SAN DIEGO, April 20, 2015 – The dances were light hearted and the scores were a bit light too during Spring Break Week on “Dancing With The Stars.” Although we were led to believe all week there would be no elimation tonight, it turned out to be wrong. One couple did end their fun in the sun. If you want to find out who, scroll to the end of this column.
After the smashing success of “Disney Week” and the overall high quality of the performances so far this season, it was inevitable the competitors would stumble eventually, and this seemed to be the week for it. Better to get it out of their systems now because we get too close to the finales.
The songs included classics by the Beach Boys and Martha and the Vandellas to club favorites by Destiny’s Child and Calvin Harris, and the music was part of the problem for several couples who struggled to match the theme to the soundtrack.
The only couple who held steady and who ended up at the top of the leaderboard for their effort was Riker Lynch and Allison Holker. They danced a Samba with energy, attack, and style. Riker oozes confidence and he enjoys himself so much the audience can’t help but enjoy it too. They scored 37 points.
Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough danced a Tango that while technically impressive seemed to lack any kind of emotion or chemistry. Nastia and Derek’s hectic schedule may be catching up with them, or perhaps it was dancing at too fast a tempo to a club hit. They scored 34 points. Also scoring 34 points were Willow Shields and Mark Ballas, who danced a “Whiplash” theme Salsa (yes, you read it right) to the old hit “Tequila.” Willow gave it her all but she’s not quite as comfortable with the sexy Latin rhythms.
Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskiy had the raunchy factor in their Jazz routine to the song “Bootylicious.” They could have loaned some to Willow and Mark. The judges were underwhelmed and judge Len Goodman didn’t like it at all. But the song title and theme they were given, what did anyone expect? They are not in any danger though, they can take their 32 points and move on.
Chris Soules and Witney Carson made the most improvement from week to week with a lovely Viennese Waltz to “Hopelessly Devoted to You” from the musical “Grease.” No one thinks for a minute this pair will make even the semi-finals, but at least Chris will enjoy dancing at his wedding. They scored 31 points.
Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev drew the Quickstep, which made everyone a little nervous for Miss Patti. But she did dance some proper Quickstep in the second half and did extremely well. She is a fan favorite and everyone loves her presence and the way she lights up the stage. Her score was 29 points.
Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess struggled a little with the Rumba, in part because Noah was put off by the preview showing he and Sharna having a bit of drama. But he’s still making the most of what he can do and Sharna is choreographing the dances in a smart way for him. It was another score of 29 points.
Does someone want Robert Herjavec to go home? Last week he struggled with the Quickstep. This week he drew the Jive. Thankfully he got through all the choreography just fine, but his timing wasn’t the best and his energy flagged a bit. Robert and partner Kym Johnson were last for the second week running with 28 points.
After the individual dances, the first team dances of Season 20 took the stage. The scores were added to the individual performance scores. It made no difference. Both teams scored 39 points. Team Trouble performed a “Breakfast Club” type classroom theme to “Trouble” by Iggy Azalea featuring Jennifer Hudson. Members were Rumer Willis and Val Chmerkovskity, Riker Lynch and Allison Holker, Patti LaBelle and Artem Chigvintsev, and Chris Soules and Witney Carson. The solos were better than many of the individual performances.
Team YOLO performed to “Wipeout” by the Surfaris. Team members were Nastia Liukin and Derek Hough, Willow Shields and Mark Ballas, Robert Herjavec and Kym Johnson, and Noah Galloway and Sharna Burgess. No surprises, it was a standard beach party theme with shorts and beach balls. It was fun but the solos didn’t seem to have as much content. But this is show filler, not meant to make a huge difference on the leaderboard.
Two couples from each team were told they were in jeopardy: Riker and Allison and Patti and Artem from Team Trouble, and Robert and Kym and Noah and Sharna from Team YOLO. Although Robert and Kym had the lowest scores, their fans saved them and sent Patti LaBelle home instead. Classy to the end, she said she had a ball on the show and thanked everyone including her pro partner Artem Chigvintsev.
Is the double elimination still on for next week? No one is sure, but no one should rest easy no matter what. Next week it’s “Eras Week,” which means the couples will each get a different decade and dance to music from that era. Get it? Find out who drew the Charleston on “Dancing With the Stars” Monday, April 27. 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
Week 6 Results
Riker and Allison: 10-8-9-10 = 37 points
Nastia and Derek: 9-8-8-9 = 34 points
Willow and Mark: 9-8-8-9 = 34 points
Rumer and Val: 8-8-7-9 = 32 points
Chris and Witney: 8-7-8-8 = 31 points
Patti and Artem: 8-7-7-7 = 29 points
Noah and Sharna: 7-7-7-8 = 29 points
Robert and Kym: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples via phone on Monday nights 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 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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