'Dancing with the Stars' live blog: Week 4 performances

dancing-with-the-stars-week-4-performances-victor-ortiz-lindsay-arnold-abc.jpgEven though there has only been one real elimination so far this season, it's already week 4 of "Dancing with the Stars" Season 16. The theme this week is "best year of your life," which should definitely make for some interesting dances. Follow along with this live blog for all of the highlights and scores from the performances.

And it looks like we're going to see a meltdown! Yay for "DWTS" meltdowns!

It might just be illness. Lisa Vanderpump apparently missed rehearsals because she was sick. Her presence at the actual performance is TBA.

First up --

Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd -- Viennese waltz

Best year = 2012

With Catherine as the end of the solo? Ah, cross-show promotion! And love. Of course, love is involved too.

Impressively, Sean manages not to smile in this one. This might be a first for the former "Bachelor." It's not a terribly artistic performance, but it does look solid -- and Sean doesn't look foolish like so many men when they waltz.

"That was a pretty good effort at a difficult dance." -- Len Goodman
"At times, you have wonderful fluidity... You have to sustain it." -- Bruno Tonioli
"The lift police is back -- and you had two!" -- Carrie Ann Inaba

Scores: 6+7+7 = 20


Victor Ortiz and Lindsay Arnold -- dance

Best year = 2011

Boxing. Lots of boxing. This actually works with the violence of the paso doble. Victor starts out well -- he's suited to this dance. There are what seem to be a few missteps, but at least he manages to recover.

Also, Victor does some of that dancing on the knees that's so cool. Also also, this is a terrible arrangement of "We Will Rock You."

"You definitely punched the living daylights out of the paso doble -- but the thing is, darling, you're supposed to dance it, not punch it out." -- Bruno
Followed by multiple boxing wordplay by everyone...

Scores: 6+6+6 = 18

Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff -- foxtrot

Best year = 2012

Playing to win the Super Bowl and becoming a father are decent reasons to pick a year.

Not sure how well a country song goes with a country song, but the dancing is pretty nice. It's fairly obvious how big Jacoby is compared to his partner. That's never good. Otherwise, however, the dancing works. Jacoby's solo is especially good.

"That dance was just phenomenal." -- Carrie Ann
"I was a fan of that foxtrot tonight." -- Len
"You were trotting at full-throttle!" -- Bruno

Scores: 8+8+8 = 24

Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas -- contemporary 

Best year = 2012

2012 was a big year for this season's stars.

Gymnasts are made for contemporary. That ability to perfectly control the body during difficult movements helps a lot in this style. The result is awfully good.

"I liked the balance between showing emotion and the athleticism of the whole thing." -- Len
"You're going for gold, my darling!" -- Bruno

Scores: 9+9+9 = 27

See? I said it was good.

Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess -- Viennese waltz

Best year = 2013

After a rather emotional explanation of wanting to do this dance for his daughter, it's good that Andy is actually dancing rather well this week. His emotions are definitely there, and there is even some technique.

"Effective, straight from the heart..." -- Bruno
"It was like the simplest poem." -- Carrie Ann (who was crying too hard to talk for about a minute)
"You came onto this show a man, whatever happens, you'll go out of this a hero." -- Len

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21

Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy -- samba

Best year = 2009

How ironic is it that the youngest star has the earliest best year?

Zendaya is much, much faster than anyone else on this show. That's a very good thing in the samba. She actually looks fairly professional out there in what might be the simplest female costume on "DWTS" history. Seriously, it's just a white blouse with black pants -- with only a few sequins.

"Honey, you are baby Beyonce!" -- Carrie Ann
"I would have liked a little more straightening of the legs." -- Len
Bruno pretty much just sang the lyrics of "Venus."

Scores: 9+8+9 = 26

Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson -- Viennese waltz 

Best year = 2009

Ingo has the right look for a waltz -- all serious and strong and vaguely European-looking. The dance is pretty good too. Not a standout or anything, but this is certainly an adequate performance. Very pretty.

"Ingo, I commend you on your footwork." -- Len
"We keep telling you, 'control.' And tonight you did control it." -- Bruno

Scores: 8+7+8 = 23

D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke -- foxtrot 

Best year = his 8th/9th grade year

"Nothing says Compton like the foxtrot." -- D.L. Hughley

They're smart to highlight the comedy. After all, D.L. has already made it further than many comedians on this show. His dancing still isn't great. But a sexy dance at the judges' table and some crawling on the floor aren't going to hurt anything. I mean, they'll hurt where someone like Len is concerned. The fans are likely to enjoy it though.

"It's time for your favorite part of the show!" -- Tom Bergeron

"You have more content than ever." -- Bruno
"That's the real breakthrough, my friend." -- Carrie Ann
"This had far more content, it was far better." -- Len

Scores: 7+7+7 = 21

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough -- rumba  

Best year = 2011

Nice to have a husband (Kyle Jacobs) who can write your music -- always makes things special. Plus, he's there to sing it to her. It works when she's talking about the year she met him.

Granted, there's also something a wee bit awkward in dancing passionately with another man right in front of that husband... She seems okay with it though. We're talking more of that graceful and beautiful dancing she's been performing pretty much all season.

"You make the most beautiful shapes with your body." -- Carrie Ann
"The movement was a tad staccato." -- Len

Scores: 9+8+9 = 26
 
Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko -- cha-cha

Best year = when her daughter got married

Believe it or not, Lisa wanted to dance, even after collapsing during rehearsals.

She's looking fairly perky for a person who was fainting a few days ago. That's nice. This isn't the greatest dance or anything -- Lisa is missing steps here and there. Fortunately, we get a shirtless Gleb and a giant animation of Giggy (in sunglasses) to distract us.

"You've given it your best shot." -- Len
"Of course there was all the mistakes -- that was due to under-rehearsal." -- Bruno

Scores: 6+6+6 = 18

Considering being sick and missing so many steps, that's pretty good!

Who were your favorites tonight? Who is going home in week 4?


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