Dancing With The Stars Season 23 Fall 2016: Week 4 Analysis

Dancing With The Stars (DWTS) Fall 2016: Oct. 3-4


The Cast:

Val Chmerkovskiy                   with                 Laurie Hernandez, U.S. Olympic Gymnast

Cheryl Burke                            with                 Ryan Lochte, U.S. Olympic Swimmer

Artem Chigvintsev                  with                 Maureen McCormick, Actress (“Marcia,”                                                                                                                “Brady Bunch” TV show from 1960s/1970s)

Maksim Chmerkovskiy           with                 Amber Rose, Talk Show Host/Activist

Sasha Farber                             with                 Terra Jolé, Reality TV Star

Derek Hough                            with                 Marilu Henner, Actress/Author

Lindsay Arnold                         with                 Calvin Johnson, NFL Wide Receiver, “Megatron”

Allison Holker                           with                 “BabyFace” Edmonds, Singer

Witney Carson                          with                 Vanilla Ice, Singer

Sharna Burgess                         with                 James Hinchcliffe, Pro Race Car Driver

Gleb Savchenko                        with                 Jana Kramer, Country Music Singer/Actress

Dancing With The Stars: Week 4 Analysis

Monday was Cirque du Soleil night—filled with high-flying talent, color, and fun. It brought two big surprises; one was Ryan, and the other was Amber, and I was relieved to have been sitting down. Tom told us that two dancers would be eliminated the next night, and I hoped they would be Ryan and Amber. Tuesday night was the results show, revealing who was eliminated. Tom and Erin hosted both nights. Carrie Ann, Julianne, and Bruno judged (Len’s back in the UK this week). The judges’ scores, by and large, were on target this week, with a few off. In certain cases the trend continues to give shockingly low scores to certain celebs who truly earned higher marks. At one point I was distracted, so I apologize if I put a couple of celebs in the wrong order (not that it affects anything).

  1. Calvin Johnson: Traditional/Modified Charleston. Judges’ scores 8-7-8. My score 8.5.

The positive: Cute choreo by Lindsay. Calvin did fab lifts/catches. His posture was good and he was graceful. He has improved majorly! And he keeps getting even more likable, if that’s possible. The judges scored a little low.

The negative: He’s so entertaining that I didn’t notice anything.


  1. Maureen McCormick: Traditional Argentine Tango. Judges’ scores 8-8-8. My score 8.

The positive: Maureen continues to improve her technique and to have a great attitude. Her lines in this Arg. Tango were lovely. She and Artem worked very hard this week to earn what they received. Even though her scores matched Amber’s for the same kind of a dance, she is a much better dancer than Amber.

The negative: Must work on sharpening kicks.


  1. Jana Kramer: Traditional/Modified Foxtrot. Judges’ score 8-7-8. My score 8.5.

The positive: I repeat: This girl is a naturally gifted dancer who consistently shows gorgeous lines, follow-through, and technique. I’d like to know why most of the judges have shortchanged her most weeks. They got it right this time, though. Gleb choreoed a pretty, hippie-type throwback dance—clever, smooth, graceful, and highly effective. I loved it!

The negative: Nothing in particular noted.


  1. Marilu Henner: Traditional Paso. Judges’ scores 7-7-7. My score 8.5.

The positive: A nearly perfect, impressively spot-on dance. But the scoring continues to be extremely biased. Are they holding back to avoid the impression of favoritism toward Julianne’s brother, Derek?

The negative/Needs to work on: Relax and think less; flow with the feeling that the dance ignites in her and let go to truly express the dance with Derek. If she could get out of her head and let technique follow feeling, which would majorly go against her grain, she could become even more impressive; her behavior to date seems to indicate that she won’t be able to achieve this and she’ll end up fourth or so.


  1. Amber Rose: Traditional Argentine Tango. Judges’ scores 8-8-8. My score 8.

The positive: Like Ryan, Amber finally had a truly good week with her best dance to date, by far, and the judges scored her correctly. She really got into the tango with Maks and was sexy—a major improvement. Carrie Ann called it “hitting her stride” this week. I call it “hitting her niche”; she may have done well at this particular Latin dance, and she may improve for one or two more Latin dances, but I have to place significant weight on the undeniable fact that she did not do nearly well enough in the first three weeks. Based on all that we’ve seen from her, I have to say that finally hitting what may be a partial niche in week 4 does not make up for the first three weeks; I DON’T expect her to continue to improve across the spectrum of dance.

The negative: Now and then this week, I felt that she could have invested a little more in her dance, but Maks was lucky to get what he got. I stand by my verdict of last week that she should go home very soon.


  1. Ryan Lochte: Traditional Viennese Waltz. Judges’ scores 7-7-8. My score 7.

The positive: Ryan had an unusually good night—his best dance to date with both Cheryl and him in sophisticated black-and-white attire. His posture was elegant, his lines elongated, and his technique graceful. He seems to do a little better in the ballroom dances, and it was pleasant progress to see.  However, his dances have consistently been below par, until last night, and I’ll place a 95% bet that he won’t improve much—and that’s the only part that’s been consistent, Carrie Ann. He’s been in the ballroom too long and should go home.

The negative: Keep improving technique and applying all that he has learned.


  1. Terra Jolé: Traditional Samba.                                     Judges’ scores 9-8-8. My score 9.

The positive: This lady, who had a baby only two months ago, is consistently darling, determined, and talented. Cute, too. Everyone seems to love her. The dance was very good and highly entertaining.

The negative: Nothing noted.


  1. “BabyFaceEdmonds: Traditional Tango.             Judges’ scores 6-6-6. My score 6.

The positive: His sweet disposition continues.

The negative: He had a bad night. His footwork/timing were at only 50%. Disappointed for him. Needs to invest more energy/oomph in the dance, to make his kicks sharp/more defined, and to make his facials match the dance.


  1. Laurie Hernandez: Traditional Jazz. Judges’ scores 10-10-10. My score 10.

The positive: They danced to Michael Jackson’s “One.” Fabulous! She was in the groove, growing-up comfy and sexy. Every aspect was perfect. WOW—loved it! Even though she earned and received all 10’s, I say that she has to share the Dance of the Night with James.


  1. Vanilla Ice: Traditional/Modified Viennese Waltz. Judges’ scores 8-7-8. My score 7.

The positive: This guy is always happy and giving his all despite his hectic performance schedule. He was at 75% to 80% in technique and entertainment value, showing improvement and having fun. Even without that schedule, I doubt that he would have improved much more as a dancer.

The negative: He still needs to improve his posture and to make his arms and hands more graceful.


  1. James Hinchcliffe: Traditional Quickstep. Judges’ scores 9-9-10. My score 9.5.

The positive: He’s such a natural dancer! Love to watch him dance, esp. with Sharna. Sharna’s choreo was fabulous in a 1930s major production style, executed perfectly and with top-drawer entertainment value. The dance was fun, lively, exciting, and just-plain wonderful to watch. WOW–loved it! In my book, James has to share the Dance of the Night with Laurie. How America voted him into jeopardy (insanity!), I’ll never know because this guy is the real deal and a nice guy who could win!

The negative: Nothing obvious.


WHO WAS ELIMINATED THIS WEEK? BabyFace and then Vanilla Ice.

 NEXT WEEK:  Most-Memorable Year for each celebrity dancer.

WHO SHOULD BE ELIMINATED NEXT WEEK? I’ll say it again: Ryan or Amber; they have been equally consistent at deserving to go home.

James, Jana, and Laurie remain the true contenders.

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