SAN DIEGO, September 26, 2016 – No thanks to the timing of the presidential debate, “Dancing With The Stars” cut its competition time down to a hurried up hour, leaving little time to process the performances for the judges and the fans.
We will hear more about Monday’s performances on the Tuesday night elimination show, but by then it won’t matter to whoever is going home.
Two couples both danced the same dance style to different songs. The couples performed back to back and then stood side by side to receive their judges’ scores together, without any feedback. The couple with the highest score was immediately safe from elimination, leaving the other in jeopardy.
So it’s time to “Get Out The Vote” for one of the six couples currently in danger. Don’t waste a vote. We’re giving you the phone numbers ONLY for couples needing your help.
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko won their Jive competition over Babyface Edmonds and Allison Holker. They were both extremely close, with 26 points for Jana and Gleb and 25 points for Babyface and Allison. Babyface was slightly stiffer, and he lost his one point from judge Len Goodman.
Rick Perry and Emma Slater dueled in a Paso Doble against Vanilla Ice and Witney Carson. Rick is improving and enthusiastic, but no match for Ice and Witney. Someone does need to explain why Ice was wearing a backward glittery ballcap during the routine. But they tied with 23 points. The tiebreaker is Len Goodman, and he gave it to Ice and WItney, so Rick and Emma are in jeopardy.
There was no question at all about the Cha Cha Cha faceoff. James Hinchcliffe and Sharna Burgess receied 29 points for a stylish routine, against Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke who scored 25 points. Len Goodman called it Lochte’s best dance, but it lacked snap and the party flavor of the dance.
The two highest scores of the night went to the competitors dancing the Viennese Waltz. Terra Jole looked like a dreamy princess dancing with Sasha Farber and received a graceful 30 points. Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold scored the highest point total so far in the competition, all eights for 32 points. Don’t ever count out an NFL player. This is where the faceoff set-up makes little sense, as Terra and Sasha end up at risk of leaving despite outscoring all but two couples on the show Monday.
Amber Rose and Maks Chmerkovskiy drew the perfect song for their Salsa faceoff, “Booty” by Jennifer Lopez. But Amber and Maks were surprisingly low energy, although Maks incorporated a quick selfie with a phone from his jeans pocket into the choreography. The far better Salsa was the sophisticated traditional approach from Maureen McCormick and Artem Chigvintsev, who were shocked to outscore their competitors, 28 points to 25 points.
It didn’t seem fair to put 16 year old Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy up against 62 year old Marilu Henner and Derek Hough in a Tango faceoff. Laurie and Val performed with speed and attack, while Marilu and Derek took a more worldly wise, emotional approach. Laurie and Val won the faceoff but it was close, 31 points to 28 points. If you loved Tommy Chong’s tango with Peta Murgatroyd several seasons ago, you might have preferred Marilu and Derek too.
So there are six couples who need your votes, listed below. There will be a full two-hour elimination show on Tuesday and a lot of catching up to do.
Safe Couples Who Cannot Be Eliminated:
Calvin Johnson and Lindsay Arnold: Viennese Waltz, 8-8-8-8 = 32 points
Laurie Hernandez and Val Chmerkovskiy: Tango, 7-8-8-8 = 31 points
James Hinchclifee and Sharna Burgess: Cha Cha, 7-7-8-7 = 29 points
Maureen McCormack and Artem Chigvintsev: 7-7-7-7 = 28 points
Jana Kramer and Gleb Savchenko: Jive, 6-7-6-7 = 26 points
Vanilla Ice and Witney Carson: Paso Doble, 6-6-5-6 = 23 points
Voting Information (Six couples in danger, in order of their scores)
Terra Jole and Sasha Farber: Viennese Waltz: 8-7-8-7 = 30 points
Marilu Henner and Derek Hough: Tango, 7-7-7-7 = 28 points
Babyface Edmonds and Allison Holker: Jive, 7-6-6-6 = 25 points
Amber Rose and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Salsa, 7-6-6-6 = 25 points
Ryan Lochte and Cheryl Burke: Cha Cha Cha, 6-7-6-6 = 25 points points
Rick Perry and Emma Slater: Paso Doble, 6-5-6-6 = 23 points
Voting information: This week, viewers may cast their votes for only the six couples in jeopardy 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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