David Ross has had mixed results on “Dancing with the Stars” this season. He’s the first baseball player ever to compete on the show, so judges didn’t know what to expect when he first stepped foot on the dance floor. They were surprised by his prowess in week one, then he struggled in week two, but he rebounded in week three. His week-four performance for “Most Memorable Year” was somewhere in-between. His Viennese waltz with pro partner Lindsay Arnold, in honor of his 2016 World Series victory with the Chicago Cubs, was a far cry from last week’s “Magic Mike” jazz routine, and it was a bit uneven. Watch it above.
“It was so beautiful,” said judge Julianne Hough. “Your spirit and your energy are always infectious.” However, she noted that it was “a little squatty and a little skippety sometimes and could have been a little smoother.” Bruno Tonioli told him that he still has “the vitality of a spring chicken … but you cannot jump on the Viennese waltz, it has to float.” Carrie Ann Inaba encouraged him by saying, “As usual you’re very uplifting … I will say though, you were skipping and hopping and it lost a little control and I thought, ‘He’s running for home!'” Len Goodman didn’t say any words at all: he commented in the form of baseball signs that no one understood except perhaps Ross.
However, Ross’s score still included strong 8s from Goodman, Hough and Tonioli, as well as a 7 from Inaba for a total of 31 out of 40. But the level of competition is so high that that score was only good enough for seventh place on the leaderboard. Did you agree with his scores?
Do you think Morris performed the best routine of the night? Watch her cha cha above and then vote in our poll below to decide your favorite performance from “Most Memorable Year” night. And if you think she’ll win the Mirror Ball Trophy you can make your predictions here.