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Dancing with the Stars recap: Heartbreak Hotel for Teresa Giudice

Good luck Teresa!


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Ahad Sanwari
Ahad Sanwari - New York
Senior WriterNew York
September 27, 2022
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The contestants of Dancing with the Stars season 31 were greeted in the second episode by a hunk'a hunk'a burning love, because it's Elvis Night!

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With judges and contestants alike delivering their best impersonations of the King of Rock and Roll, whether on the dance floor or off, it was an entertaining night for sure.

VIDEO: Dancing with the Stars season 31 cast

Sadly, it ended in Heartbreak Hotel for one of the contestants, that being Real Housewives legend Teresa Giudice and her professional partner, Pasha Pashkov.

After delivering a Jive routine to the Elvis classic All Shook Up, the judges saw improvement but pushed for more. They were ultimately scored a 23 out of a possible 40.

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They landed in the bottom two alongside Cheryl Ladd and Louis van Amstel, with the judges being split in their vote, as Derek Hough and Bruno Tonioli voted to save Teresa and Carrie Ann Inaba voted for Cheryl, and head judge Len Goodman broke the tie by saving the latter.

However, on the other side of the spectrum were our leaderboard toppers, a three-way tie between Charli D'Amelio, Gabby Windey, and Wayne Brady, all scoring 32s.

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Teresa and Pasha bid goodbye to the ballroom this week

Several other moments in the show were sure to make fans delighted, particularly the major redemptions for contestants Vinny Guadagnino and Trevor Donovan.

After receiving the lowest scores and harshest critiques the previous week, Jersey Shore star Vinny came back to deliver a strong Quickstep, earning a full ten-point increase with 27 points.

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Trevor and his partner Emma Slater also earned one of the night's biggest moments, delivering a truly sensuous and picture-perfect rendition of Always on My Mind.

They received a nine-point hike to the second highest score of the night, a very good 30, even earning gasps and dramatic sighs from the judging panel, including Carrie, Derek, and Bruno.

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Trevor and Emma had one of the night's biggest redemptions

Episode highlight: That tearful cameo from Sarah Michelle Gellar in support of Selma Blair

Episode lowlight: Tyra almost forgetting to ask for Len's critiques

Our dance of the night: Trevor and Emma's Rumba

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