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Dancing With The Stars Recap: All-Star Final Is Risky Business

November 26, 2012 07:02 PM by Candace Young

Last week’s double elimination on Dancing With The Stars spelled ‘the end’ for Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke, along with Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff. For the first time in Dancing With the Stars history, three female contestants and their dance pro partners will face-off in the finals. Tonight, Kelly Monaco, Melissa Rycroft, and Shawn Johnson choose a repeat dance before tackling freestyle…

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy begin tonight’s competition on Dancing With The Stars with an intense Pasa Doble. These two definitely bring the fiery passion necessary for this dance and Kelly is at her best looking like a spinning senorita! Len calls it their best dance to date. Bruno says Kelly burns the floor like a fire angel and compliments the artistry and polish. Carrie Ann tells Kelly she’s proud of her because she has struggled most to get there. They receive 10s from Len and Bruno and a 9.5 from Carrie Ann for 29.5 total.

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani are the only remaining finalists who have yet to win a Mirror Ball trophy. Tonight they’re bringing back their samba. The performance is spirited and fun – love the pink costumes! Bruno says Melissa’s technique and confidence is great. Carrie Ann admires Melissa’s abs and deems their performance fabulous. Len concurs! They net a perfect score of 30.

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough take a risk by bringing back the quickstep that broke rules and earned them only a 26.5 from the judges despite its entertainment value. Once again, it’s incredibly cool with Shawn’s agility and air splits on show! Carrie Ann says it’s a fan favorite, but is disappointed they chose again to break the rules. Len feels the same. Bruno echoes that the judges are bound by the rules, but says it takes nothing away from their achievement. They get 9 from Carrie Ann, 8.5 from Len, and it’s balanced out with a 9.5 from Bruno for a total of 27.


Kelly and Val are up first with their freestyle dance. They will do some aerial stunts and take risks. They chose Time Of My Life from Dirty Dancing as their accompanying music. The number opens with Kelly suspended from the ceiling on fabric, while Val plays violin. True story. They launch into the dance from the movie, complete with the lift, a gospel choir, and back-up dancers. Len says it lacked originality but the actual dance was spellbinding. Bruno comments on their chemistry and says Patrick [Swayze] is smiling on them. Carrie Ann wonders if they’re a real couple before telling them it was beautiful. They get 10s from Carrie Ann and Bruno and a 9.5 from Len for 29.5 total.

Melissa and Tony are going for a contemporary feel for their freestyle performance to I Was Here by Beyonce. They being in an acrobatic pose and then go into their routine which is elegant and evocative. Bruno says it showcased all of Melissa’s qualities – a gem! Carrie Ann notes with great risk comes great reward – jackpot! Len enthuses that it was truly wonderful – he’s nearly speechless! They score 10s from all three judges with Len wishing he had an 11! 30 total.

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough will finish off the all-star season performances with an Olympian effort – yes, they bring in the other girls from the US Olympic gymnastic team! Shawn is in a flirty little white costume while Derek is dashing in black and white.  It’s high-flying fun with Derek even getting in on the aerial action! Carrie Ann gets up and pumps her arms – they’ve been waiting for this all season! Len says it was a medley of their greatest hits – gold medal performance! Bruno hollers that it was explosive, adding that all three goddesses tonight have been astonishing! It’s three 10s again – 30 total.

The final performances end with Melissa and Tony topping the leaderboard with a perfect score of ’60′. The Mirror Ball trophy will be awarded tomorrow night – they’re all so good, it’s anyone’s guess who should/will win!

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One Response to “Dancing With The Stars Recap: All-Star Final Is Risky Business”

  1. Andree Alexander Says:
    November 27th, 2012 at 6:02 am

    I think it is a foregone conclusion that Shaun johnson will take away the trophy. She has an amazing fan base, and this will be ‘compensation’ for the fact that she could not take part in the Olympics. While she has certainly matured throughout this show, still, her routines are just too much filled with gymnastic routines to be considered REAL BALLROOM DANCING. Melissa and Tony however, have exceeded everyone’s expectations, and I only hope that they will win the trophy. Tony deserves it more than anyone!!


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