On Oct. 11, the remaining nine couples on “Dancing with the Stars” shared their most memorable years with viewers. This is usually the week where most stars recieve their highest scores and have the relief of no elimination and that’s exactly what happened. Here’s how the judges ranked the contestants:
Now here’s how I’d rank the competitors:
1. James Hinchliffe & Sharna Burgess (Tango)
Most Memorable Year: 2015 (when he survived car crash at Indy 500)
I’m shocked week after week by how fluid he is with each dance. I thought he had great posture, the choreography was full of content and he had the right amount of drama and attack needed for the tango.
Score: 29 out of 30 — Much deserved! James has now cemented himself as the dark horse in this competition.
2. Terra Jole & Sasha Farber (Contemporary)
Most Memorable Year: 2013 (the passing of her father)
Like James, Terra has also impressed me week after week. I love how committed she is to each dance and doesn’t dwell on her limitations as a little person to get her sympathy votes from viewers. By far her best performance of the season.
Score: 27 out of 30 — I agreed with the judges on this.
3. Jana Kramer & Gleb Savenchko (Contemporary)
Most Memorable Year: 2016 (the birth of her daughter)
In the last few weeks Jana has been overshadowed by several other competitors, but this week was her breakthrough. We finally got to see a different side of her as opposed to the sexy and sultry performances she showed us in the first couple of weeks. Hopefully, this performance will inspire Gleb to create more memorable routines for Jana.
Score: 26 out of 30 — I felt that she deserved all nines.
4. Marilu Henner & Derek Hough (Viennese Waltz)
Memorable Year: 1978 (the year her mother passed away and also the year where she booked her audition for “Taxi”)
Like Jana, Marilu needed a breakthrough week. I thought the routine was beautiful, and I agree with the judges that she looked like a different person on the dance floor.
Score: 27 out of 30 — Once again I agree with the judges.
5. Laurie Hernandez & Val Chmerkovskiy (Paso Doble)
Memorable Year: 2016 (winning a gold and silver medal at this year’s Olympic Games in Rio)
I agree with judge Carrie Ann Inaba that the opening was a bit too provocative considering how young Laurie is (she’s 16). I’m not sure if it was the song choice or the pressure getting to Laurie, but the routine lacked the energy and attack required for the paso doble. The good news for her is she needed a week where she’s not on top to show viewers that she’s not always perfect so they don’t tune out or turn against her.
Score: 25 out of 30 — I agree with the judges.
6. Calvin Johnson & Lindsay Arnold (Jazz)
Memorable Year: 2012 (the year that he broke Jerry Rice’s single-season record for receiving yards)
I love how enthusiastic Calvin is with each routine every week. But like Julianne Hough and Carrie Ann mentioned, Calvin’s movements need to be much bigger, especially with a jazz routine.
Score: 24 out of 30 — The judges were pretty spot on with this score.
7. Ryan Lochte & Cheryl Burke (Contemporary)
Memorable Year: 2008 (Olympic Games in Beijing where he won his first Individual Gold Medal)
Like Derek Hough, Cheryl is great at understanding her partner and choreographing routines that make them shine. Since week one Ryan has seen his scores slowly move up week after week. His contemporary routine was his best so far. I was surprised to see how emotive he was throughout the dance.
Score: 24 out of 30 — Much deserved. His best dance yet.
8. Maureen McCormick & Artem Chigvintsev (Foxtrot)
Memorable Year: 1985 (the year she married her husband)
To me, the routine was a bit slow and reminded me more of a waltz. I think with her being the first performer of the night and being one the weaker dancers left, she may be in trouble next week.
Score: 24 out of 30 — I think she was over-scored. She deserved all sevens.
9, Amber Rose & Maks Chmerkovskiy (Samba)
Memorable Year: 2013 (the year her son Sebastian was born)
Amber Rose has to be one of the biggest disappointments for me this season. She hasn’t found that one dance she needs to break out from the pack. With this routine I saw that she knew all of her steps, but lacked the personality needed to sell the dance.
Score: 24 out of 30 — I disagreed with the judges on this one. Luke Maureen she deserved all sevens.
Elimination Prediction: I predict that Maureen and Artem will be sent home. The fact that they went first and their performance wasn’t as memorable puts them in greatest jeopardy of being eliminated.
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