The final four kicked off the “Dancing with the Stars” performance show Monday night with the promise that it would be incredibly competitive — and from the get-go, it certainly didn’t disappoint.
There were two rounds during the episode, and they each contained their fair share of both memorable performances and perfect scores. Unfortunately, there also was an injury that puts the status of one competitor in jeopardy.
We are going to have more analysis of these actual performances a little bit later in the night (update: check it out below!) — for now, we have the scores. Feel free to share your thoughts on how everyone did below!
William Levy & Cheryl Burke (tango) – If there ever a dance that would fall under the definition of “intensity,” this was it. William continues to impress in that he has now overcome some of the jitters we saw earlier in the season, and is a capable leading man. Score: 28
Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas (quickstep) – We agree with Carrie Ann Inaba’s assertion that this was one of the best routines we’ve seen, especially when it comes to the quickstep. It was reminiscent in many ways of the famous quickstep performed by Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough — minus the random kiss at the end. Score: 29
Donald Driver & Peta Murgatroyd (waltz) – Someone needs the fire the fog machine operator on this one! Donald’s feet weren’t always perfect during this dance, but he has one distinct advantage in that he could have hid them under the fog for a good percentage of the dance. Score: 28
Maria Menounos & Derek Hough (Argentine tango) – If you want further evidence that Derek is the best choreographer on this entire series, all you have to do is look here. What a stunning, immaculate dance this was — everything was planned out perfectly, and it was also a stirring mix of emotion and technique. Deserving of the show’s highest honor. Score: 30
William Levy (salsa) – The designers first of all found a way to make Cheryl’s costume even more revealing here by having it by mostly a series of colors strips hanging from a skin-colored number, and they also decided to make sure William’s bum was in full display courtesy of some white pants. Then again, this may not be bad considering how much praise Len Goodman had for the latter. Score: 30
Katherine Jenkins (salsa) – While this was a dance that was not even remotely comfortable for Katherine at all, she still gave it her all in trying to don some sort of bizarre snake-charmer outfit and skulk around the stage. In case you are wondering, she suffered a back spasm near the tail end of the performance that caused her to mess up, and the tears were a combination of pain coupled with the emotion of trying so hard. Score: 27
Donald Driver (samba) – The samba is the sort of dance that suits Donald perfectly. It shows off that he is certainly unafraid of having a great time out on the floor, and it allows him to work the crowd. Despite he and Peta having the most bizarre song choices ever for this sort of dance, they still did remarkably well. Score: 29
Maria Menounos (jive) – Maria and Derek closed the show, and they of coursed fared just about as well as you would expect. We thought before the show that Maria was a force to be reckoned with — and now, she is realizing her full potential. Score: 29
Who do you think is the most danger of missing the finale (and a chance at the glorious Mirrorball) based on the scores from Monday night’s episode?