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Why You Need to Get Out and Vote: For DWTS


You can vote twice today—legally! After you’ve cast your electoral ballot, pick up the phone and call in to ensure the safety of your favorite duo on Dancing With the Stars: All-Stars so we don’t have another shocking elimination like last week’s perfect-scoring Sabrina Bryan.

Because of the election, there will be no DWTS results show tonight. Instead this week’s fusion dance scores and swing dance marathon will be combined with next week’s performance scores to determine who will be sent home in a double elimination. 

Last night each couple was assigned two dance styles to perform to in one song, meaning the stars had to master two forms of dance and nail the transitions to receive top marks.

At the end of the show, all the couples filed onto the ballroom floor in the first dance marathon of the season, a test of stamina and creativity. Tasked with filling four minutes of music, each couple received a limited amount of floor space to perform their moves until being eliminated by the judges one at a time. With only four couples remaining, dancers were free to use the entire dance floor for show-stopping moves. Here's what the judges thought of their performances:

Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff
Dance: Cha-cha/Paso doble
Score: 27
Apolo Anton Ohno kicked off the night with what partner Karina Smirnoff described as a cheeky cha-cha and dark-and-aggressive paso combo. The Olympian seemed frustrated in rehersals, but the performance received wild applause and rave reviews. Judge Len Goodman said, "There was nothing safe about this. The cha-cha-cha was nice and clean and the paso had fire.”

Emmitt Smith and Cheryl Burke
Dance: Rumba/Samba
Score: 27.5
Pro Cheryl Burke took a bold approach to this week’s fusion dances by alternating the two styles every 10 seconds. And the gamble paid off! Judge Bruno Tonioli said the Superbowl champ and his partner, “went between the two [styles] seamlessly.” But I beg to differ. The transitions may have been good, but the whole dance felt awkward and the timing was off. This dance, in my opinion, did not deserve a higher score than Ohno’s.

Kirstie Alley and Maksim Chmerkovskiy
Dance: Quickstep/Samba
Score: 24
This dance wasn’t great and Kirstie Alley knew it. Her reaction? “Whatever. Eights are generous.” The judges were kind not just with their scores but with their comments. Carrie Ann Inaba said, "The second half, you just lost yourself. It was a shame because I thought the quickstep half was good,” and Goodman pointed out, “There were one or two incidents going on, but I thought it was an admirable effort.”

Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy
Score: 27
The dance was cute with a little loss of balance, which several of the judges commented on, but I want to talk about the pre-performance package. Is something going on between Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy? This wouldn’t be the first DWTS love connection, but between Val’s conversation about wanting to see Monaco outside of the ballroom and his comment to host Brooke Burke-Charvet about baby-making at the finale, I just don’t know what to think!

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani
Dance: Tango/Cha-cha
Score: 29.5
Wow, Melissa Rycroft attacked this dance from the get-go and looked like she was loving every minute it of—and so did the judges. Tonioli commented, “You were on fire,” while Inaba told the former Bachelorette, “Tonight you are a star." Goodman rounded out the praise with, “I thought it was beautiful all the way through. That’s a proper fusion.”

Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough
Dance: Tango/Paso doble
Score: 30
With Derek Hough injured, Shawn Johnson hit the dance floor with past partner Mark Ballas and maybe it was a good thing. The Olympian earned her first perfect score of the season. Inaba said, “The dances perfectly matched, not a missed step,” and what’s more, it wasn’t full of the gymnast’s usual tricks. Len said for the record, “I’m voting for you.”

Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd
Dance: Argentine tango/Samba
Score: 28.5
For me, the season leaders were a bit boring last night. Gilles Marini wanted the judges to smell the sensuality and sexuality of the dance, so maybe I missed something from the comfort of my own home? Inaba did warn Marini, “You have to be careful though. I still see those little arm things from you,” referring to a previous criticism of Marini’s limited arm movement.

Last night’s episode ended with the swing dance marathon, in which the first pair eliminated took home four additional points while the last pair standing had 10 points added to their dance fusion score.

It seemed like the judges were up to something. Aside from Alley and Maks, who were the obvious choice to be the first off the dance floor, it seemed as though the judges were sending the high-scorers packing first! Season front-runner Marini was next to go, followed by athletes Ohno, Smith, and Johnson. The real shocker was Monaco making it to second place. But it was former cheerleader Rycroft who outlasted them all with her energy and amazing throws.

What do you think, were the judges putting the fate of the dancers in our hands? If so we’d better exercise that right to vote and make sure our favorites aren’t sent home!

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