This week on Dancing with the Stars, the Stars relived the most memorable year of their life. What was different about this episode is that the guest judge was you, America! We were all given the chance to send in our votes and the average was displayed next to the judges’ scores.
Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy lead off the night with a Rumba in memory of Janel’s first vocal coach.
When they stepped off the stage last week, Janel expressed her happiness and Val said, “Good, because we need to go back to work. The most memorable year, craziest year of your life…what is it?”
Janel’s response was, “I think 2002 was the year that I moved from Hawaii to LA. It was a really tough year.”
This week, during her rehearsal interview, Janel continued to explain what made 2002 so memorable for her. “I grew up in Hawaii. I was one of those little girls who knew I wanted to be on stage and pestered my family until they let me do it. When I was six, I was introduced to the most loving, amazing woman…my first vocal coach and my mentor, BJ. She kind of became a second grandmother to me. BJ believed in me so much and her love is what inspired me to move from Hawaii to LA to pursue my dream.”
She went on to say, “Being a teenager in Los Angeles, I missed my family. I missed her. I would sometimes call BJ in tears and be like, I don’t know if I made the right decision, maybe I want to come home, and she would tell me that I was doing amazing and she was so proud of me and to keep going.”
“Within the same year that I moved to Los Angeles, I got the news that BJ was sick, she had breast cancer, and that she only had a few more months. I planned a trip to go back to Hawaii. I thought that I had more time, but she passed away. The biggest regret that I have is that I didn’t get to say goodbye to her.”
Before they started to work on their new routine, Val told Janel, “Channel that confidence that she gave you. Alright? Make it beautiful for you, and she will love that.”
As the package wraps up, Janel shares with us, “BJ always taught me to perform from the heart, and I think that’s one of the reasons why I love performing so much. So, I really want to make sure that I perform this from the heart for her and make it beautiful and special for her.”
Janel’s Rumba with Val was full of heart and through her dancing, you were able to see how much this woman meant to her. Even the judges agreed that their dance was beautiful and very impressive.
Julianne Hough said, “It is always so hard to come out of the package like that and do a wonderful job and honestly, BJ would be very proud because you do perform from your heart. I know, you’re making me cry now. But I just want to commend you so much on your technique and what I told you last week about really putting your foot solid on the floor. I can tell you guys really worked on that. That was awesome.”
Bruno Tonioli went on to say, “My darling, you look like an exotic angel and you took me to the Garden of Eden. You know, I tell you, the balance of motion and emotion was absolutely right. You expressed beautifully. You got the slow part, which is the hardest thing to do in the Rumba, absolutely right and it’s just the transformation is incredible. A tiny ,tiny, tiny little thing…the spins. It’s the tiny thing that you still have to perfect. Work on those spins.”
Carrie Ann Inaba tells Janel, “You know, the best way to pay tribute to somebody who passes on is to go on living a full and complete life. To me, the way you’ve embraced this competition, the way you approached this Rumba – which is one of the most difficult dances, while it’s so simple looking, it is one of the most difficult because it exposes your every loss of balance, your every doubt – you were incredible. Yes, on the split up, I think you could have pressed into the floor a little, that way your foot wouldn’t have slipped out from under you, but that was absolutely breathtaking. You are living, honey.”
After those excellent, heartfelt reviews, Janel and Val headed upstairs to speak to Erin while they awaited their scores.
Erin said, “Hi, you do look beautiful. I told you that in dress rehearsal, but you look more gorgeous now.”
Janel returns the compliment and says, “You look hot.”
Erin playfully responds, “Okay, enough. I can’t breathe in this thing! Um, perfect score last week. We saw you get emotional then and then, of course, we saw your lovely video package there. You were fighting back tears. Tell us what was all happening there emotion-wise.”
Janel explained, “Yeah. A lot of stuff. Um, uh, BJ was the most important person in my life and I haven’t really talked about her until now, so it’s really hard. But, you know, I’m glad I did it, because it was good for me and it was kind of therapeutic, and I wanted to do something beautiful for her.”
Erin sums it up, “It was gorgeous and the way you were able to handle the emotion was insane. Let’s get your scores.”
With 9’s from the judges and a 9 from America, Janel and Val walked off stage tonight with a total of 36 out of 40. Not bad, not bad at all!
Let’s move on to Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani, who were sadly placed in jeopardy.
During her interview, Betsey said, “My most memorable year is absolutely 1975, when my daughter Lulu was born. I loved being a mom, but the relationship of her father and I, it was not good. He wasn’t supportive emotionally and I wasn’t happy. No baby deserves unhappiness. I wanted to change the bad things that were going on and not wait. I decided to end the relationship with her father.”
She went on saying, “With Lulu around and my life changing so much, I was really inspired to set up my own company. I’d worked for other people for ten years, I made a name for myself, but Lulu brought an energy to me, new life to me, and I just thought why not just try it on my own. So, I opened my own business. At the end of every fashion show I’ve done, I bring Lulu out on the runway with me. She’s inspired me, taken care of me. That’s been amazing. This dance is for me, my big thank you to Lulu. Love will keep us together. Thank you, Lulu.”
Walking down the runway with Lulu as always, Betsey jumps into the Jive with Tony. Yet again, Betsey never ceases to amaze us with her flexibility, outrageous energy levels, and perfect charm.
Carrie Ann said, “That was phenomenal! Betsey, not only are you brave, but you are beautiful and on top of that, you’re like a B-girl…you threw down a freeze, honey. What is it? Like, I thought the cartwheel split was your trick, but tonight you threw down the freeze and you nailed every single step of that dance. You were right on cue. You were right on the music. Totally synchronized. Well done. Phenomenal.”
Julianne followed, “I want to say that the way that you celebrate your daughter, America celebrates you, because, because you come out every single week and that’s not easy. You got your knees up really high and that is impressive for anybody to do, but every week you come out here with such joy in your heart and you give so much love to America. So, thank you for being you.”
Bruno finished by saying, “My darling, I think I saw your Victoria’s Secret. Oh yes, baby, do it to me, baby…ahhh (sighs). I have to say, keeping up with the Jive is hard for anyone and you did it very, very well up to the point when you went wrong. You went wrong, my darling. You did went wrong in the end, but up until that point, you did a fantastic job.”
As they met up with Erin for their scores, she said, “Hey, let’s be honest…Jive is no joke and you pulled that off. That was wonderful and like Carrie Ann said, you didn’t miss a beat. How’d it feel?”
Betsey answers, “Well, I did miss a beat.”
Erin teased, “Oh, you don’t tell people that after you’ve danced it!”
Betsey laughed and said, “ I know, I know, I know. No, I got 98 out of 100.”
Erin went on to say, “Hey, speaking of scores and numbers and everything, next week of course is the switch up and if you guys are able to make it to next week, we see that, uh, the viewers at home are wanting you to pair up with (clears her throat and points) this one – Val.”
Tony interjects, “She has a crush on Val.”
Playfully, Erin raises her eyebrows and comments, “Oh, really! Do you see what he looks like with his shirt unbuttoned?”
Adding fuel to the fire, Tony Dovolani took off Val’s shirt and a little rival play fight started between Betsey and Janel as they waited for the scores to be revealed.
Betsey and Tony received a total of 36 out of 40! Amazing scores for the evening! Let’s just hope they make it to the next round!
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Dancing with the Stars Highlights:
Bethany and Derek’s performance symbolized an issue that so many young girls and boys suffer through on a daily basis, behind closed doors and out in the open – Bullying. Bethany was kind enough to share her story about being bullied when she was younger and how she found her voice through her YouTube channel and now, dancing on stage tonight. It was such an inspiring performance and empowering for those who have gone through the same struggles as she has. Bethany is a true role model for the younger generation.
The next highlight of the evening was Lea and Artem’s performance – a true tearjerker. It was a beautiful lyrical piece to the song “Dance With My Father” in memory of her loving father that passed away from cancer some years back. The emotion was high during their performance as the audience sat in silence and watched Lea float across the floor like an angel. Her movements were flawless and it reflected in the judge’s faces and scores.
Lastly, I don’t know about you, but I can’t get enough of Alfonso and Witney. Every week they throw something new and exciting at us. This week, their jazz – was jazzy, baby! I know that I’ve been anxiously waiting for Alfonso to bring back The Carlton and tonight’s performance not only paid tribute to the iconic dance, but the way they performed together was truly entertaining, upbeat, and so much fun.
Moving on to the elimination round. It was so sad to see one of our DWM FAMILYmembers sent home. Betsey Johnson and Tony Dovolani left the show this week. Quite a shocker, being that they were doing so well.
Betsey’s last words were “ Oh well, I’ll tell you. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you to dancing, mostly to Tony, to my fans. This has been the best, wonderful thing with my daughter, Lulu. It’s just been – A trip! A big trip, a trip, a trip! Thank you!”
SCORES OF SEASON NINETEEN – WEEK 4 OF DWTS
|Alfonso & Witney||40|
|Lea & Artem||39|
|Sadie & Mark||37|
|Janel & Val||36|
|Bethany & Derek||32|
|Antonio & Cheryl||29|
|Betsey & Tony*||29|
|Tommy & Peta||28|
|Michael & Emma||25|
|Jonathan & Allison||24|
Looking ahead on Dancing with the Stars, it’s the big SWITCH UP! Don’t forget to vote for Janel Parrish and Valentin Chmerkovskiy if you would like to help the #DWMFAM win yet another Mirror Ball Trophy!