'Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars': Double trouble
Kirstie Alley and Gilles Marini head home
After a long stretch with no eliminations, we said goodbye to two couples this week: Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy and Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd. Gilles didn't seem too surprised, but he sure was disappointed. He called Peta an angel and then thanked his wife for her support. Aww.
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Kirstie and Maks were eliminated first, and they took it awfully well. Kirstie said doing the show a second time was special to her because she learned more about dancing. She thanked Maks for his patience, and gave shout outs to the judges and fans as well.
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Next week we'll see another double elimination, so the pressure is on for the remaining stars.
Here's how each of our stars did this week:
Melissa scored perfect 30s in both rounds this week. Her quickstep was fun, if a bit cookie-cutter, and her paso doble prompted Bruno to dub her a "whip-cracking queen bee." Last week Melissa was at her best with a sexy tango/cha-cha routine. She and Tony also came in first in the swing dance marathon! Obviously she was a shoo-in for the semifinals.
Shawn and Derek danced an emotional Viennese waltz that was romantic, but came awfully close to being schmaltzy and a "trio" samba that polarized the judges. Adding in Shawn's perfect tango/paso doble routine with Marc last week left her close to the top of the leaderboard.
Kelly's Viennese waltz was simply gorgeous, and her punchy jive showed off her amazing legs and impeccable timing. Last week, Kelly and Val's foxtrot/cha-cha was a smash, and they placed second in the swing marathon. At the end of both rounds, they were tied with Emmitt and Cheryl for third on the judges' leaderboard.
Emmitt's Viennese waltz had a sexy edge that was a refreshing change from the usual, and he and Cheryl danced a salsa with Kym Johnson that was also sexy, but more in an '80s music video way. Emmitt rocked the rumba/samba last week, and he and Cheryl came in fourth in the swing round.
Apolo Anton Ohno
Apolo's intense tango was so focused he was a bit frightening to watch, and his "Grease"-themed jive was full of energy. He did a great job staying in sync with Sasha Farber. Looking back to last week, Apolo and Karina's spicy cha-cha/paso doble routine was a tough dance that never let up for a minute. Combined with their swing round score they landed square in the middle of the leaderboard, but we know that votes count just as much.
Who won the week: Melissa
Who needs to step it up: Apolo
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Emmitt will win the mirror ball.
Any doubters should check the TV ratings for Sunday, Monday and Thursday to see the overwhelming popularity pro football has in this country.
Or playback The Chelsea Kane and Katherine Jenkins seasons. They were the best dancers yet they lost to NFL footballers Hines Ward and Donald Driver.
I will not be watching now that Gilles is gone. He is so much better than any of the others.
Frankly I am tired of Emmitt and Kelly too. I think they didn't want Peta to win again so soon
and Tony has not won nor has Melissa so they will be the ball winners.
It used to be less predictable but now it has become something else than a real contest.
The vendetta between Len and Derek are silly. Len put Max in his place last season
and any creativity on Mark's part gets shot down too when he tries anything new. Shawn is
a gymnast not a dancer so she could have gone also.
I am done with this show. I think it has past its prime on the voting issue alone. The music and guests are still terrific