This week on "Dancing With the Stars," guest judge Paula Abdul gave Bruno Tonioli a run for his money while the season 8 contestants dominated this week's performances.
Season 8 Domination
I would not be surprised to see all three season 8 All Stars in the finale. Gilles Marini, Shawn Johnson, and Melissa Rycroft have been delivering the goods every week.
Gilles and Peta Murgatroyd were tantalizingly close to a perfect score for their Bollywood number. Yet the most memorable part of the performance was seeing Paula imitate the melodramatic Bruno, flailing hand gestures and all. She described his performance as "smoldering and spicy as a vindaloo."
Shawn and Derek Hough performed a mambo, complete with daring lifts. including a bold move that gave Shawn full view of Derek's crotch. Shawn tied with Gilles with a score of 39.5.
Rounding out the season 8 standouts was Melissa. She and Tony performed a jitterbug that Len Goodman described as a "glitterbug." Despite a small bobble on a dismount, their performance was quick, fun, and precise. Melissa and Tony earned a score of 37.
Get a Room!
Kelly Monaco remarked that this experience was not about the dance competition. In a way, she's right. Given the tension between her and Val Chmerkovskiy, these two might as well ditch the ballroom and get a hotel room instead.
Their contemporary routine was long on passion and short on clothing. They earned a score of 37.5.
Middle of the Pack
Emmitt Smith is likable and charismatic, but I just don't see him going all the way this season. He doesn't seem to have the fluidity of some of the other contestants. In any case, he and Cheryl earned a 36 for their Bolero.
Sabrina Bryan channeled her inner Cookie Monster with a '70s disco number that earned a score of 35.5. Although she and Louis van Amstel raised their game and took more risks this week, they still landed in the middle of the pack.
Apolo Anton Ohno turned in a mediocre hip hop number that left Karina Smirnoff in tears. I didn't even notice her slip-up until she had a blubbering meltdown after the performance. They landed in the middle of the pack with a score of 34.5
This week's weakest links were fan favorites Bristol Palin and Kirstie Alley.
Bristol performed a "dumbed down" rock and roll number that sharp, precise, but way too safe. Still, she and Mark managed to escape the bottom this week with a combined score of 32.
Kirstie and Maksim Chmerkovskiy were in the unfortunate position of performing first. Their animated Charleston earned a score of 30. It will be very interesting to see if either Bristol or Kirstie end up going home this week. I wouldn't be surprised to see Sabrina go home instead. She doesn't seem to have the fan base of Bristol or Kirstie.
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