SAN DIEGO – April 22, 2013 – At the start of this week’s “Dancing With The Stars,” the youngest performer on the show, 16-year-old Zendaya Coleman, said “Everyone loves Stevie Wonder. If you don’t love Stevie Wonder, something is wrong with you!”
With that, the competitor who received the season’s first perfect scores of 10 received two more this week, with only Len Goodman holding out after her sharp, showy Cha Cha Cha with Val Chmerkovskiy.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough stepped right up with a sparkling, energetic Quickstep precisely in sync. They also earned two tens, including the coveted and rare “Ten From Len,” the first perfect score of the season from notoriously tough judge Goodman. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba was the only nine; Goodman disagreed with Inaba over her critique of the couple’s space at times in hold; he said it was impossible for a couple to dance with that much speed and intensity and stay perfectly in hold the whole time.
Boston native Aly Raisman said the events of last week were finally hitting her, but she and partner Mark Ballas dedicated their Foxtrot to her hometown, and it provided some inspiration. She scored her highest total of the year, nines from all judges for 27 points. Raisman is a steady performer, not showy but she never flubs anything either.
In the middle of the pack this week were Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson, who danced a Tango; and Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd, who danced a Samba. Ingo and Kym scored 24 for their nicely framed Tango, their highest score of the season. Sean and Peta struggled with their Samba, Sean wasn’t in sync with the music and he received all sevens for 21 points. Lowe beat Andy Dick’s samba point total, which he said was his goal.
Sitting between them with 23 points was Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff, who showed off energy and athleticism in their Quickstep. It didn’t suit judge Len Goodman who thought there was too much going on.
Boxer Victor Ortiz and comedian Andy Dick have both lasted longer on DWTS than any other boxer or comedian on the show to date. They tied for last at 18 points. Though the fans love the entertainment value and goofy charm in Andy Dick’s attack on his routines, he’s not a good dancer. When asked after his samba if he would ever be able to match his competitors technically, Dick said “Never!” The judges were kind but could only give him sixes, for 18 points. Ortiz’ Rumba with Lindsay Arnold had a gentle chemistry, but lacked the movement the Rumba requires. Three more sixes.
Competitors performed their first group dances of Season 16. The two highest scoring stars acted as the captains of the two teams: Zendaya for “Team Paso,” and Kellie Pickler for “Team Samba.”
Dancing to “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, Team Samba included Kellie and Derek, Andy and Sharna, Aly and Mark, and Sean and Peta. They came out, had fun and entertained while managing to stay tight and together. Each couple earned the team’s total score of 25 points.
Dancing to “Higher Ground” by Stevie Wonder, Team Paso was made up of Zendaya and Val, Jacoby and Karina, Victor and Lindsay, and Ingo and Kym. This team struggled a little, scoring 22 points, which was added to each couple’s score.
The team scores shuffled the leaderboard, putting Kellie and Derek and Aly and Mark ahead of Zendaya and Val. Jacoby and Karina swapped placed with Sean and Peta.
But the only place it really mattered was between the competitors tied for last. Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess gained three points on Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold.
Since the lowest scoring competitor has gone home each week, it will be a surprise if anyone but Victor Ortiz goes home Tuesday night. It’s up to the fans whether he gets knocked out.
The scores in order with voting numbers for phone and text:
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Quickstep (9/10/10) = 29 + 25 = 54
Voting # 1-800-868-3401
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: Foxtrot (9/9/9) = 27 + 25 = 52
Voting # 1-800-868-3408
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: Cha Cha Cha (10/9/10) = 29 + 22 = 51
Voting # 1-800-868-3406
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: Tango (8/8/8) = 24 + 22 = 46
Voting # 1-800-868-3403
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: (7/7/7) = 21+ 25 = 46
Voting # 1-800-868-3407
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: Quickstep (8/7/8) = 23 + 22 = 45
Voting # 1-800-868-3412
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: Samba (6/6/6) = 18 + 25 = 43
Voting # 1-800-868-3411
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold: Rumba (6/6/6) = 18 + 22 = 40
Voting # 1-800-868-3402
“Dancing With the Stars: The Results Show” airs Tuesday night, April 23, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, on the ABC Television Network.
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