'Dancing With The Stars' 2013 Recap: Season 16, week 9 (Poll)
We see 10 routines of every different genre on the semifinals of "Dancing with the Stars." Each couple performs twice: One dance they'd never done before, the other, a dance voted on by fans via Twitter. Tom Bergeron called this show "Attack of the '10' Paddles" because, yes, there were plenty of perfect performances!
Here's a rundown of the semifinals, from highest judges scores to lowest:
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff - 30 out of 30 for their Argentine Tango routine / 29 out of 30 for their Lindy Hop routine / Total = 59 out of 60
We thought there would be some semifinal dance drama after we learned Karina Smirnoff injured herself on Sunday at rehearsal. But there was no need to worry; ever the pro, Karina marched out and performed like nothing bad ever happened. Jacoby's assignment: Argentine Tango.
The dance got head judge Len Goodman on his feet to make comments, and he announced the dance was right on the money. Bruno Tonioli called it Jacoby's best performance of the season. All Carrie Ann Inaba could do was call him over for a kiss. And the remarks brought biggest fan Mom to tears!
Before the second Twitter-assigned dance (Lindy Hop), we see Jacoby's "how did you get here" pre-taped piece. And it's a story many sports fans know, but still, pretty remarkable. His perseverance on the football field obviously has carried over to the ballroom.
The Lindy Hop was so high energy it left both Jacoby and Karina breathless. And it bowled the judges over, with Carrie Ann dubbing Jones the "entertainer of the season."
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas - 30 out of 30 for their Rumba routine / 29 out of 30 for their Afro-Jazz routine / Total = 59 out of 60
Aly gets to show two very different sides to herself this week; her Twitter dance is the very high energy Afro-Jazz and the other, the slow and sensual Rumba. These two genres let us see just how much this young woman has grown over the weeks of competition.
During the first few weeks there is no way she could have pulled off that romantic Rumba without giggling. And now... well three "10s" from the judges pretty much says it all. Her partner Mark Ballas seemed very excited to be assigned "Afro-Jazz" by the Twitter community. Maybe because it's never been done and Mark likes to be challenged? Maybe he likes "The Lion King?" Maybe he wanted to wear an outrageous costume? Anyway, it seemed a bit of a hot mess to me but with a near perfect score from the judges I guess we now know what Afro-Jazz is supposed to look like.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough - 30 out of 30 for their Argentine Tango routine / 28 out of 30 for their Flamenco routine / Total = 58 out of 60
Kellie and Derek Hough wanted to bring Len Goodman into the realm of "10" this week after last week's disagreements over their Paso Doble. (A reminder: Carrie Ann and Bruno gave 10's; Len a 7; fighting ensued). Kellie's not a petite little blonde thing for this Argentine Tango; she's wearing a sassy black wig that allows her to channel Chita Rivera. Derek's choreography is running on all cylinders these days.
They start the routine in silhouette and it is simply stunning. Carrie Ann said it was simply absurd to believe she's attained this level of technique in two months. Len called it fantastic, which earned a handshake from Derek and a kiss from Kellie. The second number was the show's first foray into the "Flamenco."
Hard to believe there's a dance Derek's never done, but there you have it. Before the performance we get the "where they came from" pre-taped piece. Frankly, we've seen Kellie's before on "American Idol," only now, we get to see her post- Idol career and hear from her biggest fan, her husband.
The Flamenco dance allowed Derek to show off his tap skills, and I can't even explain the big spin finale of the dance but can only say, "Wow." It was another 10 from Len, but Carrie Ann and Bruno felt the dance lost flow and could only muster nines.
Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy - 25 out of 30 for their Quickstep routine / 30 out of 30 for their Hip-Hop routine / Total = 55 out of 60
Wow, here's a shocker: Zendaya's not perfect. It was bound to happen sometime. Hopefully this Quickstep misstep won't hurt her chances to make it into the finals. It was great, sure. But you need more than great after three of your competitors earn perfect scores.
Val Chmerkovskiy was given kudos for his concept but technically there were some bumps in this race-car themed road. Did the lower than usual scores get Zendaya down? Nope. She came back to earn a perfect score for her Hip Hop routine. There was plenty of pressure. Her pre-Disney channel claim to fame is through her Hip Hop dancing and Val had never danced the style before! Bruno said the routine gave him chills and he proclaimed "Zendaya forever!"
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson - 24 out of 30 for their Samba routine / 27 out of 30 for their Charleston routine / Total = 51 out of 60
Fun is the theme this week for Ingo and Kym Johnson. They're not pretending that they are at the top of the pack; they know they are the underdogs and embrace that role. Unfortunately for Ingo, he has one of the toughest dances there is for his first routine: The Samba.
He's had trouble getting those hips moving all season and the hips are crucial for the Samba. Ingo throws himself into rehearsal and really improves on the hip action. Still, he's got quite a hill to climb. And those hills are named Kellie, Zendaya, Aly and Jacoby! Ingo and Kym pull out all the stops with their Charleston. It looks a bit like a silly mess but apparently that's the point because they got three nines and their highest score ever. Go figure.