D.L. Hughley eliminated from 'Dancing With the Stars'
More Maks! More Val! More … Andy Dick?!
Tuesday's "Dancing With the Stars" results show devoted extra airtime to hunky brothers Chmerkovskiy and declared surprising fan favorite Andy safe, so nearly everyone was a winner.
Except, of course, for D.L. Hughley. The comedian and his partner, Cheryl Burke, were sent home after placing in the bottom alongside boxer Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold.
(Soap star Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson, the first pair declared in jeopardy, were spared.)
After a rocky relationship with the judges -- especially the harshly critical Len Goodman -- D.L. was rewarded with a standing ovation from all three fault finders.
Even Tom Bergeron praised the comedian: "I know this has been a bit of a roller coaster, but I applaud how well you've handled the criticism, my friend," he said. "Really."
Hughley left with a good-natured crack at his "verbal assaulter": "Len, you need to watch your hip action," he teased about the elder statement's show package. "The hip replacement Bruno said I should have, I'm willing to you."
Fortunately, we saw much more of Val and Maks' hip action than from Len or D.L. Tuesday night.
First, Len granted the wish of Jacoby Jones -- and viewers who wanted more Maks -- by asking the NFL star and Karina Smirnoff for an encore of their jive. (Anna Trebunskaya partnered with Maks, but he also gave his former fiancée another kiss after the dance.)
Another bonus? Val heating up the dance floor with Oksana Dmytrenko after a commercial break!
The cherry on top of this delicious Chmerkovskiy sundae came from some practice footage, which could sub as a preview for the Ukrainian brothers' reality show. (Make it happen, TV gods!)
"When something's wrong with him, I get b------ at like it's my fault," Maks grumbled, and said Val escapes their mother's wrath only because "I don't let anything go wrong with me."
"Bro, you're one big wrong already," retorted Val. "My whole life!"
(More hilarity ensued when they each threatened to tattle to "mama" and "papa." Adorbs.)
The other performances of the night included Tristan MacManus and Witney Carson dancing to The Band Perry's "Better Dig Two," Tyne Stecklein and Jeremy Hudson twirling around Kerli as she sang "Love Me or Leave Me," and Selena Gomez getting sweaty while she appeared to lip-synch her new tune "Come and Get It."
Next week, Stevie Wonder will be in the house! Tom revealed that the dancers will perform two group routines, with Team Paso taking on Wonder's "Higher Ground" and Team Samba performing to "Superstition."
Asked about his preference, Andy delivered a wisecrack that left even Tom speechless.
"I want to be on your team, Kellie," he told his co-star, "just so we can call it Team Pickler Dick!"
"For the first time in 16 seasons," said the Emmy-winning host, "I got nothing."