Veteran’s Day loans itself the perfect seque to all the dances honoring our vets in one way or another. There are only 7 Stars left and the finale is not far off – 2 weeks away – which means this is the double elimination week. Dancers have to be on their toes so to speak.
I had the opportunity tonight to attend the ATT DWTS After Party. nHave any of you heard of this? I haven’t, and I have watched every episode this season. It is a web cast on ABC.com with interviews with the stars on the press line after the show, former stars (tonight was Ricki Lake and JR) and entertaainment writers that I have never heard of. Is it something I will watch every week? Probably not because I don’t like “live” events that ask for viewer input because that excludes the West Coast (just as I don’t like the “live tweets” shown on DWTS each week). But if they could find a way to have at least a “live” host for the West Coast to interact with, instead of holding the #AskDWTS tweets over until the following week, then perhaps……
For now, let’s get on with the show.
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough – Vienesse Waltz (In the Arms of the Angels): Good to see Derek back on the dance floor. This waltz doesn’t lend itself to Shawn’s “gymnastic” background, but she does hold her own as a dancer. DId it seem really short to anyone else? Score: 29.5
Apolo Anton Ono and Karina Smirnoff – Tango (I Need a Hero): Stupidest beginning of a dance ever. Also, worst costume for Karina. The actual Tango however was pretty good, too bad everything else was so distracting. Score: 29.5
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerskovskiy – Vienesse Waltz (Hallelujah): This tops as one of my favorite dances of hers and you all know how much I love her. And tonight the judges agreed. Score: 27
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerskovskiy – Vienesse Waltz (I’ll Be): very untraditional Vienesse Waltz, not much hold, could put Len, he loves him some tradition. Score: 28
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd – Quick Step (Danger Zone): I don’t think there is a dance this man can’t master. He is far and away the best dancer on the show. Score: 29.5
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke – Vienesse Waltz (Love Letters): Emmitt is not known for his “gracefulness”, even if Len thinks he is smooooooth. But he is known for his tenacity and determination. I don’t see much improvement in his dancing over the weeks, I see him on the same level, not great not bad, just kind of riding the middle line. Score: 28
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani – Quick Step (Bugle Boy): No one predicted Melissa would ever be on the top of the leaderboard at any point in this season. Tonights dance could keep her there for another week. Bruno compared them to Ann Miller and Gene Kelly in On The Town. Score: 30
In this “twist” each star now will dance with 2 pros. I think last season was the first time this was done and I remember enjoying it.
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough and Mark Ballas: Samba (tribal drums): Woah. I didn’t see much Samba, but I did like what I saw. Unfortunately for Shawn, Len and Bruno agree with the first part of my sentence and not so much with the latter. Score: 26 (total for two weeks: 93.5)
Apolo Anton Ono and Karina Smirnoff and Sasha Farber – Jive (Greased Lightening): Apolo has held his own up til now, but when you put a male pro in the mix with him you see that he is not as good as he looks on his own. The judges think he did well, me not so much. Good thing for him my scores don’t count. Score: 29 (total for two weeks: 91.5)
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerskovskiy and Tristan MacManus – Paso Doble (Bring Me To Life): Oh man this may be it for my dear Kirstie. This is quite possibly the worst Paso that has ever been on the show. Score: 24 (total for two weeks: 79)
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerskovskiy and Louis Van Amstel – Jive (What Are We Waiting For): Very cute dance, very good jive, this could knock her up a couple of notches on the leaderboard. Score: 28.5 (total for two weeks: 92.5)
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd and Chelsea Hightower – Salsa (Something in Spanish): Who needs the girls? He could have done the whole dance alone as far as I am concerned. Score: 29 (total for two weeks: 92)
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke and Kym Johnson – Salsa (??): Poor guy has to do a Salsa right after Gilles. Somehow that just seems unfair. But he not only pulled it off he knocked it out of the park, wait wrong sport. Score: 30 (total for two weeks: 92.5)
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani and HenryByalikov – Paso Doble (Rumor Has It): Melissa lets go of her “girly girl” image for a fierce Paso. There are some incidents, but there is no doubt this will carry her over to the end of the season. Score: 30 (total for two weeks:99)