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'Dancing With the Stars' recap: Forget You

October 15, 2013|By Allyssa Lee
  • The season's first 10 could not save Christina Milian and Mark Ballas from elimination.
The season's first 10 could not save Christina Milian and Mark Ballas… (Adam Taylor / ABC )

Halfway through Season 23 of “Dancing With the Stars” and we’ve got our first shocker.

After a feel-good night of dances commemorating the remaining couples’ most memorable Years, it seemed especially harsh to send a couple home. Even worse was the actual couple the glitterverse sent packing: Christina Milian and Mark Ballas.

This landed like a big "Forget You" to the high-scoring couple. Not only did this elimination come right after Christina had her best, most memorable dance, but it came after she scored the season’s first 10. This also happened to be the night Paris Hilton came out in support of her multi-hyphenate friend.

Christina maintained a gracious tone despite the bad news. “It’s a true shock, but ... we had the best performance we’ve had tonight that we’ve had so far,” the singer and single mom said. Mark also tried to keep it positive: “We went out with a bang, so great job.”

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Christina and Mark’s elimination came after hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet ominously warned that a female contestant had the lowest number of viewer votes and judges’ scores and was in danger of being kicked out of the Sparkleville.

Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani were also in the (not necessarily) bottom two, and Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Valentin Chmerkovskiy were also deemed in jeopardy.  

Christina and Mark kicked off the competition and set the bar high. Christina chose 2010 as her most memorable year, since it was the year she gave birth to her daughter, Violet, “the love of my life,” and when she got divorced from Violet’s father.

She and Mark Ballas wore bright neon fluorescent colors and shimmied it all out to Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You.” And Christina really did shake her hips something fierce.

Len called it “fire and ice: Fire in the performance, ice cold in the attitude.” Bruno lauded her “sharp finish” and called Christina “indecently hot.” “You’ve been great … but tonight, I have to say, that was something special,” Carrie Ann said. “Your technique was on fire.” Total: 28 out of 30.

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Corbin Bleu dedicated his fox trot with Karina Smirnoff to his 12-year-old sister Phoenix. In 2011, Phoenix was diagnosed with scoliosis, but Corbin said his sister never let her condition or her painful brace affect her. And his lovely moonbeam of a routine, set to “My Wish” by Rascal Flatts, was shooting star of a performance with lovely shades of pink and sweeping arm movements all around.

“Whatever dance you get you somehow get the character of it straightaway,” Len lauded. Bruno called Corbin “the love child of Fred Astaire and Ben Vereen.” Carrie Ann’s “crazy eye” let go the two “lifts” at the end of the routine, but she would have given them a 10 had it not been for the first lift, even though Karina maintained she kept her toe on the floor. Alas, there are no slo-mo replays in “DWTS.” The judgment and scores are final. Total: 28.

Jack Osbourne chose 2012 as his most memorable year, replete with “amazing high highs and horrible lows.” In January he and his wife, Lisa, moved into a new house, and his daughter, Pearl, was born in April. Two and a half weeks later, he was diagnosed with MS.

“If you don’t have bad you can’t appreciate the good,” Jack said.

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So his lovely, lilting waltz with Cheryl Burke, set to Des’ree’s “Kissing You,” was dedicated to Lisa and  Pearl. And his love for them showed.

“You set the mood for love, your footwork was so light and musical,” Bruno swooned. “You even managed to get your bum under control.” “The grace of your being always manages to slip into the grace of your dancing,” Carrie Ann remarked. “Everything flowed.” Len appreciated how much they did in hold, though “your hands sometimes you did a bit of a back passage.” Total: 27. Fun fact: Jack also “danced his ass off” at the clubs with Paris Hilton back in the day.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Sasha Farber performed a jazz routine to commemorate 2012, the year her son, Lorenzo, was born. Before, “I was just young and dumb, you know?”

With the birth of her son, Nicole’s priorities have done a 180 (not 360). She actually enjoys laundry, even the folding.

She wanted to celebrate her new self to a jazz routine to Britney Spears’ “Work Bitch.” And there was a lot of impressive quick and sassy side-by-side work done in this dance.

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