Dancing with the Stars All-Stars returned on Monday for Dance Fusions during a week in which the celebrities and dancers were impacted by Hurricane Sandy.
For the seventh week of Dancing with the Stars All-Stars, the pairs were tasked with fusing two different ballroom styles with one song to make up one routine. It was a tough task for both the pro dancers and the remaining All-Stars since the Dance Fusions required something extra and unique within the integrity of each individual style.
Although the All-Stars were back for this week’s Dancing with the Stars, Hurricane Sandy wasn’t far from the minds of everyone. As we learned, practice time was cut short this week in favor of aiding in the relief effort.
So, were the Dance Fusions too much too handle? For some, yes. For others, no. It was all a matter of focus, determination and timing before they hit the ABC dance floor.
First, however, pro dancers Louis Van Amstel, Anna Trebunskaya, Kym Johnson, and Tristan MacManus danced a fusion example routine choreographed by weekly Troupe member Henry Byalikov before the competition began and the first swing marathon got underway later in the night.
For the dance marathon, which immediately followed the fusions, the pairs hit the floor in order to be the last couple on their feet for scores that would later be added to their final total. With Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy bowing out first for a score of 4, the totals followed in order before the last couple standing earned 10. As it turned out, Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani danced away with an additional 10 points after winning the marathon at the end of the show.
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff began the night with a Cha Cha – Paso Doble combo to impress the judges with scores of 9 across the table.
Throw in their 6 points from the marathon and the pair ended the night with a final combined score of 33.
Emmett Smith and Cheryl Burke were pretty in pink for their Rumba – Samba. Smith’s loose hips and elegant lines had the judges cheering along with Emmett’s wife. Emmett edged out Apolo for a score of 27.5 after an 8.5 from Carrie Ann, and two scores of 9.5 from Len and Bruno.
Add 7 from the marathon and Emmitt and Cheryl finished the night with 34.5.
Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy took on a challenging Quick Step – Samba combo. Although Kirstie and Maks received three 8 scores from the judges, their practice time was spent helping victims of Hurricane Sandy. When people need help, dancing comes second.
Kirstie and Maks finished the night with 24 for their combo and 4 from the marathon for a total of 28.
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy danced a difficult Foxtrot – Cha Cha fusion to become the most improved pair of the week. Their focus and hard work paid off with the judges who awarded all 9 scores across the table.
With an added 9 points from the marathon, Kelly and Val ended the night with a total score of 36.
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani climbed from the bottom of the pack a week earlier to perform a Tango – Cha Cha. The two put last week’s low scores behind them and left it all on the dance floor. Melissa and Tony returned to form this week after receiving a perfect 10 from Carrie Ann and 9.5 from both Len and Bruno.
With 29 for the night and an additional 10 from their marathon victory, Melissa and Tony scored big on the board at 39.
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough battled injuries this week that forced Derek to sit out during practice sessions for Monday night’s performance. Luckily Shawn’s season eight partner, Mark Ballas, was available after he and Bristol Palin were eliminated a few weeks ago. Johnson and Ballas hit the ABC dance floor for a Tango – Paso Doble fusion that became the night’s stand-out performance.
Although Shawn and Mark received perfect scores of 10 across the judge’s table, their 8 points from the marathon put them one point behind Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovalini on the leaderboard at 38.
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd danced a Disco themed Argentine Tango – Samba fusion for the final routine of the evening. As front-runners all season, Gilles and Peta held form to maintain their position at the top of the leaderboard with three 9.5 scores from the judges.
Despite their strong fusion score of 28.5, Gilles and Peta bowed out of the marathon with only 5 points to leave them with a final combined total of 33.5.
Next week, it’s another double elimination as the votes carry over.
Leaderboard Scores (including marathon)
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani – 39
Shawn Johnson and Mark Ballas/Derek Hough – 38
Kelly Monaco Chmerkovskiy – 36
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke – 34.5
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd – 33.5
Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff – 33
Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy – 28
What did you think of this week’s Dancing with the Stars All-Stars?