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'Game of Thrones' hits the ballroom as Khal Drogo goes 'Dancing With the Stars'

Oct. 21, 2013 at 11:40 PM ET

Image: Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff.
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Khal Drogo wouldn't have been nearly as gracious in the face of criticism as Corbin Bleu was on Monday night's "Dancing With the Stars.

When Corbin Bleu found out he'd be waltzing to the "Game of Thrones" theme tune, he couldn't have been more excited about the chance to bring his favorite Dothraki to "Dancing With the Stars."

"'Game of Thrones' is my all-time favorite show on television!" he said with appropriate fan-boy glee — before getting a tad inappropriate. "This waltz will be the stallion that mounts the world!"

Actually, that last part was just Corbin getting into character as Khal Drogo, the late eyeliner-loving nomad warlord who Corbin resurrected on stage with pro partner Karina Smirnoff (in the role of Khal's Khalessi, of course).

But by the time the unusually intense Viennese waltz was over and the bad CGI dragons were gone, Corbin seemed a little less excited about it all. Who could blame him after the judges had their say?

While Bruno Tonioli liked the "epic melodrama" of the moves, he didn't like Corbin's "Conan the Barbarian" posture. Carrie Ann Inaba was happier with the performance, but couldn't help but notice a few rule-breaking lifts in the routine.

And Len Goodman? He "didn't really feel it was a Viennese waltz" at all, which might just explain why he gave last week's leaderboard topper a paltry 7 points to add to the pair of 8s the others handed down.

Corbin looked sad but resigned to his ballroom fate.

Of course, the real Khal Drogo wouldn't have been nearly as gracious in the face of such criticism. (Important to note: The real Khal Drogo wouldn't have entered a ballroom in the first place.) (Also important to note: The real Khal Drogo isn't real.)

In fact, Len should just consider himself lucky that Khal Corbin didn't melt down the trophy and give the head judge a mirror-ball crown.

But according to Tom Bergeron, it could have gone worse for everyone.

"I’m just glad you didn't go with the Red Wedding tango," he deadpanned.

Good point.

Despite getting the lowest score of the night for the Dothraki dance, Corbin didn't end the show at the bottom of the leaderboard. An improvised switch-up routine closed out the elimination-free evening, and left Corbin with a few extra points to round out his ranking.

Here's how he stacked up against the competition:

  • Elizabeth Berkley ended the night with 32 points, and the first perfect 30 of the season.
  • Amber Riley matched the top score of 32 thanks to a few improv points.
  • Brant Daugherty scored a total of 31.
  • Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi scored 30. 
  • Leah Remini scored 28.
  • Jack Osbourne scored 27.
  • Corbin just edged out of the bottom spot with 27 too.
  • And Bill Engvall landed in the back of the pack with 24.
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