Dancing With The Stars Week 9 Preview: Double elimination semi-finals, Who’s bad?

Only three of five remaining competitors will move on to next week's finals. Injuries, dance order and fan votes will matter as much as the judges' scores. Photo: PureDerekHough.com

SAN DIEGO, November 19, 2012 – You couldn’t help but wonder how punchy the producers of “Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars” have gotten. They must have been playing beer pong listening to Pandora when they came up with this week’s bizarre assignments for the remaining five couples.

Caveman Hustle? Espionage Lindy Hop? Say what?

But now that the song choices have become known, it seems it the songs themselves inspired the duos. Some of them now actually make sense. The quirky hit “Walk the Dinosaur” by Was (Not Was) does suggest a Hustle, and the caveman theme comes from the lyrics. “Secret Agent Man” has been used for a Jive; a Lindy Hop with an Espionage theme makes sense. As for a Knight Rider Bhangra, there is only one pop song in the Bhangra style, Jay-Z’s “Beware of the Boys.” It has the theme song from the series “Knight Rider” mixed into the background. 

Sneak preview of the prehistoric set for Melissa and Tony’s Caveman Hustle posted to Instagram by the official DWTS account. Photo: @DancingABC

But first, the couples will dance a traditional ballroom style set to a Michael Jackson song. Then they will come back in the same rotation order for the assigned routine.

The couples cannot have an off night. Two of the five stars will be eliminated Tuesday night, with the remaining three going to the final next week.

The competition becomes much like any competitive sport during the later part of the season. Injuries and the schedule - in this case, the dance order -  start having major influences on the outcome. The couple that dances first often gets a lower score than they would have if dancing later. The couples who dance later also get more fan votes because people remember them when voting opens.

We already saw Derek Hough take a week off due to an injury, with Mark Ballas stepping in. It wasn’t critical since Shawn Johnson danced with Ballas in her first season.

Melissa Rycroft’s perfect paso doble trio with Tony Dovoloni and Henry Byalikov. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor


It seemed there might be another substitution tonight after Tony Dovoloni injured his back in rehearsals. Over the weekend, Melissa Rycroft rehearsed with Henry Byalikov, who was the third dancer in her showstopping paso doble trio which received a perfect score. Melissa and Henry are a good match and at least they wouldn’t be dancing as complete strangers.

But this morning, Dovoloni posted this message on Twitter: “Well …. Good news no bone damage but a sever sprain !!!!!! Pain management. Who ever knows me knows the answer to the question about tonight ;)”

Which means the show must go on and Dovoloni will be dancing tonight. He has never won a Mirror Ball Trophy and he has a very good chance with Melissa Rycroft. He isn’t going to take a week off at this point.

UPDATE: 5 p.m. Eastern: We now have the dance order thanks to @DWTSGossip on Twitter.

The lineup:

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni – Dancing 1st and 6th
Michael Jackson Dance: Argentine Tango to “Dirty Diana”
Caveman Hustle to “Walk The Dinosaur” by Was (Not Was)
Voting #: 1-800-868-3406

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy – Dancing 2nd and 7th
Michael Jackson Dance: Rumba to “I Just Can’t Stop Loving You”
Surfer Flamenco to “Malaguena” by the Brian Setzer Orchestra
Voting #: 1-800-868-3411

Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff– Dancing 3rd and 8th
Michael Jackson Dance: Rumba to “Man In The Mirror”
Big Top Jazz to “What You Waiting For” by Gwen Stefani
Voting #: 1-800-868-3407

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke - Dancing 4th and 9th
Michael Jackson Dance: Tango to “Leave Me Alone”
Espionage Lindy Hop to “Secret Agent Man” by Johnny Rivers
Voting #: 1-800-868-3413

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough– Dancing 5th and 10th
Michael Jackson Dance: Argentine Tango to “Bad”
Knight Rider Bhangra to “Beware of the Boys” by Jay-Z and Panjabi MC
Voting #: 1-800-868-3402

“Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars” airs Monday, November 19, at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.

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Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, MS, APR, is President of the Falcon Valley Group, a San Diego based communications consulting firm. Falkenthal is a veteran award winning broadcast and print journalist, editor, producer, talk host and commentator. She is an instructor at National University in San Diego, and previously taught in the School of Journalism & Media Studies at San Diego State University.


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