Tuesday night's "Dancing with the Stars" got off to a hard rockin' start, as the Rock Week results show kicked off with a performance by KISS. While the glam rockers treated viewers to a performance of their 1983 ditty, "Lick It Up," it was just the beginning of a not-so-ordinary results night.
First up, host Tom Bergeron warned us: This week's elimination would be shocking. He reiterated that fact several times throughout the evening-- and when he let low-scorer Gladys Knight off the hook early we knew he wasn't kidding.
Singer Gavin DeGraw - a bottom 2 regular with partner Karina Smirnoff - was also spared his usual fate this week. And this was even before viewers saw him make like Prince Charming and gallantly carry an injured Melissa Gilbert off set when she complained that she bumped her head. (Comically, Gilbert's backstage gawkers also included a fully made-up Gene Simmons, leering over her in his Demon KISS regalia as she received an oxygen mask.)
No, this week's bottom 2 contestants weren't the usual suspects. Instead, consistently perky "View " co-host Sherri Shepherd was in the hot seat, alongside likeable Disney kid Roshon Fegan.
It was a nail biter of a results night ("jaw dropping, shocking" Bergeron continued to warn us), and judges Carrie Ann Inaba, Len Goodman, and Bruno Tonioli were stunned to find these stars in jeopardy. When Bergeron announced that it was the end of the road for Sherri Shepherd and Val Chmerkovskiy, the "View" co-host welled up with emotion. Tears streaming down her face, Shepherd petitioned viewers to face their fears and chase their dreams.
There were a few unusual moments before Shepherd's elimination played out.
When singer Katherine Jenkins got the news that she and partner Mark Ballas were safe, she seemed downright confused. Maybe it's because Ballas fell to the ground in mock relief, but a concerned Jenkins had to ask, "What does that mean?" before her partner explained that they were safe. She jumped hysterically for joy.
And for a few minutes we were teased with the prospect of the demise of Latin hottie William Levy. But come on, we kind of knew that wouldn't happen.
Absent from the whole thing was Melissa Gilbert, who stayed home to rest as per doctor's orders. The former "Little House on the Prairie" star suffered a mild concussion and whiplash following what looked like a head-on collision with Maks' knee during their paso doble on Monday night.
Next week: It's Latin week. Like William Levy will have any trouble with that one!
The next episode of "Dancing With the Stars" Season 14 airs on Monday night on ABC.
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