SAN DIEGO, November 7, 2016 – Who cares about a presidential election when we’ve got glorious ballroom dancing entertainment featuring some of Broadway’s best shows?
Even if you prefer politics to dancing, you can use your votes on “Dancing With The Stars” as a warm-up for casting your ballot on Tuesday.
Who came up short on tonight’s ballot and went home? Scroll down to the end of our recap if you’d like to find out.
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough drew the Samba to a standard from “Jersey Boys.” The Samba can be a tricky rhythm. Derek choreographed the routine to highlight Marilu’s best asset, her beautiful sharp legs. For the first time all season, Marilu looked like she was having a wonderful time and it showed in the scores, all nines for 36 points.
Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold performed a graceful lovely Waltz to the classic Broadway ballad “Memories” from “Cats.” Despite the height difference, this unlikely pair has turned out to be a beautiful match. Lindsay has encouraged Calvin to bring out the emotion in the performances. The judges gave Calvin and Lindsay 37 points, with one 10 from Julianne Hough.
James Hinchcliffe performed with Jenna Johnson with Sharna Burgess still injured. Rocking the bright green suit, James and Jenna danced an up tempo Jazz number from “The Wiz” to “Brand New Day.” The number was as electric as the green suit, with just one tiny but visible mistake. James has turned out to be a versatile, talented dancer and and equally good performer. The routine wowed the judges even with the mistake. Kiss the perfect score goodbye, but all nines for 36 points is a solid score given the circumstances.
Sasha Farber expressed concerns about choreographing a Charleston routine for Terra Jole given the natural problems created by dancing when you are just over four feet tall. Between Sasha’s skill and Terra’s confidence as a performer, it didn’t matter. The routine to “If They Could See Me Now” from “Sweet Charity” lived up to the show’s “Showstoppers” theme. The judges raved, with Julianne Hough saying, “Limitations are real, but that spotlight isnt big enough for you.” It received the first two perfect 10s of the night, and 38 points total.
Following a break for a performance by DWTS pro Mark Ballas and his “Jersey Boys” castmates (hey, there are two hours to fill), the final two couples performed their individual routines.
Also on the injured list this week is Gleb Savchenko with knee problems. Alan Bersten worked with Jana in rehearsal, but Gleb was able to compete Monday. They drew a Waltz to a Sara Bareilles ballad from “Waitress,” and the connection between them helped tell the story with a seamless partnership. The judges rewarded them with a perfect score of 40 points.
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy are coming off a perfect score last week. Could they do it again with their Argentine tango from the musical “Chicago”? Of course they could. The Argentine tango puts Laurie’s strength and flexibility on display, and confidence is sexy as guest judge Idina Manzel pointed out. Even the hat toss over the camera and the wink were perfect. 40 points from the pleased judges.
With the scores so close, the extra judges points available in the Team-Up Challenge would make a real difference. Two couples worked together for the same score, with the two starts dancing at least a portion of the routine together without the pros.
“Team Last Man Standing,” James Hinchcliffe and Calvin Johnson were paired together for a Paso Doble routine with a Wild West flavor. Sharna Burgess and Lindsay Arnold said they wanted to make it a big production for the last two men in the competition. They succeeded with a strong and entertaining routine with plenty of masculine energy. The routine scored 37 points.
Could the women teams outdance their male competitors?
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough teamed up with Terra Jole and Sasha Farber as “Team Cubs,” channelling the come from behind theme. Marilu and Terra were a smart match. Their Jazz routine was packed with style and sass. One of the most clever moments in a long time from DWTS put Terra at the top and Marilu’s legs strutting in a 10 foot tall skirt. It was apparently Marilu’s idea. The judges gave the routine a score of 36 points.
Ending the show was “Team Sisters,” Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy with Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko in a Contemporary routine. Laurie and Jana have developed a friendship on the show, and their routine to a Sia song hit the mark. It was emotional and dynamic. The judges rewarded the sisters (and their male “Russian Sisters”) with a perfect score, leaving these two teams tied at the top of the leaderboard.
This is a tough week to leave the show, just missing the semifinals. Everyone commented the dancing was so good, they nearly forgot someone would be eliminated at the end. The scores were close enough to allow the fan votes to decide. The couples in jeopardy at the end of the show were Marilu and Derek, and Jana and Gleb, with Marilu and Derek going out on their strongest performance all season.
Week 9 Results:
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: Waltz, 10-10-10-10 = 40 points plus 40 team points
80 points total
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: Argentine tango, 10-10-10-10 = 40 points plus 40 team points
80 points total
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: 10-10-9-9 = 38 points plus 36 team points
74 points total
Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Carson: Waltz, 9-10-9-9 = 37 points plus 37 team points
74 points total
James Hinchcliffe and Jenna Johnson (for Sharna Burgess): 9-9-9-9 = 36 points plus 37 team points
73 points total
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: Samba, 9-9-9-9 = 36 points plus 36 team points
72 points total ELIMINATED
Voting information: For week nine, viewers may cast their votes via phone on Monday night during the show and up to one hour after the end of the DWTS broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook at https://apps.facebook.com/votedwts/ is open for 24 hours, beginning from the start of each episode on the East Coast at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT and closing at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on Tuesday evenings.
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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