It was a game time decision, but despite feeling unwell, “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” star Lisa Vanderpump decided to compete on Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars.”
The reality star fainted during her rehearsals with hunky partner Gleb Savchenko earlier in the week and on Monday she was feeling so poorly she did not take the stage with her partner at the start of the night. But, in the end, Lisa decided the show must go on and she took to the stage for a cha cha that didn’t disappoint the judges, who seemed to be expecting much, much worse.
“It could have been a little bit crisper and sharper,” British judge Len Goodman said. “For what you’ve been through, I thought you did a really good job.”
Lisa and Gleb (who took his shirt off during the routine) earned 18 out of 30 points, putting them in a tie at the bottom of the leaderboard with boxer Victor Ortiz and his pro partner, Lyndsey Arnold, who took home the same score for their paso doble.
“It’s been a tough few days,” Lisa said after she completed the number, clearly out of breath. “Just the fact that we got through it was good enough for me.”
While Lisa being able to compete was her victory, for gymnast Aly Raisman, her victory was taking over the top spot on the leaderboard with pro partner Mark Ballas.
Aly performed a contemporary routine that impressed Carrie Ann Inaba greatly.
“For you, perfection and movement, it’s all you know and contemporary… is not about perfection of movement, it’s about perfection of emotion and perfection of being completely in the moment. You were completely in the moment and I was mesmerized by you,” Carrie Ann told the young woman, who, with Mark, took home 27 points.
Zendaya and Valentin Chmerkovskiy’s samba on Monday was branded “fearless” by Bruno Tonioli and earned them 26 out of 30, tying the pair for second with Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough’s score for their sexy rumba.
The most emotional moment of the night, however, belonged to Andy Dick, who performed a Viennese waltz with pro Sharna Burgess, for his teenage daughter.
“Simple, effective, straight from the heart,” was what Len called the number.
Carrie Ann, whose father recently passed away, was brought to tears by the number. She was actually unable to speak during the judges’ commentary portion, until Andy ran up and broke the moment by embracing her.
“It was like the simplest poem. It’s like you made a beautiful poem just using like three letters, and your [movement] vocabulary is small, but what you said with those few movements was so beautiful,” she said. “So thank you for that beautiful moment.”
Monday night’s leaderboard was:
Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas tackled contemporary and earned 27/30
Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough performed the rumba and earned 26/30
Zendaya & Valentin Chmerkovskiy tackled the samba and earned 26/30
Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff danced the fox trot and were scored 24/30
Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson tackled the Viennese waltz and earned 23/30
Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess performed the Viennese waltz and were scored 21/30
D.L. Hughely & Cheryl Burke danced the foxtrot and were scored 21/30
Sean Lowe & Peta Murgatroyd performed the Viennese waltz and were scored 20/30
Victor Ortiz & Lyndsey Arnold tackled the paso doble and earned 18/30
Lisa Vanderpump & Gleb Savchenko performed the cha cha and earned 18/30
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