DWTS blog: Dorothy Hamill withdraws from Dancing with the Stars due to injury

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comMarch 26, 2013 

"Dancing with the Stars" bid farewell to Dorothy Hamill and partner Tristan MacManus on the first results show of season 16, airing March 26, 2013. The couple with the lowest combined two-week score of judges' points and viewers' votes would have been eliminated but Dorothy and Tristan were forced to withdraw from the competition due to an injury.

Though comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke had the lowest judges' score, 12 points, in week one and earned the second lowest judges' score, 16 points, on March 25, viewers gave them enough votes to remain in the competition. The bottom two were Victor Ortiz with Lindsay Arnold, and Lisa Vanderpump with Gleb Savchenko. One of them would have been eliminated if Dorothy hadn't dropped out.

Dorothy said she withdrew on advice of her spine surgeon. She could have permanent nerve damage if she's not careful. "It would be completely unfair for me to stay in this and have any of these people go home," she said. "I can't do what I need to... I wish I could give it my all and I can't," She got teary when she said she'd miss the cast and crew. "This man is just a treasure," Dorothy said as she hugged partner Tristan.

"I'm so sad... I admire you for taking care of yourself. You're setting a very good example," judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Dorothy.

Here's a recap of the second-week show (March 25):

Disney star Zendaya Coleman, 16 years old, and Val Chmerkovskiy earn the most judges' points in the first two weeks of competition on "Dancing with the Stars" season 16. They earned 26 points this week and 24 last week for a total of 50 out of 60 points. Former "American Idol" star Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough have a two-week total of 47. Olympian Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas have 45 points. NFL standout Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff have 43 points. Actor Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson get 40. "The Bachelor" Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd have 39. Actor Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess have 37. With 36 points are: Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko, country star Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani, boxer Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold, and Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus.

Judges are Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Hosts are Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet. A total of 30 points, 10 from each judge, are available for each dance. The total possible two-week point total is 60.

Teen star Zendaya Coleman, 16 years old, and Val Chmerkovskiy earned 26 points, 9s from Carrie Ann and Bruno and 8 from Len, for their jive. Carrie Ann: "You killed, killed that number." Len: "You were fantastic." Bruno: "A star is born." Week-one score: 24 points for their Contemporary dance. Total two-week score: 50 out of 60.

Former "American Idol" star Kellie Picklerand 3-time DWTS champ Derek Hough earned 26 points, 9s from Bruno and Carrie Ann and 8 from Len, for their jazz dance. Carrie Ann: "Amazing." She stood up and clapped for the couple. Len: "Last week was a spark. This week is a fire." Bruno: "That was modern jazz at its most effective." Week-one score: 21 points for their Cha Cha Cha. Total two-week score: 47 out of 60.

Olympian and gymnastic standout Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, a two-time DWTS champ, got 24 points, 8 from each judge, for their quickstep. Carrie Ann named it the best quickstep of the night. Len: "The quickstep is not an easy dance... it was terrific." Bruno: "It was like watching a magic little blue bird in flight." She was wearing a sparkly blue outfit. Aly was criticized for taking the ballroom posture too far and holding her head too far to the left, though. Week-one score: 21 points for their Cha Cha Cha. Total two-week score: 45 out of 60.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff get 23 points (8 from Carrie Ann and Bruno and 7 from Len) for their fun, high-energy jazz dance. They start the routine with Karina on Jacoby's shoulders with an extra long coat hiding Jacoby's body and face. He showed great balance. For the viewers, the beginning is filmed in an old-timey sepia tone. The coat drops, Karina is revealed and she leaps off Jacoby shoulders. It's high energy the whole time. "That, my friend, was rockin,'" Carrie Ann said. "I was blown away. Len said: "I thoroughly enjoyed watching it... I loved it." Bruno: "Stylistically it was just spot on... You are a performer, man." Week-one score: 20 points for their Cha Cha Cha. Total two-week score: 43 points out of 60.

"General Hospital" soap star Ingo Rademacher and two-time DWTS winner Kym Johnson earned 20 points (6 from Carrie Ann and 7s from Len and Bruno) for their quick step. Len was smiling when the couple finished and said he was pleased that Ingo danced this week. Last week he criticized Ingo's contemporary for lack of dance steps. Len gave the routine a "well done" despite a few noticeable missteps on Ingo's part. Bruno called the quickstep a "bonanza of tricky steps." Carrie Ann thought Ingo's frame was off. Len and Bruno disagreed. Len argued that it was difficult for the celebrity males to stick with a straight frame because they tower over their partners. Week-one score: 20 points for their contemporary dance Total two-week score: 40 out of 60.

"The Bachelor" Sean Lowe, who is now engaged to his top bachelorette Catherine, and Peta Murgatroyd earned 20 points, 7s from Bruno and Carrie Ann and 6 from Len, for the jive. Bruno said Sean had a wonderful presence and not just the muscles. Uh, maybe just the muscles. Len: "I didn't get it all." An audience member shouted out a questions for Len. "Why are you so grumpy?" The crowd cheered. Week-one score: 19 points for their Foxtrot. Total two-week score: 39 out of 60.

Actor Andy Dick and new pro Sharna Burgess earned 20 points, 7s from Bruno and CarrieAnn and 6 from Len, for their entertaining jazz dance. It was an awesome Mad Hatter style routine to Lady Gaga's "Poker Face." Len: "It was fun to watch." Bruno: "A monster jazz." Carrie Ann said he nailed the demented, wacky side of jazz. Week-one score: 17 points for their foxtrot. Total two-week score: 37 out of 60.

Beverly Hills' Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump and new pro Gleb Savchenko received 18 points, 6 from each judge, for their jive. Len: "It wasn't brilliant." Bruno: "You're not used to commercial flights." Lisa was dressed a glittery pink flight attendant and Gleb as a sexy pilot. Carrie Ann told Lisa she appreciate her refinement but she needed to let loose a little more. She also warned Gleb to watch those "lift" type moves in non lift dances. Week-one score: 18 points for their Foxtrot. Total two-week score: 36 out of 60.

Country star Wynonna Judd and reigning DWTS champ Tony Dovolani earned 18 points, 6 from each judge, for their quickstep. Wynnona was worried in rehearsals, and with good reason. This isn't called the slow step but, at times, it was agonizingly slow. Bruno: "It ended in kind of a casual stroll." Carrie Ann: "You're playing it very, very safe." Len: "You never got out of first gear." The judges agreed the routine was entertaining, though. Week-one score: 18 points for their Cha Cha Cha. Total two-week score: 36 points out of 60.

Boxer Victor Ortiz and new pro Lindsay Arnold, of "So You Think You Can Dance" fame received 18 points, 6 from each judge, for their jive. Bruno: "You go for it like a runaway train... at times it looked like a Zumba dance." Carrie Ann said she wished she could give him bonus points for having a great time. Week-one score: 18 points for their Fox Trot.Total two-week score: 36 points out of 60.

Former ice skating sensation Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus. An injured ankle and a cyst in her backside made it difficult for Dorothy to rehearse. The couple earned 15 points for their jive. Dorothy lost her footing several times and seemed to forget her steps. "That was a very brave attempt," Bruno said. Carrie Ann said: "You cannot let fear in... Hang in there." Len agreed joking that he thought when Dorothy messed up a move that she was going to slide right into tomorrow's episode of "Splash." Week-one score: 21 points for their contemporary dance. Total two-week score: 36 out of 60.

Almost-50-year-old actor and comedian D.L. Hughley and two-time DWTS champ Cheryl Burke got 16 points, 6 from Bruno and 5s from Carrie Ann and Len, for their quickstep. It was a HUGE IMPROVEMENT over last week, says me. The audience supported him, standing the whole time. "I feel like it would take me years to learn something like that," D.L. complained during rehearsals. Bruno: "You did a good job." Carrie Ann: "You put the work in... you are on the right track." Len: "The secret to this show is to improve week by week." Len agreed that he did improve. It was super gutsy of him to dance on the judges' table to begin the routine. They really slammed him last week. Week-one score: 12 points for their Cha Cha Cha Total two-week score: 28 out of 60.

Professional dancer and fan favorite Maksim Chmerkovskiy will not return. His brother Val Chmerkovskiy will. Pro Chelsea Hightower is also not returning, though it seems it was not her choice.

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