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Dancing Stars sends hoofers home

Cynthia is at the top of her game as the Television Blogger here at SheKnows. Don't touch that dial!

Poof goes Penn

Dancers fly and we say goodbye.

It was the first big "double" elimination show on "Dancing with the Stars" but everything went off as expected with my predictions (along with the rest of the viewing public) coming true.  Penn Jillette and Kym Johnson were sent packing on the men's side and Monica Seles and Jonathan Roberts said goodbye for the ladies.

Poof goes Penn

The person I really felt bad for was poor Marissa Jaret Winokur who was left waiting in the bottom two, dear child looked like she was going to have a nervous breakdown as the tears welled up in her eyes.  It's gonna be a tough night when she does go home for real.

I'd say the only surprise of the night was the choice of encore couple.  Jason Taylor and Edyta Sliwinska were asked to repeat their dance and I didn't expect that.  Shannon and Derek would have been a better choice or Marlee and Fabian.

As for the entertainment, it was alternately forgettable and incredible. The Jonas Brothers performed twice and I didn't get the allure.  So I'm not a ten-year-old screaming fan girl but I found the mediocre performances on "American Idol" to more entertaining.

Poof goes Penn

On the other hand, the dance troupe from Cirque du Soleil was memorizing.  They began with a circus-style ribbon act with two aerialists performing passionate moves while tangling themselves in long ribbons.  There was one point in the routine were a dancer was lifted up off the floor so gracefully he really looked like he was flying on his own.  Then, with the help of flying rigs, the dancers went spinning through the air often tossing and catching their partners and all of it with the dramatic flair that only Cirque can pull off. 

Poof goes Penn

These unusual dance numbers are one of the things I really love about "Dancing with the Stars." They give TV viewers across the country a chance to see a style of dance they may never have experienced otherwise and that's always a good thing. 

Next week it's my favorite -- the Jive.  Paired with the sultry Tango.  Can't wait!

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