'Dancing With The Stars' Season 17, Week 4: Dance By Dance Recap
It's a little refreshing that there's not really a "theme" this week ... they're just dancing on "Dancing with the Stars!" The ten remaining couples perform a dance they haven't yet done (which isn't hard because it's only week four) so we see a lot of different styles.
Below is a recap from the highest to lowest scores. Find out who was eliminated here.
Amber Riley and Derek Hough -- 27 out of 30
Amber was worried; Derek Hough was worried; they had all of US worried. She's got some serious knee issues. When the doctor says "needs to be drained" it can't be good. And then she couldn't rehearse. It's got to be hard to learn how to do the Tango by watching your partner dance with another pro!
She powered through the pain, and the tears, and the lack of rehearsal time and showed us what a Tango is supposed to look like!
Guest judge Julianne Hough first joked with her brother (they had been going back and forth all week about how he tortured her Barbie when they were kids), but said she couldn't find anything wrong with the dance. Carrie Ann Inaba thought Amber and Derek danced as though they were one; and Bruno Tonioli called the routine an unmistakably classic Tango.
Elizabeth Berkley Lauren and Val Chmerkovskiy -- 27 out of 30
Maybe the producers are running out of things to do during rehearsals that involve things other than actual dancing. They had Elizabeth and Val Chmerkovskiy involved in a staring contest. They tried to pass it off as working on their connection, but really, it was a time-filler. Val choreographed a great Argentine Tango and Lizzie nailed it. Julianne said she it gave her chills; Carrie Ann called their dance elegant and sensuous and Bruno's word was 'bewitching.'
Corbin Bleu and Karina Smirnoff -- 27 out of 30
The former Disney kid is determined to hide his Hip-Hop roots. The Paso Doble is just the dance to do it. Karina Smirnoff choreographs a routine without bells and whistles and just highlights the dance. It doesn't hurt that he peels his vest and goes shirtless half way through the routine either. Carrie Ann called it stunning and smoldering; Bruno said it was the pure essence of paso; and Julianne passed it off as brilliant.
Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi and Sasha Farber -- 24 out of 30
Snooki was one dance step away from the sick bay for most of the week. Her travel back and forth to the East coast, along with rehearsals, took its toll. She was especially bummed because Sasha Farber choreographed their Jive with a cheerleader theme, and cheering was a major part of Snooki's high school years.
She shared that it wasn't always a good thing; she became so obsessed with the cheer world that she became severely anorexic. Her goal now it so return to cheering so she can have a good memory. Julianne called her a "little nugget" and cheered Snooki's performance value; Bruno did the same and told her to keep growing.
Christina Milian and Mark Ballas -- 24 out of 30
Christina's frustrated that she keeps hovering in the middle of the pack. Mark Ballas tries to talk her down during rehearsal where she keeps getting frustrated with herself. Their Foxtrot is inventive and sultry.
Bruno liked that it wasn't traditional but warned her to work on steps "in hold." Julianne advised that since Christina has shown us several powerful dances she might want to do something on the softer side. And one of Ballas's former competitive partners, she also told her to stand in front to make sure she gets seen!
Leah Remini and Tony Dovolani -- 24 out of 30
Leah really wants to break out of her "24" rut and is shooting for that "9." Alas, it's not to be this week. She and Tony Dovolani perform a perfectly respectable Cha Cha Cha. All three judges commended Leah for her high performance values and just want to see a little more finesse.
Jack Osbourne and Cheryl Burke -- 24 out of 30
It looks like stamina and frame are the two things that Jack had to work on this week. Well, and also Cheryl Burke's temperament. She over shared with the world that it's that time of the month and she was on edge. Thanks Cheryl! At least it explains their bickering while trying to master the quickstep. Julianne thought Jack showed a lot of improvement, and Carrie Ann applauded his animation.
Bill Engvall and Emma Slater -- 21 out of 30
Bill is obviously over-tired from rehearsal and traveling to his comedy shows. He and Emma Slater got the ballroom on their feet with their (sort of) Samba. He took the judges' comments about being "fun," if not rhythmic, in stride. Then since they were the last to perform, host Tom Bergeron used the opportunity to tell him they were safe for another week. And he burst into tears.
Brant Daugherty and Peta Murgatroyd -- 21 out of 30
Brant's a pretty young guy but he's nursing all kinds of minor injuries. He had a foot problem last week; now we learn he has a shoulder/collarbone problem (one he brought into the competition from a previous accident), but that means he can't really do lifts.
Peta Murgatroyd crashes all over the rehearsal floor before realizing some of these moves just aren't going to happen. They hit the ballroom with a sassy Salsa that gets even more fun when Brant takes his shirt off. The judges took issue with the routine not being tight; or as Julianne said "loosey goosey."
Valerie Harper and Tristan MacManus -- 18 out of 30
Valerie was a golden goddess in a flowing gown for her classy Viennese Waltz. She knows she messed up last week and really wants to do better. Her affection for her pro partner Tristan MacManus is downright adorable. Not inappropriate, just adorable. Val knows her primary competitor is herself, and while she knows it's going to keep getting harder, she said she's just happy to be at the party. The judges love her spirit, but rightly give her low marks for once again losing her place during the routine.