I was looking for wisdom from the voting viewers tonight on who would be eliminated on "Dancing With the Stars." With at least four prospective ejectees on the dance floor -- low-scorers Andy Dick, Lisa Vanderpump, D.L. Hughley and Wynonna Judd -- would their fans be blinded by love and ignore poor dancing? We shall see.
In the end, the couples in jeopardy came down to Lisa and Gleb Savchenko, Wynonna and Tony Dovolani, and Andy and Sharna Burgess. After Lisa and Gleb were declared safe, Wynonna and Tony, eyes downcast, looked like they knew what was coming, and they were right. The country music legend was the first celebrity eliminated from Season 16.
Wynonna said she challenged herself by trying something that scared her, but that "I'm a singer, not a dancer, and I'm looking forward to getting back to making a record." She added that she's made a lifelong friend in Tony and praised the support of her country music fans. It was an emotional time for the couple, who embraced for several moments on the dance floor before the other participants gathered around, placing the "Queen of the Prom" sash around Wynonna's shoulders and a crown on her head.
Kudos to the producers for keeping a quick pace to the show. In fact, problems with setting up a stage for singer Demi Lovato caused host Tom Bergeron to vamp as only he can, and co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet to fill some time interviewing a few of the couples. Brooke is looking good, but it must have taken hours to get the tangles out of last night's backcombed '80s huge hair.
This show is loving Twitter -- last week, viewers "Tweet-picked" the Encore dance, and this week, they voted for Queen and King of the Prom. The winners were Zendaya and Jacoby Jones, and both received two points added to their scores. And they and their partners were declared safe. Bonus!
Huey Lewis and the News got the joint jumping with "The Heart of Rock and Roll" as the DWTS Troupe members danced away. And the encore dance? It went to Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd's version of "YMCA," and just happened to have a spot in the routine for judge Bruno Tonioli. Hey, Bruno can really move! Since that strangeness was just before the next set of results, it made a weird kind of sense that D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke, who were next to last on the leaderboard, garnered enough points to be safe to dance next week. Cheryl was jumping so high in excitement that she could be a cheerleader. Also safe were Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough, who topped the scoring Monday night.
The "men of Season 16" -- pros plus the Troupe dancers -- performed a hot number, and Tom promised that the women pros would get their chance next week. The next quartet of couples lined up to learn their fates -- both Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold, and Sean and Peta will be dancing next week. But Lisa and Gleb, and Andy and Sharna were in jeopardy. Since we know they, too, will be dancing next week, I certainly hope that Andy keeps his emotions in check and his feet in motion, and that Lisa loosens up a bit and finds a bit more chemistry with Gleb.
A highlight of the evening was the "Macy's Stars of Dance" with a piece choreographed by Nick Florez and R.J. Durell where dancers, confetti, umbrellas and scarves seem to leap out of thin air, thanks to some pre-show taping that reversed the action at times. It was fascinating and very creative, and concluded with broken glass panels that became solid as the dancers passed through them. Demi Lovato sang "Heart Attack" in a cloud of dry ice that at times threatened to engulf the singer, as well as the dancers. In fact, one camera shot was only of the thick cloud until someone noticed.
Next week's theme is the "best time of your lives." It's usually very interesting what a person classifies as "best," especially with someone as young as Zendaya who doesn't have a lot of years to work with.
Do you think the correct couple were voted off tonight? Who should be next?