Dancing with The Stars will only air TONIGHT. There will be NO eliminations this week. Also, Derek Hough is out with an injury. Mark Ballas will be dancing with Shawn Johnson.
I wonder how many more superior dancers Kristie and Maks will knock out? Thing is–she’s the most famous all-star left. If the pair make the finals, I would not be surprised.
My favorite dance tonight was the Mark and Shawn’s Tango/Paso. It was beautifully choreographed and Shawn was perfection, even without any fancy tricks. My second favorite was Gilles and Peta. Gilles was both shirtless and HOT. Superficial. I know.
The show opens with a group dance fusing many dance styles. RIHANNA! A glimpse of what is to come as the All-Stars perform Fusion dances–a mashup, if you will, of dance styles.
The Fusion Dance Round is up first. The judges describe the concept. The judges can’t seem to agree on how to do it! Len wants to see a DECENT AMOUNT OF BOTH STYLES. Don’t try to pull a fast one, pros!
Apolo and Karina – Cha/Paso Doble – Apolo is struggling to learn the dance steps. They begin with Cha cha. Karina is such a fantastic dancer. I can’t take my eyes off of her. Which isn’t the greatest for Apolo. Although the transition to the Paso features Apolo in a very nice athletic solo. He really steps it up when it’s time to do the Paso. He rips off his shirt and literally comes alive. Now I notice him! That’s the way to get votes! Len says, “There was nothing safe about this. You really attacked this.” “Plenty of muscle power. Triumphant.” Carrie Ann says, “YOu are still pushing yourself. I like the approach. That transition was hot.” Carrie Ann – 9 Len – 9 Bruno – 9 – 27 – 1-800-868-3407
No results this week! Votes will carry over to next week’s DOUBLE elimination.
Emmitt and Cheryl – Rumba/Samba – Cheryl choreographs the dance so that the two styles are literally intertwined. It’s REALLY confusing Emmitt. As a little break, Emmitt goes back to Dallas to visit his kids. Emmitt isn’t the best dancer, but he fully embraces the cheesiness, which makes him fun to watch. He has NO inhibitions in these Latin dances which makes it even doubly fun. Bruno says, “That was a smooth and balanced blend. It’s so difficult to do. You did it with such ease. Wonderful.” Carrie Ann says, “What was lacking was your upper body. You were in your head.” Len says, “I don’t think I could have done it as good as that.” Carrie Ann – 8.5, Len – 9.5, Bruno – 9.5 – 27.5 – 1-800-868-3413
Kirstie and Maks – Quickstep/Samba – Kirstie insists that she has a place on the show and deserves to be there, even if she’s not the best dancer. Maks helps Kirstie put together Hurricane Sandy relief packages. Kirstie plays…a wench. Maks is a prince. Kirstie is much better at the quickstep than she is at the samba. In any case, she’s very stiff and awkward in the second half. Carrie Ann says, “The second half of the song, you fell out of sync. Your quickstep half was nice.” Len says, “It was a nice mix. There was one or two incidents going on. It was an admirable effort.” Len says, “It’s always entertaining. I was just laughing. You lost timing. Always great to watch you.” Carrie Ann – 8, Len – 8, Bruno – 8 – 24 – 1-800-868-3412
Kelly and Val – Foxtrot/Cha Cha Cha – Wait…I Val coming on to Kelly! I think he liiiiikes her! This is the furthest Val has lasted in the competition. Kelly is a really good dancer. She has a mistep, but her Cha Cha in particular, is really clean. Len says, “You kept in the smoothness of the Fox Trot and the crispness of the Cha Cha Cha.” “That was a flashy Cha Cha Cha. There was a tiny loss of balance in the foxtrot, but well done.” Carrie Ann says, “Overall really beautiful” The judges were really impressed with their ability to meld elegance with sexiness. Carrie Ann – 9, Len – 9, Bruno – 9 – 27 - Val’s childhood home in Brooklyn was wrecked. He asks viewers to give to Sandy relief. – 1-800-868-3411
Melissa and Tony – Tango/Cha Cha – Melissa really wants to do well for Tony after watching him interact with his family on the East coast. Melissa puts on a mistake-free performance, but I just don’t find her very exciting. But the judges–they disagree. Bruno says, “You were on fire. The shapes in the tango wree fantastic. You turned me on.” Carrie Ann says, “Tonight you are a star! I loved the transition.” Len says, “Beautiful all the way too. Well done.” Carrie Ann – 10, Len – 9.5, Bruno – 9.5 – 29 – 1-800-868-3406
Shawn and Mark – Tango/Paso Doble – Shawn trained this week with both Mark and Derek, but Derek cannot dance. Mark is happy to be back with his original partner, but really hopes that Derek gets well soon. Great routine from Shawn! She doesn’t need a ton of tricks to stand out. Fantastic choreography, well executed. Mark and Derek disagree on choreography! Mark should allow Derek to choreograph! Carrie Ann says, “That was a fusion! So seamlessly intertwined.” Len says, “That was a firecracker, the Paso an explosion.” Bruno says, “Flawless. Maximum purity of the dance.” The judges were impressed that she fusion was seamless, yet each dance was identifiable. Carrie Ann – 10, Len 10, Bruno – 10 – 30. Shawn’s first perfect score.
Derek will be back next week.
Gilles and Peta – Argentine Tango/Samba – GRATUITOUS SHIRTLSS GILLES HOORAY. He’s posing for a muscle magazine with a boxer. who tells Gilles to NEVER GIVE UP. PETA LOST A SHOE. Oh noes. Who is even looking at her? I’m not. Gilles is so SEXY. Sorry for being so superficial. Len says, “Well done. Fantastic.” Bruno says, “Sultry and intense, exciting and exotic.” Carrie Ann says, “I still see those little arm thingies.” WHO CARES CARRIE. “It was a fantastic fusion. Carrie Ann – 9.5, Len – 9.5, Bruno 0 9.5 – 28.5
Swing Dance Marathon is coming up! But first, a spotlight on ballroom dancers from Utah. Derek grew up in Utah. Louis says Utah is the place to be. Er. As a coach, of course. Chelsie is also from Utah and she introduces the next routine as a fusion of everything. It features Mark and Chelsie plus a slew of young ballroom dancers from Utah. That was traditional, yet oh so futuristic. Tom notices the giant glacier that’s part of the set. Yeah, I didn’t get it either.
Swing Dance Marathon! The judges will knock them out one by one. The pair that stays the longest earns the highest score. Who will last the full 4 minutes? Each couple finds their individual pool of light. Kirstie and Maks are the first eliminated. Gilles and Peta are second. WHAT? Apolo and Karina are third. Now the couples can use the entire stage Emmitt and Cheryl are eliminated next, followed by Shawn and Mark and Kelly and Val. Melissa and Tony are left standing! They win.
Kirstie and Maks – 4 points
Gilles and Peta – 5 points
Apolo and Karina – 6 Points
Emmitt and Cheryl – 7 points
Shawn and Mark – 8 points
Kelly and Val – 9 points
Melissa and Tony 10 – Champs!
Apolo and Karina – 33
Melissa and Tony – 39
Shawn and Mark – 38
Kelly and Val – 36
Emmitt and Cheryl – 34.5
Gilles and Peta – 33.5
Kirstie and Maks – 28