April 15, 2013 08:35 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Unfortunately, in many locales, this week’s episode of Dancing with the Stars was displaced by coverage of the Boston Marathon tragedy. While coverage of the unfolding details was indeed necessary — especially for those worried about loved ones in the area — several viewers are surely wondering what they missed. The good news is, we have all the details ready for your convenience!
Len has an interesting idea for this next episode of Dancing with the Stars: have the contestants dance alongside the pros. This could prove to be a real challenge, for, when dancing next to the experts, it’s that much easier to tell when a competitor has made a mistake. At the same time, working with pros could be useful in terms of improving technique.
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas are the first to take on the challenge. Aly is a native of Boston, so she decides to dedicate her samba to the victims of today’s bombing incident. The samba is lovely, but not quite up to par with last week’s contemporary. The judges apparently agree, as they award the gymnast 8′s across the board.
If there’s one way to get a whole lot of testosterone out on the dance floor, it’s having Jacoby Jones and Maks Chmerkovskiy in the same number. Yes, Maks is back to accompany a few of the competitors, and he’s as surly and attractive as ever. Jacoby’s dancing continues to look excellent, but he still needs to take it to that next level. But Bruno, of course, is just swooning, because Jacoby and Maks on the dance floor at the same time? That’s a dream come true!
There’s a little drama to accompany Victor Ortiz and his performance this week, for he claims to have just recently learned that his girlfriend was cheating on him. Ouch! Victor decides to channel those emotions onto the dance floor, and according to Carrie Ann Inaba, he’s pretty successful in doing so. Still, it’s pretty clear that he’s one of the weaker links in this competition.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough are up next, with Kellie’s very first ballroom dance. Kellie find this new style of dancing particularly challenging, and in practice, her constant mistakes manage to annoy the usually cheery Derek. But she figures it out in time for the dance floor and, as a result, manages to earn what I affectionately call the Herman Cain score — 9, 9, 9.
After last week’s impressive level of improvement, DL Hughley slides backwards with another disappointing number. He gives the tango a try, but next to the impeccably suave pros, the comedian just looks like he’s clumping across the dance floor. His score drops back to a total of 18, and unfortunately, he deserves that low score.
We immediately go from worst dancer of the season to best dancer of the season as Zendaya Coleman takes the stage. And, as I expected, she and Val are joined by the popular bad boy Maks Chmerkovskiy. This is Val’s first time doing the Argentine tango, but what could’ve been disaster ends up being a really entertaining and well-executed dance — and earning the first two 10′s of the season!
Andy Dick as Zorro? Yeah, we didn’t think it was possible either. But the funny guy is expected to take on the paso doble, and who better to channel? The beginning of the dance is pretty funny, with Andy zip gliding across the stage. But it’s all downhill from there, especially when complicated cape-work comes into play. Andy ends up tying his fellow comedian with 18 points.
For those of you lucky enough to see the show this evening: what was your favorite number? And who do you think deserves to go home? Share your reaction in the comments section below!
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