DWTS season 13 week 3 was a good one for talk show maven Ricki Lake, who along with pro partner Derek Hough performed a Rumba that earned high praise and leaderboard topping marks from the judges.
Ricki’s DWTS season 13 Personal Stories week number was inspired by 2010, a year that featured both very low lows and very high highs. The highest high was the unexpected development of a relationship with her current fiance, and that love was the motivation behind her sultry, sensual Rumba.
Set to the tune of Sara Bareilles’s hit Gravity, Ricki’s routine offered up yet more proof that she has what it takes to win the Dancing with the Stars Mirrorball Trophy at season’s end. Not only did she master the footwork and the choreography, but she put her acting skills to good use. She threw herself into the emotion of the style by successfully portraying a lovestruck woman.
The judges loved what Ricki delivered. Bruno Tonioli called Ricki “the actress dancer at her best” and asserted that “every step was as expressive as a word in a poem.” Carrie Ann Inaba deemed the dance “sensual” and “breathtaking,” and head judge Len Goodman congratulated both Derek and Ricki on a job well done.
When the scores came in, Ricki and Derek topped their previous high water mark—the 23 they earned for their week 3 Jive, detailed here—with a trio of nines, for a grand total of 27. They ended the evening atop the DWTS season 13 leaderboard for the second time.
But a great set of judges’ scores doesn’t always mean a celeb will stick around the competition. Watch Tuesday’s DWTS season 13 week 3 results show Tuesday at 9 PM on ABC to see if Ricki Lake and Derek Hough will have a go at week 4, or if the road will come to a premature end.