October 23, 2012 09:21 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
Last night’s episode of Dancing with the Stars was unfortunately cut short by the final presidential debate. Darn politics. Tonight we can get back to what’s really important: the race for the mirror ball trophy! Viewers fortunately will not have to endure another elimination this week, leaving plenty of time to sit back and enjoy some great dancing!
It’s been fun learning about the remaining DWTS contestants’ guilty pleasures…and even more fun watching them dance together in an exciting group performance! Now, we round off guilty pleasure week with a few more duets and a second team dance.
First up are a recently-injured Melissa and partner Tony dancing the tango to Britney Spears hit Toxic. Despite the nasty injury, these two are intoxicating! Carrie Ann and Len both think that Melissa’s torso could be a bit straighter, but they concede that she’s dealing with an injury. Otherwise, all three judges are happy with the performance, giving Melissa and Tony what I’ve decided to call the Herman Cain score: 9, 9, 9.
As amazing as Shawn and Derek have been thus far, these two blondies have to keep pushing the limit. Shawn chooses the Titanic ballad My Heart Will Go On for her rumba, thus subjecting the poor audience to the wavering voice of Celine Dion. This is the epitome of guilty pleasure, because anyone who would choose such an annoying song sure as hell better feel guilty! The dance itself is nice, but a bit underwhelming following last week’s performance. Len tries to convey his disappointment in the form of a poorly thought-out Dickens metaphor: “I had Great Expectations but it was Bleak House.” Yes Len, we know you’re clever. With scores of 9, 8 and 10, Derek and Shawn tie with the Melissa and Tony for 27 out of 30 points.
I’m hoping for a comeback from Karina and Apolo, because last week’s hip hop performance was just depressing. Looks like Apolo fans are in luck, because he and Karina look sexy and sassy while performing a samba to Rick James’ Give it to me Baby. Len and Bruno are fans, but Carrie Ann thinks that the chemistry is a bit out of sync. It doesn’t really matter what Carrie Ann says anymore though; my new benchmark for her appreciation of any given dance is based entirely on whether she falls out of her chair. The judges’ scores leave Apolo tied with Shawn and Melissa at yet another 27 out of 30!
And now we have the final duet of the night. Can Sabrina and Louis break out of this 27-point rut? They’re giving it their all with a romantic waltz to the Cinderella song So This Is Love. I’m inclined to vote for Sabrina just based on song selection — I also have quite a few Disney songs on my guilty pleasure list. The performance is every bit as sweet as Cinderella herself. Bruno accurately compares the dance to “a magic ride into an enchanted kingdom.” The pair takes the lead for the night with a whopping 29 points!
Rounding out an amazing episode is Team Gangnam Style. I don’t have high hopes, since all the best dancers were on Team Call Me Maybe. Okay, Team Gangnam Style does have Gilles…and Gilles did hint at the possibility of a shirtless performance. That’s gotta play in the team’s favor. And with Kirstie Alley and Emmitt Smith in the mix, there’s sure to be some entertainment value.
As I expected, the dance is a hot mess. Good thing Joey Fatone is gone, because this is anything but ‘N Sync! But Gilles throwing off (nearly) all of his clothing makes it all worth it. Better yet, when Bruno asks for the towel after the dance (because he’s “wet”), Gilles obliges! The group earns a surprising 27 out of 30 points, but Team Call Me Maybe claims victory with a score of 29.5.
Yay for no elimination! Tune in next week for some more spectacular (and sexy) performances!
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