Last week, America’s favorite ballroom said goodbye to Bristol Palin. Now that the Alaskan native is gone from the competition…it is game on!
For two nights, the remaining eight couples will dance routines to their favorite guilty pleasures and perform a Freestyle routine in teams.
General Hospital star Kelly Monaco and her partner Val Chmerkovskiy were the first couple to hit the floor tonight. Kelly’s busy schedule and uncertainty about learning Val’s choreography was definitely felt while they performed a Samba to Cher Lloyd’s “Want U Back.” Head judge Len Goodman stated it was too raunchy while Carrie Ann Inaba saw Kelly’s uncertainty coming back. The couple earned a 24.5 out of 30 from the Judges.
Gilles Marini decided to dance to the late Whitney Houston’s classic “I Will Always Love You” because he wanted to have fun with the ladies in a sexy way. Women across America were lusting over their television set as Gilles and his professional partner, Peta Murgatroyd, danced a sexy Rumba that earned a standing ovation from the audience and made Carrie Ann fell out of her chair. Gilles and Peta’s first dance of the week earned a 29.5-out-of-30.
Emmy-winning actress Kirstie Alley channeled her inner “Mrs. Robinson” to the Simon and Garfunkel hit. However, she was not in the seductive mood during the pre-performance package when Kirstie forgot several pieces of the choreography and broke down during the Sunday blocking rehearsal. Despite her breakdown, the duo delivered an eloquent Quickstep that entertained the crowd and had all of the Judges stating that it was her best dance of the season. Kirstie broke down in tears of joy when the Judges gave them 25.5 out of 30 possible points.
NFL legend Emmitt Smith surprised everyone when he revealed during last week’s results show that he and Cheryl would be dancing to Barry Manilow’s “Copacabana.” They brought the party to the ballroom and received lots of positive critiques from the judges. Emmitt and Cheryl received 29-out-of-30 points from the judges.
Finally, Team Call Me Maybe closed out night one of the competition. The four couples focused their routine on a high school theme that focused on the usual jocks and cheerleaders theme. Despite Melissa Rycroft suffering an injury during the past weekend, all four couples showcased strong solos and terrific transitions that earned Len’s first 10 of the season and 29.5 out of 30 possible points.
Tomorrow night, four more couples perform their solo routines while Team Gangman Style debuts their routine.