‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Final Four Dance For The Win
Dancing With the Stars' last four remaining celebrity contestants Kellie Pickler, Jacoby Jones, Aly Raisman and Zendaya Coleman each danced three dances on Tuesday night. The three dances included a judges’ pick, a “cha cha relay” and a “super sized” freestyle routine.
For the judges’ pick, Jacoby and Karina Smirnoff performed an energetic jive. It was good, but not great and the judges gave him 9’s all around. Aly and Mark Ballas were given a samba by the judges, and they all agreed that she’s improved since the last time she performed the dance. They received 29 points. The judges picked a quickstep for Kellie and Derek Hough, a dance for which they received 29 points the last time. Even ballroom stickler Len Goodman didn't have a complaint, and the country singer got a perfect score. Finally, Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiey took on a samba and also got a perfect score.
The cha cha relay had the four couples come out one right after the other, seamlessly taking over when the last one left off in the song. After they’d completed the relay the judges ranked them one through four: Jacoby and Karina, 4th; Aly and Mark, 3rd; Kellie and Derek, 2nd; Zendaya and Val, 1st.
Round three was the super sized free style part of the finale, and Jacoby and Karina went all out. Inspired by New Orleans and Mardi Gras, the couple were joined onstage by steppers and drummers. Again, the judges all gave him nine points. Mark decided to go daring with a routine revolved around a “vertical bar,” which meant they’d basically be pole dancing. The risk paid off as they were given a perfect score by the judges.
Next up, were Kellie and Derek who decided to replace elaborate production with an incredibly technical and emotional dance. Their stripped down contemporary routine was arguably the best performance of the night, earning them 30/30 with Goodman declaring that he’d have liked to have given them an 11. Zendaya and Val did a combination of cha cha, contemporary and hip-hop with a bunch of children as backup dancers. The also get 30/30.
At the end of the night, the standings placed Zendaya and Val in first with 1 point more than Kellie and Derek. Aly and Mark were in third with 61, followed by Jacoby and Karina in a distant fourth with 56 points.
Dancing With the Stars' results show airs tonight on ABC at 8/9c.
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