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‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: The Wildest Freestyle Ever!

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This week on “Dancing With The Stars” it was guilty pleasures week. Some of the dance and music choices were a little tame and it was dubious how they fitted in to this category, but my guilty pleasure of this week’s two shows was watching Kelly, Kirstie, Emmitt, and Team Captain Gilles freestyling. I have no clue how that car crash TV scored three 9s but it did.

The best bits of “Team Gangnam” freestyling were the wigs, Cheryl riding Emmitt and putting him away wet nd Val with his shirt off.

The position before Tuesday’s solo dances was this (all scores out of a possible 60 points)

Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel: 58.5

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: 56.5

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: 56.5

Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff: 56.5

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd: 56.5

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: 56

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 52.5

Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 51.5

And then we hit last night’s dances and my first problem right away. Since when has a Disney classic like Cinderella been a guilty pleasure! I’m glad the makers of this show can’t see inside my psyche or they would be truly shocked.

Anyway, back to the Cinderella-inspired waltz by Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel. They scored an amazing 29 out of 30 and although it was pure cheese, I think they deserved every point. Shame Sabrina wasn’t in glass slippers. “I don’t think you quite got to vulnerability, but it was elegance personified,” Carrie Ann told Sabrina after Bruno had flopped around the judges’ table a lot.

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough scored 27/30 with their rumba. It was a smart move to set this dance on an elevated disc. It hid some of the awkwardness as Shawn is no actress, and Derek – she’s just not that in to you. It was all tricks and no hip action. Carrie Ann thought she spotted an illegal lift but Derek argued it was a catch. He didn’t have much choice really but to catch her or she would have fallen off the disc and met a watery death. Titanic. Watery death. See what I did there?

Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff scored 27/30 for their “Give It To Me Baby” samba. I thought Apolo was amazing in this, even if he was driving me crazy mouthing all the words to the song. He’s had flu too! I loved the knee pirouette. Len claimed to be living in the “Home for the Bewildered” after Carrie Ann felt something was missing from Apolo’s dance and that the pair needed to work on their chemistry. I think Apolo was having a blast!

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani scored 27/30 with a tango and I was so disappointed that this was the week Melissa was injured. The tango is my favorite dance and this by necessity had to be so careful it was quite boring, even with a mad scientist and a gigantic hamster wheel. Len and Tom argued over whether Melissa could have “snapped a little more” during the tango. Tom pointed out she’d been carted away in an ambulance just two days ago. “That was more of a factual comment – in an attempt to find your beating heart.” Hey, I love Len!

So, this was a week of high scores and high expectations on “Dancing With The Stars.” Who do you think has rightfully booked their place in Country Week?

One Response to “‘Dancing With the Stars’ Recap: The Wildest Freestyle Ever!”

  1. cheri says:

    I give Melissa Kudos for making it through the dances this week. With her neck injury, I was very impressed with how well she did. Shawn definitely had a hard time with her dance, but she still was amazing. This week has been one of the best this season. I think the team dances were the best I have seen from all the seasons.


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