DWTS 15: Week 7

One couple managed to be perfection in the judges’ eyes, but they didn’t end up at the top of the leader board. How was that possible? The dreaded marathon round gave a full 10 points to the winning couple. This week on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” it was Tony Dovolani and Melissa Rycroft who had the high score and Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy who had the low score. Alley and Maksim can relax for now because of the presidential election and the effects of Hurricane Sandy, there will be no elimination this week.

Relive the dances:

This week required the celebrities to learn three dances–well, sort of.What happened was the individual dance was a fusion of two dance styles. You  might think this is a bit contrived, but actually, dancers do this all the time. Swing dancers who dance Argentine tango can combine the two for swango. You see musicals combining two dances for a routine.

The fusion dances offered some surprises and sexy moments. Ladies loved Apolo Anton Ohno stripping off his shirt and showing off his pecs and abs. Of course, we expect Gilles Marini to bare his chest. Surprisingly, Maksim kept his shirt on, but he did have on thigh high boots and tight pants to look kingly or at least like a duke.

The ladies had costumes changes–a costume stripped down to reveal another or just less of what they had on before. Judge Carrie Ann Inaba noted that Alley seemed to lose timing after her costume change (part of her skirt is taken off for the samba portion.

  1. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 30.0 (10, 10, 10) tango/paso doble to “Livin’ On A Prayer“—Bon Jovi
  2. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 29.0 (10.0,9.5,9.5) tango/cha cha cha to “Die Young“—Ke$ha
  3. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 28.5 (9.5,9.5,9.5) Argentine tango/samba to “When I Get You Alone“—Robin Thicke
  4. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 27.5 (8.5,9.5,9.5) rumba/samba to “Fine By Me“—Andy Grammer
  5. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0) to “Don’t Stop“—Gin Wigmore
  6. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0) cha cha cha to paso doble to “Scream“—Usher
  7. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0) quickstep/samba to “Sir Duke“—Stevie Wonder

At the end of the individual dances, Johnson and Mark Ballas were on top. Derek Hough sat this week out due to an injury, but was in the audience cheering Johnson and Ballas on. Johnson with her gymnastic background has some impressive spins and transitions to dips. Kelly Monaco and Val had been at the bottom of the leader board last week, but moved up to a tie for second to the last with Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff. That’s a real fall for Ohno and Smirnoff who had a perfect score last week and were in second place after the score for their country western group dance was added (zero points for all couples with the exception of the winning couple of Dovolani and Rycroft).

The marathon dances tends to favor the couples with a male professional dancer and this season’s swing marathon to “Do Your Thing” by Basement Jaxx was no exception. The last two couples on the floor were both with professional male dancers: Val Chmerkovskiy and Kelly Monaco and the winner Tony Dovolani and Melissa Rycroft. In this case, swing meant mostly East Coast swing with a lot of liefts and a bit of jitterbug. Sorry West Coast swing…you may be the state dance of California, but that doesn’t make you easier to learn.

What was a surprise was that Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd were the second couple eliminated. First was Alley and Maksim. Third to go was Ohno and Smirnoff. The last male celebrity to be eliminated was Emmitt Smith and his partner Cheryl Burke. With all their gymnastics, you’d have thought that Johnson and Ballas would do better, but they were the next to go.

  1. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 29 + 10 = 39/40
  2. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: 30.0 + 8 = 38/40
  3. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27.0 + 9 = 36/40
  4. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 27.5 + 7 = 34.5/40
  5. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 28.5 + 5 = 33.5/40
  6. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 27.0 + 6 = 33/40
  7. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24.0 + 4 = 28/40

The marathon moved Rycroft and Dovolani up to first place and Johnson and Ballas (Hough) down to second. Marini and Murgatroyd fell from  a close third to fifth place and a full point behind Smith and Burke.

You can still vote online through the ABC.com website or by Facebook. Online voting closes at 8 a.m. PST.

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough (Mark Ballas) : 30.0 (10, 10, 10) tango/paso doble to “Livin’ On A Prayer“—Bon Jovi

  1. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: 29.0 (10.0,9.5,9.5) tango/cha cha cha to “Die Young“—Ke$ha
  1. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: 28.5 (9.5,9.5,9.5) Argentine tango/samba to “When I Get You Alone“—Robin Thicke
  1. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: 27.5 (8.5,9.5,9.5) rumba/samba to “Fine By Me“—Andy Grammer
  1. Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0) to “Don’t Stop“—Gin Wigmore
  1. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: 27.0 (9.0,9.0,9.0) cha cha cha to paso doble to “Scream“—Usher
  1. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 24.0 (8.0,8.0,8.0) quickstep/samba to “Sir Duke“—Stevie Wonder

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About Jana J. Monji

I've written for the Rafu Shimpo, LA Weekly, LA Times, Examiner.com and, more recently, the Pasadena Weekly and RogerEbert.com. I formerly worked for a dot-com more interested in yodeling than its customers.

Posted on November 6, 2012, in Apolo Anton Ohno, Dancing with the Stars: Season 15, Emmit Smith, Gilles Marini, Kelly Monaco, Kirstie Alley, Melissa Rycroft, Shawn Johnson. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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