SAN DIEGO, April 21, 2014 – The “Dancing With The Stars” ballroom looked more like a hot Vegas club for “Party Anthem Week.” The production crew brought out the lights, day glo, neon, and two fire breathing robots. What more could you want?
Most fans want great dancing and they got it during a fun show. But for one couple, the party was spoiled by going home at the end of the night. If you want to learn who it was, scroll to the end of the column.
Guest judge Redfoo of the group LMFAO didn’t add a lot other than woo hoos and eye candy, but his scores didn’t skew the results, so no harm done.
With eight couples left and everyone at least competent with moments of inspiration, fan votes did make the difference right from the start as host Tom Bergeron proclaimed NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovoloni safe before anyone even performed. Their Cha Cha to Nelly’s “Hot in Herre” was entertaining, but it’s time for NeNe to improve her technique to match her performing skills. They received 33 points.
Meryl White proved her Argentine Tango with Val Chmerkovskiy during Switch Up week was no fluke. She improved on her score with brother Maks as they danced a traditional Tango to the Calvin Harris hit “Feel So Close,” and were rewarded with the second perfect score of 40 this season.
But for one small stumble, Amy Purdy and Derek Hough would also have received perfect scores for their Jive to “Shout” by the Isley Brothers. But the score didn’t matter as Purdy dazzled and amazed yet again with a jaw dropping Jive, one of the best ever on the show. Many stars struggle with stamina and the required crisp kicks and flicks. Not Amy, aided by fun choreography by Emmy winner Derek Hough. It followed last week’s “Cinderella” routine in a clever way. They received 38 points.
Coming in third this week were Charlie White and Sharna Burgess for a lively Cha Cha to the 90s hit “Everybody Dance Now.” The staging added a lot of fun. They scored 36 points.
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd had a big task living up to their glorious Contemporary routine last week to “Let It Go” from “Frozen.” They drew a tough assignment with the Quickstep to “You’re The One That I Want” from Grease, and it was perfectly OK if not perfect for 35 points.
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy did a snappy Cha Cha to Whitney Houston with nice speed, but it didn’t have a real wow factor. It scored 36 points. In comparison, the Cha Cha peformed by Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas was obviously slower and stiffer. The judges told Candace she needs to let go and stop overthinking and they are absolutely right. They received 32 points.
Tying Candace and Mark at the bottom were Drew Carey and Cheryl Burke. They played their Tango for laughs with an over the top pimped out attitude to the Rick James nugget “Super Freak.” The red suit and zebra labels were glorious fun, but the skills didn’t quite measure up to the attitude.
So it was no surprise to see Candace and Drew in jeopardy under the red lights at the end of the show, but the third couple there was a surprise: Danica and Val. The producers didn’t leave us in suspense and called them out safe right away.
It was a fair result with no complaining. Drew said in parting that he was surpised he had made it as far as he did, that he had always wanted to be on the show and dance with Cheryl Burke. Now he can go back to his “The Price Is Right” soundstage next door at CBS Television City and cross another one off the bucket list.
The stars will dance two routines next week during “Latin Week.” Don’t be surprised if we see our first team dances of Season 18.
The Week 7 Leaderboard:
Meryl Davis and Maks Chmerkovskiy: Tango (Calvin Harris, “Feel So Close”) 40 points
Amy Purdy and Derek Hough: Jive (Isley Brothers, “Shout”) 38 points
Charlie White and Sharna Burgess: Cha Cha (“Everybody Dance Now,” C&C Music Factory) 36 points
Danica McKellar and Val Chmerkovskiy: Cha Cha (Whitney Houston, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody”) 36 points
James Maslow and Peta Murgatroyd: Quickstep (Grease, “You’re The One That I Want”) 35 points
NeNe Leakes and Tony Dovoloni: Salsa (Nelly, “Hot In Herre”) 33 points
Candace Cameron Bure and Mark Ballas: Cha Cha (Icona Pop, “I Love It”) 32 points
“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Latin Week with guest judge Ricky Martin on Monday, April 28, 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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