'Dancing With the Stars': Week 9 discussion, results

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Six stars remained, and head judge Len Goodman returned, tragically not wearing one of Cher’s discarded costumes from her bleep-inducing stint as guest judge last week. (Did you know Len’s on Twitter as “@GrumpyLGoodman“? I’m a bit disappointed he didn’t go with his vanity license plate, DANCMSTR, instead.)

It’s Dance Trio night! (Update: My full recap is now liiiiiiiiive!) Each couple danced one solo and one sexy threesome. And the eliminated couple is…

Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy. 

Uh oh! Yet again, a technically proficient dancer went home following a very high-scoring night. Elizabeth and Val earned 56 out of 60 possible points and were the second-best couple of the night behind Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff. They even won a perfect 30 for their ab-tacular salsa trio with Gleb Savchenko.

Meanwhile, Bill Engvall and Emma Slater — by far the lowest-scoring pair of the night with only 41 out of 60 points — landed “in jeopardy” but were not necessarily in the bottom two.

“That’s not right,” mouthed a stunned Carrie Ann Inaba.

Elizabeth said she’s “beyond grateful for this” experience and wanted to thank everyone… “Especially Val. I’ve learned so much as a human being from our partnership.”

“Celebrate yourself! Believe in yourself!” Val urged his partner. “She came in shy and timid and now she’s grown into this amazing woman — again.”

“We don’t need a trophy,” said Val. “I just want you to love yourself.”

Pretty heavy stuff! Are you shocked? (I’m not!)

Discuss tonight’s Dancing With the Stars here, and stay tuned for my full episode recap.

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