Whoever said Ally Brooke can’t dance? Certainly no one at the “Dancing with the Stars” judges’ table on “Boy Band and Girl Group Night.” Even with an extra judge on the panel (special guest Joey Fatone) she maintained the perfect scores she first achieved during “Dance-Off Week.” Watch her jazz routine above, and scroll down to watch her samba and listen to our recent audio interview with the pop singer.
Her Spice Girls samba during the first round of the night had me worried. That style has been the scourge of many “DWTS” contestants before her, but she survived it. Actually, she more than survived it. Carrie Ann Inaba called it “flawless.” Len Goodman thought she had “great technique.” Joey Fatone said she was “amazing.” And Bruno Tonioli told her, “I’ll tell you what I want: more of that!” She got 10s across the board for a total of 40 out of 40.
Then she did it again at the end of the night when she performed a jazz routine to “Step by Step” by New Kids on the Block. Jazz was quite a change of pace, with fewer strict choreographic demands than the samba, and she was eager for a chance to be more expressive on the dance floor. Once again Fatone thought she was “amazing.” Once again Inaba called her “flawless.” Goodman appreciated her bubbly personality. And Tonioli even compared her to Paula Abdul. The result: another perfect 40.
Those two perfect scores put her at the top of the judges’ leaderboard by a wide margin, which kept her safe from elimination after she landed in the bottom two twice before. But that’s not all. It also pushed her past James Van Der Beek as the season’s highest scoring dancer. Not counting guest judges or dance-off bonus points, Brooke has received 280 points from the judges thus far, which comes out to an average of 25.5 out of 30 per dance, or 8.5 per judge. Van Der Beek wasn’t quite perfect this week, according to the judges, so he drops to second with 275 points, or 25 out of 30 per dance and 8.33 per judge.
Next stop: semifinals. Will Brooke continue her momentum all the way to the finale, or will Van Der Beek come back strong?
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