Dancing With The Stars: Fusion & marathon election eve fun on Week 7 (VIDEO)

SAN DIEGO, November 5, 2012 – America is more than ready for Election Day to get here and for the votes to be tallied. So a little bit of entertainment Monday night visiting the ballroom of “Dancing With The Stars All Stars” was especially welcome.

The show got in the spirit with parody political ads showing the stars smearing each other with accusations including a good-natured blast by Kirstie Alley at her half-naked competitors with “less than 5% body fat.”

With no one going home this week, the viewers could relax and have fun, but not the couples. Fans votes along with the judges’ scores from this week will be added to the scores and fan votes next week.

Couples first performed their “Fusion” routines, combining two different ballroom styles to one piece of music. Judge Len Goodman said he wanted to see the distinct qualities of each style combined in an even-handed, fluid way – not one half and another, and not a dance composed primarily of one style with a little of the second. This challenge tested the choreography skills of the professional partner.

Shawn Johnson may have benefited from her regular partner Derek Hough being injured. He was still able to create her Tango/Paso Doble routine, but she was partnered by fill-in Mark Ballas, her partner in her first appearance during Season 8. Ballas is also a good choreographer. But Johnson also had to execute and she did. Three perfect scores for 30 points for Shawn and Mark. See their perfect routine in the video above.

This season Tony Dovoloni has the good fortune to be paired with Melissa Rycroft. He was able to deliver a marvelous Tango/Cha Cha Cha including the best costume change ever seen on Dancing With The Stars. The pair was rewarded with a score of 29 out of 30, with a 10 from Carrie Ann and 9.5s from the two male judges. How it wasn’t perfect is impossible to say.

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd scored 28.5 for a stylish Argentine Tango/Samba. They must have received at least two points just for their costumes alone. Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke danced a Samba/Rumba that showed a marvelous juxtaposition between the rhythms of the two styles, a real education in ballroom technique for the viewers. They received a 27.5.

Both Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy and Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff drew three nines for 27 points. Kelly and Val put together a light-hearted, light on its feet Foxtrot/Cha Cha Cha and it was far preferable to their overly dramatic routines. Apolo and Karina deserved a higher score for their Cha Cha Cha/Paso Doble but they suffered from dancing first.

At the bottom of the scoreboard were Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy. They struggled through their Quickstep/Samba receiving 24 points. While not an embarrassment, Kirstie admitted she and Maks were distracted by their admirable relief efforts on behalf of those affected by Hurricane Sandy. The Chmerkovskiy brothers both grew up in Brooklyn and their childhood neighborhood in New York has been destroyed.

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni impress the judges and win the Swing Dance Marathon in Week 7 of Dancing With The Stars. Photo: ABC.

The two-hour show wrapped up with a Swing Dance Marathon in which all of the couples performed together. The judges eliminated couple one by one, and awarded points for those who remained on the dance floor the longest.

Kirstie and Maks left first, for four points. Gilles and Peta exited next with five points. Apolo and Karina left third with six points, which ended up hurting given their low individual score. Emmitt and Cheryl left with seven points. Shawn and Mark left with eight points, but with their perfect score it didn’t hurt too much. The judges must have thought Kelly and Val needed help the most, and gave them nine points for leaving next to last. A well timed lift near the end may have won it for Melissa and Tony who danced well throughout for the full ten points.

With a double elimination next week, Kirstie Alley is in the biggest trouble. Apolo Ohno will need a good week and help from fans to hang in there. He deserves to stay. It seems doubtful Gilles Marini will be going anywhere without a meltdown next week. Emmitt Smith and Kelly Monaco need to have good weeks.

But since a competitor left last week despite a perfect score, you can throw out the previous prediction paragraph entirely.

The total scores for all the couples:

Melissa Rycroft and  Tony Dovolani: 29 plus 10 = 39 points
Shawn Johnson and  Derek Hough: 30 plus 8 = 38 points
Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 27 plus 9 = 36 points
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: 27 plus 7 = 34 points
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd: 28.5 plus 5 = 33.5 points
Apolo Anton Ohno and  Karina Smirnoff: 27 plus 6 = 33 points
Kirstie Alley and  Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 plus 4 = 28 points

There is no results show Tuesday, November 6, due to the election. Next week we see the return of the Trio Dances, among the most successful introductions from last season and one I’m eagerly looking forward to enjoying.

“Dancing With The Stars All-Stars: Results Show” will return next Monday, November 12 30, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on ABC.


Gayle Lynn Falkenthal, APR, is President/Owner of the Falcon Valley Group in San Diego, California. Read more Media Migraine in the Communities at The Washington Times. Follow Gayle on Facebook and on Twitter @PRProSanDiego.



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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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