Dancing with the Stars for season 13 started off with a bang, but contestant Elisabetta Canalis had a tough time getting acclimated. For starters, the model and television host usually works in her native tongue, Italian, while her pro partner, Val Chmerkovskiy, has Russian as his home language. What a mixture, especially when the two are trying to learn and teach dance in English.
And yes, Val is Maks’ brother, another great dancer who has come to help Elisabetta find her focus on the floorboards. Together, they get through rehearsals with some misunderstandings, but when all is said and done, Canalis explains this Dancing with the Stars pairing the best. She said, “He’s from Russia and I’m from Italy, but tonight we are going to speak only one language: The cha cha.”
And that’s what this duo tried to do. Unfortunately, the effort fell flat—but not before Val literally bounced out of a big bed to dance with Elisabetta. She was wearing a tummy revealing costume that handily showed her tight abs. Val was wearing, well, nothing. At least not on top (yes, he likes to go shirtless just like his brother) and not at first though during the choreographed routine, he donned a letter jacket over his brawny bod. What a beautiful Dancing with the Stars couple!
Sadly, these two were not in synch during their cha cha done to the strains of Katy Perry’s Last Friday Night (TGIF). She was great at the shimmy, and they were cute when she gave him a peck on the lips, but Elisabetta was unsure with her footwork, especially so when she was not in the arms of her dance teacher.
The DWTS judges were not overly enthused with this performance, especially Len Goodman who was very unhappy with the use of the bed. Or the prop, as he called it. He didn’t like “all that malarkey.”
But Bruno Tonioli did, using said prop as a chance to be cheeky, saying “You were very good in bed, Elisabetta.” Still, this judge told Canalis that she didn’t “have the confidence to sustain a performance on [her] own.” He told the pretty Italian she will have to “work very hard” to stay in the competition.
Dancing with the Stars judge Carrie Ann Inaba was more gentle, telling Elisabetta Canalis that she needs to “channel the model in [her]” and to “do it with the music.”
So, at the end of their performance, Elisabetta and Val earned a score of 15 total out 30, with each critic giving the pair a paltry 5 each. That’s not much, putting them second to last on the leaderboard, only topping Metta World Peace (see story here) as the worst dancers of the evening as far as th score is concerned.
So, on Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday for the elimination, will Elisabetta Canalis be going home? Will she be voted off the ABC talent show? What do you think? Predictions please.