Who would’ve guessed that the most inspirational exit speech in Dancing with the Stars history would come from Adam Carolla?
Instead of starting the show with the judges’ encore, musical guest Sheryl Crow performed a live version of her hit "All I Wanna Do." The performance was accompanied by DwtS pros Tony Dovolani, Edyta Sliwinska, Kym Johnson, and Fabian Sanchez.
A recap of last night’s Performance Show was then followed by the encore. Len Goodman said that, since the judges couldn’t agree on a favorite dance, they gave it to the most entertaining dance: Adam Carolla & Julianne Hough’s Paso Doble.
After the encore, Samantha Harris caught up with Shannon Elizabeth & Derek Hough backstage. Sam explained that, at the end of their performance last night, their fellow cast members chanted, "Kiss! Kiss!" as they watched from backstage. Shannon said that, if they would’ve gotten the encore, she and Derek really would’ve kissed at the end.
Then the first two safe couples were announced. High scorers Jason Taylor & Edyta and Kristi Yamaguchi & Mark Ballas were told they’d be back next week.
A new time-killing feature made its debut after the announcement of the safe couples. Two pairs of child ballroom dancers performed live, and the DwtS judges pick one of the couples to dance again on a future episode. Aaron & Daniela’s Samba lost out to Aaron & Rashell’s Paso Doble. Always good to have your ego put in check on national TV before you’re 10-years-old.
Then professional dancers Delyan Terziev & Boriana Deltcheva danced while Sheryl Crow sang a song off her new album.
The song was followed by a special segment about the pro performances on the Results Shows, which are assembled in a matter of hours.
After many commercials, Marlee Matlin & Fabian, Cristian de la Fuente & Cheryl Burke, and Mario & Karina Smirnoff all learned they were safe. After a few more commercials, Shannon & Derek and Marissa Jaret Winokur & Tony learned that they were safe, too.
That left Priscilla Presley & Louis van Amstel in the Bottom Two with Adam & Julianne. Tom Bergeron promised that the losing couple would have enough time to say good-bye, and he honored his promise as Adam & Julianne were cut from the competition.
Contrary to the funny-guy front he’s presented, Adam gave a speech that showed just how much participating in the show has meant to him: "I want to say, I had the time of my life. I lost 20 pounds of fat, and I gained 105 pounds of angel." He hugged Julianne and added, "I love this girl."
Adam finished by saying, "I recommend this experience to everyone who’s scared of everything. If something scares you…I’m gonna get philosophical for one second, Tom. We all don’t get the opportunity to do Dancing with the Stars, but you at home…there’s something that scares you. There’s something that is your Dancing with the Stars. Embrace it. Don’t run from it. Do it."
Julianne got teary-eyed and called Adam a "great guy" before the couple danced their final dance to Whitesnake’s "Here I Go Again."