SAN DIEGO, April 16, 2013 – Stars competing for the Mirror Ball Trophy navigated the lastest ballroom twist on “Dancing With The Stars” with varying degrees of success. Contenders are starting to pull away, and the eliminations are more serious each week.
Monday’s show offered wall to wall dancing by returning professionals led by the ballroom’s bad boy Maks Chmerkovskiy in addition to the stars and their professional partners. There was plenty of high quality on display at the halfway point of the season. Tuesday’s results would be a letdown no matter who was being sent home.
The show’s pattern has been to immediately get the top couples who are obviously safe from elimination out of the way. But on tonight’s show, it was teased out a little bit longer.
DWTS does better than most filling up an hour long results show with great dance numbers like the eye-popping opening routine choreographed by Derek Hough and Mark Ballas on a stunning lunar stage created by the show’s production crew (there’s got to be an Emmy for lighting in there), plus musical perforamnces by The Band Perry and Selena Gomez. And let’s not forget the “are you concerned about leaving?” interviews by Brooke Burke-Charvet.
Jacoby Jones said on Monday night his goal was to dance an encore on Tuesday. He got his wish thanks to his high flying Jive, which meant we also enjoyed seeing Maks Chemerkovskiy and Anna Trebunskaya along with pro partner Karina Smirnoff.
Fans do enjoy the behind the scenes video interivews, which DWTS does extremely well. I’m more convinced than ever that we need a Chmerkovskiy brothers reality show. It’s got to be better than the Kardashian sisters. Are you with me on this?
So after ticking off time on the clock, the couples placed into jeopardy in bits and pieces were Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson, Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold, and DL Hughley and Cheryl Burke. This is familiar territory for Victor and DL. Ingo and Kym were rescued, leaving either Victor or DL to go home.
Despite his enormous fan support, DL’s fans couldn’t make up for his low score of the night and it finally got the better of him. He and Cheryl Burke were eliminated. He lasted far longer than he thought he would, a personal victory.
When asked what he would miss about the show, he wisecracked, “Just Cheryl.” After ribbing judge Len Goodman with some good-natured teasing about willing him a hip replacement, DL said “I’ve been playing with the house’s money,” and said he’d enjoyed the experience and would keep dancing.
Once again for the third straight week, the lowest scoring couple was eliminated – although this time the “other” low scoring couple, Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess, were spared. They can thank their fans for coming through.
Next week the nine remaining couples all dance routines to the music of Stevie Wonder. His enormous catalog of hits will provide the competitors exciting choices. Let’s see if they surprise viewers with their Wonder-ful taste. We also get the first team dances of Season 16. Not so wonderful.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns with Week 6 of Season 16 on Monday night, April 22, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, on the ABC Television Network.
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