‘DWTS’ Power Rankings Week 4 – Thanks for the Memories

Riker Lynch and Allison Holker (Photo: ABC)

After taking a verbal beating from the judges last week, model Charlotte McKinney (along with pro Keo Motsepe) became the second competitor eliminated from season 20 of “Dancing with the Stars.”

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The cream is rising to the top, however, and three duos are emerging as heavy favorites. Here is a recap of all the celebrity scores from Week 3 in descending order: Nastia Liukin – 34, Riker Lynch – 34, Rumer Willis – 33, Willow Shields – 32, Noah Galloway – 30, Robert Herjavec – 29, Chris Soules – 28, Suzanne Somers – 25, Michael Sam – 24, Patti LaBelle – 22.

Tonight is the annual (and emotional, heartbreaking and tear-jerking) “Most Memorable Year” theme, during which the stars will dance to songs that reflect an important time in their lives. Who will triumph and who will flounder? Check out predictions and rankings from XFINITY.com editors Chelsea Badeau and David Onda, who are teaming up with #DWTSAllAccess host and former “Strictly Come Dancing” contestant Gethin Jones for a weekly dissection of the remaining couples.

How Does It Work? Each week before the live performances, Chelsea, David and Gethin will rank the “Dancing with the Stars” couples from best to worst based on how they think the duos will finish in scoring and audience votes.  This week, no. 1 will be the safest couple, and no. 10 will be the couple most likely to be eliminated. The ranking of the eliminated couple will determine how many points Chelsea, David and Gethin will earn.

Chelsea still leads with 23 points, and David is close behind with 22 points after they both correctly predicted Charlotte’s elimination. Gethin is in third place, but catching up with a total of 14 points.

Here are the power rankings for Week 4:

Chelsea’s Score = 23

Any questions for Chelsea? Drop her a line on Twitter: @ladybugchels

David’s Score = 22

Any questions for David? Drop him a line on Twitter: @david_onda

Gethin’s Score = 14

Any questions for Gethin? Drop him a line on Twitter: @gethincjones

1. Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy:  Who knew disco salsa could be so dangerous? Val survived his awkward training injury and they came out stronger than ever. Rumer looked stunning in her barely-there ensemble that was reminiscent of Britney’s sultry getup at the 2000 MTV VMAs. Of course, the judges compared her to her famous mom. “Fierce” is the word that comes to mind when watching Rumer dance. Len said it was “the best dance of the season” so far and gave them their first nine. I agree and expect more big things from them tonight. 1. Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: What can you say about Rumer that hasn’t been said? Despite the cheesy disco-themed salsa, she made last week’s dance hot, slick and exciting. Her transitions from lifts back into synchronized steps and hand movements with Val were so tight, it really took her performances to a new level. Confidence is everything, and Rumer has it in spades. Will the technical restraints of tonight’s waltz expose a weakness in Rumer? 1. Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough: 2008, her most memorable year, a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics! She’s performing a tango to the same song as she did her routine to that day. So, she turns up to rehearsals, shows Derek the gold medal! No pressure. But we know he can deliver. She says winning that medal was the only time she’s seen her dad cry. He’s in the audience tonight.
2. Riker Lynch & Allison Holker:  Riker brought “rock n’ roll sexiness” to his salsa. His footwork was fast and furious. The crowd went wild. Carrie Ann said his dance blew her mind, but that she wanted to see him become more dominating. Umm, OK? He got three nines and a seven from Len. Can’t wait to see him dance to “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon tonight.  2. Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: I said it in my previous rankings, but it bears repeating: Riker becomes a different person when he dances. Before and after his dances, he almost looks uncomfortable in his own skin, but his confidence shines on the dance floor. His feet are so fast, and it really helped him stand out above the pack during last week’s fiery (and surprisingly sexy) salsa. Tonight, they tango. 2. Rumer Willis & Valentin Chmerkovskiy: Keeps herself to herself, but man, wait until you see her video clip. The first time I think we see the real Rumer. I mean, her dancing so far has been incredible, if she adds her emotion to her waltz – we could be looking at one of the performances of the season. Again!
3. Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough:  Gah, they made so much progress on the chemistry front the previous week, but last week with their busy schedules, they just didn’t physically have enough time together. That said, let’s keep it real – Nastia is an amazing dancer and their samba was funky and full of sass. Hopefully, this week they were able to get on the same coast more to get some good practice time in with each other. 3. Nastia Liukin & Derek Hough: It’s clear that a lack of rehearsal time has hurt Nastia and Derek. The chemistry just isn’t there. They don’t appear to be connecting, and I think it makes Nastia look a bit awkward or uncomfortable at times. In turn, I feel like I haven’t been able to truly love any of their performances, even if they are hitting the mark “technically.” It was a decent dance last week, but as an audience member, I didn’t enjoy watching Nastia as much as Riker or Rumer. 3. Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: The only celebrity this week to fall for the #DWTSAllAccess April Fools prank! We can always rely on Willow. And that infectious laugh! Whilst Nastia and Rumer flew out of the blocks, this kid is growing into the show all the time. With Mark by her side, I think she’s here to stay! “Hunger Games” theme tonight, to a Chris Martin song ;)
4. Willow Shields & Mark Ballas:  “My little Mockingjay is catching fire!” Bruno exclaimed after Willow’s super-hot fire and ice-themed pasodoble. It was a mature dance, but she pulled it off. I love that Mark always brings that dramatic flair to the ballroom. All I see is upside for them. 4. Willow Shields & Mark Ballas: Considering Willow is only 14 years old, you really have to admire her dedication, especially after taking the rehearsal lumps she took last week. The characters and “story” Mark created for their pasodoble were a little too gimmicky for my liking, and Willow occasionally looks like a young girl trying to play a role that is too mature for her, but I love her passion. She gives 100%. I’m just hoping Mark isn’t too “out there” with tonight’s contemporary routine. 4. Riker Lynch & Allison Holker: Carrie Ann said, “I see a male contender for this title”, and I totally agree. My co-host Emma Slater said it was the dance of the night – it was just brilliant! He’s found his groove, he’s into it, and this week he will be the R5 gaucho.
5. Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson:  Their romantic rumba was beautiful. Robert struggled with some back pain and breathing issues during rehearsals, but gave a solid performance. Len is right that they are in the middle of the pack and need to take it up a notch to stay in the competition for the long haul. I’m rooting for them. 5. Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess: I previously griped that Sharna had not given Noah enough to do during their Week 2 routine, but she totally shut me up with last week’s Argentine tango. Noah did more with a prosthetic leg and one arm than some do with all their limbs. Bravo to Sharna for not holding back, testing Noah’s limits and really pushing him out of his comfort zone. I was very impressed with his performance. How were they in the bottom three? 5. Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson: Dancing the waltz tonight for his mother, who he tragically lost in 2006. “DWTS” was her favourite show, when she was ill they watched it together. This humble, funny gentleman had taken her joy and implemented for every second since he entered the ball room. Mid-table a lot, this could be the dance for him. It certainly won’t be “the last waltz” for him.
6. Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess:  I was surprised to see Noah in the bottom three, but I think his Argentine tango was strong enough to get him out of that group. I’m glad he decided to ditch the prosthetic arm. He clearly wasn’t comfortable dancing with it, and I think it would have made him tense and thrown off his timing. Tonight’s theme is “My Most Memorable Night,” and every season I cry at least once during this show. I am betting Noah’s package will bring the tears for me. 6. Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani: More props for a dancing pro – Tony seems to be making all the right moves to put Suzanne in a position to actually win this season. Despite the silly fruit basket on her head, Suzanne showed improvement once again and really lit up the ballroom with a samba that was far better than the judges gave her credit for. More depth, Carrie Ann? If Tony digs any deeper, he’ll hit water. Unfortunately, they’re dancing to the “Three’s Company” theme song this week. Seriously? 6. Noah Galloway & Sharna Burgess: Dancing last to “American Soldier,” after telling the story of his catastrophic tour to Iraq in 2005. The fact that he’s even alive is a miracle. The fact that he’s taking part on a dance show is hard to comprehend. One of life’s true heroes. We can, should, and will learn from this man.
7. Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani:  Emotions flared after Suzanne’s fruity-licious samba. Carrie Ann wanted more depth and Tony was having none of that. He got testy and said he will follow up on her feedback after the show. Wonder how that exchange went… I thought their dance was fine. Looking forward to seeing them take on the “Three’s Company” theme tonight.  7. Robert Herjavec & Kym Johnson: At first, I thought it was a nice change to see the reserved, less-smiley side of Robert Herjavec during last week’s rumba, but after realizing I barely remember anything about their performance aside from Robert’s stubble, I’m rethinking my position. The dance was pretty, and Robert and Kym looked smooth and comfortable together, but in the end, it was simply forgettable. 7. Chris Soules & Witney Carson: He struggled with the cha-cha, turned things around as a gaucho, and this week he has to find his romantic side for the rumba. Are you kidding me?! He was the “Bachelor”?! He’s the most romantic man in America, is he not?!! Another week away from the farm for Chris!
8. Chris Soules & Witney Carson: Chris felt really bad after his previous dance landed him at the bottom of the leaderboard. I mean, he was really down. This was his redemption week. His Argentine tango had great lines and shapes and Len said it was his best dance yet. He’s a bit of a wild card at this point in the season. Let’s see what he brings to the floor tonight. 8. Patti LaBelle & Artem Chigvintsev: After ranking Patti in fourth place before last week’s dance, I must say I was disappointed by her performance. In the first two weeks, she and Artem gave fresh, exciting and engaging performances that proved Patti isn’t your typical 70-year-old. Last week’s cha-cha did not live up to the standard. It was underwhelming, a bit cheesy and quite forgettable. It was the kind of dance I refer to as a “Waltrip.” 8. Patti LaBelle & Artem Chigvintsev: There may be a few steps missing, but I think it’s safe to say she has a presence like no other. And people are loving it and voting! A jazz number will only play into her hands. We love having Patty around.
9. Patti LaBelle & Artem Chigvintsev: “Bye, Felicia!” Haha, Patti keeps bringing the swag. Her cha-cha to Santana wasn’t the showstopper that her previous dance to 50 Cent was, but it was cute and her musicality really is off the charts. Her bond with Artem is also super charming. I hope she can keep it going, because I can’t get enough of her.  9. Michael Sam & Peta Murgatroyd: I’ll give it to Michael, he really, really tries his hardest each week. Yes, I was terrified that he was going to drop Peta on her head throughout their entire salsa, but I appreciate that he appears to be giving his best effort. He was out of sync with Peta a couple times, and he appeared to grab her wrist instead of her hand at one point (maybe it wasn’t an accident?), but his footwork was OK. I don’t know what else to say. 9. Suzanne Somers & Tony Dovolani: Whenever these two legends pop up to chat in #DWTSAllAccess, we throw the script out the window (like we have one!) and it’s a blast. After Carrie Ann’s comments last week about “needing more depth,” I fully expect the interview this week to be full of sexual innuendos! Oh and by the way, they are dancing the fox-trot!
10. Michael Sam & Peta Murgatroyd: The judges didn’t love Michael’s salsa. They felt his timing was off and the lifts were scary. I have to admit, I was a little nervous for Peta, especially after watching their rehearsal package where he threw her around like a rag doll. It came together in the end, but was it strong enough to keep him in the competition? I’m not sure.  10. Chris Soules & Witney Carson: Which Chris dance were the judges watching last week? Because it was not the same Chris dance I was watching. The panel praised Chris for being a “comeback kid” after his tango, but I didn’t see anything impressive. Chris spent most of the dance standing in place while Witney danced around him! I think it’s a case of misdirection. How can you demand more content from Suzanne, but let Chris get away with doing almost nothing? Based on the response to my tweets about Chris, I think “DWTS” fans agree with me. 10. Michael Sam & Peta Murgatroyd: To say this man has been through a lot is an understatement. He talks about his relationship with his dad in his video clip, and then will be dancing the rumba to “I’m Not My Father’s Son.” Peta had choreographed this to let the big man have his moment. Dancing wise, I hope he can grab it with his two giant hands.

Check out Gethin Jones live tonight on #DWTSAllAccess on abc.com starting at 8:00 p.m. ET. Gethin and his co-host will be interviewing the stars, couples and many more guests, as well as providing live commentary throughout the show.

 

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

The opinions expressed are solely those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of Comcast.

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