Celebs choose dances for next step in 'Dancing with the Stars' competition

Written By Sun-Times Wire Posted: 10/09/2012, 08:52pm

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For the first time in the history of “Dancing with the Stars,” the celebs and their partners got to choose the dances for the other competitors for next week’s show.

There should have been strategy in play (stick it to your rival or play nice?), but some of the choices proved less than smart moves by some of the dancing duos.

To wit: next week’s dance line up will play out thusly:

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas selected “Bollywood” dance for Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd;

Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy selected “disco dance” for Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel;

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy selected the bolero for rivals Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke;

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani selected hip-hop for Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff;

Apolo and Karina seleted the jitterbug for Melissa and Tony;

Emmitt and Cheryl selected “contemporary dance for Kelly and Val;

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough selected the “Broadway” dance for Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower;

Sabrina and Louis selected the Charleston for Kirstie and Max;

Bristol and Mark were left with “rock ‘n’ roll’ dance as the last of the bunch.

This was after Drew Lachey (season two champ) was sent packing from the ballroom as the first casualty of a double-elimination results show.

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