It was a wild and crazy night in the ballroom on “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars” as “10s” made their first appearances on the judges’ panel, pros fell, Bollywood reigned supreme and a broken toe couldn’t stop one “contemporary” dancer.
It was also a night of a four-panel judges’ dais, as special guest Paul Abdul put on her dancing shoes to help score the contestants.
When all the craziness settles, it was a night filled with wow factor.
Soon after judge Bruno Tonioli declared “A BOLLYWOOD STAR IS BORN!” Gilles Marini and his pro partner Peta Murgatroyd earned a near-perfect score with their fabulous Bollywood dance routine. Marini proved there’s pretty much no dance style he can’t conquer, earning 10s from Carrie Ann Inaba, guest judge Paula Abdul and the aforementioned Tonioli. Only head judge Len Goodman gave them a 9.5 for their efforts. Still don’t understand what he down-scored.
Of course, this is the same judge who praised Bristol Palin’s flat-footed rock n roll routine earlier in the night, a routine that was more Lindy hop and jive than rock n roll, but no matter. Palin earned a 32 out of 40 for her flat-footed effort on the dance floor. It wasn’t a bad routine that she and partner Mark Ballas turned out; there just wasn’t a whole lotta rock n roll goin’ on.
Shawn Johnson and her partner Derek Hough tied Gilles with their score of 39.5 for a fiery mambo that had the judges simply beside themselves with praise.
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff weather a scary moment during their routine as Karina slipped and slammed onto the dance floor during their hip-hop routine. It look so very painful, though Karina said her tears at the end of the routine were all for her feeling like she let Apolo down. The unfortunate fall cost them dearly in the scores, earning a 34.5 for a routine that was pretty exciting (had it not been for the fall).
Kelly Monaco danced with a broken toe (suffered earlier in the day) in a contemporary dance routine that would make Twyla Tharp take notice. Gotta admit, this was probably the most difficult dance genre of the night on so many levels, and Monaco and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy nailed it. And they proved there is some REAL chemistry happening between the two. Their very emotional routine earned 37.5 points from the judges.
Kirstie Alley proved she was up to the task of the Charleston, literally jumping out of a cake to get things started with partner Maks Chmerkovskiy. It was fun and spirited and it earned her a score of 30 out of 40.
Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel gave it their best disco shot on this night, but could only manage a 35.5 for their final score.
Cheryl Burke and Emmitt Smith continued to wow with a slow and sexy bolero that was positively steamy. “Lovely” and “fluid” were some of the comments used by the judges to describe the dance that was a new one for both Burke and Smith, who used the help of an outside choreographer (it was allowed this week for the pros who’d never danced their assigned dances before) to nail down the choreography. Their score: 36 out of 40.
Melissa Rycroft and her partner Tony Dovolani scored a 37 for their jitterbug that was playful and lively, but not as snappy as the judges perhaps anticipated from this, one of their favorite couples.
So who should go home Tuesday night? It should be lowest-scoring (again) Bristol Palin as her dance was just not up to the level of the rest. Will her fan base yet again come to her rescue?