Usually on “Dancing With The Stars,” all the choreography and creative direction is left to the professionals, but now that we’re dancing with “All-Stars,” the non-pros were expected to come up with the vision and the choreography for Monday night’s dances.
On top of that, the stars were asked to re-create an iconic dance from years past.
Here’s the breakdown –
Kelly Monaco and Valentin Chmerkovskiy – 27 points: Gaining the highest score and certainly “most improved” from weeks past, Kelly took on Laila Ali and Maksim’s paso doble from Season 3 and it was legitimately fierce. Like, Valentin in a shiny gold bolero, fierce.
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani – 27 points: This duo tackled J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff’s samba from last season and it was excellent, or as Len called it “a can of cola: fizzy, refreshing, satisfying…it’s a knockout!” Uhh, ok!
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough – 26 points: Shawn brought out her best gymnastic moves using a trampoline to take on Helio and Julianne’s iconic “Hey Pachuco” quickstep from season 5 and I was so wrapped up in the idea that Julianne Hough used to be a DWTS dancer before she “made it big” and started dating Ryan Seacrest that I forgot to watch, but I heard their dance was really good!
Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel – 25.5 points: Sabrina decided to tackle Mel B and Maks’ paso doble from Season 5, and while it was a good dance, Sabrina didn’t do much to improve upon it.
Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower – 25.5 points: Still have no idea who Helio is, but he and Chelsie did a musical inspired update to Apolo and Julianne’s “Hey Mr. Pinstripe Man” from Season 4.
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd – 25.5 points: Gilles recreated Erin Andrews and Maks’ “Sweet Dreams” paso doble from Season 3, proving that everyone loves the bull-fight inspired paso doble. Gilles was actually lifted into the air via harness and it was all sorts of “circus” and the crowd loved it.
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff – 25.5 points: He took on a foxtrot as originally performed by Gilles and Cheryl in Season 8 and somehow managed to make the usually slow-ass and boring foxtrot, sexy.
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke – 25 points: Uhh, they brought a donkey onstage. It had absolutely no role in their recreation of Mario Lopez and Karina’s season 3 paso doble, other than to stand on stage and remind me of a bible story.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy – 24 points: Kirstie used her creative control as an excuse to dress Maksim up in nothing but leggings and dance to “Moves Like Jagger” – as inspired by Carson Kressley and Anna last season. I heard no complaints.
Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya – 24 points: These two recreated a cha cha cha from Season 1 as originally performed by Joey McIntyre and Ashly del Grosso (who dat?!) and I think the theme was just “sexy.” Eh? Otherwise, a pretty boring piece. NEXT!
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas – 22.5 points: These two danced the iconic “futuristic paso” from Joanna Krupa and Derek from season 9. Bristol is still the worst dancer on the show, officially.
Tonight is the double elimination round, which I’ve gathered is supposed to be a very bad thing.