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"Dancing With the Stars" Recap 3:  The All-Stars Are in Control

     No, Halloween didn't come early this year, silly!  This week the All-Stars are in creative control of their routines and it was a fantastic night of dancing, flying, strutting, and vamping it up!  The challenge was to take an iconic routine from the past, and reinvent it, adding their own special twist to it.  Let's see how they did.

     In the dreaded first position are Drew and Anna, taking on the first ever dance on DWTS, performed by Joey.  He better be able to dance this cha-cha better than any dance he has danced before.  It was a good dance, but nothing that made me say, "Oh, I HAVE to save him!"

Scores: (Carrie Ann-8, Len-8, Bruno-8)                    Total—24

     Flying into the next dance, (literally from the ceiling!), is Gilles and Peta. A dramatic tango from Erin Andrews originally, has Bruno exclaiming that Gilles is, "Fifty Shades of Gilles!"  Carrie Ann looks like she needs a cigarette after the number.  I wasn't as impressed this week, it was sexy, duh. But, the dance suffered.  Work on the dancing, but keep the smolder.

  Scores:  (Carrie Ann-8.5, Len-8.5, Bruno-8.5)                    Total—25.5  

     Melissa truly wants to challenge herself by taking on J.R. Martinez's samba.  It was fast, colorful, and she showed her limber self.  It paid off with her highest scores, and the highest scores of the season.

 Scores:  (Carrie Ann-9, Len-9, Bruno-9)                  Total—27

     Statues come to life in Apolo and Karina's rendition of Gilles foxtrot of seasons past.  Channeling his inner sexy, a seemingly more mature Apolo pulls off a beautiful, classy routine, with a few technical errors.  Funnyman Tom states that with the statues there, he is no longer the "whitest man in the room!"  Noted.

Scores:  (Carrie Ann-9, Len-8, Bruno-8.5)                            Total—25.5

     With a week off of General Hospital and more time to devote to practice, Kelly throws down the gauntlet to Val.  They will be taking on a paso double first done by Maks, Val's brother, and Laila Ali; because she thinks he can do it better.  What a dance, powerful, explosive, and not only her best ever, but their best together.  They tie for first place.

Scores:  (Carrie Ann-9, Len-9, Bruno-9)                   Total—27   

     And the winner for entertainment value, well, who do you expect?  Even though there was little dancing, the mere fact that Maks was prancing around the stage to "Moves Like Jagger"in a barely there pair of leggings, you have to love the creative factor.  Kirstie and Maks took on Carson Kressley's performance, and they nailed the fun.  The little cha-cha that was actually there was pretty good too, because that is a dance that she is good at.

 Scores:  (Carrie Ann-8, Len-8, Bruno-8)                  Total—24

     Sabrina and Louis tackled Mel B's paso double.  Unfortunately, they simply repeated it, and didn't add anything to it.  The challenge was to do something that had not been seen before.  She is an amazing dancer, so that wasn't the issue, it was just a great dance, and just boring on a night when boring is bad.  After hearing the comments, I was shocked at the scores.

 Scores:  (Carrie Ann-8.5, Len-8.5, Bruno-8.5)                                 Total—25.5

     Taking on Mario Lopez's paso double Emmitt and Cheryl come out in gold and glitter, fierce and fast.  Emmitt has now gone from Twinkle Toes to "Human Torpedo" dubbed by Carrie Ann, for sliding through Cheryl's legs, whew, didn't think that was going to happen!

Scores:  (Carrie Ann-8.5, Len-8, Bruno-8.5)                         Total—25

     Shoot. Dang it.  Helio started his quickstep out with such promise.  This is his best dance, and trying to interpret Apolo's original should have been a cake walk, or a zoot suit hoot!  Then he tripped over her dress, and never really recovered.  Imagine mine, and everyone I am sure, collective surprise when the scores were revealed.  I cry foul.  You have to punish errors, especially those so blatant, yes, even the most likable stars, but, the judges must want to keep him out of the bottom two of last week.

 Scores:  (Carrie Ann-8.5, Len-8.5, Bruno-8.5)                     Total—25.5

     In the pre-package Bristol melts down and accuses Mark of wishing he had another partner.  We see nothing about how "she" created this dance, from that I gather that she probably did not.  They make it to the floor recreating JoAnn's paso doble on a giant chess board.  She moved better, but her face is so one-dimensional, and she has a flat affect.  I think she should do as Anderson Cooper suggested on his show this morning, concentrate on finding a job.  No more reality TV for her.  Time to go, please.

Scores:  (Carrie Ann-7.5 Len-7.5, Bruno-7.5)                                   Total—22.5

     Oh my! Bouncing out on trampolines are Shawn and Derek! Stepping up Helio's quickstep, they break the rules, and are rewarded with being told that it is the best routine ever seen on the show!  In a dramatic ending, they "fall" off the stage and into the pit.  Told that they have to take off for breaking the rules on purpose, deductions follow.  This is what their freestyle is going to be like people!

Scores:  (Carrie Ann-9, Len-8, Bruno-9.5)                             Total—26.5

    My favorite three of the night were Shawn, Melissa, and Kirstie, and my least three were Bristol, Drew, and Helio.  I know, but, Kirstie brought a creative flair this week that was amazing, so I give it up to her.  What were your favorite moments? 

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"I am writing this blog as the winner of WRIC-TV8's Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars Super Blogger Contest. The opinions expressed in this blog are those of the author and do not reflect the opinions of WRIC-TV8, ABC, Dancing with the Stars or any their related persons."


Melissa Perrine is a married mother of three boys. In recent years, she has returned to school to get degrees in Grief Counseling and Substance Abuse Counseling, graduating this past May. When not leading the hectic life of a typical mom (with coffee on an IV drip!), she loves writing (encouraged by a former teacher) and reality shows…a perfect match! Read more of Melissa's writing about DWTS each Tuesday, and watch Dancing With the Stars on Tuesdays at 8, only on WRIC TV8!

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