SAN DIEGO, April 30, 2013 – Would the challenge dances shake up the results this week on Dancing With The Stars? In previous weeks, the lowest scoring couple has left the show without fail. This week, all signs pointed to Andy Dick leaving the show. But if the fans rallied enough votes, the other competitors in danger of leaving could be Sean Lowe or Ingo Rademacher. Both have been in the bottom group and no doubt they would end up there again.
Kellie Picker and Derek Hough already won immunity on the Monday show due to the new challenge set up. After Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy were confirmed as returning next week, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff were named the first couple in jeopardy of going home despite being in fourth place. Tom Bergeron said among the booing they were now in jeopardy from Jacoby’s mom, who has been a vocal member of the audience every week.
Does this mean Jacoby and Karina had received one of the lowest combined total of judges’ scores and fan votes? Not necessarily. Only one of the couples named as being “in jeopardy” is the lowest scorer; the others may be, but not necessarily. Longtime viewers believe producers will put a couple that needs more fan votes in jeopardy to scare their fans into being more active voters the following week, especiallly later in the season when the votes start making more of a difference.
While the fans were getting over this news, Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas were pronounced safe to dance next week; while Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson were added to the “in jeopardy” lineup.
The “AT&T Spotlight Performance” segment featured a dance program for inner city girls in Camden, New Jersey, the “Camden Sophisticated Sisters” drill team. What a thrill for these young women to come out to Los Angeles and work with the professional production team at DWTS, meet the professional dancers and stars… and one had the opportunity to play show host in place of Tom Bergeron, who’s a class act all the way.
DWTS told the story of Boston Marathon victim Adrienne Haslet-Davis, a professional ballroom dancer who lost a foot to the bomb blast. She and her husband were watching the race just four feet away when the bomb blast went off. In interviews after the bombing, Haslet-Davis said she would not let it stop her from dancing, even running the marathon.
Host Tom Bergeron said DWTS will follow Haslet-Davis’s recovery until she is able to dance on the show. This is something to look forward to during a future season.
After Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd were called safe, Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess joined the other couples in jeopardy.
Jacoby Jones’ mother could relax right away as her son and Karina were called safe.
So would there be a surprise elimination? No, not this week. Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess were eliminated, continuing the string of lowest scoring couples going home first. Fans were angry after Andy’s low scores Monday night (a five in week 7 from Len Goodman!), but even with three sevens he would have been the lowest scoring competitor.
But Andy Dick will end up being one of the most memorable competitors ever on the show and an all-time fan favorite. Who hasn’t enjoyed watching him throwing himself into the show, improving every week, enjoying himself and bringing entertainment to the fans.
An emotional Andy said,“It’s been the best, it’s just been the best. The fact that we’re here in week 7 is amazing. I really thank everybody here, the people, the fans out there, the judges, it’s been a wonderful ride.”
Tom Bergeron told Andy fans remarked how much they were pulling for him, and Andy Dick said it’s been the same experience for him. Simply as a human being trying to right a lot of wrongs in his life, it’s hard not to root for Andy Dick to find success, happiness and peace in his life.
But enough with the Hallmark moments!
Next week is “Trio Night,” with the six remaining couples all dancing with a third professional partner. It’s one of the few show gimmicks that works and it’s a fun week. Lord knows after the goofy challenge dance and Survivor immunity of Latin Week, the fans deserve a fun week.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns with Week 8 of Season 16 on Monday night, May 6, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, on the ABC Television Network
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