It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a flying, flipping, tripping, shirtless, sobbing, statue ... diva donkey!
This is what happens when you put the celebs in charge of Dancing With the Stars All-Stars. Yeah, the donkey wasn’t impressed and decided to sit this one out, but he was in the minority. Everything got notched up to 11 on the Season 15, Week 3: Performance Show — including the sexy lack of clothing, majorly impressive tricks, and Bristol Palin actually showing emotion. Still, the top two Iconic Dance scores didn’t go for props or big gimmicks, so maybe judge Carrie Ann Inaba should’ve taken note of that before calling out Sabrina Bryan and Louis van Amstel for not going for something more “creative.”
If you look at the top two scores, they are the highest of the season so far — a tie for 27 out of 30 — and they are coming from two couples who are topping the list for the first time this season. No one is dominating All-Stars. There are no frontrunners. There are also no clear couples to leave in tomorrow’s double elimination. It’s possible Bristol and Mark Ballas have hit their limit, but we’ve thought that before. Still, things aren’t looking good for Season 2 champ Drew Lachey and Anna Trebunskaya. Tied for second from the bottom? Eek. If we had to guess, we’d say they are going to miss out on Week 4’s big twists.
Here’s a quick rundown of where the All-Stars stand after Week 3:
Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy — 27 out of 30
Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani — 27 out of 30
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough — 26.5 out of 30
Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff — 25.5 out of 30
Sabrina Bryan & Louis van Amstel — 25.5 out of 30
Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd — 25.5 out of 30
Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower — 25.5 out of 30
Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke — 25 out of 30
Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya — 24 out of 30
Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — 24 out of 30
Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas — 22.5 out of 30.
Read on for a full recap of the Week 3 action:
1. Drew Lachey & Anna Trebunskaya — Cha-Cha-Cha to “Crazy In Love” by Beyoncé — They chose the first ever dance done on DWTS, so you’d have to expect they’d get the first spot of the night, whether they’d want it or not. Drew wants the whole number to be like a concert, with pyrotechnics (!) and huge production value. High budget alert! Drew wants to bring sexiness and sensuality, not “cute.” Drew’s direction to Anna: “Unleash your inner stripper.” Ha! Looks like Kirstie, Kelly and Gilles also gave the same direction to their pros this week. The dance is fast and fun but too much of the beginning part was Anna rocking out while Drew moved around her — then flashed a bit of chest. Anna definitely looked sexy, but they both looked even sexier last week in their rocker Jive.
JUDGES: Head judge Len Goodman said Cha-Cha isn’t easy. You have to be sharp and clean but bring rhythm. He liked the content. Overall it was terrific. Bruno Tonioli said if it works for Channing Tatum it’ll work for Drew. Carrie Ann Inaba said the creative direction was great and he loved the sexy Anna Drew brought out. His moves were tight and precise.
SCORES: 8, 8, 8 = 24 out of 30. Not bad. Their highest score so far.
2. Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd — Tango to “Sweet Dreams” by The Eurythmics — Gilles, bless his over-achieving heart, is taking this so seriously he’s rigged himself up with cables to start the routine hanging from the ceiling. Gilles has always been taught to be original, not follow. He seems a bit sensitive about Apolo and Karina redoing his Foxtrot. Gilles, darling, lover, sun and stars, moon of our lives, please don’t take this so seriously. He floated through the air during the instrumental intro, then got on the ground to feel up his lingerie-clad partner. Gilles is the greatest, but he may be too stressed out to be really connecting and having fun with Peta. Just in general.
JUDGES: Bruno said it was strong, dominant, erotic, powerful. “Fifty Shades of Gilles.” He had a couple of wobbles in part but the performance was great. Carrie Ann said, talk about an entrance. “If Peter Pan looked that good growing up, I would’ve listened a little bit more to that fairy tale.” He’s so dramatic but he got out of sync and wobbled a bit. Len said their hold could’ve been tighter and his footwork cleaner, but Len loved the menace. He got so into it, he got a bit “cranky” with it. Or maybe that’s Len talking about himself.
SCORES: 8.5, 8.5, 8.5 = 25.5 out of 30 During the commercial break, Gilles was upset, wishing he had done better. Calm. Down. Calm. Down. Calm Down. Yoga. Candles. Yanni. He thought he was going to get 6s. Gilles, in what world?
3. Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani — Samba to Conga by Gloria Estefan — They chose J.R. Martinez and Karina’s Samba from Season 13. (You don’t see Karina stressing about it, Gilles!) Melissa wants the audience to watch their tricks and wonder how they did that. Melissa really pushed things as creative director. They did funky kick moves in the intro. Melissa is very flexible, never mind what she said about losing flexibility after giving birth. Was she Gumby before? The routine is fast and fun and their leg trick was impressive, but it seemed a bit frenetic. And who is going to clean up all of those streamers?
JUDGES: Carrie Ann called it a superstar Samba. She thought it was fantastic. Melissa was a little scared out there alone but everything else was stellar. Len said it was like a can of cola — it was fizzy, refreshing and satisfying. he called it a knockout. Bruno called Melissa a Samba sensation. One position was more difficult than the other.
SCORES: 9, 9, 9 = 27 out of 30. Highest score so far this season.
4. Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff — Foxtrot to “Fever” — Wow. Talk about going for it! Apolo had two pro troupe members dress as statues. He also had Karina be a statue come to life. He wants to emulate Gilles’ sexiness, without showing off his “man boobs.” How come he got to wear normal suit and she had those bizarre fringed pants? The routine is sharp and clean and very sexy. Gilles is not going to be happy.
JUDGES: Len said it had fluidity and great musicality. He would’ve liked cleaner placement of the feet and a tad more in hold. But it was a terrific dance. Bruno said it was sensual, classy and classic. They found more fault with this than Melissa and Tony’s dance? Huh. Carrie Ann said this is going to be one of the memorable dances we’ll never forget. Carrie Ann disagreed with Bruno, saying Apolo’s arms were perfect.
SCORES: 9, 8, 8.5 = 25.5 out of 30
5. Kelly Monaco & Valentin Chmerkovskiy — Paso Doble to "Espana Cani" by Erich Kunzel — Kelly chose Val’s brother Maks’ routine with Laila Ali from Season 4. “I think you can do better than your brother,” Kelly said. Bro vs. bro! They won’t fill their routine with “fluff” like live animals. They’re just going to dance. He is shirtless at the start of the routine, then puts on his matador jacket. They are both very intense and sharp in their movements. They look like pros out there. Great routine! Best so far.
JUDGES: Bruno said it was a defining performance. We saw the dancer and actress. “I’m tingling with pleasure.” (Oh, Bruno.) Carrie Ann said they are the couple to watch. They smacked that Paso Doble’s booty. Len wondered where that came from. The focus they had was great. Her arms were as expressive as her face. “Kelly, where have you been?”
SCORES: 9, 9, 9 = 27 out of 30
6. Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy — Cha-Cha-Cha to “Moves Like Jagger” — Kirstie said she wanted to be in a crowd of groupies, with Maks dressed as Mick Jagger. She wanted to see boobs and hips. She also wanted Maks in amazingly tight pants. “Your junk is not going to be out. That’s not what this show is about.” Ha! Give it time. No Carson Kressley in rehearsals, sadly. Maks drove a red Mini onto the dance floor! His wig is strangely attractive and seems to bring out a different side of him. Those striped pants are fabulous. This dance is all about personality, pecs … and strange chicken dance moves. Technique is probably not paramount. Maks Jagger owned his look!
JUDGES: Carrie Ann said it was the most fun she’s had all night. Cha-Cha is her best dance nd that was her best dance so far. Len said he wants the celebrities to be in charge of the choreography every week because it was so much fun. It was good Cha-Cha-Cha as well. Bruno said Kirstie was fully loaded with charm. He nearly burst a gut. Maks looked like an extra in Boogie Nights.
SCORES: 8, 8, 8 = 24 out of 30.
7. Sabrina Bryan & Louis van Amstel — Paso Doble to “Free Your Mind” by En Vogue — This dance was performed the week after Sabrina was eliminated on Season 5. They dedicated this dance to her. She is so sharp and tight with her moves, but she smiles a little too often
for such a tough, intense dance. She’s almost too happy! She almost had a wardrobe issue.
JUDGES: Len said it was full of risks but also full of great technique. “It was a fabulous routine.” Bruno said it looked like she was leading Louis and it had touches of Scary Spice. Carrie Ann said the technique and content were all there, but this week is about being creative directors and they didn’t bring anything fresh. There was no surprise. Who needs gimmicks when you have great dancing? Come on!
SCORES: 8.5, 8.5, 8.5 = 25.5 out of 30. UNDERSCORED!
8. Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke — Paso Doble to "Cancion Del Mariachi" by Los Lobos fea. Antonio Banderas — Was there the live donkey? They talked it up and then it was nowhere. Apparently he wasn’t happy with the crowd. They put an old desert mariachi twist on Mario Lopez & Karina’s Week 3 routine. It was fun having the pro troupe members hanging out in the background, part of the routine but not actually dancing. Nice slide through Cheryl’s legs!
JUDGES: Bruno said the raging bull is back. They got that flavor of the fight. He was going for it like a demon, but he has to watch his shoulders. But he’s back in the game big time. Carrie Ann said when he started with his cape work and he was looking them in the eyes, she knew he was back. Human torpedo man! Len said he didn’t know if he killed the bull but he scared Len at the table. Emmitt has attack, but he needed more finesse here and there.
SCORES: 8.5, 8, 8.5 = 25 out of 30. Ballroom booed!
9. Helio Castroneves & Chelsie Hightower — Quickstep to "Mr. Pinstripe Suit" by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy — Apolo crashed their rehearsals to say he’s honored they chose his Quickstep. Then he said if they do as well as he did, they’d get 5s. Thanks for stopping by, man! No pressure or anything. Helio went for another zoot suit. It’s his strength. Chelsie’s black-and-white dress is interesting, in a good way! The flashing lights were great, but they tripped up a bit in one move. Her dress got in the way. Was it as flashy as some of the others? No. Could they be in trouble? Maybe.
JUDGES: Carrie Ann growled in frustration, because it was so good. He’s the Quickstep king. His authentic joy comes out. But he did step over her and got caught in her dress and it went downhill. Len said the dance deserved to be back next week because it was so good. Bruno said it started with a blast and was brilliant, but after the slip with the dress he lost time with the dress.
SCORES: 8.5, 8.5, 8.5 = 25.5 out of 30. Wow, after all that, they got a high score. Too high? Seems too high. Not fair. Maybe it will cost them, if fans think they don’t need more help.
10. Bristol Palin & Mark Ballas — Paso Doble to "Living on Video" by Trans-X — Mark said others also broke hold in Quickstep last week, but they were the only ones who got called out for it. Mark and Bristol had a little fight. She thinks he wanted to be paired with Shawn or Sabrina. The fight continued for a while. In the end, she cried and said “I feel like you want to go home.” But they were all smiles in their chessboard routine. It would’ve been nice to hear anything about this routine but their whole rehearsal clip was about their fight. Cool idea, though, and Mark’s outfit was awesome. Oh! This is Joanna and Derek’s futuristic Paso from Season 9. This is a completely new twist on that. Very creative.
JUDGES: Len said, funnily enough, he usually fought with his partners before doing Paso because it worked with the dance. he said she had plenty of attack. It had aggression and the most content in any dance she’s done. “Easily your best dance.” Bruno said “Checkmate, Bristol!” She got the aggression out. Her lines were better than ever. She looked great. Carrie Ann said she’s proving herself a worthy competitor. She needs to work on a little bit more dimension in her expressions. Her expressions were one-dimensional.
SCORES: 7.5, 7.5, 7.5 = 22.5 out of 30. Too low? Mark said they got past their fight. He’ll always love and support her.
11. Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough — Quickstep to "Hey Pachuco" from The Mask — What a routine to decide to redo! It’s his sister’s iconic dance with Helio from Season 5. They decided to break some of the rules to try and show the judges things they’ve never seen before. They got the “pimp” spot at the end of the night, so obviously the producers think something major is coming. They start with double flips! The routine is hugely energetic. It’s fast and fun with more tricks and flips and a crash mat in the end, but they did break hold in the middle, which the judges didn’t like from Bristol and Mark last week. Will they get “slammed” for it?
JUDGES: Bruno called them The Incredibles. This is a classic. He said it’s one of the best dances he’s seen in 15 seasons. They broke the rules but he’ll never forget it. Carrie Ann said they gave her happy feet. So much for slamming them! “That was by far the best dance we have ever seen on Dancing With the Stars.” But she does have to “slam” the for the breakage of the rule. Len said it was amazing. Her ability to interpret music into movement is amazing. He found it fantastic, but last week they dropped a point to Bristol and in fairness they have to do the same. (The crowd booed, but he’s being fair.) Do you think the judges would’ve even said anything it if they hadn’t made such a big deal about the rule break last week?
SCORES: 9, 8, 9.5 = 26.5 out of 30. Oh, Bruno! The rules don’t apply to everyone, do they?
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