The November 9th episode of “Dancing With the Stars” provided a lot of incredible dancing, along with a lot of incredible drama. Viewers were curious when Val Chmerkovskiy came out alone at the beginning of the show. His partner, Tamar Braxton, was nowhere to be seen. Fans quickly learned that she had been taken to the hospital via ambulance after the dress rehearsal.
The show proceeded in a close-to-normal fashion with host Tom Bergeron giving updates on Tamar as they became available. Regular viewers noticed that Tamar, who is a singer as well as co-host of “The Real,” was hoarse for the past few weeks. She had taken a few days off for not feeling well. Tonight, Tamar Braxton ended up in the hospital with pneumonia.
As per the rules of the “Dancing With the Stars,”, the judges ruled on the dress rehearsal performance of Tamar and Val’s contemporary dance. You could see Tamar was not at her best. She looked tired and her movements were not as exact as they had been. It was not one of her better performances. The judges’ scores were a reflection of the dance.
The show must go on, as they say, and it did. Tom Bergeron kept giving regular updates on Tamar’s condition and what would happen if she didn’t dance: Tamar would be disqualified from finishing the competition. Not long before the duet dance for Tamar and Val with Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess was about to begin, Tom told a shocked audience that Tamar was miraculously on her way back to finish the show. Would she make it in time?
She did, appearing less than ten minutes before her dance. That had to be the fastest anyone has ever gotten ready for a performance. Tamar was ready to dance.
Their duet dance, a rumba to “Hey Jude” by the Beatles, definitely moved the crowd due to good choreography and Tamar’s courage. Again, she wasn’t at her best, but she gave it all she had. Tom Bergeron sat the dancers down for critiques and scoring so Tamar could catch her breath. The dance scored a 9-9-9 from the judges and a standing ovation from the ballroom.
Everyone was on a fast track to finish the show and the eliminations got quickly underway. Tamar and Val looked like they were about to collapse when they were announced as safe. The elimination came down to a choice between the show’s first married couple, Alexa and Carlos PenaVega.
When the end came, it was Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas who were sent home. Alexa had performed both of her dances to a perfect score. If that’s not the way to leave “Dancing With the Stars,” I don’t know what is.