May 06, 2008 08:02 PM by Jennifer_Brown
In preparation for Dancing with the Stars’ big 100th episode extravaganza, the judges are taking a few minutes to reflect on their top ten favorite dances of the series. Of all the perfect 30s that have been given over the seasons, which are the judges’ absolute favorite routines? Here are the dances that made the grade (in reverse order):
10th: Carrie Ann introduces this dance as an example of how anyone can succeed if they just put their minds to it. Kelly Monaco, who went from one of the lowest-scoring dancers to the winner of season one takes the #10 spot with her Bruno-dubbed “Latin-American Potpourri,” performed in season one, week six with partner Alex Mazo.
9th: From season five, as an example of a true talent being voted off way too early, the judges choose Sabrina Bryan & Mark Ballas’ Paso Doble, performed during week four.
8th: Emmitt Smith wowed the judges and audience with his charisma and charm. For the #8 spot on the judges’ list of faves is Emmitt & Cheryl’s leopard-printed, golden-shoed, funky Cha Cha Cha to Sly and the Family Stone from season three, week nine.
7th: He was the winner for a reason, and he showed it off with a sparkly Quickstep in season four, week nine. Apolo Anton Ohno and his partner Julianne Hough took 7th place on the list for the Quickstep that had Len wondering if Apolo had Restless Leg Syndrome.
6th: Bruno calls him “The Ultimate Showman,” and chose his back-bending, high-kicking Jive to illustrate the point. Joey Fatone showed off his one-arm handstand skills in this dance from season four, week seven.
5th: Len remembers Helio as “The Banana Man,” in reference to his season five, week eight yellow zoot-suited Quickstep with partner Julianne Hough. This is the dance that ended with a big smacker-oo on Julianne’s lips that knocked her to the floor.
4th: Save a Horse, ride Drew Lachey, all the way to a perfect 30. Carrie Ann introduces Drew & Cheryl’s season two, week eight Freestyle routine, which she calls “the iconic dance routine of the series.”
3rd: Fans will remember season two, week eight, when Bruno proudly declared a certain dancer a “Weapon of Mass Seduction.” With her long, long legs and natural aptitude for dance, Stacy Keibler, with partner Tony Dovolani, took the third spot tonight with their “Sexiest Samba Ever!”
2nd: Who could forget Mel B’s Paso Doble dominatrix outfit? Not the judges, who say Mel “rocked the dance floor like no other” during season five, week seven. Mel’s & Maks’ Paso Doble, the one that left Len speechless during critique, took the number two spot on the faves list.
1st: Len introduces the #1 dance tonight, pointing out how difficult it is to choose just one “best.” But sometimes, Len says, everything just comes together perfectlyÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬”the music, the costume, the dance. In that light, the judges have chosen, as their #1 all-time favorite dance of the Dancing with the Stars series, Mario Lopez & Karina Smirnoff, in season three, week nine, dancing the Tango. Congratulations, Mario & Karina!
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