Dancing With The Stars: Week 4 results
When it came time to pick the encore, Len credited Ian, Apolo, and Heather as having great performances the night before, but the encore went to Joey & Kym. It was a good choice. They were the best of the night, and their paso doble was just as good the second time around. They were followed up by the first musical performance of the night.
Big and Rich came out to perform "Save a horse, ride a cowboy." I don't count myself as a Big and Rich fan, but that is a great song. Tony, Cheryl, Edyta, and Alex joined in to put on a show. It was all shaping up to be a very good number. Then, about half way through the song, all of a sudden season two champion Drew Lachey joined in the fun. He teamed up with his former partner, Cheryl, to show off a bit of one of their championship winning dances. It was a very well done segment.
It wasn't a surprise that most of the audience reactions had to do with the judging. The fans were mixed on the harsher judging. Some thought they went too far, while others were happy to see them taking a more active role. That led to the announcement of the first two safe couples. Billy Ray & Karina will be back for another go. And they will be joined by Apolo & Julianne.
The cast from Notes From The Underbelly were in attendance. Their show premieres Thursday, but tonight they got to watch a pretty nice samba performed by Andre and Elena. I wasn't crazy about that mess of feathers hanging off the left side of her dress, but it was a fantastic dance. It should make for a fun time next week. I'm hoping Laila does the samba. That could be the dance that vaults her right back into the middle of this whole thing.
Samantha announced that she is going to have a baby and then they lost me with all the juggling balls talk. Honestly, I don't really care if Clyde needs to be in China tomorrow, or Billy Ray is getting ready to start shooting Hanna Montana next week. If their schedules are so jam packed, why did they agree to do the show? Probably because, "It's not hard" to ballroom dance. At least, that's how Clyde put it in his interview. Is Clyde rubbing anyone else the wrong way with his attitude?
Along with the samba, next week half of the couples will be doing the rumba. Jimmy Kimmel and Guillermo return to explain "the woman's dance." They had a couple funny moments, particularly Guillermo's Beavis and Butthead reaction to Jimmy saying "balls." At the end of the day though, isn't this the same bit every week?
Luckily, Brian and Julianne came out to show off their version of the rumba. Big and Rich joined in with their new song "Lost in this moment." The song wasn't as good as their earlier one, but the dance was very well done. The pro performances are what make the results show worth watching.
Before we could get to the goods, there were two pre-taped packages to watch. The judges explained what it is they are looking for in a dancer. It was an interesting look at some of the things they are watching for. After that, two more couples got the good news. Laila & Max are through to the next round. And in the first surprise of the night, Clyde & Elena are not in the bottom two. There must really be a lot of Clyde fans out there. This could get interesting.
That was followed up by a piece explaining a little more about what the pros have to do behind the scenes to prepare for each performance. It wasn't bad, but I think a more interesting angle would have been to look at how some of the pros are able to choreograph the dances to their partners strengths. I think Heather, in particular, is really benefiting from the fact that Jonathan really understands how to show her off while protecting her from mistakes.
And finally, down to business. Joey & Kym are moving on. They'll be joined by Ian & Cheryl. Heather & Jonathan are the last couple to get a pass, leaving Leeza & Tony standing in the red light with John & Edyta. I really thought Clyde should have been there, but it's understandable how these two teams ended up in the bottom. In the end, Leeza is going home. It's maybe a week or two early for her to exit, but it was clear that she wasn't going to challenge for the crown. She gave a nice exit speech and we can put another week of dancing in the books.
Overall, this was a pretty good results show. It got a little slow with the pre-taped packages at moments, but the surprise appearance of Drew, combined with some great dance numbers from the pros made it a solid hour. I'm calling this one a 5, out of 7.
Erin will be back next week as the stars tackle the samba and the rumba. And, don't forget to vote for your favorite celebrity dancer in AOL's poll!