I don’t know who’s voting on ‘DWTS’ right now, but as we learned Nov. 11, it’s definitely not fans of the early ’90s classic ‘Saved By The Bell’ — or, more accurately, people with eyes. Elizabeth Berkley has consistently been a top performer on the show, so her elimination has me feeling far from ‘so excited.’
Really, Dancing With The Stars voters? You send home Elizabeth Berkley, who has consistently been one of the top performers on the show this season, over Bill Engvall and Leah Remini who have, um, not been? For shame. The Showgirls star proved time and again that she’s moved past her sordid, Nomi Malone stripper past to become a classy, dynamic dancer, and I’m sad to see her go.
Elizabeth Berkley: The Other Girl On Fire
“You are a girl on fire!” Carrie Ann Inaba said Nov. 11 of Elizabeth, after her dynamic salsa with partner Val Chmerkovskiy. “That was, by far, my favorite routine of yours ever — salsa superstar!” The couple received a perfect score of 30 for a total of 56 — the second highest score for the night, under Corbin Bleu — which should have been enough to keep them around. Of course, as we all know by now, it wasn’t.
But Elizabeth’s salsa wasn’t her only stand-out performance this season. In fact, she stood out every week as one of the dancers to beat, and her throwback to Jessie Spano’s infamous Saved by the Bell meltdown was the stuff of Dancing legend. She was the best dancer in salsa, Argentine tango, the quickstep, and the cha-cha-cha, which is pretty damn impressive, and the polar opposite of most of her competition.
Bill Engvall: Just No
Meanwhile, over on the loser end of things, Bill was told (again) that he has no rhythm or timing. Bruno even complained that they help him every week with the areas he needs to improve, and he still never gets it. I get that he has a likable personality and is a talented comic, but having a fun personality shouldn’t win you the coveted Mirror Ball Trophy. Bill was the worst-scoring dancer for the foxtrot, the jive, the quickstep, the charleston, the salsa, and the tango, which is pretty absurd for a semi-finalist.
Leah hasn’t been nearly as unimpressive as Bill, but she’s hovered in the middle throughout this entire season. “Floaters” going far has become a staple on this show, but when someone as talented as Elizabeth goes home to save one, it’s a major disappointment. Thank God for Amber Riley and Corbin, because without them, there would be no more talent to enjoy on Dancing. Time to turn over to Sleepy Hollow?
What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Should Elizabeth have gone home last night?
— Shaunna Murphy