SAN DIEGO, April 23, 2013 – Monday’s “Stevie Wonder Night” was a theme night everyone could love. Tuesday night’s results show brought everyone back to reality, with another couple leaving the show.
So far, the lowest scoring couple has left the show each week like clockwork. This week, all signs pointed to Victor Ortiz leaving the show. But if the fans rallied enough votes, the other competitors in danger of leaving could be comedian Andy Dick. Both have been in the bottom group and no doubt they would end up there again.
After Kellie Picker and Derek Hough, Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, and Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy were confirmed to return next week, Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd were named the first couple in jeopardy of going home. Sean and Peta’s behind-the-scene interviews seem increasingly discouraged. Perhaps The Bachelor needs to call it a night on the dance floor
But with the whole hour to fill, DWTS provides some tasty filler. This week, viewers enjoyed a performance by will.i.am of his song “#thatpower” plus a look at the technical crew who does a phenomenal job staging the show each week. The fans chose the “Team Paso” routine for the encore with their Twitter hashtag votes.
DWTS also offers a rare prime-time television showcase for professional dance. The “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance highlighted the work of choreographer Aakomon A.J. Jones, who’s worked on videos for stars including Usher, Jennifer Lopez, Prince, and Mary J. Blige. The show’s professional dancers put on a Latin Week preview, and viewers are reminded just how skilled they are.
Victor and Lindsay joined Sean and Peta in jeopardy at the show’s halfway point. Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson joined the couples who were safe. In short order, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff were saved, and Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess joined the bottom three, not a huge surprise.
But he didn’t stand under the red light long. The first couple in jeopardy who was “saved” was Andy and Sharna, much to the cheering crowd’s delight. This left viewers wondering for a few minutes whether the string of low scorers going home would be broken.
No, it wasn’t. Boxer Victor Ortiz was the one knocked out this week, and going home. He said to host Tom Bergeron, “I had a blast. I made great friends” among the cast and crew. He said he hoped they would all follow him to his next world championship fight, and promised that “Cast 16” would be ringside. Take it from this boxing columnist, don’t turn down Victor’s offer.
Next week is “Latin Night,” with the eight remaining couples all dancing a Latin ballroom style: rumba, samba, salsa, paso doble, or Argentine tango. Singer Juanes will perform. We know Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess are assigned the rumba, the “Dance of Love.” You’ve been warned.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns with Week 7 of Season 16 on Monday night, April 29, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, on the ABC Television Network.
Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. She is also a serious boxing fan covering the Sweet Science for Communities. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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