If you watched “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” on Monday, Sept. 24, you know it’s going to be a great season on the ever-popular show. All of the contestants have been there before and many have won the mirror ball trophy. This raises the stakes, both for the performances and for judging.
Last night’s dances were the Cha-Cha-Cha and Foxtrot. Here are the couples, notes and scores, in order of appearance.
Joey Fatone and Kym Johnson: Joey and Kim danced the Cha-Cha-Cha with flair and style. Joey has great stage presence and was fun to watch. Score: 20.5
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: Shawn and Derek danced a lively Foxtrot with Shawn showing off her Olympic form. Score: 22
Sabrina Bryan with Louis Van Amstel: Sabrina and Louis danced a really flashy and technical Cha-Cha-Cha with Sabrina’s usual exuberance. It was a lot of fun to watch. Score: 22.5
Helio Castroneves with Chelsie Hightower: Helio and Chelsie danced a more classic and elegant Foxtrot with ballroom feel. Helio’s smile lights up the room. Score: 21.5
Pamela Anderson and Tristan McManus: Pamela and Tristan danced a somewhat dramatic Cha-Cha-Cha. Score: 17
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: Melissa and Tony danced a 1920s style Foxtrot that was well-choreographed and fun to watch. Score: 21
Apolo Ohno with Karina Smirnoff: Apolo and Karina performed a neon-charged Cha-Cha-Cha that had the crowd on its feet. Score: 22
Gilles Marini with Peta Murgatroyd: Gilles and Peta danced an elegant and classic Foxtrot reminiscent of 1950s glamour. Score: 24
Bristol Palin with Mark Ballas: Bristol and Mark danced a great Cha-Cha-Cha that got Bristol classed as “most improved” by the judges. Score: 19.5
Drew Lachey with Anna Trebunskaya: Drew and Anna danced a somewhat classic but stylish Foxtrot. Score: 21.5
Kelly Monaco with Val Chmerkovskiy.: Kelly was the first season winner and had never danced the Cha-Cha-Cha before. She had great chemistry with Val and their dance was very sexy. Score: 21.5
Kirstie Alley with Maks Chmerkovskiy: Kirstie and Max danced a beautiful, classic Foxtrot. Kirstie, being an actress, has great stage presence and acted the dance beautifully. It should be noted that at 61, she’s the oldest contestant this season. Score: 19
Emmitt Smith with Cheryl Burke: Emmitt and Cheryl danced a very sexy and stylish Cha-Cha-Cha with great chemistry. Score: 24.5
There were so many wonderful performances last night, it’s definitely hard to pick a favorite. However, this Examiner’s choices are:
- Cha-Cha-Cha: Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke
- Fox Trot: Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
Stay tuned for tonight’s results and elimination show featuring entertainment by Justin Bieber and Pitbull. It all happens tonight at 8 p.m. on ABC.