Dancing with the Stars All-Stars was back on Monday as the ten remaining couples hit the dance floor in front of special guest judge Paula Abdul.
As it turned out on Monday night, fans saw the first perfect 10 scores of the season.
Picking up from last week’s Dancing with the Stars, each All-Star couple was assigned a style of dance by another competing pair. The new routines not only proved to be a challenge for the celebrities but also for their professional partners. Still, a few of the heavily favored couples danced their way to near perfect scores and proved that they were still the teams to beat.
Fan favorite Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were up first with the Charleston. After somewhat of an awkward entrance that saw the former Cheers star burst out of a cake, Kirstie and Maks gave another fun performance but finished with the lowest score of the evening at 30. Say it ain’t so Kirstie!
Although Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas were given a fun rock and roll themed number, Bristol refused to incorporate the harder techniques needed to advance on the leaderboard. As a result, Paula Abdul could only be honest and on point. “If you don’t push boundaries,” said Abdul, “they’ll push you … and maybe not in the direction you want to go.”
Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel hit the ABC dance floor next with a disco routine had everyone recalling the late ’70s. Although Sabrina and Louis could only muster up a 35.5 from the judges, the pair were all smiles with their own Monday night disco fever.
Dancing a bolero routine, Emmitt Smith and partner Cheryl Burke gave a steamy performance that left the women inside the ABC ballroom salivating for more. Despite a solid routine, Emmitt and Cheryl landed in the middle of the pack with a score of 36.
Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars All-Stars, however, was partly owned by Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd who tied for the lead with a near flawless Bollywood number. Although it was the first time ever that Peta and Gilles had danced Bollywood, their efforts paid off with the judges to score the first perfect 10s of the season. Paula Abdul was the only hold out with a 9.5. It was enough to propel Gilles and Peta to the top of the scoreboard. Their dance was “hotter than a curry,” according to Len Goodman.
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani tried to keep pace with a jitterbug but fell a few points shy of the top couples on Monday night. After a slew of lifts and flips, Melissa and Tony deserved better than 37 points.
As the DWTS night continued, Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough matched Gilles and Peta with a sexy mambo. Shawn was able to use her Olympic gymnastics experience on several impressive tricks to wow the judges and land three perfect 10s to keep pace with Gilles and Peta. At this stage of All-Stars competition, it appears that Shawn and Gilles are setting the pace.
Unfortunately for Olympic speedskater Apolo Anton Ohno, he and Karina Smirnoff had trouble with hip-hop. Even Karina felt like they could have done a bit better as she cried a few tears and told Apolo that she let him down. Karina, it wasn’t that bad.
Rounding out the All-Stars night, Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy handled contemporary dance with ease while ditching their clothes for undies. Kelly and Val channeled their inner Mia Michaels and earned rave reviews from the judges to land near the top with 37.5.
Here’s a look at the leaderboard after Monday night’s Dancing with the Stars All-Stars with Paula Abdul:
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd: 39.5
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: 39.5
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy: 37.5
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: 37
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: 36
Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel: 35.5
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff: 34.5
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: 32
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 30