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Dancing with the Stars All-Stars: Week 8

dancingwiththestars1With only seven stars left Dancing with the Stars All-Stars is getting intense as each stars fight to win gets stronger. A double elimination can also increase that intensity. Monday night the stars had to perform two dances; an individual dance to pay tribute to the veterans and a trio dance. A trio dance is a couple brings in another pro dancer to join them in their routine with the hope that the star succeeds in dancing with not just one, but two people. Monday night the stars earned their scores and included are last week’s scores. With a double elimination Tuesday night anyone can go home. Let’s review.

Melissa Rycroft & Tony Dovolani: TV host Melissa Rycroft has made it very clear she wants to win this competition. Actions speak louder than words stars, if you want to win you have to dance well! Monday night Rycroft danced a perfect Quickstep. Rycroft is a great dancer and is always filled with energy no matter what the dance is. The dance was very fast and she was able to hit each mark and never lost a beat. I think she’s danced better but it was still an outstanding Quickstep. She scored 30 points.

For the trio dance they welcomed Henry for their Paso Doble. The Paso is all about being aggressive and that is exactly what Rycroft was during the dance. She was aggressive and completely took over the dance showing off her strengths as a dancer. It was a great trio dance that earned the star another 30 points. With her combined scores from this week and last week she finished the night with 99 points.

Shawn Johnson & Derek Hough: Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson was forced to find that emotion and let it all out in the Viennese Waltz. When Johnson dances she’s so fluid that you almost forget that she’s the star. It’s as if dancing comes easy to her because every obstacle she’s had to face she’s succeeded. Her Viennese Waltz was so beautiful, gentle, genuine and filled with so much emotion it gave me goose bumps. She scored 29.5 points.

For her trio dance, Johnson and Hough welcomed Mark Ballas back into their group for the Samba. Johnson’s Samba dance was so close to perfect, the only thing it lacked was elements of the Samba. They wanted to have a sort of tribal theme to their dance and I thought it was fantastic. Johnson totally held he own while dancing with two pros and she stayed in sync with them even when they weren’t in hold. It may have lacked the Samba but she took a rusk and I don’t think that is going to stop the fans from voting because it was an entertaining dance and people just want to be entertained by an amazing dance. If the dance hadn’t been good, she could be in jeopardy to go home but it was fantastic fun. She scored 26 points on her trio dance and with all the scores combined she finished with 93.5 points.

Kelly Monaco & Val Chmerkovskiy:  Soap star Kelly Monaco has this weird romance thing going on with her partner and I dig it. I think their chemistry and whatever they have going on has made there dances so much better. Monday night she danced the Viennese Waltz. The dance was amazing, filled with fluidity, passion and just flowing so well from beginning to end. Len knocked off points because he felt the beginning of the dance was rushed, but I think she should have been given more points for having such an amazing opening. She scored 28 points.

Louis van Amstel joined the steamy couple for Jive. Their Jive was very fast and complicated and I think Monaco should have been given 30 points for managing to pull it off and keep up with the pros. I always find it fascinating when she has an upbeat dance because she doesn’t seem that way in person but I liked it and I was very impressed. She scored 28.5 points, ending the night with 92.5.

Emmitt Smith & Cheryl Burke: I haven’t cared for Emmitt since the beginning because I think he has it in his head that he will win just because of who he is, and because of that he doesn’t need to try. He danced the Viennese Waltz Monday night. I thought it was a nice dance but not all star material. He doesn’t take risks but maybe it’s because he’s not as good as he thinks he is. Smith scored 28 points.

Kym Johnson was brought in for their trio Salsa. This man doesn’t ever do anything but twirl his partner! And that’s all he did in his Salsa; he twirled the ladies and then shook his body. I could shake my body all I wanted, it doesn’t mean it’s good dancing. And that’s all he did and all he ever does in these dances is shake. He had no time to shine and was given no obstacle in this dance. He most certainly didn’t deserve 10’s for that. He scored 30 points ending the night with 92.5.

Gilles Marini & Peta Murgatroyd: Actor Gilles Marini began this dance show with a bang but lately his attitude has changed and I don’t find myself rooting for him anymore. Marini danced the Quickstep. The beginning and end of his Quickstep was weak but the middle was superb with a lot of difficult footwork. I wasn’t too impressed with his Quickstep because I feel he’s been so much better. The middle of the dance was outrageous but the rest of the dance wasn’t very good. He scored 29.5 points.

Chelsie Hightower was brought back to dance the Salsa. Again I wasn’t impressed by his dance. I thought it was more of a solo dance than a trio dance because Gilles spent more time dance by himself then with his partners. He took complete control of the dance, but I don’t think that was a good thing because in the end he was dancing alone while his partners sat in the back and watched. He scored 29 points leaving him with an overall score of 92 points.

Apolo Anton Ohno & Karina Smirnoff: Olympic skater Apolo Ohno has come alive and wants to win. In the beginning of the competition Ohno started out very conceited about the fact that he had previously won and that he’s won a bunch of medals in the Olympics. Then he became super quiet and fell to the bottom of the pack and now he’s back and wants to win. Ohno wanted his Tango to be his best dance and he succeeded. Ohno danced his Tango was such energy and power you couldn’t help but root for him. A different Apolo danced tonight but that’s what the viewers want to see; they want to see you fight for it, not just say that you want to win. Ohno scored 29.5 points.

For the trio dance they brought in Sasha Farber to dance the Jive. I think the routine was entertaining but I think it was a mistake to have a male pro dancer in the routine instead of a woman. The only person who shined in the dance was Karina and that wasn’t the point. The point of the trio dance is for the star to shine and he was left in the background having to keep up with the stamina of a pro dancer. He was able to keep in sync with Farber throughout the whole dance which was impressive but he never got to show himself off in the dance. His jive scored 29 points, leaving him with an overall score of 91.5 points.

Kirstie Alley & Maksim Chmerkovskiy: Actress Kirstie Alley has made it very far in this competition but I think Monday night was her last night of dancing. Alley danced a very beautiful Viennese Waltz. She’s always at best when she performs the slower dances. She scored 27 points.

Tristan McManus joined a trio dance that wasn’t much of a trio dance. For this round Kirstie had to dance the Paso Doble. I never criticize Kirstie but this week I’m going to have to. This dance shouldn’t have been difficult for her, she’s done this dance before and it was though she wasn’t taking it seriously. It wasn’t a trio dance though, she danced with one pro, than the other and maybe for all of 10 seconds they were all dancing together. The choreography wasn’t good and the dance was just messy and not well put together. And it definitely didn’t have many elements of a Paso. This was probably Kirstie’s last dance. She scored 24 points for an overall score of 79.

When there’s a double elimination it means anybody can go home, and because it’s the all-stars anybody really can go home. Tuesday night I think we’ll see Kirstie Alley and Emmitt Smith go home, with the possibility we’ll see Gilles in jeopardy as well.

Who do you think will get eliminated Tuesday night?

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Written by Anna Young

I’ve grown up always being able to share my love of film with others. What makes it particularly important to me is that my passion started with my parents and my best friend Caitlin. Whether it has been spending the whole day at the theater with my parents, or sitting on the floor of a movie store for hours with Caitlin, this love of mine has always been a huge part of who I am. This love affair has been going strong for over a decade. My name is Anna and I’m in love with film.

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