'Dancing with the Stars' Recap Week 4: Best Year of My Life - Aly Raisman Tops Leaderboard

Aly Raisman on Dancing with the Stars season 16
Aly Raisman tops the leaderboard on week 4 of Dancing with the Stars

For the season 16, week 4 performances on Dancing with the Stars (April 8, 2013), the celebrities commemorated the best year of their lives through dance for judges Len Goodman, Carrie Ann Inaba and Bruno Tonioli. Before the competition began hosts Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke-Charvet announced that Reality Star Lisa Vanderpump had fainted during rehearsal on Friday, and it was up in the air if she would be well enough to perform. Vanderpump did go on, but earned the evening’s lowest scores; Olympic gymnast Alexandra "Aly" Raisman topped the leaderboard with a combined score of 27.

Reality Star Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd do a Viennese Waltz to “I Won’t Give Up” by Jason Mraz. Sean’s best year was 2012 when he found his true love Catharine Giudici on The Bachelor. Sean wears a French blue shirt with a grey vest and pants; Peta wears a light blue gown with beading throughout the bodice. He does a solo that leads to him approaching and kissing Catharine, who is sitting in the audience. Len rhymes, “He was steamin’ and I’m beamin,’” and says overall Sean did a very good job. Bruno says Sean stumbles at times, but the talent is there. Carrie Ann “Lift Police” Inaba noticed “two major lifts” during the dance.
SCORES: Carrie Ann 6, Len 7, Bruno 7, for a total of 20 out of 30

Boxer Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold do a Paso Doble to “We Will Rock You” by Queen. Victor’s best year was 2011 when he won his first WBC title. Victor wears black and red pants that resemble boxing trunks, Lindsay wears a black and red costume with a black train lined in red. During the dance they do moves that recall sparring. Bruno tells Victor, “You definitely punched the living daylights out of the paso doble… you’re supposed to dance it, not destroy it.” Then Bruno says that Victor went wrong and missed footwork, and “I know you can do better.” Carrie Ann thinks Victor needs to work on his arms. Len admires Victor’s spirit and determination.
SCORES: Carrie Ann 6, Len 6, Bruno 6, for a total of 18 out of 30

Superbowl Champion Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff do a Foxtrot to “Watching You” by Rodney Atkins. Jacoby’s best year was 2012, not because that’s when he won the Superbowl, but because it’s the year his son was born. Jacoby wears a grey vest and pants, white shirt and pink tie; Karina wears a white gown with fuchsia pattern, open back and sides. Jacoby’s countrified solo was a lot of fun, and it was nice to see his son in the audience. Carrie Ann says Jacoby’s dance was “just phenomenal” and that there was “something joyous about it.” Len says, “I was a fan of that foxtrot. You came out and you did it.” Bruno tells Jacoby, “You were trotting at full throttle” and he calls Jacoby “irresistible”.
SCORES: Carrie Ann 8, Len 8, Bruno 8, for a total of 24 out of 30

Olympic Gymnast Alexandra Raisman and Mark Ballas do a Contemporary dance to "Titanium" by David Guetta. Aly’s best year was 2012 when she got to represent the US the Summer Olympic Games in London, and her partner Mark points out Aly was the most decorated gymnast on the women’s team. Aly wears a red backless skirted costume; Mark dances shirtless in black pants. This was our favorite Aly dance so far - it was much more emotional than past performances. Len tells Aly, “I like the balance between showing emotion and the athleticism of the whole thing.” Bruno calls Aly’s dance “dramatic and deeply felt.” Carrie Ann says Aly was “completely in the moment”, and that she was mesmerized by her.
SCORES: Carrie Ann 9, Len 9, Bruno 9, for a total of 27 out of 30

Actor Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess do a Viennese Waltz to “Hallelujah” by Leonard Cohen. Andy’s best year was 2013 because of his sobriety and getting another chance to redeem himself with his kids, and he wants to share that with his daughter. Andy wears a grey vest and pants with a lavender shirt; Sharna wears a floral gown with a split skirt. Andy is very light on his feet during this dance, and he gets a standing ovation. Bruno says it was Andy’s best dance since show one. Carrie is overcome with emotion and cries - she calls Andy’s dance “the simplest poem just using three letters.” Len tells Andy, “You came onto this show as a man, and who knows whatever happens, you’ll go out of it a hero.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann 7, Len 7, Bruno 7, for a total of 21 out of 30

Disney Star Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy do a Samba to “Love on Top” by Beyoncé. Zendaya’s best year was 2009 – it’s when she had her first Disney audition and was discovered. Zendaya wears a silver jacket over black pants and a white beaded blouse with fluttery sleeves pony tail; Val wears black pants and shirt. It’s remarkable how well she dances. Carrie Ann tells Zendaya, “You are Baby Beyoncé”, and compliments Val for his “fantastic choreography”. Len wanted to see more samba content in Zendaya’s solo, and says her legs were too flexed but the dance was well done. Bruno says Zendaya is, “fearless, so cool, so hip, so slick.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann 9, Len 8, Bruno 9, for a total of 26 out of 30

Actor Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson do a Viennese Waltz to “A Thousand Years” by Christina Perri. Ingo’s best year was 2009 when he got married to his wife Ehiku and started a family. Ingo wears white pants, vest, shirt and tie; Kim wears a white chiffon gown with floral trim. Len commends Ingo’s footwork and solo, but says there were a “couple of incidents” with his arms. Still, Len “enjoyed it very much.” Bruno calls it “elegant, dashing, deeply romantic.” Carrie Ann tells Ingo that his posture blossomed after last week’s corrections, and says, “when you add love to these dances they blossom.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann 8, Len 7, Bruno 8, for a total of 23 out of 30

Comedian D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke do a Foxtrot to “I Want to Make Love to You” by Etta James. The best years of D.L.’s life were 8th and 9th grade, and he jokes “nothing says ‘Compton’ like a foxtrot.” D.L. wears a black tuxedo; Cheryl wears a platinum lamé gown. During his solo D.L. swivels his hips at the judges table, then gets on all fours – it’s a funny moment. Bruno says, “I can see you can savor the flavor of sweet revenge,” and he gives him extra points "for the butt." Carrie Ann likes the dance, and Len tells D.L., “I admire your spirit” and says this week was, far better, not too intense, it had elements of fun and it was much smoother. He also mentioned he heard D.L. practiced more this week, and that it “100% paid off.”
SCORES: Carrie Ann 7, Len 7, Bruno 7, for a total of 21 out of 30

Singer Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough do a Rumba to “Say I Do” by Kellie’s real life husband, Kyle Jacobs, who sings the number during the dance. Kellie’s best year was 2011, when she got married. She talks about how they were planning a big wedding, but changed their minds and eloped to the Caribbean. Kellie wears a white form-fitting dress with a high slit; Derek wears a white shirt and beige pants. The choreography has lovely holds and showcases Kellie’s flexibility. She ends the dance by kissing her husband (and in the balcony, Victor kisses Jacoby). Carrie Ann says Kellie makes “beautiful pictures” with her body, but some movements were clipped. Len says Kellie drew everyone into performance, but he also noticed the staccato movements. Bruno says it was like watching magical images.
SCORES: Carrie Ann 9, Len 8, Bruno 9, for a total of 26 out of 30

Restaurateur Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko do a Cha-Cha-Cha to “Celebration” by Kool and the Gang. Lisa passed out during rehearsal on Friday, and as a result, it was unclear if she would actually perform this week, but she made it. Lisa’s best year was 2011 when her daughter Pandora got married, because it gave her a chance to be “Mommy” again. Lisa wears a white gown briefly, then rips it off to reveal a two-toned, pink, shiny costume; Gleb wear black pants and suspenders with a short sleeved white shirt. Len says Lisa gave it her best shot, but that her moves could have been crisper and sharper. Bruno says that what Lisa did, she did well. Carrie Ann says Lisa has “so much potential”, but she takes a point off because they did a lift.
SCORES: Carrie Ann 6, Len 6, Bruno 6, for a total of 18 out of 30

Dancing with the Stars - Week 4 Leaderboard
1. Alexandra and Mark  27 (9,9,9) Contemporary
2. Zendaya and Val        26 (9,8,9)  Samba
3. Kellie and Derek        26 (9,8,9)  Rumba
4. Jacoby and Karina     24 (8,8,8) Foxtrot     
5. Ingo and Kym            23 (8,7,8)  Viennese Waltz 
6. Andy and Sharna       21 (7,7,7)  Viennese Waltz        
7. D.L. and Cheryl         21 (7,7,7)  Foxtrot
8. Sean and Peta            20 (6,7,7)  Viennese Waltz    
9. Victor and Lindsay     18 (6,6,6)  Paso Doble
10. Lisa and Gleb           18 (6,6,6)  Cha-cha-cha

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Posted on Tuesday, April 9, 2013