Carrie Ann says, "The good news is, you didn't break hold." But the bad news is that the hold wasn't strong enough. Len says it had speed, because Len must be going blind. Bruno does note a couple of missed steps.
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 8; Len: 7; Bruno: 8
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi & Sasha Farber
Nicole plans to channel Beyonce for the first part of her samba. Her version of Beyonce may be different than everyone's on the planet. Nicole is tired from travel and dealing with a sick kid and says her brain is "scrambled eggs"
Ha! For the bumper into commercial before Nicole and Sasha dance, the band reprises "Viva Las Vegas" and the judges all stand up behind the judging table and dance. I love it. More judge dancing!
It's not bad, but something's off. Every now and then, Nicole has legs like a baby deer, tentative and shaky looking.
Len points out that she did have trouble with her feet during the promenades at the beginning. Bruno says she was shaky at the start, but once she got into it it, was better. Carrie Ann points out that Nicole is ahead of the beat quite often.
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Bruno: 9
Corbin Bleu & Karina Smirnoff
Karina & Corbin are struggling with choreography originally, because they are futzing around with brooms. Stay away from the props, Karina, after a week with bad judges' scores. They're changing choreography until the very last minute.
I like this routine - it's fun and energetic. Bruno loved it, too, calling it immaculate and brilliant. Carrie Ann says it was the tightest cha cha she's seen. Len is not a lover of the "gyratery." But he said it fit with the music and didn't go on too long.
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 10; Len: 9; Bruno: 10
Apparently, right now, with scores from last week and this week and viewer votes, the pair that would be eliminated is on "Spooky Bom Bom." This team is Elizabeth & Val, Nicole & Sasha, Bill & Emma and Leah & Tony. I don't love the name, but it's worth it to to hear the British announcer say "Team Spooky Bom Bom."
Nicole shows off her former cheerleader chops with some tumbling in this routine. Each couple gets a little spotlight moment. Leah and Elizabeth are both wearing tiny hats. I approve of tiny hats. Bill & Emma attempt some impressive lifts. It's also hilarious to see Bill doing Wade Robson-style hip thrusts. At the end of the routine, Nicole gets in a cheerleading toss, caught by Sasha, Tony and Val.
Len thought the bits for individuals were good and the couple spotlight moments were good as well. Nicole gets singled out for praise. Carrie Ann calls Bill the glue that held that performance together.
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 9; Len: 9; Bruno: 9
Team "Foxing Awesome" (name inspired by a tattoo on Jack's chest -- this explains, among other reasons, why we're unlikely to ever see him perform shirtless) is Jack & Cheryl, Amber & Derek, Brant & Peta and Corbin & Karina. The girls are in bunny costumes and the boys are in tuxedos, with foxtails hanging out of their pants. This song is terrible -- I'm glad I've never heard it before tonight.
Oh, wait, apparently the girls are foxes too, now that I see their fox tails. Oh, my. Now Jack comes out in a full fox costume. And then the other guys come out in fox costumes. Bill's earlier comment in rehearsal footage about them looking like their costumes were from a children's play makes more sense now.
Bruno says it was clever and inventive and the choreography gave him goosebumps. He says Corbin killed it. Carrie Ann thinks she was on an acid trip. The group says that was their intention. Len says it was full of little touches that made it irresistible.
Judges' Scores: Carrie Ann: 10; Len: 10; Bruno: 10
Whatever. I liked Spooky Bom Bom better.
Tom then announces that all members of Team Foxing Awesome are safe.
Combined scores from last week and this week.
Amber & Derek
Brant & Peta
Elizabeth & Val
Corbin & Karina
Jack & Cheryl
Nicole & Sasha
Leah & Tony
Bill & Emma
There are four couples up on stage. Elizabeth & Val are revealed as safe immediately. Leah & Tony are the next to be declared safe. Bill & Emma and Nicole & Sasha are the two couples left. Nicole is eliminated and Bill & Emma are both visibly shocked.
Brooke has to keep admonishing Nicole & Sasha to come down for their exit interview. Nicole is taking it really, really hard. She doesn't have the showbiz polish to hide her feelings. If anything, I'm guessing "Jersey Shore" encouraged being as demonstrative as possible.
They show us a quick shot of Bill's wife in the audience, she's wiping away a tear and mouthing something to Bill. I think Bill is gratified and overwhelmed at his obvious fan support. Looking at how the couples split the judges' vote, it's clear that Bill had to have had at least 1.5% more fan votes than Nicole. That seems plausible.
Sorry, Leah. I think the Engvall Juggernaut takes you down next week.