It was perhaps the most emotional night in the history of "Dancing with the Stars." And in the end Aaron Carter went home. But what a night it was.
Where to begin? How 'bout with the triumphant return of Sabrina Bryan and her former pro partner Mark Ballas, paired for the "Stars of Dance" performance. What an incredible paso doble, and how marvelous to see the two of them light up the dance floor like nobody's business.
Peppered in between was the slow elimination process, that soon found Mya and Joanna Krupa headed toward the semi-finals next week. There they stood, Donny Osmond, Aaron Carter and Kelly Osbourne fighting for their dancing lives, and the two remaining slots in the semi-finals.
But the emotions grew as Michael Buble turned in a stylish performance with his hit single "Haven't Met You Yet" (and later he returned for his signature smokin' rendition of "I'm Feelin' Good" made even hotter by the dance routine of two pro dancers... I must get their names!! Yowza what a combination of Buble and dancing!).
Then it was on to Susan Boyle, who sparkled both in couture and voice on what's become her signature tune, "I Dreamed a Dream." It was not the bombastic, go-for-broke, positively enchanting version she wowed the world with on "Britain's Got Talent," (thanks to a smart blogger out there for correcting me!) but it worked. It did show how much Boyle has adapted to the music biz; she's a bit more polished in presentation and tone, a bit more reserved; that can be both good and bad. Or maybe it was just nerves. Here's hoping she isn't get lost in the hype of Hollywood and superstardom. Of course, the accompanying dance routine by Tony Dovolani and Chelsie Hightower was just gorgeous, powerful and provocative. Bravo!
Then just when emotions couldn't get any higher, it came down to the final two, Aaron and Kelly, standing in those red lights and listening to the spooky "elimination" music. In the end it was Aaron that was sent packing, much to the shock of many in the ballroom and especially the judges. Carrie Ann Inaba couldn't even applaud Kelly's good fortune (though I don't think she was ready to see Kelly leave either), and for the first time judge Len Goodman asked to say a few words.
It was those words to Carter, most notably the passage that went something along the lines of: "If you were my son I would be so proud of you. But more important, you be proud of yourself, because you've been great." Carter, completely shocked and overcome with emotion almost lost his footing (and his composure) as he stepped over to shake Goodman's hand.
There were very few dry eyes in the house!
Of course, the best and most lighthearted moments came courtesy of Kenny Mayne, Jerry Rice and Len Goodman with their "Dance Center" analysis of the competitors. This stuff is priceless! The show could use more bits like this to keep it interesting and amp up the fun quotient.
So the finals will find Osmond, Osbourne, Krupa and Mya competing for the mirrorball trophy. Alas, I'm thinking Osbourne will most likely be the next to go, unless Krupa really screws up next week during competition (like she did last night in her ballroom dance). Donny and Mya will most likely make it to the finals, folks; Mya because she really can dance, and Donny because he has the biggest fan base on the show.