Usually “Dancing with the Stars” confines itself to one gimmick a week, but this is the All Stars season so why not pack one week with as many gimmicks as one can to jump the shark? That doesn’t diminish the first tens of the season that left Olympic gold medal gymnast Shawn Johnson and actor Gilles Marini tied for first.
As if taking a few plays from “So You Think You Can Dance,” the week started with each team picking a dance for another team because it was Opponents’ choice week. The dances were not all new. DWTS has done Charleston, rock n’ roll, disco, bolero, mambo and jitterbug before. The Charleston and bolero were used on season 9. The mambo was performed during seasons 3 through 7. The jitterbug and hustle were seen on seasons 7 and 9. Rock n’ roll was performed season 5 and 11. Disco came back for season 3. What’s new is contemporary although that’s happened in the freestyle and Maksim Chmerkovskiy tried that with Erin Andrews (remember the bedroom dance). Hip hop has also come into a freestyle before as well as giving flavor to a few other traditional dances. Also Bollywood was performed and given to Gilles Marini who performed it well enough to inspire many I Dream of a Male Genie dreams.
DWTS has had guest judges before, but this time they had Paula Abdul. At least we know that Paula Abdul can dance. That’s not always true for celebrity judge on other shows. What I loved was Paula Abdul playing around with Bruno Tonioli, particularly when she was giving her critique of Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough dancing or…hotter, for Gilles Marini and Petra Murgatroyd.
- Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 39.5 (10.0,9.5,10.0,10.0) Mambo ”Para Los Rumberos”—Santana (Hélio & Chelsie)/Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 39.5 (10.0,9.5,10.0,10.0) Bollywood ”Jai Ho (You Are My Destiny)“—Pussycat Dolls feat. A. R. Rahman (Bristol & Mark)
- Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 37.5 (9.0,9.5,9.5,9.5) Contemporary ”Fix You“—Coldplay (Emmitt & Cheryl)
- Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 37.0 (9.0,9.0,9.5,9.5) Jitterbug ”This Cat’s on a Hot Tin Roof”—Brian Setzer Orchestra (Apolo & Karina)
- Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 36.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0,9.0) Bolero ”Better in Time ”—Leona Lewis (Kelly & Val)
- Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 35.5 (9.0,9.0,8.5,9.0) Disco ”You Should Be Dancing“—Bee Gees (Kirstie & Maks)
- Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 34.5 (8.5,9.0,8.5,8.5) Hip-Hop ”Poison“—Bell Biv DeVoe (Melissa & Tony)
- Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 32.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0,8.0) Rock n’ Roll ”At the Hop”—Danny and the Juniors (last option left)
- Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 30.0 (7.5,7.5,7.5,7.5) Charleston ”Forty-Second Street”—from 42nd Street (Sabrina & Louis)
This is the first time that Palin and Ballas have beaten Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy although I’m not sure that I’d put Lindy hop and jitterbug in a rock n’ roll routine or perform to that particular song “At the Hop.” Alley didn’t flick her legs sideways and her movement could have been crisper. I don’t think this was one of Maksim’s most inspired routines. I think they should have gone for something down and dirty like the original, less refined Charleston.
Although I’ve truly hated this season, I have to admit that the Bollywood routine almost makes the week worthwhile. Please Disney. Find Gilles Marini a chance to be Aladdin. Broadway, how about Marini as the next King of Siam? Also, any time you can pair Paula Abdul with Bruno Tonioli–totally watchable TV.
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 39.5 (10.0,9.5,10.0,10.0) Mambo ”Para Los Rumberos”—Santana
Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 37.0 (9.0,9.0,9.5,9.5) Jitterbug ”This Cat’s on a Hot Tin Roof”—Brian Setzer Orchestra
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 32.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0,8.0) Rock n’ Roll ”At the Hop”—Danny and the Juniors
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 30.0 (7.5,7.5,7.5,7.5) Charleston ”Forty-Second Street”—from 42nd Street
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.
- Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)
- Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0)
- Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 26.5 (9.0,8.0,9.5)
- Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
- Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
- Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 25.5 (9.0,8.0,8.5)
- Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 25.5 (8.5,8.5,8.5)
- Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 25.0 (8.5,8.0,8.5)
- Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)
- Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0)
- Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 22.5 (7.5,7.5,7.5)
Take iconic and be more iconic.
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)
- “Moves like Jagger“—Maroon 5 feat. Christina Aguilera
- Carson Kressley & Anna Trebunskaya (Season 13)
- Score: 17 (6,5,6)
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)
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)
- “Canción Del Mariachi”—Los Lobos feat. Antonio Banderas
- Mario Lopez & Karina Smirnoff (Season 3)
- Score: 30
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke had already seen this paso doble–twice. He competed against Mario Lopez and won.
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)
- “Mr. Pinstripe Suit”—Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
- Apolo & Julianne (Season 4)
I can’t choose. I love both versions and both sets of costumes.
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.
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)
- “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)“—Eurythmics
- Erin & Maks (Season 10)
- Score: Technique: 18 Performance: 21
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.
Is this really a shocker? Pamela Anderson may be sexy, but on Monday night (Sept. 24, 2012) she shambled through her routine with Tristan MacManus and received the lowest score of the night, 17 on the premiere week of “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars.” Boobs and an I-just-got-out-of-bed look doesn’t get you good marks on the dance floor as it would in the Playboy Mansion.
Anderson performed her cha cha cha to “You Know I’m No Good” by Amy Winehouse. Was she attempting to portray the tragedy that was Winehouse? If so, it didn’t work as well as her Dolly Parton during her original run on DWTS with Damian Whitewood.
If you look at the billboard for the show, she’s dressed in white and at the center of the celebrity V-shaped formation.
Her 2010 (spring) outing on DWTS wasn’t her only appearance in the franchise. She also appeared in the Argentinian version “Bailando por un sueño” the next year and that was a bit more intensive, going on for 24 weeks as compared to 10. She wasn’t the only American in the mix. Mike Tyson also competing.
Both Americans withdrew. Tyson was replaced by television producer Jorge “Negrito” Luengo. When Anderson left, model Paula Chaves replaced her and made the semi-finals.
Anderson’s week 1 cha cha cha for her American “Dancing with the Stars” season 10 was her first dance and she received a 21 (7, 6, 8). Compare that to her moves and performance this week with Tristan MacManus.
MacManus is a good dancer and has a following as is apparent from the searches online, but as a celebrity choreographer he has a lot to learn. I found his choreography for the wonderful Gladys Knight last season had some unflattering poses for that lovely lady. Knight has natural rhythm and is a seasoned performer, but she thick in the waist and not very flexible.
Compare his choreography to Maksim Chmerkovskiy’s for Kirstie Alley who has the same general problem. Alley is back and she knows how to work her assets. (Her smooch to congratulate host Tom Bergeron for his Emmy made news).
Then whatever the producers may think of Anderson, she and Whitewood were in the bottom two week 2 when they didn’t turn in the lowest score. With 22 points, they were higher than:
- Niecy Nash and Louis van Amstel: 21
- Shannon Doherty and Mark Ballas: 20
- Jake Pavelka and Chelsie Hightower: 20
- Aiden Turner and Edyta Sliwinka: 19
- Chad Ochocinco and Cheryl Burke: 16
- Kate Gosselin and Tony Dovolani: 15
- Buzz Aldrin and Ashly Costa: 12
Doherty and Ballas were eliminated.
Who was in the bottom two wasn’t revealed during weeks 3 and 4. We were given who was the last to be called safe. Week 5, Anderson and Whitewood didn’t post the lowest score, but they were again in the bottom two. This time, it was Gosselin and Dovolani who were eliminated, but they had a 15/30. Anderson and Whitewood had a 21/30 (7, 6, 8).
Week 6, her team wasn’t in the bottom-two (Jake who was eliminated and Niecy Nash). She and Whitewood were back in the bottom two week 7 (with Erin Andrews and Maksim Chmerkovskiy) and were eliminated. Anderson and Whitewood had received a 24 (8, 8, 8) and an additional 27 for a team score. That placed them in a tie with Andrews and Chmerkovskiy who received a 27 for their individual dance performance but a 24 for the team score.
This might not be the last DWTS appearance of the 45-year-old Anderson, but as the judges commented, she needs to put more work into the dance floor instead of trying to coast on her looks.
Also featured on the show was the YouTube discovery rags-to-riches Justin Bieber. Talking about looks, I don’t like the look of the low-hanging “slouch” pants, but it is the fashion and Bieber was rocking it. Pitbull also appeared.
What was the shocker last night: Drew Lachey and his new partner Anna Trebunskaya were in the bottom two. Lachey and Trebunkaya scored 21.5 and were in a three-way tie for sixth place with Hélio Castroneves (and Chelsie Hightower) and Kelly Monaco (and Val Chmerkovskiy). Maybe her studio can help with the votes. Lachey isn’t one of my favorites, but he’s a lot of fun to watch on the dance floor. Of course, if one has a choice between Lachey and Gilles Marini, we’d both go for the latter.
The full leader board for Monday night:
- Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 24.5
- Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 24.0
- Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 22.5
- Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 22.0/Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 22.0
- Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 21.5/Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5/Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 21.5
- Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 21
- Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 20.5
- Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 19.5
- Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 19
- Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus: 17
Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 24.0
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 22.
Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5
Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 21.5
Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 21
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 19
Last night on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” the level of the competition was high, but we also saw the network returning to the low of cheap sex sell tactics. Last season went on without a Playboy bunny. This season, they brought back the pin-up factor with Pamela Anderson. Is that working for you? It wasn’t working for the judges who put her at the bottom of the board. At the top, were some all time favorites. You can still vote online either using Facebook or by going to the ABC website.
Football players have been popular with DWTS fans, even when they can’t dance like Michael Irvin. But some football players can dance and have the kind of flair on the dance floor that you can’t teach.
Retired NFL running back Emmitt Smith is one of those and he was in fine form last night, taking the top spot on the leader board, but by the slimmest of margins in DWTS history–half a point.
Yes, you heard right. Half a point is all that separates first and second place on the leader board. This season, to make things crazier, the judges now can nitpick to within half a point. And the points aren’t coming easy. In second, behind Smith who was reunited with professional dance partner Cheryl Burke, is another Burke protege: Gilles Marini.
Marini is paired with Peta Murgatroyd. Murgatroyd has proven herself an astute judge of the judges and her celebrity. Although she was eliminated quickly the first time out. She was with the recently renamed Laker Metta World Peace and the first elimination. Last season, however, with football player Donald Driver, she took the mirrorball. With the ever-so-sexy Marini, anything is possible. Last night they went for suave in their foxtrot. He was in a white tux with black details. She was in a gorgeously glamorous white gown. It was like a breath of old Hollywood.
Smith and Burke had been more get down funky in their cha cha cha. Smith can dazzle with that smile and dared to wear bright blue shoes; Burke worked that curly mane she was wearing.
In third was the fans’ choice, Sabrina Bryan who was dancing with Louis van Amstel. We were worried about the chemistry between Bryn and van Amstel. Remember the chemical badness of Margaret Cho and van Amstel? Contrast that with the wonderful mentoring van Amstel performed on Kelly Osbourne, making that British bad child bloom like a rose. Bryan had originally been partnered with Mark Ballas during season 5 and had finished seventh. That was due to lack of fan support as opposed to bad dancing.
Bryan was chosen from a pool that included Disney kid Kyle Massey and the campy Carson Kressley. Massey had competed during season 11 with Lacey Schwimmer and they finished second to Jennifer Grey and her partner Derek Hough. He and Schwimmer beat Bristol Palin and Ballas who were third. Palin is back and her mother was in the audience last night.
The zany Cressley had been partnered with Anna Trebunskaya during season 13. They finished eighth. War vet and soap opera actor J.R. Martinez and Karina Smirnoff won that season with Rob Kardashian a surprise second place with Burke.
Massey and Bryan are both Disney stars and have natural performance ability. Massey was a delightful surprise, but Bryan should have made it to the semi-finals. Her elimination was a shocker and DWTS has brought her back into the fold. Of course, you have to remember that ABC is owned by Disney.
As a nod to the past, the very first mirrorball winner was back, actress and Playboy Playmate Kelly Monaco. Her original partner was Alex Mazo. But the show had definitely evolved since then. During season 1, there were only six celebrities and six weeks of dancing. Monaco won against fan favorite John O’Hurley and his partner Charlotte Jorgensen. Both Mazo and Jorgensen have retired from DWTS, but Louis van Amstel was partnered with Trista Sutter from “The Bachelor.” They were the first eliminated. Edyta Sliwinska and her partner professional boxer Evander Holyfield were the second elmination. Jonathan Roberts was paired with model Rachel Hunter. Joey McIntyre and Ashly DelGrosso finished third.
Monaco (who had the first wardrobe malfunction in DWTS history) danced the waltz week 1 for a score of 13 (5, 4, 4). For week 2, she did better with the rumba, 17 (5, 6, 6). Week 3, she and Mazo were given a 21 for their jive (6, 7, 8). Week 4, when they performed a samba, they were the high score with 26 (9, 9, 8). It was the first time they beat O’Hurley and Jorgensen who received a 21 (7, 8, 6). Week 5 Monaco and Mazo performed a foxtrot for a 22 and a paso doble for a 25, but O’Hurley and Jorgensen received 27s for both dances.
Week six, Monaco and Mazo were one point ahead of O’Hurley and Jorgensen and won. That upset viewers so much ABC had a special dance off between the two couples that ended with Monaco and Mazo were three points behind. This one-off special had the couples perform one unlearned Latin dance during the first round. In the second round the couples performed an unlearned ballroom dance. The last round was the freestyle. O’Hurley and Jorgensen won by three points.
DWTS has certainly evolved and the celebrities perform for 10 weeks instead of six. That means more dances to learn and more pressure.
This season there were no clear train wrecks on the dance floor, but there were some obvious underachievers such as Pamela Anderson who, with her new partner Tristan MacManus, ended up at the bottom of the board. MacManus can dance and he has that cute Irish accent that made third sound like turd to Nancy Grace, but his ability to showcase his celebrity isn’t impressive. Grace wasn’t that graceful, but when he had Gladys Knight some of the dips were not well suited to the Empress of Soul.
Here’s how it stood at the end of the evening:
Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 24.5
Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 24.0
Sabrina Bryan & Louis Van Amstel: 22.5
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 22.0
Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 22.0
Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 21.5
Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya: 21.5
Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower: 21.5
Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 21
Joey Fatone & Kym Johnson: 20.5
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas: 19.5
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 19
Pamela Anderson & Tristan MacManus: 17
It’s no surprise that Anderson ended up at the bottom. Only Bryan and Anderson had never made the semi-finals in this field of all-stars. Bryan definitely had the ability. Anderson looked worse in her performance with MacManus than she had done with her original partner (Damian Whitewood). MacManus choreographed a quick dip into a split move that looked good on other celebrities, but both times that Anderson performed it, she went into it bent-kneed and came out of if awkwardly. She seemed more involved, or self-involved, in her hairography–not the flipping, spinning type. Her hairography was more primp and look sexy like I just got out of bed. That might work for Playboy photo shoots, but not on the dance floor. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba cautioned Anderson to put in the work. Bruno Tonioli was kinder, but the message was the same.
Palin, who got to the semi-finals more on view voting than actual merit, is understandably also near the bottom. Mark Ballas is a skilled teacher, but their chemistry is almost toxic. During their original time together, Ballas went into his self-indulgent choreography funk. There was a real concern that Palin could win. We wonder if the campaign to get Palin off of DWTS will start up again. There’s an old Facebook page just for that cause.
Second from the bottom is an old favorite that we’d like to stay: Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy. Alley is the oldest contestant and the most in need of losing a few pounds. We love her chemistry with Maksim Chmerkovskiy and hope she doesn’t go tonight. Our choice would be Anderson, then Palin.
By dance, Smith and Burke had the top score for the cha cha cha and Anderson and MacManus had the low score. Marini and Murgatroyd were the high score for the foxtrot and Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy was at the bottom.
Online voting will remain open until 11 a.m. (Eastern Time)/ 8 a.m. (Pacific Time) today, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. You have 13 votes and spread them around, but spare the viewers from more performances by Anderson or Palin.
The results will be announced tonight, Tuesday, September 25 on the season premiere of “Dancing with the Stars: The Results” show, 8 p.m. (7 p.m. Central) on ABC. One couple will be eliminated but before that, singing sensation Justin Bieber and Pitbull will perform.
Born: 12 January 1951
- Winners: Hines Ward and Kym Johnson
- Second: Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
- Third: Chelsea Kane and Mark Ballas
- Cha cha cha (30)
- Paso doble (27)
- Waltz (22)
- Rumba (21)
- Jive (21)
- Quickstep (20)
The first time Alley and Chmerkovskiy danced the cha cha cha it was the first week to “Forget You” by Cee Lo Green. They earned a 23 (8, 7, 8). It was the second highest score of the night. Week 2 was when they received their lowest score, 20 (7, 6, 7) for the quickstep to “Black Horse and the Cherry Tree” by KT Tunstall.
Week 2 wasn’t much better with a 21 (7, 7, 7) for the rumba to “Over the Rainbow” by Israel Kamakawiwo’ole, but the pair also had a fall. Chmerkovskiy was apologetic. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba perhaps made an overstatement by saying, ”Sometimes tragedy leads to an amazingly beautiful moment.” It wasn’t exactly a tragedy because no one was hurt, but Inaba also noted that after that mishap ”something magical happened.”
Week 3 was the waltz for a 22 (7, 7, 8) to “The Flower Duet” by Leo Delibes and only judge Bruno Tonioli on their side. Alley had a slight problem with her shoe during the performance, but ever the trooper, she was able to get it back on.
The team improved the next week (America Week) with a foxtrot to “American Woman” by the Guess Who for a 23 (8, 7, 8). Did a visit from the Dance Doctor (John Travolta) help?Head judge Len Goodman will couldn’t get behind the team.
Yet during Guilty Pleasure Week, Alley and Chmerkovskiy scored a 26 (8, 9, 9) with a nine from Goodman and Tonioli for their samba to Britney Spears’ “Baby One More Time.” The next week featured four judges (Donnie Burns was the guest judge) and the team performed the jive for 30/40 points (9, 7, 6, 8) to “La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens. Consider that only Tonioli gave them a good score. Goodman gave the team a 6. So a revised score would make this a 21.
Week 8 saw the team do much better; they received their first perfect score from Tonioli for their Argentine tango with a total of 28 (9, 9, 10) to Astor Piazzolla’s “Cite Tango.” Their instant dance (salsa) also received a respectable score of 25 (8, 9, 8) with Goodman giving them their highest score (“Cobrastyle” by Teddybears ft. Mad Cobra).
In the semi-finals they beat Ralph Macchio and Karina Smirnoff who scored 25 and 23 (Argentine tango and salsa respectively). For their Viennese waltz to Adele’s “One and Only,” they received a 27 (9, 9, 9) and for the paso doble to Cream’s “White Room” they earned the same score.
During the finale, they would have the lowest score from the judges: 27 (9, 9, 9) for both the samba (“Magalenha” by Sergio Mendes) and freestyle (“Perfect” by Pink). The last night, they revisited their cha cha cha routine.
We like the chemistry between Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy; she brought out the tender side of the bad boy of the ballroom. According to USA Today, Chermkovskiy will be quitting the show after this contract is up at the end of next year. It makes sense for him to pursue whatever he can with his current fame.
This time around, Alley will not have the energy problems she suffered from before when she seemed almost near collapse because of her dieting. She still has to contend with celebrities who are much younger and can do more daring moves. Who can compete with an Olympic caliber gymnast? So style and technique are going to be particularly important for this team. Their first dance will be the foxtrot.
One couple will be eliminated on Tuesday night on “Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show.” Justin Bieber and Pitbull will perform on the show.
“Dancing with the Stars” premieres tonight, Monday, September 24, on ABC at 8 p.m. and the “Dancing with the Stars: The Results Show” premieres Tuesday, September 25 at 8 p.m. on ABC.
Foxtrot to “Set Fire to the Rain” by Adele
19 (6.5, 6, 6.5)
One of the surprises Monday night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, was how well Melissa Gilbert performed. Gilbert has finally hit her groove, but is it a bit late? Performing the foxtrot with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, she earned a 24 which had previously been her best score for the season (received during Motown week for her Viennese waltz). When both Maksim and Val took her to the floor for the Trio Challenge, she had a major breakthrough and a well-deserved score of 27 for a samba.
To put thing in perspective, her 24 for the foxtrot put her on the same level as Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus who performed this dance during Personal Story Week (week 3). The top score this season for the foxtrot was earned Monday by the coolly debonair telenovela star William Levy and his partner Cheryl Burke: 30.
Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovsky danced the foxtrot to ”Maggie May” by Rod Stewart. The beginning set up was a bit forced and Gilbert failed to finish all of her moves, but she was notably more relaxed on stage. In the dips, she finally kept her core tight. Sometimes she hesitates walking backward. She finally was able to show how radiant she could be on the dance floor.
Carrie Ann Inaba felt it was her best dance ever despite a few stumbles.
Bruno Tonioli quipped, “The cougar got her prize and a much smoother ride.” He complimented her presentation and that she was beginning to finish her lines.
For the samba, however, Gilbert and the Chmerkovskiys earned the second highest score of the season, a 27. Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas have the season’s high score thus far for the samba with a near-perfect 29.
That means Gilbert and the Chmerkovskys beat out Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower who received a 25 for the samba they performed during week 3 (Personal Story Week). They also beat Maria Menounos and Derek Hough who performed a samba that was too Bollywood for head judge Len Goodman: 25 (9,7,9).
Gilbert was finally able to fulfill the promise she had the first week as the woman in black. There were a few problems. When she runs forward or backward she tends to lose character.
Carrie Ann Inaba proclaimed that she liked this Maksim and Val Chmerkovskiy sandwich and the performance was Gilbert’s best number by a mile.
Len Goodman agreed, saying that usually “two’s company and three’s a crowd but not tonight.”
Tonioli compared her to Rita Hayworth, adding “It apparently takes two to get the best out of you.”
Gilbert and the Chmerkovskiys dance to ”Hard to Handle” by Otis Redding. Despite her good score, other teams have consistently done better. Gilbert and Maksim were the only team Monday night that did not receive even one of the ten tens awarded. Their average score is 22.9. Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower have the second lowest average with 25.7. That’s only three tenths behind Donald Driver and Peta Chmerkovskiy whose average is 26.
Tonight is a double elimination and the two who should go are Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy and Fegan and Hightower. While Fegan and Hightower have the high score for the quickstep and isn’t the low score in any dance, they have been i the bottom two three times, most recently last week when they won a dance duel against Jaleel White and Kym Johnson.
Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy have never been in the bottom two to date, but they are the low score for the cha cha cha (20 during week 1), salsa (21), paso doble (22) Viennese waltz (24) and the Argentine tango (21). Monday night their combined score put them at the bottom of the leader board while Fegan and Hightower were second behind William Levy and Cheryl Burke.
- William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 30 (10,10,10)
- Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 29 (10,9,10)
- Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)
- Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (8, 9, 9)
- Katherine Jenkins & Mark Ballas:26 (9, 8,9)
- Jaleel White & Kym Johnson: 26 (9,8,9)
- Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8,8,8)
- Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus:24 (8, 8, 8)
- Jack Wagner & Anna Trebunskaya:23 (8, 7, 8)
- Sherri Shepherd & Val Chmerkovskiy: 23
- Gavin Degraw & Karina Smirnoff: 20
- Martina Navratilova & Tony Dovolani: 20 (7, 6,7)
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8,8,8)
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus:
- Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
- Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 27 (9,9,9)
- Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 25 (8, 8, 9)
- Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 25 (9,7,9)
- Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 24 (8, 8, 8)
- Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskaya: 24 (8, 8, 8)
- Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 22 (7, 7, 8)
- Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff: 19 (6, 6, 7)
Compare samba performances
LEADER BOARD for week 8
Individual dance + Latin Round
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 30 (10,10,10) + 27 (9,9,9) = 57
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 29 (10,9,10) + 27 (9,9,9) = 56
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9) +28 (10,9,9) = 55
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 26 (8,9,9) + 29 (10,9,10) = 55
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 28 (10,8,10) +25 (9,7,9) = 53
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8,8,8) + 27 (9,9,9) = 51
Finally during Motown Week, Melissa Gilbert got a dance that suited her: the Viennese waltz. She and Maksim Chmerkovskiy received eights from all three judges and was able to squeak by to be one point ahead of Disney star Roshon Fegan and his partner Chelsie Hightower.
Prior to this, Gilbert had danced the salsa, paso doble, jive, quickstep and cha cha cha. Head judge Len Goodman lamented that she hadn’t been given something that might bring out her graceful and elegant side. This week with the old world grace of the Viennese waltz Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy were able to again receive a 24. She received a 24 during Week 3 (Personal Story Week) when she jived to ”Dog Days Are Over” by Florence and the Machine and was in a five-way tie for last place.
This week a 24 was good enough for sixth place, above Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower who received a 24 for their rumba and above Gladys Knight and her partner Tristan MacManus who also rumbaed for a 21.
Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy danced to ”Ooo Baby Baby” sung live by Smokey Robinson & the Miracles. She was dressed in a flowing green dress. At times she looked more relaxed, but she still has problems keeping her shoulders back and down. Usually the woman leans back with her shoulders down, but that’s a big strain on your back and besides her back surgery, remember Gilbert also had whiplash just two weeks ago and her neck must be slightly tweaked still.
Carrie Ann Inaba commented, ”You work so hard and it is finally paying off. I see the artistry growing in you.”
Head judge Len Goodman said he saw rotation romance, beautiful lyrical musicality through the arms.
Bruno Tonioli commented on the wonderful rotation and exclaimed, “Some of your extended lines were absolutely wonderful.” All the judges seemed to feel that Gilbert was going in the right direction.
Only one other couple has danced the Viennese waltz: Fegan and Hightower during Week 4. They received a 26. This week Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy beat Fegan and Hightower in the individual dance scores and even during the cha cha cha for the Motown Marathon.
So far Gilbert hasn’t been in the bottom two and hopefully she won’t be in the bottom two this week because she hasn’t danced the jive yet. Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy received a 20 when they performed the quickstep during week 2–the week other teams were performing the jive.
Individual dance + Motown marathon
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10) + 10 = 39
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 29 (10, 9, 10) + 8 = 37
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 27 (9, 8, 10) + 9 = 36
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9) + 7 = 34
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (8, 9, 9) + 4 = 31
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8) + 6 = 30
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23 (7, 8, 8) + 5 = 28
Gladys Knight and Tristan MacManus: 21 (7, 7, 7) + 3 = 24
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 29 (10, 9, 10)
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 27 (9, 8, 10)
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (9, 9, 9)
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 26 (8, 9, 9)
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 23 (7, 8, 8)
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 21 (7, 7, 7)
- Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 10
- William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 9
- Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 8
- Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 7
- Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 6
- Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 5
- Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 4
- Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 3
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd:
William Levy and Cheryl Burke:
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower
- Week 7
- 24 (8, 8, 8)
- “Did I Make the Most of Loving You?”—Mary-Jess Leaverland
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chermkovskiy
Last night on “Dancing with the Stars” season 14, Melissa Gilbert went on despite what must have been a sore neck and some trepidation. During her salsa routine with her partner Maksim Chmerkovskiy, she performed the same trick that she did when she got injured. That’s one tough woman.
Gilbert has always been stiff when dancing and the injury can’t be helping. The salsa requires smooth sensuous moves and a lot of hip action that is hard for most people, but even harder when you have a fused spine and are recovering from whiplash.
Dancing to ”Aguanilé” by Hector Lavoe, Gilbert was supposed to be like the cigarette girl who meets hunky Maksim Chmerkovskiy and begins to dance. He was showing more skin than she was. She still has problems with hand and arm placement, extending and finishing her moves. Her spin was loose.
Bruno Tonioli thought she was wild and untamed. But he noted that she wasn’t on the beat and wasn’t in control.
Carrie Ann Inaba thought it was amazing how much confidence Gilbert had gained. Inaba advised Gilbert to take smaller steps because her feet get out from underneath her.
Len Goodman saw great rhythm and feel, but parts that were untidy and rough.
While Gilbert and Chmerkovskiy weren’t the low score of the night with 21 (7, 7, 7), they were the lowest score to date for salsa. Overall, they were third from the bottom with Gavin DeGraw and Karina Smirnoff at the bottom with 19 points and Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus were just one point above DeGraw and one point below Gilbert. Gilbert isn’t one of my favorite dancers here, even if I like her as an actress.
Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 29 (10, 9, 10)
Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (10, 8, 9)
Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9)
Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26 (9, 8, 9)
Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 24 (8, 8, 8)
Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7, 7, 7)
Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 20 (7, 7, 8)
Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 19 (6, 6, 7)
By Individual Dance
- ***William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 28 (9, 9, 10)*** Week 3
- Maria Menounos and Derek Hough: 27 (9, 9, 9)
- Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 26 (9, 8, 9)
- Melissa Gilbert and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 21 (7, 7, 7)
- ***Roshon Fegan and Chelsie Hightower: 25 (8, 8, 9)***Week 3
- Jaleel White and Kym Johnson: 24 (8, 8, 8)
- ***Jack Wagner and Anna Trebunskay: 24 (8, 8, 8)***Week 3 ELIMINATED
- Gladys Knight and Tristan McManus: 20 (7, 7, 8)
- Gavin Degraw and Karina Smirnoff: 19 (6, 6, 7)
- Katherine Jenkins and Mark Ballas: 29 (10, 9, 10)
- William Levy and Cheryl Burke: 29 (10, 9, 10)
- Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd: 27 (10, 8, 9)