April 22, 2013 07:13 PM by Candace Young
Last week on Dancing With The Stars, it was finally the end of the road for beleaguered D.L. Hughley and partner Cheryl Burke. Tonight it’s Stevie Wonder night, with the iconic singer performing live right from the top of the show and throughout! The competitors also do team dances this week. Hang on! Here we go…
Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy are performing a Cha Cha Cha tonight. They’re so mesmerizing! They are sharp, full of attitude, and Zendaya brings some positively serpentine moves! Len hoots, “Snap, crackle, and pop!” Bruno rants about it being gob-smacking gorgeous with a hypnotic presence, and Carrie Ann declares that it set the tone – she feels sorry for everyone who has to come after! They net 10s from Carrie Ann and Bruno, and a 9 from Len for 29 total.
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgress are dancing the Samba to Wonder’s Signed, Sealed, Delivered. At first I think Andy’s dressed as a scrawny cop, but it turns out he’s a sassy postman. He really brings some unexpectedly good moves – entertaining as always – but the judges are hard-pressed to find the Samba in his routine. Bruno and Carrie Ann offer up advice, but Len po0h-poohs, “I want you to do what you do – come out and have fun. Well done!” The judges each give 6 for a total of 18.
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd are also doing a Samba. In practice, Sean says the shimmy makes him feel uncoordinated and he alludes to things in his personal life pulling him away at a crucial time. Hmm. Well, he wasn’t lying – he can’t shimmy worth a s*&t, but they try to distract from that fact by choreographing Peta ripping Sean’s jacket off his body. Pecs aside, the judges are harsh. Carrie Ann snorts at his lack of musicality and mutters that he should get an iPod. Len makes a remark about him only having to beat Andy (who also did a Samba), and Bruno says on the bright side he can always get a job as a stripper… Yike. They log 7s from all three judges for 21.
Ali Raisman and Mark Ballas apparently have something to prove after last week’s performance. They’ll be doing a Foxtrot to Stevie Wonder’s Isn’t She Lovely. During practice, Ali was shaken up over the Boston Bombings – she was supposed to have been at the marathon. They dedicate the dance accordingly. It’s a solid performance with just a few tiny moments of hesitation on Ali’s behalf. Len mentions technique and little things, but says it was a foxy Foxtrot. Bruno comments on her frame, and Carrie Ann compliments her Bostonian elegance. They get three 9s for 27.
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson are hoping to break out of the bottom four with their Tango to Uptight by Stevie Wonder. Ingo looks smokin’ in dark clothing and seems thrilled to be doing the Tango. The judges notice – they rave that he’s finally in the game, with Len booming, Bingo, Ingo!” Birthday boy, Ingo, tells Brooke Burke-Charvet his wish is to get through to next week! They score three 8s for 24.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough are doing the Quickstep to Wonder’s Part-time Lover this week. Kellie is not-so-secretly pleased when Derek turns out to be the one messing up in practice. Derek, of course, does not mess up during the live performance.They are peppy, jaunty perfection – other than Kellie’s mouth being open a lot. Carrie Ann has a tiny bit of advice about space, but Len calls it the best dance he’s seen this season! Bickering ensues about Carrie Ann being finicky. Bruno sides with Len – it’s sometimes impossible to avoid space. He also raves about the routine. “Superb!” Will they net the first perfect score? Alas, they don’t – Carrie Ann holds out with a 9. They get the ’10 from Len’ and Bruno for 29.
Victor Oritz and Lindsay Arnold are doing the Rumba to I Just Called To Say I Love You. Oritz confides that he’s not in the right place for this romance-y dance because a girl broke his heart. Aww! Their performance is a little understated – Victor sometimes seems he’s just a prop for Lindsay, but it’s not bad. Len gushes that he knows it was hard for him and says he’s already gone more rounds than other boxers they’ve had on DWTS. Ben concurs that it’s not an easy dance for men, and Carrie Ann talks about his respect for his partner. After an awkward confession/non-confession of love from Victor to Lindsay, they get their score – three 6s for 18.
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff are doing the Quickstep tonight. Once again, Jacoby battles his pigeon toes, but who notices – the dance is awesome to watch! Full of energy and charisma! Bruno and Carrie Ann mention there being room for improvement but were completely entertained. Len, however, declares that it’s 100% not Jacoby’s dance and gets booed. He relents a bit in the end, but not much. They net 8s from Carrie Ann and Bruno and a 7 from Len for 23.
Team Paso Doble features Val, Jacoby, Ingo, and Victor all shirtless. Yummy! It’s tough to focus on the actual dancing, but it seems pretty right on, with some amazing moves in the couple bits. Len thinks they did a good job and congratulates them. Bruno rants about bodies writhing together but then gets down to a critique. Carrie Ann pouts that it was kind of a mess – sorry. They get 7s from Carrie Ann and Bruno and an 8 from Len for 22.
Team Samba brings the disco era back and it’s kicky! They make a more cohesive unit than Team Paso, although the difference between Andy and Sean’s moves and Derek and Mark’s moves is very obvious in the solos. Bruno says the boys lost it in the solos but the girls killed it. Carrie Ann raves about the unity. Len says it was fun, tight and together. They receive 8s from Bruno and Carrie and a 9 from Len for 25.
Team Samba prevailed in the team dance, although I’d give the encore to Team Paso for the shirtless men. After the group scores, Kellie and Derek take the top of the leaderboard with Victor and Lindsay still on the bottom.
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