SAN DIEGO, April 7, 2014 – No one likes change. The stars, professionals, and fans of “Dancing With The Stars” aren’t any different.
Knowing this, it’s unclear why the producers thought everyone would love the idea of switching stars and their partners in Week 4 of the Season 18, as selected by fan votes. Judging by the angst all around, it’s a wonder anyone got through it.
But everyone did get through it, some better than others. Several routines were fun and one was truly exceptional.
This week’s scores are added to last week’s scores. The total plus this week’s fan votes determine who goes home next week. No one left the show Monday night.
At the top of the leaderboard is Meryl Davis, who danced this week with Val Chmerkovskiy. Their Argentine Tango was sizzling, sharp, and athletic. Meryl called Val more of a technician than brother Maks. The judges loved it, giving it 39 points with the one nine coming from Len Goodman, no surprise. Added to last week’s 39 points, their 78 left everyone else in the dust.
One pleasant surprise of the night was another Tango danced by James Maslow and Cheryl Burke. Cheryl is exceptionally good at choreographing tangos. James was criticized for sticking out his butt, but nevertheless scored 35, added to last week’s 71 for second place.
Amy Purdy danced a Salsa with Mark Ballas, and she continues to impress, amaze, and inspire. She shook everything she was supposed to shake and received 34 points, plus 36 points last week for 70 points and third place.
Also exceeding expectations was Cody Simpson, who danced a Foxtrot with fellow Aussie Sharna Burgess. Sharna is a better partner for Cody, a bit more of a taskmaster. When dancing side by side, Cody is confident and relaxed. His frame collapses a little in hold, but he’s learning. Their 31 points plus last week’s 35 points gave him 67 points.
Sitting in the middle of the pack is Charlie White, whose Rumba with Peta Murgatroyd was not so successful with judge Carrie Ann Inaba, who docked him points for illegal lifts. His relatively low 33 points plus last week’s 36 points gave him 69 points. Note to the DWTS hairstylists: Step away from the gel and mouse, and please do not make Charlie’s hair an oil slick ever again on the show.
Danica McKellar swapped with Meryl Davis, dancing an energetic Jive with Maks Chmerkovskiy. It was a little safe and received 32 points. Adding last week’s 36, that’s 68 points for Danica.
Sitting in the bottom third and needing fan votes to save them are NeNe Leakes, Drew Carey, and Candace Cameron Bure.
NeNe drew Derek Hough, the interesting pairing of the night. Hough put together a tribal style Jazz dance with Afro-Cuban rhythms. NeNe’s costume is all over Twitter and Instagram. Everyone wanted to pose with her for a photo. NeNe’s confidence and attitude sold the routine for her highest score so far, 32 points. Her total is 63 points. She is tied with Drew Carey whose Cha Cha with Witney was also his best dance and score of the season at 33 points, plus his 30 from last week.
Sitting at the bottom is Candace Cameron Bure. Her Quickstep with Tony Dovoloni played it a little safe, and they danced too far apart, a casualty of a new partnership. Her low score of 28 points plus last week’s 32 points leave her with 60 points.
Cody would do well sticking with Sharna; Meryl and Val were sensational although she could dance with any pro and win. But everyone will return to their regular partners next week. It’s “Disney Week” on the show. Everyone will dance to a song from a Disney movie or TV show. Which songs do you want to see performed? Tell us in the comments section.
Week 4 Lineup (vote for the star, not the pro)
NeNe Leakes: Jazz
James Maslow: Tango
Danica McKellar: Jive
Meryl Davis: Argentine Tango
Candace Cameron Bure: Quickstep
Cody Simpson: Foxtrot
Drew Carey: Cha Cha
Amy Purdy: Salsa
Charlie White: Rumba
“Dancing With the Stars” returns for Disney Week on Monday night, April 14, 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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