It was a breathless battle on Monday's Dancing With the All-Stars,as our seven celebs each performed two dances, fighting to advance tonext week's semifinals. Only five stars will make the cut.
Theshow opened with "technical difficulties," said host Tom Bergeron. Wedidn't see what those were at home because after the crowd applaudedduring the intro, the show cut to a commercial instead of showing thestars descending the staircase into the ballroom.
The next thingwe got: The all-stars lined up, smiling, and co-host BrookeBurke-Charvet, shimmering in silver. (She didn't mention her thyroidcancer.)
Tom Bergeron joked that we missed an "amazing" opening ... "the space shuttle landed right here!" Har har.
Thefirst round of dancing recognized Veterans Day with songs payingtribute to members of the armed forces. The second dance was the LatinTrio round as the stars were joined by an extra pro to make it athreesome.
Tonight's scores were added to last week's scores. Here's how it all unfolded:
Melissa Rycroft put on her shiny sailor suit to dance a cute quickstep with Tony Dovolani to The Andrews Sisters' Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.It wowed the crowd. Len said it was "the bee's knees." Bruno said hewanted to "join the Navy!" Carrie Ann said she saluted the them. "You'reon fire!" Scores: 10, 10, 10 = 30 + 39 = 69.
Henry Byalikovjoined Melissa and Tony. Henry vowed to keep them at the top of theleaderboard with an aggressive paso doble. It meant sweet Melissa had toturn into a dominatrix for the number and rule the guys. She did,complete with yelling "Ha!" in the middle of the dance. Len praised her,saying, "Of all our celebrities, you impress me the most." Bruno saidshe was "flamboyantly fabulous" and deserves a spot in the finals.Carrie Ann said she "owned" the paso. Scores: 10, 10, 10 = 30 Total: 99
Shawn Johnsongot her Derek Hough back for this week's Viennese Waltz. "His neck isfeeling better," said Shawn. Today, Derek posted a note on his blogsaying he will have to have surgery, but he'll power through the nextthree weeks of the show (the finale is Nov. 27). Dressed in a brownmilitary outfit reminiscent of Rolfe from The Sound of Music, Derek twirled Shawn in flowing white, as the two gracefully executed the dance to Sarah McLachlan's Angel."It was quiet and gentle ... poignant... fabulous," said Len. Brunocalled it "heavenly perfection." Carrie Ann liked that Shawn has turnedinto a "beautiful, rich, in-depth performer." Scores: 10, 9.5, 10 = 29.5+ 38 = 67.5.
For the Trio dance, Shawn and Derek were joined byBFF Mark Ballas for a "tribal" samba. The guys had their shirts off andShawn wore a sparkly, feathery, bikini-type getup for a funky Lion King -esque number.Len seemed stunned. He shook his head. "There was very little sambacontent in a very critical week. Shawn, if you go home tomorrow, don'tblame me, blame those two." Whaaaa? Bruno said the three of them were"very naughty" and gave him "jungle fever." He said it was"intoxicating" and "creative," but agreed there was "very little" samba.Carrie Ann disagreed with the guys, praising their risk-taking andsaying what samba they did was executed well. Derek said they weretrying to keep the fans entertained. Scores: 10, 7, 9 = 26. Theballroom was not happy. Total: 93.5
Emmitt Smithsported a tuxedo to dance his Viennese Waltz with Cheryl Burke, but itwent out of control a bit during a twirl. Carrie Ann said it was"smooth," but noticed the slip. She told him he was playing it too safe.Len said, "This man puts the 'ooo' in smooth." He agreed about theslip, but he "liked it." Bruno said it was "classic." Scores: 9, 9.5,9.5 = 28 + 34.5 = 62.5.
Pro Kym Johnson joined Emmitt and Cherylfor the threesome. "It's tricky," he said, of handling two women, butKym promised the salsa would "blow everyone away." Did it? Yes. Emmittdid a lot of hip-wiggling as the girls twirled around him. Carrie Annsaid he was "red hot." Len said it was "like working two yo-yos at thesame time." Bruno raved, too. Scores: 10, 10, 10 = 30. Total: 92.5
Kelly Monacowas shown being frustrated in rehearsals with sweetie Val Chmerkovskiy.But their Viennese Waltz was fluid. The two wore yellow and swirledquickly to Edwin McCain's I"ll Be. Len thought it "flowednicely," but said sometimes the movements were a little too sharp."Bruno called Kelly a "twinkling twirler." Carrie Ann loved that Kelly is"growing every week," and is really capturing the spirit of the show.Scores: 9.5, 9, 9.5 = 28 + 36 = 64.
Kelly invited Louis VanAmstel to join her and Val for their trio jive. The two guys wereshirtless and fighting over Kelly, who was spilling out of her top, inthe dance. Kelly ended it by kissing Len. Did the sucking up work? "Ilike the end," cracked Len, but he went on to praise the whole dance."What a swinger," said Bruno. Carrie Ann said it was "amazing," butadded that Kelly could have pointed her toe "a little bit more." Scores:9.5, 9.5, 9.5 = 28.5 Total: 92.5
Gilles Marini,who has been sliding down the leaderboard, was hoping for a "perfectscore," he said in rehearsals. To get there, partner Peta Murgatroydduct-taped him to stand up straight for his quickstep. Did the trick payoff? Their dance to Danger Zone from Top Gun was fast.They wore black jumpsuits and zoomed around the ballroom. Bruno lovedit. "Definitely top gun." Carrie Ann said there were "a few little slipsin his feet." And the crowd booed. "But it was so good." Len loved it,calling it "thunder and lightning!" Scores: 9.5, 10, 10 = 29.5 + 33.5 =63.
Gilles and Peta invited Chelsie Hightower to join them for asalsa. In the dance, the fiery females were fighting over Gilles, wholoved it -- and so did the audience. Bruno said, "Menage a trois seemsto come natural to you." He praised him for "taking care of the ladies,"but said he lost timing a bit. Carrie Ann agreed, but she loved how he"took control" of the dance floor. Len liked that he wasn't hidingbehind the women. "Well done!" Scores: 9.5, 10, 9.5 = 29. Total: 92
Apolo Anton Ohnoziplined his way into the ballroom to spice up his tango with partnerKarina Smirnoff. The two danced up and down the steps to Holding Out for a Hero.Bruno raved: "That was a daredevil of a tango!" Carrie Ann shrieked: "Iloved it! Wow! Phenomenal!" Len was also wild about it, saying,"It wasfull-on attack and it was great." Scores: 10, 9.5, 10 = 29.5 + 33 =62.5.
Apolo and Karina were joined by Sasha Farber for a jive thatwas high-energy, with somersaults and jumps. It was a risk choosing amale pro, but Bruno praised how well he kept in sync with Farber. CarrieAnn said it was one of his most "vibrant" performances. Len said it was"sharp" and "together." Scores: 9.5, 9.5, 10 = 29. Total: 91.5
Kirstie Alley wore a green military skirt outfit for her Viennese Waltz to Hallelujahwith Maks Chemrkovskiy, who wore matching green pants and a whiteT-shirt, his dog tags flung over his shoulder. "Hallelujah for ourmilitary," said Kirstie. Carrie Ann thought it was one of her "bestdances." Len raved, "Your best dance. Well done." Bruno said it was"stylish" and "elegant." Scores: 9, 9, 9 = 27 + 28 = 55.
Kirstiejoked that she needed "double" help and loved dancing with two men --Maks and Tristan MacManus -- for a winged paso doble. Barefoot andwearing a nightgown over black leggings, Kirstie seemed to enjoy it. Thecrowd? Um, not as much. Carrie Ann liked the theme, costumes andpresentation but said it was "a little sloppy." Len liked the attitude,but said it lacked "finesse." Bruno said it was like watching The Valley of the Dolls." Scores: 8, 8, 8 = 24. Kirstie sent herself into a fit of giggles saying she expected "the first 10.5." Total: 79.
On Tuesday, two stars will go home. Who should be sent packing?