‘DWTS: All-Stars’ Recap: Guilty Pleasures and Gangnam Style

'DWTS: All-Stars' Sabrina and Louis (Photo: ABC)

It was the second night of guilty pleasure performances on “Dancing with the Stars,” which so far had been pretty entertaining. With everyone still buzzing backstage about Judge Carrie Ann Inabafalling off her chair on Monday night, the Tuesday show opened with all of the “Dancing with the Stars” females in tonight’s team competition wearing black wigs. It looked like they were ready for their Gangnam Style group routine!

The All-Stars Talk Gangnam:
“It Was a Hot Mess!”

Producers helpfully re-aired Carrie Ann Inaba’s funny fall off her chair from Monday night which was all over the Internet. It was just as hilarious tonight!

Melissa Rycroft and Tony Dovolani: Tango
The former “Bachelor” star was dancing to Toxic by Britney Spears. Why was that her guilty pleasure? No clue! Producers weren’t doing a good job of explaining the theme this week, which was a disappointment to me. I thought it would be more of a confessional experience. She was saying in rehearsal that tango was like a different language and later began to cry. Emotions were running high this week; Kirstie Alley did the same thing last night. This dance began really cool with Melissa as a futuristic woman created in some kind of laboratory by Tony. Melissa’s body looked a little less fluid than usual in this dance; maybe it was because of her injury this weekend? Or maybe she was just completely in character, acting like the Bride of Frankenstein. For me, it was too much like that old Derek Hough and Joanna Krupa futuristic dance from Season 9– except not as good. But I gave Melissa points for being a trouper, doing an accomplished dance after tweaking her neck so badly. The tango ended with Melissa putting Tony onto the lab operating table—take that! Judge Len Goodman said it was crisp and sharp and he suddenly got testy with Tom Bergeron after the host seemed to interrupt him, which the reporters loved backstage. What was that all about, Len? Bruno Tonioli called Melissa an intoxicating fantasy creature. He said her topline could have been better while Carrie Ann said she was no longer America’s sweetheart but acting a part. And that was a good thing!
Score: 27

Watch the Highlights of Tuesday Night’s Performances:

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Shawn Johnson and Derek Hough: Rumba
The ex-gymnast was going to dance to My Heart Will Go On from Titanic. At lunch, they were worried about Gilles Marini and Peta Murgatroyd doing the rumba this week and that they might suffer by comparison. Shawn was terrified at showing emotion and vulnerability. Did I see tears in her kohl-rimmed eyes? Okay, so their rumba began with the two dancing on a big black round platform on top of the ballroom floor. I didn’t see anything Titanic about it except the “DWTS” machine-made fog surrounding them! Shawn got dangerously close to the side at one point, though, and Derek pulled her back. Terrific spinning move at the end and then, wow, Derek actually climbed down into the fog, er, water, in a bizarre nod to the Titanic drownings. The press room exploded in laughter, kind of spoiling the overall romantic mood of the dance. To me, though, Shawn continued to look like the top female star in the competition and I would be shocked if she didn’t make the finale. Bruno said it was awesome, like waves in the ocean, absolutely stunning. And Carrie Ann felt like a proud mama but the lift policewoman said uh oh, they had a lift in their dance! Not allowed! Len struck a sour note, too—he didn’t seem to like it at all because Shawn lacked hip action.
Score: 27

Apolo Anton Ohno and Karina Smirnoff: Samba
The speed skater, whose partner fell down last week, was learning the samba rolls in rehearsal and wanted to push his level up this week. Karina was lying on a big bed when their dance opened but Apolo picked her up out of it so they could start a frenzied disco dance! Well, okay, it was a samba but done very disco style. Apolo was strutting around in a shiny shirt and white pants to Rick James’ “Give it to Me Baby” and his section of the dance with Karina in cuddle position made him look like a professional. Carrie Ann praised his leg work and how he used the floor—but said he had not had his breakthrough dance yet. Was the chemistry off? She seemed to wonder. That was bad news for the couple and might put them in danger of elimination next week. But Len saved their night, saying it was terrific and those of us in the press area agreed with him that it was a hot dance. “Terribly sexy,” Bruno added. A 27 score, which was same as Shawn, so no biggie. But why did I feel like Apolo was being picked on this season and held to a higher standard than his fellow competitors?
Score: 27

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Sabrina Bryan and Louis Van Amstel: Waltz
This week, Sabrina and Louis were going to enact a Cinderella theme. “So This is Love” was the song and Sabrina loved the idea of living out her childhood princess fantasies. She let out an expletive during rehearsal, however, bad girl! Louis led Sabrina beautifully through the first spin and her arm moves looked like a graceful caress. I loved the way she extended her arms to the audience. Adorable white shoes were very visible under her dress and the clock chimed and she had to run away from her prince Louis, leaving behind a shoe (but I don’t think it was the one actually on her foot, which host Tom soon confirmed!). To me, this was a big ladylike win of a dance for Sabrina. Len said it was the best fairy tale with a beginning, middle, and end. Bruno said he was led into an enchanted kingdom; he then tried to put the shoe on his own foot. “Careful with your shoulders,” Bruno warned Sabrina. Carrie Ann, in a cranky mood tonight, at first indicated it wasn’t vulnerable enough—but then did a switch and gushed all over the place. Why did Carrie Ann fake her out like that; did she suffer some brain damage from last night? She gave the Cheetah Girl a 10!
Score: 29

Watch the Team Dance: Gangnam Style

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Then it was time for Gangnam Style freestyle for the second team, with Gilles Marini, Emmitt Smith, Kelly Monaco, and Kirstie Alley on board to do a parody of the South Korean hip hop anthem. During a chaotic practice session, Kirstie was shown hitting her partner, Maks Chmerkovskiy, and Maks telling Gilles he wasn’t allowed to speak anymore. A little machismo there! Kelly said their team was crazy but it looked like fun. Gilles gave them all a pep talk.

When the dance started, there everyone was in multicolored suits, shades, and black wigs, like the character in Psy’s famous Gangnam video. But there seemed to be ballroom style mixed in. Bizarrely, Maks assisted Kirstie in some yoga moves and cartwheels. Some of the others recreated the spa scene from the video, like Emmitt and Cheryl, who were in their sleepwear and the football star did more of his googly-eyed mugging. Kelly and Val looked like they just got out of bed, too. Gilles and Peta had just stepped out of the spa in their towels and in a risqué move, she did a handstand and he bent his partner’s legs and looked in between, eliciting laughs in the press room. This group dance was so bad it was great! Over the top silly! The media applauded wildly. Tom said it was the most fun he’d had in 15 seasons. Len said it wasn’t tidy or together but made up for that with fun. Bruno said it was so funny “I’m wetting myself.” Carrie Ann said it was a hot mess but crazy fun insanity. A superb ending to the “DWTS” evening.
Score: 27

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