“Dancing With the Stars: All Stars” week six has been dubbed country dancing week to line up with the 2012 County Music Awards later this week. With no elimination during week five, we saw eight couples step it up on Monday, October 29 to show us a country good time.
Or so we thought. I’m not sure what part of the world has country music and country dancing like we saw last night, but most of it was a far cry from anything I would consider country.
The opening act by Little Big Town wasn’t classic country at all, and while the girls in the troupe could have passed for the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders, that’s about as much cowboy as it got. Great dancing and good music, but the opening act should have set the tone for country week, and that piece fell well short of the mark.
Most of the remaining DWTS dancers, professionals as well as the stars, were at a loss when it came to country dancing. With no background in that genre at all, they really struggled to pull it together, and while the scores for the overall dancing were impressive (both Sabrina and Louis, and Apolo and Karina scored a perfect 30), the country theme was lost to the majority.
Gilles Marini admitted he was no cowboy, but to date he has been able to dance anything that was thrown at him and make it look good. Monday night was no exception as he looked hot in vinyl, latex-look pants that could have been sprayed on, but cowboy? Not even close. Partner Peta Murgatroyd also looks amazing no matter the costume, but I didn’t see a bit of country in her outfit either, and their Cha Cha Cha to Shania Twain’s “Man! I Feel Like a Woman” would have been totally out of place in a club with sawdust and peanut shells on the floor. Their dance earned a score of 27.5, which gives them a total score of 84 out of 90 when combined with last week’s scores.
Kirstie and Maks did no better in the costume department, but the judges thought her sexy, sultry persona was worth 27.5 (their highest so far in season 15), giving them a combined score of 80. Maks tried to fit in with a western shirt, belt buckle and cowboy boots, but once again Kirstie’s dress was much too form-fitting and a horrendous neutral color that wasn’t flattering at all. She pulled off sensual with her Rumba, but there was absolutely nothing country about any of it (see video, above left).
Fan votes will be tallied and it’s anyone’s guess as to who will be going home next since Kirstie and Maks got two extra points for the team dance that closed the show. Watch ABC at 8 p.m./9 central on Tuesday, October 30 to see the results, and follow Marie Anne’s talk about TV by clicking subscribe at the top of the page. It’s completely anonymous.