Week 4 of “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” aired on Oct. 15. This show saw dancers performing new, different and sometimes even unknown dances that were picked for them by the other dancers. This week also saw Paula Abdul at the judges’ table. The judging was lively with Paula and Bruno trying to elbow each other out of the way, all in fun.
The dancers went all out again this week, raising the bar to new heights. This week even stumped a lot of the dance pros who had never danced some of these dances before. Rehearsal clips showed several pros bringing in help.
Here’s the recap in order of score, highest to lowest. (Note that scores are out of 40 this week as there were four judges.)
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd danced Bollywood, picked for them by Bristol and Mark. It was a very strong dance and very different. Gilles and Peta scored the first 10s in this year’s competition. SCORE: 39.
Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough danced the Mambo, picked for them by Helio and Chelsie. The pair used lots of lifts in a very high energy and athletic dance. They tied the top of the leader board with Gilles and Peta. SCORE: 39.5
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy danced Contemporary (formerly called lyrical), picked for them by Emmitt and Cheryl. This was a very sensual and emotional dance, made more difficult by the fact that Kelly had a broken toe. SCORE: 37.5
Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani danced the Jitterbug, picked for them by Apolo and Karina. It was a wonderful, spirited dance with lots of lifts and fancy footwork; unfortunately, they bobbled one more. SCORE: 37
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke danced the Bolero, picked for them by Val and Kelly. Although Cheryl had to get help with the style, the resulting dance was beautiful, fluid and very sensual. SCORE: 36
Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel danced Disco, picked for them by Kirstie and Max. The floor was done up like Studio 54 and the dance was exciting! SCORE: 35.5
Apolo Ohno and Karina Smirnoff danced Hip-Hop, picked for them by Melissa and Tony. Karina had to get some help as she wasn’t very familiar with this style of dance and, unfortunately, she slipped at one point. It was still a good dance. SCORE: 34.5
Bristol Palin and Mark Ballas danced Rock and Roll by process of elimination. The judges said Bristol was improving greatly. Not quite as energetic or as technical as some of the others. In the practice clips, Bristol can be seen asking Mark to make it a bit easier. Still, it was a good dance for her. SCORE: 32
Kirstie Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy danced the Charleston, picked for them by Sabrina and Louis. Kirstie gave it her usual superb comedy performance and the routine was great and lots of fun. SCORE: 30
The dancing was over the top once again tonight. It is so hard to pick a favorite, but I did. This week, my favorite dance was the beautiful, emotional contemporary dance performed by Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy.
Be sure to come back tomorrow night for the results of Week 4. Cheryl Burke will be dancing with Tito Puente, Jr., Susan Boyle will be singing, Carson Kressley will make an appearance (always fun) and there will be special dances by the DWTS Dance Troupe.
Also on Tuesday’s show, the two highest scoring couples on the leader board will pick teams for the upcoming team freestyle dance.
All the excitement of Week 4 on “Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars” continues on Tuesday, Oct. 16, at 8 p.m. EDT. Don’t forget to vote!