Four competitors on ABC’s “Dancing With the Stars: All Stars” each performed to their guilty pleasure songs tonight, while another four performance a team dance.
When the show was over, actor Gilles Marini topped the leaderboard with 29.5 out of a possible 30 points for his individual dance, while Kelly Monaco was the night’s low scorer with 24.5 points for hers.
During her review of Marini’s performance, judge Carrie Ann Inaba fell off her chair and onto the floor. She was not hurt, and the ballroom audience exploded in laughter.
Because of Monday’s night’s presidential debate, tonight’s show was shortened, so the stars who performed the group dance tonight will come back tomorrow night to do their individual routines.
Generally a star is voted off every week, but there will be no elimination tomorrow.
Kelly Monaco: The “General Hospital” soap opera star’s flirty samba to Cher Lloyds “I Want You Back” drew mixed reviews from the judges. Head judge Len Goodman found it a bit long-winded and said there was “too much gyrating,” while Inaba said Monaco was out of sync with her pro partner. Judge Bruno Tonioli found it titillating. They awarded Monaco 24.5 points.
Gilles Marini: The heartthrob French actor set hearts aflutter with his sensual rumba set to Whitney Houston’s “I Will Always Love You.” As Inaba was telling Marini how well he danced, she kept leaning sideways in her chair, then fell right out of it and onto her back. Marini rushed to help her up. She was not hurt. Goodman and Tonioli also had rave reviews for Marini’s performance. The actor earned 29.5 points.
Kirstie Alley: Dancing the quickstep to Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mrs. Robinson,” Alley’s performance was smooth and confident, and the judges told her so. “I thought it was your best performance by miles …,” Inaba told the actress, who earned 25.5 points – her best score of the season.
Emmitt Smith: The NFL legend danced a suave samba to “The Copacabana” by Barry Manilow, and judges were pleased. Tonioli told Smith that the samba was very hard to do but he made it look easy. Inaba agreed, adding: “No one does the samba like you. You have the samba swagger, man!” Smith earned his highest score of the season so far – 29 points.
Melissa Rycroft, Shawn Johnson, Apolo Ohno and Sabrina Bryan will perform their individual dances tomorrow, but tonight they performed their group dance – a cheerleader-inspired freestyle set to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe.”
Rycroft injured her neck during the rehearsal for the group performance, but despite some earlier doubt, she was able to perform the athletic routine that was full of lifts, twists and other challenging acrobatic moves. The judges raved about the routine’s complexity and choreography, and Tonioli said it was hard to tell which group member was the professional dancer and which was the star. The group earned 29.5 points.
Marini, Smith, Alley and Monaco will perform their group dance to Psy’s “Gangnam Style” tomorrow.
The scores from the group dances will be combined with each star’s individual scores for one grand total.
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Totals for the Individual Dance
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd: 29.5
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke: 29
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy: 25.5
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy: 24.5