dance floor was Leah Remini who danced salsa with pro partner Tony Dovolani. "That was like going to a salsa club and you are the hottest salsa dancers there," Carrie Ann gushed. Bruno also praised them, "All succulent and juicy and tasty, you gave me a good flash of a good salsa." They got a total of 26; a 9 from those two judges and an 8 from Len.
Next up was Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke. "You have such a wonderful ease of move. Light on your feet. The performance flow was absolutely perfect," Bruno praised Jack. Carrie Ann added, "You and Brant two very diff styles of Jive ... that's the one I want to see again." Len commented, "You're always really in tune with the music." They got a 10 from Carrie Ann, a 9 from Bruno, and an 8 from Len.
It was Amber Riley's and Derek Hough's turn. Despite their injuries (a knee and a back pain respectively), the couple did a good job with their paso doble. "You slayed the beast again. You lift this ballroom up!" Carrie Ann said. Len added, "Derek the matador, Amber the cape, you are back in the game!" Bruno likened their dance to "vintage wine, full of flavor, color." The couple got a 10 each from Carrie Ann and Len, and a 9 from Bruno.
The lowest scorer of the night was Bill Engvall who danced the quickstep with pro dancer Emma Slater. "The good news was that you didn't break hold," Carrie Ann said, "Bad news is the hold wasn't strong enough ... it was a little loose." Bruno admitted there were "a couple of missteps." They got an 8 each from those two judges and a 7 from Len.
Snooki, who said she channeled her inner Beyonce Knowles, danced the samba with Sasha. Bruno called it "nice and sexy," as saying, "Once you got into the Samba groove, it was flowing." But Carrie Ann criticized, "Sometimes you're ahead of the dances .. extend your movements just a little." The couple received a 9 from all the three judges.
The last team, Corbin Bleu danced the cha cha with Karina Smirnoff. "Back in sparkling form! Crystal clear moves! The timing, the shape, the finish! Immaculate! Brilliant," Bruno said in his review. Carrie Ann was equally impressed, "This week, that was the tightest Cha Cha I've ever seen." Len praised the couple's "lovely, crisp footwork, nice leg action." They got 9 from Len and a 10 each from the other judges.