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DWTS 15: Week 3 has Melissa Rycroft and Kelly Monaco tied for top spot

Last night (Monday, Oct. 8, 2012) on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” there was a tie for the top between  Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani and Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy. At the bottom again was Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas with 22.5. Tonight (Tuesday, Oct. 9) is a double elimination so there’s double trouble.

Palin and Ballas improved over their score from last week (18), but still were at the bottom of the leader board with 22.5 after performing the paso doble that originally was performed by Derek Hough and Joanna Krupa. That’s a controversial pairing–daughter of the family values Republican Sarah Palin and the Playboy model who has a reality TV celebrity habit and a live-in relationship still.

At least Ballas couldn’t go bonkers with this one. Still the oldest contestant, Kirstie Alley, scored better with a 24. She and Maksim Chmerkovskiy tied with Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya.

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough were in third place. Last week’s top scoring team, Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel were in a four-way tie for fourth with Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd, Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff and Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower.

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  1. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)
  2. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)
  3. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 26.5 (9.0,8.0,9.5)
  4. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  5. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  6. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 25.5 (9.0,8.0,8.5)
  7. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
  8. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)
  9. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)
  10. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)
  11. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)

Take iconic and be more iconic.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZkAI3LSuQYI]

Cha cha cha

Trebunskaya sexed it up with the costumes and stripping Lachey’s shirt.

Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)

  • Crazy in Love“—Beyoncé feat. Jay-Z
  • Joey McIntyre & Ashly DelGrosso (Season 1)
  • Song: “Crazy in Love” by Beyoncé
    Score: 20 (7,7,6)

Did you like Maksim with the long hair? Of course, we always like Maksim without the shirt. The strategy here was to improve the technique and camp it up.  This almost made iconic night worth it.

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)

Foxtrot

Is it possible for Apolo Anton Ohno to be steamier than Gilles Marini? Marini and Burke received two tens when they performed this and here’s where being an actor really helps. Marini was suave but sexy as the devil. Ohno was sophisticated but not with the same intensity as Marini.

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 25.5 (9.0,8.0,8.5)

Paso doble

With this dance and partner, Val finally rises out of the shadow of his brother Maksim. Kelly and Val have chemistry, but Kelly doesn’t bristle with the kind of powerful physicality that Laila Ali had–few women do. With Laila Ali, you thought that she and Maksim could punch it out and Maksim would lose. With Kelly and Maksim it’s more a match of forceful personalities.

Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)

Can Bristol Palin ever equal the sex appeal and technical skills of Joanna Krupa. You know the answer is no. Ballas goes kooky and they get to play white queen and black king. This is a chess metaphor and has nothing to do with race.

The judges felt it was their best dance of the season–that’s one out of three. It had the most content and attack.

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)

Sabrina Bryan is a strong woman, even if she’s the youngest contestant. However, judge Carrie Ann Inaba thought this team brought nothing new artistically to this routine.

Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

Scary Spice was definitely scarier than Sabrina Bryan. Bruno called her an “adrenaline charged dominatrix.”

With Emmitt Smith, there were some awkward moments, but he is already a commanding presence. There was a scary moment, but it all ends well.

Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke had already seen this paso doble–twice. He competed against Mario Lopez and won.

Quickstep

As expected Derek Hough decided to up the acrobatics and even included an illegal lift and a lot of drama at the end.

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 26.5 (9.0,8.0,9.5)

  • “Hey Pachuco”—Royal Crown Revue
  • Helio Castroneves & Julianne Hough (Season 5)
  • Score: 30

I think Johnson and Hough lacked the sophistication that Castroneves and Julianne had.  When Castroneves and Hightower performed their own quickstep it had an amazing amount of joy–even with the slight bobble when Castroneves stepped on Hightower’s dress.

Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

I can’t choose. I love both versions and both sets of costumes.

Samba

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)

Of course, Martinez didn’t have to perform all the drops and turns that Rycroft did because he’s the guy.

Tango

Don’t you love Gilles Marini doing the tango. Menacing and erotic, Marini delivered another solid performance, but lost points for his hold and some footwork mishaps.

Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)

Week 1, it was Drew Lachey and his partner Anna Trebunskaya who were in the bottom two. Week 2, it was Hélio Castroneves and his partner Chelsie Hightower who survived the bottom two.

I’m hoping that Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas will be eliminated and most likely Drew Lachey will go as well. With Joey Fatone gone, the entertainment factor is low with this cast so I’m hoping that Kirstie Alley and her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy will continue to dance.

Remember, you can vote online until 8 a.m. PST by going to the ABC DWTS official page for voting or by using Facebook.

DWTS 15 Week 2: Sabrina Bryan quicksteps to top spot

Last night on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” was all about stamina as the teams faced the jive and the quickstep. Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel led with 26.0 points in quickstep. The low score of the night was Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas with 18.0 for their quickstep, but that doesn’t mean they will be out on Tuesday night.  You can still vote online through the ABC.com website or by Facebook.

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  1. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 26
  2. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5
  3. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 25.0
  4. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 24.5
  5. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 23.5
  6. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 23.0
  7. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 22.5/Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 22.5
  8. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 22.0
  9. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5
  10. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21.0
  11. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 18.0

Palin brings out the weird in Ballas and here it was the country quickstep. She had the smile, but those not quite daisy dukes aren’t doing her any favors. some of that footwork is pain ful to watch. The ending is ridiculous. Judge Bruno Tonioli called the routine, quickstep gangnam-style via wild, wild west.

Tonioli also commented there wasn’t much in-hold position and when the couple were in hold Palin’s frame wasn’t good. Carrie Anne Inaba reminded Ballas that according to the rules, once the couple is in hold, they must stay in hold. Goodman also commented that while he liked the enthusiasm, he didn’t like the break in the middle. “I liked the hoe down, but the technique was low down.”

During season 11, Palin and Ballas did the quickstep to “You Can’t Hurry Love” by the Supremes for a score of 22 (7, 8, 7). During that season, they posted the lowest score during week 5, 7, 8 and 9 and still made it to week 10, where they again posted the lowest score to finish third. That meant that week 5, Brady Bunch mom Florence Henderson and Corky Ballas were eliminated instead. Week 7, it was former NBA forward Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke. Week 8, it was former NFL quarterback Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya who got the axe. And the worst elimination was Grammy Award-winning Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy during week 9.

This season, Palin and Ballas danced to “Redneck Woman” by Gretchen Wilson and received sixes. The team was the low score for their dance and for the entire night.

The high score, 26  was also in the quickstep with Bryan and van Amstel performing to “Black Betty” by Ram Jam. this team received the only nine of the night from Carrie Ann Inaba (9.0, 8.5, 8.5).

Tonioli thought this routine was a dazzler. Inaba thought the topline was incredible. Goodman liked the upper body was calm. Bryan looked glamorous and while I had doubts about this partnership, I like it better than the original Bryan and Ballas. She was elegant and vivacious and sharp.

The highest score awarded by head judge Len Goodman was 8.5 to the following teams: Bryan and van Amstel and Marini and Murgatroyd. Bruno Tonioli gave an 8.5 to Bryan and van Amstel and Marini and Murgatroyd as well as Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough. Bruno Tonioli gave an 8.5 to Bryan and van Amstel and Marini and Murgatroyd as well as Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough. Goodman awarded Johnson and Hough an 8.0.

Marini and Murgatroyd  performed the jive to “Don’t Stop Me Now” by Queen which started out with Marini at the piano. He was sporting a pompadour like Elvis and she was too. Marini decided to go shirtless which judge Inaba appreciated.  Murgatroyd was also showing a lot of skin (but not like the infamously uncovered Edyta Sliwinska) and swished that fringe.

Johnson and Hough performed their jive to “The Nicest Kids in Town” from “Hairspray.” Len Goodman wanted more content and that’s after host Tom Bergeron commented that Johnson wasn’t breathing hard, but Hough was. Bruno Tonioli felt differently. For him it was vibrant and eye-popping. Carrie Ann Inaba agreed and dubbed them the All-Stars sweethearts. It was a fun athletic routine that starts off with hairspray and a cartwheel (down the steps).

Kirstie Alley also at the bottom again. She was barely recognizable with that black bob wig. The theme was French streetwalker and the song was “Non Non Rien N’a Changé” by Les Poppys. Inaba had one suggestion–to match arm movements stylistically. Goodman called her flirty and dirty, but a great improvement over last week. Tonioli called her a raunchy mama.  I hope the curse of Palin doesn’t push Alley out of the competition while allowing Palin to continue.

Last week’s leaders, Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke went for a cool cat and played on Smiths fearlessness as far as color. Smith was in a fire engine red tux with tails with a leopard print bow tie and cumberbund while Burke had a long dress in matching leopard print. Goodman faulted Smith’s upper body movement in his quickstep. Tonioli noted a timing miss.

Smith and Burke received a 22.5 to tie with Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson who performed a quickstep to a Hollywood Charlie Chaplin theme. Fatone

Quickstep:

  1. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 26
  2. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 24.5
  3. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 22.5/Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 22.5
  4. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 22.0
  5. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 18.0
  • Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 24.5
  • 24.5 (8.5,8.0,8.0)
  • “Five Months, Two Weeks, Two Days”—Louis Prima
  • Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 22.5
  • 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)
  • “A Cool Cat In Town”—Tape Five

Jive:

  1. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5
  2. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 25.0
  3. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 23.5
  4. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 23.0
  5. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5
  6. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21.0
  • Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 25.0
  • 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)
  • “The Nicest Kids in Town”—from Hairspray

Remember, you can vote online until 8 a.m. PST by going to the ABC DWTS official page for voting or by using Facebook.

DWTS 15: Cha cha cha

The cha cha cha was first performed during week 1. The full leader board for week 1 is:

  1. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 24.5
  2. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 24.0
  3. Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 22.5
  4. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 22.0/Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 22.0
  5. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 21.5/Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5/Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 21.5
  6. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 21
  7. Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 20.5
  8. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 19.5
  9. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 19
  10. Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus: 17

For the cha cha cha:

Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 24.5

Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 22.5

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 22.0

Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 21.5

Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 19.5

Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus: 17

DWTS 12: Adele and Michael Bolton

“Natural Woman” by Delta Goodrem

Dancers: Cheryl Burke & Louis Van Amstel

“I’m Not Ready” by Michael Bolton and Delta Goodrem

Dancers: Dmitry Chaplin & Anna Trebunskaya

Adele “Rolling in the Deep” on DWTS

Dancers: Travis Wall, Nick Lazzarini & Jaimie Goodwin

original video with Adele

Jonathan Groff and Lea Michele

DWTS 12: Compare tango

  • Hines Ward  and Kym Johnson: 36 (9, 9, 8, 10). Adjusted 27/30 with three judges.
  • Romeo Miller and Chelsea Hightower: 27 (9,9,9)
  • Kendra Wilkinson  and Louis van Amstel: 31 (8, 8, 7, 8) An adjusted score of 23.
  • “Jealousy” by Bill Fury
  • Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: 22 (7, 8, 7)
  • “Don’t Stop Believin’” by Journey

DWTS 12: Compare samba

Samba

  • Best of
  • Chelsea Kane  and Mark Ballas: 26 (9, 8, 9) to “Party in the USA” by Miley Cyrus  (Week 5 American week)
  • Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 26 (8, 9, 9) to “…Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears (Week 6 Guilty Pleasures Week).
  • Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 25 (8, 9, 8) to “Fantasy” by Earth, Wind and Fire (Week 3 Personal story week)
  • Kendra Wilkinson  and Louis van Amstel: 25 (8, 8, 9) to “Livin’ la Vida Loca” by Ricky Martin (Week 6 Guilty Pleasures Week)
  • Romeo Miller and Chelsie Hightower: 30 (7, 8, 7, 8) or 23 adjusted to “Say Hey (I Love You)” by Michael Franti and Spearhead
  • Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 22 (8, 7, 7) to “Sweet Home Alabama” by Lynyrd Skynyrd (Week 5 American week)

DWTS 12: Compare the rumba routines

Rumba

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 27 (9, 9, 9) to “God Bless the USA” by Lee Greenwood (week 5 American week)

  • Kendra Wilkinson  and Louis van Amstel: 23 (8,7, 8) to “You and Me” by Musiq Soulchild
  • Chris Jericho  and Cheryl Burke: 21 (7, 7, 7) to “Let It Be” to  The Beatles
  • Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7, 7, 7) to “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole
  • Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 21 (7, 7, 7) to “Stay Gold” by Stevie Wonder
  • Romeo Miller  and Chelsie Hightower: 20 (7, 6, 7) to “I’ll Be There” to The Jackson 5

Kristi Yamaguchi’s “Dancing the Night Away”

Did you love “Dancing with the Stars”? Do you love Kristi Yamaguchi?

Yamaguchi hosts a fundraiser “Dancing the Night Away” for her Alway Dream Foundation at the Hilton in Union Square, San Francisco on 18 June 2011. “Always Dream” has been Yamaguchi’s personal motto and inspiration and her charity aims to inspire and embrace the hopes and dreams of children.

Past grant recipients have included: All Stars Helping Kids, American Cancer Society, Chibi-Chan Preschool, Delaware Skating Association, Japanese Cultural & Community Center of Northern California, Joy of Sports Foundation, Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, National Youth Enterprise Institute, Andrea Rizzo Foundation, Salvation Army, West Coast Children’s Center, Sports for the World’s Children (SWC) Foundation, UCSF Children’s Hospital and YES Reading.

Schedule:

  • 5:30 p.m.     Cocktails and Hors d’oeuvres
  • 6:30 p.m.     Dinner
  • 8:00 p.m.     Program/Show

The cast has yet to be announced. Past cast members have included:

• Kristi Yamaguchi along with dance partner Mark Ballas

• Evan Lysacek and Anna Trebunskaya

• Jane Seymour and Jonathan Roberts

• Cheryl Burke and Genya Mazo

• Marlee Matlin

• Natalie Couglin

• Shawn Johnson

• Louis van Amstel

• Chelsie Hightower

Individual tickets are pretty pricey: $850.  If your company sponsors, you can get a table for six for $5,000 (silver sponsor), a VIP table for 10 for $10,000 which includes a pre-event reception with the cast (gold sponsor), or for a mere $25,000 you can get 2 VIP tables for 10 and a pre-event reception and hotel rooms and a private brunch for 20.

For more info, contact the Always Dream Foundation.

DWTS 12: Compare quickstep performances

Quickstep

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 28 (10, 9, 9) to “Walkin’ on the Sunshine” by Katrina and the Waves (Week 6 Guilty Pleasures Week)

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 36 (10, 9, 8, 9) or 26 adjusted to “Pencil Full Of Lead” by Paolo Nutini.

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 23

Chris Jericho and Cheryl Burke: 23


Romeo Miller and Chelsie Hightower: 23

Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin: 22 (7, 7, 8) (week 5 American week)


Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 20


Kendra Wilkinson and Louis van Amstel: 19


Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani: 17

DWTS 12: Compare foxtrot routines

Hines Ward and Kym Johnson: 28 (9,9,10) to “This Will Be” by Natalie Cole

Romeo Miller  and Chelsie Hightower: 26 (9, 8, 9) to “New York, New York” by Frank Sinatra (Week 5 American week)

Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff: 24 (8, 8, 8)  to “Ain’t that a Kick in the Head” by Dean Martin.

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 23 (8, 7, 8) to “American Woman” by The Guess Who (Week 5 American week)

Kendra Wilkinson  and Louis van Amstel: 22 (8, 7, 7) to “Yankee Doodle Dandy” (Week 5 American week)

Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas: 21 (7, 7, 7) to “King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles

Petra Nemcova and Dmitry Chaplin: 18 (6, 6, 6) to “Don’t Know Why” by Norah Jones

Sugar Ray Leonard and Anna Trebunskaya: 17 (6, 5, 6) to “The Power of Love” by Huey Lewis and the News

Wendy Williams and Tony Dovolani: 15 (5, 5, 5) to “Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life” by  Michael Cleveland (week 3)

Mike Catherwood and Lacey Schwimmer: 13 (5, 4, 4) to “Cooler Than Me” by Mike Posner

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