It’s trio week on “Dancing with the Stars” but before the celebrities must perform with two pro dancers, they will pay tribute to the troops with their Veteran’s Day inspired dances. The Ballroom audience was filled with veterans including DWTS champion JR Martinez.
Since there was no elimination show last week due to the election results, on Tuesday’s results show two couples will be eliminated just one week shy of the semi finals. With no eliminations last the week scores and fan votes will be added to this week for a two week cumulative total.
First on the dance floor was Shawn Johnson reunited with her partner Derek Hough for a Viennese Waltz. Len called the performance quiet, gentle, and fabulous. Bruno called the dance emotive, harmonious, and perfection with exquisite figures. Carrie Ann said the performance was in depth, beautiful, rich, and something magical. Shawn and Derek scored 29.5 for their dance.
Apolo and Karina performed a Tango that began with Apolo using a zip line to go from the skybox to the dance floor. The couple earned a standing ovation for their performance. Bruno called it a daredevil of a Tango and compared Apolo to Tom Cruise in “Mission Impossible”. Carrie Anne loved the dance calling it fantastic and amazing; adding that she wanted to be Karina. Len called Apolo his hero; saying the dance was full of attack. Apolo and Karina scored a 29.5 for their Tango.
Kristie and Maks performed a Viennese Waltz to “Hallalujah” – a song she said was hers and Mak’s favourite. Carrie Ann said the interpretaion was beautiful and Kritie’s best dance ever. Len said, “Hallelujah,” adding the dance was well done and Kristie’s best dance ever. Bruno called the performance stylish, elegant and well done. Kristie and Maks scored 27 points for their dance.
Kelly and Valentin also performed a Viennese Waltz that Len said flowed nicely but was a little sharp on occasion. Bruno called Kelly a twinkling twirler; adding that she never lost a beat and gave the dance all her soul. Carrie Ann disagreed with Len saying that Kelly is always pushing herself, is a great student. and is the spirit of what DWTS is all about. Kelly and Valentin scored 28 points for their performance.
Giles and Peta Quickstep to “Danger Zone”. As the crowd stood and cheered the couple’s performance, host Tom Bergeron noted that the dance was fast. Bruno said Giles took off like an SST; noting that the dance was crammed with steps. Bruno called Giles a Top Gun. Carrie Ann noted that Giles had a few slips with his feet and said the performance was almost a Top Gun. Len called the performance thunder and lightening with energy and speed; adding THAT was a Quickstep. Giles and Peta score 29.5 points for their Quickstep. Before leaving Giles noted that 67 years ago America came to the rescue of his native France and thanked the troops for their service.
Emmitt and Cheryl performed a Viennese Waltz that Carrie Ann said was smooth and charismatic but told Emmitt to push himself. Len said Emmitt puts the oooo in smooth; adding the the dance had balance and he liked it. Bruno called the performance smart and classic with a classy feel and overall very nice. Emmitt and Cheryl scored 28 points for their dance.
The last dance in round one was a Quickstep by Melissa and Tony to “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” that earned them a standing ovation. Len said it was quick, had lots of steps, and was the bees knees. Bruno wanted to join the Navy and compared the performance to Gene Kelly in “On the Town”. Carrie Ann said the pair were on a roll, on fire, and did an awesome job. Melissa and Tony earned a perfect score of 30 for their Quickstep.
Shawn and Derek joined forces with Mark for a tribal inspired Samba that while it earned them a standing ovation, there were mixed remarks from the judges. Host Tom Bergeron noted that they took a big risk with their performance. Len said that if he were a part of the audience, then he would be cheering but as a judge he felt the performance was self indulgent with very little Samba. Bruno called them very naughty and had jungle fever but agreed the dance had very few Samba moves. Nearly getting into an argument with her fellow judges, Carrie Ann disagreed saying that sometimes you had to take risks and felt the dance was executed with perfection. The trio scored 26 points for their Samba that included a seven from Len.
Apolo, Karina, and DWTS Troupe member Sasha performed a Jive to “Greased Lightning” from “Grease” to a cheering crowd. Apolo was the only celebrity who chose a trio member of the same gender. Bruno noted that the trio took a big risk but they performed it brilliantly; adding they did a fantastic job and were at the top of their game. Carrie Ann said that she have never seen Apolo shine brighter and the trio worked well together. Len said the performance was fast, sharp, and tight – what you wanted in a Five. Apolo, Karina, and Sasha scored 29 points for their Jive
Kristie, Maks, and Tristan MacManus performed a Paso Doble to “Bring Me to Life” by Evanescence. Carrie Ann loved the theme and costumes but felt the dance was a little slopply; adding it was a creative choice. Len said the dance had aggression and attitude but lacked finesse. Bruno called the performance surreal like “Valley of the Dolls”; adding that he would have liked the dance to be a little more refined. Kristie, Maks, and Tristan scored 24 points.
Kelly, Valentin, and Louis Van Amstel performed a Jive with Kelly giving Len a kiss at the end. Len said that he liked the end; adding the dance had the F factor – fun, fast, flamboyant, and fantastic. Bruno loved it calling Kelly a swinger. Carrie Ann noted that Kelly kept up the whole time, the dance had fantastic transitions, and she loved it. Kelly, Valentin, and Louis scored 28.5 points for their Jive.
Giles, Peta, and Chelsie Hightower performed a Salsa. Bruno told Giles, “tres bien cherie,” but noted that Giles lost his timing a few times. Carrie Ann agreed with Bruno but loved how Giles took control of the dance floor. Len noted that Giles exposed himself out on the dance floor and didn’t hid behind the girls; he added that the dance was full on and well done. While waiting for his scores, Giles said that he loved the challenges the producers have given them this season. Giles, Peta, and Chelsie scored 29 points for their Salsa.
Emmitt, Cheryl, and Kym Johnson also performed a Salsa. Carrie Ann called the performance in the red hot spicy japalino zone; adding the dance was very well done. Len said they were like two yoyos at the same time; adding the dance had rhythm and musicality. Bruno said the dance was smooth and great to see. Emmit and Cheryl scored their first perfect score with the help from Kym.
The final performance of the night was from Melissa, tony and DWTS Troupe member Henry with a Paso Doble with Melissa playing the role of a dominatrix. Len said that Melissa moved seamlessly between the two guys; adding that of all the celebrities Melissa impressed him the most. Bruno called Melissa a jaw dropping, whip cracking queen bee with astonishing moves; adding that Melissa was a fantastic dancer and should be in the finals. Carrie Ann said Melissa owned the Paso Doble. Melissa, Tony, and Henry scored a perfect score – the second of the night for Melissa and Tony.
On Tuesday’s results show Kylie Minogue and Ne-Yo sing and the cast of “Newsies” perform. Along with the results, a surprise challenge will be revealed to the dancers.
This week’s scores: 1st dance
Kristie and Maks – 27
Kelly and Valentin – 28
Emmitt and Cheryl - 28
Shawn and Derek – 29.5
Apolo and Karina – 29.5
Giles and Peta – 29.5
Melissa and Tony - 30
Trio dance scores:
Kristie, Maks, and Tristan - 24
Shawn, Derek, and Mark – 26
Kelly, Valentin, and Louis – 28.5
Apolo, Karina, and Sasha – 29
Giles, Peta, and Chelsie – 29
Emmitt, Cheryl, and Kym – 30
Melissa, Tony, and Henry - 30
Last week’s scores:
Kristie and Maks – 28
Apolo and Karina – 33
Giles and Peta – 33.5
Emmitt and Cheryl – 34.5
Kelly and Valentin – 36
Shawn and Mark – 38
Melissa and Tony – 39
Kristie and Maks - 79
Apolo and Karina – 91.5
Giles and Peta - 92
Kelly and Valentin – 92.5
Emmitt and Cheryl – 92.5
Shawn and Derek – 93.5
Melissa and Tony - 99