Dancing With the Stars Week 8 Results Recap: Two for the Road

This week’s Dancing With the Stars results show meant twice the trouble for the six remaining competitors, only four of whom will progress to the semifinals next week. Yup, the night’s double elimination meant that two of your ballroom favorites traded in their sequins and bronzer for good. Here’s how it shook out:

Couples in Jeopardy
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

Stuff They Make Us Watch Before the Eliminations | Len joined Season 2 celebs Kenny Mayne and Jerry Rice (both dressed as roller derby castoffs) for the enduring Dance Center bit. Two things: Jerry looked surprisingly fetching in silver eye shadow, and I don’t care if it was real or fake — the Len-in-a-Speedo footage is something that never needs to air again anywhere, ever. Later, Chris Brown performed “Turn Up the Bruising,” and — oh, it was “Turn Up the Music”? My bad. (And by “my,” I mean yours, Brown. RiRi may have forgiven you, but I haven’t.) Other highlights included an American Bandstand-themed tribute to Dick Clark and a Dancing With the Stars: Live in Las Vegas plug featuring So You Think You Can Dance alum Dmitry Chaplin.

Who’s Gone? | About halfway through the hour, Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower were cut from the competition. As the crowd leapt to its feet, the Disney darling graciously thanked his fans, and considering that the duo had the second highest score last night, partner Chelsie said she was “happy to end it on a high note.” The show made Melissa Gilbert and Katherine Jenkins wait until the very end to find out that Half Pint was heading home, too — and on her birthday, even! “I wish I could’ve given you a better birthday present,” Maks told his partner, who said that the fact that she’d made it so far in the competition “does make it a really incredible birthday.”

What do you think? Did the right contestants get axed? Who’s your favorite to go all the way? Tell us about it in the comments!

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  1. Shaniqua says:

    Melissa was my favorite. I wanted her to stay one more round, but it’s okay. Top 5 is not bad, especially for this season.

  2. MDEP says:

    “Later, Chris Brown performed “Turn Up the Bruising,” and — oh, it was “Turn Up the Music”? My bad. (And by “my,” I mean yours, Brown. RiRi may have forgiven you, but I haven’t.)”

    Ha ha! This made me laugh out loud. I was so disappointed he was on, again. I wonder if ABC is connected anyway to his music label.

    • semisweetgirl says:

      I am so sick of seeing him popping up like he made a little mistake (oops I accidentally beat a tiny little female but I sorta regret the impact on my popularity if that’s what you want me to say) and we’re all just supposed to go along with it. What message does this send to our girls and worse to boys.

      • Donna-Marie says:

        Totally agree. The guy. Looks far from repentant. It must be an ABC thing with him. Whoopsie Goldberg and Sheery shephard are always defending him.

    • BMC9999 says:

      I agree! when I heard Chris Brown was singing, I DVR’d the show and fast-forwarded through any screen where he was visible. What’s up with ABC on bringing back a sub-par singer with an anger management problem? There MUST be more singers willing to come on a show where there are almost 18 million viewers. Please stop shoving this woman-beater down our throats ABC!

  3. april-ann says:

    I didn’t watch this week (I stopped watching last week when my favorites, Jaleel and Kym were voted off – when I say I’ll stop watching I actually STOP watching, like when Shannen Daugherty was voted off first in her season, well she was my favorite that season so I never watched again that whole season. But so what, who cares, the show and I both know they certainly don’t need me), but I am really happy to hear that Melissa is finally gone. IMO she should have been gone ages ago, way before Jaleel, Gavin, Gladys and all of them.

  4. Ella says:

    I walked out of the room when Chris Brown came on.

  5. Tamika R says:

    Seriously, people? He who is without sin should cast the first d*mn stone. I do not believe in violence (I am a domestic violence counselor!) but, how high and mighty are we in front of our computers!
    Chris Brown aside, I’m glad Roshon finally went home! Something about that kid is just…creepy. I’m definetely rooting for Donald to win!

    • wh says:

      So you don’t like Roshon because he is “creepy,” yet you defend a known abused. I would rather watch Roshon any day than show any support for Chris Brown.

      • wh says:


      • semisweetgirl says:

        AMEN to that – a domestic violence counselor defending Chris Brown – laughable!!!

        I am mighty in person too, my mother had bones broken (including her jaw) by an abusive man you don’t just get over it and forget. What a joke!

        • semisweetgirl says:

          I was getting ahead of myself and didn’t type the whole thought – the jaw, with a tire iron at 8 months pregnant – btw

    • smidnite says:

      To forgive and forget is to condone. What if he pulls an OJ on his next girlfriend?

    • Angela says:

      If Chris had shown any sort of remorse, that would even be one thing, people might be willing to give him another chance. But so far he’s acted like a cocky jerk who doesn’t seem to get why people are angry with him. He’s a creep and I don’t get why he keeps appearing on TV. He should be getting counseling or something of that sort instead. Abuse is something I have no problem being “high and mighty” about, because you don’t do that to people. Period. End of story.
      As for who went home…Roshon just didn’t have the name recognition, I don’t think, and there are people who are clearly standing out this season and he just couldn’t seem to stick out. Not at all surprised about Melissa going, either. We’re getting down to the best of the best now, so it’ll be interesting to see how the next two weeks play out.

  6. Mark says:

    I’m rooting for Katherine to win. If she doesn’t, my second choice is Maria.

    • Ella says:

      Katherine is my second choice to win behind William. I can’t vote for Maria because I can’t stand Derek.

  7. M2 says:

    I still think Donal Driver was underscored his jive was worthy of a 10. But just my opinion

    • Ella says:

      He totally deserved all 3 tens for that jive so that’s why I put some of my votes for him.

    • MDEP says:

      I agree. That jive was amazing, so much fun. I think he should have received a perfect score. I knew Len would hate that Bollywood number. Derek should know better, lol.

    • BMC9999 says:

      I agree! I gave Donald all my votes since I too thought he was underscored for his jive – which I thought was the best dance of the season.

  8. Bob Lozano says:

    Okay — I know I’m nit-picking here, but Dmitry Chaplin’s dance partner tonight –Anna– is also a pro featured on SYTYCD!

    • BMC9999 says:

      I recognized Anya too from SYTYCD! I was glad to see her and remembered what an amazing dancer she was! What a great number

      • Bob Lozano says:

        I’m looking forward to SYTYCD very much. Although it too boils down to a popularity contest, it contains REAL dancers. And I appreciate all the talent.

  9. Babygate says:

    It’s getting close to the wire and the remaining couples are the best. But I had to change the channel when Chris Brown took the stage. I still don’t get how he even has a following. You don’t ‘accidentally’ become a woman beater. ABC and DWTS should be embarrassed to give Chris Brown a platform.

  10. xxx says:

    I get so annoyed by Brooke Burke, sometimes her questions are so stupid…. on the other hand Im happy William was safe.

    • april-ann says:

      Her questions are stupid because she’s probably not allowed to ask anything that may reveal anything personal. And really beyond the lame dancing, what is there to ask them about? They are there for only one reason. It’s a popularity contest, the “stars” go on in order to gauge public interest in them and can I get a hosting/acting gig? That is all it’s become. I liked it more when it was just a fun “B’s” and “HasBeens” competition. I liked William when I was watching, but what do we really even know about him? He’s very guarded as are all the remaining contestants. Jaleel’s life got out, that’s why he’s not there anymore and I believe we don’t know the true story. I liked him there, that’s all I care to know. Let’s face it – this is not about dancing.

    • chistosa says:

      Don’t blame her for the questions. They are scripted by lame writers.

      • Bob Lozano says:

        Actually the questions & the writers ARE NOT to blame either. Blame the no-talent, two-legged piece of wood that’s delivering the lines! Brooke Burke is a spokes-model who should be seen, and not heard! Go ahead and tell I’m wrong. The only reason she was used on “ROCK STAR” was because of her wardrobe!

  11. Paula says:

    The right two went home I think. Melissa was the weakest dancer, definitely. I hope Roshon continues dancing–maybe on Broadway someday! And I changed the channel when Chris Brown came on (as I always do and always will). Just muting it wasn’t enough.

  12. Tamika R says:

    Silly me, I thought this was a civilized comment section. I guess whutzit, semisweets and who ever else’s fakey cutesy comment name proved me wrong. Carry on, glass house livers! :-D

    • smidnite says:

      Civilized? As in the world where “nice” people ignore their neighbor’s black eye, and turn up the TV so they don’t hear the shouting and screaming next door? Where we make excuses that a man is “under pressure” when he loses it?

      Do you “counsel” women to avoid abuse by not provoking their husbands?

      • Tamika R says:

        This. Is. a. Recap. About. DWTS. My main point was that the author should have kept it to that instead of bringing in Chris’ history. Please don’t show you’re cowardice by turning MY POV into an attack on my and my life/job. We don’t know each other. You don’t support Chris, I do. I don’t forgive, I do.We both watch DWTS. Great! Let’s. Just. Leave. It. THERE. :-)

    • chistosa says:

      tamika, nobody has said anything uncivilized. He is a public figure and his offenses were public record. It is anybody’s right to refuse to watch and/or support financially through record and concert sales someone whom they object to. Nothing uncivilized about it. If you feel differently, by all means watch, purchase, forgive. But for some the offense is not defensible and they choose to refuse to support his fame. It is their right.

      • Tamika R says:

        Thank you for that! I have no problem with anything you said, but when a post about a reality tv show gives folks an opportunity to vent about their issues (and attack a stranger’s job!) I think we’ve gone a bit too far.

        • Calli says:

          You could’ve just as easily ignored it and not defended him. As a counselor, I’d think you’d understand that those who are still angry about his past are just going to get angry at those who’ve decided to continue supporting him. It’s silly to walk into a hornets’ nest and not expect to get stung.

          And, then, you felt the need to come back and stir it up again by criticizing the people that responded to you. You’re as much to blame as the people you’re criticizing.

  13. Forwarddad says:

    Is this supposed to be a recap? Why bother.

  14. Fairy says:

    I don’t understand. Why was Roshon cut?