DANCING WITH THE STARS Season 13 Episode 5 – It was "Tell us about your most unforgettableyear" so they set up all the tear-jerker stories, ready-made. Here is how I ranked them (or rather the dancing that accompanied them):
J.R. Martinez with Karina Smirnoff: Of course they went to his Iraq survival story. Add to that a Tim McGraw "lost at war" song, and it’s basically Get Out of the Way—This Is My Episode. You already know where it’s going to go when the audience is cheering even before the song starts. Not much more to say. Game over, man. He may not have gotten top score, but that could carry him all the way to the finals.
Ricki Lake with Derek Hough: It still galls me she got Hough. My distrust in anything that comes out of her pie hole extends even to this; like what behind-the-scenes strings did she pull to get this pairing? Seriously. That’s what goes through my mind. She danced to "Gravity" by Sarah Bareilles, and it was nice and typical great Hough choreography. Top score, sure, but still not as emotional as J.R. Read More...