October 01, 2012 07:13 PM by Candace Young
Last week, Dancing With The Stars All-Stars began and ended for Pamela Anderson and partner Tristan MacManus when her best efforts resulted in a shaky outing on the dance floor in the season premiere. The remaining 12 couples continue performing tonight. Who will stand out in this spectacular group? Read on…
Tonight, Tom Bergeron and Brooke Burke Charvet kick off Dancing With The Stars by introducing Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani, who are doing a jive. Melissa’s adorable in a perky pony and shoo-be-doo-wop, it’s a showstopping start! Fun and synchronized to perfection. Len loved it. Bruno compliments the fast footwork before things dissolve into an argument with Len about technique. Carrie Ann thought it was great. They score 8s from Len and Carrie Ann and 7.5 from Bruno for 23.5 total.
This is followed up by Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas and their quickstep. The music is a country song about rednecks, which Bristol claims suits her to a tee. It probably won’t be long before Bristol is back ‘hangin’ on the front porch with a baby on her hip’ as her not-so-quick quickstep is strictly amateur hour. She seems to have trouble keeping up with Mark and remembering the steps. The judges all say it was ‘fun’. Len says that for the ‘hoedown’ the technique was ‘lowdown’. The judges give 6s across the board – 18 total.
Also doing a jive tonight are Helio Castroneves and Chelsea Hightower. Helio, in a glitzy hot pink jacket gets some air leaping off the stairs to begin. The routine is solid, with the characterization standing out. Carrie Ann felt his technique caught up to this charm this week, Len saw some over-enthusiastic knee-pumping going on, but liked it overall. Bruno echoes that sentiment. They get an 8 from Carrie Ann and 7.5s from Len and Bruno – 23 total.
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff perform the second quickstep tonight. There’s a lot of talk about landing on the podium before they begin. They stay away from the country music, opting for a jazzy swing number and delivering a classy, jaunty quickstep with Apolo looking dashing in a fedora. Len calls it gold medal, Bruno agrees, and Carrie Ann says Apolo has his competition pants on tonight! They nab 8s from Bruno and Len, and 8.5 from Carrie Ann for 24.5 total.
Notorious ‘over-dancer’ Sabrina Bryan and partner Louis Van Amstel are doing a quickstep in which he wanted her to fly up three steps and end with a dip. In practice, Louis dropped her during the move. She was injured and they debated whether to leave it in or not. Performing live they are elegant and controlled – and they do the big finale move successfully! Bruno enthuses that she’s like Ginger Rogers. “A dazzler!” Carrie Ann yells, “Whoo hoo,” and says it was awesome! Even hard-nosed Len gets on board, saying it was a great quickstep! They net 8.5s from Len and Bruno and the first 9 from Carrie Ann for 26 total.
Omigod, Kirstie Alley is hysterical in a black wig and flapper dress lolling against a lamp post as she and Maksim Chmerkovisky appear on stage for their jive. Maks looks like a mime without the white face paint. Their performance is solid and full of personality. Carrie Ann says Kirstie was workin’ it, Len says it was neat and precise; a great improvement on last week, and Bruno tells her she played it beautifully. They get 7s across the board for 21 total.
Top scorers last week, Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke are tackling the quickstep tonight and choose a groovy number about cool cats for their smooth routine. Emmitt looks, er, electric in a red suit and Cheryl’s sexy in a slinky gown. Len comments on technique that was lacking but says the overall feel was great. Bruno reiterates this, and Carrie Ann warns that the race car driver and speed skater bested him tonight. The judges each score them 7.5 for a total of 22.5.
Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya, who were in the bottom two last week, do a jive this week, and oddly choose to start their routine with Anna smacking Drew. The number has an edgy ‘street’ feel and is set to a Fall Out Boy tune – interesting! Bruno is caught up in the rough and readiness of it all, but warns Drew about getting flat-footed. Carrie Ann welcomes Drew home, and Len reiterates about the feet, but feels he won’t be ‘bottom two Drew’ this week. It’s 7.5s across the board for a total of 22.5.
Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson are ready to work his waistline hard in the quickstep. The bowler hat doesn’t suit Joey, but the Charlie Chaplin theme makes for a jaunty routine. Carrie Ann says the performance was great though there were some mistakes. Len lists off technical complaints before saying he really enjoyed it. Len earns boos by summing up, “If you can’t dance…come out and entertain us.” Bruno maintains that Joey can dance, but there were mistakes. Despite the judges commentary, they still earn 7.5s across the board for a total of 22.5.
Cutie Shawn Johnson and partner Derek Hough do a classic 1950s soda-fountain bobby-soxer version of the jive. They look fantastic, but Len opines that there was just enough jive and technique for him – he wants more than ‘enough’. Bruno argues that it was vibrant and amazing – he can’t imagine what Len wants more of! Carrie Ann sides with Bruno. It’s 8.5s from Bruno and Carrie Ann and an 8 from Len for 24.5.
Soap actress Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovisky have a hilarious practice as she makes him wear water balloons in a bra on his chest after he complains about her boobies bouncing too much. The reality of their performance is seriously elegant and beautiful to watch. Bruno and Carrie Ann thought it was pretty but comment on her losing her frame. Len preferred the parts that were out of hold. Carrie Ann and Bruno give them 7.5s and Len gives a 7 for a total of 21.5.
French hunk Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd deal with a doctor’s diagnosis that Gilles has a strained thigh muscle and should rest. Obviously, he opts not to do that and they perform an energetic jive with Gilles looking distinctly, er, different in a poufy hairstyle and jacket with no shirt beneath. Peta looks like Pink. The routine is amazing and ‘dynamic’, as Len says. Carrie Ann loved how Gilles mastered his injury, and Bruno, of course, loved Gilles’ man cleavage! Gilles dedicates the performance to his father who passed 17 years ago today. The judges award 8.5s across the board for a total of 25.5.
Next week, the celebrities will be ‘creative directors’ of their dances and the judges are expecting to see things they’ve never seen before!
Who will you be voting for tonight? Who should go home next?
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