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    Posted: 22 Oct 2013 at 11:53

'It was painful, it hurt': Elizabeth Berkley breaks down during DWTS rehearsal as
she reveals 'backlash' to movie Showgirls ended her dancing career

By Daily Mail Reporter and Juliet Paylor

PUBLISHED: 07:53, 22 October 2013 | UPDATED: 09:57, 22 October 2013

When a sexy dance routine reminded her of the movie that destroyed her career, Elizabeth Berkley could not hold back her tears.

The sensual cha-cha she was rehearsing for Dancing With The Stars 'reconnected' Elizabeth to Showgirls - the 1995 big screen disaster that she says effectively killed her career.

But in a move that seems perfectly made for TV, the powerful emotions brought out a truly astonishing performance on Monday night's live show - and the first perfect score of the season.


Broken spirit: Elizabeth Berkley got teary-eyed as she revealed to partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy during rehearsals that a lot of doors 'slammed in her face' following the 'backlash' to 1995's dancing film Showgirls


Nothing to worry about: The actress and her partner impressed the judges with their slick moves, which got a standing ovation from the audience

'You still got it big time!' judge Bruno Tonioli told her, after jokingly calling her a 'brazen hussy'.

'Oh darling, it's all out there to be seen. It was so sexy it just killed me. Give me some ice right now! It was brilliant.'

Elizabeth's perfect 30 out of 30 was the clear highlight of a night that also saw an unexpected appearance by Jennifer Lopez - not to mention a surprise ending that saw none of the contestants going home.

A technical hitch meant that some of the wrong numbers were flashed up at the end of last week's show, so, to avoid unfair decisions, all the viewers' votes were scrapped and all the dancers remained safe for at least another week.


Rave reviews: 'You've still got it big time!' Bruno Tonioli told Elizabeth of her showstopping performance, for which she was awarded three perfect 10s from the judges - the first perfect score of the season

While Elizabeth's amazing performance could not have been more of a happy ending, the beginning of rehearsals for the routine dug up painful memories of the movie in which she played a stripper and showgirl.

'It's a sexy dance and it reconnected me to when I was just a young woman and took a risk creatively and did Showgirls,' she said, the emotion echoed on her face.

'Little did I know that it was going to be met with such criticism and such a backlash. With that came a lot of doors being slammed in my face.

'It was very frustrating not being able to perform for people. And it was painful, it hurt.'


Floundering: Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani appeared to be lacking motivation this week following last week's bottom-two placement


Words of encouragement: A surprise visit from best friend Jennifer Lopez and her boyfriend, Casper Smart, lifted her spirits and gave her the confidence she needed


Underdogs: The duo brushed aside last week's near elimination to soldier on with a fun, energetic quickstep, which earnt them an impressive 27 points

Clearly fighting back tears, she told partner Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 'This was a part of me that went, "Oh, maybe I won't be able to be able to do this thing that I love."'

She said that she would focus on 'other blessings' she had and hide the true pain she was feeling.

Wiping away a tear, she told dance Val: 'I got really good at pretending everything was great. I'm really good at holding my head up and acting like it's all good.

'But there were times where it was really hard for me.'

Calling being on DWTS 'empowering', she told her partner, 'I feel like some sort of sentence was lifted, if that makes sense. So shall we dance?'

Her performance in a sexy gold dress to Joss Stone's Put Your Hands On Me had the audience leaping to their feet.


Famous friends: Kelly Osbourne and fiancé Matthew Mosshart may have been there to cheer on her brother, Jack Osbourne, but they also showed plenty of support for Leah and Tony


'I haven't done anything like this yet': Amber Riley and Derek Hough struggled with their samba during rehearsals, which left them both frustrated and angry with each other


Distraction technique: The hunk went sans shirt for the couple's performance, though they wowed the judges and audience alike - who gave them a standing ovation - regardless

'Tonight, you were like a white panther,' judge Carrie Ann Inaba told her. 'You were insane! I loved, loved it.'

Len told her and Val: 'You are a formidable partnership, I'm telling you. The more I see, the more I like. And your hips - whoa!'

While painful memories turned around Elizabeth's dancing, it was pure star power that did it for Leah Remini: a visit from close friend Jennifer Lopez.

After JLo, in high stack-heel sneakers and jeans, strolled into rehearsals with boyfriend Casper Smart, an excited Leah said: 'My friend Jen came to visit us in rehearsal - it's so sweet to have her here.'

But even more amazing than seeing such a major star there was the fact that the seasoned performer also managed to offer advise that could be a game-changer for Leah.


Mixed emotions: The contestants were shocked to find out during rehearsals that they would have to compete in an additional challenge they basically couldn't prepare for - but none more so than a worried Leah


Dancing for their lives: Following their regular performances, the couple were split into two groups to compete in the improvised 'Switch-up Challenge'


Stage fright: Poor Leah was in tears as she prepared to take to the floor for the nerve-wrecking challenge routine


Top dogs: Corbin and Karina won the first improv round, during which they had to change up their routine on the spot to the transitioning style of music, scoring an additional four points


Hot contenders: Amber and Derek took the top score in the second heat, much to the Glee star's relief

'You're working hard, I can see that - [but] you're not a professional dancer,' Jennifer told her.

'It's fun. It just makes you feel like you have to get up and dance, and dancing is the best thing in the world,' she added.

As Jennifer and Leah did a silly dance together in the rehearsal space, Leah admitted that her pal 'reminded me that this is supposed to be fun' - advise that seems to have revolutionised her performance.

After finishing bottom-two last week with just 22 points, her quickstep had her finishing fourth tonight with all nines - and garnering amazed reactions from the judges.

'That might be the biggest turnaround I've ever seen,' Carrie Ann told her. 'I know last week was a tough one and I know it hurt, but what you did with that hurt was incredible. You look like you've been dancing your whole life.'


'That's what I'm trying to harness through this dance: angry De Niro': Jack Osbourne brought his trademark humour to the paso doble as he got some tips from Val during rehearsals


Middle of the road: Jack and pro Cheryl Burke got 25 for their efforts, though judge Carrie Ann called his performance a little 'stiff'


Family affair: Jack's mom, Sharon, sister Kelly, wife Lisa, and daughter Pearl were all proud as punch as they cheered him on from the sidelines

Meanwhile, Bruno, who joked that she was 'turning into a little Ginger Rogers', admitted that JLo may have been the key.

'Your personal assistant worked,' he laughed. 'I don't know how much you pay her, but keep her with you all the time.'

Host Tom Bergeron also told her: 'That JLo fun tip worked.'

Despite losing two points to Elizabeth due to the eight, Amber still finished the night level with Elizabeth thanks to an extra challenge round thrown in at the end.

The contestants had to improvise to several different pieces of music that transistioned with no warning, giving the dancers no idea ahead of time as to what styles they would have to perform.


Showstopping: Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff danced the Viennese Waltz to the Game Of Thrones theme song dressed as Khal Drogo and Khaleesi


Inspired: The star was thrilled to be embodying a character form his favourite TV show, throwing himself wholeheartedly into the role


Didn't live up to expectations: The judges had mixed reviews to the performance - scoring the pair just 23

After splitting into two groups, Amber and Corbin Bleu both got an extra four points for winning their respective rounds - enough for Amber to tie in the top spot with Elizabeth, who only got two points in the 'Switch-up Challenge'.

The two most grateful for the technical glitch in voting were Jack Osbourne and comedian Bill Engvall, who would have been up amongst each other for elimination.

Carrie Ann told Jack that she 'loved that you put your heart and soul' into his paso doble, but admitted: 'It felt one-dimensional to me.'

She then inadvertently raised laughs when she accused Jack of 'trying to be stiff for Cheryl'.

He got a combined score of 25, with two eights and a nine.


Star support: Corbin may not have been a hit with the judges, but his High School Musical co-star Ashley Tisdale appeared to love it as she watched him from the audience


Celebrity fan: Carmen Electra was very vocal as she cheered on her favourites from her prime seat, even raising her arm in enthusiasm at one point

Bill finished the night at the bottom of the table, with only 23 for his dance - higher only than Corbin - as well as finishing last in his challenge round, getting just one point to Corbin's four.

He had some light-hearted moments with British dance partner Emma Slater who, when told they were performing to a Jimmy Buffett song, called him 'Buff-aye' like the meal, rather than 'Buff-ett'.

Emma, who hails from Tamworth, England, said: 'I'm British - we go to buffets, not buff-etts.'

Bill, proud that he was dancing to Jimmy's song Cheeseburger In Paradise, said: 'This is going to be a tango for my people; rednecks across the nation. Get ready for a redneck tango at a beach burger hut and fight over the burger.'

While Len called it 'a cheeseburger tango with plenty of mustard and pickle, sharp and tangy', Bruno told him: 'Plenty of beef on top... but you went a bit cheesy on the bottom.'


All-star entertainment: Mika and Ariana Grande got the audience up on their feet as they performed a rendition of Popular Song


Duet: The singers wore complementary blue and black outfits, with the pretty 20-year-old donning a cute black headband with ears

Former High School Musical star Corbin made the biggest impression as he went for the full shirtless Game Of Thrones look to dance a Viennese Waltz to the show's theme tune.

He couldn't hide his excitement at the pairing, saying, 'Game Of Thrones is my all-time favorite show on television right now.'

But despite his enthusiam at embodying Khal Drogo to his partner Karina Smirnoff's Khaleesi, he was not able to defeat the judges, who gave him just two eights and a seven.

'That does hurt,' Corbin admitted, putting on his best Game Of Thrones impression as he said, 'Drogo does not get hurt!' before revealing, 'Honestly, yes, it did hurt.'


Intense performance: Brant Daugherty and his partner, Peta Murgatroyd, had their moves down pat, though the hunk's odd facial expressions were certainly offputting


'That was incredible': Carrie Ann Inaba called Brant a 'dancing Ken doll' as she congratulated him on his dancing despite a couple of missteps


Frontrunners: The couple were thrilled to receive two nines along with a perfect 10 from Len

Pretty Little Liars star Brant Daugherty, who was visited by his co-star Janel Parrish in rehearsals, was another dancer to get a 10.

'It was like a glass of dry white wine: sharp, crisp, tasty. Absolutely corking,' Len told him excitedly, handing out the top score for his tango.

The other judges both gave nines, with Carrie Ann saying: 'It was like a beautiful, perfect dancing Ken Doll.'

Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi, meanwhile, was also thrilled as she got all nines for her foxtrot.

'You have really and truly improved the most, I think, out of everybody,' Carrie Ann told her.

'The lines that you finished were absolutely breathtaking. You've turned into a ballerina on the dance floor and everything is so graceful.

'I'm very, very impressed with you.'


'I don't wanna go home until I'm ready to - and I'm not ready': Brant admitted that Christina Milian going home last week despite scoring a 10 was a 'huge wake-up call' as she's 'much more famous' than he is


Capable of more: Nicole 'Snooki' Polizzi had some words with Sasha Farber after she thought he was dumbing down his routines for her


Sweet routine: The pair were dressed in all yellow as they danced along to The Foundations' Build me Up Buttercup


Touchdown! Nicole and Sasha scored a respectable 27 from the judges, no doubt inspired by having her fiancé, Jionni LaValle, in the audience supporting her

Bruno also told her: 'You've never been so sweet and never been so elegant. You move so well, with such grace. Wonderful.'

Snooki admitted she is starting to get serious and competitive.

'I definitely thought that I would be the first or second to leave, so now that I'm here, at the midway point, I just want to push myself to the finals,' she admitted.

As well as the dances, fans got to see Ariana Grande and Mika perform Popular Song, with Mika in smart blue suit and Ariana in a complementary tiny black skirt and blue top, with a cute little mouse ears headband.


Unstoppable: The couple were elated to survive elimination, after being awarded an additional three points as runners-up in the challenge round


Warm reception: Lacey Schwimmer and her brother, Benji (not pictured), returned to the show as choreographers


Friends indeed: Bill was embraced by his fellow competitors after he was saved from elimination by a glitch that saw none of the couples sent home

Daily Mail

Edited by Bren - 22 Oct 2013 at 12:55
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