Week 4 of “Dancing with the Stars” unveiled an acoustic stage, and performers received two scores — performance and technique. The stage was round, raised off the ground, and closer to the audience. The couples danced to acoustic music, without the full orchestra. The featured dances were the rumba and the Argentine tango, to intimate romantic dances. For the most part, the couples had a hard time. Some of the difficulty was a result of the smaller stage; other problems occurred from trying to evoke a sense of romance.
Jennifer and Derek Stand Alone at the Top
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough delivered an almost perfect Argentine tango that had everything — technique and entertainment value. Despite foot and back problems, Jennifer even attempted lifts associated with this dance. For their performance, they received 56 out of 60 that include two 10s, regaining their well-deserved lead in the competition. No one came close to Jennifer and Derek’s dance.
The Middle of the Pack
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were a distant second place to Jennifer and Derek, earning 48 out of 60. The judges liked their performance, giving them a 26 that included two nines. Brandy evoked the emotion of the rumba although their technique faltered a little bit.
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani, who took the lead in last week’s competition, came in third with a 46 for their Argentine tango. Though they gave a technically good performance, Audrina’s failure to point her toes lowered their scores. They are still in contention for the top. More than likely, they will make it to next week, giving them the opportunity to redeem themselves.
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer performed the rumba that was cute and appropriate for a teenage guy. Kyle’s footwork improved from last week though they only earned a 40 for their dance. As a crowd favorite, they should return another week.
At the Bottom
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke, who were in the top four or five in the first weeks, only received a 39 for their Argentine tango. I think the small stage really affected their performance. Cheryl incorporated a lot of lifts in the performance, but that actually lowered their scores.
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya, another frontrunner, did not deliver this week and his usually sunny smile was missing from their rumba. On practice clips, Kurt shared his discomfort with performing a romantic dance. He only earned 34 out of 60, putting him in danger of elimination on the results show.
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas performed a sexy rumba that was cute but not technically crisp. They earned 35 for the dance. Though she may not be as pristine as Jennifer Grey or as fluid as some of the younger contestants, she showed that beauty and femininity is ageless.
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas were second from the bottom, with a 32 for their rumba. Her face showcased her discomfort with the dance despite the fact that she did the steps. She’s in serious danger of being eliminated on the results show.
Again, Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff landed at the bottom of the pack with 28 for their Argentine tango. He looked like a 12-year-old boy at his first dance, counting the steps in his head to keep time. While the other people in the bottom have the potential to improve, I don’t think he’s going to improve much more. It’s time for The Situation to exit the dance floor.
Who Will Go Home?
The Situation should go home because he is the absolute worst dancer of all of the contestants, including the one’s eliminated in previous weeks. We will all know who goes home on the results, which airs on ABC on Tuesday, October 12, 2010.
Complete scores of the night:
Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough = 56/60
Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy = 48/60
Audrina Patridge and Tony Dovolani = 46/60
Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer = 40/60
Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke = 39/60
Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya = 34/60
Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas = 35/60
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas = 32/60
Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino and Karina Smirnoff = 28/60