Last night Kellie Pickler performed a rumba routine for the fourth week of competition on ABC's Dancing With The Stars. The theme of Week 4 was "Best Year of My Life Night." Pickler chose 2011, the year of her wedding to songwriter husband Kyle Jacobs, as the best year of her life.
"My dad struggled with alcoholism and drug addiction, and my mom has not been a part of my life," Pickler related in the training footage for her routine. "So I never really had that rock, that stability I guess, in my childhood. I've had so many walls up, and it wasn't until I met Kyle that I finally found my sanctuary."
Jacobs made a special appearance on the show to perform "Say I Do," a song he wrote for Pickler, while Pickler and partner Derek Hough danced the rumba to it.
Judge Carrie Ann Inaba told Pickler "You make the the most beautiful pictures with your body. Every single shape you hit is like a work of art." She also noted, "There was something a little strange with your movements. They were a little clipped every once in a while. The rumba is about continuous motion, and it was missing there, but beautiful pictures."
Len Goodman concurred that "The movement was a tad staccato some.... It should have just had a little more fluidity about it."
Those pointers didn't seem to hurt Pickler's scores, however. Pickler received a solid score of 26 out of 30, placing her one point shy of the top of the judges' leaderboard. Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman was the new top scorer of the competition, receiving a score of 27 out of 30 for her contemporary routine, which is the season's highest-scoring routine thus far.
Tune in to the Dancing With The Stars results show tonight at 9:00 p.m. Easter/ 8:00 Central to see if Kellie Pickler makes it through this week's elimination to dance again next week.