SAN DIEGO, April 8, 2013 – This week on “Dancing With The Stars,” things got personal as the remaining competitors performed a routine telling a story about “The Best Year of My Life.”
When emotion is added to ballroom dance, it can either inspire the performer or overwhelm them. For the most part, fans saw inspiration, improved scores and some lovely moments.
The two most memorable performances of the night came from two stars who have struggled with low scores. DL Hughley and Andy Dick both received sevens and total scores of 21 from the judges. Hughley danced a sassy foxtrot to Etta James that incorporated a little humor and a “kiss my backside” nod to judge Len Goodman, who has been tough on Hughley. After receiving his highest ever score, Hughley fell to his knees, and said “That’s higher than my SAT score!” See video of DL’s dance at the end of this column.
Andy Dick danced a gentle, surprisingly confident Viennese Waltz in honor of his 15-year-old daughter. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba occasionally gets teary-eyed on the show, but after Dick’s performance she dissolved into sobs. The judges all praised his effort and work ethic, judge Bruno Tonioli saying he would leave the show “a hero.”
There is a new name at the top of the leaderboard. Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman drew a Contemporary dance, which gave her the ideal platform to feature her gold medal winning year. The routine was strong and heavy on gymnastics, but in the contest of the dance it worked.
Pro partner Mark Ballas said on Twitter “That dance is in my Top 10 I’ve ever done on the show.” It won the highest score of the season so far, three nines for 27.
Just a point behind were Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy with 26 points for their Samba set to a Beyonce song. Zendaya channeled her inner Sacha Fierce and performed the best solo of the night by far. Len Goodman gave her an eight and that’s a head scratcher.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough received the same scores for her Rumba, set to a song written for her by her husband Kyle Jacobs for their wedding in 2011, “Say I Do.” Jacobs played the song himself on the show, and Pickler danced beautifully but slightly stiff for the Rumba, which demands fluid, continuous movement.
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson performed a perfectly fine Viennese Waltz for a score of 20. Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd also received a 20 for their Viennese Waltz, but Lowe’s solo was shaky at best. He was fortunate to dance first in the show.
Tied at the bottom of the leaderboard with 18 points are boxer Victor Ortiz and reality star Lisa Vanderpump. Ortiz and the Paso Doble seemed made for each other, but he boxed more than he danced, although he should have scored an extra point for the best knee walks ever. Vanderpump had a rough week, fighting through exhaustion and collapsing in rehearsal earlier in the week. Producers scheduled her at the end of the show in the event she was unable to dance, and she decided to go ahead with her Cha Cha Cha just 15 minutes in advance. Her dance was shaky due to the lack of rehearsal time, but she has a wonderful attitude and said, “Just the fact I got through it is enough for me.” Her score of 18 was generous.
As always it’s now up to the fans to decide who to send home. Ortiz and Vanderpump have been in jeopardy before, and it’s likely one of them will be sent home.
On Tuesday’s results show, Jennifer Lopez and Andrea Bocelli sing live together for the first time on TV; and award-winning country music star Brad Paisley will perform.
The “AT&T Spotlight Performance” returns on Tuesday featuring 17-year-old Brilynn Rakes of San Diego. She was born with nystagmus and cone dystrophy, conditions that have caused her to become legally blind. She is nevertheless an accomplished dancer who has won several awards. Rakes will be partnered with her favorite pro, Derek Hough.
The scores in order with voting numbers for phone and text:
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: Viennese Waltz (9/9/9) = 27
Voting # 1-800-868-3408
Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy: Samba (9/8/9) = 26
Voting # 1-800-868-3406
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: Rumba (8/9/8) = 25
Voting # 1-800-868-3401
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: Foxtrot (8/8/8) = 24
Voting # 1-800-868-3412
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: Viennese Waltz (8/7/8) = 23
Voting # 1-800-868-3403
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: Viennese Waltz (7/7/7) = 21
Voting # 1-800-868-3411
DL Hughley and Cheryl Burke: Foxtrot (7/7/7) = 21
Voting # 1-800-868-3405
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: Viennese Waltz (6/7/7) = 20
Voting # 1-800-868-3407
Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold: Paso Doble (6/6/6) = 18
Voting # 1-800-868-3402
Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko: Viennese Waltz (6/6/6) = 18
Voting # 1-800-868-3404
Dancing With the Stars: The Results Show” airs Tuesday night, April 9, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, on the ABC Television Network.
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