Wow, is someone finally going to get kicked off tonight? Feels like forever since we've had an elimination. Anyway, Tom and Brooke welcome us back and go right into the encore dance, which is Apolo and Karina's Viennese waltz. Now that I'm not all distracted by the hurricane, maybe I will appreciate this more than I did last night. Oh, right. This is the "she's dying of cancer" one. Not my jam. Schmaltzy. I mean, "Live Like You Were Dying" came out the year my mom died, and I used to cry every time I heard it, but I'm older and more jaded now. That said, this dance is really magical. The turns are much more awesome.
There's a lot of business for Tom to relay. There will be no results show next week since we'll all be watching the national results show: it's election night. The original plan was to have an elimination at the end of Monday night's show, based on the judges' scores from that night and the audience votes from last night, but they scotched that since audience voting was affected negatively by the hurricane. So I guess we'll have another two-week period with no elimination. They'll have to have another double elimination at this rate, or we'll still be watching this season after Christmas!
Anyway, time for some results. Kelly and Val just seem checked out, don't they? Like their dancing is still good, but they either seem too cool for school or just over it. I don't get what's going on with them. Emmitt and Cheryl were disappointed that Emmitt's fun solo didn't help them move up the leaderboard at all, and they begged the audience to save them. Brooke explains that they're going to tell couples their fate in reverse order of something and I don't know what she's talking about. I think she said that they're going to go up the leaderboard, starting from the bottom, and reveal fates. Except then she goes to Emmitt and Cheryl first, and they weren't in last place, so what the fudge. Who knows? Anyway, Emmitt and Cheryl are safe despite getting their lowest score ever. And Kelly and Val are safe too! Tom reiterates that the couples that the judges scored the lowest are definitely coming back. Eesh, I've got a bad feeling about this.