Dancing with the Stars

2005, TV Show

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

Season 15, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: "Guilty Pleasures" is the theme of the fifth week of competition, which features a mixture of group dances and individual performances.
Original Air Date: Oct 22, 2012

Dancing with the Stars Episode Recap: Monday, Oct. 22, 2012 Season 15, Episode 9

Dancing with the Stars kicks off the first of two performance shows tonight with Team "Gangnam Style's" individual routines and Team "Call Me Maybe's" freestyle. Did Melissa recover in time to perform? Plus: Which judge fell out of their chair?

Lots going on tonight and tomorrow, guys, so let's get the housekeeping out of the way. If you've been living under a Mirrorball, tonight and tomorrow will be performance shows and there is no elimination this week. All performances will be taped tonight. Tonight will be live and the lineup is individual dances by Team "Gangnam Style," followed by the Team "Call Me Maybe" freestyle. Tomorrow will be the taped dances: Team "Call Me Maybe's" individual routines and Team "Gangnam Style's" freestyle. Voting is open both days, and scores and votes will be combined with next week's.

Get it? Got it? Good.

Frankly, I don't understand why they can't just do the team dances in two weeks and squeeze the individual routines in tonight and have an elimination this week. Just cut the Brooke B.S. and shorten the rehearsal packages. Speaking of Brooke, did she spend the whole afternoon at a free Clinique booth? Ease up on the make-up, woman.

If that's not enough for today, Melissa suffered a herniated disc during camera-blocking yesterday and was hospitalized. Seeing that she's in costume and jumping up and down, she's obviously performing. Although, how much bad luck does she have? She couldn't perform the team dance in Season 8 because of her rib injury.

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy: samba
Kelly's guilty pleasure song is Cher Lloyd's "Want U Back." Hmm, questionable. Are we sure this has nothing to do with the fact that she performed on the show a few weeks ago? Naturally, they're going for the S&M version of the samba. I love how these two are determined to play up the showmance angle. (Kelly has a longtime boyfriend, by the way.) This is an OK number. Kelly's hitting all her spots, but she's missing some spark and the whole thing is jerky instead of bouncy. Plus: Those samba rolls are more like pelvic thrusts. Len thinks it was too raunchy. Bruno goes for an alliteration: "titillating tasty tease." Carrie Ann says she was too uncertain.
Score: 24.5

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd: rumba

As he mentioned last week, Gilles' guilty pleasure tune is Whitney Houston's "I Will Always Love You." He wants to make the routine beautiful and "breast-taking" and hope people will get to baby-making. Yes, Gilles, I'm sure a lot of women hope you will be breast-taking and will make a baby with them. Of course, they're going the full Bodyguard route. It's an elegant, romantic number, and Gilles' lines are great, but it's lacking some chemistry. Gilles seems focused on mugging up with his arms and Peta with her legs. Still, the judges will eat this up. Bruno calls it masterpiece theater. Carrie Ann wants the baby-making to begin — and her body is ready! She literally falls off her chair and onto her back. Gilles helps her up, and he may or may not have impregnated her right then. It's unclear. Len says it should be Oscar-nominated. Um, no. But he didn't appreciate Peta's excessive leg flexibility. You may be the only one, man.
Score: 29.5

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: quickstep
Kirstie picks Simon and Garfunkel's "Mrs. Robinson" because Maks is her boy toy. Maks concedes that with Bristol gone, they are the only ones left who are out of their league. Kirstie counters that there are people left who are not as good of an entertainer as she is, but she still wants to do better dance-wise and breaks down during camera-blocking after messing up. She only has one minor flub during the routine, which is on the slow side, but probably as fast as Kirstie can do it. Her frame is better, but it's obvious that Maks is basically carrying her most of the dance. Carrie Ann says it was her best dance. Len concurs and says she was dancing to the Maks-imum. Har har. Bruno loves the variations and runs.
Score: 25.5

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: samba
Emmitt picks Barry Manilow's "Copacabana," as he mentioned last week. There are two giant inflatable parrots on stage and I want them! Breaking news! Emmitt has better samba rolls than Kelly. Seriously, his hips are looser than the screws in my head. (Kidding! Sort of.) The caveat, though, is that he seemingly is only capable of moving them when he's stationary. It's just a fun, vibrant routine, but he doesn't seem to be playing it up for the crowd as he usually does (or should do). Len calls it unstoppable. Bruno says he made it look easy. Carrie-Ann says he has the samba swagger, and they totally overscore him.
Score: 29

Team "Call Me Maybe" Freestyle

Team "Call Me Maybe" (Shawn and Derek, Sabrina and Louis, Melissa and Tony, and Apolo and Karina) is going with a high school football players and cheerleaders concept. I looove Derek's unmitigated disdain for the song. I feel your pain, bro. Their strategy is go the technical route because they think Team "Gangnam Style" will go for comedy. I think we all could've guessed that. Also, it would be incredibly dumb of them not to use all of the celebrities' athleticism to their advantage. Shameless as TPTB are, they show Melissa's injury, which happened after Tony pulled her through his legs and her sneaker got stuck. She has been cleared to dance. Surprise, surprise!

This was the perfect way to approach this song. It's cheeky and snazzy, and this is one of the most technically proficient freestyles that has ever been on the show. Everyone is sharp and crisp, and the transitions between solos are perfection, even with Melissa being a human jump-rope for Apolo. Len calls it fantastic. Bruno loves the choreographic flow and says it was impossible to distinguish the pros from the celebrities. Carrie Ann gives them a cheer: "You got spirit, yes you do. You got spirit, I love you!" Len even busts out a 10!
Score: 29.5

It should be said that Derek has never lost a team dance, going 7-0 into this season. Based on technique, Team "Gangnam Style" won't be able to touch Team "Call Me Maybe," so it will just depend if the judges give Gilles & Co. a tongue-bath for whatever they do, which they seem intent on doing for Gilles at least.

That's all for now. See ya back here tomorrow for more dancing.

What do you think? Did Gilles have the best individual routine of the night? How awesome was Team "Call Me Maybe"? Do herniated discs affect your memory as it apparently does Melissa's? Does Peta need to cool it on the leg action? Do you find Gilles breast-taking? Is Carrie-Ann still in "baby-making" position?

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Dancing with the Stars kicks off the first of two performance shows tonight with Team "Gangnam Style's" individual routines and Team "Call Me Maybe's" freestyle. Did Melissa recover in time to perform? Plus: Which judge fell out of their chair?
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