Aly Raisman is peaking at the right time for ABC's Dancing with the Stars. In a season where she has impressed the judges every week, she rolled out her first perfect score in the show's semifinals.
Her and partner Mark Ballas danced the rumba, and they danced it with flair and passion while grooving to Bruno Mars’ When I Was Your Man.
This earned rave reviews and high scores from the judges as the pair earned a perfect 30.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba, as quoted by CelebDirtyLaundry, was gushing: "Aly way to go, the Rumba is all about women and you were all women out there. I cannot believe maturity of your performances."
Her sexist view of the emphasis of women in the rumba aside, she makes a great point. It is easy to forget while watching Raisman perform that she is just 18 years old.
That strong performance gave the pair a tough act to follow with their second dance of the evening. However, I'm not sure follow is the right word.
Going for the first afro-jazz routine in the show's running, Ballas and Raisman went in a new and energetic direction.
That dance and those costumes exist in their own realm, and it was an enjoyable realm. In fact, it even prompted USA Gymanstics to tweet:
USA Gymnastics @USAGym
WOW! What a dance from @Aly_Raisman! We're thinking #AfroJazz for her next floor routine. Way to go! #dwts5/14/2013, 1:30:16 AM
However, stellar performances aside, Raisman is certainly no lock to capture the top spot. The competition this year is fierce.
DWTS tweeted this pic of Raisman with one of the couples that figure to be right in the mix for the Mirror Ball trophy:
Official DWTS @DancingABC
PHOTOS: Live fr… with Aly Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) Karina Smirnoff (@Karina_Smirnoff) Jacoby Jones (@TheRealJacoby12) http://t.co/CM4N2yfhXS5/14/2013, 12:17:03 AM
That, of course, is the Baltimore Ravens Jacoby Jones and partner Karina Smirnoff. The couple has been dynamic all year, and they will likely be picking up some sympathy votes this week.
As Michelle Stueven of People reports, Smirnoff was attempting a flip over her partner when she slammed into Jones and "had to be taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for possible whiplash and a dislocated jaw."
I think that effort may be worthy of a few extra votes.
Of course, that sympathy might not outweigh this obvious call to action, tweeted from a fan, by judge Bruno Tonioli:
Caitlin Smith @smitherinz88
"if you don't make it to the final, I'm judging in a speedo!" -Bruno #TeamAly @Aly_Raisman @MarkBallas5/14/2013, 1:38:59 AM
We'll find out who is eliminated on Tuesday, but it is fairly safe to assume that Raisman will be back for the season finale.
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