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Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars: 15.05 – “Week 3 Performances”

We’re back for Week 3 of performances for the All-Stars of the 15th Season of Dancing with the Stars. This week’s theme was two-fold. First, the couples had to pick a famous dance to recreate from a previous season. Then, the “star” got to be the creative director for the routine. They got to pick a theme, design the sets and costumes. They had creative control over the entire piece. Which begs the question, who was the creative director before this “theme”? The professional partner or the producers?

Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya – “Crazy in Love” – Cha-Cha-Cha
-Drew & Anna picked Joey McIntyre & Ashly LaCosta’s Cha-Cha-Cha from the first season. Although it should be pointed out that they aren’t really recreating the dances, they are just doing the same song to the same style of dance. Everything else is pretty much different. Drew & Anna experience some more awkwardness in the rehearsals. Drew comes off as a douchebag. The theme of the dance is a rock concert. It’s an entertaining piece and Drew seems much more energetic than he was in the first 2 weeks. The judges loved it but gave him middle of the road scores.
Carrie Ann: 8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24

Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd – “Sweet Dreams” – Tango
-Their clip package started with Gilles looking pissed about having to recreate someone else’s dance. Although it seemed to me he was more pissed about another contestant doing one of his routines (Apolo & Karina) than anything. But he eventually picked Erin Andrews & Maksim’s Tango from Season 10. Out of respect, he didn’t pick a fellow contestant’s piece. He was very tense in rehearsals. The performance started with Gilles in a harness being lifted up out of a bed and then back on the dance floor, where he began the routine. Gilles has great technique and performance, but I thought the choreography was a little stagnant in the middle. It didn’t have good rise and fall. I think he’ll be fine this week. I think his bad reaction to the theme might cost him some votes though.
Carrie Ann: 8.5
Len: 8.5
Bruno: 8.5
Total: 25.5

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani – “Conga” – Samba
-The opening clip package was really weird. They didn’t focus too much on last week’s performance or which previous one they were going to do. Melissa wanted to do tricks and Tony was helping her out. By looking on Wikipedia, they recreated J.R. Martinez & Karina’s Samba from Season 13. It was a great routine and the most personality that Melissa has shown all season. The beginning on the platform was a little awkward, but they got past that and started a fantastic routine. Their tricks and arm work were perfection. The judges were very positive towards her and gave her the highest score of the season so far.
Carrie Ann: 9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 27

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff – “Fever” – Foxtrot
-Their dance was the one that Gilles was pissed off about in his package. Apolo picked Gilles & Cheryl Burke’s original Foxtrot in Season 8. Apolo was very bossy in the rehearsals. He was very particular about his vision behind the routine and exact/precise movements. I don’t really think he gets along with Karina, as previous weeks have shown, but they manage to pull it out every week. Their technical was great again, but Apolo’s performance was one-note and stale. He had one facial expression throughout the entire thing. The judges loved it and appreciated his ambitious creative direction.
Carrie Ann: 9
Len: 8
Bruno: 8.5
Total: 25.5

Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy – “Espana Cani” – Paso Doble
-Kelly & Val picked Laila Ali & Maksim’s Paso Doble from the 4th Season. Kelly picked this because she wanted Val to prove that he could do it better than his brother. She kept teasing him about it during the rehearsal footage. The opening was really cool and it was Kelly’s idea. Two people had this big piece of fabric connected to two poles, they pulled it over Val & Kelly before the dance started so it looked like they were coming out of a red tunnel and into the arena for the bull-fight. It was pretty great. The dance itself was one of the best so far this season. Kelly was completely committed to the performance. The choreography was dramatic and built to a tense climax. Bruno called it her defining performance on the show. The judges tied it with Melissa’s for the highest score of the night.
Carrie Ann: 9
Len: 9
Bruno: 9
Total: 27

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – “Moves Like Jagger” – Cha-Cha-Cha
-I think Kirstie is my favorite on the show. She’s not the best dancer, but she has a great time in rehearsal and always gives very funny performances. This was no exception. She picked Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya’s Cha-Cha-Cha from Season 13. It wasn’t technically great, but Carson had a great time and worked the stage. Kirstie really had a clear vision of what she wanted. Maksim was dressed as Mick Jagger and she was a groupie. She waved and shook her head during one of the confessionals (I want a .gif of that please! Anybody!) The performance itself wasn’t technically perfect, but it was the most fun one of the evening and Kirstie & Maksim got to show off their personalities. This was the most playful Maksim has EVER been on the show.
Carrie Ann: 8
Len: 8
Bruno: 8
Total: 24

Sabrina Bryan & Louis van Amstel – “Free Your Mind” – Paso Doble
-This was an interesting choice for a number of reasons. First of all, Sabrina got a perfect 30 in her original season for her and Mark’s Paso Doble (the earliest perfect score ever given). Then Sabrina picked Melanie Brown & Maksim’s Paso from her season because it was performed the week after she was shockingly eliminated and Mel & Maks’ dedicated the dance to her. Sabrina had a lot to prove with this dance and she didn’t live up to it. Her “theme” was the least existent and she seemed way too cautious in the rehearsal footage. Sabrina is a great technician, but I’m not invested in her as a performer at all. The judges (especially Carrie Ann) really criticized her for not putting more effort into the routine theme, which was a main point of contention for the week.
Carrie Ann: 8.5
Len: 8.5
Bruno: 8.5
Total: 25.5

Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke – “Cancion Del Mariachi” – Paso Doble
-Emmitt & Cheryl picked Mario Lopez & Karina Smirnoff’s Paso from the third season. Emmitt was pretty good at picking out a Western theme for the dance and he was intent on doing a slide between Cheryl’s legs. Cheryl was worried about it, but Emmitt pulled it off perfectly during the performance. The routine itself had great choreography, costumes and a unique saloon set. The judges loved Emmitt’s intensity and said that he was back in the lead as a contender to win it all again.
Carrie Ann: 8.5
Len: 8
Bruno: 8.5
Total: 25

Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower – “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” – Quickstep
-Helio’s banana-colored suit Quickstep from his original season is one of the most memorable dances ever on the show, so he had a lot to live up to here. Helio picked Apolo & Julianne Hough’s Quickstep from the 4th Season. Apolo came into their rehearsal and said that he was honored to have been picked (unlike Gilles). I loved the lighting for this dance, although it looked tough to build for the set decorators. The costumes were great too. The routine was great and there were some great pieces of choreography in it. Helio made a mistake when her got caught up in Chelsie’s dress and it threw him off the rhythm a little bit. The judges all noticed it and he got a lower score because of it.
Carrie Ann: 8.5
Len: 8.5
Bruno: 8.5
Total: 25.5

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas – “Living on Video” – Paso Doble
-I have A LOT to say about this one. First of all, the clip package of the rehearsal footage featured one long fight/argument/pouting session between Bristol & Mark. That was it. No dance footage, no picking the routine or costumes. Bristol was upset with Mark because she felt that he didn’t want to paired with her. She thought he wanted to be with Sabrina or Shawn (he was their professional partner also). Mark said that wasn’t true and it just lead to Bristol stomping out of the room. Tom Begeron tried to tease a…”Will she go on?”…cliffhanger. But she was already in full costume and hair/makeup. So there wasn’t a chance it wasn’t happening. The theme for the routine was chess, and Mark was the black king and Bristol was the white queen. This routine was inspired by Joanna Krupa & Derek Hough’s routine from the 9th Season. I doubt that Bristol came up with this concept and she’s probably never played a game of chess in her life. The whole routine was weird and Bristol had an awkward expression on her face the entire time. Mark sells every dance and he was great as always. The judges thought it was Bristol’s best performance yet, but she still ended up in the bottom. Please send her home!
Carrie Ann: 7.5
Len: 7.5
Bruno: 7.5
Total: 22.5

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough – “Hey Pachuco” – Quickstep
-Shawn & Derek based this on Helio & Julianne’s memorable Quickstep from the 5th Season (the yellow suit routine). Shawn wanted to add in a trampoline and do a bunch of gymnastics moves, which would mean breaking the rules of a traditional Quickstep. Derek went along with it even though he was nervous. The routine was amazing. Their footwork was absolutely perfect. And even though they broke hold a few times, they kept it in some places in creative ways. The jump into the orchestra pit at the end was a little much. It was funny during Brooke’s interview at the end where Shawn mentioned that there were crash pads there to catch them (like she was revealing some big secret, Derek laughed at her reaction). The judges absolutely loved it. Bruno & Carrie Ann both said it was the best dance the show has had in 15 seasons. Len loved it just as much, but was pissed about Derek & Shawn breaking the rules and they had to deduct points. It probably would’ve been a perfect 30.
Carrie Ann: 9
Len: 8
Bruno: 9.5
Total: 26.5

OVERALL:
It was a fun night. I wish they would be less strict on the rules every week and let the stars and professionals put on a fantastic show. Let the rules be damned! Tom Bergeron teased two big reveals during the show. The first one: Paula Abdul will be a guest judge next Monday (they need help in the ratings). And the second one: every contestant’s routine next week will be picked by another couple on the show. Tom had to announce this twice because the crowd was applauding so loud that the contestants couldn’t hear what he was saying. Random. Also, two couples will be sent home tomorrow (which they already knew). My prediction: Drew Lachey & Sabrina Bryan will be sent home. Bristol Palin should be packing her bags, but the drama between her and Mark gave her enough attention to stick around one more week.

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