"Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars" Recap: Country Night Brings Perfect Scores in Week 6
ABC (LOS ANGELES) — Sabrina Bryan is the standout celebrity of Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars‘ country week.
The former Disney star earned a perfect score — 30 out of 30 — on Monday night. Combined with her scores from last week, when there was no elimination, she has a cumulative tally of 88.5 out of 90, tops among all celebs.
Apolo Anton Ohno also received a perfect score Monday night, and has a cumulative score of 86.5. Bryan and Ohno’s “30s” were the first of the season.
At the bottom of the leader board, with a cumulative score of 78.5 out of 90, is Kelly Monaco.
The remaining eight couples were asked to dance to a hit country song. Each routine included a solo performance by the celebrity.
The duos closed the broadcast with a country-flavored group dance, after which Kirstie Alley was awarded two bonus points for being the most entertaining all-star.
Here’s a rundown of Monday’s individual dances:
– Wearing shiny black pants and a see-through shirt with a long V-neck, Gilles Marini danced the cha cha cha with Peta Murgatroyd to the Shania Twain hit “Man! I Feel Like a Woman!”
Len Goodman praised Marini for giving 100 percent on the dance floor. Bruno Tonioli and Carrie Ann Inaba agreed that the performance was sexy. Total score: 27.5/30. Cumulative score (including last week’s scores): 84/90.
– Sabrina Bryan was emotional during rehearsals as she recounted how she once had a boyfriend who was addicted to drugs. She used that experience to fuel her rumba with Louis Van Amstel, set to the Hunter Hayes song “Wanted.”
Tonioli noted that it had an “emotional thread running through it.” Inaba gave Bryan a hug and said she saw vulnerability in her that she’d been waiting to see all season. Total score: 30/30. Cumulative score: 88.5/90.
– Kelly Monaco stepped off a wagon, in an elegant red dress, to join Valentin Chmerkovskiy for a tango to the recent Carrie Underwood single “Good Girl.”
Inaba observed a huge shift in Monaco’s performance in a positive direction. Goodman said it was hectic on occasion but otherwise under control. Total score: 27/30. Cumulative score: 78.5/90.
– Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani adopted a wilderness theme — compete with campfire — for a Viennese waltz.
Goodman gave them a standing ovation for their great technique. Inaba complained that Rycroft didn’t dance “out” enough, a sentiment with which Goodman disagreed. Total score: 29/30. Cumulative score: 86/90.
– Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough utilized farm props, including a tractor and a plastic cow, for a cha cha cha to “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” by Kenny Chesney.
Tonioli said they were really working it. Goodman liked the choreography but felt the performance was too gimmicky, especially with the tractor and cow. Total score: 28/30. Cumulative score: 84.5/90.
– Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy tackled the rumba.
Inaba declared the former Cheers star to be the “queen of sexy.” Goodman had a slightly different take, arguing that the dance was clean but needed more hip action. Total score: 27.5/30. Cumulative score: 80/90, plus two bonus points for the show-ending group dance.
– Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff’s Viennese waltz was deeply personal. It told a story of a person battling cancer, something they’ve both witnessed first-hand with family members. Their song choice was Rascal Flatts’ “Skin.”
Goodman said they were two people in perfect harmony with each other and the music. Inaba described it as poetry in motion. Total score: 30/30. Cumulative score: 86.5/90.
– Emmitt Smith donned a cowboy hat — what else for a former Dallas Cowboys star? — for his foxtrot with Cheryl Burke, set to “Islands in the Stream” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.
Inaba said they seemed a little out of sync, but Smith redeemed himself with his solo routine. Goodman thought Smith lacked finesse, yet was entertaining. Total score: 26.5/30. Cumulative score: 82.5/90.
The highlight-filled group dance was performed as Big & Rich sang their 2004 hit “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” After the judges consulted with one another, Goodman announced that Alley was deemed to have been the most entertaining celebrity, and was thus awarded two extra points.
Another country group, Little Big Town, kicked off the show by playing their hit “Pontoon.”
If you haven’t cast your vote yet, there’s still time. Voting will remain open on Facebook until 11 a.m. Eastern time Tuesday, presumably due to Hurricane Sandy.
Host Tom Bergeron also announced that next week the couples will attempt fusion dances — combinations of two different styles.
One celebrity will be sent home on Tuesday night’s one-hour results show, which begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time on ABC. Taylor Swift and Jason Mraz are the musical guests.
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