Maria Menounos and her partner Derek Hough, who received a perfect score of 30 on their tango and finished the previous night at the top of the leader board with 59 of 60 points, were voted off “Dancing With the Stars,” while voters saved Welsh classical singer Katherine Jenkins, who stumbled badly during her last routine with partner Mark Ballas.
The final two couples who will dance for the coveted Mirrorball Trophy (along with Jenkins and Ballas) are Green Bay Packer Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd, and Latino hunk William Levy and partner Cheryl Burke.
The show began with a replay of Jenkins’ injury from the night before, which involved a deep backbend with partner Ballas leaping over her. Jenkins slipped when coming out of the move, and when she regained her footing, put her hands over her face and grimaced in shock and pain. She wore the same stricken look as she and Ballas waited for the results. When host Tom Bergeron announced that they were indeed going to the finals, she jumped up and down and hugged Ballas.
“I’m no doctor but her back sure looks fine now,” Bergeron deadpanned.
The announcement of Jenkins safety was followed by several vocal and dancing performances. Most notable was the performance by former “American Idol” winner and five-time Grammy Award-winner Carrie Underwood, who sang her single “Good Girl” off her new album “Blown Away.” She was accompanied by Tristan Macmanus, Sharna Burgess, Henry Byalikov and Emma Slater.
Grammy Award-winning singer Alanis Morrissette also took the stage to perform her new single “Guardian” from her upcoming album “Havoc and Bright Lights.” Her performance was accompanied by Blake McGrath and Tyne Stecklein.
In the final “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance this season, DWTS pros Tristan Macmanus and Chelsie Hightower danced a Samba to Beyonce’s “End of Time.” All season long, fans have voted on the performance song, style, costumes and pro dancers for the season’s Macy’s Design-a-Dance.
Finally, with the filler out of the way, Bergeron announced that TV host Maria Menounos and partner Derek Hough were in jeopardy. After a recap of Driver’s and Levy’s performances from the previous night, Bergeron announced that Levy and Burke had made the finals. That left Menounos and Driver to compete for the final spot.
“No matter which way this goes, it’s gonna suck,” said Bergeron.
It did. Menounos, arguably the best dancer on the show, was eliminated.
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