However, things are not looking good for Team Vally, which is still at the bottom of the board, by a full 10 points below the top team. Are they doomed to go home or is someone from the middle of the pack going to country two-step out the door tomorrow?
LEADERBOARD Here’s a quick rundown of the Week 6 leaderboard, including the scores from Week 5.
1.Gilles Marini& Peta Murgatroyd — Cha-Cha-Cha to "Man, I Feel Like a Woman" by Shania Twain — Last week he was the Bodyguard — and nearly naked in a towel — but this week he feels like a woman. (And he loves this song too. Whitney. Shania. Gilles loves all the ladies!) Peta was born in New Zealand. Gilles is from France. They are not U.S. country experts, but who is? Gilles is wearing a serious sheer V-neck. And those shiny black pants! She got the better end of the costume contest this week. Love her hat. They definitely don’t look country. More like a crazy circus S&M act. Oh, yeah, the celeb has to do a little solo this week. Gilles always goes for it.
JUDGES: Len Goodman said what he loves about Gilles is he comes out and give it 100 percent. There’s no half measures. (True.) He’s on the edge but under control all the time. Gilles was a little bit loose at times, but Len loved his attack. Bruno Tonioli said, “I don’t know what country that was but I would like to pay a visit.” Hee hee. Gilles sold his latex look. It was sexy, kinky and so full on. (Fifty Shades of Gilles?) His footwork wasn’t always as clean as it could’ve been but his performance was great. Carrie Ann Inaba tried not to fall off her chair this week. She thought it was so creative, classy and sexy and so perfect for both of them. But she told Gilles to watch his hands. He does a weird thing with his wrists. T-Rex hands!
SCORES: 9, 9, 9.5 = 27.5 out of 30. Total of 84 out of 90. Gilles gave a shout-out to the folks on the East Coast battling Hurricane Sandy. Most of the couples did the same for the rest of the night.
2. Sabrina Bryan &Louis van Amstel — Rumba to "Wanted" by Hunter Hayes — This is song that touches her and plays out a story in her life. She went through a relationship where her boyfriend was addicted to drugs. It was a relationship that was so hurtful because he couldn’t even help himself. She couldn’t do anything to help him. That’s the story they’re telling in this Rumba. They are going for “raw and real.” Louis said that’s more important that a perfectly placed step. She starts the dance with her solo. She really looks like a pro out there. Louis definitely makes her the showcase of the routine. It’s so nice when the star gets to shine instead of just shuffling around the pro.
JUDGES: Bruno said it was wonderful and a sumptuous sequence of intriguing shapes. Her figures were stunning. It had an emotional thread running through it. Her solo was seamless. Carrie Ann went in for a hug. Bruno hugged Len! Carrie Ann said she had been looking for vulnerability from Sabrina from Day 1. Sabrina gave her chills. Len said he liked that the music was soft and quiet and the dance had lovely balance between soft and full on. Good choreography from Louis. It was “fantastic.”
SCORES: 10, 10, 10 = 30! First perfect score of the season! Total of 88.5 out of 90. GO SABS!
3. Kelly Monaco &Valentin Chmerkovskiy — Tango to “Good Girl” by Carrie Underwood — They are both in uncharted territory. She won Season 1 but it was only six weeks long. Val has never made it this far as a pro. They were getting frustrated in rehearsals, but they looked good on the floor. A whole carriage! Scarlett and Rhett. Her dress was gorgeous. It’s funny how the country songs are just kind of tacked on to most of the routines. They certainly aren’t dressed for country either. The song isn’t a great fit, but they’re always sexy. And they got to kiss.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said “nice comeback.” That was a very ambitious routine. Kelly is the most exciting competitor to Carrie Ann and she shifted back to the good side. Len said his overriding feeling was that it was a bit hectic (blame the song) but she kept it under control. She had a problem with her neck on occasion, but she came out and attacked it. Bruno said “Gone With the Wind, engulfed by the flames of passion.”
SCORES: 9, 9, 9 = 27 out of 30. Total of 78.5 out of 90. They were given a big challenge with this song and a Tango. They’ll need all the votes they can get to survive into next week.
4. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani — Viennese Waltz to “Why Ya Wanna” by Jana Kramer — On Wednesday it hurt Melissa to do anything. She couldn’t move her neck again. It frustrated her. “I don’t want to drop out, I just want to know what’s going on.” Melissa said she’s scared and it hurts, but she doesn’t want to let Tony down. Know your body! If it hurts, stop. It’s just a dance show. Tony hasn’t seen a 10 since they danced together on Season 8. She feels pressure to get another 10. Sometimes when a 10 is mentioned in a video package the judges end up flashing it at the end of the routine. We’ll see. This routine definitely has a country feel. They dressed the part. Not that it’s necessary, but it is Country Week.
JUDGES: Len stood up and cheered. Standing O from Len. Great technique and wonderful movement. “You got the how and you got the wow,” he said. Bruno said she started with an exquisite solo. Seriously, if you say it in the package, they talk about it at the judges’ table. He loved their continuity of movement. It was love in the great outdoors. Carrie Ann said she has the most beautiful lines. What is slightly missing for her is that Melissa isn’t dancing out enough. Carrie Ann quoted her women’s intuition about it as Bruno stood up and argued that people express things differently. Len also disagreed, but he already got up to cheer so there was no need to stand up again.
SCORES: 9.5, 10, 10 = 29.5 out of 30. Total of 86 out of 90. Ask and you shall receive!
5. Shawn Johnson &Derek Hough — Cha-Cha-Cha to "She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy" by Kenny Chesney — Shawn hurt her knee during group dance rehearsals while messing around with Sabrina. It frustrated Derek a bit in rehearsals. She’s worried that it will end her run, but it may just even the playing field for a few days. No one else can keep up with Shawn, the Olympian. They have the most country routine with such a hilarious song. You’d never know she was injured. The dance is fast and fun and the song actually fits the dance.
JUDGES: Bruno said to forget about the tractor, Shawn is the sexy one. “Workin’ it, Shawn!” What he liked was the fusion of country step and Cha-Cha-Cha. It was incredible and synchronized. Carrie Ann agreed about the blend. The way Shawn finishes every move is great. Her solo was a little bit stiff; she’s better than that solo. (Agreed.) Len said reasonable minds can differ. He thought the choreography was fantastic and the movement was brilliant. He told Derek “Too much frippery, too many gimmicks. Let’s just get dancing along, can we.” Every season Len calls out Derek and/or Mark for “frippery” and extra stuff. Oh, Len! At least he’s consistent.
SCORES: 9.5, 8.5, 10 = 28 out of 30. Total of 84.5 out of 90.
6.Kirstie Alley &Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Rumba to “Home” by Blake Shelton — Kirstie thinks it’s weird for the other couples to look so happy, like this is a cakewalk. Hey, it’s a great way to make six figures, considering the economy and most of the jobs out there. There are worse things than to dance with a hot guy. She has a lot going on, as a mom, someone promoting her book, etc. The rehearsals bickering is a little rough this week. She’s over 60 and this is grueling on her body. It’s hard on everyone’s bodies, but she’s the veteran here. It’s easy to forget that sometimes. They break out the smoke machine for the dance. Maks looks country in his open shirt, but Kirstie is just in a classic blush Rumba outfit.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said she knows she goes on and on about how the guys are so hot, but Kirstie is the queen of sexy. She got lost in it. Every movement was gorgeous. She was floored. “Super sexy!” Len said she coped well with a difficult dance. It was clean, clear and classy. He would’ve liked more hip action and quality of movement. Lateral hip action everyone can do, Len said, illustrating it. “I liked it, but not that much.” The crowd booed, but he was probably just speaking comparatively, in terms of how Bruno and Carrie Ann gushed. Bruno said it was the expression of gorgeousness of a real woman. Classy and elegant. Her arms are very expressive. Her solo was spot on.
SCORES: 9.5, 8.5, 9.5 = 27.5 out of 30. Total of Their highest score so far. Len gave this the same score as Shawn’s Cha-Cha-Cha. Kirstie cried again!
7. Apolo Ohno&Karina Smirnoff — Viennese Waltz to “Skin” by Rascal Flatts — Apolo said Monday night before the dance they had a fight and it threw off their chemistry off. Hmm. Did he tell Carrie Ann? ‘Cause it wasn’t obvious. Karina said she wanted to feel more from Apolo. It became an awkward tension. Monday was horrible, Karina said when they were out at dinner. She wants him to open up in this dance. This one is about battling cancer. Apolo has to go to a place and show emotions he’s never shown before. Carrie Ann visited the studio this week and there was a shot of her hugging Apolo. They didn’t show her with this team, but maybe she was a therapist for them in some way? Lovely dance. Very soft and romantic.
JUDGES: Len said Apolo is the Roman god of light and music and that’s what it was. It was light and had great musicality. “It was two people in perfect harmony with each other and the music. I loved it!” Bruno said there’s no question, Apolo is a leading man. He was graceful, floating and weightless. His involvement with Karina was the best he’s seen. Carrie Ann said dance without emotion is just movement for movement’s sake, and that’s not what she saw this time. She saw poetry in motion. She got lost in it. “This was your breakthrough number.” Well, that’s what they wanted.
SCORES: 10, 10, 10 = 30 out of 60. Total of 86.5 out of 90. Ask for your breakthrough and you shall receive!
8.Emmitt Smith &Cheryl Burke — Foxtrot to "Islands in the Stream" by Dolly Parton & Kenny Rogers — Emmitt wasn’t thrilled about having to do a 20-second solo in a slow song like this. “What the front door is going on?” Hee hee. Emmitt is a classy looking cowboy. He goes full-on with some cowboy moves during his solo. Hey, he had to do something! He’s another one who always just goes for it, even if it’s clear he’d probably rather not. That is a GIF waiting to happen.
JUDGES: Bruno said he loves Emmitt. He lost a couple of passes but overall it was a country fun fair. Carrie Ann said when he came down the stairs he was off timing. he did redeem himself with his entertaining solo. Len said he’s always easy like Sunday morning. It lacked finesse but it was such entertainment and fun to watch. Yeah, not their best.
SCORES: 8.5, 8.5, 9.5 = 26.5 out of 30. Total of 82.5 out of 90.
COUNTRY GROUP DANCE The judges will award two extra points to the couple deemed the most entertaining. Gilles showed up three hours late, looking like he stepped out of The Village People. They show how Shawn hurt herself during practice.
They start dancing to Big & Rich’s “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy),” which is famous from Drew Lachey & Cheryl Burke’s Season 2 Freestyle. Later, they dance to Cowboy Troy’s “I Play Chicken with the Train,” from Donald Driver and Peta Murgatroyd’s Season 14 Freestyle. It’s hard to follow who does well in the first part when they are all together. Maybe they should just go back to doing the marathons.
JUDGES: Len said that was fun, full of tricks and treats. He liked when Kirstie smacked Maks’s bottom. Bruno said they really delivered. Fully loaded, fun-filled country extravaganza. Kirstie rides again. Apolo’s lift. Melissa’s lasso (lazzoo?) was great. Carrie Ann singled out Kelly & Val, Sabrina & Louis, and Gilles & Peta as the best.
SCORES: The judges said they based it on the individual performances, giving the win to Kirstie and Maks. Really? OK... They get two extra points. (Shawn looked a little upset, like she was wiping away tears. Was she really upset about their scores or something?)