Dancing With The Stars All-Stars returned to ABC on Monday night for a Veteran’s Day themed show and its second double elimination week of the season.
Military servicemen and women were in the crowd to watch the seven remaining All-Stars perform Veteran’s Day themed ballroom routines and Latin trio dances with various pro dancers. After last week’s non-elimination, scores were added to Monday night’s individual routines and triple points for trio dances.
This week on DWTS, fans saw the return of Derek Hough, a spectacular entrance by Apolo Anton Ohno, a Top Gun themed Quick Step, two perfect 10 scores, and one pair land perfect 30s across both routines.
It was a great way to pay tribute to all veterans across the country on such a special day.
Here’s how it all went down this week on Dancing With The Stars All-Stars:
Derek Hough and Shawn Johnson reunited after Hough’s injury the week before to open the show with a Viennese Waltz to Sarah McLachlan’s “In the Arms of an Angel”. Shawn admitted that she was worried about the emotional aspect of the performance. Despite her reservations, the two were brilliant and effortlessly elegant as they won over the judges for a score of 29.5 points on their first dance.
For the trio routine, Derek and Shawn were joined by Mark Ballas for a hot Samba. The heavy jungle beat was the perfect song choice for Shawn to use her gymnastics experience for a big flip finale. Despite what appeared to be a solid dance, the judges weren’t impressed. It was the most polarizing score of the night at 26 points. Combined total: 38+ 29.5 + 26 = 93.5.
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff danced the Tango for their most theatrical performance of the competition. Apolo made a grand, heroic entrance on a zipline before the two used the entire stage to give fans and judges a fun, energetic, and technically precise performance. For their first dance, Apolo and Karina walked away with 29.5 points.
Pro Sasha Farber joined Ohno and Smirnoff for a risky Jive that proved to be vibrant, sharp, and most importantly, in sync. The judges were impressed by their dance and the fact that they chose a male pro for the routine. For dance number two, Apolo and Karina were awarded 29 points. Combined total: 33 + 29.5 + 29 = 91 points.
Kirstie Alley and Maks Chemrkovskiy hit the ABC dance floor in wartime wardrobe for a Viennese Waltz to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Although Kirstie and Maks were more laid back this week, the emotional performance paid off. It was tight, controlled, and their best dance to date, which earned the pair 27 points on their first dance.
Tristan MacManus joined Kirstie and Maks for a pulse-pounding Paso Doble. At this point in the competition, it’s only a matter of time for Kirstie and Maks no matter who joins them. Although the judges weren’t quite as critical with their comments, Tom Bergeron cut Bruno short in mid-sentence. Oh Tom, you saucy devil, you. Unfortunately, the trio scored a low 24 points. Combined total: 28 + 27 + 24 = 79 points.
Kelly Monaco and Val Chemrkovskiy were back in action after topping the leaderboard last week in the dance-off. For their Viennese Waltz, Kelly and Val were in obvious fine form and keenly in tune with each other on Edwin McCain’s “I’ll Be”. With a score of 28 on their first dance, Kelly and Val maintained their position as contenders.
For the trio routine, Louis Van Amstel stepped in to help with their Jive. Although there were many transitions, Kelly handled them with ease. The General Hospital star even hopped on the judges’ table to give Len a cheeky kiss at the end the dance. It was enough for Kelly and Vall to walk away with 28.5 points. Combined total: 36 + 28 + 28.5 = 92.5 points.
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd returned to form with a slick Quick Step to the Kenny Loggins hit “Danger Zone” from the Top Gun soundtrack. Although the judges differed on the slight mistakes during ther routine, Gilles and Peta received their first two perfect 10 scores for a total of 29.5 points.
Chelsie Hightower joined Gilles and Peta for a lively Salsa trio. Despite a few minor mistakes, the high-kicking routine prompted 29 points from the judges. By the end of the night, Gilles and Peta remained in strong contention. Combined total: 33.5 + 29.5 + 29 = 92 points.
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke were the most elegant couple of the night with their Viennese Waltz. After faltering in the last few weeks, Emmitt and Cheryl were much looser on their waltz this week. Although Emmitt regained his form, a few bobbles cost the pair a couple of key points on a score of 28 points.
Kym Johnson joined Emmitt and Cheryl for a hot hip-swinging Salsa that proved to be this week’s biggest point grabber when the judges gave the trio perfect 30 scores across the table. Combined total: 34.5 + 28 + 30 = 92.5 points.
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani took on the Quick Step and killed their routine! The judges agreed since the duo were the only couple to score a perfect 30 on their first dance.
Henry Byalikov joined Melissa and Tony for a dominant and commanding Paso Doble. It was all about Melissa’s strength as a woman and dancer as she raised her game to new heights for another another perfect 30! Combined total: 39 + 30 + 30 = 99 points.
DWTS All-Stars Leaderboard
Melissa and Tony: 99
Shawn and Derek: 93.5
Emmitt and Karina: 92.5
Kelly and Val: 92.5
Gilles and Peta: 92
Kirstie and Maks: 79