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Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars: 15.03 – “Week 2 Performances”
We’re back for Week 2 of performances for the All-Stars of the 15th Season of Dancing with the Stars. Let’s see how they did.
Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani – “Shout” – Jive
-The big story around Melissa this week was that she wasn’t able to do this dance style in her original season. She was injured during dress rehearsal so they were judged on one of their filmed rehearsals earlier in the day. This was Melissa’s redemption now. She did a good job. Tony designed a great routine and she got to show some of her personality. The judges gave positive comments. But It didn’t turn out to be one of the more memorable routines and the night and that might hurt her.
Carrie Ann: 8
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas – “Redneck Woman” – Quickstep
-Bristol gave a decent performance last week that dubbed her ‘Most Improved’ but this week she was down on the bottom again. She was back to her usual awkward self with weird hand gestures and almost no expression on her face. Mark Ballas danced circles around her and did his best to choreograph a quickstep to a country song. The professional gets some credit. The judges mostly criticized the change of style from a usual quickstep, but still commended Bristol on coming out of her shell. She should be walking out the door this week, but she does have an unexplainable fan support and she could stick around another week for a shock factor.
Carrie Ann: 6
Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower – “Everybody Talks” – Jive
-There wasn’t any drama surrounding the couple this week, so in their pre-recorded package the show took them to the racetrack where Chelsie got to ride in one of Helio’s racecars. That was as exciting as this segment got. The routine was nice and had some fun moments, but I wasn’t excited by it at all. Helio is well liked and he had a comment in his interview with Brooke that he made his daughter happy in the audience and that’s all that mattered. He’ll be safe for another week.
Carrie Ann: 8
Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff – “Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days” – Quickstep
-Based on their package this week, there is still some tension between Apolo & Karina in the rehearsal room. They aren’t having a barrel of laughs, but they are working hard and this routine showed it. Whatever is going on between them, they don’t bring it to the dance floor. Their chemistry is insane and this was my favorite routine of the night. Apolo’s footwork towards the end of the routine was perfection. His technique is the strongest out of any of the contestants and I think he could easily win this whole show again if these two keep up the high level of performances.
Carrie Ann: 8.5
Sabrina Bryan & Louis van Amstel – “Black Betty” – Quickstep
-Sabrina & Louis had the weirdest clip package this week. During one of their rehearsals, Louis accidentally dropped Sabrina on the stairs and injured her arm. The camera never captured her injury and they showed both of the dancers questioning if they were ready to perform on Monday. It felt like manufactured drama that had no basis to be apart of the show since it didn’t affect anything and wasn’t brought up again. It really took me out of their dance, which was actually pretty strong. Sabrina brings a lot of energy to the dances, but it can still be toned down even more. She comes off too desperate and those type of Stars don’t end up winning.
Carrie Ann: 9 (first 9 of the season)
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – “Non Non Rien N’a Change” – Jive
-I have a feeling that Kirstie is going to be in trouble after this routine. It was a French-inspired Jive where Kirstie wore a horrible black-bob wig. I just feel like the audience as a whole didn’t connect to the offbeat routine and she won’t get a lot of votes. It’ll be a shame because Kirstie is always fun to watch. She brings a different energy to the dances that the others aren’t able to bring. And even though Maksim was kidding in the after-interview with Brooke, Kirstie does bring some maturity to the competition that the other starlets can’t bring. The judges were positive but their scores didn’t reflect it.
Carrie Ann: 7
Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke – “A Cool Cat in Town” – Quickstep
-This was a step down from last week. Emmitt & Cheryl were at the top of the leaderboard, but now they’ve ended up in the middle. This routine wasn’t as good as the previous one. Emmitt lost a lot of energy towards the end of the dance. It started off nice and quick, but he slowly lost steam before they posed for their final image. His posture was also a little bit off from what was needed for the dance, which the judges also noticed and commented on.
Carrie Ann: 7.5
Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya – “Dance, Dance” – Jive
-First of all, big props for the use of a Fall Out Boy song. They are one of my favorite groups and it was a treat to hear one of their songs used for a routine on the show. But I have to admit, I wasn’t a fan of the Harold Wheeler Band’s version because it was severely slowed down and didn’t have the same feel as the original. Drew & Anna both did their best. Anna admitted that it was hard to choreograph a Jive to this type of music, but I thought the routine itself was well choreographed and had some interesting moments in it that the other Jive routines couldn’t pull off. Drew could have been a little stronger. He looked a little sloppy in some holds. But it was a fun routine. I don’t think he’ll be in the bottom two again this week.
Carrie Ann: 7.5
Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson – “Creep” – Quickstep
-A Charlie Chaplin inspired routine. This was an interesting routine on a number of levels. The dance itself was pretty fun and had some great costumes and set pieces. (It’s never a good sign when you notice the art direction before you comment on the dance.) Joey did a good job and my former love of NSYNC makes me root for him to do well, but he did mess up in a few places and that’s not going to fly this season. The judges completely criticized his technique and called him out for a number of infractions, but they still enjoyed his performance and said that they were still thoroughly entertained by the routine. He deserved lower scores. The judges comments did not match their scores at all.
Carrie Ann: 7.5
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough – “The Nicest Kids in Town” – Jive
-Shawn Johnson is not one of my favorites this season, but she killed this routine. Her athleticism was on full display here and she kept up with the music better than her partner Derek. But once again, Derek created a crazy fun routine that was entertaining on a number of levels. My only critique with Shawn is that she needs to show a little more personality. She’s so boring in the interviews and rehearsal footage. If she had a better personality, I would be rooting for her much more.
Carrie Ann: 8.5
Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy – “Who Says” – Quickstep
-The rehearsal footage was completely stupid. Val kept complaining about Kelly’s posture, and she blamed it on her huge tits. So to make Val feel what it was like for her, she made him wear a bra with water balloons in them. It was stupid and just a distraction. The dance was pretty great though. Kelly had some great moments throughout the dance. She held her own and she was with Val every step of the way. They covered much more of the floor than the other quickstep couples so they should get a few bonus points for that. The judges were all over the place in the critiques. Each of them contradicting each other and leaving Kelly (and the audience) in a weird confusion.
Carrie Ann: 7.5
Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd – “Don’t Stop Me Now” – Jive
-Gilles is now the frontrunner to win this season. He’s insanely committed to each performance and he can mold himself to fit whatever style of dance he is given. The routine itself was crazy. Gilles & Peta had some insane hair and makeup that distracted a little bit from their dancing, but it was still an energetic and entertaining performance. The best part of the routine was Gilles’ solo in the middle of it. Pretty ballsy to try that in Week 2 of performances. While it wasn’t my favorite of the night, it was a great way to end the night.
Carrie Ann: 8.5
It was a strong night of performances. Apolo was my favorite of the night, followed closely by Shawn Johnson & Gilles Marini. I have a few predictions for who will go home. If the system works the way it’s supposed to, Bristol will be packing her bags tomorrow. But I have a feeling that she is going to be saved by the votes and Joey or Kirstie will be going home. Drew is also a strong possibility. Basically, it could go a couple different ways and it wouldn’t surprise me. But never say never.