'Dancing With the Stars' Semifinals: Who Went Home on 'Unplugged' Night?
SPOILER ALERT: This recap reveals the elimination results of Week 10 of "Dancing With the Stars."
Leave it to "Dancing With the Stars" to cap off an "Unplugged Night" with a guest appearance by the show's biggest mouthpiece! That's right, Maksim Chmerkovskiy was back, but he wasn't dancing. Instead, the "DWTS" legend was talking and pulling out the score paddles as a guest judge, which made for a whole lotta noise in the ballroom.
The highly anticipated return of the popular pro dancer came on the ABC dancing competition's first-ever "Plugged/Unplugged" theme night, which had the five remaining couples dancing to both a "plugged" and an "unplugged" (read: acoustic) version of the same song.
But first, Chmerkovskiy had a chance to say his piece, promising he wouldn't be a hypocrite. Referring to fellow judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and Len Goodman, he said of his days as a "DWTS" pro: "These guys were criticizing me. We disagreed. I want to make sure I am in this position the way I wanted them to be when we disagreed."
In addition to Chmerkovskiy's announcement and his entertaining critiques, the live semifinal round also featured a major elimination when Leah Remini and her pro partner Tony Dovolani became the eighth couple to be cut from the competition. So close to that mirrorball trophy, yet so far!
See Remini's performance from last week:
The former "King of Queens" star said she learned a lot from her experience on the show. "I take away so much," she said. "I have to thank Tony, he's put so much work, and the crew. This has been an amazing experience and I want to thank everybody here, Tony especially. My family for supporting me, my fans, everybody's been amazing."
Dovolani noted that while he's competed on the show for 16 seasons, it never gets stale with a partner like Remini. "I have to tell you, I've never looked so forward to practice every single day," the Season 15 mirrorball champ said. "This woman would go the extra mile for me."
Check out the rest of the highlights from the "Dancing With the Stars" semifinals round:
The show kicked off with Remini and Dovolani's Paso doble, which received mixed reviews (Inaba called it "a rough road"), but Chmerkovskiy let a skirt stepping mishap slide. "At the end, it doesn't really matter, you stepped on the skirt," he said. "It's not a technical mistake, so I'm overlooking that."