Couples fight to make finals on Dancing With The Stars (VIDEO)

SAN DIEGO – May 13, 2013 – The semi-finals are a good week to have your best performances of the season to ensure a place in the finals of “Dancing With The Stars.” There are four places in the finals next week, but five couples remaining.

The judges were generous this week with tens; those bestowed were all well earned.

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Three of the five couples in the first round scored perfect scores of 30: Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough for a dramatic Argentine Tango; Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff for an equally impressive Argentine Tango; and Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas for an exceptionally expressive, fluid Rumba.

Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy’s Quickstep with a racecar driver theme was ambitious and speedy but not always precise on the road, and they scored a surprisingly low 25 points On Twitter, pro Peta Murgatroyd spoke for many fans, commenting, “Ummm, @IamValC and @Zendaya just thrashed that Quickstep. 8s???????? WHAT??

Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson danced a determined Samba, but Ingo should have sent his popular, energetic son Peanut out in his place. He scored 24 points, a reward more for effort than outcome.

In the second round, the competitors danced a style chosen for them by fans via Twitter votes. Aly and Mark campaigned for Afro-Jazz, a style never assigned on the show before. It was a good call. Both are athletes with great strength and stamina, and they put it on display in this aggressive, energized routine. The judges gave it 29 points.

Fellow athlete and Super Bowl star Jacoby Jones danced a style that couldn’t have been more different, the Lindy Hop. He asked for Disco, but fans who didn’t want to see him make the final must have loaded up the votes. He gave the dance plenty of energy and the flavor of his hometown, New Orleans. There were a few missteps that left it just shy of perfect on the scoreboard, with 29 points, tying Aly and Mark with a total of 59 points and the lead for the night.

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough drew the Flamenco. It was stylish and dramatic, but Kellie seemed to run out of gas a bit. She commented her dress felt very heavy on her. The score was 28 points, still competitive, for a total of 58 points on the night.

Zendaya and Val needed the advantage they received by getting Hip Hop for their fan selected routine. Zendaya dances Hip Hop on her Disney Channel show “Shake It Up.” Fans learned that Zendaya has a big fan in Los Angeles Lakers star Kobe Bryant, who encourages Zendaya to go out in “Beast Mode!” As judge Bruno Tonioli said, “Zendaya Forever!” She scored a badly needed perfect 30 for 55 points total.  

Ingo and Kym saved their very best for what will likely be their last dance, a fun loving, energetic Charleston full of Roaring 20s attitude. They scored 27 and won many compliments from the judges, giving them 51 points total.

If the previous weeks are any indication, the couple with the lowest score will leave, and that’s Ingo and Kym, and sadly Ingo’s son and ballroom mascot Peanut too. Perhaps Peanut can dance on the final results show of the season.

Voting still matters and complacency by fans who assume their favorite stars will automatically get through can create a nasty surprise. Vote online, by phone, or vote via text message using the last four numbers for any couple. You can vote online at the official Dancing With The Stars page on Facebook, or the ABC Dancing With The Stars page.

Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas
Rumba: 10/10/10 = 30
Afro-Jazz = 10/9/10 = 29
Voting # 1-800-868-3408

Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff
Argentine Tango: 10/10/10 = 30
Lindy Hop: 10/9/10 = 29
Voting # 1-800-868-3412

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough
Argentine Tango: 10/10/10 = 30
Flamenco: 9/10/9 = 28
Voting # 1-800-868-3401

Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy
Quickstep: 8/8/9 = 25
Hip-Hop: 10/10/10 = 30
Voting # 1-800-868-3406

Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson
Samba: 8/8/8 = 24 
Charleston: 9/9/9 = 27

“Dancing With the Stars: The Results airs Tuesday night, May 14, at 9 p.m. ET/PT, 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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