SAN DIEGO, April 14, 2014 – Following Sunday night’s “Game of Thrones” shocker (if you haven’t read the novels), Monday night’s Disney Week departure from the “Dancing With The Stars” ballroom was just as shocking.
It proved that fan votes which count for half the score make a huge difference in the results. So if you don’t like what happened Monday, you need to vote.
Spoilers ahead, stop reading if you don’t want to know yet. The rest of you, carry on.
The bottom three on the leaderboard after Weeks 3 and 4 were added together were Drew Carey, NeNe Leakes, and Candace Cameron Bure. But Drew Carey wasn’t in jeopardy. Cody Simpson and Witney Carson joined NeNe and Candace in jeopardy. When they were called out, the surprise showed on their faces.
If you’d like to know right away who went home, scroll down to the end of the column.
With the current format, we saw all nine stars dance to songs from popular Disney movies, including “The Lion King,” “Frozen,” “Aladdin,” “Mary Poppins,” “The Jungle Book,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Cinderella.”
Sweetening the sugary show was guest judge and former Mirror Ball Trophy champion Donny Osmond. He admitted up front he would judge mainly on performance, not technical ability. Good move, Donny.
It was a fairy tale come true for James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd. They drew one of the most popular Disney hits in ages for their Contemporary routine, and they lived up to the magic of “Let It Go” from “Frozen,” aided by spectacular animation. Judge Len Goodman said the routine would even melt his frozen heart. It received four percent scores for 40 points, the first perfect routine of the season.
The judges gushed over Charlie White and Sharna Burgess’ Jazz routine to “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious” from “Mary Poppins,” drawing the first “Ten From Len” for the season, and nines from everyone else for 37 points. They also loved a bright, energetic Quickstep to “Be Our Guest” by Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy, with three more tens and a nine from Len Goodman this time for 39 points.
Amy Purdy made a beautiful Cinderella, working hard to simulate some of her Waltz moves without the knee action and spins. She and Derek Hough impressed all the judges, winning a ten from Donny Osmond and three nines, for a well deserved 37 points.
Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy danced a goofy Samba to “I Wanna Be Like You” from “The Jungle Book,” with Maks eye candy front and center. It earned 36 points, which was an inflated score for the content. It wasn’t the only inflated score. NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovoloni performed a Foxtrot to “Cruella De Vil” and while it oozed attitude, it didn’t ooze Foxtrot. But it also received 36 points.
Candace Camerron Bure did better this week back with her partner Mark Ballas. Her Samba looked pretty good from the hips down, but her upper body was not so hot. But she did make an adorable Little Mermaid and pulled off a score of 35 points.
Less successful was Cody Simpson and Witney Carson’s Samba, which had lots of attitude but not enough bounce and true Samba hip action. It received 34 points. It was fortunate for Drew Carey his score didn’t count toward Monday’s elimination. He danced a so-so Quickstep to “Friends Like Me” from Aladdin with Cheryl Burke for 28 points.
But when the clock struck midnight in the ballroom after the dancing was over, it was not NeNe or Candace whose carriage turned into a pumpkin. To everyone’s surprise, it was Cody Simpson and Witney Carson eliminated from the show. Cody and Witney have improved every week and they seemed certain to return. It proved that fan votes are important to keep deserving competitors on the show. Lesson learned for viewers this week.
Next week the couples will dance to favorite party anthems. The guest judge is lead singer Redfoo from the band LMFAO, known for the ultimate song in this category, “Party Rock Anthem.” Can we have some Prince, AC/DC, B-52s, Nelly and The Commodores, please?
“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Party Anthem Week on Monday night, April 21, 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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