SAN DIEGO, March 31, 2014 – Stars and their professional partners feel a bit of extra pressure to perform well on “Dancing With The Stars during the “Most Memorable Year” theme. These performances are emotional for the competitors, and often for the audience.
It was no different tonight. Each star performed up to his or her best, with results that should have made any viewer happy.
The judges gave out their first perfect scores of ten this season, except for Len Goodman. Carrie Ann Inaba, Bruno Tonioli, and guest judge Robin Roberts from “Good Morning America” rewarded Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy’s sparkling and technically difficult Foxtrot, performed to “All of Me” by John Legend.
No one else hit a perfect mark, but several other routines scored nines to tie at 36 points, including Charlie White and Sharna Burgess who danced a light-as-air Jive to “Happy” by Pharrell Wiliams that covered more real estate in the ballroom than anyone ever has. James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd also scored 36 for their Jive to Jimmy Eat World’s “In The Middle.”
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough scored 36 points, but their Contemporary routine wasn’t just a dance, it was a declaration of what the human spirit is capable of achieving when tested by tough times. Purdy used specialized prosthetic feet that were pointed like ballet pointe shoes for the routine and showed off her Olympian’s balance and athletic talent.
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy also scored 36 points for a graceful, soft Contemporary dance set to Billy Joel’s “Lullaby.” She was invested in the meaning of the dance and it always shows in the performance.
Although there are stars who didn’t score as well, all had good nights. Cody Simpson and Witney Carson danced a Jazz routine to Cody’s single “Surfboard” with energy and great attack for 35 points.
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas danced the Jive to “Blue Suede Shoes” with a few synchronization problems, for 32 points.
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovoloni had a little trouble keeping up the fluidity of their Rumba, but it was good enough for 31 points.
At the bottom this week were Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke, who performed a Waltz that was a little too stiff in the wrong spots for 30 points. The highlight was the cameo appearance by Drew’s son Connor, who said he wanted his Dad to teach him some of those moves. What a charmer!
Wondering why we haven’t mentioned Billy Dee Williams? Sadly, Williams and partner Emma Slater didn’t dance their planned Waltz. Williams had to withdraw from the competition due to back problems, as ordered by his physician. Williams seemed genuinely sorry and thanked everyone for supporting him. Who knows how far Lando Calrissian might have gone with his fans behind him?
So there was no elimination. Now fans await the results of voting for “The Switch,” which has every couple switching partners next week. After Week 4, everyone will return to their original pairings. No word on exactly when fans will learn the results. We promise to post them as soon as we get word.
Meanwhile, one star and one pro who aren’t dancing with each other will be eliminated next week based on this week’s votes.
“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Week 4 on Monday night, April 7, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time on the ABC Television Network.
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NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovoloni: Rumba
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Jive
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: Contemporary
Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Foxtrot
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Jive
Cody Simpson and Witney Carson: Jive
Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke: Waltz
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Contemporary
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: Jive