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Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars: 15.10 – “Week 5 Performances, Part 2”
We’re back for the second night of performances this week. The presidential debate on Monday caused them to split the performances into two nights this week with no elimination. The couples that performed the group number yesterday will perform their individual routines to their favorite ‘guilty pleasure’ song. The couples that did their individual routines last night are doing the group number. Let’s see how they did.
Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani – “Toxic” – Tango
No mention was made of Melissa’s injury in the beginning. Must’ve just been an arc for yesterday’s piece. In the rehearsal footage, Melissa was crying during one of the rehearsals because she just wasn’t getting the steps. Tony felt like he was making the routine too hard. Also, they only did the Argentine Tango in their original season and not the regular Tango (no idea what the difference between them). The routine was a little cheesy and slow. Melissa’s performance was lacking a little bit and it didn’t elevate the choreography. The judges were very positive though. There was also an awkward exchange between Tom Bergeron & Len that I couldn’t quite figure out.
Carrie Ann: 9
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough – “My Heart Will Go On” – Rumba
This couple has been perfection in the previous two weeks. Will they be able to keep up the pace? Shawn is very nervous about doing this style of dance. It’s the slowest dance that they do on this show and it requires the most emotion for the star. Shawn has trouble expressing her vulnerability and she’s nervous about expressing that in this number. Derek acts as her therapist during the rehearsal footage. I think it absolutely worked. First of all, props go to the production design team for the elevated stage in the middle of the dance floor. No idea how they constructed that in between the commercial break. Shawn was very emotional throughout the entire thing and it added to the dance. The elevated stage also added a sense of danger when Derek or Shawn would go up to the edge and almost fall off. There was a sense of danger that worked really well. The only corny part was Derek disappearing at the end like Jack dying at the end of Titanic. It wasn’t needed. The judges were very positive but Carrie Ann reprimanded them for a lift (what?) and Len wanted more hip action. They’re nuts. The routine was great.
Carrie Ann: 9
Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff – “Give It to Me Baby” – Samba
Apolo & Karina want to come back from their mediocre performance last week where Karina slipped in the middle of the routine. They work hard on the Samba roll during the rehearsal footage and they want to do a great job. I think they did pretty good with their routine this week. Samba is my least favorite style but they danced it well. The routine was a little cheesy. The song choice wasn’t great, but that was the break this week and Karina did her best with the choreography. The judges were mostly positive. I actually agreed with Carrie Ann (after completely disagreeing with her on the last one) that there is something off with Apolo & Karina’s chemistry on the dance floor. They were way too generous with the scoring, especially compared to Shawn & Derek.
Carrie Ann: 8.5
Sabrina Bryan & Louis van Amstel – “So This Is Love” – Waltz
Sabrina picked a song from Cinderella because she always wanted to be a princess. Louis wants Sabrina to lighten up this week and be more vulnerable. Not so tough and in your face. The routine itself was very pretty and sweet. It had a lightness to it that lended itself to the style of dance. It was nice to see Sabrina not over the top and rough. I connected to her more in this performance than any of her others. She’s been a weak spot for me this season but she really stood out this week. She needs to learn from this routine and bring it to the other styles of dance. The judges were positive, but Carrie Ann was back to being completely wrong and saying that Sabrina wasn’t vulnerable enough. Get over yourself Carrie Ann. But then she gives them a perfect 10? The judges are completely bonkers tonight.
Carrie Ann: 10
Team Dance #2 – “Gangnam Style” – Freestyle
-Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy
-Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke
-Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy
-Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd
The rehearsal footage was really interesting. Their Tuesday night first rehearsal was a huge trainwreck (much like the other team’s rehearsal) which leads me to believe that scheduling that was big mistake. They were all tired from the results show and couldn’t focus very much. There was also a slight disagreement between Gilles & Maksim, but it ended up being more funny than anything. The other rehearsals looked like they went well though.
The opening part was pretty great. They were all in-sync with each other and on beat with the song. It kind of fell part with Kirstie/Maksim & Emmitt/Cheryl’s solo portions. They looked completely lost and they were making it up on the spot. They didn’t work very well and could’ve used some more polish. Kelly/Val & Gilles/Peta were much better. They had much more fun with their parts and made it more entertaining. They came together at the end. It wasn’t as crisp and together as their opening portion, but it was a lot of fun. I was really impressed with Kirstie in that portion. She kept up well despite the age gap between Kelly and the professional ladies. The judges were positive. Bruno begged for Gilles’ towel costume and Gilles stripped it off and threw it to him. A funny moment. Ultimately, I think the other team was technically better but this dance was much more entertaining and fun. We’ll call it a draw.
Carrie Ann: 9
That it’s for this week. No elimination. Apparently this week’s votes will be combined with next week’s score and that will determine the next elimination. I will have screencaps tonight or tomorrow. The one-hour running time makes this much easy to recap and post quickly. Come back later tonight for the rest of The X Factor recap.