Notes after the jump.
Not for one moment did I believe that Melissa was going home tonight. "Dancing" is especially cagey about putting two people onstage near the end where one is a crowd favorite and then hedge things rhetorically. As they said tonight, with Melissa and Chuck as the bottom two, one had the lowest score and "the other is not necessarily in the bottom two." And with all the sympathy generated for Melissa before she was on the show, and during the performance program, and given that she had been one of the best dancers to date, I figured her fan base would save her.
And so it did, sending Chuck home. Although he has shown improvement, he has still been a forgettable dancer many weeks. Last night, he had Julianne doing most of the work. I would not have been shocked by either his or Ty's departure tonight. Did not watch the filler in rest of the show. So we move on.