SAN DIEGO, October 29, 2012 – It was a rumba danced during “Country Week” on Week 6 of Dancing With The Stars All Stars that earned the first perfect score of the season.
Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel performed an emotional, fluid, content rich rumba to the some “Wanted” by Hunter Hayes. The judges praised Bryan for her emotional connection and Van Amstel for his choreography, which is often underappreciated. Watch the video above and see if you agree.
Following up with another perfect score were Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff for a similarly emotional performance, this time a Viennese Waltz set to “Skin” by Rascal Flatts. It is a beloved song for a lot of people and the pair seemed to connect to the message while demonstrating superb grace and difficult content.
Just half a point from perfect with two tens from Len Goodman and Bruno Tonioli were Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni for another spellbinding Viennese Waltz to “Why Ya Wanna” by Jana Kramer. Carrie Ann Inaba wanted to see Melissa project more emotion, but the male judges strongly disagreed.
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough also drew sharp disagreement from the judges for the second week in a row. Tonioli raved about the pair’s speed and synchronization to “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” by Kenny Chesney, but Goodman criticized Johnson’s stiff solo. They received a score of 28 with a perfect ten from Tonioli, 9.5 from Inaba and just 8.5 from Len Goodman.
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd scored 27.5 for their cha cha cha to Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman.” Very good, not great, fun loving and not at all emotional like some of the night’s routines. Also scoring 27.7 were Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy, their highest score of the season for a sensual rumba to “Home” by Blake Shelton. Alley said the rumba suited her and she was right.
Rounding out the individual scores were Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy, who scored 27 for a tango to Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl,” and Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke who danced a fun foxtrot to “Islands in the Stream” by Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers but only scored 26.5. Both dances were fine, a few minor missteps. But the competitors can’t make mistakes at this level and at this point if they expect to stay.
The two-hour show wound up with a Group Dance in which all of the couples performed together, with brief solos. Some were more successful than others. The judges were asked to select one couple and award two “bonus” points for their solo. Although the most complex, well executed solos were arguably Shawn and Derek and Apolo and Karina with an impressive, complicated lift, the points went to Kirstie and Maks for an entertaining butt paddling of Maks by Kirstie.
The judges must have though Kirstie and Maks needed and perhaps deserved the extra points the most. Kirstie did dance her best performance by far this week. She and Maks are fan favorites and their groups organize “Get Out The Vote” efforts via social media every week.
The scores from last week plus this week are all combined for half the total score, with the other half being the fan votes. There is a bigger difference from the highest to lowest scores with three dances included, so it will be a little harder for fans to close the gaps with their votes, especially if Hurricane Sandy prevents a lot of people from being able to vote this week.
It’s likely Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy have reached the end of their competition; the bonus points for Kirstie and Maks along with their fan support may keep them around, with Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke going home as well. If any other couples go home, it would be a surprise.
Tuesday’s results show will feature several country music performers including Taylor Swift; don’t be surprised if most of the show resembles a commercial for the upcoming Country Music Awards on ABC (what a coincidence) Thursday night.
After two weeks, here are the total scores for all the couples:
Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel: 88.5/90
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff: 86.5/90
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: 86.5/90
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: 84.5/90
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd: 84/90
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: 82.5/90
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 82/90
Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy: 78.5/90
“Dancing With The Stars All-Stars: Results Show” will air Tuesday, October 30, at 8 p.m. Eastern Time on ABC.
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