Was it Apolo, Kirstie, or Bristol who went home from Dancing With The Stars?

No elimination next week, as the couples dance both an individual and a group routine. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor

SAN DIEGO, October 17, 2012 – No real surprise with just nine couples left and three obviously in the bottom third on the scoreboard: Apolo Ohno, Bristol Palin, and Kirstie Alley were the three couples in danger of leaving Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars this week.

Would fans vote to save Apolo and his partner Karina Smirnoff from her fall and mistakes this week? Yes.

Would Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy’s fans once again carry them past their low score to next week’s show? Yes.

Would the world start turning the right direction again and let Dancing With The Stars fans step down from Def Con 1 by sending Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas home? Yes.

Palin was gracious in her sendoff, saying “We did it, we made it to week 4, we had an awesome time.”

Bristol Palin danced her way off the show this week. Photo: ABC/Adam Taylor.

Now if we could replace Brooke Burke-Charvet with Melissa Rycroft and have Carson Kressley be our behind the scenes reporter every week, the show would be perfect.

Now the show can really get down to business. Next week, the show format changes a little bit. There will be one hour shows both Monday and Tuesday nights next week, with performances on both nights. There will be no elimination next week. But the following week (which is week 6), there will be another double eliminaton.

Monday the eight remaining couples will dance to a “Guilty Pleasures” song chosen by the star. If you aren’t sure what a “Guilty Pleasures” song might be, take a look at this list and you’ll get the idea.

A few of the competitors have already talked about their dances for next week. Both Gilles Marini and Shawn Johnson will dance the rumba. Johnson says she and Derek Hough will dance to “Titanic;” she must mean “My Heart Will Go On.” On the show, Tom Bergeron mentioned “Copacabana” to Kirstie and Maks. We can only hope.

On Tuesday night, the couples will work in teams, led by the two highest cumulative scoring couples. They chose their teams couple by couple. First, team leaders drew their Guilty Pleasures group song. Gilles Marini was thrilled when he saw the song he drew: “Gangnam Style” by Psy. He and Peta Murgatroyd then selected Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy; Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy; and Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke. Given the song these seem like odd choices.

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough draw “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen and Hough was visibly unhappy. He doesn’t need to be. Hough is a brilliant choreographer and he has three more superb choreographers to work with, along with three talented stars: Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel; Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni; and Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff.

Keep your eye on Twitter this week, the stars and professional dance partners always have plenty to say. Follow my DWTS List to keep up with all of them. 


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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