One routine will be an unlearned dance style while competing against each other in a Country-Western group dance. So who became king or the queen of the hoedown and which couple might be heading to tomorrow night’s bottom two? Read on to find out….
Gilles Marini and his partner Peta Murgatroyd were the first couple to dance for America’s votes this evening. Last week, Gilles and Peta received strong praise and 29.5-out-of-30 with their Rumba. However both of these international performers were way out of their comfort zone due to the theme. In addition, Gilles had a very busy schedule ahead of him filming Switched at Birth. Despite Gilles’ schedule, the duo delivered a strong Cha-Cha-Cha that received strong praise from the judges and received a 27.5 out of 30.
Last week’s Leaderboard leaders Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel tackled a country infused Rumba. This routine was inspired by a relationship that Sabrina had with a boyfriend who was a drug addict and how helpless she was because the Cheetah Girl could not help him out. The duo’s routine received a standing ovation from the crowd and the show’s first perfect score from the judges.
General Hospital star Kelly Monaco fell to the bottom of the Judges’ Leaderboard when they performed an unimpressive Samba. The soap star and her professional partner Val Chmerkovskiy worked extra hard to deliver a comeback with a strong Tango that received solid critiques from the judges and earned a 27-out-of-30 for their Gone with the Wind inspired routine.
Former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader Melissa Rycroft felt right at home with Country Night. Before they delivered an impressive Rumba that received a standing ovation from head judge Len Goodman, Melissa revealed that she could not move her neck so they had to work around the injury. The duo’s Rumba had elegant footwork and a smooth solo from the former Bachelor star. However, while Len and Bruno gave them two 10s, the captain of the Lift Police, Carrie Ann Inaba gave them a 9.5, giving them a 29.5 out of 30 from their routine.
Another celebrity that was suffering from an injury was Shawn Johnson. The former Olympian got injured after goofing off with Sabrina during the group rehearsal. Despite an injury, it did not stop Shawn and Derek to deliver an okay Cha-Cha-Cha that received strong remarks from both Len and Bruno but Carrie Ann thought that her solo was stiff. The couple received a 28 for the routine.
Actress Kirstie Alley hoped that she could crawl out of the bottom of the Judges’ Leaderboard with her Rumba to Blake Shelton’s “Home.” However, in the pre-performance package, Kirstie and Maks were at each other’s throats due to her busy schedule and her inability to remember the moves. Despite the bickering, it all came together as they earned their highest score ever (27.5) with a strong Rumba that had a superb solo and Carrie Ann crowning the former Veronica’s Closet star: the Queen of Sexy.
Last week, Carrie Ann stated that Apolo and Karina needed to work out on their chemistry because she thought that they did not connect during their Samba. It turns out that before they danced, the duo got in a huge fight. The duo got their A-game on and delivered an excellent Viennese Waltz to Rascal Flatts’ “Serabeth.” Carrie Ann stated that this was the couple’s breakthrough number and Len thought that they had great musicality and perfect harmony together. Apolo and Karina became the second couple to receive a perfect score of the night.
The last couple to dance in the individual round was Emmitt and Cheryl. For the first time in his Dancing with the Stars history, Emmitt would be dancing by himself for 20 seconds. While he was against the solo, the NFL Legend stole the show with his impressive solo that truly showed that he was “Country Strong.” While the judges stated that they were fun to watch, they lost their timing and it threw Emmitt off. Emmitt and Cheryl earned a 26.5-out-of-30 from the judges.
For the first time this season, all eight couples were going to dance together for a Group Country-Western that was to a megamix of two classic Dancing with the Stars songs: Big & Rich’s “Save A Horse, Ride a Cowboy” and Cowboy Troy’s “I Play Chicken with the Train.” After a combination of impressive solo and group numbers, the judges decided to give two extra points for Kirstie and Maks.
Tomorrow night, Taylor Swift and Jason Mraz will provide the evening’s entertainment and the stars will choose their Fusion Dances for week seven of the competition.