Who said farewell to the ballroom on Dancing With The Stars?

Leaving DWTS may have been a relief for one of the competitors tonight, who nevertheless gave it their all. Photo: The judges had their say, but who did fans send home? Photo ABC/Adam Taylor

SAN DIEGO, April 9, 2013 – After performing a routine telling a personal story about “The Best Year of My Life,” this week’s elimination was especially tough for the competitors on “Dancing With The Stars.”

The contenders continue to pull away from the pretenders, and the producers made quick work of calling the three highest scoring couples safe: Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy, and Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough.

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Added to this safe group were Indo Rademacher and Kym Johnson.

Following an encore performance of their Contemporary dance by Aly and Mark, Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff and Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd will also told they were coming back next week.

So within the first 18 minutes of the show, the top five scoring couples plus one popular favorite in Sean Lowe were all off the hook, leaving four couples who all know what it’s like to face elimination. They were left to watch the entertainment portion of the show along with the audience, performances by country music star Brad Paisley and the television debut of a new duet by Andrea Bocelli and Jennifer Lopez, the first appearance for both on the show.

Derek Hough returned to the floor for the inspiring “AT&T Spotlight Performance” by 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. Despite this she is an award-winning dancer. Rakes and Hough performed for an appreciative live audience.  Following their dance, Hough said he lived for these moments, “to dance with such an extraordinary individual.”  

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Andy Dick said he just wanted to stay long enough to be able to dance for his daughter. He did that and more; he will be back next week. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

But the time finally came to perform the dirty deed of sending someone home.  DL Hughey and Andy Dick both received their highest scores so far this season, but still found themselves waiting at the end of the show to learn their fate; Lisa Vanderpump and Victor Ortiz were tied for last at the bottom of the leaderboard.

DL was called safe before the commercial break, and Andy called safe right after the break. So it did come down to the couples tied at the bottom of the scoreboard. After a very tough week where she simply wasn’t feeling well enough to learn her routine properly, Lisa Vanderpump (and Giggy the Pom) were sent home. Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold will go one more round next week.

“Just to be included with theis group of people, it’s been six long weeks and boy it’s taken it’s toll, it’s the hardest thing I’ve ever done. I want to thank my castmates, they’ve been amazing,” said Vanderpump.  

Sorry, Giggy the Pom, no more visits to the ballroom in your fancy outfits. Your mom Lisa Vanderpump went home this week. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor.

Next week the nine remaining couples will tackle a new style of competition for the show, “Len’s Side by Side Challenge.” Each competitor will perform their routine while being compared to one of the show’s pro dancers alongside them, dancing the same choreography. It seems like some form of bribe might be in order for a few of the competitors to their counterpart pro. Just saying.

Next week’s Monday performance review will come to you straight from my own seat in the Dancing With The Stars ballroom, as I’ll be on hand in the audience for the show.

“Dancing With the Stars” returns with Week 5 of Season 16 on Monday night, April 15, 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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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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