October 30, 2012 08:42 PM by Stephanie Gustafson
After randomly choosing a country theme for a performance episode just two days before Halloween, Dancing with the Stars is back with performances from Taylor Swift and Jason Mraz…and results! These results shows are getting more and more nerve-wracking as the season continues. Who will be heading home tonight?
Tonight’s episodes begins with the judges choosing their favorite dance from last night. For some reason, they select Apolo and Karina. Yes, the pair looks stunning, but I really don’t think their performance qualified as the best. And I don’t think it was worthy of a 30. But the judges disagree, once again ranting and raving about how amazing Apolo’s emotional breakthrough was.
Tom Bergeron announces that he’s shaking things up a bit for the results tonight. The contestants will be called up in reverse order of where they stood with the judges. I take this to mean that somebody really good will be cut, because things would be pretty boring if all the first contestants called up were in danger and everyone else was safe.
On the bottom this week is…not Kirstie. What?! Kirstie and Maks impressed the judges with their rumba, so taking their usual spot at the bottom of the leader board are couples Emmitt and Cheryl as well as Kelly and Val. Both couples are safe, so it looks like the fans came through.
Jason Mraz gives us a break from the results with a performance of the hit single I Won’t Give Up. The singing is nice, but even better is the stunning performance from Mark Ballas and Chelsie Hightower.
More results! Shawn and Derek, Gilles and Peta, and Kirstie and Maks all head for the stage. Right away, we learn that Shawn, Gilles and Kirstie are all safe. Which means, of course, that two of the three highest scorers are in danger. As much as I love Kirstie Alley, I think she’s simply not as good a dancer as the others and thus, deserves to be sent home. But she has a massive fan base, so I wouldn’t be surprised if she stayed in the competition until the finale.
Now, we get to hear about hooow haaaard this competition is. Like, it’s the hardest thing EVER. Oh boo hoo, you guys are earning at least $200,000 each (or at least, that’s what Margaret Cho points to as the compensation rate) to learn to dance and revive your stagnant careers. I’m sure there’s plenty of viewers out there who would love to trade places.
Now for some real dancing from some, well, real dancers! And some real product placement from Macy’s! Yay! In all seriousness, the Macy’s Stars of Dance is my favorite part of each week’s results show. This one’s a little unusual though, what with the French Revolution theme. Still, the quirky vibe is entertaining and refreshing.
Following the Macy’s
commercial performance, the judges attempt to explain what a fusion dance is. Ultimately, they end up saying what we already inferred from the title: it’s a fusion of styles. Umm, duh. Apparently that’s still too difficult of a concept for Emmitt, who decides to label it “dance confusion.”
The celebs get to pick fusion styles for each other. The following are the styles you can expect from each pair next week:
Melissa and Tony: Tango/Cha-cha
Gilles and Peta: Argentine Tango/Samba
Sabrina and Louis: Tango/Foxtrot
Kirstie and Maks: Quickstep/Samba
Shawn and Derek: Tango/Paso Doble
Emmitt and Cheryl: Rumba/Samba
Kelly and Val: Cha-cha/Foxtrot
Apolo and Karina: Cha-cha/Paso Doble
Taylor Swift is the second guest performer, and, surprise, surprise, she’s singing that annoying and awkwardly-named song We Are Never Getting Back Together. Tom asks Taylor what we’ve all been wondering: is this a real never, as in Sean Connery never? And Taylor assures us that she and her mystery man are like, never getting back together.
Now for the elimination of doom. No matter which of the three final contestants is cut, it will be a huge disappointment. Melissa and Tony are quickly declared safe, leaving Apolo and Sabrina both on the chopping block. This is the same week Sabrina was unfairly cut last time she was on the show…and it looks like the unfortunate pattern is repeating itself.
Once again, Sabrina Bryan gets gypped. Not that I’m all that surprised — she didn’t have the necessary fan base the last time she was on the show and she didn’t for the all star season either. Still, it’s a shame, because she’s such an amazing dancer. And this proves that voting really does matter, because Sabrina was right on top of the leaderboard.
Do you think Sabrina Bryan was cheated from winning a mirror ball trophy, or was she overhyped in the first place? Feel free to share your reactions to the results show in the comments section!
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