SAN DIEGO, May 4, 2014 – Guest judges add very little value to “Dancing With The Stars.” It’s best to take a “do no harm” attitude, and as long as they don’t greatly change the outcome, we can all relax and move on.
This may change with the arrival on Monday of guest judge Abby Lee Miller from the Lifetime reality series “Dance Moms.” Don’t know Abby? Here’s one picture, and all of its one thousand words ARE SCREAMING:
In a February 2012 ABC interview, both Derek Hough and Mark Ballas called Miller abusive. This seems true. Nevertheless, professionals and their star partners simply need to tune Abby out. They can’t let her get into their heads. Chances are that the pros were taught by an Abby-type at one point in their careers. The remaining competitors have likely endured their own Abby as an acting or atheltic coach.
Bruno Tonioli and Len Goodman, we are counting on you to charm Abby and keep her in line.
The remaining six couples tackle a new dance style this week. Charlie White and Sharna Burgess should have a great week dancing the Quickstep, which plays to Charlie’s strengths. Amy Purdy and Derek Hough drew the Argentine Tango. Amy’s back injury will come into play. If she were 100 percent healthy, it would be a spectacular routine. Candace Cameron Bure will dance the Foxtrot with Mark Ballas. They are coming off a strong week and in hold she dances well. James Maslow needs to tap into his softer side for the Viennese Waltz with Peta Murgatroyd. Candace and James are the likely candidates to go home this week. Fan votes start to make all the difference at this stage.
As host Tom Bergeron mentioned during last week’s show, the stars will be paired up in “Duos” for the second dance of the night. With only two men left among the six, two of the ladies will do a routine together. According to the fan website Pure DWTS, the couples drew names out of a mirror ball to pick their partners. Here’s how the pairings look:
James Maslow and Amy Purdy: Jive
Charlie White and Candace Cameron Bure: Contemporary
Meryl Davis and Danica McKellar: Samba
The stars’ pro partners will dance with them as a group, and then the stars will dance a small segment of the routine together.
Meryl and Danica dance well on their own, without a pro partner and without being in hold. Contemporary was one of Candace’s stronger dance performance, and the same for Amy with the Jive. James and Charlie are somewhat interchangeable here. Charlie seems the better partner for Amy Purdy, but she will be fine either way with Derek Hough passing on tips for working with her.
No Live Chat this week, but we will have a timely recap and your comments are welcome. Enjoy the show – with earplugs or not.
Week 9 Lineup
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Viennese Waltz (“6-2″ by Marie Miller)
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy:Tango (“Everybody Wants to Rule the World” by Tears for Fears)
Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Rumba
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Foxtrot
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Argentine Tango
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: Quickstep
“Dancing With the Stars” returns on Monday, May 5, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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