Tuesday night's results show on "Dancing With the Stars" started with a bang as the women pros shook their red, sparkly, spangled costumes, as well as their booties, and the entertainment never let up for the next hour.
In the final minutes of the show, as host Tom Bergeron called, "Cue the dramatic music," Lisa Vanderpump and partner Gleb Savchenko were eliminated. Their departure follows a week where Lisa battled a virus, couldn't practice and fainted during rehearsal. Until moments before Monday's show, Lisa was unsure if she would even perform with Gleb.
After the announcement, co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet asked Lisa if she was happy she did the show. "Just to be included with this group of people ... most important, just a wonderful bunch of people, of course I'm happy I did it," Lisa said, and turning to Gleb, she described their partnership as "being given a gift."
"This was the hardest thing I've ever done," Lisa continued graciously, "and I want to thank my castmates who made it so much fun."
One by one, the top-scoring couples were first to be declared safe, and then those with lower scores were also safe. In the end, it came down to the final four -- Lisa and Gleb, D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke, Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold, and Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess -- to be interviewed by Brooke. When asked how he felt, D.L. told Brooke, "I'm proud of three things: I saved 'Dancing With the Stars' a ton on tanning spray; I danced as well as I could because of Cheryl; and I got a 7 from Len, which is a sign of the Apocalypse."
In fact, the biggest surprise of the night was the way D.L.'s fans rallied once again to save him and Cheryl to dance next week. He seemed stunned by the news, just as he had at their total score of 21 the previous night.
One thing is clear -- the days of stretching and padding the program to fill the time are over. The show moved along at a snappy pace, with DWTS Troupe dancers performing as it broke for commercials. Head judge Len Goodman called on Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas to repeat their amazing contemporary routine for the Encore Dance. As Tom said, "It's just as nice to watch it twice." Country singer Brad Paisley performed "Southern Comfort Zone," as Tony Dovolani and Peta Murgatroyd danced, followed by a quick routine by Val Chmerkovskiy and Karina Smirnoff, the pros who fans picked on Twitter.
Silliness was provided by a video that made it appear that judge Bruno Tonioli's wild words really were told to him by a writer off-screen. To make it clear that it was a hoax, Tom explained that Bruno does have voices in his head, "but they're his own." In the "AT&T Spotlight," an incredible young woman, Brilynn Rakes, danced a beautiful duet with Derek Hough. What made it remarkable was her back-story: she was born with nystagmus and cone dystrophy that have made her legally blind, but she is very determined and recently won a full scholarship to the summer workshop at Julliard.
In the final performance of the evening, Andrea Bocelli and Jennifer Lopez joined in a duet of "Quizas, Quizas, Quizas," which is on Bocelli's new album, "Passione." JLo was hot, as usual, in a gown of black lace with her fingers dripping diamonds, and the pair sounded so good, and so hot, together.
All in all, it was a good show. Andy and Sharna were saved to perform again, and D.L. and Cheryl will be back to dance and deliver zingers. Best of all, we will get to see if Zendaya can pull off another dancing delight with Val.
Do you agree that Lisa should have been sent home? Or should it have been Victor or even Sean Lowe? See you next week.