SPOILER ALERT: This recap reveals the elimination results of Week 8 of "Dancing With the Stars."
Sequins, spray tanning, and Cher! It was all there on this week's "Dancing With the Stars," as the remaining mirror ball contenders danced in front of the premier pop goddess — to a soundtrack of her own music, to boot!
Not only did the Grammy- (and Oscar- and Golden Globe- and Emmy-) winning pop icon perform two songs on the live show (her 1998 megahit "Believe" and her new single, "I Hope You Find It"), but she joined Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba at the judges' table to critique and score the celeb couples, a task that she admitted made her "nervous."
Cher performs on "DWTS":
In a conference call with reporters last week, Cher said, "I don't know how you judge [ballroom dancing], and that makes me feel a little bit frightened. I don't want to do anything that would hurt anybody in any way."
Of course, there was one couple that did get hurt — but it wasn't Cher's fault. With the show's new Monday-only format, last week's audience votes helped determine this week's ousted couple, and that meant no one was safe. This week, Brant Daugherty and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd were the sixth couple to be eliminated from the competition. Oh, if only they could turn back time…
The "Pretty Little Liars" star — who scored 25 points for his foxtrot to "The Shoop Shoop Song" — was clearly stunned as he spoke about his experience on the show: "I've learned something I never thought I'd ever be able to learn in my life," he said. "I learned a lot about myself and I'm just grateful for the opportunity."
Peta Murgatroyd called her partner "just an amazing guy," and thanked him for giving her "the best time" this season.
See Daugherty's performance from last week:
While this week's Cher theme didn't produce a "Gypsies Tramps & Thieves" jive or a "Dark Lady" dance of any kind, we did get a dance-off for extra points, as well as these Cher-inspired dances:
Corbin Bleu and his pro partner Karina Smirnoff danced an Argentine tango to Cher's "Welcome to Burlesque." While the judges praised the dance, Tonioli noted that "some of the passes were not as clean" as usual. Still, triple nines aren't too shabby, especially when one of them comes from a legend.
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani took on the Sonny and Cher classic "I Got You Babe" for their Viennese waltz, and Cher reminisced that the dance took her right back to the coffee shop where she first met her future husband, Sonny Bono.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke danced a tango to "The Beat Goes On." (Fun fact: Cheryl Burke was actually named after Cher.)
Elizabeth Berkley was teary-eyed after her "Bang Bang" jazz with Val Chmerkovskiy, and Cher quipped, "I was crying this week, too, about this show."
Bill Engvall may have been the biggest Cher superfan in the bunch. The comedian dished on his love for the singer (she trumped Farrah Fawcett's famous swimsuit poster in his eyes), and then discoed to her song "Strong Enough." Sure, he "missed a bunch of stuff," according to Cher, and yes, Tonioli confessed he was "just gagging with laughter" over the dance, but at least Engvall had enough foresight to choose one of Cher's favorite songs.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough turned back time with a rumba to Cher's 1989 hit "If I Could Turn Back Time." They earned the high score of the night with 28 points, and nabbed immunity from the dreaded dance-off. But the other six couples went head-to-head for the bonus dance, with Corbin and Karina, Leah and Tony, and Jack and Cheryl each winning three extra points added to their score.
Here's the full list of scores from Week 8 of the "Dancing With the Stars:
- Amber Riley and Derek Hough (28 out of 30 points)
- Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff (27 out of 30 points + 3 bonus points)
- Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd (27 out of 30 points)
- Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke (27 out of 30 points +3 bonus points)
- Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani (25 out of 30 points + 3 bonus points)
- Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy (25 out of 30 points)
- Bill Engvall and Emma Slater (24 out of 30 points)
"Dancing With the Stars" Season 17 airs on Mondays at 8 p.m. on ABC.