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The eighth week of Dancing with the Stars was brought to us by Cher. The iconic diva herself took Len Goodman's place at the judging table, performed twice, and regally looked on as each of the remaining couples danced to one of her songs. She looked gorgeous, if a little dazed, and spent much of the night accepting compliments from awed contestants.
Granted, her sometimes-woozy critiques were a world away from the technique-minded Goodman. "I was amazed that you could get her up in all those positions," she told Bill Engvall, after his disco to "Strong Enough." Tom Bergeron nearly doubled over in delight. "There are so many lines of yours we're going to be able to take out of context!" he cracked. Later, Cher told the tango-dancing Jack Osbourne, "I thought it was great. You looked like a pimp." Again, Bergeron seemed plain overjoyed to have the inadvertantly hilarious singer in the ballroom -- especially when he had to remind her, when she'd missed her cue, to put her paddle in the air.
Most lovable contestant: Osbourne won this title again this week, mostly based on this frank and adorable comment: "I thought this was going to be the cheesiest experience of my life," he told partner Cheryl Burke in the rehearsal footage. "But, like, I'm into this now." And his tango showed it.
Best dance performance: Though no one scored a perfect 30 this week, Amber Riley and Derek Hough came closest, with a 28. "You were the one selling it," Bruno Tonioli told Riley after her smartly executed rumba. "And I bought it darling, big time." As top scorers, they didn't have to compete in the "dance off" round, which pitted two couples against each other in three chosen dances. The winners of this round -- Corbin Bleu for the cha cha, Leah Remini for the rumba and Osbourne for disco -- each got three points added to their final score.
Best outfit: While dancing a jazz number to her favorite Cher song, "Bang Bang," Elizabeth Berkley wore a black and nude, lacy cat suit that fit like a second skin. Bleu's pro partner Karina Smirnoff gets props, too, for a shimmery headpiece that inspired Bergeron to comment, "It looks like the Mirror Ball melted on your head."
Who went home: According to Cher, Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd "had two smiles that went together." But bright teeth alone won't keep you around in this cutthroat competition, and the Pretty Little Liars star is heading back to the set without the Mirror Ball trophy. Perhaps Smirnoff will let him take home the melted version as a consolation prize?
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