Tonight’s episode of Dancing with the Stars kicked off Country Night with Little Big Town, who performed “Pontoon,” while the troupe danced. Afterward, Tom and Brooke introduced the eight remaining All Star couples. They reminded us that all of last week’s scores carried over to this week, and last week’s standings were as follows:
- Sabrina and Louis: 58.5/60
- Gilles and Peta: 56.5/60
- Melissa and Tony: 56.5/60
- Shawn and Derek: 56.5/60
- Apolo and Karina: 56.5/60
- Emmitt and Cheryl: 56/60
- Kirstie and Maks: 52.5/60
- Kelly and Val: 51.5/60
Country Night included brief solos (20 seconds) from the stars during their individual routines with their partners, along with a group dance at the end of the show.
Gilles and Peta danced the Cha Cha to “Man! I feel Like a Woman,” by Shania Twain. They struggled to find their inner Country souls, with Gilles being born in France and Peta being born in New Zealand. They took every moment they could to rehearse, including on the set of Gilles’ show, Switched at Birth. Len told Gilles he was right on the edge, but under control. Bruno said it was sexy, kinky, and so full on, but the footwork wasn’t as clean as it could have been. Carrie Ann, who was tied into her chair this week, liked it but commented on a weird wrist thing Gilles kept doing, which they referred to as “T-Rex hands.” (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9.5/10; Total: 27.5/30)
Sabrina and Louis were up next, with a country-infused Rumba, danced to “Wanted,” by Hunter Hayes. They played out a story that happened to her in real life – she was in a relationship with someone who was addicted to drugs. They appeared to have a tiny slip up during a move where Louis pulled Sabrina through his legs, but the dance showed the story well. Bruno said Sabrina’s solo was seamless, and she did a fantastic job. Carrie Ann hugged Sabrina, so Bruno hugged Len. Carrie Ann was happy to see Sabrina’s vulnerability and said she has chills the whole time. Len liked that sometimes the dance and music were soft, while other times, they were strong, and he added that it was fantastic. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 30/30)
Kelly and Val were looking to redeem themselves from the bottom spot on the Judges’ Leaderboard. They danced the Tango to Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl.” They ended their Tango with a rather lengthy kiss. Carrie Ann started things off by telling Kelly she had a nice comeback. Len felt it was a bit hectic on occasion, but she kept it under control. Bruno said it was so intense, sultry, and he agreed with Carrie Ann that she was right back in it. (Carrie Ann: 9/10; Len: 9/10; Bruno: 9/10; Total: 27/30)
Melissa and Tony danced the Viennese Waltz to Jana Kramer’s “Why You Wanna,” despite Melissa’s neck problems. They started their dance out up on the smaller stage on the stairs before they made their way down to the actual stage. When the dance was over, Len stood up and applauded them before adding she had great technique. Bruno said Melissa’s solo was exquisite and the dance was really like love in the great outdoors. Carrie Ann commented that Melissa stayed on the ground during their lift, but she went onto say Melissa was dancing more internally than externally, which stirred up quite the argument and shouting match between herself and Bruno. (Carrie Ann: 9.5/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 29.5/30)
Up next, with a Cha Cha to Kenny Chesney’s “She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy” were Shawn and Derek. Derek could easily tell something was wrong with Shawn during the early rehearsals because of a knee injury she sustained goofing around with Sabrina during their group dance rehearsal. Shawn didn’t look injured at all during their awesome routine. Bruno said, “Forget about the tractor – you are the sexy one!” He really liked the fusion of country step and Cha Cha. Carrie Ann agreed, but she thought the solo was a bit stiff, yet the dance was still fantastic. Len thought the choreography was fantastic, the movement was brilliant, but there were too many gimmicks. (Carrie Ann: 9.5/10; Len: 8.5/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 28/30)
Kirstie and Maks were also tasked with the Rumba this week. They had plenty of arguments over their dance during rehearsals. Kirstie was tired and reminded Maks she is 60 years old, and Maks was impatient and told her they just did the same thing a year ago. Carrie Ann told Kirstie she was the queen of sexy and got lost in her dance. Len felt Kirstie coped well with a difficult dance – he said it was clean, clear, and classy, but he would have liked more hip action. Bruno thought it was an expression of gorgeousness of a real woman and added her solo was spot-on. (Carrie Ann: 9.5/10; Len: 8.5/10; Bruno: 9.5/10; Total: 27.5/30)
Apolo admitted that he and Karina had a fight before their dance last week Monday night, which is what Carrie Ann picked up on. This week, they danced the Viennese Waltz to Rascal Flatts’ “Skin” and certainly had moved on from their fight. Len said it had great musicality and was two people in perfect harmony with the music and each other. Bruno said Apolo was graceful, and all his lines were excellent. Carrie Ann added that their dance was poetry and emotion. She even complimented them by saying it was their breakthrough number. (Carrie Ann: 10/10; Len: 10/10; Bruno: 10/10; Total: 30/30)
Emmitt and Cheryl were last to dance their individual routine, which was the Foxtrot. Emmitt got all worked up about dancing by himself in a solo. Yet, after all his worrying, he easily had the best solo of the night – he let go and did country line-dancing and pretending to twirl a lasso in the air above his head. Bruno loved Emmitt’s attitude, said he lost timing a couple of times, but it was a “country fun fair.” Carrie Ann thought the loss of timing at the beginning threw them off, but his solo redeemed them. Len felt it lacked a bit of finesse, but it was entertaining. (Carrie Ann: 8.5/10; Len: 8.5/10; Bruno: 9.5/10; Total: 26.5/30)
To end the show, everyone returned to the stage for the country group dance, which they were taught by choreographers during rehearsal. They also were told one couple would receive two extra points from the judges, based on who they felt was most entertaining. Big and Rich sang “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” as the group danced. Cowboy Troy took the stage for the couple solos, which were must more entertaining than the first portion of the group dance. After the dance, Len said it was fun – full of tricks and treats. He enjoyed it. Bruno thought everyone did very well. Carrie Ann really liked Sabrina, Gilles, and Kelly’s solos the best. In the end, they decided to give the extra points to Kirstie and Maks, since their solo was the most fun.
- Sabrina and Louis: 88.5/90
- Melissa and Tony: 86/90
- Apolo and Karina: 86.5/90
- Gilles and Peta: 84.5/90
- Shawn and Derek: 84.5/90
- Emmitt and Cheryl: 82.5/90
- Kirstie and Maks: 82/90
- Kelly and Val: 78.5/90
The results show will air live tomorrow night at 7:00 p.m. on WISN 12 in Milwaukee. Who do you think will go home? What were your favorite and least favorite performances of the night? Leave a comment below!
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