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Dancing With the Stars is considered by many people to be a “guilty pleasure,” so it’s “Guilty Pleasure Week” on Dancing With the Stars: All Stars. The couples not only danced to a song each celebrity considered to be their guilty pleasure, but they also participated in a first-ever Freestyle Team Dance. The teams were chosen last week, and one team had to perform a routine to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe,” while the other team tackled a “Gangnam Style” dance.
Kelly Monaco and Val started the night with a steamy samba to Cher Lloyd’s “Want You Back.” Kelly redefined ballroom sexiness in a black leather dress and matching black leather ankle boots. The judges had mixed reviews. Len thought it was too “raunchy” and Bruno loved it (of course!). The result was a total score of 24.5 points out of 30.
Gilles Marini chose to dance to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You” because it reminds him of his younger years with “the ladies.” Gilles and Peta danced a breathtaking Rumba dressed for the part with Gilles cast as the bodyguard of Peta, a Hollywood starlet. Carrie Ann was so overwhelmed with excitement that she literally fell out of her chair! Always a gentleman, Gilles helped Carrie Ann to her feet. The couple received a total of 29.5 points.
Kirstie Alley’s guilty pleasure song was “Mrs. Robinson” by Simon & Garfunkel. Apparently channeling her inner cougar brought out the best in her, because Kirstie and Max’s Quickstep was dubbed her “best dance” by Carrie Ann and Len. Kirstie admitted that she had been struggling at this point in the competition, but she was rewarded with a total of 25.5 points from the judges.
I can relate to Emmitt Smith’s song choice, “Copacabana” by Barry Manilow. I’m not ashamed to confess that I dance around my kitchen while listening to this song all the time! Emmitt and Cheryl’s spicy Samba earned praise from the judges, and Carrie Ann almost fell out of her chair again. The couple received a total of 29 points, their highest score of this season.
Clad in cheerleader and football player outfits, the first team dance was performed by Sabrina Bryan and Louie; Melissa Rycroft and Tony; Shawn Johnson and Derek; and Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina. With daring lifts, courageous tosses, and even a pyramid-like final pose, this dance was worthy of a half-time show. “Call Me Maybe” is still stuck in my head; thanks a lot, DWTS! This team certainly scored with the judges and received a total of 29.5 points.
Back in solo action, Melissa Rycroft and Tony performed an intoxicating Tango to “Toxic” by Britney Spears. Melissa suffered a herniated disc in her neck during rehearsals for the team dance, but she showed almost no sign of injury as she moved sharply across the ballroom floor while wearing a gorgeous gold and silver fringe gown with a red bob wig. The couple earned a total of 27 points.
Shawn Johnson’s partner Derek encouraged her to allow her emotions to be seen in their Rumba to the Titanic theme song, “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. In a beautiful ocean-inspired Grecian gown, Shawn glided across the dance floor. The performance was made even more convincing by the fact that Derek actually resembled Leonardo DiCaprio’s Jack! Bruno called it, “Touching and romantic, absolutely stunning,” but Carrie Ann scolded the couple for what she considered an illegal lift, prompting host Tom Bergeron to announce, “Tonight, Carrie Ann plays the part of the iceberg.” They received a total score of 27 points, including a perfect ten from Bruno.
Rebounding from partner Karina’s fall during last week’s dance, Apolo Anton Ohno pushed himself to the limits with a very challenging routine. The couple danced a sexy Samba to “Give It to Me Baby" by Rick James. Apolo looked ready for, well I’m not really sure, but he was wearing a silk leopard print buttoned down shirt with white pants. Carrie Ann expressed disappointment in the couple’s chemistry, but Len enjoyed their performance (I guess he doesn’t mind “raunchy” anymore?). The judges gave Apolo and Karina a total of 27 points.
The final solo dance was a Waltz performed by Sabrina Bryan and Louie. Sabrina wore a complete Cinderella ballgown costume accompanied by Louie in a Prince Charming outfit, in keeping with song choice: “So This Is Love,” the theme from the movie Cinderella. Their performance was very sweet, with a special touch added at the end by a clock striking midnight as Sabrina ran away. The judges fell in love and the couple received a total of 29 points.
Next up, Team “Gangham Style:” Gilles Marini and Peta; Kelly Monaco and Val; Emmitt Smith and Cheryl; and Kirstie Alley and Max. These couples are obviously connected to each other (family, friends, “more-than-friends”), so it was exciting to watch them perform together! It certainly didn’t look promising for this team during early rehearsals, but they (sort of) managed to pull it together. The couples started off in brightly colored suits, which were promptly discarded. How did Gilles dancing in a towel not get a 10 from Carrie Ann? Or Bruno?! The team’s score was a total of 27 points. At least they had fun.
There was no elimination round this week. Each couple’s individual dance score will be combined with their team dance score and added to next week’s scores for a grand total, combined with audience votes of course! Next week is Country Week, so Gilles will probably not end up in his underwear. Kelly and Val are at the bottom of the leader board (what?!), so we can look forward to an incredible performance by these two next week to keep them in the competition!