Did Tamar Braxton Make It To Dancing with the Stars? Find Out Who Went Home

10 Nov 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

‘Dancing’: Bindi Irwin wows; Tamar Braxton endures.

She was shown performing a contemporary dance in dress rehearsal with Chmerkovskiy to Wicked Games by Chris Isaak and they were judged based on the video. ‘It’s a wicked shame—you could see it was a dress rehearsal,’ said judge Carrie Ann Inaba as the received only 22 out of 30 points based on the rehearsal footage.

When it was time to split up the first-ever married contestants on “Dancing with the Stars,” the show naturally placed Alexa PenaVega and Carlos PenaVega – and their respective pros, Mark Ballas and Witney Carson – in jeopardy until the end.There was a big question as to whether or not Tamar Braxton would make it to the show, and therefore be able to stay in the competition, after she was taken to the emergency room earlier today.

The Season 21 contestant left the hospital and made her way to the dance floor despite suffering from pneumonia, and was helped back into the studio by a producer. Irwin’s partner Alexa PenaVega was unable to survive elimination – despite also having earned perfect 10s for her solo dance as well as her work with Irwin. If we were going to go out, this is how I wanted to go out,” she said. (For those still mourning Alexa’s elimination, read her and Carlos’ exclusive PEOPLE blog). The judges gave lackluster scores to video of Braxton and Chmerkovskiy’s rehearsal, and it appeared that she might go the way of Kim Zolciak-Biermann, who was eliminated from the show in late September following a mini stroke that prevented her from flying to Los Angeles compete.

But Braxton managed to return from the hospital during the last 20 minutes of the show to compete with Nick Carter to a cover of The Beatles’ “Hey Jude.” Had she not returned, she would have been eliminated due to the rules of the show. Kim Zolciak, who was partnered with pro Tony Dovolani, was forced with withdraw earlier in the season after she suffered a ministroke and could not perform. We weren’t expecting Alexa to get real about her struggle with bulimia, but we greatly appreciated her honesty and found ourselves deeply affected by her dance, which essentially had Mark playing bulimia.

Considering how much they relied on lifts in the contemporary and jazz this season, it’s a pleasant surprise to see Alek and Lindsay keep those to a minimum here. They danced, with umbrellas, to “Hey Jude” from “Cirque du Soleil The Beatles Love.” Her effort was commendable — the judges were astonished — but the dance wasn’t as sharp as the “Chicago” number. She also cites Mark’s choreography and costuming: Because he was all in black, and because of how the routine was lighted, our focus was on Alexa in white. Carlos tries to prop up his pro emotionally. “We are battered, we are bruised, we are exhausted,” Carlos says, as we see the two battering and bruising each other.

Food for thought: If Alexa were to say she wanted to win, even though that would mean defeating her husband, would this be fodder for a bad edit a la Tamar? Derek is trying to find inspiration, and this is becoming another Carlos/Witney package in which the star is trying to make the creatively blocked partner feel better. We don’t hear why Bindi initially is wearing a blindfold, which happens to match her mauve, sparkly dress, and the 25 seconds of it ultimately feel unnecessary. This week, she’s got to tape multiple hosting gigs for “The Real,” fly to Las Vegas for part of the showstopper aspect, sing in a concert, go to camera blocking Sunday, attend dress rehearsal Monday afternoon, and she’s becoming more run down. As is often the case, Tamar’s facial expressions don’t appear to be fully involved in the dance, and this might not have changed in a live rendition.

Sharna wants Nick to take on a new character, and she also acknowledges she’s one of the only pros left – she and Lindsay, to be exact – not to have won a Mirror Ball trophy. As a result of this stylized setup, it takes a long time for Nick and Sharna to get into hold, and then they break off so Nick and the male Troupe members can dance together once more. My colleague Tracy will be disappointed because the team members are in white, not the rocker makeup seen on the Official DWTS Twitter account last week. A straight-faced Alek says he and Carlos share the same brain and have excellent choreography. (Ha!) On the live show, Carlos owns this paso with the sneer and the stride, and it’s obvious how Alek’s moves just aren’t as sharp.

She’s disappointed Carlos and Alek wasted an opportunity because two men dancing together – something we rarely see on “DWTS” – could have been a chance to showcase something aggressive. He, Bindi, Alexa and Mark watch “Chicago,” although they just miss season 20 winner Rumer Willis and her turn as Roxie Hart. (Rumer ended her run Nov. 1.) From there, the four put together a Charleston-inspired jazz routine.

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