It was a three-hanky results night for Week 7 on "Dancing With the Stars." Special guests, a video highlight and the eliminated celebrity brought tears to the eyes of both audience and dancers.
Due to their very low scores, it was no surprise that Andy Dick and partner Sharna Burgess were eliminated at the show's end. It was an emotional announcement, and the "saved" couple in the bottom two -- Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson -- embraced Andy and Sharna while host Tom Bergeron was urging the ousted pair to come forward for some last words.
"I've been talking about it from Day One. It's been the best, just the best," said Andy, choking up. "Carrie Ann, I'm gonna kill you for that 5," he joked, shaking his fist with a grin. "It was all your fault," he laughed.
"That we are here on Week 7 is amazing," he continued, "and I really thank everyone here. It's been a wonderful, wonderful ride." "It's been amazing," agreed Sharna. "I couldn't have had a more incredible experience for my first year as a pro," as Tom called for a group hug, and a shot of the other dancers showed that many were wiping away tears.
Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy easily were voted to dance again next week, as were Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, and Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd. The big surprise of the night was when co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet announced that Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff were in jeopardy. Although they had good scores on their dances, could the viewers be tiring of the antics of Jacoby's mom when the judges give their critiques?
For those who have complained in the past about not enough dancing on the results show, that problem has been solved with big opening numbers and smaller dances coming back from commercials. Much appreciated. Tonight's "AT&T Spotlight" shone on Tawanda Jones of Camden, N.J., and her inspirational Camden Sophisticated Sisters, a dance troupe/drill team to help young girls in the city. Eight members of the group danced and stepped, and then Tom announced that "Dancing With the Stars" was going to buy mirrors for the group's practice hall, the base of a water tower.
After Tom welcomed viewers back to "the home of Spandex lingerie," a video was shown of Adrianne Haslet-Davis, a dance instructor who lost her foot and ankle in the Boston bombings. The story of her depression and then determination to dance again had most of the audience, including yours truly, in tears. The program plans to follow Adrianne's progress and invited her to dance on the show when she is ready.
As the number of competitors gets smaller, there is more time for performers. The "Macy's Stars of Dance" was duet by two alums of "So You Think You Can Dance," tWitch Boss and Allison Holker, who were accompanied by violinist Lindsey Stirling.
Next week, the remaining couples will have two more dances to learn and perform. After the individual dances, each couple will be joined by an eliminated pro dancer or a member of the DWTS Troupe for a trio dance. In the past, the trio dances surprisingly turned out to be a highlight of the show. See you next week when someone else will be sent home.