Dancing With the Stars – All Stars Week 7

I refuse to take responsibility for Sabrina going home last week.  Yes I voted for Kirstie even though she is not the best dancer on the show.  She is however the best “entertainer”  But if you read the comments, you will see that I fully expected Sabrina to win the whole thing.

On that note I have a serious bone to pick with ABC and DWTS.  Supposedly they have decided to make THIS week a non-elimination week since so many on the East Coast could not vote last week due to Hurrican Sandy.  WTF?!  Why this week?  Why didn’t you make LAST week a non-elimination week?  That was the week people couldn’t vote!  I blame Hurricane Sandy for Sabrina’s demise.

This is another jam packed week, fusion dances and a swing dance marathon. With no one going home and no results show Tuesday, don’t get complacent, your votes will still count!

Apolo Anton Ono and Karina Smirnoff – Cha Cha Cha/Paso Doble (Scream): This is an interesting combinartion “The Cha Cha is cheeky and fun and the Paso is dark and aggressive” according to Karina.  I was able to pull out pieces of each dance noticably (and could have even if Apolo hadn’t taken his shirt off in between).  Score: 27

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke – Rumba/Samba (Fine by Me): Cheryl plans on going back and forth and back and forth between dances.  That seems to be confusing Emmit in rehearsal, hopefully it won’t confuse the judges as well. Of course the judges may just be blinded by their outfits.  I couldn’t tell the difference between the two dances, it was overall very entertaining.  Score: 27.5

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerskovskiy – Quick Step/Samba (Sir Duke): Kisrtie spoke in the rehearsal piece about how she feels her place on the show is one of someone who inspires others to believe they can do this as well.  She is over 60 years old and not a “small” person and yet she is out there each week giving her all.  With this dance I loved the quick step but the samba got lost.  Score: 24

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerskovskiy – Fox Trot/Cha Cha Cha (Don’t Stop): Ok, these two say they have a “special relationship”, hmmmmm.  I think it is more than special.  The chemistry they emit is more than just dance partners, as long as they are both unattached off stage then more power to them.  The fusion was well done, why do most couples feel they need a costume change to represent the next dance?  Score: 27

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani – Cha Cha Cha/Tango (Die Young): I think these may be two of the most different dances in the way they are actually “danced”.  The Cha Cha Cha is a toe lead dance and the Tango is a heel lead, so to mix that up would be very easy.  I think they did a good job fusing the dances together, but I just didn’t enjoy it.  There was no “entertainment” value.  Maybe it is her, maybe it is me.  Score: 29

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough/Mark Ballas – Tango/Paso Doble (Livin’ on a Prayer): I think these are the two most similar dances.  But with the confusion as to whether Derek will dance or Mark Ballas will step in makes it difficult for Shawn to actually learn.  Derek ended up not dancing, Mark did an amazing job as fill in.  Side Note, Shawn has the best legs in the competition by far.  Score: 30 (well deserved)

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd – Argentine Tango/Samba (): I Gilles takes this contest the most serious.  This was by far my favorite dance of the night.  Both dances went together seamlessly.  With Sabrina gone he is my pick to win it all, yes I will still vote for Kirstie as long as she is there but I think Gilles will take the mirror ball.  Score: 28.5

Swing Dance Marathon:

All the dancers are on the floor at the same time and will be asked to elave the floor one couple at a time.  The last couple dancing at the end of 4 minutes wins an extra 10 points.

First Out: Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerskovskiy – 4 points

Second Out: Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd – 5 points

Third Out: Apolo Anton Ono and Karina Smirnoff – 6 points

Fourth Out: Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke – 7 points

Fifth Out: Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough – 8 points

Sixth Out: Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerskovskiy – 9 points

Winner: Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani – 10 points

Remember, every vote counts on Dancing With the Stars, your favorite could easily go home even tho the judges gave them a perfect score.

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  1. momfluential says:

    I think I enjoy your commentary more than the actual show!

  2. Okay – Quick one – the reason they made the decision not to send anyone home this week was because of the election on Tuesday. No results show because of the election coverage, ergo, no one going home.

    I’m kinda bummed that Anton got such a low score. It sure feels like the first couple of the night always gets a lower score than they should. Other than that, wasn’t too thrilled. I’m probably still miffed about Sabrina. Man, that was ridiculous!

    Did you catch the political ads, though? Loved them! Especially the one Paid for by Kirstie that referred both to her size and age.

    And speaking of Kirstie – your point about her being inspirational is a good one. The trouble is, this is a dance competition and it’s actually kind of unfair because she can’t compete with younger, more energetic dancers. It’s physically impossible. Hell, Len couldn’t compete with Anton or Giles. Maybe Emmitt because he tends to be weaker in the technique area. What’s Kirstie’s doing is terrific, but it would be better if there was an age class or something. Maybe if there was a handicapping system based on past training/experience/athleticism, because it’s not fair to Kirstie to compare her to Anton and Shawn and even Melissa.


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