Memories, tears, and a perfect score on ‘Dancing With The Stars’

The stars bring out their emotions on the dance floor. Call it “Crying With The Stars,” especially if you were the couple going home.

Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough received the first perfect ten of Season 21. Photo: ABC
Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough received the first perfect ten of Season 21. Photo: ABC

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 5, 2015 – Getting to the “Most Memorable Year” week on “Dancing With The Stars” is a major milestone for the competitors. Some use the emotion from their stories to achieve major breakthroughs with their performances, breathing life into the technical skills and physical strengths that turns them into real dancers.

After his routine, Andy Grammer said, “What is this, ‘Crying With the Stars’?” If it gives us terrific dancing and we have enough tissues, we’re good with it.

If you want to find out who was crying because he or she was leaving the show, scroll to the end of the recap.

Bindi Irwin concluded her emotional Contemporary routine in partner Derek Hough's arms. Photo: ABC
Bindi Irwin concluded her emotional Contemporary routine in partner Derek Hough’s arms. Photo: ABC

When even the camera operators are weepy, you know emotions are running high. Throughout the show, previews showed Bindi Irwin as a little girl with her late father, Steve “Crocodile Hunter” Irwin, and in rehearsal dealing with the overwhelming emotions of her memories of him. You knew it was going to be one of those moments on the show everyone would be talking about it, and it was the very last routine of the night.

Bindi’s Contemporary routine with Derek Hough surpassed expectations. It was a perfect routine for television because it was the smallest gestures and expressions that made it special. It won the first perfect 10 of the season from judge Bruno Tonioli and two nines for a total of 28 points, top score of the night.

There were plenty of tears, but there were some upbeat routines too.

Backstreet's back! Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess channeled a concert. Photo: ABC
Backstreet’s back! Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess channeled a concert. Photo: ABC

Coming off his best week and the highest score given by the judges so far, Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess thrilled all his longtime Backstreet Boys fans with a concert re-creation in the ballroom, dancing a fun-filled Jazz routine to “Everybody (Backstreet’s Back).” It scored 27 points.

Several other stars had routines just shy of those elusive perfect 10s. Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy danced “a proper Rumba” said judge Bruno Tonioli, flowing and emotional. It also received 27 points.

It’s tough for a 15-year-old to dance a “Memorable Year” routine with so few years to draw on. Hayes Riley returned to good form this week and then some with a delightful and surprisingly sharp Contemporary routine. The judges rewarded him with his first set of all nines for another 27.

Alek Skarlatos got through his challenging week dancing the Paso Doble. His form was good and his knee walks showed his strength. It needed more snap to be a great routine, but considering his distractions it was an admirable performance. He received 24 points.

Andy Grammer and Allison Holker danced their Cha Cha Cha to Andy’s first hit single. He’s showing good energy but he still needs to work on many of the finishing skills. Chat room co-host Leslie McClurg noted that judge Carrie Ann Inaba has been especially hard on Andy. He received 23 points, and sure enough the seven came from Carrie Ann.

But it looked far better than Paula Deen’s Cha Cha Cha with Louie Van Amstel. She’s got the sass and attitude, but she loses track of the choreography in the routines and things fall apart. The judges urged her to bring more attitude. She received a score of 18 points.

Gary Busey seemed to channel another character from last week’s Addams Family routine. This time, it was Lurch playing Buddy Holly in a Jazz routine with a lot of sour notes. Partner Anna Trebunskaya pointed out in the preview video that Gary is dealing with a traumatic brain injury and he’s in his 70s. The scores matter not a bit to him, it’s all about the experience. It is a positive life example and a win for him, but it didn’t translate to the scores, 16 points.

After the incredible high of the performance, it was time to come back to the present, and send someone home. The couples named in jeopardy were Carlos and Witney, and Gary and Anna, with Gary Busey going home. In his sunny way, he said “In 45 years of show business, I never expected this. It’s been a beautiful experience.” Gary said his spirit would remain in the ballroom with the rest of the competitors.

Paula Deen and Louie Van Amstel lived to dance another week. Photo: ABC
Paula Deen and Louie Van Amstel lived to dance another week. Photo: ABC

Next week the couples will dance with new partners for one week in the “Switch Up.” One pairing was announced on the show: Tamar Braxton will dance with Louie Van Amstel. Louie should enjoy the skills of his new partner, coming up her best week ever.

Week 4 Results

Bindi Irwin and Derek Hough: Contemporary – 9-9-10 = 28 points

Tamar Braxton and Val Chmerkovskiy: Rumba – 9-9-9 = 27 points

Hayes Riley and Emma Slater: Contemporary – 9-9-9 = 27 points

Nick Carter and Sharna Burgess: Jazz – 9-9-9 = 27 points

Carlos PenaVega and Witney Carson: Waltz – 9-8-8 = 25 points

Andy Grammer and Allison Holker Cha Cha Cha – 7-8-8 = 24 points

Alek Skarlatos and Lindsay Arnold: Paso Doble – 8-8-8 = 24 points

Alexa PenaVega and Mark Ballas: Foxtrot – 7-7-7 = 21 points

Paula Deen and Louis Van Amstel: Cha Cha Cha – 6-6-6 = 18 points

Gary Busey and Anna Trebunskaya: Jazz – 5-6-5 = 16 points ELIMINATED

Voting information: Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite couples 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 and on Facebook at 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 Wednesday.

Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is president/owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego. 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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