SAN DIEGO, October 15, 2012 – Only one couple goes home this week from Dancing With The Stars All-Stars. Fans might wish for another double elimination if the couples get too far out of their comfort zone and take a wrong turn on their way to the ballroom this week.
This week, the couples chose dances for each other on Tuesday’s results show from a little of “seldom or never” performed dances. It’s a stretch to call a lot of these dances ballroom or Latin styles. Bollywood? Hip Hop? So if this episode seems more like “So You Think You Can Dance?” you aren’t imagining things.
You might also have an American Idol flashback looking at the judges’ table. Paula Abdul will be the guest judge for the evening. This will have a positive impact on some couples, not so positive on others. Abdul is familiar with hip-hop and contemporary styles of dance and she will be extra critical.
Some of the choices didn’t seem all that strategic. Apolo Ohno wowed the judges with his hip-hop moves in his freestyle for the finals of Season 4. Perhaps the choice was aimed more at Karina. Sabrina and Louis will do fine with Disco. Let’s see how the Harold Wheeler Orchestra handles some of the song choices.
UPDATED: The couples have revealed their songs through their Twitter accounts, blog posts and interviews, and as of 5 p.m. Eastern Time we know the dance order. Much is made of the placement. Critics have noted that Kelly Monaco and Melissa Rycroft continue to get favorable placement while Sabrina Bryan does not. At least Bristol Palin and Kirstie Alley are in the earlier part of the order, fitting for the competitors at the bottom of the leaderboard.
There is apparently a song change. Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough’s Mambo will now be performed to the Santana version of “Para Los Rumberos” originally by Tito Puente. No explanation yet how or why this happened, although there is speculation that Hough got it changed. It’s rare but he’s protested and prevailed on a song change before.
Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy – Dancing 1st
Charleston to “42nd Street” from the musical 42nd Street
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Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas - Dancing 2nd
Rock n’ Roll to “At the Hop,” Danny & the Juniors
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Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel – Dancing 3rd
Disco to “You Should Be Dancing,” Bee Gees
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Emmett Smith and Cheryl Burke - Dancing 4th
Bolero to “Better in Time,” Leona Lewis
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Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd - Dancing 5th
Bollywood to “Jai Ho” by A.R. Rahman
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Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni - Dancing 6th
Jitterbug to “This Cat’s On a Hot Tin Roof,” Brian Setzer Orchestra
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Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff - Dancing 7th (“almost last” tweeted Karina)
Hip Hop to “Poison,” Bel Biv DeVoe
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Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough - Dancing 8th
Mambo to “Para Los Rumberos,” Santana
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Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy - Dancing 9th
Contemporary to “Fix You,” Coldplay
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Votes are making the difference in the early weeks for those on the bottom half of the scoreboard. Bristol Palin and Kirstie Alley have loyal fans that have saved them despite being at or near the bottom of the leaderboard the last two weeks. So if you really care who stays and who goes, this is your week to vote. You get nine votes this week.
Viewers may cast their votes for their favorite teams via phone on Monday night during and up to 60 minutes after the “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” performance show. AT&T customers may also vote by texting the word “VOTE” and entering the number that corresponds to the team they want to support. Online voting at www.ABC.com is open from the start of each episode on the East Coast and closes at 11 a.m. Eastern/8 a.m. Pacific Time on Tuesday mornings. Additionally, fans can now vote on Facebook www.facebook.com/dancingwiththestars.
“Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars” airs tonight, October 15, at 8 p.m. Eastern on ABC.
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