Raisman dances into next round of reality show

Published On April 10, 2013 | By Meghan Riggs

Needham gymnast Aly Raisman continues to dominate the competition on ABC’s “Dancing With The Stars”, and this week’s theme seemed perfectly suited for the teenager who is still basking in her post-Olympic success.

Each celebrity dancer had to perform a 15-second solo during routines that recalled the best years of his/her life. Obviously, Raisman choose 2012, the year the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics Team won the gold medal at the Olympics in London.

Putting her Olympic training to good use, Raisman delivered an athletic contemporary dance routine to David Guetta’s ‘Titanium’ filled with a series of cartwheels and backflips that earned her and partner Mark Ballas the highest score of the competition thus far–solid “9s” from the judges for a total of 27 points.

During the results show Tuesday night, the duo gave an encore performance of the routine that showcased Raisman’s strength and spirit, leading the judges Monday to remark on her display of emotion as well as her technical abilities.

Other top scorers who remained safe this week: Zendaya and partner Val Chmerkovskiy; Kellie Pickler and partner Derek Hough; and Ingo Rademacher and partner Kym Johnson.

Raisman and her fellow contestants will be back to dance again Monday, April 15, at 8 p.m. on ABC.

What did you think of Raisman’s performance?

The Scores

Aly Raisman and Mark Ballas:  27

Zendaya and Val Chmerkovskiy: 26

Kellie Pickler and Derek Hough: 26

Jacoby Jones and Karina Smirnoff:  24

Ingo Rademacher and Kym Johnson: 23  

Andy Dick and Sharna Burgess: 21

D.L. Hughley and Cheryl Burke: 21

Sean Lowe and Peta Murgatroyd: 20

Victor Ortiz and Lindsey Arnold:  18

Lisa Vanderpump and Gleb Savchenko: 18  


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About The Author

Meghan is a junior at Boston University majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in communications. She has been an athlete her whole life and is a member of the Women’s Ice Hockey team at BU. She is also a member of BUTV10’s sports talk show, Off Sides.