Preview: Dancing With the Stars All-Stars double elimination for Iconic Dances Week

Two couples will go home after tomorrow night's show. Their choice of dances could make or break their chances of staying another week. Photo: ABC/Carol Kaelson

SAN DIEGO, October 8, 2012 – It’s a double elimination week on Dancing With The Stars All-Stars. The couples with the lowest scores from the judges combined with votes will be going home.

We have already seen that votes can make the difference. 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.

If you start wondering whether you’re experiencing déjà vu watching tonight’s show, you’d be right. Tonight is “Iconic Dances” week. What does this mean, exactly? The couples will reinterpret an “iconic dance” done in a prior season with new choreography. Judge Len Goodman announced the celebrities will be the creative directors, choosing the costumes, music, and direction of the choreography.  We have seen this go horribly wrong before.

If the couples make the wrong choice, they could suffer in comparison to the original dance. So they need to pick a good dance, but not one so great they can’t possibly match up.

The stars and professional dancers have been spilling the beans about their choices all week on Twitter and in various interviews. We have given you links to each of the original dances so you can refresh your memory and compare the two versions.

Drew Lachey and Anna have drawn the first spot. Drew was smart enough not to pick his “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” routine. He and Ann will perform Joey McIntyre and Ashly Del Grosso’s cha cha cha from Season 1 to “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce.

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd are performing the season 10 tango by Erin Andrews and Maks Chmerkovskiy to “Sweet Dreams” by the Eurythmics. They dance second. Gilles and Peta were built to tango, and they know how to smolder. This is a great fit for them. It is surprising they are dancing second. Perhaps the producers don’t think they need voting help, or they want a great dance early in the show to excite viewers.

Another great fit: Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovoloni will dance the smokin’ hot samba by J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff from season 13 to Gloria Estafan’s “Conga.” I was in the audience to see J.R. and Karina that night and they really brought the heat. They also did the best samba rolls I’ve ever seen, a favorite move of mine. Melissa and Tony will need to let it all go. They are third. 

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy dance the season 4 paso doble to “Espana Cani” by Erich Kunzel originally performed by Val’s brother Maks and Laila Ali. Watch the original and try to imagine petite Kelly in place of powerhouse Leila. I can’t do it. They dance fourth.

Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff will perform Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke’s season 8 foxtrot to “Fever” by Michael Buble. I think they should have chosen something a little more lighthearted. They dance fifth.

Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy are wicked geniuses. They will dance to the cha cha cha by Carson Kressley and Anna Trebunskaya to “Moves Like Jagger” by Maroon 5 from Season 13. Carson so camped it up the fans went wild. Kirstie and Maks should have an equal amount of fun and the fans will love them for it, whether they dance well or not. And it might be enough to save them one more week. They dance sixth.

The original: Mel B and Maks Chmerkovskiy perform the paso doble. Photo: ABC/Carol Kaelson

Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel will attack the season 5 paso doble to “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue performed by Mel B and Maks Chmerkovskiy. Judging by their strong quickstep last week, this should fit them perfectly. They dance seventh.

Emmett Smith and Cheryl Burke need a comeback week after his lackluster performance in week 2. They will dance to the season 3 paso doble by Mario Lopez and Karina Smirnoff to “Cancion Del Mariachi.” This paso has a lot of fancy footwork, so let’s hope Twinkle Toes shows up this week. They dance eighth.

Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower will recreate Apolo Ohno and Julianne Hough’s season 4 quickstep to “Mr. Pinstripe Suit” by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. Helio will have to try and match the high energy of the original and it won’t be easy. They dance ninth. 

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas may have guaranteed their exit recreating one of the all-time audience favorite dances, the memorable futuristic paso doble by Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough to “Living on Video” by Trans-X. Hough proved just how brilliant he is as a choreographer, and Joanna was built for the paso. Len Goodman called it genius. 

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough get the sweet spot dancing last, and they made a brilliant choice. It’s an all time fan favorite: Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough’s energetic quickstep from season 5 to  “Hey Pachuco” by Royal Crown Revue. Remember the yellow suit? This pair is incredibly athletic and they should put it on display and then some. 

Many of the dances are in the Top 10 of all time. Some of them are a big gamble, but already at this point of the season, couples need to go hard or go home.

Week 3 of “Dancing With The Stars: All-Stars” airs tonight, October 8, at 8 p.m. Eastern 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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