"Dancing with the Stars" eliminated a frontrunner this week. Audience at the studio and viewers at home were once again stunned when Elizabeth Berkley was booted out of the competition despite never being in jeopardy before.
"I'm sad," she admitted. "There were more things we wanted to do. But I'm, honestly, beyond grateful for this. ... I want to thank everyone, especially Val." The former "Saved By the Bell actress added, "I've learned so much, obviously dance, but (also) growth as a human being and partnership."
Elizabeth's elimination was shocking, since she's one of the best dancers on Monday night, November 11. She danced a Viennese waltz for her first individual routine with her partner Val Chmerovskiy. Bruno Tonioli commented, "This week you hit it," as the judges gave her 26 points.
She even earned a perfect score of 30 for her trio salsa with Gleb Savchenko. "You are a girl on fire, your spins were tight, a Salsa superstar," Carrie Ann Inaba said. With a total of 56 points, Elizabeth was on the second place of the leaderboard.
Meanwhile, despite her knee injury, Amber Riley and her pro partner Derek Hough showed up to dance a quickstep. The judges praised the "Glee" star for continously improving, but told her to fix her top line. She earned 24 out of 30 points for the first individual routine.
As for her trio number, Amber and Derek were joined by Mark Ballas for a salsa number. She earned positive reviews this time, with Carrie Ann commenting, "You guys were like the dream team, I can't believe Amber was injured and danced like that." The actress earned 27 points for a total of 51 points.
Coming out in the second order, Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani danced a tango. Bruno called it "a bad a** tango" but noticed that there were "a few moments where you are shaky." Carrie Ann complained that Leah's arms "lack emotion." The judges gave her 27 points.
She earned another 27 for her trio jive with Henry Byalikov. "I love a woman who takes control, I like the slap," Carrie Ann commented, while Len Goodman said, "It was fantastic entertainment and good fun." Her total score this week is 54.
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff danced a traditional waltz for their first individual routine. Len liked it for being "so expressive," but he "would have liked more in hold." For Bruno, the dance was perfect as he called it "enchanting" and "breathtaking." The "High School Musical" actor earned 28 points.
He and Karina later danced a jazz with Witney Carson. Carrie Ann gushed, "That was maybe the best routine I have seen in seven seasons," as Len called it "delicious." Corbin earned a perfect score of 30 for a total of 58 that night.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke danced a viennese waltz, which Len called Jack's best dance so far. Bruno advised him, "Watch your hands, keep them under control." Jack earned 29 points.
He, however, wasn't as good as he's in the first routine when dancing a trio samba with Sharna Burgess. Len said it was a "great fun but the technique was not there," while Carrie Ann thought he "looked overwhelmed with the two women." Jack earned 25 for a total score of 54.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater's charleston failed to impress the judges. Len warned him, "I loved you this season, but you need to nail it on the next dance or you are going to be in trouble." They gave the funnyman 21 points.
Bill wasn't able to redeem it with his trio, a salsa with Peta Murgatroyd which also earned 21 points. Bruno and Carrie Ann complained that there's no rhythm. With a total of 42 points, Bill landed on the bottom of the scoreboard again.