Cher brought some major star-power to “Dancing with the Stars” on Monday night. At the start of the show, the 67-year-old songstress performed her song “Believe” before sitting down at the judges’ table, filling in for Len Goodman.
Her presence was felt throughout the show, as she complimented the contenders, mostly handing out 9s.
At one point, Cher fielded a question from a fan: If she could turn back time, to what time would you go? “I’d go back to the 80s…I just had so much fun in the ’80s, I cannot tell you. Maybe too much!”
But Monday wasn’t all about Cher — some competitive dancing had to be done.
Week 8 got under way with Corbin Bleu got and Karina Smirnoff’s tango, which earned rave reviews from Cher; she called the routine “amazing.” They danced away with a score of 27.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke brought the tango for Cher’s “The Beat Goes On.” Feeling the pressure, Osbourne said, “If we do a really bad job, it could really bum her out.” Luckily, Cher was impressed, calling it “great” and adding, “You were like a pimp!” Read more>>
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ABC has announced that Paula Abdul will join the dance-competition show as a special guest judge on Monday, October 15. Abdul, whose own show Live To Dance fizzled on CBS, will join judges Len Goodman, Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba for one night to critique the remaining All-Star couples on their dance routines. Dancing With the Stars has struggled with ratings this season as the show brought back celebrities from previous shows, including Bristol Palin and Kirstie Alley.
To add an extra dose of suspense to this week’s elimination, Dancing with the Stars bosses implemented a Dance Duel between the two lowest scoring contestants. The duel required the bottom two couples to perform a cha cha side by side. Judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli would then decide which couple to send packing based on their performance in the duel.
Final scores combined with viewer’s votes put Gavin DeGraw and Jaleel White in the bottom two. After the dance duel, judges announced DeGraw and his partner Karina Smirnoff were eliminated.
“It’s amazing just being part of the show. Knowing Karina Smirnoff, of course, having a great mentor. And getting to reach out and know all these amazing people who are a part of this show,” the singer said after his elimination.
In addition to White, the remaining contestants include William Levy, Gladys Knight, Maria Menounos, Donald Driver, Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert and Katherine Jenkins.
Although Dancing with the Stars judge Len Goodman said no one deserved elimination this week, a contestant still had to go on last night’s results show. Viewers’ votes put Gavin DeGraw, Gladys Knight and Jack Wagner in the bottom three. Wagner and pro partner Anna Trebunskaya were booted from the competition.
Wagner appeared surprised when host Tom Bergeron first announced the news, but he departed with nothing but good things to say. “I just had a great time. It was fun to test myself and thanks to the judges,” the actor said. “Good luck to everybody else, all the contestants.”
“It’s been such a great ride,” he added. “I love Anna. I’m so grateful for her.”
The contestants returning for Rock Week next Monday are: Donald Driver, Melissa Gilbert, Katherine Jenkins, Gladys Knight, Gavin DeGraw, Jaleel White, Maria Menounos, Roshon Fegan, William Levy and Sherri Shepherd.