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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Thanks for Cher-ing

November 04, 2013|By Allyssa Lee
  • Peta Murgatroyd and Brant Daugherty step out of the competition
Peta Murgatroyd and Brant Daugherty step out of the competition (Adam Taylor / ABC )

Call us Moonstruck. In a glittery match made in sparkle heaven, the shimmery stars aligned and Cher took over Week 8 on “Dancing With the Stars.” 

The not-quite-EGOT performer (she’s got an Emmy, a Grammy, and an Oscar. Which makes her an EGO) and taller half of Sonny & Cher put on many costumes and hats during her night in the glitterverse. The multi-hyphenate performed two songs, filled in for Len Goodman as head judge, and had her songs featured in every routine. Son and former “DWTS” contestant Chaz Bono was in the audience. If it could be any more self-referential and meta, Loretta Castorini would have shown up and slapped a Witch of Eastwick with her Oscar while wearing a Mask.

But with every costume change, autotune and sparkly light that is Cher, darkness must also fall. And this week the elimination shadows descended upon Brant Daugherty and his equally beautiful pro partner Peta Murgatroyd took them out of the Mirrorball competition. “I learned a lot about myself,” the “Pretty Little Liars” actor said, choked up with emotion. “I’m just grateful for the opportunity.”

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Perhaps had Brant & Peta won their dance-off challenge — in which three pairs of couples went toe-to-toe in either the cha-cha, the rumba, or the disco, for three extra judges’ points — they wouldn’t be saying goodbye to the glitterverse.

Amber Riley and Derek Hough got the highest judges’ scores in the individual round and were saved from elimination and having to compete in the dance-off challenge. Which was a good thing, because they were still “a bunch of little injured birds” this week. The “Glee” actress was admitted to the hospital with a tear in one of her knee tendons, but she loomed large and in charge during her rumba to “If I Could Turn Back Time.” Amber didn’t show up in Cher’s infamous buttless bodysuit, but she did take command of that dancing ship. Loved how she had her way with Derek and ripped off his shirt, unveiling a tan oiled torso underneath (because, you know, that’s how sailors do). “I just thought it was fabulous,” Cher said. “You owned it, you bought it, you got a T-shirt.” Bruno applauded Amber for taking the wheel. “I bought it darling. Big time.” Carrie Ann said Amber can “undulate like nobody” but thought she played it safe. “I felt like it was not your best dance,” the judge harrumphed. Still, Bruno’s 10 took Amber and Derek to first place in the individual round, which meant they were automatically safe and spared from the dance-off. Total: 28.

Corbin Bleu was a little distracted this week, raising funds for an anti-bullying movie he’s producing. His phone rang off the hook, and oftentimes pro partner Karina Smirnoff was left to her own choreography devices while he ate, slept, or answered the phone. But Karina is a pro, and she made it work. She also did all that she could to distract the judges with a most Cher-ific metallic headdress. “It looks like the Mirrorball melted on your head,” Tom observed. “Exactly,” responded Karina without missing a beat. And the Argentine tango fit very well with Cher’s “Welcome to Burlesque.” Carrie Ann called it an “A” performance, but “sometimes I felt your footwork kind of caught underneath you.” Bruno also liked the “wonderful depth” to Corbin’s performance, but “some passes were not as clean.” Cher, however, thought it was so “amazing” she had to be prompted to bring up her 9 paddle to punctuate it. Corbin and Karina received a 27 for their Argentine tango, and won three extra points in their exciting cha-cha dance-off against Elizabeth & Val. Total: 30.

Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke were a little intimidated at the thought of having to perform the tango to “The Beat Goes On” in front of Cher herself. “If we do a really bad job, it could really bum her out,” Jack mused. Cheryl was also feeling the heat — turns out she had actually been named after Cher (though she’s not sure if she believes in life after love. Or where that even comes from). But Jack’s embraced the “DWTS” culture and dug himself deep into dancing groove, and he really finessed the stuffing out of that tango. “You are so confident, and what a difference it has made,” Carrie Ann said. “You’re just like a god out there.” “You’re like a tango dancing pimp!” Cher declared. Bruno, also, was amazed how much Jack has grown as a dancer. “That was a proper classic tango.” Jack and Cheryl received a 27 for their tango, and earned three extra points for winning the disco dance-off challenge against Bill and Emma. Total: 30.

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