SAN DIEGO – April 29, 2013 – Fans lit up Twitter after Monday’s “Latin Night” scores and dance challenges on “Dancing With The Stars.” But after the cyber dust settles, it will likely make little difference in who goes home this week.
After Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough scored a 29 for their sizzling Samba, and Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas picked up their own 29 after an energetic Salsa, it was a surprise to some, an outrage to others when Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy scored three nines for 27 after a precise, strong Paso Doble.
The tie score was broken by adding up the cumulative number of points through Week 7, which gave Kellie and Derek the win and immunity from being voted off this week. Their loyal fans who vote in droves can help another couple with their support.
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff also scored 27 points for their athletic salsa. Count on seeing some of these moves in the end zone next season. Jacoby’s mother has been in the audience every week, and gave judge Len Goodman what for about his son’s scores. Now we know where Jacoby gets his moves. She’s become a fan favorite.
No surprise that the three couples at the bottom were the men who all had to dance the rumba, an extremely challenging dance because of the fluid hip action they need to display. Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd scored 24; Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson scored 22; and the game but outmatched Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess scored only 17 points. It’s Week 7; there shouldn’t be any fives or sixes at this point.
Aly and Mark chose the first challenge dance; they chose Andy and Sharna, no surprise. Andy chose the Cha Cha Cha and while he did a much better job than in his individual dance, Aly and Mark were far superior and took the three extra points, which puts them at the top of the leaderboard in points and left Andy and Sharna in dead last.
Zendaya and Val chose Jacoby and Karina for more of a challenge; the couples both threw down excellent jive routines. All of the judges gave it to Zendaya and Val for three points added to their scores.
This left Sean and Peta and Ingo and Kym to rumble over another rumba. This will not be remembered as a high point of the season, but Ingo and Kym improved on their earlier rumba enough to win the three points.
The bonus points from the challenges shuffled the leaderboard slightly, but the fans who were upset about the low scores for Zendaya and Val should relax. They are in no danger of going anywhere. Neither are Aly and Mark, or Jacoby and Karina, who all have more than 30 points.
The three couples at the bottom of the leaderboard should all be standing under the red light in jeopardy Tuesday night: Ingo and Kym, Sean and Peta, and Andy and Sharna.
Andy and Sharna are so far behind on judges’ points alone that it will take all of the votes that would have otherwise gone to Kellie and Derek to make any difference. The lowest scoring couple has gone home each week so far. Something about all the tea in China comes to mind.
Remember, there is no voting for Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough this week, since they have immunity from elimination. Otherwise, normal voting instructions apply.
The scores in order with voting numbers for phone and text:
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Samba (9/10/10) = 29 (Immunity)
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: Salsa (10/9/10) = 29 + 3 = 32
Voting # 1-800-868-3408
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: Paso Doble (9/9/9) = 27 + 3 = 30
Voting # 1-800-868-3406
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: Salsa (9/9/9) = 27 + 3 = 30
Voting # 1-800-868-3412
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: Rumba (7/8/7) = 22 + 3 = 25
Voting # 1-800-868-3403
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: Rumba (8/8/8) = 24
Voting # 1-800-868-3407
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: Rumba (5/6/6) = 17
Voting # 1-800-868-3411
“Dancing With the Stars: The Results Show” airs Tuesday night, April 30, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, on the ABC Television Network.
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