Breaking Down Aly Raisman's Dancing with the Stars Week 7 Performance

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IApril 30, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 07:  Alexandra Raisman of the United States looks on during the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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Aly Raisman kicked it into high gear in the seventh week on ABC's Dancing with the Stars. 

It was Latin Night on the show, and Raisman and partner Mark Ballas danced the salsa. They owned that salsa like they were a scoop-shaped chip and posted their highest score yet of this competition. 

With the highest-scoring couple of the night earning immunity for Tuesday's elimination, Raisman and Ballas posted a 29-out-30 for this fun routine.

That score is going to be tough to beat.  

The only judge to refrain from giving the pair a 10 was Len Goodman. I get the feeling that Goodman would give the birth of his child a 9-out-of-10 just so he could criticize something.

In this instance, Goodman didn't feel the dance had enough "recognizable Salsa moves" (via Celeb Dirty Laundry). I suppose having salsa moves in a salsa is important, but there was enough for the other two judges to give this routine a 10. 

Len may have been reaching for this criticism a bit, which may be the biggest compliment of all to this routine. 

While it is the celebrity we associate with dances being tough for them, this one must have been harder on Ballas.

It is pretty clear that these high-energy routines with lots of hips work well for Raisman. Meanwhile, this energetic dance puts a bit of strain on the body, and it doesn't look like the first thing someone would want to try if they were having back problems. 

Well, Ballas has been having some pretty bad back problems, and he wasn't even sure he'd be able to dance this week. 

Raisman was not having back problems, which became apparent after Brooke Burke tweeted this pic prior to the show of Raisman stooped over to check out Burke's shoe collection: 

Raisman may come in second to Burke in a battle of shoe collections, but the way things are going, she won't have to worry about coming in second to anyone in this competition. 


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