By Stacey Silberman
HOLLYWOOD,CA(RushPRnews/Hollywood Today)11/20/08 – Cody Linley has the distinction of being the tenth celebrity to be eliminated from â€œDancing with the Starsâ€ Tuesday, Nov. 18, along with adorably sexy pro dancer and country singer Julianne Hough, who returned this week to the show after braving an emergency surgical procedure. At least she had her last dance with protÃ©gÃ© and â€œHannah Montanaâ€ star Cody.
Linley and Hough gave it their best as they performed a dynamic, young, and interesting take on the Paso Doble. However, neither the judges nor the fans saw it that way. The judges were harsh and critical after the dance and their scorecard reflected the worst leaving them at the bottom of the leader board. The judgesâ€™ main complaint was that it was not close enough technically to the real Paso.
â€œIâ€™m afraid youâ€™re gonna get your marching orders I think, because it was notâ€¦ it was not good Iâ€™m sorry,â€ Goodman told Linley. â€œI saw two elements of Paso Doble. It was stiff, it was wooden, it just lacked dance quality for me.â€
â€œItâ€™s so hard because for your determination it was definitely a 10,â€ Inaba told Linley. â€œI can tell that every move you make is very difficult for you and I see the tension. But thatâ€™s the problem at this pointâ€¦ I do think you did a really good job, but you gotta watch the hands, you got one more dance to come back out here, smooth it out.â€
â€œWell that was different. It was the â€˜AWOL androidâ€™ and the â€˜Queen of Mean.â€™ and Iâ€™m gonna do the Paso Doble,â€ Tonioli said. â€œIâ€™m all for innovation, I like different things and I like inspired performances, but there has to be some sense of style in the dance. The Spanish [style] was non-existent and the timing was poor. One of you [couples], you have to make it to the finals, and this is not good enough.â€
â€œOh my gosh, I mean words canâ€™t even explain the true amazing, growing, learning journey that Iâ€™ve had on this show. I canâ€™t show my appreciation any more to Julianneâ€¦ I canâ€™t say thank you, itâ€™s just, I love her so much and this opportunity has been so amazing,â€ Linley said after â€œDancingâ€ host Tom Bergeron revealed that Linley was leaving the show last night.
â€œIâ€™m so proud of you, Iâ€™ve had such an amazing time with you,â€ Hough told Linley before the couple had their last dance on the show. â€œThis has probably been the biggest journey that any of the couples have had out here and I cannot wait to see what his opportunities are going to be after this show. Heâ€™s gonna make it so far.â€
This leaves the three remaining couples to dance it out next week. Hopefully, nobody will get injured in the process. Some people believe that there was a bit of a curse this season after several injuries plagued both dancers and celebrities over the last few months.
The celebs and their partners will have to bring it onâ€¦giving it everything theyâ€™ve got left if they want to win the famed mirror ball trophy. During past seasons, the odds have always been higher for male celebrities and even more so for former football players like Jerry Rice who beat hot hot dancer Mario Lopez.
The former NFL star and sports commentator Sapp played a starring role in the winning game for Tampa Bay against the Oakland Raiders during Superbowl XXVII. His beautiful and talented pro partner Kym Johnson has managed to lead him into the finals based on Sappâ€™s sweet charm, embracing smile, and the uncanny ability to entertain the audience. He really shouldnâ€™t be in the finals based on his ability to dance. But thatâ€™s show business! And it doesnâ€™t hurt that Kym is a real pleasure to watch too.
Former Nâ€™Sync singer and dancer Lance Bass is in top form these days, along with his fabulously talented and beautiful pro partner Lacey Schwimmer. The dance choreography from this couple has been instrumental in their success in reaching the finals. Plus, Lance has come such a far way with his determination and charisma. They are so much fun to watch. They rock!
Brooke Burke, mother of four and former host of â€œRock Star,â€ have been in the top spot throughout the season. However, it seems like Brooke was a little fatigued dancing the Jive last night. It looked as though she couldnâ€™t keep her little legs moving at that speed. But their second Salsa dance made up for their shortcomings on the Jive. Nobodyâ€™s perfect, but these are the dances that count the most. The finals are here and Burked must stay in the game if she wants to beat the male contestants. One thingâ€™s for sure, and that is that Burke always looks gorgeous, especially after having just had a baby not too long ago. No wonder sheâ€™s tired!
If the winners on this show were based solely on dance, Hollywood Today would put its bet on Bass to win, because Schwimmer and Bass are at the top of their game. Theyâ€™ve stepped it up big time. Bass flew in his grand-daddy and dad from Mississippi for last nightâ€™s show. They looked super proud after last nightâ€™s performance.
All of the dancers should be proud for all that theyâ€™ve accomplished. That dancing business is hard work.
Bass and Schwimmer took the top spot Monday night with a total score of 57 out of 60 after two dances. Burke and Hough and Sapp and Johnson tied for second place scoring 49 out of 60 after their combined dance scores. Linley and Hough scored a 46.
â€œDancingâ€™sâ€ seventh season has two episodes to go. One on Monday, November 24 at 8pm ET/PT. The season finale airs the following Tuesday night at 9pm.