Review: Who got the first perfect scores on Dancing With The Stars Monday? (VIDEO)

SAN DIEGO, October 15, 2012 –  The first perfect scores were handed out by three of the four judges Monday night on Dancing With The Stars All-Stars. With the addition of Paula Abdul, competitors had a chance to rack up a total score of 40.

Did you really think it would be Bristol Palin? Kirstie Alley? Come on.

No, the three 10s and a near perfect 39.5 out of 40 went to Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd for their Bollywood routine to the familiar song “Jai Ho” from the Oscar-winning movie Slumdog Millionaire. The one judge holding back was Len Goodman.

The pair talked about how rough the rehearsals were all week. Marini posted a photo of himself shirtless icing down his shoulder on Twitter Sunday. Apparently the hard work paid off.

Several routines later, Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough scored the same near-perfect 39.5 out of 40 for their mambo. This pair possesses amazing speed and precision, all with style and a smile. Still no ten from Len. Where he found a half-point to take off I couldn’t possibly say. It made the same score for Gilles and Peta far too generous; their dance was entertaining and well executed but had nowhere near the content, precision or speed. Watch the video above and see for yourself.

It was a night of generous scores for several other couples. No real surprise, Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy received a 37.5 out of 40 for their Contemporary routine, which was expressive and emotional, but lacked content. Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni danced a lively Jitterbug and they truly looked the part. It was a delight if a little expected, scoring 37 out of 40.

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke bagged four nines for their Bolero routine, 36 out of 40. It looked a lot like a rumba, and it didn’t translate all that well for television, but it impressed the judges just the same.

Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel sent everyone back to Studio 54 and the 1970s with an energetic, pitch perfect Disco to the Bee Gees. Len said it took him back to 1978, and he loved it. Hey, me too Len, and I agree.

Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff had their problems with their Hip-Hop routine. Karina fell in the middle and it seemed derailed from there. They scored 34.5 out of 40 which was generous. This was the one competitor who has actually done this style of dance before and done it well. It was a serious disappointment.

Bringing up the rear were Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy, suffering somewhat from going first and dancing the Charleston for 30 out of 40 point. Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas were just ahead with 32 out of 40 points for their Rock and Roll routine to “At The Hop.”

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd did a fine tribute to Bollywood with their routine, but it wasn’t worth a nearly perfect score including three tens. Photo: ABC.

I wasn’t the biggest fan of Paula Abdul as an American Idol judge, but she proved to be a pleasant surprise. Her comments were specific, constructive, and when she seemed to become Bruno Tonioli’s long lost sister, it was sheer entertainment and isn’t that why we’re watching in the first place?

These dances seemed nearly impossible to judge against one another. Some of the judges have plenty of technical knowledge about the requirements of the dance. Others, it’s going to be “well, did you like it?” Even Len Goodman admitted he knew “nothing” about Bollywood. It hardly seems very fair, but in the end the cream tends to rise to the top no matter what dances the competitors are handed. The two low scorers are no surprise to anyone; neither are the couples tied for first. See my prediction column before the season stared. 

The Week 4 scores, including the fourth judge Paula Abdul:

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough (Mambo): 39.5/40
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd (Bollywood): 39.5/40 
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy (Contemporary): 37.5/40
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni (Jitterbug): 37/40 
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke (Bolero): 36/40
Sabrina Bryan and Louie Van Amstel (Disco): 35.5/40
Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff (Hip Hop): 34.5/40
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas (Rock and Roll): 32/40
Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy (Charleston): 30/40

The intrigue now comes in what the fans decide to do. There are two ways to go if you’re frustrated. You prevent a low-scoring competitor from leaving with your votes like Kirstie Alley, or you can vote to protect another competitor whose score is higher but who might find themselves in jeopardy of going home, like Bristol Palin.  

The results show airs one hour EARLY before the Presidential debate on Tuesday night, October 16, at 8 p.m. Eastern/Pacific Time. There is no recap show so don’t be late.

The show will feature a duet several years in the making: Dancing With The Stars champion Donny Osmond and worldwide singing sensation Susan Boyle, who in the early days of her fame told Piers Morgan on his talk show she would love to sing a duet with Osmond as one of her fondest wishes. Call me sappy but it’s heartwarming to me to see Boyle’s sweet little dream come true. I hope it’s everything she imagined, and there’s no doubt Osmond will be the gracious, generous professional and make it memorable for her and for us.


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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