Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

Dancing with the Stars Episode: "Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars"

Season 15, Episode 16
Episode Synopsis: The ninth week of performances features the contestants dancing to songs from Michael Jackson's "Bad" album, as well as taking on dances styles that are new to them.
Original Air Date: Nov 19, 2012

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, Nov. 19, 2012 Season 15, Episode 16

It's semifinals time! Dancing with the Stars' top five perform two numbers, including an ode to Michael Jackson. Did Tony's bad back take him out? Who dethroned Melissa from the top of the leader board? Find out below!

Guys, we're so close, yet so far. Remember the good ol' days when Thanksgiving week was finals week? Sigh. Now we have our first-ever five-person final and there will be another double elimination tomorrow. Two dances on tap: Round 1 is those crazy dances they picked for each other last week and Round 2 is an unlearned dance to a Michael Jackson tune to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Bad. Katherine Jackson's even in the house. And she's so not impressed.

Tony injured his back in rehearsals Sunday and had an MRI Monday morning... and he's OK! I'm pretty sure he would die dancing out there given how much he adores Melissa and how this season's going.

Round 1
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: "Caveman" hustle

Melissa's goal was to make it to Week 4 this season. Ha. Raise your hand if you thought she'd be out in the first five weeks. "I'm the only one left who knows what it's like to lose," she says. They couldn't even get through one routine in stage rehearsals when Tony goes down. Fortunately, doctors have cleared him to dance. "Clearly, it's impacted his fashion sense," Tom quips of his prehistoric garb. Barbaric (in more ways than one) fashion aside, this is a passable dance. The cavemen parts are cheeky, pun fully intended — Tony plays drums on her ass. The hustle is kind of eh and Melissa still seems allergic to Tony's body for some reason. Len says it was a hustle without the hassle. Bruno says it's the most effective use of animal skin since Raquel Welch, but says she lost timing. Carrie Ann loves the caveman section more than the hustle.
Score: 27.5

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: "Knight Rider" Bhangra
"I'd rather have mustard on ice cream," Derek says of the dance combo. He brings in an outside choreographer for some pointers. Mr. Choreography can't hack it himself?!? The Mayans were right. Where's The Hoff for this milestone dance? I have no idea what a bhangra is supposed to look like, but this one is super-spastic and kinetic. It's a fun routine and chock full of kicks, squats, flips and basically every type of contortion you can do with your hands and feet. Bruno gives Shawn a hug and calls it a mega hit. Carrie Ann can't believe that Shawn is finally out of breath. Len says, "Miss Dynamite was fantastic."
Score: 30

Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff: "Big Top" Jazz

They put in the most hours they've ever put in this week: 45 hours. Then how did you make it to the American Music Awards last night, dude?! AMAs trump rehearsals? Apolo's struggling to remember the steps in rehearsals and lands open-crotch on Karina. "I just sunk my own Battleship," he says. But not your humor! It starts inauspiciously: Apolo slips at the beginning. He recovers, but like with Karina's hip-hop fall, it's thrown them off a little. They've got a mime theme going on, but the whole routine never really engages with the crowd, and I swear Apolo almost took Karina out with a leg swipe at one point. Still, it is very creative and acrobatic. Carrie loves the movement, but found it disjointed. Len calls Apolo a fighter. Bruno calls it a "blend of Cirque du Soleil and A Clockwork Orange" and says he would give a 10 if it were not for the slip.
Score: 27

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: "Espionage" Lindy hop

Emmitt's going to be the good guy and Cheryl's going to be the villain trying to blow up the Mirrorball trophy. Blasphemy! This is the most entertaining number so far — just lively and animated all around. The concept is brilliant and Emmitt is rightfully goofy, but he's still not doing much dancing — just his usual standing, lifting and twirling of Cheryl, and this time lots of running to shoo away a bomb (conveniently labeled "BOMB"). Len wanted more Lindy hop, but likes the whole package. Bruno calls it a Looney Tunes version of James Bond. Carrie Ann goes into Looney Tunes speak praising Emmitt.
Score: 27

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy: "Surfer" flamenco

Look at Val being a drill sergeant in rehearsals! Taking over for Maks! Kelly even curses at him. Ah, is the honeymoon over? This is uber-intense — for a paso doble. Seriously, did they think they got a "surfer" paso? There's a lot of jerky, staccato arm swipes and aggressive stomps. And the surfer part? They strip halfway through to a one-piece and a very tight Speedo. Oh, Val, so literal. Bruno says Kelly was upstaged by the Speedo, but says her placement wasn't there. Carrie Ann agrees that it was paso-y. Len says they went all in. Val says it's, ahem, cold in there.
Score: 25.5

Round 2
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: Argentine tango

They're dancing to "Dirty Diana." Melissa still needs to work on her hold with Tony, but she, or more specifically her legs, is working this routine. It's sensuous, smoky, and the lifts are downright insane. It is, however, too much on the smooth side, but the judges are gonna eat it up, as they have with basically everything Melissa's done since Sabrina's elimination. Coincidence? Len says he'd be disappointed if Melissa's not here next week. Bruno says she was possessed and begs America to vote for her. Carrie Ann calls her magnificent. "I can't believe you're the underdog," she says.
Score: 30
Total: 57.5

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: Argentine tango

They have "Bad." And this is anything but! See what I did there? Thanks, I'm here all week. Actually, no, since it's Thanksgiving this week. Unlike Melissa's, this is dramatic, sharp, tight, and Shawn's leg extensions are killer. And shocker! They don't go for the crazy lifts! Bruno calls it breathtaking. Carrie Ann says Shawn's movement was perfect, but she lacked emotion. Len disagrees and says she nailed the routine and sold it.
Score: 29
Total: 59

Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff: rumba

They have "Man in the Mirror," and this routine is just what the Mirrorball melder ordered for Apolo. At first, I was annoyed that Apolo didn't get Argentine tango because I'm dying to see him do that and it's a much showier dance. The rumba is far more understated, but he is owning this. It's romantic, lyrical, flow-y, cresting at all the right points, and Apolo's lines are gorgeous. The subtlety and softness are positively sublime. I swear I'm not fan-girling. "You reached into my heart and melted it," Carrie Ann says. Len says it was "wave after wave" of emotion. Bruno says it's perfectly pitched.
Score: 30
Total: 57


Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: tango
They have "Leave Me Alone." And it's more of the same from Emmitt. Seriously, has he improved at all since the premiere? He's the only one who hasn't had a breakthrough dance the show/judges loves to give everyone as part of their arc. (And no, I do not count that salsa.) I give him credit for attacking the dance, but his footwork is sloppy and his frame is wobbly. Len says Emmitt coped well with an aggressive dance. Uh, we don't give As for effort here. Bruno says his footwork was off. Carrie Ann concurs.
Score: 27
Total: 54

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy: rumba

Aw, poor Kelly! She was embarrassed for winning Season 1 because she wasn't the best dancer. I love how the show completely ignores the fact that they made her do that dance-off with John "Sore Loser" O'Hurley. But she's grateful Val has taught her dance fundamentals. Hope Alec isn't watching this. They have "I Just Can't Stop Loving You" and the honeymoon is back on! It's steamy and full of sexual tension, just like how we like our Kelly and Val. It's a little rougher than Apolo and Karina's, but again, it's Kelly and Val. What do you expect? "Were you still feeling cold in here?" Tom asks Val afterward. Dirty Berge! Bruno says it was driven by desire. Carrie Ann loves the vulnerability. Len likes the light and shade.
Score: 28.5
Total: 54


Shawn and Derek are at the top with 59, and Emmitt and Cheryl, and Kelly and Val are tied for last with 54. Remember, two couples go home Tuesday.

What do you think? Do you like how the random dances came out? Are you any closer to understanding what a bhangra is (other than it's the one thing that can make the indefatigable Shawn breathless)? Do you want to play drums on Melissa's butt? Was the true star of the show Val's Speedo? (Yes, obviously.) How cold is it in the ballroom? Who do you think will make the semifinals?

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It's semifinals time! Dancing with the Stars' top five perform two numbers, including an ode to Michael Jackson. Did Tony's bad back take him out? Who dethroned Melissa from the top of the leader board? Find out below!
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