Disney star Zendaya Coleman might have started out the “Dancing With The Stars” competition with a couple of strong dances, but country crooner Kellie Pickler is hot on her tail.
The pixie-haired singer came in first place with a score of 25 out of a possible 30 points for her jive, while country music legend Wynonna Judd scored the lowest with a 15 for her samba.
Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman won the judge’s approval for her Viennese waltz, and even got judge Len Goodman to crack an April Fools’ joke. The sour judge of the bunch at first said he was displeased with the routine before yelling “April Fools!” Raisman earned 23 points.
Comedian Andy Dick might not be a dancer, but the judges were impressed with the entertainment value of his routine. Said judge Bruno Tonioli: “I’m telling you. Timing a bit off, placement a bit odd, entertainment value fully on.” Goodman agreed, even getting booed for saying the comedian wasn’t a good dancer. Then he added, “Andy, what you do is, you make me feel good. I feel better after watching you than I did before you danced. … Well done!” Dick earned 18 points.
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Soap star Ingo Rademacher won the judge’s approval with his paso doble, with Carrie Ann Inaba saying Rademacher had untapped potential and urged him to work on his core. Rademacher earned 21 points.
“Housewives” star Lisa Vanderpump’s Viennese waltz was called “light and breezy, free and easy” by Goodman. Inaba praised her and partner Gleb Savchenko for how they work as a couple. “As a unit, you’re just beautiful to look at,” she said. Judges awarded Vanderpump 21 points.
Pickler seemed to be one of the judge’s favorite of the night with her “Footloose” performance. “You were flying about like a wasp at a picnic. … You are officially the queen of the prom,” Goodman told Pickler. Inaba called the dance “ridiculously amazing.” She earned 25 points.
Boxer Victor Ortiz was praised for his improvement from the prior week’s performance. “Victor, unbelievable. You’re a dancer, man,” Tonioli said, adding the dance was “wonderful ease of movement, total involvement. You make your partner proud.” He earned 23 points.
Comedian D.L. Hughley didn’t impress the judges with his salsa to James Brown’s “Sex Machine.” ”Well D.L., if you’re a sex machine, I’m America’s next top model,” Goodman said. “I admire your spirit … this wasn’t a salsa. There was no rhythm, there was not a lot of hip action going on, not enough passes. It was as untidy as a teenager’s bedroom.” Tonioli added: “I appreciate the effort but, I mean, salsa is all about very smooth, slinky and oily hip action. What you looked like was almost a case of hip replacement.” Inaba was a little nicer and said: “That’s what this show is all about, people who don’t know how to dance coming out here and giving it their best. I see the improvement.” Hughley earned 16 points.
Jacoby Jones not only impressed the judges, but the NFL player had his proud mother jumping with joy for his sultry rumba. Tonioli said he was “smoldering like a volcano of passion.” Goodman added, “You did a good job there, Jacoby.” Inaba said, “You have incredible artistry, you have a way of connecting to the music… That was just hot, sensual and artistic.” Jones earned 24 points.
Judd’s rock-infused samba fell flat and failed to impress judges. Tonioli said the country legend's routine “was a bit sedated for a performance.” Goodman added she looked the part but didn’t act it. “Well, you’re like Mount Rushmore, you look magnificent but you don’t move,” he said. Judd earned 15 points.
"Bachelor" star Sean Lowe's “YMCA” performance was entertaining but the judges said his footwork needed improvement. He came on the floor “full of energy, full of attack,” Goodman said. Lowe earned 21 points.
Coleman’s Venice-themed Viennese waltz dedicated to her grandmother had incredible lyrical quality to all of her movements, according to Inaba. “The emotional connection to every single move is beyond your years. You’re just fascinating to watch,” she added. Tonioli said it was “as enchanting and charming as Venice in the moonlight.” Zendaya earned 24 points.
Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: 25
Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff: 24
Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24
Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas: 23
Victor Ortiz and Lindsey Arnold: 23
Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: 21
Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko: 21
Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: 21
Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: 18
D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke: 16
Wynonna Judd and Tony Dovolani: 15
Tune in to “DWTS” on ABC Tuesday at 8 EDT to see which star was voted off the show.