Some people touch on our hearts and souls all season through and such is true for the two couples who exited Dancing With The Stars last night. I’ll forever remember Apolo Anton Ohno for his “chemistry” with Karina from the time they started to dance to the end. Most of us never felt the “lack there of” with them. They had a powerful, romantic, unforgettable, and intense journey that will bind them forever and one of which we’ll never forget.
Then there is Emmitt Smith who had more class, wiseness, and charm in his little pinky than most of the contestants who have graced this show. I’ll never forget how he would sometimes sing to the songs when he danced and how he would smile, relax, and just enjoy each dance when it came time to hit the dance floor. I also loved how he would relate football and dancing.
So, here’s to Apolo and Emmitt and their interviews after their eliminations!! The titles “Champion” and “Dancing With The Stars All Star” fits them in every way, doesn’t it?!!!! Tom Bergeron was so right when he said we “lost a good chunk of charisma” last night.
Despite the results, this was a pretty good results show. Loved all the dances – but especially Derek’s and his lady friends. Amazing. He never ceases to amaze. Anyway, on to the bad news. One of our finalists definitely not like the others.
We lost two couples tonight and they are….
Apolo Ohno – Fifth Place
Emmitt Smith- Fourth Place
How did the ladies of PureDWTS do??
Heidi: My guess was Kelly in 5th place with Emmitt in 4th, with Melissa at the outside as my second choice for 4th or 5th. I said I wouldn’t be surprised by Apolo, but shocked if it was Shawn.
Courtney: Guessed Kelly in 5th, with Emmitt in 4th with Melissa as a possible replacement for him.
Vogue: Guessed Kelly in 5th, with Emmitt in 4th, with Apolo as an outside chance.
I guess one of two ain’t bad. :::sigh::: This finale ain’t going to be as good as it could have been. But I knew as soon as Apolo was gone that Emmitt would be as well.
Toni Redpath, a ballroom choreographer and judge from “So You Think You Can Dance”, has reviewed the Semi-Finals of Dancing With The Stars. She’s got some interesting comments. Below is how she felt on the contestants first dances. Be sure you read how she felt on their second dances at her official Facebook page here. She feels like us in some cases and not in others depending how you feel….
Melissa… Argentine Tango… Thank goodness for a recognizable dance. Great dance for her, as she can show off her beautiful legs. Some parts were amazing, some parts look a little awkward (like the pretzel move just before the final walk off). Great job to Tony for pulling off this evening with a bad back.
Shawn… I was curious to see if she could pull off such a mature & sexy dance considering how, in my opinion, she’s taken a step back in her emotional performance level since the Titanic routine. Unfortunately she came across as robotic & stand-offish instead of sultry. Remarkable physical performance though, but that’s not enough to win this competition.
Apolo… Rumba is a good dance for him. I love all the basics that Karina put in. Sliding doors, Nat opening outs, fan etc… Just beautiful after all the madness that ensued earlier in the evening. Apolo did a good job, but is throwing himself off balance by sending his upper body into turns first… Otherwise, amazing.
Emmitt…. Danced his Tango with a lot of intensity and I love the set of ripple stalks. However, footwork & posture are always going to be his great downfall if it ever becomes important in the competition. If it’s just a popularity contest he’ll be fine though. He’s just so loveable
Kelly… Breakout performer of the night… She’s really pushing herself in the emotional aspect of her dancing… Shawn should learn from her; dancing is not just about technical execution & dynamic movement, you have to have an emotional connection to the music & your partner, otherwise the audience won’t emotionally connect with you.
What a night of television last night and one of the best for Dancing With The Stars!! I was at the edge of my seat all night, were you?
So, lets’ go straight to the interviews afterwards with the couples and George Pennacchio of On The Red Carpet. He asks them on the next 22 hours, what is keeping them going, and if they think they deserve to be in the finals. Great questions again and he puts them on the spot a little….
Cheryl and Emmitt! Cheryl tells George this is the week she is the most frightened, but, both Cheryl and Emmitt are hoping their fan bases will pull them through. Emmitt says it’s one of those things where you have to wait and see “where the chips fall”. What keeps Emmitt going is that there is always room for improvement. He gives Cheryl props for “teaching an old man how to dance” and to “another level” this season. They gave it their all last night and now they just have to wait and see what happens.
Tony and Melissa talk of how they dedicated their Michael Jackson dance to a friend who died this past week. Tony was so proud of Melissa for what she was producing on the floor. It was a “masterpiece” for him. His back was hurting, but, Melissa was like a “feather in his arms”. What’s keeping them going is their “friendship”. Melissa has been Tony’s “rock” through everything they’ve been challenged with this season and now he is just “enjoying every moment”. They hope they’ve made the finals. They’ve tried to do everything they can do to earn them a spot.
Apolo says the “fans” are what is keeping him and Karina going. They try to give it their all for them every week. Apolo and Karina says their rumba was their most “connected” dance than all the other dances they’ve danced. They poured all their hearts out and just danced. Karina will take that “moment” with her forever no matter what happens tonight and why she loves this show and the journey. Apolo doesn’t know if they will be back next week, but, either way, it’s been amazing and everyone is a “champion”.
USA Today has an article up where pro Chelise Hightower gives her thoughts on the remaining five couples on Dancing With The Stars. She was “surprised” on Gilles Marini’s exit last week, but, says, “You never know what to expect on the show.” Below are more of her thoughts and predictions for Melissa, Shawn, and Apolo. You can read more of her thoughts on Emmitt and Kelly at USA Today. Note too (at the link) that she’s picking Shawn to win it.
The reality TV star has been a dark horse in this race. “She was already a great dancer before, but she’s improved so much. She’s had a boost of confidence and that confidence is very noticeable,” says Chelsie. Melissa had perfect scores on two performances last week, so she’s riding high. “She could definitely be a finalist and a contender for the mirrorball.” Melissa and her pro, Tony Dovolani, must dance a “Caveman Hustle.” The name pretty much says it all. Says Chelsie: “I think they’re going to go a fun route.” What else can they do?
The Olympian is a firecracker on the dance floor, and Chelsie predicts we’ll see her in the finals. But this week, Shawn and her amazing pro partner, Derek Hough, are tasked with dancing a “Knight Rider Banghra.” Chelsie says a banghra Indian dance is “similar to Bollywood, which is a really, really cool dance.” (Gilles and his partner were only a half point away from perfect scores with their Bollywood dance during Week 4.) The twist will be the Knight Rider part. But, as Cheslie points out, Derek will “make it look great no matter what.” Derek has been tweeting photos of David Hasselhoff, who starred in the 1980s Knight Rider show.
Apolo Anton Ohno
“Third place is so up for grabs,” says Chelsie, assuming Shawn and Melissa will make it to the finals. Apolo, Emmitt Smith and Kelly have “‘been on the same level, I feel like, the whole season. Whoever can show the strongest dances will take the spot. But it’s going to be really tight.” With “Big Top Jazz” as their dance/theme, Apolo and partner Karina Smirnoff might do some clowning around on the floor. Jazz was a big dance in the 1990s, explains Chelsie, who says it’s totally open to interpretation. “It’s not a ballroom dance at all.” No matter what happens, Apolo landed a spot on People’s Sexiest Men Alive list, so even if he doesn’t win the trophy, he can boast about that.
Shawn Johnson 5/7
Emmitt Smith 7/2
Gilles Marini 11/2
Apolo Anton Ohno 9/1
Kelly Monaco 9/1
Melissa Rycroft 40/1
Kirstie Alley 100/1
Unreal. I think the odds makers have it totally wrong this week putting Apolo last. If anyone should be last, shouldn’t it be Kelly or Emmitt? Then again, it’s pretty tight odds for the last three (Kelly, Melissa, and Apolo). Even still, shouldn’t Emmitt be last and at higher odds to go home than the rest?
Let’s get my cohorts thoughts on this to help make sense of it and be sure to let us know your thoughts too in comments.
Heidi: Ugh, if we get THAT as a final three?? Anyway, look at last weeks odds – they had Gilles in the number three spot and he’s GONE. That’s where I will hang my hat. They RARELY get the order right, although by now they do usually have the winner right. I’m not so sure I buy into that this time around, with it being the All Star Season. I’m not quite sure why they think that Kelly should be up that high unless they completely buy into the judges rambling. If that’s the case, why are people who bet on Shawn actually going to OWE them money?? Isn’t that what the odds are saying? If they are going with what the judges say, Shawn shouldn’t be anywhere near the top – or do they see through Len as well as we do? Anyway, I think the final three is going to be Shawn, Apolo and Melissa, with either Shawn or Apolo winning. I’m starting to wonder if I’m wrong about Apolo though. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that up front. He’s not getting Ralphed in the slightest – but he also isn’t getting the love I think he deserves, while Kelly is getting far more love than she deserves. But I guess it’s in her ABC contract. She was only one point back from Shawn on the Viennese Waltz and she should have been at least two.
Courtney: I feel like pulling a Joe Pesci in Casino and laying the beat down on whatever asshat is setting these odds 😛 No way in HELL do I see Apolo as the low man on the totem pole – and my only explanation is that maybe these oddsmakers are also buying into the judges’ low-balling of him…and OTT praise of Emmitt, Kelly, & Melissa. Although I have to say, if the judging last week was any indicator – I think the dew is beginning to wear off the rose with Kelly, much in the same way it was with Gilles in previous weeks. They could have easily copped out and given her 29’s & 29.5’s like Gilles & Apolo – or really gone buckwild and given her 30’s like Melissa. But they didn’t – they gave her a comparably low 28 & 28.5. It didn’t make much of a difference in the great scheme of things, since there were so many points factoring into last week’s elim, but just the fact that they actually seemed to call her out on some of her errors tells me that she’s not immune to criticism & lower scores. But as Heidi has said, week 9 is the week that the judges tend to get real and really show their cards – that is, who they want in the finale. So I think whatever scoring we see this week is really going to tell us who the judges want in the finale, and who they don’t…and I honestly think they’re going to go for whatever combination they feel will produce the most entertaining finale. I would think that would have to include Shawn and Apolo, and then I think it will be a toss-up between Melissa or Emmitt. As almighty and powerful as the soap fans seem to think themselves, I don’t believe for a minute that they can compete with the might of an Olympian or NFL fanbase.
Well, I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that re-watching the results show was enlightening and annoying as hell all at the same time. And some parts were downright gross. Anyway, I am just starting to write this down and I’m sensing that it will be WAY more bitchy than it is funny. Fair warning.
The Award for the Pro Giddy Beyond All Reason: Tony Dovolani, in His Confessional Shown During the Results Show
Heidi: He’s just freaking happy. And he should be, what with perfect scores. He and Melissa are so cute and fun that I would be happy to see them make it to the finale and win (although I want it to be SHAWN and it should be Shawn). I love him bursting with glee in the confessional to the point he blows Melissa’s ear drums out. But seriously – I hope he holds on to that feeling because the judges were exceedingly kind and probably for a reason. Looking back on that Quickstep, you could drive a mac truck between Melissa and Tony’s bodies – something that Len regularly bitches about when the Pro happens to be named Derek. Be prepared – this is a theme you will likely hear me complain about throughout the Awards. 😀
Courtney: I’ve gotta say – Tony is really impressing me this season. He’s stepped up the choreo, and although he’s still not necessarily the most creative pro on the show, he still makes his partners actually dance, and he doesn’t buy into the drama – and neither does Melissa. They don’t try to pass off some phony showmance, they don’t go for super flashy choreography, they’re not over-the-top competitive & annoying – they just dance, and they dance well…and they don’t worry about what’s going on around them. It’s nice to see him genuinely happy and grateful to be doing well 😀 And him cheesing in the confessional was just adorable…I was half expecting the guy to say “Am I dreaming???? Am I actually headed to week 9???? AAAAAAGGHHHH!!!” I daresay putting up with the likes of Wendy Williams, Kate Gosselin, and Martina Navratilova over the years has paid off
Heidi: Yep, Tony is downright CUTE this season as well. He matches his partner in that respect.
The Semi-finals are going to be extra special on Dancing With The Stars this week …especially if you are a Michael Jackson fan! Be ready on Monday for the show to kick off with a special pro performance which will include a medley of two songs from Michael Jackson’s “Bad25” album. Also, The Wanted and Paula Abdul will also be performing on the results show. There will also be a special AT&T performance and a special performance with Derek Hough, Allison Holker, and company. Here are some more details on both nights of Dancing With The Stars from Zap2It. After the quote you can read some more teasers. 😉
“Episode 1509 & 1509A” – We’ll kick off the semi-finals of “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars,” MONDAY, NOVEMBER 19 (8:00-10:01 p.m., ET) with a stunning pro performance to a medley of two iconic songs from “BAD25,” the album released to celebrate the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s legendary “Bad” album. Each of the remaining five couples will dance to a classic song from the album. The show will also feature three special dance performances, each sampling a song from the 13-track bonus disc from “BAD25.” To continue the celebration ABC will air “Michael Jackson: BAD25,” a documentary directed by Spike Lee, offering Michael Jackson fans across the country a rare look at the man who changed the music world forever (November 22 at 9:30 p.m., ET). Also on Monday night, each couple will dance a dance style they have not yet danced to a theme which was chosen for them by another couple on last week’s Results Show.
On “Dancing with the Stars: All-Stars — The Results Show,” TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 20 (8:00-9:01 p.m., ET), the UK’s new boyband sensation, The Wanted, will perform a medley of their current single “I Found You” and their biggest hit, “Glad You Came.” Legendary performer and world famous choreographer Paula Abdul returns to the ballroom to perform in our final “Macy’s Stars of Dance” with a groundbreaking number. This piece will be an amazing interactive performance featuring some outside dancers as well as our own pros, Mark Ballas, Chelsie Hightower, Sonny Fredie Pederson, Henry Byalikov, Sharna Burgess and Emma Slater. In our final “AT&T Spotlight Performance,” we will feature 21-year old Parris Goebel. Parris grew up in New Zealand and always knew she loved to dance, even though she was a self-described “terrible dancer.” Instead of taking classes, she taught herself how to dance, developing a new unique hip-hop style called “polyswagg,” and went on to become one of the hottest choreographers in the dance world. She has choreographed for Jennifer Lopez and Missy Elliot, and is currently choreographing numbers for the new Michael Jackson Cirque De Soleil show in Las Vegas. She will hit the “DWTS” ballroom on Tuesday night with her dance crew from New Zealand, The ReQuest Crew, for an unforgettable performance. Also, “DWTS” professional dancer Derek Hough will perform a number that he has created that will feature four talented female dancers — Allison Holker, Melanie Moore, Jessica Lee Keller and Katherine McCormick. And before the night’s end, two more couples will be eliminated.
Gearing us up even more, below are some fun tweets from some of the performers and those involved with putting these two shows together….
What a week this has been! Being asked to choreograph the Michael Jackson opening number of Dancing with the (cont) http://t.co/FsxD6q4x
Speaking of Paula and Michael Jackson and in case you didn’t know, at 18, then a Laker Girl, Paula was brought in to direct and choreograph the Jacksons’ Victory Tour. She shared these special words on Michael at the “The Is It” premiere….
“I got to see entertainment at its finest and be a part of something so big and I learned so much from Michael,” she said.
“He was so dedicated,” Paula added later. “It was truly remarkable to watch and it taught me as a choreographer that it’s OK to make people work really hard because the end result is going to be fantastic. Michael never gave anything but fantastic.”
For more on her performance on Dancing With The Stars this week, Paula posted the video below at her facebook with this quote: “Here’s a hint about my big surprise on Dancing with the Stars on Tuesday, November 20th!. Love, Paula”
Here’s to the shows this week, Everyone! It’s going to be fun in more ways than one!xxx
This seems destined to be a weird week all the way around.
Only thing I’m going to say right now about the songs is that some people are going to be happy and some are not. How’s that for vague?? I will say that Kelly got EXTREMELY lucky – let’s just see which way they go with the choreo and if the judges subsequently call them out like Courtney and I suspect they SHOULD (but probably won’t).
I think the only one of these dances likely to be a surprise – because it hasn’t been spoiled by the couple – is Shawn and Derek doing the Argentine Tango. I also don’t think that Kelly and Val have mentioned Rumba, but we’re fairly sure that’s what they have.
ETA: Yes, Kelly may as well be doing another Paso, going by her music (and since Warren and Kym used it as a Paso on the show before). Courtney and I predict that Val takes the easy out, goes mostly Paso and doesn’t get called on it. And they get a 30. Any takers???
ETA2: So, Emmitt’s song seems rather obvious, doesn’t it? It’s a shame he’s apparently struggling with the choreography in what is otherwise a “cute” dance. 😉 And YES, we know his Lindy song was Donny’s Jive song. Also struggling, from what I hear, is Kelly – who’s dance, as suspected, doesn’t look very “surfer” at all. She’s apparently having trouble with the timing and looks “frantic”. In other news, Melissa is doing great with the AT – as we also suspected that she would.
ETA3: I’m having trouble seeing a Jazz dance for Apolo’s song – it will require a lot of creativity from Karina. It does sound circus-y. I included a youtube link because I had trouble with the iTunes link at first…and then when I saw the video I decided to leave it. From where I”m sitting, Melissa got EXTREMELY lucky. If they hadn’t picked the second dances live I would suspect foul play. Now, can Tony capitalize on that extraordinary luck?? Sounds like he’s done well with the AT, but there are TWO dances.
MJ Dance: Argentine Tango (Song: “Dirty Diana” by Michael Jackson)
Caveman Hustle (Song: “Walk the Dinosaur” by Was (Not Was)) Dancing 1st and 6th
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As most of you know, we’re down to five couples on Dancing With The Stars. Since a little more than half of them have been eliminated, let’s get some numbers to see who you think is going to win the Dancing With The Stars All Star Season. Also, who is your favorite couple dancing from these final five? Please vote in our two new Polls and don’t forget to tell us how you voted in comments. You can also rank the couples if you like in the comments. Thanks so much for your participations always!!