October 08, 2012 07:29 PM by Candace Young
Last week, Joey Fatone said Bye, Bye, Bye to Dancing With The Stars All-Stars. This week the all-stars were responsible for everything creative about the routines thanks to a challenge issued by Len Goodman. It was crucial to pull out all the stops as it’s a double-elimination week. Whose creative ideas shone? Let’s just say that some celebrities learned you can teach a dance pro new tricks…
Drew Lachey‘s idea for his Dancing With The Stars cha cha cha routine was to make the whole thing like a concert. He was also concerned that the audience get to see the sensual side of him and partner Anna Trebunskaya. I’m not sure what type of concert he had in mind, but the costumes were electric blue and black, and overall the performance evoked a disco feel. Len and Carrie loved it, and Bruno thought Drew was channeling Channing Tatum in Magic Mike…ahem. They netted 8s from all three judges for 24.
Gilles Marini elected to do a tango and wanted to fly in it…yes fly. Gilles and Peta Murgatroyd begin the routine with Gilles trussed up like a turkey and soaring over the dance floor. Once his feet are back on the ground they delivered a sexy tango with Peta in sultry black lingerie and thigh high nylons. Bruno commented on the eroticism of it – 50 Shades of Gilles! He noted a few wobbles. Carrie likened Gilles to a hot Peter Pan, and warned they slightly got out of sync. Len concurred. They scored 8.5s from the male judges and an 8 from Carrie Ann for 24.5.
Melissa Rycroft‘s creative ideas centered on doing tricks. Melissa and partner Tony Dovoloni took to the floor in pink (for breast cancer) for their samba and were impressive right off the bat with Melissa showing incredible body control with a limbo-type move. There was a lot of footwork and shaking, and the tricks were amazing. Fun! Carrie Ann called it fantastic! Len said it was refreshing and satisfying like a can of cola, and complimented the technique. Bruno raved. It got three 9s for 27 total.
Apolo Anton Ohno selected a foxtrot this week and partner Karina Smirfoff thought his creative ideas would show a side of him the audience has never seen before. Set to Fever, it was a stylish and elegant routine tinged with sensuality. Wow. Len had a few things to say about feet and hold, but called it a terrific dance. Bruno said it was sensual and classic, but had a technical critique. Carrie Ann called it stunning and challenged Bruno’s criticism of the arms. Carrie Ann gave them a 9, Len an 8, and Bruno an 8.5, for a total of 25.5.
Kelly Monaco had the week off from General Hospital and devoted the time to perfecting a pasa doble that Maks once did – she banked on Val Chmerkovskiy being a better matador than his brother. Valentin donned the red and gold jacket and joined Kelly, a ruby-lipped Spanish senorita, for an energetic, spin-filled pasa that had the audience erupting! Bruno growled about artistry and power. Carrie Ann said they’re the couple to watch due to the chemistry they’re developing, and Len had nothing but praise for the musicality and expression. They scored 9s across the board for 27.
Tom Bergeron announced that Paula Abdul will guest-judge next week on Dancing With The Stars All-Stars.
Kirstie Alley wanted to recreate Carson Kressley’s fun Move Like Jagger cha cha cha for her creative routine. She was downright cougarific planning Maks Chmerkovskiy‘s costume which meant really tight pants, a leather vest and a long dark wig. Hysterical! Kirstie stopped laughing long enough to join him on the dance floor and it was so entertaining! Carrie Ann thanked them and called it their best this season. Len said it was a good cha cha cha – the whole package! Bruno said it was the most fun he’s had until now. They nabbed three 8s for 24 total.
Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel blew the judges away last week but were feeling the pressure on top of the leaderboard. For her creative dance, Sabrina chose a pasa doble that had them debating about whether or not to use gimmicks and break rules. Live, Sabrina was in a vampy purple costume with over-the-knee black boots – the keyhole nature of the bodysuit distracted from the dance now and then, but the routine was dramatic and loaded with technique – no doubt about it. Len complimented the technique, Bruno enthused about fire power, and Carrie Ann liked the creative concept and outstanding dancing, but didn’t feel they brought anything new. They scored 8.5s from all three judges for a total of 25.5.
Emmett Smith had creative control of a pasa doble with partner Cheryl Burke. In practice, he was determined to slide through her legs, which was like watching bizarre human bowling – too funny! On the dance floor, Emmett made for a very strong matador-type and amazingly, thought skinny and made it through Cheryl’s legs at the end! Bruno ranted that he thought Emmett would kill her. He warned about Emmett’s shoulders, but said he’s back in the game. Carrie Ann called him a Cuban torpedo. Len joked that Emmett scared the life out of him, and added that his attack sometimes caused him to lack finesse. Carrie Ann and Bruno gave them 8.5s and Len gave an 8, for a total score of 24.5.
Helio Castroneves and Chelsea Hightower were in the bottom two last week. Tonight, they performed a quickstep with Helio as creative director. It was set to a big band swing tune and featured striped costumes and fast feet! Impressive! Bruno mocked Chelsea’s black and white striped dress but thought the routine was brilliant. Carrie Ann said Helio’s the quick step king, and Len said it was top-notch and deserved to be back. They netted 8.5s across the board for 25.5 total.
Bristol Palin, who was a surprise survivor last week after a disappointing quickstep, had a pout session in practice this week with partner, Mark Ballas. She sulked that she felt he didn’t want to be there, and would rather have been be paired with Shawn or Sabrina, before walking out on him in tears. Yeah, that will make him glad he’s your partner. Somehow they got it together to do a pasa doble where they were pieces on a chess board. Bristol was in white and Mark in black. Despite the strange music, it was a regal and interesting dance to watch. Len said it had the most content of any they’ve done – easily their best. Bruno called Bristol an ice queen and concured with Len. Carrie Ann also got on board, but gave some constructive criticism. All three judges gave 7.5s for a score of 22.5.
Tom Bergeron announced that on tomorrow night’s results show, the competitors will choose dance styles for each other for the following week!
Shawn Johnson brought trampolines into the practice studio as part of her creative vision – she and Derek Hough planned to do things never before seen on the show. Live, they put Shawn’s gymnastics background to optimum use in their trick-filled, energetic quickstep, which concluded with them leaping from the stairs onto trampolines below! The judges came to their feet and the crowd screamed. Bruno hollered that it was spectacular and unforgettable – perhaps the best dance he’s ever seen on Dancing With The Stars! Carrie Ann echoed that sentiment, and Len agreedit was fantastic, but warned he had to drop a point because they broke the rules. Carrie Ann gave them a 9, Len followed with an 8, and Bruno balanced it out with 9.5. It was a total of 26.5.
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