SAN DIEGO, May 7, 2013 – It’s getting tougher for producers to give fans much drama on the results shows of “Dancing With The Stars.” Not including Dorothy Hamill’s withdrawal due to injury, the lowest scoring couple has left the show without fail. This week, that should mean Sean Lowe is out. But votes are starting to play a bigger role with fewer couples leaving.
Still, did anyone really believe Kellie Picker and Derek Hough would go home? Being placed “in jeopardy” can only have been a punishment for Hough pushing choreography in his Trio Paso Doble on Monday night, setting off a tirade from judge Len Goodman.
But it was a little more believable when Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff ended up in the bottom group, although Jacoby had been sitting in fourth place out of the six couples. He’s been here before. Low scorers Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd joined the group at risk.
Results of the fan vote on Twitter to choose dances for each couple were announced. Kellie and Derek will dance the Flamenco; Zendaya and Val Hip-Hop; Ingo and Kym, the Charleston; Aly and Mark got their wish and will dance Afro-Jazz; Jacoby and Karina will dance the Lindy Hop; Sean and Peta snagged Disco.
DWTS then needs to kill time like on any reality TV competition results show, and to its credit fans are treated to top rate stars and innovative dance performances. Tuesday night featured songs from Emeli Sandé and Jason Derulo. Zendaya Coleman danced her third encore, her Trio salsa with Val Chmerkovskiy and Gleb Savchenko.
And while precocious kids can sometimes be annoying, who doesn’t love Ingo Rademacher’s son “Peanut,” who has become the pet of all the performers, a DWTS mascot and a fan favorite. He got his own video feaure this week. We want Ingo to stay on the show just so Peanut can stick around.
The highlight was an eye-popping “Macy’s Stars of Dance” performance by Derek Hough with Jaimie Goodwin. It was performed in a seven-ton, rotating room. Spinning 360 degrees, Hough and Goodwin made it appear they were defying gravity as they were performing the dance, moving up and down in ways that didn’t appear possible. It’s the most complex dance ever performed on the show, perhaps ever on TV. Take that, Len Goodman! If you didn’t see it, we’ve provided you a video below. If you did, treat yourself and enjoy it again.
After Kellie and Derek were called safe (no kidding), producers got down to business.
Jacoby’s mom will be back in the audience to keep her on Len Goodman one more week, as he will return and Sean Lowe goes home to plan his big wedding. “I truly am blessed to hae taken part in this with all these stars. I’m still just a regular guy from Dallas,” said Lowe.
Alas, no Disco dance next week. Please reassign it to Jacoby and Karina. We want to see Jacoby in his Afro wig as promised.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns with Week 9 of Season 16, the semi-finals, on Monday night, May 11, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time, on the ABC Television Network.
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