SAN DIEGO, October 6, 2014 – Stars put their cherished memories on the dance floor Monday as a longtime favorite theme week returned to “Dancing With The Stars.” The ten remaining couples performed routines depicting a milestone or turning point tied to the path their lives have take.
These performances are filled with even more pressure to perform well, because the stars are dancing for someone important to them. Sometimes they succeed, and sometimes the goals are too high to reach.
The big successes on the show came from opposite ends of the emotional spectrum. Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev paid tribute to Lea’s late father in a lyrical Contemporary routine, and they were rewarded with 39 points. But it was two more light hearted routines that brought the house down and the scores up.
But we all finally got to see “The Carlton” in a stylish Jazz routine worthy of a Broadway production by Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson to “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones. It was everything the fans hoped, and they got their perfect score of 40 for it. See it here and enjoy yourself.
At the bottom of the pack was Jonathan Bennett’s stiff Samba with partner Emma Slater, for 24 points, and Michael Waltrip’s Quickstep, which started off promising but fizzled near the end, for 26 points.
The two Rumbas of the night were quite successful. It is a difficult dance that looks simple. Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy sit in fourth with 36 points, and Bethany Mota and Derek Hough in fifth with 33 points.
Betsey Johnson did an admirable job with her Jive considering she is 72 years old, for 29 points. Antonio Sabato danced a Samba that looked more like a music video, also for 29 points. Tommy Chong got through his Jive, and scored 28 points.
Having the viewers vote as the fourth judge via an online system worked surprisingly well, and the fans mostly agreed with the judges. For Lea and Artem, they scored one point less. For Antonio and Cheryl and Michael and Emma, they scored one point higher. It will not cause any serious change next week’s elimination. The fourth score below on our leaderboard list is the fan judge score.
The three performers at the bottom of the leaderboard were Michael Waltrip, Antonio Sabato, and Betsey Johnson. It was Michael, Betsey, and Tommy Chong in jeopardy.
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd were saved thanks to fan votes and their delicious Argentine Tango. With Betsey and Michael left, it seemed Michael would leave as the couple in last has gone home each week. But the NASCAR fans came through, and it was Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni going home. Betsey expressed her appreciation to everyone and was sunny and gracious as she departed. She has a lot of new fans thanks to “Dancing With The Stars.”
Week 4 Leaderboard
Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson: Jazz
Scores: 10-10-10-10 = 40 points
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Contemporary
Scores: 10-10-10-9 = 39 points
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Samba
Scores: 9-10-9-9 = 37 points
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Rumba
Scores: 9-9-9-9 = 36 points
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Rumba
Song: 8-8-8-9 = 33 points
Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovoloni: Jive
Scores: 8-7-7-7 = 29 points
Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: Samba
Scores: 7-7-7-8 = 29 points
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Jive
Scores: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: Quickstep
Scores: 6-6-6-7 = 25 points
Jonathan Bennett and Allison Holker: Samba
Scores: 6-6-6-6 = 24 points
Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 15 hours, beginning from the start of the episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT the next day.
Next week, it’s the Switch-Up. All of the stars will change pro partners in Week 5. Who do you want to see matched up? Tell us in the Comments section.
“Dancing With the Stars: The Switch-Up” airs Monday night, Occtober 13, 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 Communities Digital News. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego. Gayle can be reached via Google +
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