Sometimes the simplest poems are the most beautiful.
Andy Dick does not have an expansive movement vocabulary, as Carrie Ann Inaba noted on Dancing With the Stars Season 16 Week 4 — which was devoted to the best years of the celebs's lives. But this isn’t So You Think You Can Dance. It’s not about watching pros in action. It’s about watching a guy like Andy Dick do a simple dance across the floor for his daughter. Or Jacoby Jones doing a little solo for his crazy cute son. Ingo Rademacher dancing for his wife. Kellie Pickler dancing for her husband.
That said, some celebs this season are clearly better dancers than others. It’s hard to believe Zendaya and Kellie weren’t at the top again this week. Zendaya is Nicole Scherzinger reborn — without the “I’m an artist!” attitude (yet) — and Kellie must be made of rubber to be able to create shapes like that with her body. Love Aly Raisman, but did she deserve the top spot this week, to you? And how about D.L. Hughley? Good for him for having a sense of humor and fun in his dance, but is he going to need the judges to be extra kind and walk on eggshells every week? Let’s hope that extreme sensitivity is all in the past.
If we had to guess, we’d say tomorrow is the last night for Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold. They tied for the bottom with Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko, and those two couples were also in the bottom two on the Week 2 Results Show. Lisa will probably get sympathy votes — when what she really needs is to clear up her schedule so she can focus on the show she signed on for — but Victor may not. What’s your prediction? Who had the best dance to you this week and who may be going home?
Here’s a quick rundown of where the couples stand after Week 4.
Read on for a full recap of the Week 4 action:
1. Sean Lowe & Peta Murgatroyd — Viennese Waltz to “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz — Sean said, without question, the best year of his life was 2012, because he found his fiancee Catherine. His parents have been married for 36 years now. Growing up, he always knew he wanted what his parents had. This song encapsulates everything he’s gone through this year, from The Bachelorette to The Bachelor. He wants to incorporate Catherine into the dance. He wants to show Catherine how much he loves her and appreciates how she put her life on hold so he could do DWTS. It’s going to be hard to separate the stories and songs from the actual dancing, since we’re going to want to like them all so much. Still... this dance is OK but not great. He’s not really connected to the dance. It’s like he’s thinking too much about the steps. Nice kiss in the end to Catherine, who had tears in her eyes.
JUDGES: Len Goodman said Sean was steaming and he’s beaming. It was a pretty good effort with a difficult dance. He got a bit excited at times and went too fast for the music. Overall, he did a good job. Bruno Tonioli said it was so sweet. He has the wide-eyed innocence of a child. At times, Sean’s fluidity doesn’t carry through. He stumbles a bit. Iron out all the little faults. Carrie Ann Inaba said they had two major lifts, so ... point deduction for that.
SCORES: 6, 7, 7 = 20 out of 30. Carrie Ann had to trade out her scratchy mic. Fair scores. Glad they aren’t being too swayed by the stories. The first dance tends to get lower scores anyway.
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2. Victor Ortiz & Lindsay Arnold — Paso Doble to “We Will Rock You” by Queen — Victor chose 2011, the year when he won WBC welterweight championship of the world, against long odds. He’s shirtless in the dancing ring. Lindsay looks great too. He’s not looking too strong out there, unfortunately. The moves feel a little slow and not sharp enough. The passion and aggression just aren’t translating into a good dance.
JUDGES: Bruno said Victor definitely punched the living daylights out of the Paso Doble. But he’s supposed to dance it, not destroy it. He went for it, and had vicious attack but he went wrong. He missed his footwork and it threw him off. Carrie Ann said she loves his power and passion but he needs to work on his arms. Len admires Bruno’s spirit and determination. The Paso needed more refinement and shaping but he came out and gave his all, so well done.
SCORES: 6, 6, 6 = 18 out of 30. Hopefully the scores will go up from here. 18 on Week 4 is pretty low.
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3. Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff — Foxtrot to "Watching You" by Rodney Atkins — He also picked 2012 for the best year. It’s for more than the Super Bowl. It’s also from his son being born. He wants his son to be proud of him. He’ll be in his son’s life no matter what, success or failure. He doesn’t know his own father. He wouldn’t even recognize him if he walked in. He picked a cute father/son country song for the dance. It’s so cute to see him dance his solo in front of his baby boy, who is adorable. Not sure about his severe arm movements, but it was a fun dance. Was that his mom crying in the audience? Aww.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said the dance was phenomenal. There was something so joyous about it, she said, even though it wasn’t old-school Foxtrot. She thinks he has a real shot at winning this, but he needs to get his butt in and perfect his posture. Len said he was a fan of that Foxtrot. He wasn’t sure about the solo, it was just “light relief.” Bruno said he was trotting at full throttle. He is like his trademark, flash and flare. He loved the exuberance. Bruno said he sometimes has spatula hands.
SCORES: 8, 8, 8 = 24 out of 30. Maybe a bit high?
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4. Alexandra Raisman & Mark Ballas — Contemporary to “Titanium” by David Guetta and Sia — 2012 was her best year too, because of the Olympic games. Aly was an underdog going into the Olympics and she ended up being the most decorated gymnast on the team. She starts with her solo, then the shirtless Mark steps in to be the weight she overcomes. They are slightly out of sync in some of the moves but one of those lifts was amazing. And of course she incorporates her gymnastics moves. Other gymnasts in the house! Gaby!
JUDGES: Len didn’t think the dance was worthy of an Olympic champion. He joked that he could show her how to do the flips. Bruno said she’s going for gold. He loved the balance of the spectacular and the detailed. Emotionally, intense, dramatic and deeply felt. Carrie Ann said she’s very proud of Aly. Aly is used to perfection of movement but Contemporary is about perfection of emotion and being in the moment. It was just “profound."
SCORES: 9, 9, 9 = 27 out of 30. Highest score so far. Too high or fair? Feels overscored.
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5. Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess — Viennese Waltz to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen — This year, 2013, is the best year of his life and he wants to relay that with his daughter Meg. she is the apple of his eye. She’s a mini Andy? He feels like he’s put his kids through hell because of his own problems. She used to dance for him. She’s 15 now. At 47, he’s going to dance for her. Just watching Andy tear up is making me tear up. He’s as emotional as Jennifer Grey, though. Remember her emotions and injuries? At least she won! This song is so beautiful, and the stage looks beautiful with the lights on the floor. Why is the solo making me cry?! He hugged her daughter in the end.
JUDGES: Bruno called it simple, effective, straight from the heart with a fragile quality. It’s the best he’s danced since Week 1. Carrie Ann had to wipe away her tears. She really broke down from it. She called him over for a hug. Maybe she was thinking of her dad, who passed away? “It was like the simplest poem.” He made a beautiful poem using three letters. His movement vocabulary is small but what he said was beautiful. Tom told Len not to be a buzzkill! Len said Andy came onto the show as a man and whatever happens, he’ll go out a hero.
SCORES: 7, 7, 7 = 21 out of 30. Too low!
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6. Zendaya Coleman & Valentin Chmerkovskiy — Samba to “Love on Top” by Beyonce — The youngest competitor picked the earliest year so far — 2009. That’s when she started working in L.A. and got “discovered.” They are acting like they had an off week last week when all they did was drop to second. She picked a Beyonce song because she saw a Queen Bey concert that year and it showed her what she wants to do. Remember when Kristin Cavallari picked a Beyonce song for Personal Story Week on Season 13 and it sent her home? That’s not likely to happen this time. Not with a girl this naturally talented as a dancer/performer. Watching her with Val is like watching two pros. Is that what we want from DWTS or did people reject that very thing on All-Stars? Is she TOO good for DWTS?
JUDGES: Carrie Ann called Zendaya “Baby Beyonce.” She said Val gave fantastic choreography. The way Zendaya incorporated every move so well. Bey better watch her back. Len would’ve liked more Samba content in the solo section. Val clapped and said something to the judges that shocked Bruno. What did he say? Clap it up for Len? Len said at some points her legs were too flexed and she lost some bounce. But she is a fantastic dancer. Bruno said Zendaya has got it. “You really are star power. Fearless. So cool. So hip. So slick. A Samba for today. Every kid that watches you wants to dance like you do."
SCORES: 9, 8, 9 = 26 out of 30. Too low? This got less than Aly. Fair? Are the judges searching for things to critique with her?
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7. Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson — Viennese Waltz to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri — He also picked 2009. It was the year he married his wife. He had a great life in L.A. but to him, he had nothing until he met his wife and they had kids. Aww. He seems like a great dad. LOVE the song he chose. No offense, but if only Christina had been able to sing it herself. Another cute kid in the audience!
JUDGES: Len commended Ingo on his footwork. He liked the solo. Unfortunately there were some “incidents” with the arms a couple of times. Overall, he enjoyed it very much. Bruno called it dashing and deeply romantic. He likes how Ingo takes their comments and works on them. He didn’t overpush it. Carrie Ann said to work on his core and this week his posture blossomed.
SCORES: 8, 7, 8 = 23 out of 30. He seems like such a sweetheart. He even pointed out some stumbles and wardrobe missteps, thinking they’d lower his score, but no one noticed.
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8. D.L. Hughley & Cheryl Burke — Foxtrot to “I Want to Make Love to You” by Etta James — D.L. went way back to 8th or 9th grade, as his best year. Cheryl wants to just have fun this week. “Nothing says Compton like Foxtrot.” D.L. wants to show the world he can be a stuffy old English person too. Did they make that revenge comic book? This may be his most enjoyable dance so far. It has lots of personality, and he even goes up to the judges to shake his hips, then does a crawl on the floor. (Remember when Michael Bolton tried that one?) So at least he’s having a sense of humor about the whole spat with the judges. Nice!
JUDGES: Bruno said he can savor the flavor of sweet revenge. He had more content than ever and his performance level was on another level. Carrie Ann said “Hallelujah!” This was the real breakthrough. He wouldn’t even smile! D.L. said in the best year of his life, Len wasn’t there. Len said he admired D.L.’s spirit. For him, this had far more content and was better. It wasn’t so intense. It was more fun and smoother. He worked and practiced more this week. D.L. got the mic he wanted. Foxtrot was an easier dance for him, he said. He needs to just have fun with this instead of needing being to walk on eggshells around him.
SCORES: 7, 7, 7 = 21 out of 30. Same score as Andy. Did he say he’s been waiting four weeks to tell Bruno to kiss his butt?
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9. Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough — Rumba to “Say I Do” by Kyle Jacobs — The best thing that’s ever happened to her is her husband. They are dancing to a song her husband wrote. Her dad struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction and her mom has not been part of her life so she never had that stability in her childhood. It wasn’t until she met Kyle that she found her sanctuary. They originally planned a big wedding but at the last minute they realized it wasn’t them. She said “Let’s just run away.” She wanted it to be sacred and just about them, so they flew to a tiny island and got married in the Caribbean waters. When Kyle played “Say I Do” to her for the first time, she fell to pieces. She didn’t know that kind of love existed. Jan. 1, 2011 was one of the most incredible days of her life. What a special moment, to have your husband play a song he wrote for you. She has such amazing lines. Telling you — Kellie vs. Zendaya. That’s this season. Love her long hug with her husband in the end.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said she makes the most beautiful pictures with her body. She makes a work of art. There was something a little clipped with her movements every so often. She was missing the continuous motion. Len said the movement was a tad staccato instead of being more fluid, but overall it was fabulous. Bruno said it was like watching a sequence of magical images underscored by the soundtrack of love. Beautiful.
SCORES: 9, 8, 9 = 26 out of 30.
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10. Lisa Vanderpump & Gleb Savchenko — Cha-Cha-Cha to "Celebration” by Kool & the Gang — Her schedule is very demanding and it’s limiting their rehearsal time. Her best year was her daughter’s wedding because they were so close working on something together. After getting back from NYC with no sleep, Lisa fainted. Gleb stood there, then asked if she was OK when she looked dead. She just got herself up and said she felt terrible. Her doctor said she had a fever and an early flu going on. Any other cynics wondering if this wasn’t set up for drama/sympathy votes? Even if that’s not the case, if you sign up for DWTS you do have to make some time for it. Just saying. Also saying that Gleb is shirtless in suspenders. Looking good!
JUDGES: Len commented on Gleb taking his clothes off before the wedding night. Len said for what she’s been through, she did a good job. Bruno said she looked well for coming out of the hospital. There were mistakes, which is due to under-rehearsal. Carrie Ann said she would’ve liked to see that without what happened. She also told Gleb they can’t do lifts. Not a warning, a point deduction.
SCORES: 6, 6, 6 = 18 out of 30.
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