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Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars: 15.09 – “Week 5 Performances, Part 1”
Sorry this late everybody! My local market aired the Monday Night Football game instead of DWTS. So that threw off the recapping. But here I am now! Apparently I missed the announcement last week, but this week will be split in two. Because of the presidential debate on Monday night, the show will split its performance episode between tonight and tomorrow. Of the final 8 couples remaining: 4 of them will dance tonight and the other 4 as a team will perform a group number. Let’s take a look and see how they did.
Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy – “Want U Back” – Samba
Kelly’s narrative this week was her being overwhelmed. She had long hours on set for General Hospital plus had to learn two dance routines. Val made the routine as simple as possible and I think that ended up hurting Kelly. Val & Kelly have great chemistry and that is to their advantage. But Kelly had some very awkward moments. Her arms made weird lines and she had some footwork issues. The judges were lukewarm with their comments and scores.
Carrie Ann: 8
Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd – “I Will Always Love You” – Rumba
I was reminded during their opening package that this is their Guilty Pleasure week. The stars are picking their favorite guilty pleasure to dance to this week. Gilles explains his choice and says that he wants this to be the sexiest Rumba ever. He wants to be “responsible for a lot of baby making”. He might have succeeded in his quest. This was one of the best dances of the season so far. I loved the opening 30 seconds. The song was done a capella and then the music kicked in. It was a dramatic moment and added to the dance. Gilles’ lines and footwork were perfect. The judges loved it so much that Carrie Ann fell out of her seat.
Carrie Ann: 10
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy – “Mrs. Robinson” – Quickstep
Their pre-recorded piece begins with Kirstie & Maksim kind of trashing the other contestants. Maksim says that with Bristol gone, there’s no weak link left. And Kirstie says that of all the couples left, there are a few people who aren’t as entertaining as she is every week. Kirstie was also shown really struggling through the routine during Sunday’s rehearsal. I thought this was a solid routine though. Kirstie was less ridiculous than usual and that really served the dance. The ending was a little awkward. They went through a door off the stage and a graphic was shown on the monitor above the orchestra of them kissing in silhouette. The judges really liked it and said it was Kirstie’s best dance of the season.
Carrie Ann: 8.5
Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke – “Copacabana” – Samba
Emmitt was shown having trouble staying serious and focused during rehearsals. But it was a little bit of manufactured drama because it was shown light-heartedly. I thought the routine itself was a little cheesy and slight. It must’ve been hard to try to do this seriously to “Copacabana”. Emmitt had great footwork and really committed to the piece. I think they could’ve done a much stronger Samba had the routine been a little more elegant and suited to the style of dance. That’s the break this week though. The judges absolutely loved it though and gave him some high scores.
Carrie Ann: 9.5
Team Dance #1 – “Call Me Maybe” – Freestyle
-Sabrina Bryan & Louis van Amstel
-Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough
-Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani
-Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough picked their team during the results show last year. Melissa explains that they are going to try to go for more technical proficiency instead of comedy, because that’s what they think the other team is going to focus on for their dance. Derek is shown struggling to choreograph to the song. Then during the camera blocking on Sunday, Melissa injured herself during the rehearsal and was taken away by ambulance. Melissa was back in good health by the routine though. She was diagnosed with a herniated disc and was cleared by doctors.
The whole routine was based on a high school setting. The men were dressed in football uniforms and the women in cheerleading outfits. It was an entertaining piece. The opening was fantastic. They were all in sync and worked together well. The individual moments had some difficult moments though. Sabrina/Louis & Shawn/Derek were the standouts. Both of their sequences worked really well and they got to show off their strengths. Melissa/Tony were also good but they struggled in their exit moves. Apolo/Karina were the worst. They were completely out of sync with each other and Apolo wasn’t able to execute the moves very well. The judges loved it though. Len was over-the-moon about it. I thought they were a little too generous with the scoring.
Carrie Ann: 9.5
Tomorrow: The “Call Me Maybe” team does their individual ballroom dances and the others do their team dance to “Gangnam Style”. No elimination this week either. Also, the rest of The X Factor* Top 16 reveal will be recapped. Busy day tomorrow. Usually there’s nothing on Tuesday to recap. Let’s leave with a picture of Carrie Ann Inaba on the floor after falling out of her chair.
Carrie Ann Inaba fell out of her chair.