Your Host Tom, humanoid Brooke and the judges spend a lot of time trying to convince us of things. This week, they tried to convince us this was, like, the hardest season EVER. Then they went on about how last night's elimination was going to be a shock. This threw everyone into a tizzy. SHOCK, they say!
Well, it kind of was. Sherri Shepherd wasn't the best dancer, by any means, but she wasn't nearly the worst, either! An she was so fun! Alas, we must throw our self-proclaimed big-a** baby back in her stroller and wheel her away. Waaah!
You knew something about tonight was going to be different when official Bottom Two resident Gavin DeGraw was happily EVICTED, which means SAFE because it's opposite day. Melissa and Maks were also safe, despite Melissa not being there on account of Monday's minor injury. Maks, for once in his life, looked a tad awkward standing there alone.
One by one, each of our couples took to the top of the stairs looking equally nervous ("Shocking!" prophesied Tom again), but were subsequently let off the hook. For some reason, Katherine and Mark's little misunderstanding -- when Mark looked totally bummed and Katherine got confused but then they were both happy because, duh, they were safe -- was a totally rewind-able moment.
Finally, the couples in danger were whittled down to two. Roshon and Chelsie -- who are adorable and talented but may not last too much longer in the competition -- were one, and Sherri, already in tears, was another, with partner Val. Truthfully, the elimination was hard to watch. Sherri seems so genuine, and she brought such life and weirdness to an already lively and weird show! Everyone acted appropriately sad. Goodbye, sweet Sherri.
On the entertainment front, ersatz house band Kiss was back, popping up in little gems of footage, looking concerned over Melissa Gilbert's oxygen mask, cuddling with Gladys Knight and landing a zinger on Donald Driver (who got to re-dance his incredible Purple Rain number with Peta). The particularly powerful series of special dances featuring the pros continued with Karina teaming up with world famous Cuban ballet dancer Jose Manuel Carreno and tango-go-to musicians The Gotan Project. The result was gorgeous and contortion-y and fun to watch.
Was Sherri's elimination the shock you were expecting? As much as you may have liked her, was it really a "shock" at all? Here's a fun fact: Both Jack Wagner and Sherri Shepherd were eliminated the night after they danced first (widely considered a big risk, vote-wise). Are you sensing a pattern? The mystery deepens...