SAN DIEGO, October 20, 2014 – Stars were spared going home last week after their switch-up routines. But they weren’t so lucky this week, and one more couple went home short of their ultimate goal.
If you’d like to know who left, scroll through to the end of the column.
Two new faces showed up in the ballroom, guest judge Pitbull and guest co-host Leah Remini, a competitor in Season 17. Erin Andrews is off working for Fox Sports at the World Series, her “day job.” Remini knows most of the pros and many of the stars, and she did a fun job pinch-hitting for Andrews.
The show billed itself as “Muy Caliente Monday,” not truly a “Latin Week.” It was more a “Pitbull Week,” with an opening performance by Pitbull and half the couples dancing to Pitbull songs. Seven of the nine remaining couples danced Latin ballroom styles.
All of the couples improved on the lackluster performances from the Switch-Up, none more than Michael Waltrip. He went from being dead last with a horrible score of 20 points to a surprisingly good Argentine Tango, scoring 30 points from the judges.
Sitting at the top of the leaderboard once again were Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson. Their stylish, hip-hop flavored Salsa was only one point shy of a perfect score at 39 points.
The only performers who scored anything close were Bethany Mota and Derek Hough for their Tango with 35 points, and a surprisingly pretty and sensual Rumba from Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas, with 33 points.
The rest of the performers seemed to struggle a little with their routines. The competition is getting tougher, the threat of going home is getting real, and they are feeling the heat. Tied for last this week were Antonio Sabato and Cheryl Burke, who danced a Salsa, and Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd, who performed a Foxtrot. Sabato improved but he is still too stiff with his hip action. Chong did quite a debonair Foxtrot, but messed up some side-by-side choreography which slightly hurt his score.
But Tommy and Peta aren’t going anywhere. They were the first couple told they were safe at the start of the show. Fans love Tommy and he’s going to stick around.
The couples in jeopardy were the two at the bottom of the leaderboard last week, Michael and Emma, and Jonathan and Allison. Surprisingly, Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkoskiy became the third couple joining them. It’s worth remembering the three couples in jeopardy are not necessarily the lowest three scoring couples. Often (so the theory goes) the producers put a couple in the bottom to remind fans they need to vote for their favorites to stay, and not assuming high scoring couples are safe.
But no worries, Janel and Val were called out as safe. It came down to the right two, and once again the NASCAR fans kept Michael Waltrip in the show. Jonathan Bennett said goodbye to the ballroom. He left after his best dance of the season, and he can be proud of his effort. After the show, he posted on Twitter: “Well ain’t that a bitch. @DancingABC so fun though.”
Fans weren’t too enthused about guest judge Jessie J. Pitbull was a major improvement this week. Asking when Len Goodman is coming back? Next week, and he’ll be a welcome sight.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday night, October 13 at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
Week 7 Leaderboard
Alfonso Ribiero and Witney Carson: Salsa
Scores: 10-10-9-10 = 39 points
Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Tango
Scores: 9-9-9-9 = 36 points
Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Rumba
Scores: 9-10-8-8 = 35 points
Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Samba
Scores: 8-7-9-9 = 33 points
Lea Thompson and Artem Chigvintsev: Salsa
Scores: 8-8-8-8 = 32 points
Michael Waltrip and Emma Slater: Argentine Tango
Scores: 8-7-8-7 = 30 points
Antonio Sabato Jr. and Cheryl Burke: Salsa
Scores: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points
Tommy Chong and Peta Murgatroyd: Foxtrot
Scores: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points
Viewers can vote via phone starting at the end of the “Dancing with the Stars” broadcast in each time zone. Online voting at www.ABC.com and on Facebook 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. These votes count toward the following week’s elimination.
“Dancing With the Stars” airs Monday night, October 27, 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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