It’s the Semi-finals!!! Monday night the stars were challenged to dance an unusual themed routine and a special routine to celebrate Michael Jackson’s 25th anniversary of his album Bad. Monday night was definitely interesting, but there’s no denying the stars danced their hearts out. Tuesday night is a double elimination and next week will be the finals. Which stars will make it there? Let’s review.
Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: The gymnast danced one of the more unusual dances of the night; the Knight Rider Bhangra. For those who don’t know, the Bhangra is an elaborate and fast paced Indian dance. The dance was simply amazing. I had no idea what to expect but hey, it looked pretty great. I was thoroughly entertained, but that’s no surprise to me, I love watching Shawn and Derek perform. Johnson scored 30 points. .
For their second dance they performed the Argentine tango. I love the Argentine Tango for two reasons; the intensity within the dance and the lifts required for the dance. I was excited to watch their routine simply for the lifts and I was a bit disappointed when they left a few lifts for the end of the dance. I’m not trying to take anything away from their dance in saying that because it was filled with such intensity, I was just expecting more. Regardless, I love the way Johnson always stays in sync with her partner throughout the whole dance. Overall, the couple scored 59 points for the night.
Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: Rycroft was also on the unusual side dancing the Caveman Hustle. Not only did she have to Hustle, but she had to Hustle in caveman form. The dance to say the least was interesting. She definitely captured the theme of the dance with her upbeat caveman movements. I don’t even know how I’m supposed to critique this dance. It was fascinating and entertaining. Rycroft scored 27.5 points.
I got everything I could have hoped for with their Argentine Tango. I love lifts, and I love watching the stars succeed in performing difficult lifts. I feel like the song that was assigned to them wasn’t meant for the Argentine Tango but I loved the dance, and I was so blown away by the originality of the lifts and flips. It was so well done. Rycroft finished with 57.5 for the night.
Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: I feel so bad for Apolo Ohno. The guy wants to win this competition and the past few weeks he’s opened up and danced so well, and then he gets this weird Big Top Jazz routine. The routine is supposed to be Jazz with a circus type theme. Their routine was just weird and different, and not in a good way. I don’t even know what to say about it. There were too many mistakes in the dance and while the dance was different, they were off throughout the dance. This dance was the worst thing that could have happened to them at this point in the competition. Ohno scored 27 points.
Apolo Ohno redeemed himself dancing a beautiful Rumba. All I have to say is he’s never been better and when people go to vote tonight they should remember that this type of dancing is the reason why he’s come so far in this all-stars competition. He finished the night with 57 points.
Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy: I adore Kelly Monaco. She has such a hard exterior but she comes out week after week and performs some of the best routines. Unfortunately, she isn’t scored well enough. Monday night she was challenged with the Surfer Flamenco. The dance was filled with so much aggression it almost seemed like a Paso Doble instead of the Flamenco. That doesn’t bother me though, her routines are always intense and her chemistry with Val is sexy. She has faced challenge after challenge and she has come out and beat it down. I thought the dance was great. She scored 25.5 points.
Well, this duo with amazing chemistry performed the dance of love; the Rumba. So did they have any problems? No. Their chemistry is so passionate and the dance was sultry and vulnerable. She’s a fantastic dancer; it’ll be a shame if she goes home Tuesday night. Monaco scored 54 points for the night.
Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: I felt that the Espionage Lindy Hop suited Emmitt Smith perfectly. I’ve always found him to be better in hold than shaking his stuff. I don’t know what was wrong with me tonight, but for whatever reason I was actually able to tolerate Smith tonight. His dance was animated and cartoonish and it was nice to see his freak flag fly a little. When he was dancing solo he was a bit off, but while he was in hold he was at his best. He did more dancing in this routine than he has the whole season. I liked. He scored 27 points.
Emmitt Smith’s next dance was the Tango. I think he danced the Tango well, despite a few errors in his footwork. I think his footwork could have been better, but I like the way he dances when he has confidence. Since he began the competition he’s had a really crappy attitude I haven’t liked but this week I think he danced well and felt good doing so, and I liked that. He scored 54 points for the night.
I don’t even know where to begin when it comes to this double elimination. I know who I want to stay and who I want to win but I hate separating those feelings when it comes to deciding who will be sent home. After an interesting night of dancing I think the next two stars to go home will be Kelly Monaco and Apolo Ohno. Week after week I’ve chose Emmitt Smith to leave but like my husband says “He’s Emmitt Smith”, so he probably will make it to the finals despite his low scoring night of dancing. I’ve been rooting for Kelly Monaco from the start; I just hope she makes it to the finals.
Who do you think will get sent home?
Tune in for Dancing with the Stars All-Stars: Semi-finals Tuesday night at 8pm ET on ABC.