‘Dancing With The Stars’ Recap: Aly Raisman Stuns As Lisa Vanderpump Slumps

Monday’s episode of Dancing With the Stars was an especially emotional one as the ABC show challenged its contenders to commemorate the “best year of their life” through dance.

Each celebrity was assigned a 15-second solo that demonstrated the significance of the year they chose, allowing viewers to take a deeper look at what make each talent tick.

Lisa Vanderpump already had a tough week in rehearsals and reportedly fainted during practice due to illness. At the top of the show, The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills sat out of the opening festivities.

While there were a few standouts in the line-up, all the couples did a better job overall than we’ve seen in past weeks. Gold medalist Aly Raisman proved why she’s a champion with her contemporary routine, choosing 2012 as her best year ever as the London Olympic games made her a household name. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba couldn’t stop gushing about her heartfelt moves. “You were completely n the moment and I was mesmerized by you,” she told the Olympian. “It’s the beauty of the perfect movement and the perfect emotional connection. It was just profound.” Aly and her partner, Mark Ballas, earned the night’s high score of 27 points.

Meanwhile, comedian Andy Dick chose this year as the best time of his life, noting his sobriety has been his crowning achievement. The fact that DWTS gave him a second chance with his children made this dance especially important for him. He dedicated his Viennese waltz to his daughter and took his most serious-looking spin of the season. Judge Len Goodman said the funny man will leave “a hero” no matter what happens and Carrie Ann was moved to tears. Bruno Tonioli also showered the actor with praises, calling his performance, “simple, effective, and straight from the heart.” The judges gave Andy a respectable score of 21 points, so I think he’s safe this week.

Sixteen-year-old Zendaya performed a sizzling samba to Beyonce’s “Love On Top” to commemorate her best year yet — 2009. Her sexy solo highlighted the year her Disney career really took off, and the judges praised her performance again. “Beyonce better watch her back!” exclaimed an eternally excited Carrie Ann. Bruno said her dance is “fearless, cool, hip and slick,” while Len wished her samba solo was a bit more traditional. Still, she earned the night’s second highest score of 26.

Despite her illness, Lisa Vanderpump took the floor at the end of the night with partner Gleb Savchenko by her side. The reality TV queen recalled her daughter’s wedding as her most special moment and commemorated the occasion with an attempt at the cha cha. Given her health, the judges cut her some slack in their critiques of her shaky performance. Carrie Ann said there was lots of “potential” there and Len was kind to his fellow Brit, praising Lisa for her efforts. Still, she only scored 18 points, which makes her the likely competitor to land back onto the chopping block come results time.

Who do you think had the weakest performance?

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