Last night, "Dancing With the Stars" contestants competed in Len Goodman's side-by-side challenge, where they danced side-by-side with a professional couple. In light of the Boston Marathon bombings, last night's episode was refreshingly cheerful. We needed a light-hearted show to take our minds off this week's tragedy.
Here's a look at what we loved about last night's show.
We were excited to see pros Tony Dovolani, Anna Trebunskaya, Sasha Farber, Emma Slater, Henry Byalikov, Whitney Carson, and Chelsie Hightower this week.
Of course, the real treat was the return of Maksim Chmerkovskiy in his toned and chiseled glory. I had a good laugh during the opening group number, seeing that Maks had to perform with two of his exes on his stage (Karina Smirnoff and Peta Murgatroyd). What a Taylor Swift moment it must have been for him!
Double Chmerkovskiy, Double Digits
Zendaya Coleman is one lucky girl, being able to work with both Maks and Val this week. Anna also played a huge role in "teaching her how to be a woman." The hard work paid off gloriously, as Zendaya was able to perform with emotion and intensity, as well as cleanliness and precision.
Zendaya and Val earned a 29 for their salsa, earning the first 10s of the season.
Tristan MacManus Dashing in White
"Bachelor" Sean Lowe seems to have a man crush on Tristan and it's easy to see why. This guy is so naturally charming and likable. Sean spent the week trying to be like Tristan, right down to the hot pink T-shirts.
Under Tristan's tutelage, Sean went from "lumber-jock" to "swan" (or was it a "pigeon")? Sean and Peta earned a 24 for their side-by-side quickstep with Tristan and Chelsie.
Tristan was also featured in a Viennese waltz with Victor Ortiz, Lindsay, and pro Emma Slater. We couldn't help but swoon seeing Tristan looking so smooth and debonair in white. Victor and Lindsay earned a score of 21, putting them near the bottom. Will Victor's girl problems garner him enough sympathy votes to stick around?
The Joke's On Us
The two comedians, D.L. Hughley and Andy Dick failed to deliver the goods this week. Still, I had to give D.L. credit for having a sense of humor about it.
During his side-by-side tango with Sasha and Chelsie, the technical difference between D.L. and Sasha was glaring. But D.L. was able to joke about it, commenting, "you said that side by side, it was different. Was it the hair that gave it away?"
In the sky box, Brooke Burke-Charvet asked if D.L. believed that both comedians would be able to stick around in the competition. D.L. answered, "I think we'll stick around longer than America wants." Yup, the joke's definitely on us, but at least we can have laugh about it.
Speaking of laughs, it was almost comical to see Andy attempt to channel his inner Zorro. He comes across as so sweet and fragile that it just wasn't believable.
D.L and Cheryl Burke, Andy and Sharna Burgess both earned scores of 18, putting them at the bottom of the leaderboard.
Jacoby Jones showed us that real men can jive. This week, Jacoby's goals were to earned 9s from the judges, and to look manly while doing so. He and Karina, accompanied by Maks and Anna, earned a 26 for their jive.
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas, accompanied by Tony and Whitney, earned a respectable 25 for their samba. Aly probably earned quite a few votes by taking the time to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon tragedy.
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson, accompanied by Tony and Emma, earned a 21 for their cha cha cha. I'm wondering if Ingo and Kym could be in danger of bottom 2, or even a shocking elimination. Although they were by no means the worst, they did have the disadvantage of performing first and turning a relatively forgettable performance.
Are Victor and Ingo in danger of elimination? Can Andy's personal appeal make up for his technical shortcomings? Will D.L. "stick around longer than America wants"?
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