Cher Guest Judges, Brant Daugherty Eliminated on Dancing With the Stars
Cher-themed Dancing With the Stars! The 67-year-old music legend brought the laughs --and feather headdresses -- to the Monday, Nov. 4 episode of the ABC reality dance competition show while appearing as the most memorable guest judge ever.
The Oscar-winning actress and singer kicked off the show by performing her 1998 smash "Believe" in a sexy, short black-and-white dress. She later performed her new song "I Hope You Find It," while wearing a black sheer dress and large black feather headdress.
After a quick wardrobe change, Cher took her seat at the judges table between Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli, looking a bit nervous. Before the show, the singer revealed to ABC News that she was scared to be a judge. "I know that people take this seriously," she explained. "I just don't want to be responsible for someone getting a different mark than a professional would give them."
When she was called to give her first score, she accidentally said her name instead of her number -- but quickly laughed it off. Late, while giving her critique of contestant Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy's performance of her 1966 song "Bang Bang," Cher appeared to be bleeped by ABC. The long delay occurred after Cher said, "I thought it was great. I thought it was rough and I liked the rough part of it . . . and I liked you winning." Host Tom Bergeron then joked, "Oh, go into that a little more." Cher listened and began, "Yes, I like it when . . . " before being bleeped for a long time.
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Despite those mishaps, Cher's commentary throughout the show was mostly positive and uplifting. The Grammy-winning artist seemed to be a fan of Brant Daugherty's "The Shoop Shoop Song" performance with dancing pro partner Peta Murgatroyd, commenting, "You two had two smiles that went together." (Cher sang the 60s classic on the 1990 soundtrack for her film Mermaids.) Unfortunately, the 28-year-old Pretty Little Liars actor's smile disappeared soon after when he was eliminated Monday.
"I'm not going to say I'm not sad, but I'm grateful for the opportunity," Daugherty told Us Weekly after showing, getting a little emotional.
But the young star said he is proud of the work he had done during the competition. "I just really learned a lot about myself," he told Us. "I pushed myself farther than I thought I could. I can learn new things, I can always keep growing."
Tell Us: What did you think of Cher as a guest judge on DWTS? Were you sad to see Daugherty sent home?