DWTS TV blog: Aly beats Andy in a dance-off, Zendaya bests Jacoby, Ingo beats Sean; Kellie gets immunity

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comApril 29, 2013 

Week seven of "Dancing with the Stars" was Latin Night and the ABC show got spicy with dance-off competitions and a battle for immunity. Singer Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough earned immunity. They will not be eliminated on Tuesday's results show. They earned nearly perfect scores in round one, tying with gymnast Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas by earning 29 points. Since Kellie and Derek had higher season total scores than Aly and Mark, Kellie and Derek were given immunity.

The couple receiving the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers votes will be eliminated on Tuesday's show.

Total scores: Aly and Mark, 32. Disney star Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy, 30. NFL star Jacoby Jones and and Karina Smirnoff, 27. Soap star Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson, 25. Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd, 24. Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess, 17. A total of 33 points were available, 30 for the individual dance and 3 for winning the dance-off.

Round-one scores: Tied with 29 points were Kellie and Derek, and Aly and Mark. Tied with 27 were Jacoby and Karina and Zendaya and Val. Sean and Peta had 24. Ingo and Kym got 22. Andy and Sharna earned 17.

Dance-off challenges

Since they tied for the highest score in round one, Aly and Mark got to choose who to compete against in their dance-off. They chose Andy and Sharna, who got to choose the dance. They picked Cha Cha Cha over rumba and jive. Len: "Andy... your enthusiasm is fantastic." Bruno: "Both of you did a fantastic job. Carrie Ann: "Andy, I love you for never giving up." Andy started off on the wrong foot but he got back into it. Aly and Mark won, which gives them thee points to add to tonight's score.

Zendaya and Val chose Jacoby and Karina because Val said they wanted to "pick on somebody our own size." Jacoby chooses the jive. Bruno: "It was like watching two champions." Carrie Ann: "Jacoby, I think you won this house over." Len: "One is full of fun... Then Zendaya is clean, neat and precise." Zendaya and Val win.

That left Sean and Peta vs. Ingo and Kym in the rumba. Sean and Peta had a higher score when the competed in the rumba earlier in the show. Carrie Ann: "Ingo, nice improvement... Sean, another strong performance." Len: "This is the hardest for me." Burno: "It was like watching the battle of the hunks." Bruno chose Sean and Peta. Carie Ann and Len chose Ingo and Kym, who win the extra thee points.

Tonight one couple will earn immunity for Tuesday's results show. They'll be the only couple who won't be in danger of being eliminated. Of the remaining couples, the one with the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers votes will be eliminated.

Recap of round one, individual dances, April 29:

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, were available for each dance. This was the seventh week of season 16 competition.

Teen star Zendaya Coleman, 16 years old, and Val Chmerkovskiy received points for their intense paso doble. Len: "That dance had attack. It had aggression." Bruno: "You looked like a angel, you danced like a furry." Carrie Ann: "It was beautiful." The judges told Zendaya that she needed to hold her head up more and gain more strength. Week six: 51 total points, 29 for the Cha Cha Cha. Week five: 29 points, Argentine Tango. Week four: 26, samba. Week three: 24, Viennese Waltz. Week two: 26, jive. Week one: 24, Contemporary dance.

"The Bachelor" Sean Lowe, who is now engaged to his top bachelorette Catherine, and Peta Murgatroyd earned 24 points for their rumba. Carrie Ann: "That was just wonderful." Len: "Peta was hot. You were a bit wooden." Len complained that Sean was flapping his arms too much. Bruno: "Fifty shades of Sean." Though Bruno did tell Sean not to stick out his bum so far because it looked like he was "going to the toilet." Sean wished Catherine a happy birthday. Week six: 46 points, with 21 points for the samba. Week five: quickstep. Week four: 20. Week three: 21. Week two: 20, jive. Week one: 19, Foxtrot.

Olympian and gymnastic standout Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas earned their first 10s of the season and a score of 29 for their salsa. They got 10s from Carrie Ann and Bruno and 9 from Len. Bruno: "Tooty fruit cocktail of topical flavors." Carrie Ann: "I loved it." Len: "It was like a tequila sunrise. It was sharp and fruity. It was tasty and refreshing." Len wanted more recognizable salsa passes. Carrie Ann and Bruno disagreed. Aly rehearsed with Henry after Week six: 52 total points, with 27 for their foxtrot. Week five: 25, samba. Week four: 27, contemporary. Week three, 23, Viennese Waltz. Week two: 24, quickstep. Week one: 21, Cha Cha Cha.

Actor Andy Dick and new pro Sharna Burgess got 17 points for the rumba. Carrie Ann gave them just 5 points. Len and Bruno awarded them 6s. Len: "I liked the fun of the dance... it was more erratic than erotic." Bruno: " ." Carrie Ann: "I know you want to improve. You need to not forget about your arms." Week six: 43 points, with 18 for the samba. Week five: 18, paso doble. Week four: Viennese Waltz, 21. Week three: 18, Cha Cha Cha. Week-two score: 20 points, jazz. Week-one score: 17, foxtrot.

Former "American Idol" star Kellie Pickler and 3-time DWTS champ Derek Hough got 29 points for their samba. Len and Bruno gave them perfect 10s but Carrie Ann only awarded the couple 9 points. Carrie Ann: "I see perfection in every move you do... I don't feel you when you dance... It lacks emotional content." Len and Bruno strongly disagreed. Len: "Booty, bouncing and bongos... I thought it was brilliant." Bruno: "It was the prefect blend of technique and performance." Week five: 27, foxtrot. Week four: 26, rumba. Week three: 25, jive. Week two: 26, jazz. Week one: 21, Cha Cha Cha.

"General Hospital" soap star Ingo Rademacher and two-time DWTS winner Kym Johnson earned 22 points for the rumba. Len awarded them 8 while Carrie Ann and Bruno gave them 7s. Bruno: "The hips need a lot of work." Carrie Ann: "It was lacking a bit of the connection." Len: "You didn't quite deliver... there was a lot of content in there." Week six: 46, with 24 for the tano. Week five: 21, Cha Cha Cha. Week four: 23, Viennese Waltz. Week three: 21 points, Paso Doble, Week two: 20, quickstep. Week one: 20, contemporary dance

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff earned 27 points for their salsa. Len: "Was that earthquake or did you just rock this place?" Jacoby's mom shouted something at Len when he said he would have preferred fewer lifts. Then they had some funny banter interrupted by the crowds loudness. Bruno: "The fiesta has began." Carrie Ann: "It's like you could fart the salsa... I mean it's so in your body... You had the right flavor fart." Week six: 23 points for the quickstep, bringing them to 45. Week five: 26, jive. Week four: 24, fox trot. Week three: 24, rumba. Week two: 23, jazz. Week one: 20, Cha Cha Cha.

Eliminated week six:

Boxer Victor Ortiz and new pro Lindsay Arnold were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" after the fifth week of competition. Victor said: "I don't take nothin' back. It's been a blast... I'm happy to get this far." He said he enjoyed meeting the cast and hopes to see everyone ringside for a future World Championship bout. Week six: 40 total points, with 18 for their rumba. Week five: 21, Viennese Waltz. Week four: 18, paso doble. Week three: 23, contemporary dance. Week two: 18, jive. Week one: 18, Fox Trot.

Eliminated week five:

Actor and comedian D.L. Hughley and his dance partner Cheryl Burke were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" on Tuesday's (April 16) results show. They had the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes. The other couple in the bottom two was boxer Victor Ortiz with Lindsay Arnold.

When asked what he'd miss, D.L. Hughley said: "Just Cheryl." Then, he continued. "Len, I watched you during the package and you need to work on your hip action... and the hip surgery Bruno said I should have, I'm willing to you... I've had a ball." The judges were tough on D.L. this season but he kept cracking jokes. When he earned his highest score of the season -- 21 points, 7s across the board -- D.L. said: "That's higher than my SAT scores." In video footage, D.L. is shown saying how appreciative he was of making a new friend in Cheryl and learning a new skill. He vowed to keep dancing long after the show ended.

Watch his final dance here...

Eliminated week four: Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump with Gleb Savchenko. Watch Lisa and Gleb's final dance...

"Just to be included with this group of people, you know -- gold medalists, Olympians but most importantly -- just a wonderful bunch of people, so yes, I am really happy... It's been a long six weeks and boy has it taken its toll... It's been the hardest thing I've ever done," Lisa said. She called dancing with Gleb "a gift" because of patience. She thanked her cast mates for making the experience enjoyable.

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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