SAN DIEGO – April 16, 2013 – The first scores of 10 were awarded last night on “Dancing With The Stars” at the halfway point in Week 5. Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkoskiy were one point short of a perfect score of 30 thanks to Len Goodman’s nine, but Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba rewarded them with tens.
The week’s twist was called “Len’s Side by Side Challenge.” Despite how goofy it seemed, it actually worked. Pro couples danced a portion of the routine prior to the entrance of the star and pro partner, and then all four danced together – the side by side part – so the judges could measure the star against the pro. The star and pro then continued the rest of their routine. It made for longer routines so couples had to show a little stamina and learn more choreography.
Most of the couples benefitted from the attention of two extra professionals to support them and improved their performances, if not always their scores.
Zendaya and Val drew brother Maks Chmerkovskiy and Anna Trebunskaya, and Zendaya was every bit their match. She is amazing to watch, even more so considering she is only 16. Their Argentine Tango was crisp, sharp, fast, and passionate.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough danced a charming Gatsby-themed foxtrot alongside Anna Trebunskaya and Henry Byalikov and were rewarded with three nines from the judges.
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff won the biggest applause from the ballroom audience, performing a jive with Maks and Anna full of energy and eye-popping stunts, including a jump by Jacoby over Karina’s head, without touching her or pushing off. The audience roared at the conclusion of the routine as Jacoby laid spent on the ballroom floor, “crawling” up to host Tom Bergeron to get his scores.
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd, Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson, and Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold all did well enough to fall into the middle of the pack. Aly and Mark were a bit of a disappointment despite a decent score of 24 for their samba with Witney and Tony. As judge Carrie Ann Inaba observed, Aly danced better when Witney was alongside her.
DL Hughley and Andy Dick have competed longer than any comedians ever on Dancing With the Stars, but one of them may be leaving after Week 5 as they tied for the bottom spot on the leadboard with scores of 17. DL and Cheryl Burke’s Tango was ponderous, heavy and slow, although performed with some attack. Andy Dick made perhaps the best entrance in DWTS history, using a zip line to fly across the ballroom as Zorro to start his Paso Doble with Sharna Burgess, but he struggled a bit from there.
The best dance of the night and the one that scored the most points with every judge in the ballroom audience didn’t happen on the TV broadcast Monday night. Only those of us in the ballroom were privileged to see it.
During a commercial break, audience member Doris Marsh of Irvine, California, age 92, was asked who her favorite was on the show. Without hesitation, she named Derek Hough. Upon hearing this backstage, Hough came out to thank Marsh, and then told her he wanted to dance with her. He knelt down, took off the brakes on Marsh’s wheelchair, rolled her out to the dance floor, and facing her then spun her around. Marsh was gleeful, Hough was light on his feet, and the audience was laughing, cheering and crying.
After the show, the effervescent Marsh expressed her delight about the experience of meeting Hough and getting to dance with him. She said Maks Chmerkovskiy also came over to greet her. Marsh bragged she enjoys a margarita every Friday night. Who’s to argue with her prescription? Doris, let’s drink to Derek this Friday!
The star with the lowest score has gone home each week this season. But DL and Andy have tremendous fan support. The loser could be Victor Ortiz, who is barely ahead of the comedians, and hasn’t seemed to get the votes he needs to stay out of the bottom.
The scores in order with voting numbers for phone and text (until 11 a.m. ET):
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: Argentine Tango with Maks and Anna (10/9/10) = 29
Voting # 1-800-868-3406
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Foxtrot with Anna and Henry (9/9/9) = 27
Voting # 1-800-868-3401
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: Jive with Maks and Anna (9/8/9) = 26
Voting # 1-800-868-3412
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: Samba with Witney and Tony (8/8/9) = 24
Voting # 1-800-868-3408
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: Quickstep with Chelsie and Tristan (8/8/8) = 24
Voting # 1-800-868-3407
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: Cha Cha Cha with Emma and Tony (7/7/7) = 23
Voting # 1-800-868-3403
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold: Viennese Waltz with Emma and Tristan (7/7/7) = 21
Voting # 1-800-868-3402
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: Paso Doble with Emma and Sasha (6/6/6) = 18
Voting # 1-800-868-3411
“Dancing With the Stars: The Results Show” airs Tuesday night, April 16, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, on the ABC Television Network.
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