SAN DIEGO, October 7, 2013 – Guest judge Julianne Hough looked odd sitting in the center judge’s chair on “Dancing With The Stars” in week 4 Monday. She didn’t rock the boat; she was “fine,” which is perhaps damning her with faint praise. Her performance was a lot like the dancing on the show.
Most of the couples did a perfectly fine job. The judges were in complete agreement, giving every couple the same scores. Out of the ten remaining in the competition, three scored 27 points (nines), four scored 24 points (eight), two scored 21 points (sevens) and there was a lone score of 18 points (sixes) at the bottom.
The most successful couples included Elizabeth Berkley and Val Chmerkovskiy, who danced an Argentine Tango with a lot of upfront distractions which Len Goodman would have hated, but played to Elizabeth’s strengths including some impressive footwork where it mattered at the end.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough danced a smashing Tango, allowing Amber to demonstrate how well her personality still shines in a more subtle performance. Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff smoldered in their Paso Doble. Bravo to them for performing a traditional dance with no “gimmicks” as Julianne Hough noted. Except for a few bits of bad form by Corbin, this dance may have gotten the first tens of the season.
The rest are holding steady, but need to start showing improvement week to week if they are going to make it to the last few weeks of the competition. These three are the couples to beat.
The pair at the bottom of the leaderboard were Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, and Valerie Harper and Tristan McManus. Valerie and Tristan’s waltz had some truly lovely moments. Valerie can dance if she is not too busy trying to remember everything she needs to do.
Bill and Emma are that couple who may not show perfect form, but are perfectly entertaining. Their samba was the life of the party, light hearted and nothing held back. Engvall is a very good partner, solid in his holds. As for rhythm and hip action, let’s get back to the fun shall we?
Bill and Emma were the last pair to perform on the show before the elimination. Host Tom Bergeron didn’t let them or the fans twist in the wind. He told them upon receiving their scores they were safe to return next week. Everyone in the ballroom was delighted.
It meant that the writing was on the wall for Valerie and Tristan, and they were eliminated this week. Valerie Harper accomplished everything she set out to do and more. She may be the competitor who accomplished more in just a few weeks of dancing than anyone else in 17 seasons of the show.
Upon her departure, Harper was gracious and lighthearted. “To the audience out there, it’s a really great thing to get up and dance!” she said. Indeed it is.
The scores for Week 4 including substitute judge Julianne Hough:
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy, Argentine tango: 27 points
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff, Paso Doble: 27 points
Amber Riley and Derek Hough, Tango: 27 points
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke, Quickstep: 24 points
Leah Remini and Tony Dovoloni, Cha Cha Cha: 24 points
Nicole Snooki Polizzi and Sasha Farber, Jive: 24 points
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas, Foxtrot: 24 points
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater, Samba: 21 points
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd, Salsa: 21 points
Valerie Harper and Tristan McManus, Viennese Waltz: 18 points
Fans can vote via phone for one hour only afer the end of the show in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook will be open for 24 hours beginning at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at the same time on Tuesday. A couple will go home at the end of each Monday show until the season finale on Monday, November 25.
Len Goodman will be back next week at the judges’ desk. Also back next week is one of everyone’s favorite theme weeks on DWTS: “The Best Year Of My Life.” Expect plenty of emotional moments.
“Dancing With the Stars: Week 5” airs Monday, October 14 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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