Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

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

Season 15, Episode 3
Episode Synopsis: The second week of performances features contestants performing the jive or the quickstep.
Original Air Date: Oct 1, 2012

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, Oct. 1, 2012 Season 15, Episode 3

Dancing with the Stars' top 12 are back with their Week 2 dances. How did they stack up to their debut performances?

It's gonna be a fast one tonight, guys. No, not the show (I wish!) — the dances. The quickstep and the jive are on tap, so let's get  to it.

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: jive
Melissa never did the jive her first season because of an injured rib, so she wants to redeem herself since it "broke my heart" last time. Someone please tell her there are worst and more heartbreaking things in life than not doing a dance. This is a great routine though: energetic, fast and fun. Melissa gets a little out of sync in some sequences, but her technique is good overall. And the biggest news of all: Tony actually came up with some inventive choreography! Len says they set the bar high. Bruno calls her the fastest girl in town. Not a euphemism. He starts to actually, you know, critique, only to incur the wrath of Len. Is this The Twilight Zone? "Don't you love getting Len mad on your behalf?" The Berge asks Melissa and Tony. Carrie Ann loves it.
Score: 23.5

Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas: quickstep
Bristol chose to dance to Gretchen Wilson's "Redneck Woman" because "this song is, like, me." Like, totally! She brings Mark to a shooting range to show him her redneckness. "Being at the shooting range triggered something in me to do really well in this competition," she says. Pun intended! This is half-square dance and half-really slow quickstep. Actually, it's not a quickstep at all. Did Mark borrow a page from Derek's How to Break Dancing Rules Because They Don't Apply to Me book? Bruno calls it "the quickstep goes Gangnam style in the wild, wild West." Um, what? Carrie Ann slams them for breaking hold. Len likes the enthusiasm, but agrees about the hold and says the technique was "lowdown."
Score: 18

Helio Castroneves and Chelsie Hightower: jive
Helio brings Chelsie to his turf, the racetrack, since the jive is about being fast and all. She screams her head off and it's hilarious, but not as hilarious as her "South America speaks Spanish?" query last week. (No, I'm still not over it.) The jive is made for Helio. He's infectiously joyful, the flicks and kicks are sharp and his elastic body is bending every which way possible. Carrie Ann calls it fantastic. Len says he has style with a smile, but says he pumped his knees too high. Bruno calls it a delicious treat, but agrees with Len and points out that Helio landed on the wrong foot off the steps. Who is this new Bruno with the critical eye?
Score: 23

Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff: quickstep
Apolo's pissed about tying for fourth last week since that's off the podium at the Olympics. "Siri, I need help with my quickstep," he pleads. I'm not sure what Siri told Apolo (she was awfully unhelpful when I asked), but it's working. This is the best dance so far. Apolo's frame and hold is fantastic. The footwork is fast but steady and in sync, and it's a charming routine all around. Not to mention, he's looking quite dapper in that three-piece vest and fedora. Len gives him a gold medal. Bruno says he's proof that focus and determination pays off. Carrie Ann says he was driving the dance and that's key to winning Dancing.
Score: 24.5

Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel: quickstep
Louis comes up with a move that involves flying up the stairs. Except he falls on top of her in rehearsals. Sabrina cuts her arm and he asks her on Sunday if she wants to keep it in. Cliff-hanger! Obviously, they do. And they survive! The rest of the number is spirited and dramatic, and Sabrina is actually somewhat restrained for once. Her lines and footwork are on point, but there is still something about her dancing that just doesn't work for me. I can't explain it. It feels like work from her. Bruno is impressed by her treble kick. Carrie Ann calls it awesome. Len says it was great.
Score: 26

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovksiy: jive
Maks ties latex gloves around Kirstie's knees to keep them in place. "It was definitely ... 50 Shades of Maks," she quips. Um, who doesn't wanna read that? She points out that she's three lifetimes of Shawn, but Maks wants to train her like she's 20. Kirstie's channeling Catherine Zeta-Jones in Chicago here, complete with the pageboy bob. It's a French-ified, sensual routine, but well on the slow side with not much content. How hard did you push her, Maks? Carrie Ann says she was working it. Len calls her "flirty, dirty Kirstie." "The girl works hard for her money," Bruno slurs. "And I'll tell you, experience counts."
Score: 21

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: quickstep
Emmitt talks some smack and says he's not worried about going up against an "IndyCar racer and a speedskater." This is totally going to set him up to fail. And... he doesn't fail, but the number is nowhere near as impressive or good as Apolo's and Helio's. Emmitt is effortless and easy as usual, but his frame and footwork are nowhere near as solid as Apolo's. Len says he was lacking in the upper body. Bruno loves the chemistry with Cheryl and says he lost timing on the steps. Carrie Ann says that "the speedskater and racecar driver" did better than him tonight. Oh, snap! But true story.
Score: 22.5

Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya: jive
Drew feels like he let everyone down last week since he had never been in the bottom two before. Uh, how do you think Anna feels about landing in the bottom two with a former champ? He promises he'll take the judges' advice to heart and come out of his shell, and that he does. I have no idea what other dances he did in Season 2 besides his freestyle, but I'm pretty sure none of them were rock verging on S&M. Drew's definitely attacking the dance and thankfully doesn't seem as wound up as last week. Bruno loves the muscularity, but warns him about getting flatfooted. "Welcome home," Carrie Ann says. Len says he's won't be in the bottom two this week.
Score: 22.5

Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson: quickstep
"I'm gonna take this large waistline and work it harder than anyone else," Joey says.  He's Charlie Chaplin and it sorta works for him. Joey's such a consummate entertainer that his performance can overshadow his technical flaws, of which there are a few. His frame is limp and his footwork is sloppy, but the dance is so fun, so who cares, right?! Carrie Ann says he went out of sync. "Sync, I get it," Joey says. Len basically says that Joey can't dance, but he loves the performance. Bruno notes the mistakes, but says that Joey can dance. Guys, anyone who performed as a doll can dance.
Score: 22.5

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: jive
Shawn wants to put some gymnastics moves in the routine. "You're already pulling that sh-- out?" rehearsal spy Joey asks. It's really not that big of a deal — she just cartwheels down the stairs. It's a very animated and funky routine, and Shawn nails the steps, but it's missing some of that performance charm others have. Len says it was a "just enough" jive and wants to see more. Bruno says it was exhilarating. Carrie Ann calls her the All-Stars sweetheart.
Score: 25

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy: quickstep
Kelly wants to get fake boobs so Val can try to keep his back straight with a huge rack. So she whips out water balloons and a pink bra. Men, am I right? "My water broke," he says after Kelly pops them. These two were such a wild card pairing, but I'm loving them together. Kelly looks like a Disney princess in her bubblegum pink gown. It's a pretty quiet and graceful routine, if safe. Bruno says to watch her frame and says she messed up a few times. Carrie Ann wants her to watch her lines when she's out of hold. Len prefers the parts when they were out of hold.
Score: 22

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd: jive
Gilles pulled his right hamstring last week and can't kick. His doctor tells him that he strained one of his muscles and treats him, but warns that dancing could exacerbate it. The injury's not affecting Gilles at all. Surprise, surprise. He's hitting all his spots, and is kicking and flicking like crazy. It's really just not fair how good he is. Peta has already given him a solo in the middle. Carrie Ann says his kicks and flicks are the best of the night. Len calls it fabulous. "Let the good times roll," Bruno declares. In the skybox, Gilles dedicates the dance and song to his late dad. As if he needs more sympathy.
Score: 25.5

Sabrina and Louis are on top with a 26, and Bristol and Mark are last with 18.

What do you think? Was Sabrina the best of the night? Should Emmitt be worried about Apolo and Helio? (Duh.) Can Joey, in fact, dance? Is Bristol a redneck? Ladies, does Val have better cleavage than you? (Yes, for me.) When will 50 Shades of Maks be released? Who do you think will get the boot tomorrow?

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