This is going to be an admittedly short Dancing With the Stars recap. There wasn’t much time for post-show note taking with the final presidential debate immediately after, so let’s just dive right into last night’s scores.
Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy
This samba was sexy! Maybe a little too sexy. When judge Len Goodman calls it, “a tad on the raunchy side,” you may have gone too far, even if you’re as hot as these two.
Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
Apparently sexy is the theme because after watching Marini and Purgatroyd perform their sultry rumba, judge Carrie Ann Inaba threw her hands up exclaiming, “Let the baby-making begin!” The dance was hot and well executed, earning the pair an almost-perfect score.
Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Quick step
Surprise! Alley and Chmerkovskiy ended their quick step to “Mrs. Robinson” with a kiss. Have all of their dances this season ended this way? At least it made sense with the song. Alley teared up when the pair received their highest score of the season.
Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke
Finally, we saw former footballer Smith dance to the “Copacabana” as he promised last week. Sure, it was kind of funny to think about, but this dance was good. Smith and Burke took home their highest score of the season as well.
And now for the season’s first group dance: A freestyle to Carly Rae Jepsen’s “Call Me Maybe” led by team captains Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough. Despite a negative reaction to their song assignment and a perhaps overdone football- and cheerleader-themed dance, this freestyle was good! A performance filled with acrobatic inspired moves was a strategic move for a team led by gymnast Johnson, former cheerleader Melissa Rycroft, Olympic speed skater (have you seen those quads, they’re made for jumping) Apolo Anton Ohno, and Cheetah Girl Sabrina Bryan. And although Rycroft received clearence to dance just that day after a herniated disk, the team took home 29.5 points, earning the first 10 from Goodman this season!
Tonight we’re in for a second group dance from team Marini and Murgatroyd, who will will be joined by Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy, Alley and Maks Chmerkovskiy, and Smith and Burke. We will also see partner dances from the members of team Johnson and Hough.
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