Dancing with the Stars season 11 continued last night with week 4 of competitive action. The latest edition of the hit reality show featured the stars and their pro partners taking on a smaller, rounder stage as well as the challenge of acoustic musical selections. While celebs including actress Jennifer Grey and R&B singer Brandy rose the the occasion and delivered personal-best scores, others — the ‘wreckers’ of the week, so to speak — failed to shimmer and shine. Here’s a quick peek at the evening’s lowest scorers, otherwise known as the ones who will probably find themselves under the harsh glare of the red lights.
Dancing with the Stars week 4 elimination bait #1: Mike ‘The Situation’ Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff. He may have a fiiiine set of abs, but the Jersey Shore dude proved — for the fourth week running — that he can’t dance. Although I give him a heartfelt A+ for effort (and for the aforementioned abs), his Argentine Tango was painfully awkward from the first lift to the its bitter end. Carrie Ann Inaba offered up what might have been the evening’s harshest bit of criticism when she called “the walking” the most difficult part for Mike to master. The pair scored a technical plus performance score of 28 out of 60 possible points, landing them squarely at the bottom of the leaderboard. And to be blunt, it’s where they deserved to be.
Dancing with the Stars week 4 elimination bait #2: Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas. It’s a rule of thumb in my world of DWTS judging: When you start to dance like Cloris Leachman, it’s probably time to go. While I admire Flo for attacking her Rumba with such gusto (and, to Bruno Tonioli’s pleasure, raunchiness), it was nearly impossible to take it seriously. I found myself alternately giggling and gasping throughout, and those are precisely the types of response you don’t want your ‘vertical expression of a horizontal desire’ dance to garner.
Dancing with the Stars week 4 elimination bait #3: Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas. I’m of two minds when it comes to the teen activist and her devoted partner. On one hand, I don’t think she’s a great performer, and that hurts her chances big time. On the other, she has amazingly precise footwork week after week, which is awesome. The judges aren’t shy about their preference for pure entertainment value, so her Rumba — although technically good — was punished harshly by the performance paddles last night, earning only 14 points out of 30 possible. And that’s why she’s in danger going into tonight’s DWTS elimination.
Dancing with the Stars week 4 elimination bait #4: Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya. The only excuse I can come up with for having to include the NFL star on this week’s danger list thanks to a paltry, lowball total score of 35 is his position in the dance order last night: First. He may not be Fred Astaire, but Kurt’s Rumba was sophisticated, classy and elegant; heck, even head judge Len Goodman said they’d gotten the “romance” element “just right” (yet still went on to award him with a lowly 6). I’ll eat a hat if Kurt and Anna get the boot, because they don’t belong on this list in the first place.
If all were right in the voting world, The Situation and Karina would get the boot come results time on the Dancing with the Stars week 4 elimination show. But are things hunky dory? We’ll see soon enough.
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