SAN DIEGO, November 5, 2012 – The producers of Dancing With The Stars seem to be straining themselves to come up with new twists for the All-Star season. It hasn’t helped that in Week 7, the show has run up against the after effects of Hurricane Sandy and the presidential election.
There will be just a single two-hour performance show on Monday night, and no show on Tuesday this week. Originally, the producers had planned an “instant elimination” at the end of Monday’s show, with no fan voting. Given the horrible results last week, it’s a good idea to keep the fans out of it.
But this plan was thrown out because so much of the East Coast is still without power, and some viewers will be distracted with disaster relief as well as the last few hours before the election. So at the end of last week’s results show, host Tom Bergeron announced there will be no elimination this week. There will be voting open after the show, and those fan votes will carry over to next week.
Longtime DWTS fans are still reeling from seeing one of the most skilled competitors on the show, Sabrina Bryan, leave after getting a perfect score from the judges. It is hard to believe after two weeks of voting, Hurricane Sandy or not, that the same fans who voted to put her on the show at the beginning of the season as the Fan Favorite suddenly abandoned her.
This week, the remaining seven couples will dance a “Fusion” routine of two different styles together. Whether the styles are done back to back or they are mixed within the routine seems to be left to the couples. The judges may or may not be so flexible. As Gilles Marini posted on Twitter, “Yep! #Fusion dance is a B*%^# but I love challenges ;)” Karina Smirnoff said on Twitter that she and partner Apolo Ohno were “Loving this fusion dance,” and that Apolo was getting “into character. El Matador Ohno.”
Following the individual performances, the producers have added a Swing Dance Marathon to the show. This was last done in Season 10 in April 2010. The couple in first place gets 10 points, the couple in second gets nine points, and so on down to the seventh couple getting four points.
The decision whether Shawn Johnson will dance with her injured partner Derek Hough will be made right before showtime. Her previous partner Mark Ballas has been rehearsing with her under Hough’s direction and choreography and may be asked to step in.
Monday night’s lineup:
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff – Dancing 1st
Cha Cha/Paso Doble to “Scream” by Usher
Voting #: 1-800-868-3407
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke - Dancing 2nd
Rumba/Samba to “Fine By Me” by Andy Grammer
Voting #: 1-800-868-3413
Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy – Dancing 3rd
Quickstep/Samba to “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder
Voting #: 1-800-868-3412
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy
Cha Cha Cha/Foxtrot to “Don’t Stop” by Gin Wigmore
Voting #: 1-800-868-3411
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni
Tango/Cha Cha Cha to “Die Young” by Ke$sha
Voting #: 1-800-868-3406
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough OR Mark Ballas
Tango/Paso Doble to “Living On A Prayer” by Bon Jovi
Voting #: 1-800-868-3402
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd – Dancing 7th
Argentine Tango/Samba to “When I Get You Alone” by Thicke
Voting #: 1-800-868-3410
“Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars” airs Monday, November 5, at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.
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