One of the oddest compilations of dances was featured during the week 9 on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” which aired on Monday, Nov.19 at 7 p.m. Dance style and theme combinations assigned by their competitors were given to each couple last week and some of the pairings were pretty outlandish and really taxed the creativity of the professional partners. They also danced a ballroom number to a song from Michael Jackson’s “Bad” album which is celebrating its 25th anniversary this week. Michael’s mother was in the audience to watch the dancing.
Here’s how the dancing broke down in the order of appearance:
- Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani were given the task of performing a hustle in “Caveman” style to “Walk the Dinosaur.” The judges were nearly unanimous in their positive comments and scores, giving Melissa a 27.5. For the MJ portion of the evening. Melissa and Tony did an Argentine Tango to “Dirty Diana” that contained spectacular lifts. The couple earned the second 30 of the evening giving them a 57.5 for the night.
- Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough had to do the Indian folk dance known as Bhangra with a “Knight Rider” theme. Derek said he would rather put mustard on ice cream that manage this pairing but manage it he did. The couple got the first 30 of the evening thanks to Derek’s innovative and complex choreography which left Olympian Shawn out of breath for the first time all season. Check out the video to the left of this article. Shawn and Derek danced an Argentine Tango to “Bad” that was breathtaking and would have earned a thirty but Carrie Ann felt it lacked enough passion. They scored a 29, giving them a 59 for the evening and the top spot on the leader board.
- Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff had to perform jazz with a “Big Top” theme. The routine came of disjointed and awkward and couple received a disappointing 27. Apolo and Karina di a sultry Rumba to “Man in the Mirror” that displayed a balance of sensuality and romance and melted Carrie Ann’s heart. They earned the third and final 30 of the evening, leaving them with a 57 total.
- Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke did a fast-paced Lindy Hop with an “Espionage” theme that was high energy and fun. Judge Bruno Tonioli called it the Looney Tunes version of James Bond and the routine earned a 27. The couple followed this up with a Tango to “Leave Me Alone” was good but two of the judges cited a need for improved footwork. The routine earned a 27 giving the pair a 54 for the night.
- Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy had to do a Flamenco routine with a surfer theme. The judges seemed agreed that the dance was more Paso Doble than Flamenco and scored them accordingly. The couple bottomed out for the round with a 25.5. Kelly and Val also danced a Rumba but to “I Can’t Stop Lovoing You.” Judges lauded the chemistry, the vulnerability and the lights and shades of the dance, awarding the couple a28.5. They ended the night with 54 points.
Tuesday night will see two stars leave “Dancing with the Stars” in preparation for next week’s finals. With Emmitt and Kelly at the bottom of the leader board, it is possible they will be the ones leaving but both have strong fan bases. Fans will have to tune in to Tuesday to see which of the five pairs are sent home.
Paula Abdul will return to the ballroom, this time to perform 4 of her hits. Derek Hough will also be performing a special routine and the Macy Stars of Dance will perform as well.
Southern Illinois fans can tune in on ABC’s channel 3 WSIL at 7 p.m. on Monday nights each week for the competition and on Tuesday night at 7 p.m. for the results show.
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