Dancing with the Stars, Dancing with the Stars All Stars, Derek Hough, DWTS, Freestyle, Kelly Monaco, Melissa Rycroft, Paso Doble, quickstep, Recap, Samba, Shawn Johnson, Television, Tony Dovolani, TV, Val Chmerkovskiy
Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars: 15.18 – “Finals: Week 10 Performances”
The show is only one-hour this week. It’ll be a quick recap packed with a lot of information. The couples will be performing two routines, one including the freestyle (my favorite routines of every season).
Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy – “Espana Cani” – Paso Doble
Not too much drama with Kelly this week. They just want to do well and win the mirrorball tomorrow night. The routine was really great. Kelly & Val both put a lot of effort into their performance and it paid off. There was one slight mistake by Kelly but I don’t think it detracted from the routine very much. I have to comment of the judges for a second. First, Len made a comment about Harold Wheeler and the band sounding so good tonight and the producers immediately cut to a panning shot of the band. Then when Carrie Ann brought up the little slip-up from Kelly, the show immediately had a slow-motion replay ready to go. Which leads me to believe that it was planned by the producers and that they don’t want Kelly to win.
Carrie Ann: 9.5
Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani – “Conga” – Samba
The show is really pushing the narrative of Melissa being the only non-winner left in the competition and Tony not becoming a champion after 14 seasons. The routine was nice but I just don’t feel invested with Melissa as a performer. I think I may be having an adverse reaction to their constant praising. She’s the one that I would be least excited to see win, which means that she probably will win.
Carrie Ann: 10
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough – “Hey! Pachuco!” – Quickstep
Shawn & Derek are nervous to do the Quickstep again because they were criticized by the judges for breaking so many rules the first time. It matters more now than it did when they first did it because the points really count when there are only 3 couples remaining. It’s a brilliant routine and they did it just as good as they did the first time. My favorite moment: the first time they broke hold and Shawn does an assisted backflip over Derek. Once again, the judges have a stick up their asses and criticize the rule breaking. Get over it.
Carrie Ann: 9
*Round 2. The super-sized freestyle routine.*
Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy – “(I’ve Had) The Time of My Life” – Freestyle
Kelly talked a lot about her connection with Val, so maybe they are dating off of the show. You never know. The routine was really beautiful. I loved the opening with Kelly doing some aerial acrobatics while Val played the violin. The choreography got a little sloppy when they had the troupe members join them, but it didn’t take away from the actual performance. The judges actually enjoyed it and gave her some very positive comments, especially Carrie Ann. They still refused to give them a perfect score so the show is still trying to push Rycroft as the champion.
Carrie Ann: 10
Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani – “I Was Here” – Freestyle
Melissa & Tony bombed their freestyle in Season 8 and it didn’t go over well with the judges, so they are switching it up from what they did last time. They are going to go with a more Contemporary style routine. The routine itself: I’ll give them bonus points for using one of my favorite Beyonce songs “I Was Here”. But it wasn’t very good. The choreography was cheesy and there wasn’t enough rise-and-fall within the movements to make it more than passable. It also doesn’t help that Melissa isn’t good at emoting and that’s essential for Contemporary routines. The judges absolutely loved it though. I think she’ll take the mirrorball now, which is a huge disappointment.
Carrie Ann: 10
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough – “Carnival de Paris” – Freestyle
Shawn talks about how she was defeated about not being able to compete in the Olympics again this year, but this show has made her forget about that and Derek gave her a lot of confidence back. The Fierce 5 from this year’s Olympic teams where in the rehearsals and will be apart of the routine. The routine itself was amazing. I think this should give Shawn the victory, hopefully. The highlight of the night. Derek’s choreography is insane. He knows how to craft a spectacular piece of dance and this was phenomenal. There was one trick towards the end where Shawn stood on his shoulders and he fells toward the floor and she did a somersault into it. It was unbelievable. The judges actually loved it and gave them extremely positive feedback. Please let them win! Also, I’m going to call it now. I think one of those Fierce 5 gymnasts will be one of the contestants next season.
Carrie Ann: 10
The show is really pushing for Melissa & Tony to win. I wouldn’t mind that for Tony because he’s worked hard on this show and it would nice to see him finally win. But there’s no denying that Shawn & Derek have been the stars of the season. They have been consistently the best every week and it would be fitting for them to take home the trophy for the 2nd time. Kelly & Val would absolutely shock me if they won. They should just be happy with 3rd place at this moment.
The show has a two-hour finale tomorrow night. There’s one more “instant” dance which makes absolutely no sense. Then the winner will be announced. I’ll most likely do a quick recap of that.