'DWTS' Dedicates Monday Dances to Boston Tragedy
April 15, 2013
In the wake of Monday's deadly Boston Marathon bombings, Dancing with the Stars began week five on a somber note, hoping to uplift the spirits of a country in mourning with two hours of light-hearted entertainment.
"Before we officially begin the show, we just want to take a moment. Our thoughts are with everyone in Boston tonight," began host Tom Bergeron shakily. "I have family members and many friends there. My heart is with you."
Added co-host Brooke Burke-Charvet, "Our entire cast is thinking about you…Hopefully we can still have an entertaining night of competition."
Tonight, the nine remaining couples aligned themselves with a pair of professional partners for a side-by-side dance dubbed "Len's Side-By-Side Challenge." By Monday's end, Zendaya Coleman and Valentin Chmerkovskiy skyrocketed to the top of the leaderboard after earning not just one, but two 10s for their sensuous Argentine Tango alongside Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Anna Trebunskaya.
On cloud nine after achieving 29 points, which included season 16's very first 10s, the team kept their thoughts with those affected by the tragedy on everyone's mind today.
"I want to dedicate these 10s to everybody in Boston," said Val. "Honestly, this is a difficult show to be a part of right now and I just hope we're doing something special for everybody."
Another high scorer of the night, Aly Raisman, also took a moment after her routine to send well wishes to those suffering in her hometown of Boston.
"It's so devastating," said Aly. "The Boston Marathon is such a special day. Its where everyone comes together so It's just so heartbreaking that this happened and my heart goes out to everyone back home and anyone else who was affected."
Here's how all of the contestants stacked up (from best to worst):
Zendaya Coleman & Valentin Chmerkovskiy (with Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Anna Trebunskaya) – Argentine Tango: 29/30 (10,9,10)
Kellie Pickler & Derek Hough (with Henry Byalikov & Anna Trebunskaya) – Foxtrot 27/30 (9,9,9)
Jacoby Jones & Karina Smirnoff (with Maksim Chmerkovskiy & Anna Trebunskaya) –Jive: 26/30 (9,8,9)
Aly Raisman & Mark Ballas (with Tony Dovolani & Witney Carson) -Samba: 25/30 (8,8,9)
Sean Lowe & Peta Murgatroyd – (with Tristan MacManus & Chelsie Hightower)- Quickstep 24/30 (8,8,8)
Ingo Rademacher & Kym Johnson (with Tony Dovolani & Emma Slater) – Cha Cha Cha: 21/30 (7,7,7)
Victor Ortiz & Lindsay Arnold (with Tristan MacManus & Emma Slater) - Viennese Waltz: 21/30 (7,7,7)
D.L. Hughley & Cheryl Burke (Sasha Farber & Chelsie Hightower) – Tango: 18/30 (6,6,6)
Andy Dick & Sharna Burgess (Sasha Farber & Emma Slater) - Paso Doble: 18/30 (6,6,6)
Tune in to Dancing with the Stars tomorrow night on ABC to see who'll get the week-five boot. Selena Gomez and The Band Perry are scheduled to perform before the big reveal.
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