DWTS TV blog: Aly Raisman, Mark Ballas lead with 27 points; Zendaya Coleman, Kellie Pickler earn 26 each

April 8, 2013 

Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas earned 27 out of 30 points, the highest score so far on the 16th season of "Dancing with the Stars." Celebrities on Monday's fourth week of competition chose their own dance songs based on what represented the best year of their life. Earning the lowest judges' scores of the evening were Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump with Gleb Savchenko and boxer Victor Ortiz with Lindsay Arnold. Both couples earned just 18 points. Lisa fainted during rehearsals last week and didn't decide to dance until the show was airing.

The couple with the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes will be eliminated on Tuesday's results show, unless, of course, someone drops out of the competition. It seems possible that Lisa and Gleb will quit. Lisa said she was taking things "day by day."

Here's what's happening on the April 8, 2013, show:

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. This was the fourth week of season 16 competition.

Beverly Hills' Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump and new pro Gleb Savchenko received 18 points for their Cha Cha Cha to "Celebrate" in honor of the year Lisa's daughter got married. Lisa said helping Pandora plan her wedding was one of the best times of her life. Not fun was this week of rehearsals when Lisa fainted and spent some time at the hospital. She wasn't even able to dance in the dress rehearsal earlier in the day. When asked if she'd continue the competition, Lisa said: "Just today has been enough... so day by day." Week three: 21, Viennese Waltz. Week two score: 18, jive. Week-one score: 18, Foxtrot.

Former "American Idol" star Kellie Pickler and 3-time DWTS champ Derek Hough earned 26 points for their rumba. She danced with Derek while her husband Kyle Jacobs played "Say I Do," live. It's the song he wrote Kellie. Week three: 25, jive. Week-two score: 26 points, jazz. Week-one score: 21 points, Cha Cha Cha.

Almost-50-year-old actor and comedian D.L. Hughley and two-time DWTS champ Cheryl Burke earned 21 points for their foxtrot. The judges agreed that it was D.L.'s best dance. Bruno: "You had more content than ever." Len: "It was far better... It was much smoother." Week three: 16, salsa. Week-two score: 16 points, quickstep. Week-one score: 12 points, Cha Cha Cha

"General Hospital" soap star Ingo Rademacher and two-time DWTS winner Kym Johnson received 23 points, 8s from Carrie Ann and Bruno and 7 from Len for their Viennese Waltz. Ingo dedicated the dance to the year 2009, when he met his wife. Week three: 21 points, Paso Doble, Week-two score: 20 points, quickstep. Week-one score: 20 points, contemporary dance

Teen star Zendaya Coleman, 16 years old, and Val Chmerkovskiy received 26 points, 9s from Carrie Ann and Bruno and 8 from Len, for their samba. Zendaya said she channeled her inner Beyonce for her dance dedicated to the year 2009, when she was discovered by Disney. She joked after dancing that she hoped her best years were still ahead of her. Week-three: 24 points, Viennese Waltz. Week-two score: 26 points, jive. Week-one score: 24 points, Contemporary dance.

Actor Andy Dick and new pro Sharna Burgess earned 21 points, 7 from each judge, for their Viennese Waltz. Andy dedicated the dance to his 15-year-old daughter, who he said he's "put through hell," because of his battles with addition. Carrie Ann was crying when they finished their dance. "It was like the simplest poem... I loved it," she said. Even Len seemed pleased. "You came on this show a man. Whatever happens you'll come out of it a hero." Week three: 18, Cha Cha Cha. Week-two score: 20 points, jazz. Week-one score: 17, foxtrot.

Olympian and gymnastic standout Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, a two-time DWTS champ, earned 27 points, 9 from each judge, for their contemporary dance to "Titanium," the song that motivated Aly to work hard at the gym every day. Week three, 23 points, Viennese Waltz. Week-two score: 24 points, quickstep. Week-one score: 21 points, Cha Cha Cha.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff earned 24 points, 8 from each judge, for their Fox Trot to Rodney Atkins' "Watching You." He dedicated the song to his infant son, who was bouncing up and down on his mom's lap. The baby seemed to enjoy it, and so did the judges. "It was so joyous," Carrie Ann. She thinks Jacoby has a chance of winning if he can get his posture in control and tuck in his booty. Len was impressed with the big man's ability to be elegant. "You danced the part, well done." 24 points, 8 from each judge, for their rumba. The judges were all impressed with Jacoby's romantic side. Bruno: "You were smoldering." Carrie Ann: "You have incredible artistry." Len: "I can't believe it... It had refinement."Week-three: 24, rumba. Week-two: 23, jazz. Week-one: 20, Cha Cha Cha.

Boxer Victor Ortiz and new pro Lindsay Arnold, of "So You Think You Can Dance" fame, got 18 points, 6 from each judge for their Paso Doble to "We Will Rock You." Len said he admired Victor's determination and ability to get back up and dance again after being knocked down by the juges. Bruno: "You definitely punched the living daylights out of the Paso Doble."Week three: 23 points, contemporary dance. Week-two score: 18, jive. Week-one score: 18, Fox Trot.

"The Bachelor" Sean Lowe, who is now engaged to his top bachelorette Catherine, and Peta Murgatroyd received 20 points, 7s from Len and and Bruno and 6 from Carrie Ann. Week four: 20 points. Week three: 21 points. Week-two: 20 points, jive. Week-one: 19 points for their Foxtrot.

Week three elimination: Country star Wynonna Judd and partner Tony Dovolani. The couple got just 15 points for their low-energy samba on the week-three show.Week-two score: 18 points, quickstep. Week-one score: 18 points, Cha Cha Cha. "I faced one of my biggest fears and I've made a lifetime friend out of Tony... this is the hardest job I've ever loved. I'm a singer, not a dancer... I can't wait to get back to making my record. I love my country music fans more than ever," Wynonna said when she learned she'd been eliminated. Watch their final dance, the samba:

LEFT THE SHOW ON WEEK TWO

Former ice skating sensation Dorothy Hamill and Tristan MacManus dropped out of the competition on the first results show of the season. Week-one score: 21 points for their contemporary dance. Total two-week score: 36 out of 60. Had Dorothy and Tristan not left the show, the couple with the lowest combined two-week score of judges' points and viewers' votes would have been eliminated. Either Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold or Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko would have been eliminated. 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.

Read a recap of the second week of competition here.

Read a recap of the first week of competition here.

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