No wonder they had that hilarious political ad saying Olympians have already won enough on DWTS. (Those things were awesome, by the way. If only all political ads were so clever.)
This week marked the debut of fusion dances — plus another swing dance marathon, which was won by Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani, giving them the top score. We also got to see lots of pros out there, from the troupe to a special piece choreographed by Mark Ballas, who also fused two jobs this week. And even though Derek Hough didn’t get to dance, he tried some of Tom Bergeron’s hosting job and decided it was easy. (Tell that to the Emmy!) Everyone mixed-up everything this week. Apolo Ohno even fused some shirtlessness into his routine (not that it helped him much) and the judges decided to fuse some happiness into their comments. The trio had few negative things to say, so it was sometimes hard to understand why some scores were higher or lower than others.
No one is going home this week and (sob!) there is no episode tomorrow night. But there will be a double elimination next week, so it’s still very important to vote. Especially since the judges can give as many 10s and 8s as they want, a perfect score didn’t save Sabrina Bryan last week and “low” scores have yet to affect Kirstie Alley.
LEADERBOARD Here’s a quick rundown of the Week 7 leaderboard.
Read on for a full recap of Tuesday’s Week 7 action:
ABOUT THE FUSION DANCE CONCEPT One song. Multiple dance styles. DWTS pros start the show by demonstrating what it should look like, in an opener choreographed by Henry Byalikov. It’s nice to see Tristan MacManus, Kym Johnson, Anna Trebunskaya and Louis van Amstel — as well as the pro troupe. We can never get enough of Tristan and Kym dancing together! The judges also sit around and talk about what they want from the fusion dances. This could be great or horrible, kind of like when they introduced the instant dances back on Season 11.
1. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff — Cha Cha/Paso Doble to “Scream” by Usher — Apolo says, when it comes to skating and dancing, it only matters where you are in the last few laps. Karina said a dance should start strong but end stronger, so they decided to start with Cha-Cha and end with Paso. It’s the first time all season that Apolo is having a hard time learning the dance steps. He just wants to make it to the finals. It’s easy to see both Paso and Cha-Cha in this; great transitions. SHIRTLESS! Apolo takes his top off and shows some fine muscles. They really went for it this time.
JUDGES: Len Goodman said it’s like looking in the mirror when he sees Apolo’s body. (Ha!) He figured Apolo might play it safe, since no one is going home tomorrow, but there was nothing safe about that routine. He came out and really attacked it. The Cha-Cha was crisp and clean, the Paso had some fire. “Apolo Ohno, I’m saying ‘Oh, yes.’” Bruno Tonioli said it was hungry like a wolf with plenty of muscle power. “I tell you, you should be in Twilight.” He’s the new leader of the pack. Great finish. Triumphant. Wonderful. Carrie Ann Inaba said it’s amazing to see how he’s pushing himself this way. This is the first time Apolo has ever gone shirtless. She thought it started strong and ended stronger.
SCORES: 9, 9, 9 = 27 out of 30. That’s good, but they didn’t really criticize anything, so why wasn’t it even higher? They should at least point out things to improve. Love the “Committee For Actors Not Athletes” ads against Olympians Apolo and Shawn. Haven’t they won enough? Funny.
2. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke — Rumba/Samba to “Fine By Me” by Andy Grammer — Cheryl said there were some missteps last week so this time they have to make sure he really knows the dance. Or dances, as it is this week. She’s switching the dances every 10 seconds. Emmitt said the counts can drive you insane. We see his family time with his kids in Dallas. Very cute. Their dance outfits are extremely pink. They also seem to transition well between the styles. Things look pretty clear and seamless.
JUDGES: Bruno said Emmitt is every ready and always on it. It was a smooth and balanced blend. He did it with such ease. He made a note about his shoulders, though. Carrie Ann said what was great is the way he did go back and forth. What was lacking was his upper body. He was in his head a little bit, in the middle. Len disagreed. He made a joke about wearing pink in case he needed to pinch hit for Emmitt, but he doesn’t think he could’ve done it as well as Emmitt.
SCORES: 8.5, 9.5, 9.5 = 27.5 out of 30.
3. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Quickstep/Samba to “Sir Duke” by Stevie Wonder — Kirstie says in the history of DWTS, at least half the people who won were not the best dancers. Hmm. Do you agree with that? They practiced in Kirstie’s beautiful home this week. She also decided to gather donations to help Hurricane Sandy victims. Maks said the entire neighborhood where he grew up is pretty much devastated, so he wants to give back. They have a hilarious duke and chambermaid set. The dance is pretty loosey goosey, but they are always entertaining. Those black pants withthose high boots? Very good look for Maks. JUDGES: Carrie Ann said it’s hard because her heart is so pure and wonderful but the dance — the second half in the Samba she kind of lost herself in the dance. Before the skirt came off there was a dip and she missed it. Then when the skirt came off she kind of fell out of sync. It was sad because her Quickstep half was so nice. Maks looked painted. Len thought it was a nice mix. The routine had good movement. There were one or two incidents going on, but it was an admirable effort. Why did Maks cover her mouth? Other than the usual reasons? Bruno said, technique apart, whatever she does is always entertaining. “Only you can turn Cinderella into a stripper.” Oh, hey, tell that to Pamela Anderson’s Stripperella! He thought the Quickstep part was good.
SCORES: 8, 8, 8 = 24 out of 30. Kirstie thought that was generous, considering all of her “incidents”! Another great negative campaign ad. “Kirstie Alley will steal your man! Don’t let her steal your vote too.” Ha.
4. Kelly Monaco & Valentin Chmerkovskiy — Foxtrot/Cha Cha to "Don't Stop" by Gin Wigmore — Kelly and Val don’t really know what they have together, but it works. They still get frustrated with each other. “Zip it and stop giving me attitude!” Just like Scarlett and Rhett from last week. They have a cute intro and some fake rain. THey also handle the two dances well, starting with Foxtrot and seguing into a sexy Cha-Cha with less clothing. He proposed to her in the end. Aww.
JUDGES: Len said he captured the smoothness of the Foxtrot with the crispness of the Cha-Cha. Len was proud of Val for adding in a particular step. There was a little incident early on in the Foxtrot, but it was lovely. Bruno said it was a flashy Cha-Cha. It had plenty of flash and plenty of dash. It had the sophistication of the Foxtrot and the cheekiness of the Cha-Cha. There was a tiny loss of balance in the Foxtrot section, but great improvement. Carrie Ann said she loved how she balanced the elegance and boldness. It was tight, stiff and sexy.
SCORES: 9, 9, 9 = 27 out of 30. Should be higher! Kisses, a proposal. At the rate they are going, what can we expect if they make the finale? Val: “Children.” Ha!
5. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani — Tango/Cha Cha to “Die Young” by Ke$ha — Melissa said Tango and Cha-Cha are basically opposites in term of heels and toes and whatnot. Tony connected with his wife and kids back East. It’s family week! Love her silver Cha-Cha outfit with the belt and boots!
JUDGES: Bruno said she was the dark mistress of Tango into a sexalicious Cha-Cha-Cha. She was on fire. The shapes in the Tango were absolutely fantastic. She’s never been sexier than in her Cha-Cha-Cha. She even managed to turn Bruno on. Carrie Ann said she was a star. She loved the transition. Len said the Tango and Cha-ch were beautifully defined. It was a proper fusion, not just half of one, then half of the other. The judges are all happy this week!
SCORES: 10, 9.5, 9.5 = 29 out of 30. Top score so far. Hmm... Another great negative ad, this one against Gilles and Kelly. “Don’t let nudity influence your vote. … Paid for by stars with more than 5% body fat.” Ha!
6. Shawn Johnson & Mark Ballas — Tango/Paso Doble to “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi — Shawn trained with both Derek Hough and Mark, due to Derek’s neck injury. Mark and Derek didn’t always agree either. Derek kept dancing, he couldn’t sit down and watch. As Shawn said, it was almost too many chefs in the kitchen. Who will she dance with tonight? Derek’s doctors said he wasn’t well enough to dance this week, so she did the routine with Mark. tem Shark reunion! Tango and Paso are both intense dances and have a lot of similar qualities. Shawn has her serious face on through everything. Love the black streaks in her hair.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said if there’s a video of what dance fusion is, that’s what it is. The dances were seamlessly intertwined. Len said it was a firecracker. The Tango was the fizz and the Paso was the explosion. He’s English and can’t vote tomorrow, but he’s voting for them. Bruno called Shawn “The Queen of the Night.” As fusions go, he said, that was flawless. All the time you could tell which was Paso and which was Tango.
SCORES: 10, 10, 10 = 30 out of 30. Derek said he’ll be back this week. It was tough for him to sit out.
7. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd — Argentine Tango/Samba to“When I Get You Alone” by Robin Thicke — Gilles wants triple 10s at this stage of the game. He loves the Argentine Tango, but this will be difficult because he’s going from a fun, outgoing Samba to something steely and grounded. He got frustrated and couldn’t get the steps. He went out to shoot a sexy magazine cover, and to clear his mind. He chatted with his UFC buddy to get motivation. He wants the judges to smell his sexuality. Well! He starts by conducting the orchestra in his white suit. Frippery? Nice AT to Samba transitions with the Samba rolls. By the end, his shirt is open.
JUDGES: Len said he was nipping around South America. he went to Argentina, brought out a fabulous Tango, then went seamlessly into Brazil and gave them a fantastic Samba. Bruno said “Yes, maestro!” That’s how you do it. Sultry and intense in the AT and exciting and erotic in the Samba. Great presence. Great command. Carrie Ann said she still sees his arm problems. He doesn’t use his arms all the way? But she did think it was a fantastic fusion. Is she just responding to the people who think she overscores Gilles because of his sex appeal?
SCORES: 9.5, 9.5, 9.5 = 28.5 out of 30. Another negative political ad, this time attacking Texans Emmitt and Melissa for not being so tough. Paid for the committee to re-elect Olympians!
AT&T SPOTLIGHT PERFORMANCE Derek got to introduce the piece. It’s basically a love letter to Utah dancers, where Chelsie Hightower, Derek and Julianne are from, and where Louis teaches. Mark also teaches there and he choreographed this piece.
SWING DANCE MARATHON Love the marathons! Stamina is the most important part. That makes Maks nervous. It’s good news for Shawn and Mark, though. Whoa, in rehearsals, Kelly got flipped over backward and fell on her head. Their trick before that was pretty impressive, though.
Kirstie & Maks = 4 points Gilles & Peta (what?) = 5 points Apolo & Karina = 6 points Emmitt & Cheryl = 7 points Shawn & Mark = 8 points Kelly & Val = 9 points Melissa & Tony = 10 points. Winners! Wow, the judges were very kind to Melissa & Tony this week.