DWTS TV recap: Aly Raisman and Jacoby Jones just one point shy of perfection in semifinal

dminty@ledger-enquirer.comMay 13, 2013 

Gymnast Aly Raisman with partner Mark Ballas and NFL star Jacoby Jones with partner Karina Smirnoff were each just one point shy of perfection for two performances on the semifinal episode of "Dancing with the Stars." Aly and Mark earned 59 out of 60 points as did Jacoby and Karina. Singer Kellie Pickler and partner Derek Hough got 58 points, with Len giving them two 10s. Disney star Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy earned 55 points, scoring a perfect 30 for their second dance, a hip-hop routine. Soap star Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson got 51 points.

The couple with the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes will be eliminated on Tuesday's results show. The final competition for this year's mirror ball trophy will be next Monday (May 20.)

In the first round, singer Kellie Pickler and partner Derek Hough started the show with a sizzling Argentine Tango that earned them a perfect score of 30 points, 10 from each judge. NFL star Jacoby Jones with partner Karina Smirnoff and gymnast Aly Raisman with partner Mark Ballas also receive perfect scores. Disney star Zendaya Coleman and Val Chmerkovskiy received 25 points for their quickstep while soap star Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson got 24 points for their samba.

Here's a recap of the episode:

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 ninth week of season 16 competition.

Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff earned a perfect score -- 30 points -- for their Argentine Tango. Len: "That's what I'm talking about." Bruno: "The sexual tension was unbearable... Best performance ever from you." A kiss from Carrie Ann says it all.

They earned 29 points for their high-energy Lindyhop. Len: "It was full on, action packed... Fabulous. Well done." Len did mention that Jacoby got off on the wrong foot early on. Bruno: "You got everybody powered up." Carrie Ann: "I vote you number one entertainer of season 16."

Week eight total: 52. Week seven: salsa, 27. 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.

Olympian and gymnastic standout Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas earned a perfect score of 30 for their romantic rumba. Carrie Ann: "Aly, way to go." Len: "It had romance but it wasn't raunchy." Bruno: "The transformation is complete... You had us all enchanted."

They earned 29 points, 9 from Len and 10s from Carrie Ann and Bruno, for their Afro jazz routine. Carrie Ann: "That was ridiculous... It was just fantastic." Len: "I loved the musical interpretation... I like to see a little more connection." Bruno: "You show an incredible range. If you don't make it to the finals I'm going to judge in speedos."

Week eight total: 56 points out of 60. Week seven: salsa, 29; 32 total. 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.

Former "American Idol" star Kellie Pickler and 3-time DWTS champ Derek Hough earned a perfect score of 30 points for their Argentine Tango. Len: "That was a mix of pride and joy... That was fantastic." Bruno: "Welcome to the world of the sublime." Carrie Ann: "It was perfection."

Their flamenco got 28 points, a 10 from Len and 9s from Bruno and Carrie Ann. Len: "You're small but your talent is huge. As far as I'm concerned, you've just booked your spot in the final." Bruno: "You tightened up." Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno and asked Kellie if she did tense up. Kellie said the dress was very heavy.

Week eight total: 55. Week seven: samba, 29. Week five: 27, foxtrot. Week four: 26, rumba. Week three: 25, jive. Week two: 26, jazz. Week one: 21, Cha Cha Cha.

Teen star Zendaya Coleman, 16 years old, and Val Chmerkovskiy earned 25 points for their super-fast but technically lacking quickstep. Bruno: "Fasten your seat belt. This was a quickstep for the next generation." Carrie Ann: "Trouble in paradise. That was kind of a mess." Len: "Parts of that dance were fabulous... The speed came in and the style went out."

Val had to keep up with Zendaya during their fast hip hop. They earned a perfect 30. Bruno: "You've got to be kidding me. That was so cool." Carrie Ann: "Val, nice job... You killed it." Len: "I liked the attitude... There was great rhythm."

Week eight total: 58. Week seven: 27 paso doble, 32 total. 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.

"General Hospital" soap star Ingo Rademacher and two-time DWTS winner Kym Johnson Bruno received 24 points for their samba: "I love your determination. You're like a dog with a bone." Carrie Ann: "You have the biggest fight to make it into the finals... You have to step it up a bit." Len: "I thought you did a good job with a difficult dance."

They got 27 points for their Charleston. "Fun, fun, fun." Carrie Ann: "You hit a grand slam with that one." Len: "It was bubbly and full of fizz... Good time to do your best dance ever."

Week eight total: 48. Week 7: rumba, 22 total, 25. Week six: 46, with 24 for the tango. 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

Viewers voted via twitter last week for the dance styles each couple would perform on this week's semifinal dances. Viewers chose Flamenco for Kellie, Charleston for Ingo, hip hop for Zendaya, Afro jazz for Aly and Lindyhop for Jacoby. Sean would danced disco if he hadn't been eliminated. Each celebrity seemed pleased with the viewers' choices.

Eliminated week eight: Bachelor Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" at the quarter-final mark on May 7. "I've enjoyed every second of it. I truly am blessed to have taken part in this with all these stars. I'm still just a normal guy from Dallas. What an incredible opportunity," Sean said. Peta said Sean was a tireless worker. Peta: "He's just the most humble, wonderful guy." Week eight total: 42. Week seven: rumba, 24. 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.

Eliminated week seven: Actor Andy Dick with Sharna Burgess were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars." They received the lowest combined score of judges' points and viewers' votes after the seventh week of competition. A very emotional Andy said: "It's been the best... It's just been the best... The fact that we're here on week seven is just amazing... I really thank everybody here, the fans out there, the judges... It's been a wonderful, wonderful ride." Sharna said: "I couldn't have had a more incredible first season (being) paired with Andy... He's given me such a special experience that I'll remember forever." Scores: Week seven: rumba, 17. 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.

Eliminated week six: Boxer Victor Ortiz and new pro Lindsay Arnold were eliminated from "Dancing with the Stars" after the sixth 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.

Eliminated week four: Real Housewife Lisa Vanderpump with Gleb Savchenko. "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.

First to leave: 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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