Monday night was country night on “Dancing with the Stars: All Stars” or “Y’All-Stars” as Tom rather cutely put it. There were some great performances, especially when you consider how consider how few of the contestants, stars or pros, give a darn about country music.
Due to Hurricane Sandy power outages across the Eastern seaboard, voting will remain open until 11 a.m. ET today on ABC.com but tonight, someone has to hang up their dancing shoes. Who will it be, taking nto consideration the eight remaining couples’ Week 5 and Week 6 solos, plus the Week 5 Team Freestyles and the Week 6 group dance?
This was the leaderboard going in to last night’s performances:
Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel: 88.5 out of possible 90
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff: 86.5
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: 86
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: 84.5
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd: 84
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: 82.5
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 82
Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 78.
Bring on the dances!
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd dancing the Cha-Cha-Cha scored 27.5, giving them 84/90 over 2 weeks. Len loved that Gilles gave the dance 100% and Bruno wanted to visit whatever country this was. He sold it. “The foot work was not as clear as it could have been, but the performance was magnificence!” he complimented. Carrie raved about how creative and sexy the routine was, apart from his “t-rex hands.”
Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel scored a perfect 30 out of a possible 30 for their rumba, not an easy dance. The motivation for the dance was apparently Sabrina’s drug addict ex. Oh, so they went THAT country! There was a lot of hugging during the judging. Len “loved the fact that the music was soft and quiet, wonderful choreography it was fantastic!” Bruno said “it was wonderful a sequence of intriguing shapes, absolute stunning, always it had an emotional threat through it. Your solo was magic. A fantastic job.” It gave Carrie Ann the vulnerability she had been looking for all along. That perfect score gave them 88.5/90 over the 2 weeks.
Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy scored 27/30 for their Tango. It was a little bit hectic, according to Len but he liked the attack they gave the dance. The intro was seductive, as Bruno pointed out, and they did appear to be back on their game, but still it was hectic, possibly because it was so ambitious,as Carrie Ann pointed out.That gave them 78.5/90 over the 2 weeks.
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani danced the Viennese Waltz and scored 29.5/30. Len even gave them a standing ovation for their “great technique, wonderful movement!” “It was like love in the great outdoors” said Bruno. Carrie Ann seemed much less impressed, telling them, “Your feet were on the ground during the lift. You have beautiful lines, but you are not dancing out enough. I am serious. You keep it too internal.” But stil they only dropped a half-point, so they scored 86/90 over 2 weeks.
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough danced the Rumba. Bruno called it “sexy” and “incredible,” but there was “too much frippery and too many gimmicks” for Len. Carrie Ann sided with Bruno, of course. Sort of. She thought they were exciting to watch but that “the solo was a little bit stiff. I thought it was still fantastic!” A score of 28/30 gave them 84/90 over the 2 weeks.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy danced the Rumba and scored 27.5/30, giving them 80/90 over the two weeks. Bruno said “I think that was the expressionism of gorgeousness over real women. Classy and elegant you arms are gorgeous you can really tells a story with your fingers, just gorgeous.” Len remarked how Kirstie coped well with a difficult dance but he would have liked to see a little more hip action. “I liked it, but not that much!” he concluded. Carrie Ann, however, “got lost in” the “passionate Rumba” with “the Queen of sexy.”
Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff danced the Viennese Waltz, showing Apolo off as a leading man. He has the ease that Bruno mentioned but I felt Len went a little too far in bringing the comparison, “Apolo, son of Zeus the roman god of light and music. It had great musicality, it was 2 people in perfect harmony. I loved it!” Carrie Ann called it “poetry in motion,” which was nice but didn’t she show how little she really knows about dance by saying “Dance is without emotion, is movement for movement sake”? Surely that’s just aerobics. They scored a perfect 30/30, giving them 86.5/90 over the 2 weeks.
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke scored 26.5/30 with their Foxtrot. Bruno loved his attitude, even though he “lost a couple of passes.” Len also remarked on the lack of finesse but called it “entertainng overall.” Carrie Ann felt the solo made up for the other errors. This performance gave them a total score over 2 weeks of 82.5/90.
Then it was on to the Group Dance and a chance to gain an extra 2 points. Len said “That was fun, full of tricks and treats and the ho-down on the low-down. Kirstie I like when you were smacking Maks’ bottom.” Bruno was also impressed with the “Fully loaded, fun filled extravaganza, Kirstie rides again. Apolo’s lift. Melissa’s Lasso. I think you all did well!” Carrie Ann singled out Kelly and Val, Sabrina and Gilles for particular praise but Kirstie and Max got the two extra points. I have no idea how. Maybe because they need them and the judges want to keep them in the competition for some reason.
Well, we’ll see tonight if that was enough to keep them in. On a night of great performances it’s tough to say anyone “deserves”to go, but who do you think has danced their last dance?