This week on "Dancing With the Stars," contestants performed fusion-style dances.
Shawn Johnson, Two-Timer
At the beginning of the season, Shawn apologized to her original partner, Mark Ballas for "cheating" on him with Derek Hough. Now, with Derek injured, she ended up performing with Mark this week while Derek looked on.
Lucky Shawn enjoyed having two men fawning over her. (Of course, we'd prefer Maks and Val for ourselves!).
Shawn and Mark earned a perfect 30 for their tango/paso, plus 8 points from the swing dance marathon for a total of 38.
Still, while Shawn and Gilles have been dominating the leaderboard all season, it was Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani who took first place on this election week of competition.
Melissa and Tony earned 29 points for their cha cha/tango, and won 10 points in the swing dance marathon, for a total of 39.
During the intro clip, Melissa talked about how shocking it was to see Sabrina Bryan eliminated, despite finishing at the top of the leaderboard. It's a bit ironic that Melissa ended up taking first place this week. Still, I don't think we'll see a shocking elimination this time. Fans seem to have wised up after what happened to Sabrina.
Hanging On with his 'Arm Thingies'
Gilles Marini has had the highest cumulative score so far this season, but as Brooke Burke-Charvet pointed out, he had yet to earn a perfect score from the judges. (Way to rub it in, Brooke!)
This week, he earned a score of 28.5 for his Argentine tango/samba. Carrie Ann Inaba continue to harp on him about his "arm thingies." Gilles and Peta later earned a measly 5 points in the swing dance marathon, giving him a score of 33.5 for the night.
Gilles seems to have a bit of a chip on his shoulder this season, probably because he wants it a little too much. Of course, who could blame him, considering how he was robbed during season 8? Still, his desperate vibe might be getting in the way of his ultimate success in the competition.
Middle of the Pack
For some reason, Apolo Anton Ohno and Emmitt Smith always seem to end up in the middle of the pack. Apolo and Karina Smirnoff earned a 27 for their cha cha/paso. They later earned 6 points in the swing dance marathon for a total of 33.
Meanwhile, Emmitt and Cheryl Burke earned 27.5 for their hot pink-themed samba/rumba. I actually preferred Apolo's performance, but he was in the dreaded position of going first. The judges were probably saving room for other contestants. Emmitt earned 7 points in the swing dance marathon for a total of 34.5.
Flirting With the Stars
While Shawn was busy "cheating" on Derek with Mark, Kelly Monaco and Val Chmerkovskiy only had eyes for each other. In the intro clip, Val talked about wanting to keep in touch and "do more things together" after the show. Brooke asked about the steamy contemporary dance, the tango kiss, and what we could expect from them at the finale. Val jokingly replied, "children!"
Val seems a bit more into Kelly than she is into him. Of course, maybe we're just being thrown off by her perpetually somber demeanor. Does this girl ever smile?
Kelly and Val earned a 27 for their foxtrot/cha cha, and 9 points in the swing dance marathon for a total of 36.
The Popular Vote
Like a true entertainer, Kirstie knows her strengths and weaknesses. In this election week, Kirstie knows that she is not the best technical dancer in the competition, but she also knows how to appeal to the popular vote.
Kirstie argued that in past seasons, many of the winners were not the best dancers. She played up the underdog card, talking about how she wanted to win in order to inspire people.
Kirstie earned a score of 24 for her quickstep/samba, despite what Len described as "incidents." She and Maksim Chmerkovskiy later earned a 4 in the swing dance marathon for a total of 28.
Despite finishing at the bottom, I wouldn't count her out yet. The segment on her helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy, as well as the buzz generated by her Patrick Swayze comments might give her a few sympathy votes.
In this election week, there will be no elimination on the show. The only person being voted off this week will be either Barack Obama or Mitt Romney.
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