For one star, the best year of his or her life would become their worst memory on “Dancing with the Stars.”
The elimination episode for week 4 of DWTS kicked off with the professional ladies whetting the crowds’ appetite. They started in girlie sailor suits, before tearing those off to reveal frilly red dresses. Andy’s partner Sharna choreographed it. She’s got to be the best of the new pros, right?
Time for some results. All the remaining couples are standing there. First safe couple is Olympian Aly Raisman and Derek. Aly tweeted, THANK YOU ALL for voting for @MarkBallas and I! Love you all!!! #DWTS @DancingABC .”
We also learn that Disney star Zendaya and Val are safe. So are country singer Kellie Pickler and Derek. Kellie tweeted, “YAY! @Zendaya and I made it!!!! Thank y'all for voting!!! :)” Plus soap star Ingo Rademacher and Kym. No real surprises; they were high scoring. Ingo tweeted, “Thanks for all the votes guys!! Lots of love and big thanks!! We get to dance again!!!”
Time for the encore dance, and it’s judges’ pick again (no viewer Twitter votes?). Len wants Aly and Mark to do their contemporary to “Titanium” again. Aly is simply poetry in motion. Her performance is just as powerful as her moves are. She tweeted, “Well I hope I impressed Len tonight with my gymnastics... Didn't have a chance to ask him if he was pleased with my back flip this time LOL.”
More results. NFL star Jacoby Jones and Karina are safe, as are Bachelor Sean Lowe and Peta.
Tom points out, “No one in jeopardy yet. We’ll soon see what that means.”
I noticed the same thing. What does that mean? Is everyone safe because one star is voluntarily dropping out? Remember, reality star Lisa Vanderpump nearly didn’t perform Monday night on doctor’s orders due to exhaustion.
The show then gives us some sort of behind-the-scenes skit, about the show writers for Judge Bruno Tonioli. Allegedly, they feed him jokes live through his earpiece. Is this for real? Folks, I’m in the control room during live newscasts, and I couldn’t imagine telling my anchors what to say. After the skit, host Tom Bergeron makes clear it was just a spoof, and that Bruno comes up with everything he says on his own. Oh, time-filler Tuesdays are terrible.
Performance time with country singer Brad Paisley. Tony and Peta dance during the song, and he actually holds Peta over his head with one hand. Impressive. But the whole time I was actually trying to read the backwards letters on Brad’s T-shirt.
Yet another performance. The AT&T Spotlight Performance highlights Brilynn Rakes, a 17-year-old dancer who is legally blind. She may not be able to see five feet in front of her, but that doesn’t stop her from dancing. To her surprise, she gets to do a duet with Derek on the show. Her movements are amazing. This girl is more an artist than a dancer.
And yet another performance. Andrea Bocelli and Jennifer Lopez do a duet. I can’t help but wonder if tonight’s theme is blindness. Anyway, he’s got an awesome voice. Anyone notice J-Lo’s mic is all blinged-out like some tween girl’s bedazzled iPhone?
More results! After missing rehearsal for exhaustion (and vomiting, we learn from behind-the-scenes footage), Lisa talks about soldiering through her dance – but she may not even remember performing it. Yikes – how bad was she feeling?
Host Brooke Burke asks actor Andy Dick if he’d be okay leaving. Andy says, “I would leave here happy cause I got to do that dance for my daughter.” Instantly, there are audible “awws” from the audience.
So who’s going home? Get on with it, DWTS. So far, no one’s in jeopardy. Is Lisa quitting?
We learn comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl are safe. She’s actually shaking from happiness or disbelief. Then… boom – commercial break.
D.L. tweeted, “Thank u guys so much for ur votes & prayers!!! This week ima stop teasing and put out!! #TeamDL .”
So it’s between the low-scoring stars, Lisa and boxer Victor Ortiz. I guess Lisa’s not voluntarily dropping out for health reasons. Tom says, “Cue the dramatic music.” And it’s Lisa who got the fewest viewer votes. Lisa says she’s thankful for being on the show, while Gleb hides his shock with a big smile.
I guess you could say that reality just sank in for this reality star. Try the veal, folks. I'm here all week.
Next week, the stars will dance side by side with one of the professionals doing the same dance, which includes the return of Chelsea, Tony, Tristan and – dun dun dun – bad boy Maks.
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