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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.

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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 All-Stars: Foxtrot

The full leader board for Monday night:

  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

Foxtrot

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

DWTS: Original dances

Mel B and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

  • Season 5
  • Week 7
  • Paso Doble
  • “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue
  • Score: 30

Kyle Massey and Lacey Schwimmer

  • Season 11
  • Week 7
  • Score: 35 (10, 9, 8, 9)

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke

  • Season 3
  • Week 3
  • Tango
  • “Simply Irresistible” by Robert Palmer
  • Score: 19

Kurt Warner and Anna Trebunskaya

  • Season 11
  • Week 7
  • Score: 34 (10, 8, 8, 8)

Kelly Osbourne and Louis van Amstel

  • Season 9
  • Week 1
  • Viennese Waltz
  • “Trouble” by Ray LaMontagne
  • Score: 23

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas

  • Season 11
  • Week 7
  • Score: 33 (9, 8, 8, 8)

Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough

  • Season 5
  • Week 8
  • Quickstep
  • “Hey Pachuco” by Royal Crown Revue
  • Score: 30

Rick Fox and Cheryl Burke

  • Season 11
  • Week 7
  • Score: 37 (10, 9, 9, 9)

Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke

  • Season 9
  • Week 9
  • Foxtrot
  • “Fever” by Peggy Lee
  • Score: 29

Brandy and Maksim Chmerkovskiy

  • Season 11
  • Week 7
  • Score: 37 (9, 10, 9, 9)

Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke

  • Season 2
  • Week 6
  • Tango
  • “Shut Up” by the Black Eyed Peas
  • Score: 30

Jennifer Grey and Derek Hough

  • Season 11
  • Week 7
  • Score: 37 (10, 9, 9, 9)

DWTS Top Ten Dances

Number 10:

  • Freestyle: Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas
  • Season 8
  • “Do Your Thing” by Basement Jaxx
  • Score: 30
  • Finished first. (Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke second)

Number 9:

  • Argentine tango: Donny Osmond and Kym Johnson
  • Season 9
  • “Tango a Pugliese”—Orquesta Color Tango de Roberto Alvarez
  • Score: 29 and then 30 for the finals
  • Finished: First

Number 8:

  • Quickstep: Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough
  • Season 5
  • “Hey Pachuco” by Royal Crown Revue
  • Score: 30
  • Finished: First

Number 7:

  • Freestyle: Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough
  • Season 4
  • “Bust a Move” by Young MC
  • Score: 30
  • Finish: First

Number 6:

  • Paso doble: Joanna Krupa and Derek Hough
  • Season 9
  • “Living on Video” by Trans-X
  • Score: 29
  • Finished: Fourth

Number 5:

  • Paso doble: Mel B and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
  • Season 5
  • “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue
  • Score: 30
  • Finished: Second. First was Helio Castroneves and Julianne Hough

Number 4:

  • Paso doble: Nicole Scherzinger and Derek Hough.
  • Season 10
  • “Spanish Guitar” by Bo Diddley
  • Score: 30
  • Finished: First

Number 3:

  • Samba: Apolo Anton Ohno and Julianne Hough
  • Season 4
  • “I Like to Move It” by Reel 2 Real
  • Score: 30
  • Finish: First

Number 2:

  • Argentine tango: Gilles Marini and Cheryl Burke
  • Season 8
  • “Assassin’s Tango” by John Powell
  • Score: 30
  • Finished second.

Number 1:

  • Freestyle: Drew Lachey and Cheryl Burke
  • Season 2
  • “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy)” by Big & Rich
  • Score: 30
  • Finished: First