SAN DIEGO – April 1, 2013 – It wouldn’t be a prom without some bad hairstyles and cheesetastic formal wear, but the bad dancing was kept to a minimum this week on “Dancing With the Stars” Season 16.
Some of the best routines came from unexpected directions. The show’s two male professional athletes, boxer Victor Ortiz and Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones performed their best routines of the season so far. Pro partner Lindsay Arnold made good use of Ortiz’s strength and concentrated on lifts in their contemporary routine. He showed the most improvement from last week when he was in danger of going home. In week three he is tied for third with 23 points.
Jones and the sultry Karina Smirnoff heated up the dance floor far beyond anything seen at a high school prom with their rumba, and scored 24 points, sitting in second place. They are tied with the only competitor too young to have gone to a prom yet, Disney Channel star Zendaya Coleman. She danced the waltz and while it was pretty, it wasn’t her best dance, scoring 24 points. But the bar is very high for this talented young woman.
In first place and showing she is the one to beat: former American Idol competitor Kellie Pickler. She and Derek Hough danced a lightning quick jive to “Footloose.” Great athletes all have speed in common, and so do great dancers. It earned the pair 25 points and if they hadn’t danced so early in the show the scores might have been higher.
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas danced a pretty Viennese Waltz, but there is still something missing with Raisman. But with 23 points, she won’t be going anywhere.
In the middle were the couples with 21 points: Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson, who danced a Paso Doble that was perfectly OK but not more; “Bachelor” Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd, who performed a fun but not particularly skilled Cha Cha Cha to (yes) “YMCA;” and Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko, who received their 21 for a Viennese Waltz, a generous mark considering the dance was nothing really special.
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess had a lot of fun with their Cha Cha Cha. It is impossible to take your eyes off Andy Dick when he is on the ballroom floor. His entertainment value is off the charts. He even managed to rip his shirt off. He’s making fun of himself and he’s invited us to laugh with him. But it’s also evident he’s working very hard and it is endearing. “Dancing With The Stars” has revived a lot of careers, and it might get credit for another one before this season is over.
But there was little to enjoy from the two couples at the bottom of the leaderboard. They’re both stiff and suffer from being tentative. DL Hughley and Wynonna Judd would both be far better off with a little dose of the Andy Dick attitude. Better to throw caution to the wind and attack, even if it means a wrong move here and there. The energy is far preferable to the cautious, uninspired dancing we are seeing. Hughley and Cheryl Burke danced the salsa, and Judd and Tony Dovoloni performed a rock style samba. Not even a little sugar from Def Leppard could help them.
The winners of this week’s Twitter based hashtag votes will be “named” Prom King and Queen and receive two bonus points for the night. It may make a difference to the couples in danger of elimination.
Judges’ scores always matter, of course. But the fans get half the say; their votes count for 50 percent of the total. It’s a popularity contest as well as a dance competition, and it starts making a real difference with the competitors in the bottom third who need help to stick around. D.L. Hughley dodged the ax last week. Statistically he’s nearly last along with Wynonna Judd. So whose fans are more motivated this week?
On Tuesday’s first elimination show, singers Demi Lovato and prom favorites Huey Lewis and the News will peform. We will find out who fans selected as DWTS Prom King and Queen. After the show, the hashtag #promKellie was doing well.
The scores in order with voting numbers for phone and text:
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Jive (8/9/8) = 25
Voting # 1-800-868-3401
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: Rumba (8/8/8) = 24
Voting # 1-800-868-3412
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: Waltz (8/8/8) = 24
Voting # 1-800-868-3406
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold: Contemporary (8/7/8) = 23
Voting # 1-800-868-3402
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: Viennese Waltz (7/8/8) = 23
Voting # 1-800-868-3408
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: Paso Doble (7/7/7) = 21
Voting # 1-800-868-3403
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: Cha Cha Cha (7/7/7) = 21
Voting # 1-800-868-3407
Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko: Viennese Waltz (7/7/7) = 21
Voting # 1-800-868-3404
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: Cha Cha Cha (6/6/6) = 18
Voting # 1-800-868-3411
DL Hughley and Cheryl Burke: Cha Cha Cha (6/5/5) = 16
Voting # 1-800-868-3410
Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovoloni: Samba (5/5/5) = 15
Voting # 1-800-868-3410
Dancing With the Stars: Season 16” airs Monday night, April 1, at 8 p.m. ET/PT, on the ABC Television Network.
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