Cowboy boots, big belts, and lots of twang in Hollywood, welcome to Country Week on DWTS! Who will excel and who will falter at this challenge? There is also a group dance at the end of the night that is normally just for fun, but, this time it is for 2 (valuable) extra points for one couple! All of the Pros and All-Stars made a point of keeping us East-coasters in their thoughts and prayers, and I for one, more than appreciate the shout out. How did everyone do at the hoe-down? Let's find out!
Gilles and Peta are doing a cha-cha to "Man, I Feel Like a Woman," and first, you have to get past the ghastly mesh shirt that Gilles had on. After that, it was his normal exciting routine, with a couple of missed steps, and what Carrie Ann called, "T-Rex hands." He is a star who is always humble and probably doesn't realize exactly how great he is.
Scores: (Carrie Ann-9, Len-9, Bruno-9.5) Total—27.5 (Total overall)-84/90
Sabrina and Louis are next with a Rumba designed to tell a story of a relationship from her past. Needing to show her vulnerable side, this is the night to do it. She nailed it. She was graceful, beautiful, and you could feel her vulnerability. Dance should touch the dancer and the viewer, and this did. They scored the first 30 of the season, and it was much deserved.
Scores: (Carrie Ann-10, Len-10, Bruno-10) Total—30 (Total overall)-88.5/90
A tango is next from Kelly and Val, and she is channeling "Gone With The Wind" in her red ballroom gown. Carrie Ann said that it was a nice comeback, but, I still fail to see any joy from her. She never smiles, never looks like she is having any fun at all. There was a long kiss at the end, (showmance) and Val looked more into that than she did! I need to watch General Hospital and see if she is a good actress, because I just don't get it.
Scores: (Carrie Ann-9, Len-9, Bruno-9) Total—27 (Total overall)-78.5/90
Bringing the Viennese Waltz to the ballroom is Melissa and Tony, although she is hurting and worried about her neck. More than worried about herself, she doesn't want to let Tony down. The performance is set around a campfire and it is breathtaking. Melissa is lovely in her solo, expressive, gentle, and as Bruno said, "exquisite." Tony had not received a 10 since season 8, (with Melissa), but he saw them again tonight, and they were earned! This is a couple that works together and really flows creatively.
Scores: (Carrie Ann-9.5, Len-10, Bruno-10) Total—29.5 (Total overall)-86/90
We were able to see true country moves in Shawn and Derek's cha-cha. Shawn injured her knee during rehearsal and it was said that they may have to tone it back a bit, but, her "toned back" is amazing! Shawn is a firecracker, and she explodes on the floor. Carrie Ann stated that her solo was a little stiff, which was true, but, she was injured. Len called the whole routine "frippery" and he didn't seem to enjoy it. He didn't like last week either, which was amazing. I don't get it. Everyone had "props" and "gimmicks" this week and last. There have been big cows, parrots, couches, why is he picking on these two, who are outstanding dancers? I hope he takes a "be nice to Derek pill," or at least a "be fair to Derek pill" next week.
Scores: (Carrie Ann-9.5, Len-8.5, Bruno-10) Total—28 (Total overall)-84.5/90
Kirstie and Maks did a rumba that was simple, but sexy. Her solo was the best part, as she
looked relaxed and at ease. There were no gimmicks, and no "acting". I have to remind myself
that she is 60 years old, and she is keeping up with the younger stars. She performed this
routine with passion and from the heart.
Scores: (Carrie Ann-9.5, Len-8.5, Bruno-8.5) Total—27.5+2(group) (Total overall)-82/90
Another Viennese Waltz from Apolo and Karina who need to redeem themselves from last week. They are dedicating this performance to the people in their lives who have/had to struggle with cancer. This week they were able to beautifully connect as a couple, and were in perfect sync with the music. It almost looked like they forgot we were watching. They were able to collect the second set of all 10's.
Scores: (Carrie Ann-10, Len-10, Bruno-10) Total—30 (Total overall)-86.5/90
Emmitt and Cheryl attempt a foxtrot on country night, and it is not his best dance. They fumble and lose footing through most of the routine. The best part of it is his solo where he really comes alive. He is full of energy, and "throws down" country style. He is so full of personality that he may be safe, because there are a couple of others that are less than great dancers, and also do not look like they are enjoying themselves (ok, maybe just one).
Scores: (Carrie Ann-8.5, Len-8.5, Bruno-9.5) Total—26.5 (Total overall)-82.5/90
Big and Rich and Cowboy Troy are here for the final group routine, which is normally just for fun, but, this time includes two extra points for one couple. There are too many couples to judge on technical merits, so clearly, it is just entertainment value at this point. Everyone has a few seconds on their own, and the winner of the two bonus points is Kirstie and Maks, who looks appropriately shocked! They spent their time with her spanking his booty!
Sabrina and Louis, Melissa and Tony, and Apolo and Karina were outstanding this week, but, scores also include last week. I think Kelly and Emmitt may be in trouble, but, it is up to how many fans they really have. What have been your favorite moments of the last two weeks? Who do you think is going home?
"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!
301 Arboretum Place, Richmond
Can't find something?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.