DwtS 8, Week 8: Results

At the top of tonight’s Dancing with the Stars Results Show, Tom Bergeron promised a shocking elimination. That could only mean one thing: Melissa & Tony were safe.

The show began with an encore by Team Tango. After a recap of Monday night’s performances, Melissa Rycroft told Samantha Harris that the treatment she received for her broken rib was working, and that she would be able to continue competing on the show — should she survive elimination.

Then musical guest Robin Thicke sang his first of two songs. He was accompanied by DwtS pros Kym Johnson, Edyta Sliwinska, Cheryl Burke, Tony Dovolani, Dmitry Chaplin and Alec Mazo.

The countdown to the shocking elimination began with Lil’ Kim & Derek and Ty & Chelsie learning that they’d be around for another week.

Robin Thicke returned, this time accompanied by So You Think You Can Dance favorites Pasha Kovalev & Anya Garnis.

Gilles & Cheryl were the next duo to learn that they were safe.

Next, the pros competing for a spot on DwtS 9 were up. Genya Mazo danced with Afton Delgrosso …

…and Mayo Alanen danced with Anna Demidova.

Next week, the top three vote-getters in the pro competition will dance with DwtS stars of seasons past to test how well they train amateurs.

With only three couples remaining, Shawn & Mark were told that they could relax. Despite Melissa & Tony’s low judges’ scores, Chuck & Julianne were shown the door. Chuck said he was eager to reconnect with his country music fans, and I’m happy to let him.